Continuing/Graduate/New Transfer Sign Up

Continuing/Graduate/Transfer Student2018–19 Housing Sign Up

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The 2018–19 University Housing process for continuing, graduate, and transfer students will become available in mid-November. 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 > Contract > 2018-2019 Academic Year contract.

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 31, 2018 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 your requested roommate using the Roommate Finder, wait until they accept the request, and once they’ve accepted then one of you can go in and assign both to the same room (see below).**
  2. Assign yourself to your preferred room then return to the Roommate Finder to find a roommate. Once you’ve found a roommate you’ll need to communicate to them the room you’ve assigned to so they can assign themselves with you. You won’t be able to assign them if you’ve already assigned yourself to a room! You can still create a confirmed roommate pair which will allow you to room swap together.*
  3. Assign yourself to a room that already has another student assigned or wait for a random roommate to assign themselves as your roommate. The Room Search Wizard webpage will demonstrate how you can view roommate information prior to assigning yourself to a room if you choose to bypass the Roommate Finder.**

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

**There may not be a large pool of potential roommates in the Roommate Finder right after the opening of the contract. The Room Search Wizard can also be used to find a roommate.

We encourage you to check your “Contract Status & Information” page to verify that you’re with the person you requested. It’s beneficial to check this page periodically for the following changes:

  • Your roommate cancels or swaps to a different room.
  • Another student assigns themselves to your room.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BETWEEN MID-NOVEMBER AND JANUARY 31

PHASE 1 – Available mid-November; Roommate Finder closes January 31 & Room Search Wizard closes June 14

1. Log into MyRed.

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

3. Click “Contract” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Select the “2018–2019 Academic Year” contract and click “Save & Continue.”

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

6. Complete the “About Me” 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. Read through the different options offered on the “Roommate Finder” page.

  • “Search by profile details” – for those who know the full, legal name and date of birth of their requested roommate.
  • “Search by profile questions” – you can choose one to three specific lifestyle questions to find other students whose answers match yours.
  • “Browse matching roommate” – suggests roommates and provides percentages based on all of your lifestyle question responses.

10. Once you find a potential roommate you can:

  • “View Profile” to view their roommate questionnaire.
  • “Send Message” to communicate with them. We encourage you to first communicate with potential roommates prior to sending them requests so you know if it’s a good fit.
  • “Request” to send them a roommate request. If you’ve requested a student or have been requested by a student you’ll be unable to search for other potential roommates until your initial request is accepted, declined or cancelled.
    Confirmed roommates will appear under “Accepted Roommates” on the “Roommate Finder” page.
  • “Cancel Request” if your requested roommate has not accepted the request and you would like to continue your search.
  • Click the “Save & Continue” button when you’re done.

11. If you’ve received a roommate request you can “View Profile,” “Send Message,” “Accept Request,” or “Decline Request” and then click the “Save & Continue” button.

Steps 12–18 should be done by one student in a confirmed roommate pair and all individuals not in confirmed roommate pairs.

Steps 19–23 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.

12. Select the “Room Search Wizard” page.

13. Click “Room Search Wizard (Mandatory Room Profiles)” in the top right hand corner.

14. Select the residence hall you prefer on the “Building” tab.

15. Select the floor you prefer on the “Floor” tab.

16. Choose a room on the “Rooms” tab. If you have a confirmed roommate pair, you need to select the room/bed for them, so make sure to highlight TWO beds. Only one student from the pair can assign at a time.

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.

17. Once you’ve selected a room you’ll have five minutes to reserve your bed.

  • If “Reserve Beds” isn’t clicked after the five-minute period is up, the room will be released for other students to select.
  • If you have a roommate pair, designate a bed for yourself and your roommate.

18. After clicking “Reserve Beds” you’ll be directed back to the “Room Search Wizard” page for a summary of your contract information.

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

19. Complete the bed height page (if applicable). Deadline to select a bed height is July 16. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.

20. Complete the meal plan page.

21. Submit the $400 nonrefundable advance payment and complete the signature page.*

*Don’t sign the contract if you’re unsure about residing in the University Housing Residence Halls for the 2018–19 academic year, as the contract will be valid and cancellation fees will apply.

22. Click the “Complete Housing Process” button. Your contract status should now say “Housing Contract Complete.”

  • 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.

23. Review your room and roommate details on the “Contract Status & Information” page.

ROOM SWAP INSTRUCTIONS

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

2. Go to the “Room Search Wizard” page.

3. Click “Room Swap” in the top right hand corner.

4. Follow steps 14–23 above. If your contract has already been signed and the advance payment has been paid in full, no further action will be needed on those steps.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BETWEEN JANUARY 31 AND JUNE 14

PHASE 1 – Available mid-November

1. Log into MyRed.

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

3. Click “Contract” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Select the “2018–2019 Academic Year” contract and click “Save & Continue.”

