New Freshmen Sign Up

New Freshmen Student2018–19 Housing Sign Up

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The University Housing process for newly admitted freshmen consists of separate phases and may differ depending on when you sign your housing contract. There isn’t a deadline for the housing contract and rooms, however, signing your contract by May 7 allows you access to the Roommate Finder and online room selection process. You will be assigned by University Housing if you sign your contract after May 7. The 2018–19 housing contract will become available to incoming freshmen in mid-December.

Note that each phase will begin with you logging into MyRed > Access the Housing Portal > Contracts > 2018-2019 Academic Year contract.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BEFORE MAY 7

PHASE 1 – Opens mid-December and is available 24 business hours after becoming fully admitted and paying the Admissions enrollment deposit.

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. 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.

7. 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, etc.). All text is recorded.
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Part of the Biological Sciences Learning Community, living in Abel Hall this year.
    • 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.

8. 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.

9. Your contract status should now say “Phase 1 Complete.”

PHASE 2 – Available from April 3 to May 7

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

11. 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 1–3 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.

12. 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 either accepted, declined or canceled.
    Confirmed roommates will appear under “Accepted Roommates” on the “Roommate Finder” page.
  • “Cancel Request” if your requested roommate hasn’t accepted the request and you’d like to continue your search.
  • Click the “Save & Continue” button when you’re done.

13. 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.

14. Your contract status should now say “Phase 2.”

PHASE 3 – Appointment times begin May 21 and the Room Search Wizard closes June 14. Steps 15–22 should be done by one student in a confirmed roommate pair and all individuals not in roommate pairs.

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

16. Select the “Room Search Wizard” page.

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

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

  • If you’re in a Learning Community or part of the William H. Thompson scholars make sure you select the correct hall.

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

20. Choose a room on the “Rooms” tab. If you have a roommate, 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.

21. 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 then the room will be released for other students to select.
  • If you have a roommate pair, designate a bed for yourself and your roommate.

22. 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 completed by ALL students once a room reservation is made.

23. 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.

24. Complete the meal plan page.

25. Click the “Complete Housing Process” button. Your contract status should now say it's complete.

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

26. View 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 of your housing contract.

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

4. Follow steps 18–26 listed above under the PHASE 3 instructions.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT AFTER MAY 7

PHASE 1 – Available mid-December

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. 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.

7. Complete the “About Me” 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, etc.). All text is recorded.
  • Example “About Me”:
    • Interested in a double bedroom in a traditional-style hall
    • Biology major
    • From Lincoln, NE
    • Part of the Biological Sciences Learning Community, living in Abel Hall this year.
    • 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.

8. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Your contract status should now say “Phase 1 Complete.”

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

12. 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.

13. Complete the meal plan page.

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

15. View your room and roommate details on the “Contract Status & Information” page.


Important Dates

When What
May 1, 2018
May 7, 2018
  • Priority housing date. Signing by the priority date allows you to self-select roommates and rooms.
July 16, 2018
  • Last day to select a bed height. Late requests may not be ready by move-in.
August 16, 2018
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?

The University Housing $400 advance payment is nonrefundable with a minimum of $200 due before May 1. After May 1 the entire $400 is due.

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?

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

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 William H. Thompson scholars, 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
    • Part of the Biological Sciences Learning Community, living in Abel Hall this year.
    • 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 May 7?

It’s important to note, that confirmed roommate pairs will receive appointment times to select rooms before individuals. If you don’t find someone to create a roommate pair with then you’ll assign yourself as an individual on your appointment time. 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.

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.

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, you can do the following to increase your chances of accommodating two pairs into a four-bed unit:

  • Sign your contracts at the same time and by the May 7 priority date. Appointment times to select rooms are given on a first come, first served basis.
  • Create two separate roommate pairs, as pairs will assign before individuals.
  • Log into your contract as soon as your appointment time hits to select a room.

What if I want to request a current UNL student or a 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 saying you are requesting each other as roommates for the academic year.

All requests must be mutual and are time sensitive. 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 yours.

Learning Communities

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.

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.