Contracts FAQ

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Contacting UNL Housing

How can I contact the Housing Office?
The Housing Office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. You may call us at (402) 472-3561 or (800) 742-8800.

E-mail can be directed to:

When contacting us be sure to indicate:
1) a subject
2) your name
3) your NUID#

UNL Housing responds to all e-mails. If you do not receive a response, the e-mail has not been received by our office.

Correspondence can be mailed to:
Division of University Housing
PO Box 880622
Lincoln, NE 68588-0622

Beginning The Contract Process

When are contracts available for students?

New Students: Only students admitted to the University and have paid their Admissions enrollment fee are eligible to receive a housing contract. The first email of housing contracts for new Freshman fall entrants will be the end of January. Thereafter, approximately one week after the student pays the $250 enrollment fee to Admissions. If you are an incoming freshmen, the Admissions Office will notify us that you need a contract after you have submitted the $250 Admissions enrollment fee. It is not necessary for you to contact our office directly.
Returning UNL students: Contracts for the next academic year, will be available in early February. Please check sign-up information on our website in December.

How do I get a housing contract?
Transfer students - Will receive housing contract information in an email after being admitted to UNL. If you do not receive contract information, e-mail UNL Housing or call 402-472-3561.

UNL students not currently residing in the halls - To receive Housing contract information, e-mail UNL Housing or call 402-472-3561.

Graduate students - E-mail Housing at: or call us at 402-472-3561. Students must be admitted to UNL in order to receive contract information.

Students starting in the spring - Housing contract emails for new freshmen starting in the spring will begin in November. The Admissions office will advise us that you need a contract after you are officially admitted.

What is the contract deadline?
There is no deadline for new students; students who submit contracts by the April 1 priority deadline receive priority appointment times to find roommates and choose a room. Current residents, please watch for postings in the residence halls and on the Housing website for important dates and times regarding contracting for 2015-2016. April 1 is also the deadline to request admittance to a Learning Community in the Residence Halls.
For returning students, we cannot guarantee housing after May 1, 2015.

Who should I talk to about my disability or special need? Students requiring special room accommodations because of a disability or medical condition need to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, 402-472-3787, a minimum of six weeks prior to the desired move-in date.

What is Kauffman Hall and how is it different from the other halls?
The Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center is located west of Selleck Hall. It is open only to students in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.

How do I receive contract information for The Courtyards and The Village ("Apartment-Style" halls)?
Apartment-style halls are available to upperclass and graduate students. The Courtyards and Village do not have a separate contract. These halls will only be available for reservation by upperclass and graduate students.

Assignment Information

When will I get my room assignment?
New students who submit a contract before April 1, will receive priority in choosing roommates in mid-April and in choosing a room on-line in mid-May. Students in groups of four (who completed contracts before April 1) will get to choose rooms first. The next groups will be those that are groups of two, then three, then one.
Returning students who submit their contract (through the Roommate Finder portion) before February 17, will receive priority in choosing a room in mid-February. Students in groups of four (who completed contracts before February 17) will get to choose rooms first. The next groups will be those that are groups of two, then three, then one. On the day of each group, preference will be given to groups according to the student with the highest returning student year within that group.

What happens if my roommate leaves?
You will be contacted by your Residence Director (RD) or Residence Life Services Supervisor (RLSS) to review the choices available. Your choices may include: selecting your own new roommate, moving to another room with another student with double room status, changing your contract to single room status (if eligible), or Housing will assign you a roommate.

Billing Information

What if I will be 18 years old a few days after the sign-up?
We must abide by the date the contract is signed. It makes no difference. You must complete contract/advance payment by published deadlines.

Does UNL Housing offer payment plans?
UNL Housing bills room and board charges to the student’s UNL student account once each semester. The bills will be due in September and February. There is no additional fee for this payment plan.
UNL Student Accounts offers the Husker Deferred Payment Plan. Go to http://student for more information.

Do I get a Returning Student Discount (RSD)?
To qualify for the RSD, you must meet two conditions: you must have lived in the residence halls for the entire second semester of the prior academic year, and you must live in the residence halls for the entire academic year represented by this contract. Suite-style and apartment-style residents do not qualify for a returning student discount.

Since students must live in the residence halls for the entire academic year represented by this contract, the RSD's will appear on the spring centralized bills.

Cancellation Information

Students are held liable for room and board charges until the cancellation is approved in writing by University Housing.

  • We cannot take cancellations over the phone. 
  • In order to cancel your housing contract, you must complete the steps as listed below (steps to take for cancelling depends on whether you have checked into your hall/room). 
  • Withdrawing or suspension from UNL will not automatically cancel your contract. 
  • It is not possible for another UNL Department to cancel your contract.

Cancelling BEFORE Hall Opening (I have NOT picked up my room key and/or have NOT checked into my assigned room/hall):
Complete the cancellation form at: You will receive confirmation (by email) that we have received your cancellation.

