Fall 2019 Housing Selection

Check back soon for information for Fall 2020 Housing Selection.

Thank you for choosing to live in on-campus housing at Northwestern University for the 2019-2020 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. 


Please visit our Rates page to view current housing rates.


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.


Submitting a cancellation request is not an automatic release from your contract, nor does it guarantee that you will be released from your housing contract.  Each release request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 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.


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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 $0
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – on or before Sunday, September 15, 2019 $300
Monday, September 16, 2019 – end of spring 2020 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, 2019.


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 2019 Housing Selection Process: