Room Reapplication FAQ


    1. 1) What is Room Reapplication?
      Reapplication is a period of time when current residence hall students are given priority to sign up for an available room and hall of their choice for the next academic year. All residents returning to UW-W for the upcoming academic year who wish to reside in on-campus housing must complete reapplication by March 31st . Contracts received from current residence hall students after 4:00 pm March 31st will be processed in the same manner as incoming students.

    2. 2) What is NEW this year with the reapplication process?

    3. A number of changes have occurred to meet the needs of current and incoming students. 

    1.        · Applications will be accepted in the following phases:                                                  

i.  Students wishing to reside in Starin Hall. (Feb 13 - Feb 17)                                                
ii.  Students wishing to reside in the Off-Campus Apartments. (Feb 13 - Feb 17)                                              
iii.  Students wishing to reside in a triple room in Tutt or Wellers Hall. (Feb 13 - Feb 17)                                              
iv.  Students wishing to reside in Goodhue Hall. (Feb 13 - Feb 17)                                                
v.  Students who wish to live in any of the other residence halls. (Feb 1 - March 31) 

    1. 3) How to apply for Gender Inclusive housing option
      Gender Inclusive Housing was created in an effort by University Housing to provide living options to account for all of our residents and their differing needs. The term "inclusive" or "gender neutral housing" refers to rooms where people of any sex or gender can room together, including students of the "opposite" sex and students who don't identify with any particular gender. Students that desire to be considered for inclusive housing in Starin Hall will be asked to submit an application.

    2. 4) Who is required to live on campus and go through room reapplication?
      The Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System has established the following policy: "those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married, or living with parents or legal guardians, shall be required to live in a university-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available."

    3. 5) How would I choose who I want to live with?
      1. ·   Do I automatically get my current room back next year?  
      2. No. All returning students that submit 2017-18 housing contracts will need to access the residence hall room selection website to select a room. Please check the 2017-2018 Housing Assignments specialty housing options for further information regarding how residence halls will be set up for the 2017-2018 school year. The Room Selection process will open for students who were randomly chosen for Priority Selection on (April 10) at 10:00 a.m. The Room Selection website will be available to returning students who have a mutually agreed upon roommate situation on (April 11) at 4:00 PM. The Room Selection website will open for students without a mutually agreed upon roommate on (April 12). The site will remain open until April 21st at 4:00 pm. Please note that returning students who submit a contract but do not select a room by April 21st will be assigned to an available space at the discretion of the Room Assignments Office.

      3. ·   What do I do if I want to live with a specific student? How do I choose a mutually agreed upon returning student roommate? 
      4. When you are filling out your application online there will be an opportunity to search and select a roommate.

      5.  ·  Can I live with an incoming student (Freshman, Transfer, etc.)?
      6. Yes, the same steps to indicate a mutually agreed upon roommate will need to be followed by indicating each other on your respected contracts, however, the returning student will be contacted separately by the Room Assignments Office as to how to select a room. 

Students who indicate a mutually agreed upon roommate on their contract MUST select the same room as their roommate during the room selection process online. Both roommates must log on and select the same room.
    1. 6) What dates should I be concerned about in regard to Room Reapplication?
    2. ·         February 1 – 3- Priority Selection begins. For more information on this opportunity please go to the Priority Selection FAQ page.

      ·         February 13 – Hall RE-Applications will be available online at the University Housing website. This application can be used to apply for Starin Hall, Apartments in Cambridge and Fox Meadows, Goodhue Hall, Gender Inclusive, and Triple rooms in Tutt and Wellers. Applications and contracts can be submitted to Goodhue 1st floor desk.

      ·         February 1March 31 – If you do not plan to apply for Starin OR off campus apartments you can submit your deposit payment page to apply to live in the standard residence halls during this time.

      ·         February 17 - Deadline to submit Hall RE-Application.

      ·         February 27 - Students will be notified via university e-mail if they were granted or denied their desired hall.

      ·         March 3- Students granted Priority Selection that were also granted to live in Starin hall for the next academic year will pick their rooms.

      ·         March 8- Starin room selection for all other students that were granted to live in Starin hall.

