How To Apply - Step by Step
The contract asks a series of questions designed to help match you with a roommate. Before you fill out the housing contract, you should first read over the information on this page carefully, and visit our FAQ page.
It is very important that you read over all of this information carefully before you access the housing contract. Once the contract is submitted, you cannot amend it.
- Do you need to request special consideration regarding your housing assignment? Make sure to follow the procedure outlined on the Services for Students with Disabilities web site.
- Make sure your NetID and Password have been set up, and that you have set up, and are checking, your Northwestern email account regularly. You can activate your NetID (which was sent to you in your admissions information) at the incoming student login site. To log in to the housing application you will use your NetID and your password. NetIDs are 6 characters long and contain both letters and numbers. Your password is the same password you use for your Northwestern email account, and it is case-sensitive.
- Read over the FAQ page. This is very important - the FAQ has all the information you need to successfully apply for housing, including a helpful chart showing all of the buildings that have space available for new students.
- Think about the kind of environment in which you want to live. Residential Services cannot make recommendations to you about where you should live. Instead, we recommend that incoming students ask themselves the following questions before filling out the housing contract and then read over the housing descriptions.
- Once you have thought about the kind of environment in which you wish to reside, it is time to start choosing buildings that are the best fit for you. Read over the descriptions of the undergraduate buildings online and see what each has to offer, where they are located on campus and which will work best with your studies.
To help identify your preferences, you should ask yourself:
- Do I want to live in co-ed or single gendered housing?
- What would be the best environment for me – a large (150+ residents) building, a medium size (75-125 residents) building, or a smaller (less than 60 residents) building?
- Do I want to live in a Residential College or a Residence Hall and/or House?
- Your classes will be held all over campus, however, we encourage new students to ask themselves, what kind of amenities do I want to live near? Would I prefer to live closer to Norris University Center, one of the fitness facilities on campus, such as Patten Gymnasium (across the street from our all-freshmen building, the Elder Residential Community), Blomquist Recreational Center or the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center (These two facilities are also known as SPAC), or to downtown Evanston? Does it matter to me?
All Residential Colleges have spaces for new students, as does the G.R.E.E.N. House at 2303 Sheridan and the Interfaith Living and Learning Unit in 1835 Hinman. You can visit the Residential Colleges web site to find general information, and a list of colleges. Please note that many of the Residential College websites are maintained by the colleges themselves and not by Northwestern administration, therefore pages provided and maintained by students do not necessarily represent official views of Northwestern University. If you plan to apply for a Residential College, the Interfaith Living and Learning unit in 1835 Hinman, you will be asked to write a few sentences about why you wish to be considered for these assignments, so start thinking over why you want to be part of that experience, and what you have to contribute to these communities.
6. Once you have completed steps 1-5, you will be ready to fill out the online housing application.
I am an ENTERING FRESHMAN (Available May 17, 2013, after 5:00pm)
Information regarding where you were assigned will be emailed to you Northwestern email account during the first week of August. In the meantime, don't forget to keep checking the New Student and Family Programs web site for important information regarding your transition to college life at Northwestern.
Questions regarding Freshman Housing can be answered via email by our New Student Housing Coordinators.