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2020-21 Housing Sign Up

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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 your housing contract. | 2020-21 Contract Policy Book

To access your housing contract, log into MyRed > Click the blue "Housing" button > Apply for Housing. Next to the “2020-2021 Academic Year” contract, click “Continue."

Important Dates

When
What
May 20, 2020 Priority housing date.
Signing by the priority date allows you to access the Roommate Finder.
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 cancel 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 November 1
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. 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, 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  • The “Include in Search” box is no longer applicable after May 20, 2020.
  • 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.
8. Complete the “Lifestyle Preferences” page.
9. Complete the “Roommate Request” page (if applicable). If you’re already in a verified roommate pair, you won’t see this page.
  • 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.
* If you’re part of residential community you’ll select a room option available to your community. Residential communities include Learning Communities, the Honors residential community, William H. Thompson Scholars and the Teachers Scholar Academy.

Steps below available after you’ve received your room assignment information via email in late July or later
12. Complete the meal plan page.
13. 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?
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.
Am I required to live on campus?
The University of Nebraska has an on-campus residency requirement. 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 and for information on how to submit an online exemption form.
How do I cancel my contract?
Detailed instructions on how to cancel your contract can be found here.
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.
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 they have turned in their 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.
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). Cancellations received on and after July 15 will accrue daily charges since we now require a 30-day cancel notice.
When is the latest date that I could sign a housing contract?
There isn’t a deadline to complete a housing contract. Students are assigned to rooms on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date they signed their contracts. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be placed in your preferred hall or with your requested roommate as space is limited.
Do I get the contract processing fee refunded if I cancel my contract?
No, the contract processing fee is nonrefundable.
Not finding an answer to a COVID-19 specific question?
Visit our FAQ: Changes Coming for Fall 2020 website.

ROOMMATE FINDER AND ROOMMATE REQUESTS
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
    • 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 no longer want to be in my verified roommate pair?
Please contact the University Housing contracts office with your name, NUID number, and a request stating you no longer wish to be in a roommate pair. Room and roommate changes are time sensitive.
I can only request one roommate on my housing contract What if I know another pair that would like to fill a suite with me and my requested roommate?
You can only request one roommate. This is a great opportunity to meet new people! Because we assign students on a first-come, first-served basis, we cannot guarantee suites to any pair. If you would like us to make note of your request, email Housing Contracts. If both pairs happen to be assigned to suites, we will do our best to accommodate you together. Once assignments are made, changes will be limited so we can prepare for move-in.
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.
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.
If you’re part of a residential community (Learning Community, William H. Thompson, Honors residential community, etc.) you’re guaranteed a space within that community.
Can I request a room change?
Due to COVID-19 and the early start of classes, room changes will be limited.

ROOM ASSIGNMENT
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 July 6 you’ll receive your assignment email in late July or later (depending on when your contract was signed).
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. If you’re part of a residential community (Learning Community, William H. Thompson, Honors residential community, etc.) you’re guaranteed a space within that community.
Can I request a room change?
Due to COVID-19 and the early start of classes, room changes will be limited.

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

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.
  • Fraternity/Sorority Pledging: 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 they have turned in their 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.

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.