Apply for Housing: Current Students

All students apply for housing and make payment arrangements for the housing prepayment via CaneLink. The "UM Housing" link is available on the CaneLink homepage (not from the "Student Center"), and a $500 prepayment (payable by credit card) is required to complete the application.


Information Sessions

In order to provide students with the information they need to successfully complete the application and room selection processes, Housing & Residential Life is hosting several in-person information sessions. Attending an information session is optional and has no impact on your housing application or room selection priority.

  • Monday, November 18 at noon in Stanford 105
  • Tuesday, November 19 at 5 p.m. in Mahoney 116 & 118
  • Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in LC 110

Housing Application for 2020-2021

Current resident students must apply by the application deadline to be guaranteed on-campus housing for the upcoming academic year and to select a specific room/apartment and roommate(s). Students who miss this deadline can still apply for housing but will not participate in the room/apartment selection process and will be assigned a room/apartment dependent upon availability after the selection process is complete.

2020-2021 Application Period: January 15 - 29 by 5 p.m.

Meal Plan/Dining Dollars

With the exception of students living in the University Village and Lakeside Village apartments where the meal plan is optional, students will also select from one of the required meal plans during the housing application process. Note: Students living in Lakeside Village suites are required to purchase a minimum of a $250 dining dollar plan per semester. 

Prepayment and Cancellation Penalty

A $500 prepayment (payable by credit card) is required to complete the on-campus housing application. Once processed, this housing prepayment is credited to the student’s account and, thus, is not refundable.

  • If a student cancels an already submitted application prior to the application deadline date, then the prepayment is kept in the student account and will be credited toward other University-wide charges.
  • If a student applied for housing but decided not to live on campus after the application deadline date, a $500 penalty is assessed to the student’s account – this penalty is covered by the prepayment so the total cost to the student is $500. Additionally, the student is responsible for the full cost of housing if a cancellation form is submitted after May 31 at 5 p.m.
  • If a student cancels their housing after their move-in date, the $500 prepayment would be applied against the respective housing charge for that semester.

Students who are considering canceling their housing are encouraged to visit the Housing and Residential Life office in Eaton 153 to discuss their specific circumstances.


Room/Apartment and Roommate Selection

Students who completed their application by the deadline listed above will receive an e-mail to their UM e-mail address with a time and date to select their specific room/apartment (and roommates, if applicable) for the next academic year. Applicants who do not select a room/apartment during this time will be assigned by the Department of Housing & Residential Life and be notified via their UM e-mail address.

Note: Although every student must apply for on-campus housing and identify any and all mutually confirmed roommates on their application, only one person from a roommate group (the student who receives the earliest selection time) needs to log-in during their assigned room selection timeframe to select a specific assignment and finalize their previously confirmed roommates.

Selection Priority

Priority room selection times are given to students who have lived on campus the longest and have mutually confirmed roommates on their applications; groups that fill a whole suite or apartment are granted priority over groups that only partially fill spaces.

In Lakeside Village, additional priority will be given to sophomores who are not eligible for the University Village.

Selection of Spaces

During the room selection process, only current residents of the University Village are able to retain their same room as part of a requested group. Current residents of all residential colleges are unable to retain their same room because these residential areas are either for first-year student housing or are being reallocated as part of the room selection process. Therefore, those residents must select available spaces in Lakeside Village, the University Village (required completion of 45 academic credits at the time of apartment selection and 60 credits completed by the August 2020 to move in), or Eaton Residential College.


Personal
Property Insurance

Personal property insurance is strongly recommended and is available from GradGuard, a service of Next Generation Insurance Group. The University is not liable for loss or damage to property caused by fire, rain, windstorm, hurricane, theft or vandalism, or other act of God or casualty or any causes beyond the control of the University. Applicants are able to opt-in through the housing sign-up process or decline coverage should the student be covered by the family’s homeowner’s insurance or decides to choose a different company.

Renters insurance from GradGuard is designed specifically for college students and provides valuable protection if a student’s personal belongings are stolen or damaged by a covered peril, including laptop computers, smartphones, bicycles, game consoles, textbooks, clothing, and other items. Renters insurance also protects students financially for unintentional damage to the student’s residence or bodily injury to others for which the student is legally liable, within the residence premises.


Gender-Inclusive Housing

Students who are interested in living in Gender-Inclusive Housing must schedule an appointment with Housing and Residential Life staff before 5 p.m. on the date the application closes and must complete their housing application by the deadline.

Students must contact housing@miami.edu to schedule the group’s appointment. Meetings should be scheduled for a day and time after each resident has completed their application and so that every member of the group can attend.

On the housing application, students who are planning to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing must answer “Yes” when asked, “Are you interested in living in Gender-Inclusive Housing?” on the housing application. Additionally, those students do not need to identify roommates on the housing application. Roommate groups will be confirmed during the appointment with HRL staff.

Note: Gender-Inclusive Housing can only be guaranteed for groups of students who are able to fill all bed spaces in their desired suite/apartment.

  • Current Off-Campus Students

    Current off-campus students can apply for on-campus housing, but are not eligible to participate in the room/apartment selection process and will be assigned a room/apartment based on availability after the room selection process is completed.

  • Returning Study Abroad Students

    Students who are currently studying abroad and would like to live in on-campus housing apply to live on campus and follow the same procedures as outlined above for continuing resident students. If a returning study abroad student does not apply during the application period (or by May 1 for Fall semester and December 1 for Spring semester), they should apply as soon as their enrollment on campus for the next semester is confirmed.

    If a returning study abroad student foresees concerns about their ability to participate in the application and room selection process, please contact the Housing and Residential Life office at 305-284-4505.

  • Re-Admit/Leave of Absence/Inactive Status Students

    Students who are returning after time away from the University and have been re-admitted are eligible to apply for housing on-line using CaneLink. To activate access specifically to the housing application link, re-admitted students must be eligible to register for classes for the academic semester they are interested to begin in housing.

    Students re-admitted for fall entrance can apply for housing on a space available basis. A waiting list may be necessary.

    For spring semester housing, students should apply during the fall semester once their re-admittance is finalized and as soon as they know they will want/need on-campus housing.