Apply for Housing: First-Year and Transfer Students

The First-Year and Transfer Application will open in April 2023.

As an incoming student, when it comes time to choose where you would like to live, you will follow the outlined process of below.  This information will walk you through understanding your Terms and Conditions, how to submit your housing application, and housing rates for the upcoming year. Please read carefully.

Completing the online version of the Room and Board Application will become a permanent part of your WebSTAC account.

Step 1: Read the Terms and Conditions

2022 – 2023 Terms and Conditions

  1. Thoroughly read and familiarize yourself with the presented Terms and Conditions. This housing application is a binding contract and the Terms and Conditions outline all rules and regulations of Washington University Residential Life housing.
  2. After reading, select the check box at the end of the document to signify that you have read and agree to the rules and regulations outlined by the Terms and Conditions.
  3. When complete, click on the “continue” button to advance to the application page.

Step 2: Create Your Application

This section has four different steps.

  1. Student Information (demographic information)
  2. Campus Options (meal plan and Campus Card options)
  3. Room Charges & Preferences (personal and room preference selection)
  4. Review and Submit (review of application with rules and submission)

Step 3: Submit Your Student Information

  1. Entry status: Select your current housing status (new students are ‘Incoming First-Years’).
  2. Gender: Please select the gender with which you identify. Then indicate whether or not you would like to be assigned to a Gender Inclusive room or suite. If you request this option, you will be assigned a bedroom or suite only with other students who also requested this. These students may or may not identify their gender in the same way you do or hold the same gender identity as you.
  3. Contact phone number: Please enter your cell phone number.
  4. Special Housing Accommodations: Please indicate if you are submitting information that could affect your housing assignment. Learn More.
  5. Email Address:  Verify or correct your address.
  6. Select ‘continue’ to advance to the next step.

Step 4: Review Meal Plan Options

  1. Meal plan options: Select a meal plan from the options. All students are required to have a meal plan. The plan you select will be added to your Washington University ID Card. You will also be asked if you intend to seek dining accommodations because of a food allergy, food intolerance or other related disability.
  2. Bear Bucks Account:  Indicate if you want to activate your Bear Bucks Account.  If so, you will be asked to indicate what amount you want placed in your Campus Card Account.
  3. Select ‘continue’ to advance to the next step.

Step 5: Review Room Charges & Preferences

  1. Room charges and preferences: Rank your preferences for housing, with ‘1’ being your top choice.  Some of our traditional buildings are in a suite configuration.  Please indicate if you would prefer this option, if offered a traditional room.
  2. Personal preferences: Select the answer that is most accurate with your living habits.
  3. Mutual Roommate (optional):  Roommate requests must be mutual.  Please list their full name (no nicknames, please) and their email address that they used through their WUSTL Pathway.
    • Important: Students may only request roommates with whom they intend to share a bedroom. We will not grant suitemate or floormate requests.
  4. Comments:  This is your opportunity to tell us a little more about yourself.  Please note that your comments do become part of your permanent record.
  5. Select ‘continue’ to advance to the next step.

Step 6: Review and Submit Your Application

  1. Dates of occupancy, room charges, room assignments: Read through each section and make sure you fully understand the Terms and Conditions. In many cases, this contract cannot be cancelled without a financial penalty. Please review our Room Cancellation Policy within the Terms and Conditions for full details. 
  2. Application Fee: There is no application fee with the Housing Application.  For our first-year students you will need to submit the enrollment fee through Admissions.
  3. Declaration of intent: Read carefully through this section and check the box to agree to all outlined statements.
  4. Cancellation: Check the box to indicate that you understand that the contract cannot be cancelled without a financial penalty.
  5. Review/print application: IF YOU ARE 18 AND OVER: Click to review your application. Carefully read through every item to ensure that answers are correct. After submitting, you may change the preferences you indicated on your application through the end of May. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18: After reviewing your application and ensuring that answers are correct, select ‘signature’. A parent/guardian must then print their name and draw their signature in the window provided.
  6. After reviewing, click ‘submit application’ to submit.

For Transfer & Exchange Students Only [Below]

  1. If you were not offered a housing contract you can submit your name to The Housing Application Waitlist. Log into your Housing Portal which you can access via WebSTAC and click on the Waitlist button. Since offers of campus housing will be made from the waitlist based on availability, we suggest students on the Waitlist begin looking for off-campus housing.
  2. Any student not offered housing for the Fall 2022 term, will be given priority placement for housing for the Spring 2023 term.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing (Gender Queer/Gender Nonconforming) refers to individual rooms or suites where the gender of the roommates is not taken into consideration when the room is assigned through the assignment process. While this is intended to support students who identify as LGBTQIA, this is available to all students who feel they would be more comfortable in a gender inclusive room/suite or feel they could provide a safe and inclusive space for another student regardless of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or any other factor.

  • All of our housing is considered Co-Ed housing but not all bedroom and suite assignments are regarded as Gender Inclusive. Gender Inclusive assignments can accommodate any gender identity.

Our office wants students to feel safe and comfortable. We make an effort to assign roommates with someone who they will feel comfortable. You will have the opportunity to request the gender identity you would want to live with as part of gender inclusive housing. 

Incoming First Year students can indicate on their application their request to live in gender inclusive housing. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request; however, roommates may or may not hold the same gender identity as you.

Note, if either roommate moves out at any point, the vacant space is now available for Res Life to assign as needed. Should the remaining roommate wish to change their participation in gender inclusive housing, they would need to contact the Residential Life Office to update their application. If the remaining roommate desires to stay in gender inclusive housing, no further action is needed.

2023-2024 FY Housing Locations:

*Locations are subject to change.

  • Hitzeman Hall
  • Hurd Hall
  • Lee Hall
  • Beaumont Hall
  • Koenig House
  • Park House
  • Lien House
  • Thomas Eliot House
  • Umrath House
  • Dardick House
  • Danforth House
  • Dauten Hall
  • Rutledge Hall

Reminder From The Gephardt Institute at Washington University in St. Louis:

Once you receive your housing later in the summer, you will be living at a new address.

Anytime you change your address, or in this case move to a new room in res life housing, it’s important to make sure you also update your voter registration! It takes less than 5 minutes to do and can be completed via Completing this address change ensures you are able to participate in any election with ease! For help, visit

Contact the Office of Residential Life at 314-935-5050, by email or through our contact form.