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Room Selection for Fall 2020

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Among the many great reasons to choose the University of Illinois is the opportunity to choose your own room, even as a new student. With our individualized process, you will be able to select a specific hall and room directly in the online housing contract. 

Got questions? We've got answers!

Residence Hall Room Selection is a Two-Step Process

  1. Complete a University Housing contract online by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 15. (make sure you have your Enterprise ID ready before applying). If you complete your contract by this priority deadline, mid-June you will be assigned an entry time to choose your room. 
  2. When your entry time arrives, log back in to your contract and choose a space from available rooms across campus. You will also choose a meal plan at this stage. You can return to the online system and make changes from the beginning of your entry time until the process closes in June.

Living-Learning Community Selection

If you have selected a specific Living-Learning Community as a preference, completed the necessary steps, and have an approved essay, you will be assigned an early entry time in mid-June to select your space.

Roommate Selection

You will be able to tell us your roommate preferences during either step one or step two of the process, but if you know in advance we recommend indicating your preference in the first part of the process. You may also search for a compatible roommate within the system. 


You will receive a notice in late June that confirms your room selection and provides the name of your roommate. 

After May 15 

Even if you miss the May 15 priority deadline, we will still have a space for you. University Housing will select a room and roommate for you based on the preferences you provide in the online system.

Temporary Housing

If you have received information that you have not yet been assigned a room, or will be residing in Temporary Housing, don't worry. We will have a space for you! New, incoming freshmen receive first priority and are guaranteed space in the University Residence Halls. Read more details about temporary housing.

Contract Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your University Residence Hall contract based upon one of the reasons listed in section 9.4 of the Contract, please complete the online contract cancellation form and send supporting documentation to the Housing Information Office (e.g., letter from your department verifying graduation, study abroad, or co-op). If you are not canceling your contract for one of the reasons approved in section 9.4 of the Contract, you are subject to a cancellation fee of up to 75% of your room and board rate. 

For new fall semester contracts, you will forfeit your $150 advance payment if you cancel after May 15.