Housing Selection Process

Housing Selection Process

The Housing Selection Process is for any student who is already taking classes at UNC and is interested in living on campus next year. If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student (i.e., have not yet arrived on campus) you will participate in a different process, outlined under the section Future Residents.

What exactly is the Housing Selection Process?

The Housing Selection Process is when we open the on-campus housing contract for returning students that want to live on campus again for the following academic year. It works like this: the application goes live, and students fill it out online through the Housing Portal. Then, the application closes for a couple of days as we manage tasks from our end. The Housing Portal opens back up and students login on their assigned day, which is determined by their academic class; they will receive a notification email of their selection time. This is the "selection" part of the process, where students actually get to pick the room they want to live in for the following year. Students also have the opportunity to form groups and pull in friends to their rooms, suites or apartments.  

The Housing Selection Process is not the only way students can sign up to live on-campus. If students miss the deadline, they can still fill out a Housing application. It just means that they cannot participate in selecting their own room, because they will be assigned instead to one of the remaining available spaces. 

Step 1: Submit your Contract

View/Submit the contract at myhousing.unc.edu when the application opens. The application will be open from October 1, 2019 to November 18, 2019 for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

By submitting a contract, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions found in the Housing Contract. This lets us know that you want to live on campus and makes you eligible to select your own housing.

You will have the chance to claim your same room/apartment in this step.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for Returning Students are due by November 18, 2019 to participate in selection
  • If you don't apply during this time, don't worry!  You can still get on-campus housing, however, Carolina Housing will choose your residence based on availability.
  • To apply for a Residential Learning Program, first submit a Housing Contract. Then click on the "RLP/SIH" tab to complete the application for the Residential Learning Program.

Step 2: Select Your Room

If you submitted your Housing Contract by the deadline, you will receive an email prior to the determined selection days indicating the date and time of your room selection window.

Your priority is determined by your academic class standing with the University Registrar as of the Spring semester. It is based on credit hours completed and does not include your Fall credits.

If your Residential Learning Program application is still pending, go ahead and select a room/apartment as a backup plan.

Room Selections Dates

  • Rising Seniors – November 20, 2019
  • Rising Juniors - November 21, 2019
  • Rising Sophomores - November 22, 2019

Step 3: Change Your Assignment (if necessary)

The room refinement period occurs usually in July prior to the fall semester. This is an opportunity to tweak your assignment or shuffle roommates/hallmates/suitemates based on what remains available after the above processes close. You can make these changes in the Housing Portal.

Note: The room refinement period is different than a Housing Reassignment Request. The Housing Reassignment Request is detailed below.

How much will housing cost?

Rates for the next academic year are generally approved by the University in January. Know that our rates typically do not exceed a 5% increase each year. Visit our Rates page for this year's costs.

What is a Housing Reassignment Request?

A Housing Reassignment Request occurs after you have completed the Housing Selection Process, made any changes during the room refinement period, moved into your room and have decided you want to be reassigned to another room/residence hall. Visit the Housing Reassignment Request page for more details.

Any more questions?

Our ultimate objective with the Housing Selection Process is for you to obtain a satisfactory housing assignment. By allowing you to select your own room or apartment based on real-time availability (much the same way you register for classes), we give you the control to select the living arrangement from the available choices that best fits your needs and preferences.

The Housing Assignments staff is happy to help answer any questions related to the Housing Selection Process.

  • Email us: housing@unc.edu
  • Call us: 919-962-5401
  • Stop by: SASB North, Suite 1209, Monday - Friday between 8 am - 5 pm.