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Residence Life Information for New Students

Priority deadline for housing: May 10

Complete the online housing application by May 10 for your housing and roommate preferences to be taken into consideration when making your housing assignment. All students who apply by May 10 have an equal chance of being assigned to one of their top halls. Roommates will be matched based on questions answered on the housing application; students may also request a specific roommate by name.

We anticipate a large incoming class this year, and this means many of our freshmen will have more than one roommate (most students have between one and three roommates). In past years we’ve found that students often have apprehension before move-in about sharing a space with multiple people, but that when their first year is over, they say it actually helped them to meet people and make friends more quickly than if they’d had only one roommate.

Need a housing accommodation? Let AES know by May 10

If you have a documented condition that requires an accommodation in your on-campus housing, you must submit your accommodation request form and documentation to Accessible Education Services by May 10, 2018 for the fall 2018 semester. This may include needing a single room, needing to have no more than one roommate, or needing access to a private bathroom. For further information please consult Accessible Education Services. We encourage you to review the residence hall profiles for more information about the housing available on campus.

What should I bring? How big are the mattresses? When can I move in?

Find answers to these questions and more on Residence Life’s FAQ page!

For detailed information on residence halls, dates and deadlines, contact information, and dining plans, see the

Residence Life main page.

A Note from Residence Life

Residence halls at the University of Portland offer our students an amazing opportunity to succeed. Students have told us that they love living on campus because our halls provide them a place to live that promotes the values that their parents instilled in them. In other words, our halls help them to feel “at home.” Through the care of our professional and pastoral hall staff, we take the time to get to know you by name. This is one of the things you will come to recognize among our signature characteristics. As a community founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, our staff will walk with students through their time on campus, and the residence hall will prove to be your home away from home, a great venue for learning, formation, and leadership. Welcome to the Bluff!

Starting December 1, incoming students were able to apply for housing online. The priority period for Residence Life Housing Applications is December 1 to May 10. Students are welcome to apply for housing after May 10; however, please note that applications received after May 10 will be outside the priority period and roommate requests won’t be able to be accommodated. If you are under the age of 18, the housing application will contain a portion for your parent’s electronic signature as a co-signer.

We base our assignments on a couple pieces of information. One is the lifestyle questionnaire you filled out with their application. We do our best to match roommates based on how you filled out that information. We also take a look at your top choices for hall. We do not factor in the exact date the application was submitted; all applications submitted by the May 10 deadline will go into the same pool together. Please note that completing the housing application by the priority deadline doesn't guarantee a student their top choice in residence hall. Last year over 40 percent of our incoming class requested Lund Family Hall as their top choice, and there simply isn’t enough room for everyone to live in our newest hall! Each of our halls is unique and a wonderful place to live. Know that even if you don’t get your top choice, the community you are assigned has great things to offer. We find that a student’s attitude makes a much bigger difference in how satisfied they are with their housing situation than the specific hall to which they’re assigned.

Hall assignments, complete with room and roommate information, will be emailed to the students’ UP email addresses by mid-July. When that time comes, we encourage you to call and email your roommate(s) to begin the process of getting to know them better. We also encourage you to resist the urge to “get to know them” by looking them up on Facebook. Although Facebook and other social media can give you some interesting information, you can learn a lot more through personal interaction – so reach out to your new roommates personally!