About Housing Selection

The Undergraduate Continuing Student Housing Application and Housing Selection process will begin February 1st. Students should be familiar with key components of the process prior to applying. Please read the information below and find housing selection information to the right.

Understanding Eligibility

Only students currently living in Residential Life managed housing are eligible to participate in the Housing Selection Process. Current commuters, incoming transfer students and students living in non-Residential Life managed housing are not eligible to participate in the housing selection process.

All Fraternity Houses have an occupancy requirement. Your eligibility to participate in Housing Selection process is contingent on your Fraternity meeting their occupancy requirement regardless of you being a current or new member. Visit the Greek Life website here for more information. 

Students who are currently abroad are eligible to participate in the 2019-2020 Housing Selection process as long as they lived with Residential Life prior to going abroad.  Students are able to complete the Housing Application through the WashU Housing Portal starting on February 1st, 2019.

Students who are not able to submit a housing application through the WashU Housing Portal should contact our office by phone or email.

Housing Options

The South 40

The South 40 includes ten residential colleges located at the southwest end of the Danforth Campus. The South 40 is a “small town” with its own fitness center, dining facilities, technology center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, recreation and game rooms, and music practice rooms. In addition, Bear Necessities, a gift shop; Paws & Go, a convenience store; the mail room; and several student-run businesses are located nearby.

The Village

The Village is located in the Northwest corner of campus and is comprised of Village House and Lopata House, and dining facilities. Together, the two buildings house about 315 residents and each floor has one RA. Lopata House and Village House have mostly suites with four single bedrooms and two bathrooms, connected by a private hallway.  

Apartments South

Apartments South consists of Greenway Apartments, Millbrook Square, University Drive, and Village East apartments. The total number of residents is around 600 upperclassmen students.

Apartments North

Apartments North consists of The Lofts, Rosedale Court, Kingsland Avenue and Washington Avenue Apartments.

Housing Accommodations

Housing Accommodation Information

Friday December 7, 2018 is the deadline for students currently living in University Managed Housing (on & off campus residence halls & Fraternity Houses) to submit their Accommodation requests.

In limited circumstances, the university approves students for housing accommodations based on a medical need and/or disability status.  If you have needs that make it necessary for a specific assignment we want to make sure you have enough time to make appointments and gather the supporting documentation required when submitting the request through the Disability Resource Office. 

We encourage you to review the Documentation Guidelines on the Cornerstone website here when requesting documentation from your service providers. 

Notification

The Disability Resource Office will notify you by Friday, January 4, 2019 of the accommodations you are granted or if your request is denied. 

This notification will define the type of accommodations that you are approved for but not the actual building and room assignment.   A typical type of accommodation would be a single room or perhaps a building with an elevator.

Once approved for an accommodation, Residential Life will contact you regarding the actual room assignment.  Your assignment will be published after the application process closes.  The application process opens on February 1st and closes on February 8th. Failure to complete the application by the deadline will result in the loss of the assignment.

Residents with current accommodations should apply here on Cornerstones website. 

Residents seeking a first time housing accommodation should apply here on Cornerstones website. 

Important Rules:

  1. Students with approved accommodation can have up to 3 roommates however you can also apply as an individual. 
  2. If your request is not granted and you appeal the decision you may need to separate from your requested roommates in order to be guaranteed your accommodation.
  3. Please note: requests for accommodation can be made at any time however students are required to follow the posted process and adhere to the deadlines.  For this reason, late requests often result in placements on a wait list and you will not be given the option of applying with friends.

Housing Accommodations Timeline

  • Friday December 7, 2018 Deadline for students currently living in University Managed Housing (on & off campus residence halls & Fraternity Houses) to submit their Accommodation requests and participate in group petition formation. Accommodations request received after the deadline will be assigned as an individual only.
  • Friday, January 4, 2019 The Disability Resource Office will notify you by email of the accommodations you are granted or if your request is denied. 
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 Housing Application and Group Formation Opens
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 Housing Application Closes
    Failure to complete the Housing Application by the deadline will result in the loss of the assignment.
  • Monday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Residential Life will contact you regarding the actual room assignment.

