Most current, detailed COVID-19 information maintained by University Housing.

We are currently monitoring developments related to the recent COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and it's impact on University Housing communities. 

2020-2021 Residence Hall Notice:

The 2020-2021 University Housing contracting process has been uniquely impacted by COVID-19. We are actively working with campus partners to remain flexible and make housing decisions that align with directives from campus leadership. Once a decision about fall instruction is shared in mid-June, further detail about on-campus housing will follow.

Priority Deadline

The University Housing May 15 Priority Deadline is intended to allow first-year students the opportunity to choose their own space. Students who wish to contract after the May 15 Priority Deadline are still guaranteed housing but will be assigned a space by the Housing Information Office.

Release Provisions

Currently, the Housing Contract requires residents to be enrolled in order to live in University Housing. Students who defer their enrollment will be covered by the Housing Contract Release Provisions.

Residence Hall Spring Move-Out Questions:  

I moved out but I still have my keys. How do I return them? 

For residents who have moved out of the residence halls but still have possession of their keys, please mail your keys to your area desk , c/o Desk Supervisor. The address for your specific area desk can be found on the hall pages of University Housing website. Please enclose a note with your name, University Identification Number (UIN), and room number in addition to the keys.

List of Undergraduate Halls
List of Graduate Upper-Division Halls 

Will University Housing forward mail or packages? 

University Housing will forward First-Class US Mail to the forwarding address listed in MyHousing. Please be sure to login to update your address. 

Per our typical process, University Housing is unable to forward packages and they will be returned to sender.

I need to stay on campus over the summer. What are my options? 

Summer Housing will be available in Daniels Hall starting on May 17. To learn more or to complete a Summer Housing Contract, visit the 2020 Summer Housing web page

Other General Questions: 

How can residents help to protect themselves from Coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (within six feet). 
  • Stay away from others when sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Get adequate rest. 
  • Eat well. 
  • Get a flu shot.

How is University Housing helping to protect residents? 

  • We are following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As new information emerges, University Housing will follow the recommended actions as directed by these entities.
  • Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required in all interior public spaces.
  • University Housing has been cleaning high traffic points such as doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains, elevators, dining locations, laundry facilities, etc. even more frequently than usual.  

University Housing Apartment Questions:

Will the apartments remain open?

University Apartments at Ashton Woods, Goodwin Green, and Orchard Downs remain open for residents to live in these communities. The Family & Graduate Housing office is closed; however, staff can be reached by phone (217) 333-5656 during business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at 

International Travel and Admissions Questions as Related to University Housing:  

If the international travel restrictions continue after the end of the semester, I may not be able to return home. Will I be able to stay in University Housing this summer?

Students who require summer housing, may complete a Summer Housing Contract. Summer housing is available in Daniels Hall and is charged on a per-night basis (rate depends on the room type). A stay of at least 7 consecutive nights is required 

Will international applicants from countries with COVID-19 cases be allowed to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing during the 2020-2021 academic year?

  • Yes. All first-year undergraduate students are required to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing. First-year transfer students may be required to live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing depending on credit hours and/or experience living in a residence hall at another institution. University Housing also offers three apartment communities for upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and their family members.
  • At this time, there is no change in our housing policies or procedures — residence halls, apartments, or Private Certified Housing facilities. We follow all Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidelines to ensure that our students are able to confidently live and study in our campus community.