Transfer Students: Applying for Housing

We will not assign housing to transfer students automatically. You are required to submit an application for housing if you wish to live on campus. Transfer students are assigned in the order applications are received, so it's best to apply as soon as you're sure you want to live on campus.

Step 1: Research Residential Learning Programs

  • Transfer students are welcome to apply to a Residential Learning Programs (RLPs). These programs are a great way to meet new friends who share common interests and get connected to the campus. 
  • Transfer United is an RLP specifically designed for transfer students' unique needs. Transfer students are also welcome to apply for Spanish House, Chinese House, Sustainability, WELL, Pride Place, and Balance. 

Step 2: Research campus communities

  • Before you apply, take a moment to compare transfer housing options to familiarize yourself with the building styles offered.
  • On your application you will be prompted to rank your preferred buildings on campus. This way, no matter which region of campus you end up being assigned, you will have had the opportunity to let Housing know which areas you prefer.
  • Just keep in mind, we can’t guarantee you will be assigned to one of your preferred areas; it all depends what space is available after current students select their housing.

Step 3: Submit your application

  • Apply at
  • The Residential Learning Program application is also available at
  • You can apply for housing as soon as you have confirmed your intent to enroll at Carolina.

 How we handle Housing Applications:

  • There is no deposit required to apply for housing.
  • Transfer students are assigned in the order applications are received, with the first assignments issued in July. It's best to apply as soon as you're sure you want to live on campus.
  • Residential Learning Program Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so if you are interested in an RLP, it's best to apply as early as possible.
  • The Housing Application becomes the Housing Contract upon submission, and cancellation penalties are effective immediately.
  • If you have chronic or severe medical condition that should influence your Housing assignment, note that on the application, and turn in the Special Accommodations Request Form promptly after submitting your Housing Application.

Step 4: Get your Housing Assignment

  • First assignments will be issued in late June.
  • Charges will be applied to your student account in early August.
  • You will receive an email communicating your official Housing Assignment, roommate information, and move-in date and time.
  • Once you've been assigned, you can also view your Housing Assignment and roommate(s) online at

Step 5: Move on campus!

  • Check in at the Community Office that serves the residence hall where you have been assigned to pick up your key and start moving in.