New Resident: How to Apply
Follow the steps below to help you choose the housing option that is best for you.
Step 1: Accept your offer of admissions.
- If you're a newly admitted student, accept your offer of admission to the University of Illinois, and then wait 48 hours before completing your housing contract.
Step 2: Create your NetID and password.
- Your UIN is on the official notices of admission sent to you by the university.
- If you're under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the contract terms. The online contract will prompt you to send your family or guardian an email to collect their consent.
Step 3: Do your research.
With 24 undergraduate halls and two graduate upper-division halls to choose from, it’s important to do your research. Here are a few tools and resources to help you make the right choice:
- Check out our incoming student page, created to show you all of our resources in one place.
- Use our compare options tool to help after you’ve made your list of preferences.
- Learn more about our 11 living-learning communities or six special living options.
- View the locations map to see where you’d be on campus.
- Visit our residence hall pages and rank-order a list of your preferences (i.e. room type, accessible rooms, bathrooms, hall amenities).
- Explore meal plan options. You will pick your meal plan when you select your room.
- Review the rates.
- Require ADA housing accommodations? Apply for services through the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) and email your letter of accommodation to email@example.com.
Step 4: Apply to Live the Illini Life!
- Apply by the May 15 priority deadline in order to select your room, roommate and meal plan during the room selection process. If you miss the priority deadline, a member of our staff will choose it for you.
- If you have a preferred roommate, get the individual's full name and UIN to enter on your application. Roommate requests must be mutual and both roommates must complete the contract by the May 15 priority deadline.
- If you are interested in a living-learning community (LLC) or special living option (SLO), it is important that you indicate this on your contract. If you are interested in living in an LLC, you must complete and submit the LLC essay by May 15. If you are approved for an LLC or SLO, you will receive early entry to choose your space in that particular community.
- Have a valid Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or JCB credit or debit card ready at hand for the $150 advance payment and $50 non-refundable application fee. The $150 advance payment will be applied as a credit to the student account in February. If you received a fee waiver at the campus-level, you will not be prompted to pay the application fee and the advanced payment will be charged to your student account in the fall.