1. What is the priority order for general housing selection?
  2. By credits, I have a sophomore class status, but it is my first year here. Will I be included as a "rising junior" in the housing selection?
  3. Will I have the same selection timeslot as the students in my roommate group for next year?
  4. I’m planning to live off campus next year, do I have to go through the housing selection process?
  5. What if I want to cancel my housing contract?
  6. I plan on living at home with my parents/legal guardian, within 25 miles of campus, but am otherwise required to live on campus, what should I do?
  7. I am required to live on campus for a period of time, but I am applying for a waiver to live off-campus for next year. Do I need to participate in the housing selection?
  8. I am a transfer student and I have completed two years of college. Would this qualify me for a residency requirement waiver?
  9. If I live in an apartment, do I have access to it during the summer?
  10. Who is eligible to live in an apartment?
  11. Can sophomores live in the Kaneko 3-bedroom suites and Doney double rooms with kitchenettes and private bathrooms?
  12. I would like to live with a non-student. Can I hold space for them?
  13. I am signing a housing contract to live on campus for the fall semester, but I plan on studying abroad in the spring semester. What should I do?
  14. Can I sign up for an apartment by myself without roommates?
  15. I didn't get my first choice in the housing selection. How do I get on a wait list?

1. What is the priority order for general housing selection?

The general housing selection priority is based on a combination of semesters of residency and credits earned* in the following order 

  1. on-campus rising second year students (those required to live on campus)
  2. all other on-campus undergraduate students
  3. off campus students


2. By credits, I have a sophomore class status, but it is my first year here. Will I be included as a "rising junior" in the housing selection?

The number of semesters in residence, as well as the number of completed credits are considered in determining the priority order for the general housing selection.  Regardless of a student's age or credits earned, if a student has not lived on campus for at least four semesters, they will be considered continuing/rising sophomores for the priority housing selection start date/time.


3. Will I have the same selection timeslot as the students in my roommate group for next year?

If you and other students form a roommate group (mutually requesting each other through the WU Housing portal), the person with the earliest timeslot should make your housing choice. Only one of your roommates will need to serve as the “captain” to log on during your timeslot to assign you and your roommates.


4. I’m planning to live off campus next year, do I have to go through the housing selection process?

No, as long as you have fulfilled the residency requirement, you do not need to participate in the housing selection.


5. What if I want to cancel my housing contract?

Housing contracts can be cancelled for a fee:

  • Cancel before June 1st = $300 cancellation fee
  • Cancel after June 1st = $900 cancellation fee


6. I plan on living at home with my parents/legal guardian, within 25 miles of campus, but am otherwise required to live on campus, what should I do?

Complete the residency requirement waiver via the WU Housing portal. This process would require a letter from your parent/legal guardian confirming your plans to stay home with them. Once all required forms and letters have been received, the office of Residence Life and Housing will review submissions and respond with a decision.


7. I am required to live on campus for a period of time, but I am applying for a waiver to live off-campus for next year. Do I need to participate in the housing selection?

If you are approved for a residency requirement waiver, you do not have to participate in the housing selection process. However, if your waiver request is not approved, or in process, you will need to participate in the process.


8. I am a transfer student and I have completed two years of college. Would this qualify me for a residency requirement waiver?

Yes, it would. Please complete the residency requirement waiver and provide the necessary documentation and information. The office of Residence Life and Housing will review your waiver request and respond with a decision.


9. If I live in an apartment, do I have access to it during the summer?

No - unless you apply for summer housing.  Apartments are contracted for use for the academic year (Fall and Spring semester), but summer housing is available for an extra cost.  Summer housing is only available in the University Apartments in Salem, and ArtHouse in Portland.


10. Who is eligible to live in an apartment?

Students with junior or senior standing at the start of the academic year, or those who have fulfilled the four semesters of live on requirement are eligible to live in apartments or units with kitchenettes.


11. Can sophomores live in the Kaneko 3-bedroom suites and Doney double rooms with kitchenettes and private bathrooms?

Continuing/rising sophomore students are eligible to live in the Kaneko 3-bedroom suites. In addition to these specialty room types, sophomores are eligible to live in any other room type in Westside or Kaneko with the exception of the apartments and the Doney Suites (units with kitchenettes and private bathrooms.)


12. I would like to live with a non-student. Can I hold space for them?

No. Only currently enrolled students are eligible to live in on-campus housing.  We cannot hold space for non-students.


13. I am signing a housing contract to live on campus for the fall semester, but I plan on studying abroad in the spring semester. What should I do?

Students studying abroad next spring would not be responsible for their spring semester housing charges as long as they are confirmed to be studying abroad.


14. Can I sign up for an apartment by myself without roommates?

Yes, but you will need to find a roommate, or we will find one for you.


15. I didn't get my first choice in the housing selection. How do I get on a wait list?

If you didn't get your first choice in the housing selection, you can sign up on a wait list after open selection concludes. Wait lists for particular room types (apartments, single rooms, Doney doubles with kitchenette, etc.) if available will be accessible under the "MORE TASKS" tab in your WU Housing portal.

Willamette University

Residence Life and Housing

Address
Matthews Academic Commons
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
Phone: 503-370-6212
Fax: 503-370-6709
Hours: M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM (PST)

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