First Year & New Student Application Process

Welcome, new Bearcat! University Housing is looking forward to meeting all of you and your classmates. Living in University Housing is a fun and rewarding experience, and it all starts with your application via the housing portal. Review the process and timelines below. How-to videos accompany each process.

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Complete Application

Beginning January 23, if you have accepted Admission* to the university, you will be able to access the housing application. First-year students residing outside 50-mile radius of main campus are required to live in university housing.

The application includes how to:

  • Verify/submit general information
  • Select your meal plan.
    • The All-Access meal plan is required for first-year residential students
    • First-year residential students are identified in Catalyst by their Tuition Guarantee Cohort, and not based on the number of college credit hours earned
  • Accept Terms & Conditions
    • If under 18, review Proxy Signature video
  • Submit non-refundable $100 application fee. Applications are not considered complete until the fee is paid.

*There is a 24-hr. window post Admission acceptance for the application to become available.

May 3, at 5 p.m., is the priority deadline for submitting a housing application. Those who submit after this date are still eligible for housing, but may be subject to the waitlist process.

Communities for First Year and New Students

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First-year and new 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 Hall
  • Stratford Heights
  • Turner Hall
  • University Park Apartments (south)
  • U Square Apartments

How-to Videos

How to Apply for Housing

Housing Application Process Video Description
The above video contains information about all the required steps for completing your housing application. If you complete the steps in this video prior to the May 3 priority deadline, you will receive a housing assignment. 
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  • Personal details 1:30
  • Accessibility accommodation process 2:50
  • Review information regarding the university immunization policy 3:24
  • Accept the Housing Terms and Conditions 3:55
    • Signing Housing Agreement for students under 18 – discussed in separate video below 4:47
  • Application fee 5:14

If You're Under 18

Housing Application Part 2

Housing Application Part 2 Video Description

This video is Part 2 of the housing application walkthrough. If you complete all the steps in Part 1, you will receive a housing assignment. This video explores remaining steps you may complete. These steps are optional, including: Meal Plan; Special Interest Living; Roommate Profile and Roommates; Room Preferences; and Application Status and Booking. In addition, the Move-in Timeslot step is reviewed; it typically opens in July.

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  • Meal Plan 0:37
  • Special Interest Living - Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) 1:07
  • Next Steps 1:51
  • Roommate Profile 2:27
  • Roommates 2:50
  • Room Preferences 3:18
  • Application Status and Booking Summary 4:12
  • Move-in Appointment Timeslot 5:05

Additional How-to Videos

  • Apply for a Living-Learning Community (LLC), if desired.
    • You may apply when completing the housing application. Honors or other LLC sponsors will notifiy you later if you are accepted into the housing community.
  • Complete roommate profile, and/or roommate group, if desired.

Applying for a Living-Learning Community

How to Complete Your Roommate Profile and Join a Roommate Group

  • Note: Roommate groups are capped at 2 people (yourself and 1 roommate request). 

Changing Roommate Group Leader and Verifying Group

  • Note: Roommate groups are capped at 2 people (yourself and 1 roommate request). 

Move-in Appointment

Move-in can be a hectic time for you and your family. However, when everyone moves in by appointment, it spreads out traffic congestion, and makes the process go more smoothly.

  • You must reserve a move-in appointment via the housing portal in mid-July/early-August
  • You will be notified via your UC-issued email when the appointment scheduler opens
  • Our Family Move-in Guide with complete details will be mailed to your permanent address on file in early August
  • Check our Move-in/Move-out page for tips on what to bring and what not to bring

How-to Video

How to Select Your Move-in Appointment

Contacting Us

We know you may have more questions. Try reviewing our Applying FAQ or Resources before calling or sending an email.

  • Our phone system allows for a callback request if you do not want to wait.
  • We appreciate your patience while we work diligently to respond to inquiries during this busy time. If you have left a callback request on our phone system, be assured you will remain in the queue until we have contacted you.
  • If you send an email during a high volume time, you can expect a response within 48 hours
Phone: 513-556-6461 Email: