Housing

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 web page.

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

All students living with University Housing or Private Certified Housing are required to participate regularly in on-campus COVID-19 testing.

As of January 2020, 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 Spring 2021  

First-year attending undergraduate students are required to live on campus in University Housing or Private Certified Housing, unless approved for exemption.

Students who waived living on campus this fall are responsible for fulfilling this requirement and have two options to choose from, live on campus this spring or live on campus next academic year.

If you are interested in living with University Housing:

If you are interested in living with a Private Certified Housing unit, please contact the individual Private Certified Housing units directly.

First-year graduate students, doctoral students, or students with families are not required to live on campus, but University Housing does offers three apartment communities and applications for Spring 2021 are still being accepted. Apply now.

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.

Housing Cancellations

Per COVID-19, residents with a 2020-2021 Academic Year Residence Hall Contract had until August 31, 2020 to cancel their Housing Contract, and residents with a 2021 Spring Residence Hall Contract had until December 1, 2020 to cancel their Housing Contract.

With the success of fall semester, opting to take all online courses spring semester is not an approved reason for a contract cancellation. Students who request to cancel their contract for this reason will be responsible for a cancellation fee of up to 75% of their remaining room and board charges. Requests for cancellation will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

View additional information regarding contract cancellation.

Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact cancellation policies.

Students with a University Housing Family & Graduate Housing Apartment Lease need to contact the Family & Graduate Housing office directly for more information on their lease cancellation policies.

University Housing Move-In

For the most updated details on Spring 2021 Move-In, visit the University Housing Move-In web page.

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 at 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 and suites. Doubles will make up the majority of our inventory, with singles sprinkled in to help de-densify floor populations.

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

The residence halls open for spring semester on January 17 at 9 a.m. New residents may opt to move in at any time following this date and time.

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.

What will be the Dining Hall situation – how many can eat at a time, have the tables been moved 6’ apart, etc.?

All University Housing dining halls will provide carryout dining at the beginning of the semester. Residents who visit a dining hall will receive a full-service hot meal. Dining hall menus will include multiple entree, side, dessert, and beverage options. Menus will also include vegan and vegetarian options. Dining staff, wearing approved PPE, will serve food. Pre-packaged ready-to-go boxed meals will also be available at select dining locations. A limited number of spaces will be available for dine-in and in accordance with CDC, CUPHD and Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP) guidelines. Dining hall hours will be extended to allow for greater social distancing. Retail locations will also enforce social distancing guidelines.

Will fraternities and sororities be open? Will all of the parties happen with fewer than 50 people? Will they all wear masks and keep their distance? How can the university monitor/police this?

Fraternity and Sorority houses are all self-governed organizations that are owned and operated independent of the University. It is anticipated that most will open with some level of operation in compliance with safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. All registered student organizations will be provided information on safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the campus. University staff will work with registered



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