Coronavirus

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


We are monitoring developments related to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and its impact on University Housing communities. 

As announced, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will resume on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. We plan to offer as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as restrictions of space, health, and safety allow. For general campus information, visit the Illinois COVID-19 web page or the list of FAQs.

University Housing is following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and developing plans to address the unique needs of our hall communities.

2020 MOVE-IN

Plans for 2020 Move-In are available! Visit the Fall Move-In web page to select your Move-In time, view Move-In directions, and review our Move-In safety guidelines. 

University Housing Residence Hall and Private Certified Housing Questions

 

CONTRACTING & BILLING:

Are first-year students required to live on campus? 

With our extensive health and safety measures in place, first-year students are encouraged to live on campus in University Housing or Private Certified Housing, unless approved for exemption. 

Can first-year students be exempt from the First Year Live-On Requirement for safety reasons? 

There are approved exemptions to the first year live-on requirement, such as commuting from home within a 40-mile radius, opting to take all online courses and not relocating to campus, or medical accommodations. Requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. 

If you submitted a contract with a Private Certified Housing unit, contact the Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on how an exemption might impact your contractual obligation. 

To request an exemption, please submit the Freshman Waiver Request.

If a student (first-year or returner) completed a housing contract, and chooses to do online courses and not relocate to campus, will the contract be canceled and the student not charged?

Students who are contracted with University Housing and wish to do all online courses in the fall semester and not relocate to campus, will need to submit the required paperwork and provide documentation of this plan to the Housing Information Office for review. This is not an automatic process and so arrangements and approval will need to be made in advance. If approved, the University Housing Contract will be cancelled without penalty.

It is recommended that you do not start the cancellation request process until you have your final course schedule. 

The cancellation terms of the housing contact change after Move-In, so the recommended deadline to submit your cancellation request is August 16

To begin the cancellation request process: 

  • Complete and submit the Online Contract Cancellation Form.
  • When you submit the Online Contract Cancellation Form, upload proof that you are not enrolled in any in-person courses for Fall 2020. This could be a screen shot of your final course schedule or a letter from your academic or department advisor. Documents must include your full name and UIN. 
  • If you are a new, first-time attending student, you will also need to complete the Freshman Exemption Waiver Request. Email this form and a letter from your parent or legal guardian confirming the reason for your request to housing@illinois.edu

If approved, this request will cancel your entire academic year contract, including your meal plan. 

If you are able to come to campus for Spring 2021, you would need to apply for a Spring Only Contract with University Housing in late October 2020. We cannot guarantee a specific residence hall, room number, or roommate for Spring 2021.

If you follow these instructions and are approved, we will also refund the $150 advance payment, if paid, and we will not charge a contract cancellation fee.  

If you are taking any in-person courses this fall, the terms and conditions of the housing contract will stand. 

Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit, need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact and cancellation policies.

If a student (first-year or returner) completed a housing contract, and chooses to defer their enrollment, will the contract be canceled and the student not charged?

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

Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit, need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact and cancellation policies.

With in-person instruction ending on November 20, will fall room rates and meal plans be adjusted? 

Undergraduate Halls 

  • Residents in the undergraduate halls will only be billed for their room and meal plan through November 21.
  • Residents will have the option to remain in their hall after November 21, and will be billed a nightly fee. Visit the Continued Housing web page for more information. 

Graduate Upper-Division Halls 

  • Room rates for graduate upper-division halls includes housing over fall, winter, and spring break periods. Residents in the graduate upper-division halls will continue to have access and be billed for their room through winter break.
  • Residents with an optional meal plan will be billed for their plan through November 21, and all residents will have the option to purchase a temporary meal plan for between November 21-December 18. More information coming soon.   

Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit, need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact policies.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

How does University Housing and Private Certified Housing facilities plan to protect residents?

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This fall, University Housing will implement the following safety guidelines and procedures in all of our residence halls and dining locations.  

University Housing Residence Halls:

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touchpoints.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at building entrances.
  • To de-densify hall communities, a hybrid of double and single rooms will be offered. (The majority of room inventory will be double rooms with a select number of single rooms sprinkled throughout.)  
  • Approximately 5% of room inventory will be reserved for isolation and quarantine.
  • Room furniture will be pre-configured to allow for maximum space between roommates. (Bed Configuration Requests are suspended until further notice.)
  • Furniture in public spaces will be limited and configured in accordance with social distancing guidelines.  
  • Room Change Requests will be suspended until further notice. 
  • Hall gatherings and programs will be planned in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan guidelines.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls unless visiting a dining location. This includes day visitors and overnight visitors.

