Undergraduate Housing Cancellation Request

Northwestern University has a two-year residency requirement for all incoming first- and second-year undergraduate students. Beginning with the Fall 2017 quarter, this institutional initiative supports students’ social and academic transitions.

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are exempt from the residency requirement and are eligible to cancel their housing contracts. 

Cancellation Requests

Students eligible to cancel their housing contract can request to do so via this online form. Submitting a cancellation request is not an automatic release from your contract, nor does it guarantee that you will be released from it. Each release request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Before submitting a request, students should review our housing cancellation policy.

First- and second-year undergraduate students are subject to the two-year residency requirement but may submit an exception request through the Housing Portal.  Only after an exception has been granted can a cancellation request be submitted to Residential Services. 

If approved, and depending upon the date you submit your cancellation request, you may be responsible for a cancellation fee or part/all of the contracted rate.


Fees During the Academic Year

In addition to prorated nightly fees, all cancelled contracts will be assessed a $300 cancellation fee.

Cancellation Fee Schedule for Students Approved/Eligible to Live Off Campus

cancellation fee schedule
Cancellation Date  Fee
Cancel on or before Friday, May 1, 2020 $0
May 2 – September 15, 2020 $300
September 16 – end of academic year $300 less prorated rent refund

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