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Student Housing Experience - living on campus

The Process

Applying to live on campus is a four-part process that involves submitting your housing application, receiving and returning/accepting your contract, selecting your housing preferences, and receiving your assignment. The date you apply for housing is the date used to determine your priority when offering contracts and when assigning housing, so applying earlier means that you have a better chance of getting one of your top preferences.

Applications for housing open on set dates based on the semester to which you're applying for admission: 

  • Summer admission — Feb. 1
  • Fall admission — Aug. 1
  • Spring admission — Sept. 1

You must be admission complete before applying for housing. 

Admissions applications are deemed complete when all items listed as application requirements have arrived and been processed by the Office of Admissions. Recommended/suggested items do not affect completion. Items submitted electronically appear online in a couple of days; items submitted by mail can take two weeks or more to be processed and appear online.

Want to see a residence hall for yourself?

If you’re planning a trip to campus and would like to take a residence hall tour, visit the Tours page for details.

Part 1: The Housing Application


  • Once your MyStatus page indicates that you are admissions complete, submit your UT Austin housing application. Contract offers and room assignments are completed based on your original housing application. You do not need to be admitted to apply for housing. You can apply for housing as soon as you are admissions complete. Completion of the application does not guarantee housing. 

Processing fee and waivers

  • Pay your non-refundable $50 housing application fee.
  • Pay by credit card (MasterCard or Discover), electronic check, or mail a check.
  • If you are a first-time freshman and have been approved for an admissions application fee waiver, then your housing application fee will be automatically waived. To receive the waiver for housing, the admissions application fee waiver must be posted prior to applying for housing.
Part 2: The Housing Contract

Contract notification

  • If you’re admitted to the university and accept your admission by satisfying your enrollment deposit, you are eligible for a housing contract offer. Housing contract offer email notifications are sent in application date order based on availability.
  • Update your email address as needed so you’ll be sure to receive your notification.
  • Add to your list of contacts to prevent emails from going to spam or junk mail.

Contract review

  • Carefully review the contract and the Terms & Conditions.

Date, sign, and return

  • If you agree to the contract Terms & Conditions, accept your contract.
  • If you are 18 or older, you may electronically sign the contract and submit it online.
  • If you are not yet 18, you will need to print the contract, and both you and your guarantor must sign and date the contract and return to Housing.
  • Contracts can be sent to, faxed to 512-475-6532, or mailed to P.O. Box 7666, Austin, TX 78713. Email or fax is strongly encouraged.
  • Contracts not received by the expiration date are cancelled. If your contract is cancelled, log in to your MyHousing account to reactivate your application or contact the Division of Housing and Food Service at to reactivate your application or with any questions.

Advance payment

  • Once you accept your contract, be sure to satisfy your $300 advance payment, which will be applied to your housing bill in August.
  • Students who qualify for certain types of financial aid are eligible for a financial aid deferment of their advance payment.
Part 3: Your Preferences

Select your housing preferences

  • After you submit your contract and advance payment, log in to submit your housing preferences.
  • Your housing preferences include residence halls, special living communities, bath types, and roommate preference(s).
  • Submit your housing preferences for fall by July 1.
Part 4: Your Assignment

Receive your assignment

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Austin, TX 78713-8058

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