Returning Resident: How to Apply


Starting to plan where to live next year? We hope you keep us in mind and choose to Live the Illini Life!

Step 1: Have your EnterpriseID and password ready.

You will need both of these to log on to the Housing Portal. In most cases, your EnterpriseID is the same as your NetID. However, the passwords for each of these are set separately and can be different. You will also need the UIN or NetID of your preferred roommate(s).

Step 2: Take Time To Review.

To lock in your spot in University Housing, you must complete the online University Housing Contract. The contract is a legally binding document, so please take the time to review the 2023–2024 University Housing Contract. Read through all of the terms and conditions so you fully understand your rights and requirements before you sign.

Step 3: Check the box.

At the end of your Housing Sign-Up session, you will be asked to check a box that serves as your electronic signature and indicates you have read and agree to the University Housing Contract. If you do not check the box and do not receive a confirmation email afterwards, you do not have a completed University Housing Contract.


Living the Illini Life means ...

More Time.

The services and amenities we provide save you from having to shop, cook and clean, and allow you more time for friends with our built-in communities and social events, or more time for studying in our residence hall libraries with academic support.

Better Sleep.

When you feel safe, you sleep better. Our inclusive communities, inclusion and leadership mentors, card-swipe access and daily security patrols offer you a safe and secure living environment.

Food Options.

Made-for-you meals and inclusive dietary options are served daily at all four of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. Want food on the go? Check out one of our five retail locations, Good2Go food truck or our Good2Go Carry-Out program.


With 6 different meal plans and 26 residence halls, we’ve got options that meet your budget. Not to mention you will only pay one bill per semester, have no additional laundry, utility or grocery costs, or a steep security deposit and application fee. Did we also mention we also have flexible living terms, with our 9-month academic year contract? Looking to study abroad? We will release you from your housing contract Spring Semester.

Did You Know:

Bousfield Hall: Home to exclusively sophomores through seniors, these halls feature more single room, suite-style living and semi-private bathrooms, as well as gender-inclusive communities.

Taft-Van Doren Halls: Taft Van-Doren is home to exclusively sophomores and above, featuring more single rooms and the option to select a 6 Classic Meal or 6 Classic Meal/25 Dining Dollars per week meal plan.

Wardall and Townsend Halls: Halls feature new paint and flooring, new room furniture, in-room climate control, individual-use bathrooms and additional gender-inclusive rooms.

Sherman and Daniels Halls: These graduate-upper division halls feature more single rooms and semi-private bathrooms and do not require residents to have a meal plan.

Prefer an Apartment?

Returning residents are also eligible to submit an application for a 12-month lease at Ashton Woods Apartments. A pet-friendly complex with furnished and unfurnished two-bedroom apartments, Ashton Woods is home to a mix of graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students. Parking and some utilities are included in the rent.



Contact the Housing Information Office - we’re happy to help!