Fall 2018 Housing Selection

Thank you for choosing to live in on-campus housing at Northwestern University for the 2018-2019 academic year. At Northwestern we are proud to provide a variety of living options and experiences.  Please review the information below and then select the New Student (incoming freshman or transfer) or Returning Student (currently lives on campus) links to get started.


Northwestern University has implemented a two-year residency requirement for all incoming first and second year undergraduate students. This institution-wide initiative will support social and academic transitions.  Please click here for more information about the residency requirement, including the Exceptions Request process.


Residential Services offers several residential experiences including residence halls, residential communities, and residential colleges. Each community provides a unique opportunity for engagement and growth.

Residential Services is in the midst of a 10-year Housing campaign to add more housing facilities as well as renovate many others. For more information visit our Master Plan website

Please select the link below to discover the various choices for on-campus living.

Explore your housing options!


Gender Open Housing allows students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, to share a room or suite. You will be able to select Gender-Open Housing as a preference in the housing contracting process.  For the 2018-19 school year, the locations of Gender Open Housing are as follows:


560 Lincoln, Kemper Hall, & Foster-Walker


2018-19 rates coming soon!

Please visit our 2017-2018 Rates page to view current housing rates.



Important Date  Process
February 1, 2018 – June 1, 2018 Contract available for first year and transfer students
March 1, 2018 – March 15, 2018 Contract available for returning (current) residents
April 16 – 20, 2018 Room selection for returning (current) residents
April 30, 2018 Returning (current) resident room assignments finalized and sent via email.
Early August First year and transfer room assignments complete and sent via email



First and second year residents may not cancel their housing contract due to the two year residency requirement.  Please click here for more information about the residency requirement.  Rising juniors and seniors may cancel their contract with written notice to Residential Services.  Please note the below cancellation fee schedule if you choose to cancel your contract.  For more information about canceling a housing contract, please visit our Housing Cancellation Policy webpage.


Cancellation Date  Fee
On or before Tuesday, May 1, 2018 $0
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – on or before Thursday, September 20, 2018 $300
Friday, September 21, 2018 – end of spring 2019 quarter $300 minus proration of housing rent charges


*Note: the cancellation fee may be waived for extenuating circumstances.



Learning—and practicing—to live, work, and spend time with others is an essential component of the Northwestern University learning experience. There is no better place to do this than in our residence halls.

A variety of medical illnesses, disabilities and psychological conditions may necessitate an accommodation in the housing assignment process or a release from the housing contract or meal plan. A few examples of disability-related considerations in residence halls or rooms are the following:

  • An air-conditioned residence hall
  • A residence hall with an elevator
  • A residence hall with an accessible washroom
  • A single room

Every effort is made to accommodate students’ needs within our housing system and food service plan using the alternatives available. Keep in mind that the University meal plan contract does not permit releases based on religious dictates, personal food choice or preferences (e.g., vegetarianism), or other non-medically-based, dietary requirements.

Students wishing to request accommodations for both housing and food service may do so through the contracting process. You may also submit your request via the link below. Decisions on accommodations are made in early June.

Housing Accommodation Requests will be accepted beginning April 1, 2018.


Students living in undergraduate residence halls are required to have a meal plan as a condition of the housing contract. All incoming first-year students will be assigned the Open Access Meal plan. For more information about meal plans and dining on campus, please visit our dining website.


Please click the appropriate link below to learn more about the new and returning student housing selection process and to complete the contract.


Please contact Residential Services for any questions related to the 2018 Housing Selection Process: