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.

Housing Application Tutorial

With the exception of students living in the University Village where the meal plan is optional, you will also select from one of the required meal plans during the housing application process.

Housing Application and Room Selection (2019-2020)

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 room selection process is complete.

2019-2020 Application Period: January 28 - February 6 by 5 p.m.

2019-2020 Application & Room Selection Timeline

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.

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.

During the room selection process, current residents of Mahoney and Pearson as well as the University Village may retain their same room as part of a requested group or relocate to another available space based on their priority appointment time. Current residents of Hecht, Stanford or Eaton are unable to retain their same room nor relocate elsewhere in freshman housing because these specific residential areas are for new freshman housing only. Therefore, those residents must select available spaces in Mahoney, Pearson or the University Village (required completion of 45 academic credits at the time of apartment selection and 60 credits completed by the August 2019 move to the UV).

Applicants who do not select a room/apartment 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 in the application, only one person from a roommate group (the student who receives the earliest selection time) should log-in during their assigned room selection timeframe to select a specific assignment and finalize their previously confirmed roommates.

Room Selection Tutorial

Student Housing Village

The Student Housing Village is slated to open to students in Fall 2020. Thus, the 2019-2020 housing application and room selection process will not offer students the ability to select a room in this village. Although remaining in on-campus housing for consecutive semesters grants students greater priority access to spaces, living on campus this year does not guarantee that students will be able to select a space in the new village when it opens in August 2020.

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 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 their desired suite/apartment (2 students in the UV Palm layout; 4 students in Mahoney and Pearson suites as well as the Cane, Lake and Villager UV apartment layouts.

  • 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.