      ·         March 10- Students granted to live in the apartments and Priority Selection for the next academic year will pick their rooms.

      ·         March 15 – Apartment room selection for all other students that were granted a room in the apartments.

      ·         March 31 - Deadline to submit contract to have access to the Residence hall room selection website.

      ·         April 10 – April 21- Residence Hall room selection website will be accessible for students who have been randomly chosen for Priority Selection at 10:00 a.m. At 4:00 p.m. Residence Hall room selection will be accessible for students who have chosen to live on a Specialty Living Option floor.

      ·         April 11 – April 21 - Residence Hall room selection website will be accessible for students who have submitted a contract by March 31, AND have a mutually agreed upon roommate already selected. Access will begin at 4:00 PM.

      ·         April 12 – April 21 - Residence Hall room selection website will be accessible for students who have submitted a contract by March 31, AND DO NOT have a mutually agreed upon roommate already selected. Access will begin at 4:00 PM.

      ·     April 21 - All room assignments become final as the Room Selection website will be shut down today at 4:00PM

    3. 7) What is the difference between the March 31 deadline and the April 20 deadline?
                    ·    March 31 is the deadline for contracts to be received at University Housing in order for a student to have access to the residence hall room selection website for selecting a room on the first day of eligibility. Contracts will still be accepted after March 31 but there may be a delay in student having access to select a room.

                    ·     April 21is the last day students will have access to the residence hall room selection website. At 4:00 p.m. on April 21 the website will be shut down and all assignments will be final.
    4. 8) How do I apply for a single room?
      Single rooms will only be available to students with a documented medical need at this time. Students that believe that they have a medical need should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities for more information on how to provide the sufficient documentation. Students that have approved documentation will be contacted separately about room selection.

    5. 9) What if I am interested in living in a lounge for the 2017-2018 academic year?
      It is the intention of the university to not use lounges for student housing for the 2017-18 academic year. Therefore returning students will not be able to apply for a lounge assignment.

    6. 10) What if I apply for Starin Hall (or Fox Meadows/Cambridge Apartments/Tutt or Wellers Hall Triple) and do not receive an assignment in these buildings?
      The new room reapplication process this year is done to accommodate students who may not get into their first choice of housing. On this new application you can rank between Starin Hall, the apartments, triple rooms, and the standard halls. You may rank them 1-4 (one being your first choice and four being your very last choice). You are not required to rank all four of the options available on this application. You are only required to rank the assignments that you are comfortable receiving. For example, if you only wish to live in Starin hall then you will need only rank Starin hall as your number one choice. But know that any student that gets denied Starin Hall, the apartments, and/or a triple room, this said student will be required to live on-campus unless they decide to cancel (and are eligible) their 2017-2018 housing contract. Any returning & eligible student that cancels their housing contract before May 1st will receive their $125.00 housing deposit back. Students are not required to go through this application process if they only wish to live in the standard residence halls

    7. 11) What if I will only need housing for the Fall 2017 Semester?
      The contract is an academic year contract, however, if a student only needs housing in the residence halls for the Fall 2017 semester, they should apply to live in Goodhue Hall. This floor is only open for students residing on campus for the fall. Keep in mind, this only applies to students who are eligible to leave at semester, such as students who are interning/student teaching/graduating and the like. If you are unsure if you qualify for this housing option, please inquire at Room Assignments on the 2nd Floor of Goodhue Hall.

    8. 12) When do I need to pay the $125 Deposit?
      If the student is currently residing in the residence halls – they do NOT need to submit another deposit. The deposit that the student submitted last academic year will carry over to the new year.

    9. 13) Is the $125 deposit refundable?
      Students should read sections #12 and #13 of the housing contract carefully and understand the difference between a contract release and an exemption request. Contract item #13 refers to the deposit refund and forfeiture. It is important to understand that all cancellations must be submitted in writing or utilizing the "Student Portal" request application found through the University Housing website. Written requests should be made directly to University Housing, 200 Goodhue Hall, Whitewater, WI 53190. All cancellations should include the student name, student ID number, student signature, and reason for cancellation.


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