To apply for housing for the Spring semester, students must complete the Spring Semester Housing Application on the Housing Portal. Housing during the Spring Semester is based on availability. Therefore, we are unable to guarantee there will be available space. Historically, Residential Life has always had availability for all students who have applied for Spring Semester Housing.
Most of our availabilities for the Spring Semester Housing Application process occur in:
Spring Semester Housing Application Timeline and Details
|Spring Semester Housing Application Opens||Nov 1|
|Application Deadline||Nov 15|
|Application Assignment Notification||Dec 1|
If you miss the Spring Semester Housing Application deadline, you are still able to apply for Spring Semester housing. However, you will be entered into our rolling application process, which is completed on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on availability. Generally, students in the rolling application process will have assignments communicated to them by Jan 1.
- To access the Housing Portal, you must first have a WUSTL key. If you do not have a WUSTL key, please contact your College/School Office.
- If you have a WUSTL key, log into the Housing Portal via WebSTAC.
- Once on the Housing Portal, click on applications and select Spring Application from the options.
- Complete the Spring Semester Housing Application.
- Be sure to indicate if you would like to request a specific space or to room with particular individuals at the end of the application in the comments section.
- You can check your assignment by clicking on the Assignment tab in the Housing Portal.
- If you do not have an assignment by Jan 1 and have completed the Spring Semester Housing Application, please contact the Office of Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and student ID number.
Housing Accommodations are determined by the Disability Resource Office. Approved accommodations are then implemented by Residential Life. Note, your housing placement will be assigned to fit the needs of your approved housing accommodation from Disability Resources.
To make a Housing Accommodations request you must submit the information to the Disability Resources Office via their application.
Students will receive notification of the Housing Accommodation from the Disability Resources Office decision through their WUSTL email, typically 2-6 weeks after submitting their request. Late requests will be placed on a space available as is.
- Students must still complete the Room & Board Application through their WashU Housing Portal to be considered for a placement in housing, even if they have already been approved for a housing accommodation.
- Being approved for a housing accommodation does not guarantee that you will be placed in your first-choice residential hall or with your preferred friends. Disability Resources makes determinations regarding functional accommodations in housing. Their office is not involved in the process of assigning a student’s specific room or specific roommates/suitemates. This process is managed by Residential LIfe and students will be notified of their specific room assignment separately.
- Students with an approved accommodation can have no more than 3 roommates. However, they can also apply as an individual. This does not guarantee a single room placement and is based on availability.
For questions to Disability Resources, please contact their office at 314-935-5970 or by email. They are located on the ground floor of Gregg House on the South 40. Their office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.
If you are requesting accommodations for the very first time, the steps will be slightly different than if you are already registered with Disability Resources for other accommodations. If this is your first time registering with Disability Resources and requesting accommodations, follow the below steps.
- Acquire Documentation from your doctor or therapist: All requests for housing accommodations must include documentation prepared by a qualified evaluator. At minimum the documentation must substantiate the student’s disabling condition and verify the student’s current need for accommodations in order to have equal access to the residential environments.
- Submit the Public Accommodation Request Form: Students who are not already registered with Disability Resources should submit the Public Accommodation Request form and upload their documentation of disability with this form. If you do not have access to your documentation at the time that you submit the form we can also accept documentation through mail, email, or fax. However, if you choose to submit documentation through one of these alternate means, please keep in mind that your request will not be considered complete until Disability Resources receives both your submission and documentation.
Have you previously registered with Disability Resources for any type of accommodation request (academic, housing, transportation, or temporary injury)? Follow the below steps.
- Acquire documentation from your doctor or therapist: All requests for housing accommodations must include documentation prepared by a qualified evaluator.
- Submit the Supplemental Form through Access WashU: Students who have requested accommodations of any type in the past must log in to Access WashU and submit a supplemental request in order to request a change or addition to their current accommodations. Step-by-step directions to complete the supplemental request are below.
- Navigate to Access WashU
- Log in with your WUSTL key
- Select the “Accommodation” tab on the menu bar on the left-hand side of the page.
- From the drop-down options choose the second option “Supplemental”
- Choose “Add New”
- Fill out all form fields and click “Submit”.
Documentation of disability can be uploaded through the Supplemental Request. If you do not have access to your documentation at the time that you submit the form we can also accept documentation through mail, email, or fax. However, if you choose to submit documentation through one of these alternate means, please keep in mind that your request will not be considered complete until Disability Resources receives both your submission and documentation.
- For dietary restrictions > No. Dining services works to support students with special dietary needs, this includes those with medically restricted diets and those with food allergies and intolerances. Dining Services is generally able to meet the needs of students requesting specialized meal plans so all students with special dietary needs are encouraged to work with dining services to make dining on campus enjoyable and safe. The process for requesting dietary accommodations is outlined on the Dining Services website.
- For transportation and Proximity to Academic Buildings > No. All on-campus residential buildings are considered to be within close proximity to academic buildings and other campus facilities. Students whose disabilities may limit their ability to walk and/or carry a heavy backpack for long distances are encouraged to utilize the Campus Circulator and/or Medical Escort Service when traveling across campus. More information about these options can be found on the Parking and Transportation Services website.
- For Environmental Allergens > No. The university has conducted tests of environmental allergen levels throughout the Residential Life buildings. The results of these tests found that there is not a significant difference in allergen level between the various building types. To reduce exposure to environmental allergens, students are encouraged to follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology by brining allergen-proof fabric covers for bedding, a dehumidifier, and/or HEPA filter air purifier for use in their residence hall rooms.
- For distraction-Reduced Study Space > No. By nature, residential housing is not a distraction-reduced environment. Students are encouraged to explore the many study spaces throughout campus to find a quiet study location and are welcome to contact Disability Resources for recommendations.
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 complete the Residential Life housing application. Then, you must connect with your chapter House Managers for next steps. Each Chapter Facility operates their placement process and Residential Life will confirm with the Housing Manager before assigning you a space.
Note: You will have the option to disclose and are encouraged to do so on your housing application that you are a member of a Fraternity on campus. If you wish to live in Chapter Facility Housing as a fraternity member, your process will be facilitated by you and your fraternity members prior to the grouping process.
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.
For those applying for Spring Semester Housing, all individuals who apply are subject to our $500 cancellation fee if their application is cancelled prior to moving in.
Frequently Asked Questions: Apply
We cannot guarantee Spring semester housing as it is based on availability. Historically, the Office of Residential Life has been able to provide housing for all students who have completed the Spring Housing Application.
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.
- If you are unable to access the Spring Semester Housing Application, please follow the following steps:
- If you do not have a WUSTL key, contact your academic School/College.
- If you have a WUSTL key and are unable to access the application, please email email@example.com with your name and student ID number.
The WashU Housing Portal is available on all browsers, however we recommend using Google Chrome.
Please see the housing accommodations information above in detail.
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 the full term and it designates your financial responsibility for room and board costs.
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.
If you apply for Spring semester housing but decide you no longer want to live with Residential Life, will be charged the $500 cancellation fee.