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Apply for Housing: Current Student

This year we are making some changes to our housing selection process. Please carefully read the instructions on the housing application for information that is currently available regarding some of these changes. The housing selection process changes will be finalized and communicated  by January 24th as well as posted on this page.

Students currently attending classes at the University of Portland who want to live on campus next year must apply for housing online by February 9, 2020. Applications are available starting on December 1 every year.

Important dates:

December 1: housing applications available online

February 9, 2020: housing applications due

January 27-February 7, 2020: Informational meetings about the housing selection process (see dates below)

February 1, 2020: Available University-owned rental house tours: tour on your own from noon until 4:00 p.m.: Public Safety will have a map and a list of available houses.

February 11-12: Housing selection for Haggerty & Tyson Halls and UP-rental homes

February 18-25: Traditional residence hall housing selection (see dates below)

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Informational meetings about the housing selection process:
  • Christie: (TBD) in the Christie Basement
  • Corrado: (TBD) in the Corrado Basement
  • Fields: (TBD). in the 2nd floor lounge
  • Haggerty & Tyson: (TBD). in the Anchor
  • Kenna: (TBD) in the Kenna Basement
  • Lund Family: (TBD) in the main lobby
  • Mehling: Monday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m. in the Mehling Ballroom
  • Schoenfeldt: (TBD) in the Sacred Heart Chapel
  • Shipstad: Monday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge
  • Villa Maria: (TBD) in the lounge

Traditional Hall Selection take place between February 18-25, 2020.
Please visit the hall at the time of selection to participate.

  • Lund Family Hall: Wednesday, February 19
  • Corrado Hall: Tuesday, February 18
  • Fields & Schoenfeldt: Thursday, February 20
  • Shipstad Hall: Sunday, February 23
  • Kenna Hall: Saturday, Tuesday, February 25
  • Christie Hall: Saturday, Tuesday, February 25
  • Mehling and Villa: Monday, February 24
How do I apply?

On or after December 1, visit this page and click on the "Apply for Housing" link that takes you to eRezLife to access the housing application. Watch a video here that explains the application and selection process.

Can I cancel my application and/or housing contract?

You may cancel your application before the deadline. If you do not participate in a housing selection event, your application is not binding. Once you select your housing at a housing selection event, you will agree to the terms and conditions of the contract thereby creating your housing contract with UP. A signed contract is legally binding and can only be canceled via the petition process.When selecting housing, you are entering into a Residence Hall & Food Service Contract and are committing to live on campus for the entire 2020-21 academic year, unless signing up for a single semester due to study abroad.

Do I tell you who my roommate or housemates are going to be?

Yes. On your housing application, you may either create a roommate group within eRezLife, or you can find a roommate using the private social network site within eRezLife called RoomeeZ. During housing selection, you will all pick the room, apartment, or house at the same time when the person in your group with the best lottery number is called. 

What if I don't know who I want to live with?

If you are looking to live in a traditional residence hall, you can use the private social network site within eRezLife called RoomeeZ to help find a roommate. You can ask your hall director whether they know of any other students in your hall looking for roommates, or if they would be willing to host an event for students without roommates to meet each other.

What if I can't be there to select my room?

Students who cannot attend housing selection for one of the following reasons may email the hall director of the residence hall they wish to live in in order to be manually assigned in accordance with the time-slot associated with their lottery number. A student would be eligible for this manual assignment if:

  • the student has a class during their housing selection time.
  • the student is currently studying abroad.
  • the student has a university related obligation the student cannot be excused from.

If you have an extenuating circumstance the day of housing selection that would prevent you from selecting your room, get in contact with your hall director to determine how to move forward in the housing selection process.

What if I need a single room or a room with a private bathroom?

If you have a documented condition that requires a new housing-related accommodation (e.g., single room or access to a private bathroom), submit the request and all necessary documentation to Accessible Education Services by January 31. Accommodations for a maximum of one (1) roommate are typically not necessary for returning student selection, as students choose their own roommate groups.

Is there a way I can get answers to all my questions about the housing process?

All students on and off campus are encouraged to attend an information meeting in one of the residence halls. Any student may attend any meeting. You may also call or email Residence Life at 503-942-7205 or

Can I stay in the same room I'm currently in?

"Squatting," or renewing a contract for the next academic year, is not an option in the residence halls.

How do I select housing?

If you are a rising junior or senior seeking to live in Haggerty & Tyson or a UP Rental House, you will attend a selection night prior to the traditional residence hall selection nights. Each person in the group you plan to live with must attend. Prior to selection, each person in your group will be sent a lottery number. The name of the person in your group with the best lottery number will be called, and your group can work with hall staff to select your housing.

If you are seeking to live in a traditional residence hall, please see the Traditional Hall Selection Times above, and attend the selection session for the hall in which you want to live. Residents returning to their hall will check in and indicate whether they are planning to room with other returning resident(s) or pull in students from other halls or off campus. If you are trying to move to another hall without being pulled in by a current resident, you will check in and be asked to wait until all returning residents have selected housing.