University Housing Dining Locations:

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all dining halls and retail locations.
  • Social distancing procedures will be in place, including one-way traffic and limited dine-in seating.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to sanitize surfaces before and after eating will be available.
  • Dining hall hours will be extended. 
  • Meals will be packaged for carry-out and served by Dining Services staff dressed in PPE.
  • Similar menus will be served at all dining locations to further encourage social distancing.
  • Satellite dining locations will be available for box meal pickup.
  • Special dietary needs will continue to be met.  

University Housing Bathrooms:

Community and Individual Bathrooms:

  • Will be cleaned daily with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.
  • Fixtures, surfaces, floors, and high touch area will be disinfected 3-4 times per day.
  • Shower walls and fixtures will be deep cleaned once per week.
  • Residents must wear a mask in the restroom, except while at the sink or in the shower.
  • Residents are encouraged to social distance while in community bathrooms and to ensure a buffer by putting an unused sink, shower, or toilet stall between themselves and others.

Suite-style, Private, and Single Bathrooms:

  • Will be cleaned weekly with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.
  • Fixtures, surfaces, floors, and shower walls will be disinfected and deep cleaned once per week.
  • Residents will be responsible for daily cleaning.

Facilities Note: Bathroom ventilation is commonly provided by rooftop exhaust fans serving several hall bathroom locations

For Private Certified Housing health and safety information, please contact individual Private Certified Housing units directly.

I am living in a double room with a roommate. Will I have to wear a face covering while in my room? 

Roommates who are sharing a room, are considered a "family unit," similar to a private residence. While in their room, roommates (solo or together) do not need to wear face coverings or make in-room modifications to promote social distancing. Residents are expected to put on a mask before leaving their room.  

Why can't I loft or bunk my bed? 

In an effort to enhance the health and safety of our residents, the ability to configure beds for Fall 2020 has been suspended.

  • This allows Building Service Workers (BSW) to prioritize the cleaning and sanitation of public areas within the halls such as bathrooms, lobbies, and lounges.
  • It eliminates the need for BSWs to assist with bed configurations, adding an extra layer of protection as fewer people are entering a student's private living space.
  • It reduces the chance of injury should a student attempt to loft or bunk their bed themselves and fail to ensure the bed is secure.
  • For beds with the ability to be bunked, additional guidance about social distancing in sleeping quarters recommends beds be separated (not bunked) for further distancing. 

This suspension will also help to further encourage and maintain social distancing during Move-In. Residents are asked not to bring additional large furniture (furniture that would typically go under lofted beds) to help ease the Move-In process and to limit Move-In foot traffic in elevators, stairways, and hallways.   

How will room furniture be pre-configured? 

  • For rooms with loftable furniture, the default furniture configuration is both beds at mid-loft height.
  • For rooms with solid wood furniture, the default furniture configuration is bi-level with one bed on the floor and one bed at mid-loft height.

In both of these configurations, there will be room to move smaller items such as drawers, dressers, or shelves underneath at least one of the beds for greater storage efficiency.  

For more information, visit our Room Layout and Furniture web page

How will dining hall meals work? 

Although we are packing dining hall meals as carry-out, residents who visit a dining hall will receive a full service hot meal. Dining hall menus will include multiple entree, side, dessert, and beverage options. Menus will also include vegan and vegetarian options. Dining Services staff will serve and package the meal at the request of the resident, and residents may carry out up to two boxes of food. Pre-packaged ready-to-go boxed meals will also be available at select dining locations.Residents with an allergy or intolerance that is severe in nature or if a resident is concerned about cross-contact, can enroll in the Inclusive Solutions program

What happens if I am required to quarantine or isolate at some point during the fall semester?

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Individuals must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the date they either tested positive or started to experience symptoms. They will be released from isolation by a medical provider after 10 days and being fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 but are not ill away from others. Individuals who Champaign Urbana Public Health Department determine to have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, will be placed in quarantine for a mandatory 14-day period. Individuals placed in quarantine must stay for the full 14 days, as it can take this long for the virus to cause symptoms. There is no way to “test out” or shorten quarantine.

If possible, and to do so safely, residents will be asked to return home to complete their isolation or quarantine. If a resident is unable to return home, University Housing will provide space for the resident to isolate or quarantine.

Isolation and Quarantine Space:

  • 5% of University Housing’s room inventory has been reserved for quarantine and isolation space.
  • These single-occupancy rooms are located in select Champaign and Urbana residence halls on self-contained floors, wings, and suites.
  • Each room is equipped with a micro-fridge, cleaning supplies, fresh linens, and a medical kit.
  • Bathrooms:
    • Residents in isolation will share a single-use bathroom with a small select number of other residents also in isolation on the same floor, wing, or suite.
    • Residents in quarantine will share either single-use restrooms or a common hallway bathroom (depending on the residence hall) with other residents also in quarantine on the same floor, wing, or suite.
    • Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times per day with a hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic devices.

