Everything you need to know about the first-year housing experience

Key dates, how to apply and other helpful resources

We know that housing is a major part of the first-year student experience and this article will provide an overview of the process, timeline and other resources that are available to assist you.

First-year housing application process

Our streamlined housing application process is designed to make your experience straightforward and easy to navigate. First-year students residing outside a 50-mile radius of the Uptown campus are required to live in university housing.

  • Step one: Confirm your admission. Within 72 hours, you will receive your Catalyst login information and can begin the housing application.
  • Step two: Verify personal information and emergency contacts in your Catalyst record.
  • Step three: Indicate any special accommodations (if needed).
  • Step four: Review health screening information.
  • Step five: Accept the Housing Terms & Conditions agreement.
  • Step six: Submit your application by paying the $150 application fee.
    *Please note that your application is not considered complete until this fee has been paid.

After payment, you will be able to complete optional steps such as creating your roommate profile, indicating your preferred room-type and more.

Timeline + important dates

  • Jan. 22: Housing application opens
  • May 3: Housing application deadline
  • June 30: Living Learning Community room assignement 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/new residents room assignments begin

Residential communities

Our on-campus housing offers a variety of room types and experiences. From traditional rooms in Calhoun Hall to suite-style rooms in Schneider Hall and apartment communities like Morgens Hall, our diverse range of housing options help create lasting memories, friendships and an environment for you to have success on campus.

To get a better understanding of the different communities, check out our new UC Housing Tour series, with current UC students giving you a real look at their living space and housing experience.

Expanded Housing Call Center

Your housing experience remains a top priority. New for 2024-25 is an expanded call center to help assist you with any questions regarding the housing application. Please contact the University Housing Offices at 513-556-6461 or email uchousing@uc.edu. We appreciate your patience while we work diligently to respond to inquiries during this busy time.