First Year Students: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How are assignments made for first-year
- All of
the applications that are received by May 15 are assigned a random lottery
number. The lottery number determines the order in which the system will
process the 3,000+ applications on file. To make your housing assignment, the
system identifies your preferences and seeks vacant rooms starting with your
first choice and progressing down the list. If nothing is available in any of
the locations you preferenced, a random housing assignment is made.
Will I get a better assignment if I
submit my application early?
Because applications are randomly ordered before assignments are made, all
students who submit an application by May 15 will receive equal chance of
getting assigned to one of their preferences.
Is there a deposit required to apply
There is no deposit required to apply for housing. However, if you apply and then cancel you
will be responsible for a minimum $200 cancellation penalty.
Do I have to live on campus?
- Yes. Per the UNC Live-On Requirement, if you are a traditional first-year student who has never lived on a college campus, you are required to live on campus
(UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education) or at Granville Towers.
Note that contracts are not transferable between the two.
Can first-year students join Residential Learning Programs?
First-year students are encouraged to take advantage of the unique
opportunities Residential Learning Programs afford. You’ll have the same experience as a
traditional resident who lives in campus housing, with the added benefit of living
near other like-minded students who share common interests and are committed to
getting involved at Carolina. There is no additional cost to join a
Residential Learning Program.
Are there “first-year” halls?
I’m thinking about living at Granville – what’s the difference?
Granville Towers is considered a partner to UNC Housing, Granville Towers is
managed by a private entity, and contracts are issued independently of the
Department of Housing & Residential Education. It’s important to note that
contracts are not transferable between UNC Housing and Granville Towers.
What’s the best residence hall? (Take this short quiz for help!)
preferences like room size, community size, suite-style vs. hall-style, and
location are common things to consider when selecting community preferences.
But most often, we hear students enjoy their living experience as a result of
the people in the community more than the building.
Can I request a roommate?
You may request a roommate when you apply online for housing. It is important
that both students list each other on their applications.
What if I don’t have a roommate?
- If you
don’t have a roommate in mind, don’t worry! We will place you with another
first-year student who is also going “potluck” – it’s quite common.
- You can also use roommate searching tool within the myhousing.unc.edu portal to search through potential roommates based on their living and study habits and exchange email communication through the portal.
Am I signing a contract by submitting
- Yes. By
clicking “Submit” on the housing application, you are agreeing to the Housing
Contract which is a contract for the entire academic year.
When will we find out our housing
assignment (and how)?
first-year students who met the May 15 priority date will receive their
assignment confirmation in early June.
Confirmation is initially sent by email. You can also view your
assignment online at myhousing.unc.edu.
What if my roommate and I have
differences we can’t work out -- can I change rooms?
Beginning after the second week of fall semester and continuing throughout the
academic year, students can request a move through their community office.
Do I have to leave during breaks?
- Residence halls will close for Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break, but you can apply for temporary break housing in Craige Hall. If you know you will need break housing, you might want to preference Craige Hall on your housing application; that way you can stay in your own room when halls close.
How much will housing cost?
How will I be billed for housing?
students who applied by May 15, your student account will be billed in
July. Payments are made through the
Cashiers office and not directly to Housing.
What happens if I cancel my housing
students who cancel after submitting an application are charged a $200 penalty
up until opening or taking possession of the room key, whichever occurs first.
After opening or receipt of room key, the cancellation penalty is 50% of the
contract. We do not charge a cancellation
penalty if you do not attend Carolina. Read more about cancellation policies.
Can you accommodate my
Can I get a single
room as a first-year student?
- Yes. Single rooms are very sparse on the
UNC-Chapel Hill campus, so they it is very difficult to get assigned to one. If you have a severe medical condition that requires you
live alone, please visit our Chronic or Severe Medical Conditions Special Accommodation Request page for more information on how to submit your Self-Identification Form.
Could I live in an apartment
my first year?
- No. Apartment communities are not available to
first-year students. This option will be available beginning your
Why didn't I get assigned to
one of the communities I preferenced on my Housing Application?
- The preferences you list on your Housing
Application are guidelines that our automated program looks at while
making your room assignment. As our system processes the applications in
lottery-number order, we can't guarantee you'll be assigned to any
of your preferences if space is not available at the time your
application is processed.
When and how does move-in
- South campus residents arrive either Friday or Saturday
of opening weekend, according to their room number. Arrival times are staggered by last name. All north campus residents
can move in on Saturday of opening weekend. Students
attending the last Orientation session can arrive at 7 a.m. on their first day of
Can I bring a loft?
- No. Housing provides all of the necessary
materials to bunk or loft your beds. Self-built lofts are not allowed.
When can I apply to be an
- Students can become an RA (Resident Advisor) as soon as they reach
sophomore standing. The RA application process begins during fall semester for the following academic year.
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