Continuing/Graduate/New Transfer Sign Up

Continuing/Graduate/Transfer Student2019–20 Housing Sign Up

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The 2019–20 University Housing process for continuing, graduate, and transfer students opens October 25. While there are no deadlines for submitting a housing contract, all completed contracts will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note that each phase will begin with you logging into MyRed > Access the Housing Portal > Apply for Housing.

Once a contract is signed, it’s a legally binding document and is subject to cancellation fees. It’s in your best interest to be absolutely certain you’ll live in a university residence hall before completing a housing contract. If, for example, you decide to live in a fraternity or sorority house after signing a contract or if anticipated financial aid is not granted, etc., cancellation fees will still apply.

Important New Information

If you begin your contract prior to January 15, 2019 the housing process is a one-phase process. You’ll have one of three different options when finding roommates and selecting a room. You can:

  1. Send a roommate request to another student using the Roommate Finder and wait until they accept the request. Once they’ve accepted the request, one of you can assign both to the same room.
  2. Assign yourself to an empty room and communicate with your requested roommate where you’ve assigned so they can assign themselves there as well.*
  3. Assign yourself to a room that already has another student assigned or wait for a random roommate to assign themselves as your roommate.**

*If another student has assigned themselves as your roommate before your requested roommate then you’ll need to swap to another room that’ll accommodate you and your requested roommate, if availability allows.

**If you’re in a room that isn’t full, you’ll be asked to consolidate to fill complete rooms. This process begins in February.

We encourage you to check your “Contract Info” page periodically to verify that you’re with the person you requested. The following changes may happen:

  • Your roommate decides to cancel their contract or swap to a different room.
  • Another student assigns themselves as your roommate.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BETWEEN OCTOBER 25 AND APRIL 1

PHASE 1 – Available October 25; Roommate Finder closes April 1 & Room Search Wizard closes July 15

1. Log into MyRed.

2. Under “Residence Halls,” select “Access the Housing Portal.”

3. Click “Apply for Housing” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Next to the “2019–2020 Academic Year” contract click “Apply.”

5. Complete each page and click “Save & Continue.”

6. Complete the “My Profile” page.

  • If you don’t want to create a roommate pair in the Roommate Finder process, uncheck the “Include in Search” box.
  • 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.
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Interested in the Global Experiences Learning Community located in Selleck.
    • I like watching Husker volleyball and listen to hip-hop music in my spare time.
    • I'm easy going and love to meet new people.
    • School is my priority, so I appreciate quiet time during finals and exams.

7. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.

  • These questions are used by the system to provide the most compatible roommate matches.
  • It’s important to answer these questions honestly and accurately. Some questions may directly affect your roommate’s health such as smoke residue affecting allergies.

8. Scroll up to the “Important New Information” section above for information needed before you begin using the Roommate Finder.

9. To find and request a roommate:

  1. “View Profile” to view their lifestyle preferences.
  2. “Send Message” to communicate with several students to see who may be your best match.
  3. “Send Roommate Request” to your potential roommate once you’ve communicated with them. Requested students won’t be able to view your profile or send you a message until they’ve accepted or declined the request.
  4. “Cancel Request” if your requested roommate hasn’t accepted the request, you may want to cancel so you can continue your roommate search.

10. If you’ve received a roommate request you can “Accept Request” or “Decline Request.”

Steps 11–13 should be done by one student in a confirmed roommate pair and all individuals not in confirmed roommate pairs.

Steps 14–17 must be done by ALL students once a room is selected. The following steps must be completed within three days of selecting your room (or your roommate selecting your room) or your room will be released for other students to reserve. If you complete the process you won't lose your room. If your roommate doesn't complete their contract, they'll lose their room.

11. Filter available rooms by campus, hall or room type on the "Room Selection" page.

Not finding your preference?

  • Filter by a different hall or room type.
  • Assign yourself to your next preferred room or hall and continuously come back to see what’s open due to students moving.

12. Assign to a bed. If you have a verified roommate pair, you need to select a bed for them as well. Then click "Assign Beds." Only one student from the pair can assign at a time.

13. Click "Save & Continue" on the "Confirmation" page.

  • If you find a different room you’d prefer, you’ll still be able to swap rooms even after completing the housing process for your current room assignment.

The following needs to be done by ALL students once a room reservation is made.

14. Complete the bed height page (if applicable). Deadline to select a bed height is July 15. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.

15. Complete the meal plan page.

16. 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 2019–20 academic year, as the contract will be legally binding and cancellation fees will apply.