If you are unable to secure housing in one hall, you may attend a different hall's selection. However, you may not select housing "tentatively" or ask hall staff to "hold" a room for you. Once you select housing in a hall, you will agree to a contract committing to live there for the next year.

When do I get to select housing?

When you select housing during a selection event is based largely on your lottery number or the lottery number(s) of the person(s) you are seeking to live with. All applicants within a hall are sorted into cohorts by projected class year for the upcoming fall semester and the number of semesters they've lived on campus (e.g., rising seniors with 5-6+ semesters on campus, rising seniors with 3-4 semesters, rising juniors with 3-4+ semesters). Within these cohorts, lottery numbers are generated randomly. For example, if there are three rising seniors who have each lived on campus for 6 semesters, lottery numbers #1-3 will be randomly assigned to these three students. The next cohort's lottery numbers will begin with #4.

When you check in for selection at a traditional residence hall, you will be sorted within projected class year into those pairs or groups where all students are returning to the hall community and those pairs or groups where one or more students are being pulled in from another hall community. Rising seniors staying will be the first group to select (in order by lottery number); rising seniors pulling someone in will be the second group; rising juniors staying will be the third group; and so on. The last group to select, if there are spaces remaining, will be those wishing to move into a community without anyone pulling them in.

Lottery numbers are sent to all applicants via UP e-mail prior to selections.

Can I have a roommate from outside my community?

Yes. Students wishing to pull a roommate into their community will select after those in their class year who are not pulling someone in from outside the community.

Can I select housing in a new community without being pulled in?

Yes, but you will select after all those returning to that community and only if there are spaces remaining. You will select according to the class year system of rising seniors selecting first, then rising juniors, etc.

How many apartments of each size are there in Haggerty/Tyson?

In Haggerty, there are ten 7-person apartments, two 6-person apartments, and four 4-person apartments. In Tyson, there is one 18-person apartment, two 12-person apartments, eight 7-person apartments, two 6-person apartments, and seven 4-person apartments. If you are not participating in pre-placement, check in with the Office of Residence Life after pre-placement is complete to find out how many apartments of each size will be available during general upperclassman selection.

Which UP-owned houses are available for selection?

Once Physical Plant has confirmed who will be returning to their rental houses the following year, a list of the remaining houses will be posted on the UP Rental Houses page.

What happens if I can't get into Haggerty, Tyson or a UP rental?

Haggerty/Tyson and UP rental house selections are held before traditional residence hall selections. If you are unable to secure an apartment in Haggerty, Tyson or a UP rental, you may attend a housing selection event in any of the traditional residence halls, or you may cancel your housing application.

What is the likelihood that I will get into the hall/house/type of room I want?

Unfortunately, we cannot predict supply vs. demand. Selections depend upon how many students decide to return to university housing. Your likelihood of selecting the specific housing you prefer will depend on how many students in the class year(s) above you opt to return to on-campus housing, and the random assignment of your lottery number.

How do the suite rooms in Fields/Schoenfeldt work?

The suites may be selected by no fewer than 4 students. If a quad grouping would like their friends to be able to select the adjoining room (with which they share a bathroom), a courtesy hold may be placed on that room for the other students, at the discretion of the hall director. The hold will stand unless all other suites have been selected and a group with a better lottery number than those it is being held for wants it.

How do I get an apartment or house with my friends?

You and your group must all be rising juniors or seniors, and you must have at least three people in your group for a rental house and at least four people for an apartment. All members of your group, or their proxy, must be present at the Hag/Ty and UP rental selection event. Your group will select from the available apartments when the person in your group with the best lottery number is called.

The remaining number of houses and apartments at each occupancy level will be posted and updated throughout the selection night. If you see that all options with the occupancy of your group size have been taken, you may elect to change your group size before entering the selection area; for example, you might join with another group in the waiting area or someone in your group may choose to drop out at that time.

Each Haggerty/Tyson apartment has at least one double bedroom. Your group should know who will be roommates in a double room and who will be taking a single room.

Can I select housing for one semester only?

Students who are graduating at the end of fall semester or studying abroad spring semester may sign a fall-only contract.

Students who will be studying abroad fall semester will need to either pair up with a spring study abroad student to create full-year occupancy, or wait until selections end to see if any spring-only spaces are available where a fall-only student without a spring partner has selected housing. Spring-only students may also forego this process and apply for spring-only housing using the Mid-Year Housing Application after the upcoming fall semester begins. This application deadline is November 15th each year. We strongly suggest that if you do not have a fall-only partner to select with, you wait to complete the Mid-Year Housing Application, as there will be many more spring spaces available then.

What do I do if I missed the application deadline?

Contact the Office of Residence Life to be placed on the waitlist for any spaces remaining after selection is complete.