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

6. Complete the “About Me” 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. Select the “Room Search Wizard” page.

9. Click “Room Search Wizard (Mandatory Room Profiles)” in the top right hand corner.

10. Select the residence hall you prefer on the “Building” tab.

11. Select the floor you prefer on the “Floor” tab.

12. Choose a room on the “Rooms” tab.

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.

13. Once you’ve selected a room you’ll have five minutes to reserve your bed.

  • If “Reserve Beds” isn’t clicked after the five-minute period is up, the room will be released for other students to select.
  • If you have a roommate pair, designate a bed for yourself and your roommate.

14. After clicking “Reserve Beds” you’ll be directed back to the “Room Search Wizard” page for a summary of your contract information. Steps 15-18 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.

15. Complete the bed height page (if applicable). Deadline to select a bed height is July 16. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.

16. Complete the meal plan page.

17. Submit the $400 nonrefundable advance payment and complete the signature page.*

*Don’t sign the contract if you’re unsure about residing in the University Housing Residence Halls for the 2018–19 academic year, as the contract will be valid and cancellation fees will apply.

18. Click the “Complete Housing Process” button. Your contract status should now say “Housing Contract Complete.”

  • 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.

19. Review your room and roommate details on the “Contract Status & Information” page.

ROOM SWAP INSTRUCTIONS

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

2. Go to the “Room Search Wizard” page.

3. Click “Room Swap” in the top right hand corner.

4. Follow steps 10–19 above. If your contract has already been signed and the advance payment has been paid in full, no further action will be needed on those steps.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT AFTER JUNE 14

PHASE 1 – Available mid-November

1. Log into MyRed.

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

3. Click “Contract” in the red bar across the top of the page.

4. Select the “2018–2019 Academic Year” contract and click “Save & Continue.”

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

6. Complete the “About Me” 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.

  • 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. Click on the bed height page and complete (if applicable). Deadline to select a bed height is July 16. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.

11. Complete the meal plan page.

12. Submit the $400 nonrefundable advance payment and complete the signature page.*

*Don’t sign the contract if you’re unsure about residing in the University Housing Residence Halls for the 2018–19 academic year, as the contract will be valid and cancellation fees will apply.

13. Click the “Complete Housing Process” button. Your contract status should now say “Housing Contract Complete.”

14. Review your room and roommate details on the “Contract Status & Information” page.


Important Dates

When What
January 31, 2018
  • Starting a housing contract by the priority date allows you to use the Roommate Finder and gives you the earliest access to select rooms.
May 1, 2018
July 16 , 2018
  • Last day to select a bed height. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.
August 16, 2018
August 30, 2018
  • Last day for Husker/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).
September 15, 2018

CANCELLATION FEES APPLY

Once the contract is signed and an advance payment is made, 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 housing advance payment (only applicable for newly admitted students including new transfers)?

The University Housing $400 advance payment is nonrefundable and is required with all housing contracts. Students completing contracts prior to May 1 will have the option of splitting the advance payment into two $200 payments.

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 advance payment?

Visit our advance payment webpage for detailed instructions on how to submit the payment.

What if I choose to pledge a fraternity or sorority?

If you sign a 2018–19 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 advance payment refunded if I cancel my contract?

Your advance payment will be applied towards your cancellation fee.

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 the January 31 priority date.
  • Creating a confirmed 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 “About Me” 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 January 31?

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.

The Room Search Wizard (room selection) will allow you to view basic roommate information before reserving a room. Visit our Room Search Wizard webpage for instructions on how to view roommate information.

I can only create a roommate pair using the Roommate Finder. What if I know another pair that would like to fill a suite with me and my confirmed roommate?

University Housing cannot guarantee that two pairs will be able to assign to a four-bed unit, however, following the steps below may increase your chances of accommodating two pairs into a four-bed unit.

If you’re starting your contract before January 31:

  • All four students will need to start their contracts at the same time and either,
    • Create two confirmed roommate pairs and then both pairs will need to coordinate to find a room that can accommodate four students. OR
    • Communicate with each student and assign individually to the same unit, if availability allows.

If you’re starting your contract after January 31:

  • All four students will need to start contracts at the same time so they can assign at the same time.
  • You’ll be unable to hold spaces for students who haven’t started a housing contract as University Housing abides by the first come, first served policy. If another student assigns themselves to the space you wanted for your requested roommate then we encourage you to swap to a different unit with enough spaces available to accommodate your group.

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 that meet the priority date). The Room Search Wizard webpage will provide instructions on how to view roommate information.

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, then you’ll need to log back into your housing contract, revisit the Roommate Finder page and click “Cancel Request.”

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 or transfer student?

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 the January 31 priority date?

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 to students in mid-November. University Housing has a first come, first served policy.

Learning Communities

Three new Learning Communities are now 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

Massengale Residential Center and Husker Hall have a limited amount of traditional singles.

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.