Fall 2017 Undergraduate Housing Selection

For our housing room selection priority numbers and times please download our assignment and times PDF here.

Thank you for choosing to live in on-campus housing at Northwestern University for the 2017-2018 academic year. At Northwestern we are proud to provide a variety of living options and experiences. 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 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.

What’s New
  • Fall 2017 brings the introduction of the new residency requirement for all incoming first-year students.  More information about the residency requirement and exceptions policy will be available soon.
  • Northwestern’s newest residence hall, 560 Lincoln, will open its doors.  This 422-bed facility will offer suite-style living to all classes of undergraduate residents.  More information about 560 Lincoln can be found here.
  • Elder Hall and 1838 Chicago will no longer be first-year only residence halls.  Any returning student may sign up for Elder or 1838 Chicago.
  • Each incoming first-year student will be placed on the Open Access meal plan.  This is the only meal plan option for first-year students.  The Open Access meal plan will allow each resident to swipe into any dining hall as many times a day as they like.  Returning students may choose between several meal plans, including the new Open Access plan.
Housing Options

Residential Services offers several residential experiences including residence halls, residential communities, and residential colleges. Each community provides a unique opportunity for engagement and growth. Please select the link below to discover the various choices for on-campus living.

Explore your housing options!

Rental Rates

2017-18 rates coming soon!

Important Dates

January 4, 2017 – June 1, 2017 Contract available for first year and transfer students
February 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017 Contract available for returning (current) residents
April 12 – 21, 2017 Room selection for returning (current) residents
April 28, 2017 Returning (current) resident room assignments finalized and sent via email.
August 2017 First year and transfer room assignments complete and sent via email
Cancellation Fees

You may request to cancel your contract at any time. Depending upon when you request to cancel your contract, you may be held to part or all of the contracted rates. Request for contract cancellation does not guarantee the request will be granted. The cancellation schedule is below:

Cancellation Date
On or before Friday, March 17, 2017

Returning Students: No Cancellation Fee

Entering Students (freshmen or transfer): forfeit $200.00 prepayment
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – on or before Friday, June 2, 2017 Returning Students: 25% of Fall Quarter room charges
Entering Students (freshmen or transfer): forfeit $200.00 prepayment
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – on or before Friday, July 14, 2017 All Students: 50% of Fall Quarter room charges
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – on or before Friday, August 4, 2017 All Students: 75% of Fall Quarter room charges
Saturday, August 5, 2017 – Monday, September 11, 2017 All Students: 100% of Fall Quarter room charges
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Spring 2018 commencement All Students: 100% of room charges for Term of Agreement (full academic year)

View the Undergraduate Housing Cancellation page.

Accommodation Requests

Housing accommodation and exception requests to the residency requirement will be accepted beginning April 1, 2017.  More information about exceptions to the residency requirement will be posted soon. 

Get Started!

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 our office for any questions related to the 2017 Housing Selection Process: