Please also visit University Housing’s Coronavirus page for additional information.

On-Campus Housing

University Housing is following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and finalizing plans to address the unique needs of our residence hall and apartment communities. As new information emerges, we will follow the recommended actions of these entities and share updates on the University Housing COVID-19 webpage.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. University Housing implements strict safety guidelines and procedures in all of our residence halls and dining locations. 

View a complete listing of University Housing health and safety guidelines.

For Private Certified Housing health and safety information, please contact individual Private Certified Housing units directly.

COVID-19 Testing

Students without a university-verified COVID-19 vaccination record card who are living with University Housing or Private Certified Housing are required to participate regularly in on-campus COVID-19 testing.

All adult family members (18 years of age or older) of current University Housing apartment leaseholders are also required to participate regularly in on-campus COVID-19 testing. Learn more and register.

On-Campus Housing Options for Fall 2021-Spring 2022  

With our extensive health and safety measures in place, all first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus in University Housing or Private Certified Housing, unless approved for exemption.

First-year attending 2020-2021 undergraduate students who did not live on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year are responsible for fulfilling this requirement in 2021-2022.

First-year graduate students, doctoral students or students with families are not required to live on campus, but University Housing offers three apartment communities.

First-Year Live-On Requirement Waiver:

There are approved exemptions to the first-year undergraduate live-on requirement, such as commuting from home within a 40-mile radius or medical accommodations. Requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. 

To request an exemption, please submit the Freshman Waiver Request.

University Housing Fall 2021 Move-In

Move-In Week is scheduled for August 15–22. For the most up to date Move-In Week information visit the Fall 2021 Move-In webpage

Off-Campus Housing

Student housing options that are not owned and managed by University Housing are not in the jurisdiction of nor affiliated with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Please contact your specific property owner for their leasing policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will any students live in doubles? If single rooms, will the university have options in surrounding apartments?

University Housing has a first-year live-on requirement and therefore, provides space in University Housing and Private Certified Housing. University Housing hall locations are offering singles, doubles, triples and suites. Doubles will make up the majority of our inventory.

What is the timeline for move in and what precautions will be taken during this period to maximize safety?

Move-In Week is scheduled for August 15–22. To provide a safe and efficient Move-In experience, residents moving into the undergraduate halls are required to select a Move-In Week time slot between August 15-22. Learn more about Move-In Week.

What are the arrangements for Private Certified Housing?

There are a variety of living options with Private Certified Housing similar to University Housing including singles, doubles and suites. Bathrooms also vary from private to community bathrooms. The Private Certified Housing facilities work in close collaboration with the Housing Information Office (HIO) in University Housing but are operated independently. The standards for Private Certified Housing are monitored by HIO, and therefore, all of the Certified Housing entities are in close communication and follow appropriate protocols and safety measures. These conversations have become more frequent during our response and preparation for COVID-19.

See https://certified.housing.illinois.edu to contact a specific Private Certified Housing unit.

Can freshmen live off campus for safety reasons?

There are approved exemptions to the live-on requirement, such as commuting from home within a 40-mile radius, and medical accommodations. Students will need to review the University Housing website to learn of the guidelines and information expectations for approved exemptions. (The Freshman Waiver Request can be found here.) Students requiring an accommodation for safety related to COVID-19 will need to provide medical documentation to support this request, which will be reviewed by McKinley Health Center.

Additional Resources

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