17. Review your room assignment on the "Contract Info" page and click "Save & Continue."

ROOM SWAP INSTRUCTIONS

1. Repeat steps 1–4 under PHASE 1 instructions if you haven’t already.

2. Go to the "Contract Info" page and select "yes" on the room swap question. Select "Save & Continue."

3. Filter for available rooms by campus, hall or room type on the "Room Swap" page.

4. Follow steps 14–17 above. If your contract has already been signed and the contract processing fee has been paid in full, no further action will be needed on those steps.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BETWEEN APRIL 1 AND JULY 15

PHASE 1 – Available October 25

1. Log into MyRed.

2. Under “Residence Halls,” select “Access the Housing Portal.”

3. Click “Apply for Housing” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Next to the “2019–2020 Academic Year” contract, click “Apply.”

5. Complete each page and click “Save & Continue.”

6. Complete the “My Profile” page.

  • 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.
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Interested in the Global Experiences Learning Community located in Selleck.
    • I like watching Husker volleyball and listen to hip-hop music in my spare time.
    • I'm easy going and love to meet new people.
    • School is my priority, so I appreciate quiet time during finals and exams.

7. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.

  • These questions are used by the system to provide compatible roommate matches.

8. Filter for available rooms by campus, hall or room type on the "Room Selection" page.

Not finding your preference?

  • Assign yourself to your next preferred room or hall and continuously come back to see what’s open due to students moving.
  • Choose a different floor. Click the “Floor” tab in the top right hand corner.
  • Choose a different hall. Click the “Building” tab in the top right hand corner.

9. Assign yourself to a bed and click "Assign Bed."

10. Click "Save & Continue" on the "Confirmation" page. Steps 11–14 must be completed within three days of selecting your room or your room will be released for other students to reserve.

  • If you find a different room you’d prefer, you’ll still be able to swap rooms even after completing the housing process for your current room assignment.

11. Complete the bed height page (if applicable). Deadline to select a bed height is July 15. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.

12. Complete the meal plan page.

13. 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 2019–20 academic year, as the contract will be legally binding and cancellation fees will apply.

14. Review your room assignment on the "Contract Info" page and click "Save & Continue."

ROOM SWAP INSTRUCTIONS

1. Repeat steps 1–4 under PHASE 1 instructions if you haven’t already.

2. Go to the “Contract Info" page and select "yes" on the room swap question. Select "Save & Continue."

3. Filter for available rooms by campus, hall or room type on the "Room Swap" page.

4. Follow steps 9–14 above. If your contract has already been signed and the contract processing fee has been paid in full, no further action will be needed on those steps.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT AFTER JULY 15

PHASE 1 – Available October 25

1. Log into MyRed.

2. Under “Residence Halls,” select “Access the Housing Portal.”

3. Click “Apply for Housing” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Next to the “2019–2020 Academic Year” contract, click “Apply.”

5. Complete each page and click “Save & Continue.”

6. Complete the “My Profile” page.

  • 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.
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Interested in the Global Experiences Learning Community located in Selleck.
    • I like watching Husker volleyball and listen to hip-hop music in my spare time.
    • I'm easy going and love to meet new people.
    • School is my priority, so I appreciate quiet time during finals and exams.

7. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.

  • These questions are used by the system to provide compatible roommate matches.

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," sellect 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.

PHASE 2 – available after you’ve received your room assignment information via email; could be late July or later

All phase 2 steps 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 2019–20 academic year, as the contract will be legally binding and cancellation fees will apply.

12. Review your room assignment on the "Contract Info" page and click "Save & Continue."


Important Dates

When What
April 1, 2019
  • Starting a housing contract by April 1 allows you to use the Roommate Finder and gives you the earliest access to select rooms.
May 1, 2019
July 15, 2019
  • Last day to choose or swap your room.
  • Last day to select a bed height. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.
August 16, 2019
September 2, 2019
  • Last day for apartment-style residents and students contracted for a meal-only plan to drop their meal plan for $30 fee (will increase to cancellation fee of 40% of remaining balance due on meal portion of contract).
  • Last day to decrease your meal plan option.

CANCELLATION FEES APPLY

Once the contract is signed and a contract processing fee is submitted, the contract is a legal, binding contract and cancellation fees will apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do I submit the housing contract processing fee?

Visit our contract processing fee webpage for detailed instructions on how to submit the fee.

What if I choose to pledge a fraternity or sorority?

If you sign a 2019–20 University Housing contract and later decide you don’t want to live in the residence halls, cancellation fees will apply. The Greek system is separate from University Housing.

Will I be charged a cancellation fee for cancelling my contract?

If you’ve signed your contract, it’s now a legally binding document. If you decide to cancel your contract after signing, cancellation fees will apply.

Do I get the contract processing fee refunded if I cancel my contract?

No, the $100 contract processing fee is nonrefundable.

ROOMMATE FINDER AND ROOMMATE REQUEST

Am I guaranteed my requested roommate if I meet the priority date?

