Apply For Housing: Continuing Students

Update 10/30/20: Available Spring 2021 Housing Information

The Spring 2021 Housing Application will open on November 1, 2020 to first year and sophomore students looking to live in Residential Life housing via the WashU Housing Portal.

Timeline for Spring Housing:

  • November 1: Spring housing application opens.
  • November 15: Priority Deadline to be guaranteed housing.
  • November 16: Juniors and Seniors interested in Residential Life are notified of housing availability.
  • First week of December: All students who applied are notified of their Spring assignments. Assignments may be assigned on a rolling basis if application submitted after November 15. 

*If you are a Junior or Senior who is interested in living in Residential Life managed housing, please add your name to our housing waitlist as soon as you are able here

About housing selection

The Undergraduate Continuing Student Housing Application and Housing Selection process will be announced in Spring 2021. Students should be familiar with key components of the process prior to applying.

Video: Conversation About Housing with the First Year Center

Housing Selection Dates

December 1, 2019

Apply: Housing Application Opens

Apply: Living Learning Community Applications Open

January 15, 2020

Apply: Housing Application Closes

January 20, 2020

Apply: Living Learning Community Applications Close

February 3, 2020

Group: Formation Period Opens

February 7, 2020

Group: Res College Round formation closes

February 10, 2020

Group: Approved petitions will be notified by email. Group Petitions not approved will be notified by email and invited to petition in General Selection.

February 17, 2020

Group: General Selection formation closes

February 25, 2020

Select: Time slot notifications (Groups not receiving a time slot will receive notifications of administrative assignment)

February 27, 2020

Select: Res College selection night from 6:00PM – 8:00PM

March 2-3, 2020

Select: General Selection nights

April 1, 2020

Administrative Assignments process begins

 Students interested in participating in Fraternity Housing must indicate so within the General Housing Reapplication.

Information Sessions & Roommate Mixers (previous years)

December 3, 2019 @ 8:00PM

Siegle L002

January 30, 2020 @ 8PM

Ursa’s Fireside

December 4, 2019 @ 8PM

Wrighton 300

February 3, 2020 @ 8PM

Ursa’s Stageside

January 13, 2020 @ 8PM

Simon Hall (Simon 1)

February 12, 2020 @ 8PM

Lopata House – Great Hall

January 14, 2020 @ 8PM

Risa Commons (South 40 House)

January 15, 2020 @ 8PM

Simon Hall (Simon 1)

Information Session Presentation:

Housing Selection Presentation

Let us know if you will be attending and Roommate Mixer below:

Housing Selection Roommate Mixer RSVP

Understanding Eligibility

Only students currently living in Residential Life managed housing are eligible to participate in the Housing Selection Process.

All Fraternity Houses have an occupancy requirement. Your eligibility to participate in Housing Selection process is contingent on your Fraternity meeting their occupancy requirement regardless of you being a current or new member. Visit the Sorority and Fraternity Life website for more information.

Students who are currently abroad (Spring 2020) are eligible to participate in the current Housing Selection process as long as they have lived with Residential Life prior to going abroad (Fall 2019).

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.

Housing Options

The South 40

The South 40 includes ten residential colleges located at the southwest end of the Danforth Campus. The South 40 is a “small town” with its own fitness center, dining facilities, technology center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, recreation and game rooms, and music practice rooms. In addition, Bear Necessities, a gift shop; Paws & Go, a convenience store; the mail room; and several student-run businesses are located nearby.

The Village

The Village is located in the Northwest corner of campus and is comprised of Village House and Lopata House, and dining facilities. Together, the two buildings house about 337 residents and each floor has one RA. Lopata House and Village House have mostly suites with four single bedrooms and two bathrooms, connected by a private hallway.

Apartments South

Apartments South consists of Greenway Apartments, Millbrook Square, University Drive, and Village East apartments. The total number of residents is around 600 upperclassmen students.

Apartments North

Apartments North consists of The Lofts, Rosedale Court, Kingsland Avenue and Washington Avenue Apartments.

Housing Accommodations (previous year)

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. The deadline to submit your request is December 6, 2019. We encourage you to visit the Requesting Housing Accommodations for comprehensive instructions.


This notification will define the type of accommodations that you are approved for but not the actual building and room assignment. A typical type of accommodation would be a single room or perhaps a building with an elevator.

Once approved for an accommodation, Residential Life will contact you later in the spring semester regarding your actual room assignment. Your assignment will be published after the application process closes. In order to be considered for a housing accommodation, you must complete the housing application by the deadline.

Important Rules:

  • Students with approved accommodation can have up to 3 roommates however you can also apply as an individual.
  • If your request is not granted and you appeal the decision you may need to separate from your requested roommates in order to be guaranteed your accommodation.
  • Please note: requests for accommodation can be made at any time however students are required to follow the posted process and adhere to the deadlines. For this reason, late requests often result in placements on a wait list and you will not be given the option of applying with friends.

Accommodations Timeline

  • December 6, 2019 Deadline for students currently living in University managed housing (on and off campus residence halls and fraternity houses) to submit their accommodation requests and participate in group petition formation. Accommodations request received after the deadline will be assigned as an individual only.
  • January 9, 2020 The Disability Resource Office will notify you by email of the accommodations you are granted or if your request is denied. 
Cancellation Policy

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

Terms and Conditions of Occupancy (PDF)


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Will I receive housing?

All returning students who currently live with Residential Life or students who lived with Residential Life the semester before studying abroad or taking a medical leave will be guaranteed housing.

Do I have a lottery number?

No. This year we will be using time slots.

What is a time slot?

The time slot is a random computer-generated time when your group will be able to log in 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. Students who forgot to apply on time are eligible for the wait list once it is made available.

What is the best browser to use for the WashU Housing Portal?

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

What do I do if I need housing accommodations?

Students need to submit their accommodations request to Disability Resources. Students should submit their requests by December 6, 2019.

Housing Agreement Questions

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 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?

Students not issued a time slot are still guaranteed housing, but will not be released from their agreement for this reason. Students in this situation will be contacted and administratively placed. We will make every effort to keep your group together.

Choosing not to select a room does not warrant cancellation of the housing agreement. Students in this situation will be administratively assigned.

Application Eligibility Questions

What if I am abroad during housing selection?

All students who lived in Residential or Fraternity/Sorority Life Housing before going abroad are able to participate in housing selection as long as they have access to the internet.

What if I plan to study abroad?

If you plan to study abroad in the Fall Semester, do not submit an application. Spring Housing Applications will open on November 1st. If you plan to study abroad in the Spring Semester, complete the application as described above. There will be no penalty for canceling your housing agreement due to studying abroad.

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 opened November 1st.

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

Quadrangle Housing

Apartment Referral Service

Washington University Co-op