Isolation and Quarantine Services:

Residents in isolation or quarantine may not leave their room for the entire time of their designated stay accept to use the bathroom. When going to the bathroom a face covering must be worn unless at a sink or in the shower.

  • University Housing will provide daily meals, taking into consideration dietary needs and restrictions.
  • University Housing will complete daily wellness check-ins.
  • University Housing will provide clean linens as needed at the request of a resident.
  • Student Valet will offer personal laundry service.
  • Residents will have access to McKinley Health Center’s Dial-a-Nurse program.

Isolation/Quarantine Bag:

It is recommended that residents bring a prepacked COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Bag should they be required to isolate or quarantine. Recommended items include two or more complete changes of comfortable clothes, toiletry items, over the counter and prescription medications, tissues, list of important phone numbers, additional PPE, extra chargers for electronics, and snacks.

University Housing Apartment Questions

 

LEASING & BILLING: 

Will the apartments be open this fall?

Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, and Orchard Downs are open and will remain open for residents to live in these communities.

How does University Housing plan to protect apartment residents?

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This fall, University Housing will implement the following safety guidelines and procedures in all of our apartment communities.   

  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • Housing Facilities will continue rigorous sanitation processes to clean and sanitize public spaces and other high traffic touchpoints.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Family & Graduate Housing Office and Orchard Downs Community Center
  • Furniture in public spaces will be limited and configured in accordance with social distancing guidelines.  
  • Community gatherings and programs will be planned in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan guidelines.

How can I apply for an apartment?

To learn more about the criteria to live in Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, or Orchard Downs and to apply, visit the Apartments Overview web page.

If an individual signed an apartment lease, and chooses to do online courses only and not relocate to campus, will the lease be canceled and the student not charged?

Students who leased an apartment and wish to do all online courses in the fall semester and not relocate to campus, will need to provide documentation of this plan to the Family & Graduate Housing Office for review. This is not an automatic process and so arrangements and approval will need to be made in advance of moving into the apartment. If approved, the apartment lease will be cancelled without penalty.

If an individual signed an apartment lease, and chooses to defer their enrollment, will the lease be canceled and the student not charged?

Currently, the apartment lease requires residents to be enrolled in order to live in University Housing. Students who defer their enrollment will be covered by the lease termination provisions.

Will the apartments remain open after in-person instruction ends on November 20?

After in-person instruction ends on November 20, University Housing apartment communities and select dining locations will remain open and your lease will continue.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

I am sharing an apartment with a roommate. Will I have to wear a face covering while in my apartment?

Roommates who are sharing an apartment, are considered a "family unit," similar to a private residence. While in their apartment, roommates (solo or together) do not need to wear face coverings or make apartment modifications to promote social distancing. Residents are expected to put on a mask upon leaving their apartment, especially while inside a campus building or outside when six feet of social distancing is not possible.  

What happens if I am required to quarantine or isolate at some point during the fall semester?

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Individuals must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the date they either tested positive or started to experience symptoms. They will be released from isolation by a medical provider after 10 days and being fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 but are not ill away from others. Individuals who Champaign Urbana Public Health Department determine to have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, will be placed in quarantine for a mandatory 14-day period. Individuals placed in quarantine must stay for the full 14 days, as it can take this long for the virus to cause symptoms. There is no way to “test out” or shorten quarantine.

Residents in an apartment, related or not, are considered a household.This means residents may isolate or quarantine within their own apartment. Residents in isolation or quarantine may not leave their apartment for the entire time of their designated stay. 

International Student Questions as Related to University Housing

 

Will international students be allowed to live in University Housing (halls and apartments) or Private Certified Housing during the 2020-2021 academic year?

Yes. 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.

Will international students be required to quarantine? 

International students who have been in any of countries listed on this CDC page may not enter the United States at this time. If you are traveling from any other country not on the prohibited list, the CDC requires that you self-quarantine for 14 days following these CDC guidelines

For international students with a 2020-2021 University Housing residence hall contract or apartment lease, University Housing will provide quarantine accommodations starting August 1. It is recommended you arrive to campus by August 9 so that you can complete your 14 days of self-quarantine prior to the start of classes.   

More information, including how to request Quarantine Housing, will be shared soon. 

If you are contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit, contact the Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their quarantine options and process.  

 

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For general campus information, visit the Illinois COVID-19 web page or the list of FAQs.