Cancelling AFTER Hall Opening (I have picked up my room key and/or have checked into my assigned room/hall):Anyone wishing to cancel their contract after they have picked up their key and/or checked into their assigned room must contact their Residence Director (RD).  No cancellation will be considered without the proper residence hall check-out form completed, keys returned, etc. 

Will I have a cancellation fee if I leave the residence halls?
Yes, the amount of the cancellation fee depends on the date and reason for the cancellation. All payments will be made to the UNL Bursars' office. For more information, visit your MyRed account.

What are the cancellation fees?
2013-2014 Academic Year Residents
Prior to May 1, 2013 = $400
May 1, 2013 to May 12, 2014 = 40% of remaining balance of contract.*

2014-2015 Academic Year Residents
Prior to May 1, 2014 = $400
May 1, 2014-August 15, 2014 = $1500
August 16, 2014 to May 9, 2015 = 40% of remaining balance of contract.*

*Minimum Cancellation Fee of $500. Please contact your Residence Director or the Housing Office for more details concerning this or refer to your Contract Policies booklet.

How do I check out of the halls once I have checked in/picked up my room key?
Check out arrangements should be made with your Residence Director and your Resident Assistant prior to the anticipated checkout date. If appropriate check-out steps are not completed, an improper check out will result and an additional fee will be charged.

Calendar Dates

What are the dates of the current year’s contract?
August 22, 2013 to May 10, 2014

What are the dates of the future year’s contract?
August 21, 2014 to May 9, 2015 

Contract Information

Who is required to live on campus?
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln requires all unmarried students who have less than 27 credit hours and who are under 19 years of age after the first day of classes for the fall semester to live in University-approved housing (residence halls, fraternities, sororities, or co-ops) for the entire academic year. Students may also be given special permission to live with a parent or immediate relative and commute, provided that family member lives within a 30-mile radius of the UNL Campus. Visit for information on UNL's On-Campus Residency Requirement.

Who should I talk to about my disability or special need?
Students requiring special room accommodations because of a disability or medical condition need to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, (402) 472-3787, a minimum of six weeks prior to the desired move-in date.

How many credits must I be taking to live in the halls?
During the academic year, a student must be enrolled for at least six semester hours (not to include extension or correspondence courses). During the summer, students will be required to take at least three credit hours total during the summer sessions.

What does my Residence Hall Contract include?
The contract includes room (with utilities), meals, refrigerator, basic cable TV service, computer access, high speed wireless internet service and membership in the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

Can I have a room only contract?
Housing contracts are room and meals for the full academic year. Exceptions to the Room and Meals requirement are made for a Husker Hall contract and Love Memorial Cooperative female housing where students pay a food allowance of approximately $1000.

How do I get a meals-only contract?
If you are a current UNL student living in a Greek house, Husker Hall or off campus and are interested in having a meal plan, contact the Housing office. You can choose from a 7 day meal plan or a 5 day meal plan. Your NCard will be scanned at the cafeteria each time you eat. Contact the Housing office to request to be set up for a meals-only contract.

Meal Plan Options

Students living in traditional and suite-style halls can choose from 5-day (Mon-Fri, no weekends) or 7-day (includes weekends) meal plans. Meal plans are unlimited - offering everything from traditional fare to international entrees and make-your-own dishes. Grab 'n go options are also included in 5- or 7-day meal plans. C-store purchases are not included in meal plans.

Students living in apartment-style or off-campus housing can purchase a meal-only contract. The meal-only contract covers the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students may choose either a 5- or 7-day meal plan. Meal only contracts can be used at dining centers on City Campus and East Campus Union A cancellation fee of 40% of the remaining balance of the contract applies if a student cancels during their contract period. However, students contracting for the full academic year may cancel their spring contract by December 15 with a $30 processing fee. Not eating will not cancel your contract. A written cancellation notification must be received by the Housing Contracts Office.

The student’s picture NCard is scanned at the residence hall cafeteria each time he/she eats. The Ncard is not transferable and is to be used only by the person to whom it is issued. Both plans permit great flexibility in dining times and locations and presuppose occasional absenteeism, so no refunds will be granted for missed meals.

If you have questions about meal plans, contact the UNL Housing Contracts Office at (402) 472-3561 or email us at

Billing Plan for Meal Plan Only

Plan Frequency Contract Amount Due Sept. Balance Less Adv.
Due Feb.
5-day Meals (M-F, no weekends) $4,165.00 $2,120.36 $2,044.64 $400.00 $1,644.64
7-day Meals (M-Sun) $4,250.00 $2,163.64 $2,086.36 $400.00 $1,686.36

BEFORE JULY 15: You may access your Housing contract online and choose "edit" to make changes to your meal plan.

AFTER JULY 15: You may e-mail your changes to Please indicate your name, eight digit NU ID number and the specific change you are requesting. The contract change fee of $30 will be charged for each change and will be posted to your UNL centralized bill. NOTE: The total advance payment will be applied to the last billing cycle of the spring semester. The advance payment will be applied to the centralized billing account and may be applied to University charges other than Housing charges. Returning student discounts will be applied to the centralized billing account as follows in February.