Apply For Housing: Continuing Students

About the Housing Selection Process

The Undergraduate Continuing Student Housing Application and Housing Selection process is designed to support rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors as they apply and select Residential Life managed housing. It is important that all students familiarize themselves with the application, grouping, and selection pieces of the process to be successful in securing housing for the next academic year.

  • Learn more about what grouping options are available this year here.
  • Learn more about selection and how to indicate your preferences on your application here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to popular demand, we are hosting another information session for students on Friday, February 26 at 6 p.m., CST. Register for the session here.

Review the terms and conditions for your housing contract:

2021-2022 Terms and Conditions PDF

Contacting the office: As you seek more information about housing selection this year, We highly recommend reviewing our FAQ. If your questions can’t be answered via our website, please email us at

Housing Selection Dates

The below timeline applies to the 2021 – 2022 academic year. 

February 15 Housing App Opens Living Learning Community App Opens
March 1 Housing App Closes Living Learning Community App Closes
March 15 Grouping begins for all students who applied by the deadline
March 19 Grouping ends for all students who applied by the deadline
March 24-26 Groups will be notified of their time slot
March 26, 9 a.m., CST Selection begins for all students who grouped by the deadline
March 30 Selection ends for all students who grouped by the deadline
April 5 Administrative Assignments will begin for those who did not group

*If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for this year’s housing application, view information about our housing waitlist here to be considered for 2021-2022 Residential Life managed housing. 

Understanding Eligibility

Housing Eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year is as follows:

  • Students who lived with us in the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
  • Students who lived with us in the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

First Year and sophomore students who studied remotely in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 are eligible for the current Housing Selection process.

Study Abroad

  • If you plan to study abroad in the Spring Semester, you will participate in the current selection process to secure Fall semester housing.
  • If you plan to study abroad in the Fall Semester, do not submit an application for this current cycle. We will re-open the housing application in late Fall for Spring housing consideration. There will be no penalty for canceling your housing agreement due to studying abroad.

If you have questions about your eligibility or are not able to submit a housing application through the WashU Housing Portal, please contact our office by email at

Learn More about the process and Get Connected

Virtual Information Session

We will be hosting a virtual information session on Friday, February 19th, at 12:00 p.m., CST. Tune in via zoom on the 19th. 

View a recording of our Housing Selection Information session hosted on February 19, 2021.  Transcript will be provided by Wednesday, February 24, 5 p.m.

Information Session Presentation (PDF)

First Year Center Webinar: Housing Selection

We will be joining the first year center again this year to talk to parents about the Housing Selection process. This will be a great time to ask any questions you may have! Join us on Monday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m., CST. 

Zoom Information Session Link

Connect with other Students throughout the process

Are you looking to build your group or join one? See what’s coming soon below. 

Discord: Residential Life has joined DISCORD to create a space for you to connect on a continuous basis. 

Virtual Roommate Mixers: Virtual Roommate Mixers to help students engage 1:1. We will be hosting Roommate Mixers on the dates and times below.

Apply to a Living Learning Community

Living Learning Communities (LLC)  are specialized living environments that connect students inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences on the agreed upon topic of their choice. The Living Learning Community is experienced through programs and activities planned by the participants of the LLC in collaboration with their faculty advisors and Staff advisors. This experience is Residential Life’s opportunity to continue to provide intentional support and programming more tailored to the student and their interest. Learn more about Living Learning Communities.

Housing Accommodations

The university approves students for housing accommodations based on a medical need and/or disability status. If you have needs that make it necessary for a specific assignment we want to make sure you have enough time to make appointments and gather the supporting documentation required when submitting the request through the Disability Resource Office. We recommend visiting the Requesting Housing Accommodations for comprehensive instructions.

For the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Students in need of accommodations must fill out the Housing Application by the deadline. (Required)
  • Students previously held an accommodation will be honored from the 2020-2021 year. 
  • Students who have updates or changes to their accommodations will need to submit these changes to Disability Resources as soon as possible. 
  • Students who need to submit a new accommodation (not previously held) must submit to Disability resources via the Housing Accommodation Form as soon as possible. 

Housing Accommodation Notification

Students who receive approved housing accommodations will be notified directly from the Disability Resources office. This notification will define the approved accommodation, but not the building and room assignment.

Residential Life will contact students by email later in the spring regarding building placement. Note, your housing placement will be assigned to fit the needs of your approved housing accommodation from Disability Resources. 

If students are approved, but do not submit a Housing Application by the deadline, you will be placed after our housing selection process has concluded and will not be eligible to participate in grouping. 

Housing Accommodation Reminders when grouping:

  • Students with an approved accommodation may have a maximum of 3 roommates.
  • Students with an approved accommodation can apply as an individual. This does not guarantee a single room placement. 
  • Students who do not receive an accommodation can appeal the decision. This could result in needing to separate from your requested roommates to guarantee your accommodation. 
  • Rising sophomore students are highly encouraged to form groups of 4. There are very limited 3 and 2 person options. 
  • Rising juniors and seniors are highly encouraged to form groups of 3. There are very limited 2 and 1 person options.

Accommodation requests can be submitted at any time. However, late requests outside of the Housing Selection process often result in being placed on a waitlist. Should this occur, you will not be given the option of applying with roommates. 

