Housing Assignments FAQs

When is the housing contract due?

Freshman housing contracts need to be completed by Monday, June 2, 2014. Freshmen who do not submit the contract by the deadline can still contract for housing online, but the likelihood of an assignment to one of your listed housing preferences is substantially lower.

When are you mailing out information regarding freshman housing, and the housing contract?

Residential Services does not mail out housing brochures, or housing contracts. An email will be sent to all entering freshmen informing them that the online housing contract is available. Everything that our entering freshmen need to complete the contracting process is linked from our freshman housing web page.

Are freshman housing assignments made on a 'first come, first served' basis? Do Early Decision admits get preference in housing assignments?

There is a distinct advantage to submitting your housing contract as early as possible. Students participate in an online room selection process, and the order is determined by when completed housing contracts are submitted.

You may update your housing contract as many times as you would like before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, without affecting your contract submission order. In other words, you will not be penalized for updating or changing any of your preferences.

To update your housing or room preferences and/or submit your Residential College or Exclusive Use personal statements, please login to RMS and click under the "Contracts and Building Preferences" link, click on either "Special Use Building Applications" or "Update Building Preferences."


Please note that if you have already submitted your housing contract, clicking on the link for "Step 1 - Create Application" will give the error message that your application is not available. This is because you have already created and submitted your housing contract. The system is designed to allow you to submit only one contract, although you may update it as many times as you would like prior to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, without penalty.

Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants fill out the housing application at the same time, and we do not track whether you were an Early or Regular Decision student when making housing assignments.

I am an athlete. Do I need to fill out the online housing contract?
Yes. You cannot participate in the online room selection process until you have completed and submitted an online contract. There are no specific 'athlete' buildings, floors or rooms in housing. If you want to request a roommate, you must do so by indicating their name and NetID on the housing contract. Please consult the Northwestern Directory for assistance in determining this information.
How are the answers on my housing contract used to make my housing assignment?

As an admitted freshman, you are guaranteed a space on campus to live. There are many types of living communities at Northwestern. Since you will be participating in an online room selection process, you will choose the actual room for the coming academic year. If, for any reason, you do not participate in the online room selection process and Residential Services must assign you to a space on campus, your responses to the contract questions will help Residential Services better assign you to a community that offers you a rewarding undergraduate experience.

Residential Services cannot guarantee a specific type of assignment for a roommate, single-occupancy room, or a specific residence hall, even if requested.

How do I apply for a Residential College?

Residential Colleges are listed on the regular freshman housing contract, and freshmen apply for them by listing the Residential College or Colleges for which they wish to be considered. Students interested in a Residential College are required to submit a short personal statement as part of their housing contract.

You may submit your personal statement for the Residential College(s) for which you are applying by logging into RMS. Under the "Contracts and Building Preferences" link, click on the "Special Use Building Applications" link. There you will see the personal statement questions and submit your responses.

If you are admitted to a Residential College, you will be informed of this. When the time comes to select a room online, you will see only available rooms for the Residential College to which you were admitted.

My friend and I want to be roommates - how can we make this request?

Prior to the start of the online room selection process, students will be issued priority numbers which determine the assignment order. The assignment schedule (available online in early July) will let students know when they may log in to select their rooms. Students may also choose their roommates. The student with the best priority number of the roommate pair is the "controlling" priority number.

Controlling priority numbers wishing to pull in roommates will need the NetIDs and roommate passwords (not University NetID passwords!) for those individuals to be pulled in. You will be able to create your roommate password by signing into the Student Web Self-Assignment beginning mid-June. Those with controlling priority numbers must have these passwords in order to pull in a roommate.

Those entering freshmen assigned to Residential Colleges wil not receive priority numbers.

With regard to Residential Colleges, each student must be admitted based on his/her own merits. Therefore, if you are hoping to room with someone who was not admitted to your Residential College, you may not pull that person in as your roommate into a Residential College.

Please inform Residential Services if the choice of roommate or assignment to a Residential College is of more importance to you.

When do I find out where I was assigned?

Students will be selecting their rooms for the 2014-15 school year online. It will be possible to search for available rooms. Any available room will be displayed for room selection. Rooms not visible are already assigned.

Once you complete the online room selection process in July, you will know to where you have been assigned. A confirmation email will be sent to your Northwestern email account during the first week of August with information regarding your online housing contract.

How can I find out which buildings are air conditioned/carpeted/co-ed/have suite style rooms/have food service in them?
Check our individual building descriptions to view a list of pertinent details for each building. You are responsible for deciding what amenities are important to you, and for reading over the building descriptions to find the building that will best suit your needs.
Can freshmen live in single or triple rooms? What is the likelihood of being able to select a single or a triple room?
Most freshmen live in double rooms. However, since you will be choosing your own room, if a single or a triple room is available when you log in, you may select it. Keep in mind that there are very few single and triple rooms on campus, most of which are assigned to upperclassmen.
How can I find out which buildings have single rooms/double rooms/triple rooms?

Please visit our Residence Halls Description Page for a listing of the undergraduate living units.

Please note that although many of these buildings may have a mix of singles, doubles and triples, it doesn't mean that all room types listed for each building will be available in the pool of rooms available for freshmen and transfer applicants. Most of the single rooms in these buildings are already assigned to upperclassmen, unless otherwise noted.