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. This fall, University Housing will implement 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.

On-Campus Housing Options  

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

If you are interested in living with University Housing, and you have not yet completed a contract, please complete your University Housing Contract as soon as possible. We’ll then pick a room and roommate for you based on available space and your location preferences. An email confirming your room and roommate will be sent to you on July 31.

If you are interested in living with a Private Certified Housing unit, please contact the individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contracting process, room availability, and timeline.

First Year Live-On Requirement Waiver:

There are approved exemptions to the first year live-on requirement, such as commuting from home within a 40-mile radius, opting to take all online courses and not relocating to campus, 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 Move-In

For the most updated details on 2020 Move-In, visit the University Housing Move-In web page. Additional details regarding Move-In will also be shared soon on the Illinois App, including electronic maps and directions, a packing list, helpful tips, and handy resources. Download the Illinois App

2020-2021 University Housing Apartments

University Housing also offers three apartment communities designed to serve upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and students with families. Applications for 2020-2021 are currently being accepted. Apply now.

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 for Fall 2020. 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?

Our typical Move-In Week schedule and process has been modified to maximize the health and safety of our residents, families and staff. To provide a socially distanced and efficient Move-In experience, residents will be required to sign up for a Move-In date and time between August 16-21.

To help with social distancing efforts, residents who are able to are encouraged to take advantage of our Early Drop Off option August 3-7 and August 10-14. By appointment only, residents will be able to deliver personal belongings to their room and return during Move-In Week. Residents who choose this option will not be allowed to yet check-in or live in their room.

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.

If a student completed the housing contract, and for safety reasons/high-risk reasons chooses to do online courses only, will the contract be canceled and the student not charged?

Students who wish to do all online learning in the fall semester away from campus will need to provide documentation of this plan to the HIO for review. This is not an automatic process and so arrangements and approval will need to be made in advance. If approved, the Housing contract will be cancelled without penalty.

Will students who are concerned about possible contraction of the virus be permitted to start on-campus coursework in the spring semester instead of fall?

Yes. Students who choose to come in the spring instead of the fall can complete a Spring Housing Contract.

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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