University Housing cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to assign with your requested roommate as many factors play into this. You can increase your chances of being with your requested roommate by:

  • Having both you and your requested roommate start contracts before April 1 (the earlier you startm the better your chances).
  • Creating a verified roommate pair and then coordinating to find a room that can accommodate your pair. OR
  • Communicating with each other and assigning individually to the same space, if availability allows.

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
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Interested in the Global Experiences Learning Community located in Selleck.
    • I like watching Husker volleyball and listen to hip-hop music in my spare time.
    • I'm easy going and love to meet new people.
    • School is my priority, so I appreciate quiet time during finals and exams.

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 can’t find my requested roommate in the Roommate Finder?

Reasons you may not be finding your requested roommate:

  • You aren’t using their full, legal name. Nicknames won’t register in the Roommate Finder.
  • You aren’t using their correct date of birth, including the correct birth year.
  • They haven’t started a housing contract.
  • They have the “Include in Search” box on their “My Profile” page unchecked.
  • One of you is in a Learning Community.
  • Both of you are in a Learning Community but not the same Learning Community or Learning Community cluster.

What happens if I don’t have a confirmed roommate by the time the Roommate Finder closes on April 1?

If you don’t find someone to create a roommate pair with then you’ll assign yourself as an individual. You’ll have the opportunity to either assign yourself to an empty room and wait for someone to assign themselves as your roommate, or you can assign yourself to a room that already has another student assigned to it.

Online Room Selection will allow you to view basic roommate information before reserving a bed by clicking "Show Room Info."

What happens if my roommate changes rooms or cancels?

If online room selection is open, the vacant bed is available for any other student selecting beds to assign themselves as your roommate. If space is available in your unit, it’s best to swap to a room that already has someone else assigned to it so you have an idea of who your roommate may be. You’re able to view other available spaces and roommate information before reserving a room if you choose to swap rooms (for students starting contracts prior to July 15). Selecting "Show Room Info" next to a room in the Room Selection process will show you roommate info.

If online room selection is closed, then you’ll either be moved to another bed in your hall that already has a student assigned or a student will be assigned to the open bed in your room. For information on the consolidation policy after move-in read the University Housing policy booklet.

What if I no longer want to be in the confirmed roommate pair?

If the Roommate Finder is still open and you're not assigned to a room, you’ll need to log back into your housing contract, revisit the Roommate Finder page and click “Delete Roommate Pair" or "Leave Roommate Pair.”

If you're assigned to a room, you'll need to return to the "Contract Info" page of your contract and select "yes" on the room swap question. When assigning to a bed, only reassign yourself. This will keep your previous roommate in your old booking and will move you to your new room.

If the Roommate Finder is closed, please contact the University Housing contracts office with your name, NUID number, and a request stating you no longer wish to be in a confirmed roommate pair. Room and roommate changes are time sensitive.

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 SEARCH WIZARD

Why can’t I find my preferred room?

  • There may no longer be spaces available in your preferred hall or room type.
  • The room may be reserved for a special group like a Learning Community.
  • The unit may be designated for a specific gender that doesn’t match your gender.

Am I guaranteed my preferred hall and room type if I start my contract by April 1?

University Housing cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to assign to your preferred room as many factors play into this. You can increase your chances of being housed in your preferred room by starting your contract once they become available. University Housing has a first-come, first-served policy.

Learning Communities

Three Learning Communities are offered for continuing undergraduate students! They include the Second-Year Edge, Water for Food Global SEEDS, Global Experiences Learning Communities. Global Experiences is also offered to new transfer students, as well as the Transfer Learning Community.

May 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

Contract Details

When filling out the contract take note that:

  • Emergency information is up-to-date and accurate. The halls use this information in case of an emergency.
  • If you’re under the age of 18 on the day you complete your housing contract online, a parent or legal guardian is also required to sign the contract. The parent will receive a letter in the mail as a confirmation that they’ve signed the contract.
  • Fraternity/Sorority Pledging: The Greek system is separate from University Housing. If a student submits a University Housing contract and decides not to live in the residence halls, cancellation fees will apply.

Single Rooms

A limited amount of traditional singles are available in theMassengale Residential Center located on East Campus and Sandoz Hall, Schramm Hall, Selleck Quadrangle and Smith Hall located on City Campus. These will be labeled as "TRAD-single" in the Room Selection process. Rooms in Selleck 4000 won't require a meal plan.

For more information on single rooms in the other traditional-style halls you can email housing.contracts@unl.edu. Another potential option would be a room in a single bedroom suite where you’d get your own room yet share a restroom, snack prep area and living room with three other students.

Apartment-style/Suite-style Information

Two- and four-bedroom apartments are available in the Courtyards and Village on City Campus and in Massengale Residential Center located on East Campus.

Apartment-style residents aren’t required to have a meal plan, making them one of the less expensive on-campus options. You can add a meal plan to your contract for an additional cost. Check out all the pricing options on our billing webpage.

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.