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Future Residents: How to Apply for Housing

New student move-in on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Step 1: Collect the Necessary Application Materials

  • You may apply for housing starting Wed. February 2, 2022 if you have been admitted to UNC.
  • You must pay your enrollment deposit to the University before you can apply for campus housing. If you are having trouble accessing the application, this is the reason why. It usually takes up to 3 days after you make the enrollment payment for you to be in the system. Only then can you apply for Housing. Kindly, be patient.
  • Housing is not first come, first served. All applications received before May 15 will be processed with equal priority.
  • You will need your ONYEN to access the housing application at the Housing Portal.

Step 2: Decide Whether a Residential Learning Program is the Right Choice for You

  • Would you like to enrich your Carolina experience by living in a community with other students who share your interests and are eager to make new friends? Housing offers several Residential Learning Programs (RLPs) suitable for students centered around topics as varied as sustainability, healthy lifestyles, language, cultural diversity, gender studies, and community service.
  • To submit an application to live in a Residential Learning Program, look for the "RLP/SIH" tab across the top of the page at the Housing Portal.

Step 3: Decide Which Residence Hall is the Right Choice for You

Carolina Housing works to provide convenient housing that is secure, inclusive and supportive. Students create a home in our on-campus communities, build life-long friendships and develop skills for their current and future successes as they journey through their Carolina experience. Explore the Halls based on your preferences!

All First Year Halls are marked with a First Year Experience Logo. Additionally, you can filter First Year Halls by selecting Yes or No under the first question.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Priority Housing Deadline for First-Year Students: May 15

Priroity Housing Deadline for Transfer Students: Accepted on a Rolling Basis

  • The Housing Application is available at the Housing Portal. NOTE: If you have not yet paid your enrollment deposit, the application will not appear.
  • The application to live in a Residential Learning Program will be available to you on the Housing Portal after you successfully submit a regular housing application.
  • There is no deposit required to apply for Housing.
  • The housing application becomes the Housing Contract upon submission, and cancellation policies are effective immediately.
  • If you are under the age of 18 at the time you submit the housing contract, you must complete the Parent/Guardian Signature Page. See the Housing Contract page for this document.
  • If you have chronic or severe medical condition that should influence your housing assignment, note that on the application, and follow the instructions on the Chronic or Severe Medical Condition Accommodations Request page for additional steps.
  • If you miss the communicated priority deadline, you may still apply for housing, but your application will be processed after those who met the deadline.

Step 5: Get Your Housing Assignment (June-July)

  • Check online for your housing assignment and roommate(s) at MyHousing Portal.
  • A Move-In Guide will be provided on our Move-In website with details for check-in, what to bring, and what to expect on Move-In day. 

Step 6: Move on Campus! (August)

  • Arrive on campus according to the date/time issued in the Move-in Guide. (Move-in dates/times are issued as a guideline to help spread out the move-in traffic as best possible. If you cannot make the time issued in your mailing, you will not need special permission to move in at another time.)
  • Check in at the Community Office that serves the residence hall where you have been assigned to pick up your key.
  • Visit the Move-In website for more info.
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