Chapter Facility Housing (also known as Fraternity Housing)

Residential Life and the University owns and operates nine University facilities that fraternities have been granted the privilege of occupying located near the Athletic Complex and the Village Green on the Danforth Campus. 

Students who are interested in Chapter Facilities (also known as Fraternity Housing) must connect with their chapter House Managers for information about how to submit your information. Note, you must have a completed housing application in order to be eligible for Chapter Facility housing. More information can be found here: Sorority and Fraternity Life website.

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 gender identities can be present on the floors and within the buildings. 
  • A Co-Ed assignment would only house students of one gender identity within the suite or bedroom.
  • Gender Inclusive assignments can accommodate any gender identity.

Our assignments team wants students to feel safe and comfortable.  We make an effort to assign roommates with someone who identifies as them by offering residents the ability to choose the gender identity of the person they would like to live with.  Continuing students who would like to request gender inclusive housing must contact our office by email in advance of receiving your Fall assignment. 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, it must be changed via the WashU Housing Portal. If the remaining roommate desires to stay in gender inclusive housing, no further action is needed.

Cancellation Policy

For an in-depth understanding of the Cancellation Policy, please visit Room Cancellation Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive housing?

Housing Eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year is as follows:

  • Students who lived with us in the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
  • Students who lived with us in the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

First Year students who studied remotely in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 are eligible for the current Housing Selection process.

Students currently on a Medical Leave of Absence are eligible to participate in the Spring Housing Selection process. The earlier you participate in the process, increases chances of receiving your preferred placement. Please contact Rhonda Kiely.

Do I have a lottery number?

No. We will be using time slots assigned to groups during the selection period.

What is a time slot?

The time slot is a random computer-generated time when your group will be able to login and select a room assignment.

What is the WashU Housing Portal?

The WashU Housing Portal is the online portal where all aspects of housing selection take place. Students will need to access the WashU Housing Portal to submit the housing application, sign the housing agreement, pick a meal plan, form groups, and select a room. You can access the WashU Housing Portal through your WebSTAC account.

Why can’t I apply for housing?

  • If you are unable to apply but feel you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please contact our office at (314) 935-5050.
  • If you missed the housing application deadline, you can submit your name to our housing waitlist once it is made available.
  • What is the best browser to use for the WashU Housing Portal? [/accordion-header]

The WashU Housing Portal is available on all browsers, however we recommend using Google Chrome.

What do I do if I need housing accommodations?

Please see the housing accommodations information above in detail.

What is the housing agreement?

The housing agreement is an academic year legal and binding agreement that all residents sign when they apply for housing. Once this document is electronically signed, you are committed to campus housing for a full academic year (fall and spring) and it designates your financial responsibility for room and board costs.

When do I sign a housing agreement?

When applying for housing you will have the opportunity to review the terms and conditions and electronically sign your housing agreement by clicking “I Agree.” In order for the application to be active, the agreement will need to be signed by the application deadline. You have the opportunity to print the agreement or to view at any time through the WashU Housing Portal.

Can I cancel my application without penalty?

If you apply for housing but decide you no longer want to live with Residential Life, you may retract your application until March 31 through the WashU Housing Portal without penalty by using the Housing Cancellation Request Form.

What if I want to cancel my application after March 31?

Students who wish to be released from their housing contract after March 31 will be subjected to the housing cancellation and refund schedule. The Office of Residential Life will have the sole authority and discretion to allow a student to cancel the agreement and submission of a request does not guarantee a release from the agreement. Signing an off campus lease or commuting will not warrant a release from your housing agreement.

Please pay close attention to the cancellation fee schedule as you consider your options this year. Discuss all available options with your parent(s) or guardian(s) before signing the Housing Agreement. Once signed, you are financially responsible for room and board charges for the fall and spring semesters.

What if I don’t/can’t select a room?

Can’t select a room: Some students may not be issued a timeslot due to high demand. If you are in this category and do not receive a time slot, you will still be guaranteed housing placement. While trying to keep your group together, Res Life will administratively assign your group. This could result in a later placement.

Don’t select a room: Students who don’t select a room are not warranted a cancellation of the housing agreement. These students will be administratively assigned.  We will make every effort to keep your group together.

What if I am abroad during housing selection?

Because study abroad was cancelled for 2020-2021, students should see eligibility at the top of this page.

What if I plan to study abroad?

If you plan to study abroad in the Fall Semester, do not submit an application. We will re-open the housing application in late Fall for Spring housing consideration. There will be no penalty for canceling your housing agreement due to studying abroad.

If you plan to study abroad in the Spring Semester, you will participate in the current selection process to secure Fall semester housing.

What should I do if my roommate will be abroad for the fall?

We do not hold rooms for students returning in the Spring Semester. Spring Housing Applications will re-open in late fall. At that time, study abroad students returning in the spring can indicate their desired placement on their application. However, this does not guarantee a specific housing placement.

What if I have an internship or COOP?

Students who have an internship or COOP in the Spring Semester will need to provide documentation to the Office of Residential Life in order to be released without penalty. These students may choose to live with us in the Spring as long as they are still undergraduates pursuing their degree.

What if I am graduating in December?

Students graduating in December will be released from their agreement upon verification of their degree. Students should submit a Housing Cancellation Request form through the WashU Housing Portal. Students graduating in December cannot continue to live with Residential Life past the end date of the Fall Contract. December graduates are no longer eligible for Winter Housing. Exceptions will no longer be granted.

Non-Residential Life Housing Options