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, however, signing your contract by May 6 allows you access to the Roommate Finder and online room selection process. You'll be assigned by University Housing if you sign your contract after May 6. The 2019–20 housing contract opens Nov. 1 to all incoming freshmen.

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

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT BEFORE MAY 6

PHASE 1 – Opens November 1 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 “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. 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.

7. 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, 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. You've completed Phase 1. Wait for an email from University Housing in early April notifying you that Phase 2 is available.

PHASE 2 – Available from April 2 to May 6

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.

  • “I know who I want to request” – for those who know the full, legal name and date of birth of their requested roommate.
  • “Search by lifestyle preferences” – you can choose 1–3 specific lifestyle questions to find other students whose answers match yours.
  • “Browse suggested roommate” – suggests roommates and provides percentages based on all of your lifestyle preference responses.

12. Students are only allowed one roommate request. To find and request a roommate:

  • “View Profile” to view their lifestyle preferences.
  • “Send Message” to communicate with several students to see who may be your best match.
  • “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.
  • “Cancel Request” if your requested roommate hasn’t accepted the request, you may want to cancel so you can continue your roommate search.

13. If you’ve received a roommate request you can “Accept Request” or “Decline Request” and then click the “Save & Continue” button.

14. Your roommate pair should now be verified. If you have any incoming or outgoing requests your roommate pair isn't verified and you'll be unable to assign together in Phase 3.

PHASE 3 – Appointment times begin May 15 and the room selection process 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.

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

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.

17. Assign to a bed. If you have a verified roommate pair, you need to select a bed for yourself and your roommate. Then click "Assign Beds." Only one student from the pair can assign at a time.

  • 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.

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

The following needs to be completed 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. Review your room assignment on the "Contract Info" page and click "Save & Continue."

22. We encourage you to check your "Contract Info" 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.

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 Selection" page.

4. Follow steps 17–21 listed above under the PHASE 3 instructions.

I PLAN TO SIGN MY CONTRACT AFTER MAY 6

PHASE 1 – Available November 1

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. 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.

7. 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, 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 ten (10) 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

12. 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.

13. Complete the meal plan page.

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


Important Dates

When What
May 1, 2019
May 7, 2018
  • Priority housing date. Signing by the priority date allows you to self-select roommates and rooms.
June 14, 2018
  • Last day to choose or swap your room.
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 University Housing contract processing fee?

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?

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 may apply.

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

No, the contract processing fee is nonrefundable.

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 6?

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 online room selection will allow you to view roommate information before reserving a bed by clicking "Show Room Info."

What happens if my roommate changes rooms or cancels?

If the 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 Selection" page will allow you to view roommate information by clicking "Show Room 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, then 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 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?

You can only request one roommate. University Housing cannot guarantee that two pairs can assign to the same suite as suite-style rooms are limited.

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.

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.