Cancellation Policy

If you apply for housing but decide you no longer want to live with Residential Life, you may cancel your application until March 31, 2019 without penalty.  All requests for cancellations of the Contract shall be made by filing a Room Cancellation Request (form available on WebSTAC through the WashU Housing Portal)

  • Cancellations received by March 31, 2019, will be charged a $0 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received by May 15, 2019, will be charged a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received and approved between May 16, 2019 and June 15, 2019, will be charged a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received after June 15, 2019 will not be permitted. The Housing License is a 9-month financial commitment for the full academic year, both the Fall and Spring Terms. Only school approved cancellations will be accepted after June 15, 2019. School approved cancellations (i.e.: withdrawals, deferrals and leaves of absence) received after June 15, 2019 will be charged a $500 cancellation fee.

FAQ

General FAQ

Will I receive housing?

All returning students who currently live with Residential Life or students who lived with Residential Life the semester before studying abroad or taking a medical leave will be guaranteed housing.

Do I have a lottery number?

No. This year we will be using time slots.

What is a time slot?

The time slot is a random computer-generated time when your group will be able to log in and select a room assignment.

What is the WashU Housing Portal?

The WashU Housing Portal is the online portal where all aspects of housing selection take place. Students will need to access the WashU Housing Portal to submit the housing application, sign the housing agreement, pick a meal plan, form groups, and select a room. You can access the WashU Housing Portal through your WebSTAC account.

Why can’t I apply for housing?

If you are unable to apply but feel you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please contact our office at (314) 935-5050. Students who forgot to apply on time are eligible for the wait list once it is made available.

What is the best browser to use for the WashU Housing Portal?

The WashU Housing Portal is available on all browsers, however we recommend using Google Chrome.

What do I do if I need housing accommodations?

Students need to submit their accommodations request to Disability Resources within Cornerstone. Students should submit their requests by December 7th, 2018.

Housing Agreement FAQ

What is the housing agreement?

The housing agreement is an academic year legal and binding agreement that all residents sign when they apply for housing. Once this document is electronically signed, you are committed to campus housing for a full academic year (fall and spring) and it designates your financial responsibility for room and board costs.

When do I sign housing agreement?

When applying for housing you will have the opportunity to review the terms and conditions and electronically sign your housing agreement by clicking “I Agree.” In order for the application to be active, the agreement will need to be signed by the application deadline of Friday, February 8, 2019. You have the opportunity to print the agreement or to view at any time through the WashU Housing Portal.

Can I cancel my application without penalty?

If you apply for housing but decide you no longer want to live with Residential Life, you may retract your application until March 29, 2019 through the WashU Housing Portal without penalty by using the Housing Cancellation Request Form.

What if I want to cancel my application after March 29, 2019?

Students who wish to be released from their housing contract after March 29, 2019 will be subjected to the housing cancellation and refund schedule. The Office of Residential Life will have the sole authority and discretion to allow a student to cancel the agreement and submission of a request does not guarantee a release from the agreement. Signing an off campus lease or commuting will not warrant a release from your housing agreement.

Please do not sign your housing agreement if you are not certain you can live on campus next year. It is important to discuss all available options with your parent(s) or guardian(s) BEFORE signing the 2019-2020 Housing Agreement; once signed, you are financially responsible for room and board charges for the fall and spring semesters.

What if I don’t/can’t select a room?

Students not issued a time slot are still guaranteed housing, but will not be released from their agreement for this reason. Students in this situation will be contacted and administratively placed. We will make every effort to keep your group together.

Choosing not to select a room does not warrant cancellation of the housing agreement. Students in this situation will be administratively assigned.

Application Eligibility FAQ

What if I am abroad during housing selection?

All students who lived in Residential or Greek Life Housing before going abroad are able to participate in housing selection as long as they have access to the internet.

What if I plan to study abroad?

If you plan to study abroad in the Fall Semester, do not submit an application. Spring Housing Applications will opened on November 1st. If you plan to study abroad in the Spring Semester, complete the application as described above. There will be no penalty for canceling your housing agreement due to studying abroad.

What should I do if my roommate will be abroad for the fall?

We do not hold rooms for students returning in the Spring Semester. Spring Housing Applications opened November 1st. 

What if I have an internship or COOP?

Students who have an internship or COOP in the Spring Semester will need to provide documentation to the Office of Residential Life in order to be released without penalty. These students may choose to live with us in the Spring as long as they are still undergraduates pursuing their degree.

What if I am graduating in December?

Students graduating in December will be released from their agreement upon verification of their degree. Students should submit a Housing Cancellation Request form through the WashU Housing Portal. Students graduating in December cannot continue to live with Residential Life past the end date of the Fall Contract. December graduates are no longer eligible for Winter Housing. Exceptions will no longer be granted.