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Embark on an exciting journey at the University of Cincinnati by securing your place in our vibrant on-campus community. Our straightforward housing application process is designed with your comfort and preferences in mind, ensuring an enriching experience throughout your time at UC.


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Preview of the newly renovated Calhoun Residence Hall
Preview of the newly renovated Calhoun Residence Hall

The application for University Housing and other related deadlines typically follow a cycle each year. The table below is intended to help you plan, whether you are still deciding to come to UC, you've already confirmed admission, you're transferring or you're a current resident.

Available Communities

Explore our housing communities sorted by availability for first-year and returning students. Review the list to identify the communities you are eligible for based on your student status.

First-year students will be assigned to their building, room and bed space in one of the following communities:

  • Calhoun Hall
  • Campus Recreation Center Hall
  • Dabney Hall
  • Daniels Hall
  • Marian Spencer Hall
  • Morgens Hall
  • Schneider Hall
  • Scioto Hall
  • Siddall
  • Stratford Heights
  • The Deacon
  • Turner Hall
  • U Square Apartments
  • University Park Apartments 

Current residents seeking to continue living in university housing will be able to select from the following communities:

  • 101 East Corry
  • Bellevue Gardens
  • CP Cincy
  • The Eden
  • Jefferson House
  • University Edge

First-Year Application Process

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Cincinnati! As you embark on this exciting journey, securing your place in our vibrant on-campus community is the next crucial step.

Overview of key dates for 2024-25 housing application processes
Date Activity or Deadline
January 22 First-year student application opens
May 3, 5 p.m. Housing priority deadline for first-year residents (applications received after this date are not guaranteed)
June 30
Living Learning Community room assignment notifications
July 12 Deadline to attend Bearcats Bound Orientation to be eligible to receive your housing assignment
Week of July 15
Notifications for first-year residents room assignments begin
Mid-July to August Reserve move-in appointment
August 1
Must be enrolled for at least three (3) credit hours to maintain housing assignment

Access The Housing Application

  • Starting January 22, access the housing application after accepting Admission to the university.
  • First-year students residing outside a 50-mile radius of the Uptown campus are required to live in university housing.

Complete Application Steps

  • Submit and verify general information through the user-friendly application interface.
  • Select your meal plan; the All-Access meal plan is mandatory for first-year residential students.
  • First-year residential status is determined by your Tuition Guarantee Cohort in Catalyst, not college credit hours earned.
  • Accept Housing Terms & Conditions.
  • Submit a non-refundable $150 application fee. Applications are not considered complete until the fee is paid.
  • Allow up to three business days after accepting admission for access to the housing application.
  • May 3, at 5 p.m., is the priority deadline for submitting a housing application. Students who submit after this date are still eligible for housing, but may be subject to the waitlist process.

Special Considerations

  • If you're under 18, review the Proxy Signature video.
  • Pell-eligible students may qualify for a fee waiver. Contact university housing if your application shows the fee as required.

Access The Housing Application

  • Beginning October 1, access the housing application upon accepting admission to the university.
  • First-year students residing outside a 50-mile radius of the main campus are required to live in university housing.

Complete Application Steps

  • Submit and verify general information through the user-friendly application interface.
  • Select your meal plan; the All-Access meal plan is mandatory for first-year residential students.
  • First-year residential status is determined by your Tuition Guarantee Cohort in Catalyst, not college credit hours earned.
  • Accept Housing Terms & Conditions.
  • Submit a non-refundable $150 application fee. Applications are not considered complete until the fee is paid.
  • Allow up to three business days after accepting admission for access to the Housing application.

Special Considerations

  • If you're under 18, review the Proxy Signature video.
  • Pell-eligible students may qualify for a fee waiver. Contact university housing if your application shows the fee as required.
  • If you applied in the fall 2024 semester without receiving a housing assignment, do not pay the application fee again. Contact our office to have the fee waived.
  • The spring application has no set deadline and remains open as long as space permits. Late submissions are eligible but may enter the waitlist process if the application closes.

Assignment Timeline

  • Beginning mid-December, students applying for spring semester 2025 housing will receive information regarding their specific assignment.
  • Assignments will continue until move-in, accounting for cancellations and available space.
  • January 12, 2025, marks the spring move-in date. Students needing early move-in should submit an Early Arrival Request form found in the housing portal.

Annual Housing Timeline

The timeline below represents typical weeks applications open and deadlines occur.

Overview by Week of Calendar Month
Month, Week Activity or Deadline
January, Week 4
Bed lofting* and room swap requests reopen for spring semester
January, Week 4 First-year student application opens
February, Week 1 Contract renewal period begins
March, Week 4 Summer semester housing application opens for current academic year
May, Week 1 Housing priority deadline for first-year residents (applications received after this date are not guaranteed)
June, Weeks 3 - 4
Living Learning Commmunity room assignments
July Week 2 - 4
First-year residents room assignments
July, Week 2 Lofting requests (if applicable)
July, Week 4 Reserve move-in appointment
September, Week 2 Bed lofting* and room swap requests open for fall
October, Week 1 Spring semester housing application opens for current academic year, will remain open unless space becomes unavailable
November, Week 1
Winter break housing request form opens
December, Week 2 Spring semester housing applicants receive assignment information

*Lofting request form opens for available communities.

Annual Graduate Housing Timeline

The application for graduate students seeking to live in University Housing and other related deadlines typically follow a cycle each year. The table below is intended to help you plan, whether you are still deciding to come to UC, you've already confirmed admission, you're transferring, or you're a current resident.

Overview by Week of Calendar Month
Month, Week Activity or Deadline
February, Week 4
(Feb. 27 for 24-25 cycle)
Contract renewal and room retention period begins
March, Week 1
(Mar. 11 for 24-25 cycle)
Deadline to retain and/or renew
March, Week 3
(Mar. 19 for 24-25 cycle)
New student application opens
April, Week 1
(Apr. 1-5 for 24-25 cycle)
Initial contract offers made to students
Recurring Subleases are generally sent about 2 weeks after a student receives an offer for housing
July 31 Senator Place and The Eden Graduate move-out / leases end
August, Weeks 1-2
(Aug. 10 for 24-25 cycle)
Apartment move-in