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2020-21 Housing Sign Up

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Housing COVID-19 Updates:
Fall 2020 Updates Health & Safety

Due to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to change the 2020–21 contract process. To help our students we’ve suspended cancellation fees for the 2020-21 academic year and will now require students to submit a 30-day cancellation notice via their housing contract. | 2020-21 Contract Policy Book

While there are no deadlines for submitting a housing contract, all completed contracts will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. We can’t guarantee that space will be available at the time you begin a housing contract.

Important Dates

When
What
June 1, 2020 Learning Community deadline.
June 17, 2020 Last day to select room/roommate preferences (if signed contract before June 17).
July 6, 2020 Assignment emails sent on or before July 6. Contracts signed after June 17 receive assignments late July or later.
July 10, 2020 Move-in appointment times emailed no later than July 10.
July 15, 2020 Cancellations received on and after July 15 will accrue daily charges since we now require a 30-day cancellation notice.
Last day to submit bed height preference. After this date, students will need to submit a FixIt ticket via the housing portal after moving in.
Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2020 Students can switch their meal plan to another one they are eligible for via the Housing portal.

30-DAY CANCEL NOTICE REQUIRED

Once the contract is signed, the contract is legally binding. Students will be charged for 30 days after the completion date of the online cancellation process via the housing portal or the date they return their room and mailbox keys (whichever is later).

Available October 15
1. Log into MyRed.
2. Under “Important Links,” click the blue “Housing” button.
3. Click “Apply for Housing” in the red bar across the top of the page.
4. Next to the “2020-2021 Academic Year” contract, click “Apply.”
5. Complete each page and click “Save & Continue.”
6. Complete the “My Profile” page.
  • The "Include in Search" box is no longer applicable.
  • To ensure your privacy, don’t use your full name.
  • Write notes about yourself in the “About Me” box (e.g. what you’re majoring in, hobbies, halls you prefer to live in, etc.). All text is recorded.
7. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.
8. Complete the “Roommate Request” page (if applicable).
  • If you don’t have a roommate request, leave the page blank, scroll to the bottom and hit “Save & Continue.”
  • If your requested roommate is already assigned, email us immediately with the request. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to accommodate a late request.
9. Complete the “Room Preferences” page. Click "Add," select a hall and room type then click "OK."
  • You’ll be required to select six hall preferences and their correlating room types.
  • We can’t guarantee you’ll be placed in your preferred halls as space is limited.

Steps below available after you’ve received your room assignment information via email in late July or later
All the steps below must be completed within three days of being assigned or your room will be released for other students to reserve.
10. Complete the meal plan page.
11. Submit the $100 nonrefundable contract processing fee and complete the signature page*.*
*Don’t sign the contract if you’re unsure about residing in the University Housing Residence Halls for the 2020-21 academic year.
12. Review your room assignment on the "Contract Info" page and click "Save & Continue."
GENERAL INFORMATION
What’s the difference between the Admissions enrollment deposit and the University Housing contract processing fee (only applicable for newly admitted students including new transfers)?
The University Housing $100 contract processing fee is nonrefundable and is required with all housing contracts.
Admissions requires an enrollment deposit. You’ll have access to a housing contract 24 business hours after the enrollment deposit is paid and you’ve been fully admitted.
What if I choose to pledge a fraternity or sorority?
The Greek system is separate from University Housing. If you sign a 2020-21 University Housing contract and later decide you don’t want to live in the residence halls, you must submit a 30-day notice of your cancellation via the housing portal. You will be charged for 30 days after the completion date of the online cancellation process or the date you have turned in your room and mailbox keys (whichever is later). Cancellations received on and after July 15 will accrue daily charges since we now require a 30-day cancel notice.
Will I be charged a cancellation fee for canceling my contract?
If you’ve signed your contract it’s now a legally binding document. If you decide to cancel your contract, you must submit a 30-day notice of your cancellation via the housing portal. You will be charged for 30 days after the completion date of the online cancellation process or the date you have turned in your room and mailbox keys (whichever is later). Cancellations received on and after July 15 will accrue daily charges since we now require a 30-day cancel notice.
How do I cancel my contract?
Detailed instructions on how to cancel your contract can be found on the cancellation policy website. All incoming, first-year and/or unmarried students enrolled for six or more credit hours, and are under the age of 19 prior to the first day of the fall semester of the current academic year, are required to reside in on-campus housing. See our Residency Requirement website for details.
If COVID-19 prevents me from living on campus, will my housing cancellation fee be affected?
Due to COVID-19, all housing cancellation fees have been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. You must submit a 30-day notice of your cancellation via the housing portal. You will be charged for 30 days after the completion date of the online cancellation process or the date you have turned in your room and mailbox keys (whichever is later).
Do I get the contract processing fee refunded if I cancel my contract?
No, the $100 contract processing fee is nonrefundable.
Not finding an answer to a COVID-19 specific housing question?
Visit the FAQ: Fall 2020 website.

ROOMMATE REQUEST
Am I guaranteed my requested roommate if I meet the priority date?
University Housing will make every attempt to assign you with your requested roommate but cannot make guarantees.
What should I write in my “About Me”?
It’s helpful to let potential roommates know some information that relates to the following:
  • What room type and hall you’re interested in living in
  • If you’re a part of the Honors program or a Learning Community
  • What your major is
  • Where you’re from
  • What you like to do in your spare time
  • How you would describe yourself

You shouldn’t write any text that eludes to the fact that you’re reserving a spot in your unit for another student that hasn’t been able to assign with you.

What if I want to request a newly admitted freshman?
You and your requested roommate will need to email housing.contracts@unl.edu with both your full names, NUID numbers, your preferred hall/room types and statements requesting each other as roommates for the academic year.
All requests must be mutual. We cannot guarantee that you’ll be placed with your requested roommate. These requests are extremely time sensitive!

ROOM ASSIGNMENT
Am I guaranteed my preferred hall and room type?
Specific halls and room types aren’t guaranteed as we do have a first-come, first-served policy. Review living options available at the university.
When will I receive my room assignment?
You’ll be emailed notification of your room assignment by July 6. If you signed your contract after June 17 you’ll receive your assignment email in late July or later (depending on when your contract was signed).
Can I request a room change?
Due to COVID-19 and the early start of classes, room changes will be limited.

Learning Communities offered to continuing undergraduate students include Second-Year Edge.

June 1 is the deadline for students to apply to live in a Learning Community and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To be considered for a Learning Community you must have a signed contract.

Members of a Learning Community live together, on the same residence hall floor. If you have a specific roommate request make sure that they are also part of the same Learning Community or Learning Community cluster or the request may not be accommodated.

Learning Community residents will have a $95 charge on their first bill in September.

students in residence hall

Contacting University Housing 

The University Housing office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. We are located at 530 N. 17th Street. Call us at (402) 472-3561 or (800) 742-8800. Email: housing@unl.edu

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

When contacting us please be sure to indicate:

  1. a subject
  2. your name
  3. your NUID#

University Housing responds to all e-mail messages within 48 business hours. If you do not receive a response, the e-mail has not been received by our office.