Residence Hall Application

Housing applications are received and accepted throughout the year once they initially open. There is not a deadline for submitting an application, but all room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date of completion of the application and $225.00 fee. For more information on when a specific application term will be available, please see the Application Status section below.

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Questions about housing status?

Contact Casey Cronin, UM Housing Occupancy Manager, at (406) 243-4243.

Application Status

Applications for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Academic Year will open on October 1, 2019. There is no deadline to apply for the Residence Halls, though room assignments are made on a first-applied first-assigned basis, determined by the application completion date. 

Current residents must apply for each new academic year, apply now and look out for information on our Returner Special Offers! 

The application for Spring Only 2020 is no longer available on the students myHousingPortal; however, housing is still available. If you are interested in spring 2020 housing in the Residence Halls please contact our office at (406) 243-2611 or stop by in 101 Turner Hall.

Assignment Process

Fall Semester rooms start to be assigned in April. Generally by the beginning of February each year, many of our spaces are already reserved from submitted applications and the choices become more limited as we get closer to Fall Semester.
Fall Semester room assignments transfer to Spring Semester if the resident is continuing. New Spring Semester students are assigned rooms based on availability from Fall Semester move outs. Spring assignments are made once all Fall Semester move outs have been processed, assignments will be made the end of December/early January.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis depending on when the application is submitted. We try our best to accommodate your living preferences, however, building and room type availability may be limited by the time your application is processed. Once you have been assigned a room, you generally do not change rooms with the exception of one of these reasons:

  • You were not assigned your first choice of hall as it was listed on your application. In this case, you may sign up for the summer room change waitlist. The summer room change waitlist will be used during the summer to move students around to spaces that have opened due to cancellations. If you request to be placed on the waitlist, your name will be added based on the order that your housing application was received. If a space opens up and you are next on the waitlist, you will be moved to the new room automatically. You will be notified by email once a move has been made. Once you are moved to a new room, your previous room is no longer available. Because of this, it is very important that you choose the waitlist option that you really want and you are certain that you really want to move. This type of waitlist is only used until late July. There are no room changes allowed between August 1st and the beginning of the semester. To sign up for the summer room change waitlist, log in to myHousingPortal and go to your housing application.  Starting May 1st, and only after you have been assigned a room, the Summer Waitlist page will be an option in the navigation bar of your application. You may only sign up for one option on the summer waitlist. This page is used to sign up for a waitlist, change the waitlist, and cancel the waitlist. Please note that if you sign up on the waitlist and later decide you want to stay in your current room, you must cancel your waitlist request right away, or you could still be moved and your current room could no longer be available. If you sign up on the summer waitlist and are not moved before August 1st, and you are still interested in moving, you must sign up on the fall waitlist as the summer waitlist does not roll over to fall. 
  • If you are still interested in a room change, but the August 1st deadline has passed, you will need to sign up on the fall waitlist which begins on the first day of classes. On the first day of classes the Room Change Waitlist will be available in your myHousingPortal. On this waitlist you may choose up to 3 options which includes a "Single Anywhere" and "Double Anywhere", and it continues throughout the semester. Once the semester audit is completed and all interim overflow housing residents have been assigned permanent rooms, UM Housing will use the fall waitlist to move residents around. Residents are offered moves via email notifications to their student email account, and a text will be attempted. Residents are given 48 hours to respond before they are removed from the waitlist and the space is offered to the next person. 
Residents are only allowed one free room change per academic year (including moves off the summer waitlist). Any requests for room changes after the first one will be an additional $50.00 per change. All room and board charges must be current before a room change will be offered. 

Please note that requesting a roommate change due to social media sites like Facebook will not be granted. We suggest contacting your roommate through the "Send Message" option on myHousingPortal. Social media sites are often unreliable and students often look at the wrong person’s profile.

Cancellation of Housing

All cancellations must be made directly with the UM Housing Office. Canceling or changing enrollment with the Admissions Office does not cancel your room reservation. Please see the cancellation page for information on the cancellation process and deadlines.