Due to the many social and academic benefits associated with living on campus, all incoming freshmen are expected to live on campus, unless exempt from this requirement. You can learn more about the Freshman Residency Program and the exemption process here.
The online housing application is available beginning at 12:00 noon CDT on October 3, 2016. You must submit a complete application, including the housing contract and the $300.00 deposit ($25.00 non-refundable application fee and $275.00 housing prepayment) in order for Housing and Residential Communities to receive your application and in order for you to be eligible for on campus housing. You will receive email notification beginning in February regarding how you will receive your housing assignment. Please note, your official email address as an incoming freshman is your Crimson email, so HRC will communicate with you using this email address. Please be sure to check it regularly.
To apply for housing, click here and log in, using the user name and password assigned by Undergraduate Admissions.
You are able to apply for housing once you are admitted to the University and have paid the Freshman Enrollment Deposit. The earlier that you apply for housing, the more housing options you will have, as access to online room selection and housing assignment by HRC staff are based primarily on when a student completes their housing application. Students who participate in Freshman Room Selection (FRS) can pull in confirmed roommate choices who are not eligible for FRS, if space is available. Incoming freshmen who apply for housing by February 1 will be eligible to select their own rooms online, beginning in early May. Students who apply for housing after February 1 will be assigned by HRC staff, taking into consideration their housing preferences, as long as space permits, beginning in mid-May, based on the date the housing application is completed. Students who apply later may not receive a housing assignment until July.
A $300 deposit is due with your housing application. This includes a $25.00 non-refundable application fee and a $275.00 prepayment. If you do not attend UA and cancel your housing application by May 1, 2017, you will receive a refund of $275.00. If you cancel your housing by June 1, you will receive a refund of $175.00. To cancel your housing application, you must submit a cancellation request through the HRC website.
Complete information about housing-related medical requests can be found here.
Students who participate in Freshman Room Selection (FRS) can select their room in early May. Students who are eligible for FRS but do not participate or students who are not eligible for FRS will be assigned by HRC staff in order of when they completed their housing application. Assignments will be made beginning in late May through the summer. Please note, students with application dates of May 1 or later may not receive their housing assignments until mid-July. Staff who assign students will take into consideration roommate preferences and room style choices, as long as space permits.
Incoming freshmen who apply for housing by February 1, 2017, will be able to select their own rooms online. Room selection will begin in early May. Students will be assigned specific dates and times to access room selection, based on their housing application completion date. More information will be available on the HRC website in late January and will be emailed to students using their Crimson email accounts.
You may be able to, if you and your preferred roommate are eligible for the same community. For example, a student in the Honors College, who wants to live in Honors Housing, will need to select a roommate who is also eligible for Honors Housing. Students who are looking for potential roommates may create a profile in their housing application and make it available for other students to view, and students may search the profiles of other students through the housing application. A student eligible to select their room online will be able to pull in their confirmed roommate to their room if the student is eligible to live in that residence hall and space is available. Students that apply after February 1 that will be assigned by HRC staff may be assigned with their requested roommate, provided that space is available. Our Roommate Guide will walk you through the process of searching or and requesting a roommate.
You will be eligible for certain residence halls based upon your freshman status, your gender, and any living-learning community participation. For example, you must be a male student in the College of Engineering in order to be eligible to live in Bryant Hall. Students must be admitted to the Honors College in order to live in Honors Housing. Other living-learning communities are connected to other residence halls. Please note, different residence halls have different rates. Please check the projected rates for housing on the HRC website as you consider your choices. Fall 2017 rates will be available in early summer 2017.
Living-learning communities connect a student’s academic interests with their living environment, providing a supportive environment in which residents have a shared college, major, or academic program. There are many different living-learning communities at UA, with varying requirements for admission and different expectations for participants. Please note, participants in some living-learning communities will be assigned by the HRC assignments staff and require application to, and acceptance by, the program before assignment can be made.
Honors Housing (currently located in Ridgecrest South, East and West, Blount, and Paty) is a living option available to students in the Honors College. Faculty-in-Residence live in Honors Housing and interact with residents. There is also programming offered with Honors students’ interests and needs in mind. Honors housing is an option for students in the Honors College, but is not a requirement of Honors College students and is not guaranteed. Interested students can select space there, or receive assignment to Honors Housing, as space permits. Non-Honors College participants cannot be pulled in as roommates.
If you know that you will need housing during periods during which the University closes, you may want to consider living in Burke East or West, Parham Hall, the Highlands or Bryce Lawn. These residence halls do not close during break periods and are available to incoming freshmen. Residence halls do not close during Fall Break or Thanksgiving Break, but other residence halls do close during Winter Break and Spring Break.
No. Due to the high demand for housing, not all students who want to live on campus will be able to, and students are not guaranteed housing after their freshman year. Exceptions include students who must live on campus, e.g., students with housing scholarships that can only be used in campus housing. These students must still meet all HRC housing application deadlines in order to be eligible for housing. HRC provides extensive resources and assistance for students who are moving off campus, in order to help them make good decisions about their living situations.
If you do not attend the University, you can receive a refund of your $275.00 prepayment by requesting a release from your contract with Housing and Residential Communities by May 1, 2017. Students who request a contract release from their housing between May 2 and June 1 will receive a refund of $175.00. To submit a contract release request, please fill out the form through myBama. Because the prepayment is refundable, you are strongly urged to apply for housing, even if you have not made your final decision regarding the school you will attend. You can maximize your housing choices by applying for housing earlier. In order to ensure that you receive a refund, if eligible, please request a contract release with Housing and Residential Communities and not just Undergraduate Admissions. Please note, after the release deadline, your housing contract will be released only if you do not attend UA or if you receive an exemption. Your request will not be granted in order for you to live in a sorority or fraternity housing or in an off-campus apartment.
For the safety and security of HRC residents, mail and packages are not delivered directly to the residence halls. All deliveries are made to the Ferguson Mail Center, operated by the Campus Mail Service. Students do not need to rent a mailbox to receive packages on campus. For more information, please visit the Ferguson Mail Center webpage, or call Campus Mail Service at (205) 348-MAIL.