Apply for Housing: New Students

Living on campus is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy University life at its fullest. It opens a world of interaction with other students, faculty, and staff members in many social, developmental and academic activities. 

New students - including those transferring to UM from another institution - who have been admitted to the University are eligible to apply for housing via CaneLink under the "UM Housing" section. To activate access to the housing application link, admitted students must pay the $500 enrollment deposit to verify their admission acceptance.


Housing Application Deadlines

Applying soon after verifying admission to UM will determine, in part, a student's future priority to access single rooms, being considered for room changes, and having earlier room selection appointment times. Please consider applying for housing right after your enrollment deposit transaction is processed (please wait a few hours for the transaction to be completed) in order to access the housing application portal in CaneLink.

For Fall Semester Housing

Students admitted for the fall semester should apply for housing no later than May 15. Housing applications received after this date are accepted but will be waitlisted until an available space can be identified. 

For Spring Semester Housing

First-year students admitted for the spring semester can apply for housing using the Spring-Only Housing Application available in CaneLink beginning in late October. Spring housing applications are due December 1. Housing applications received after that date are accepted on a space-available basis.


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.


Live-On Requirement

All non-local first-year students are required to live in University housing for two academic semesters, as long as space is available. This policy does not apply to first-year students living with parents or legal guardians in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.

Although transfer students are not required to live on campus, housing is provided to transfer students on a space-available basis in one of our residential colleges.