Apply For Housing: First-Year Students

AVAILABILITY UPDATE: As of May 5 at 7 a.m., Wise Hall is sold out. Students can request information on the Wise Wait-List by emailing [email protected].

In other areas of campus, female converted spaces are sold out in Best, Downing, Walton, Sellers, and Putnam. A very limted number of male converted space remain. Students can request information on the Converted Single Wait-List by emailing [email protected].

We highly encourage all first-year students (and parents!) to follow us on Facebook, as we will be hosting multiple Facebook Live events focusing on the first-year housing application process. Our next event is May 7! This session will provide an overview and demonstration of how to look for a roommate/suite-mate, how to create a group of two, and how to select a space.  

The 2021-2022 Housing Application for first-year students opens May 3, 2021, at 10a.m., and closes Friday, June 11, at 5p.m.

During this time period, students should aim to complete the entire application process from start to finish. Listed below are the major components of the application. We HIGHLY recommend students read through all sections below:

  • Housing Prepayment

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    All students, regardless of scholarship/financial aid status, are required to submit a $150 prepayment at the start of the housing application. This prepayment cannot be waived or charged to the student account.

    The housing application accepts credit cards and debit cards provided they also function as a credit card. The system will not accept debit only cards or prepaid credit cards.

    Making the prepayment via the housing application gives students instant access to proceed. If a student chooses to mail their prepayment, they MUST follow the directions to do so listed within the housing application. Mailed prepayments will take significant time to process, as EMU staff is still largely remote and will cause a delay in being able to proceed with the application.

  • Housing and Dining Contract

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    Students who are 18 years of age or older will complete an electronic version of the Housing & Dining Contract within the application process.

    Student who have not yet reached the age of 18 at the time of application are required to have their parent or legal guardian co-sign the contract before being able to proceed with the application process. The application process prompts students to enter contact information for their legal guardian and will email a copy of the co-sign contract and directions to the student and legal guardian. 

    Students and their guardians need to read through the contract together. We asked that legal guardians help ensure that their student understands what they are agreeing to, and that the student will be held accountable for the terms and conditions listed in the contract. If there are any questions, we recommend that you contact us at [email protected] with your questions before signing and submitting this legal document!

    Once the co-signed contract has been signed by the student and legal guardian, students scan the document as a PDF and upload it into the application. Directions on how to complete this are available on the corresponding application pages. 

    Your co-signed contract must be verified and approved by Housing in order to continue past this point in the application. 

  • Answer Matching Questions

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    The application contains are few pages of roommate/suite-mate matching questions. We recommend that students answer these questions as honestly as possible, and do not let others fill out the answers on your behalf. These questions, and how students answer them, help students find and match up with another student to form a group of two.

  • Write a Personal Description

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    All students are required to write a short personal description. Even if you know who you want to live with, this description is used by other students who may be potential suite-mates.

    The maximum number of characters, including spaces, for your description is 500. We recommend writing your description in a word processing document so that you can keep an eye on your count. You can then cut/paste what you write into the text box.

    Things to include: likes and dislikes, interests, hobbies, or anything else that might be important to you that you would want potential roommates to know. Another important item to list here is if you are interested in a specific Living-Learning/Theme Community! If you are looking to live in one of our communities, this is the best way for you to let others know about your preference.

    We have found that students who list where/how to find them on different social media accounts are highly success in this process.

  • Find a Roommate/Suite-mate

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    First-year students are limited to requesting one (1) other person to live with. This person would either be a roommate with you in a double room, or your suite-mate if you are able to secure one of the limited single suites.

    There are multiple ways for you to find someone to live with:

    • Use the matching filters within the housing application to determine suitable candidates, and contact them using the internal messaging system.
    • Join our First-Year Roommate page on Facebook, and interact with other students who are also looking for a roommate.
    • Use personal contact/social media information posted by another student in their personal description.

    It’s REALLY IMPORTANT to note that the number of people you find in the application or the FaceBook Group is directly proportional to the number of students who have applied. As time progresses, more and more students will apply and there will be more students for you to review. This is why we suggest that you take your time and don’t be discouraged if you don’t find a roommate/suite-mate right away.

  • Create a Group of Two

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     Students who form a group of two proceed immediately into room selection. Once a student has determined who they want to live with, both students need to discuss where they want to live and who will be responsible for picking the room. The person who will pick the room and book both students into bed spaces is called the Group Leader.

    Once you have found your ideal roommate/suite-mate, you and the other student need to discuss which of you will be the Group Leader. The Group Leader is responsible for making the group in the application, adding the other student, verifying the group once the request has been accepted, and booking the residence hall space for both students. 

    Do NOT create a group until you have found who you want to live with. At that point, whoever is going to be the Group Leader must create the group. Creating a group early, or when you are still searching for a roommate/Suite-mate, or when you are not going to be the Group Leader will result in errors when you try to connect with another student. If you accidentally make a group, please use the "Delete Group" to remove the group from your record.

  • Reserve Your Room

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    Only students who are in a verified group of two will be able to pick their rooms prior to June 11. Students who are unable to form a group of two, but apply before the June 11 deadline, will have the opportunity to pick their personal space during our lottery room selection June 22, 23, and 25.

    The Group Leader has the ability to assign themselves and the other member of their group. We highly recommend that students talk with their group member about where they want to live well in advance, and have back-up options in case areas or room types are sold out. There are a LIMITED number of single rooms available for first-year students. Not all students who want a single will be able to reserve one.

  • Pick Your Meal Plan

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    After the Group Leader has made a housing assignment for both students, both students need to log into the application and pick their meal plan for the academic year.

    Meal plans are the primary way that students pay for food and beverages while on campus. Our meal plans are comprised of meal swipes and Flex dollars, all of which are loaded onto your Eagle ID card. 

    First-year residents pick from the following meal plan options:

    • Anytime: Unlimited dining at The Commons, plus 75 meal exchanges per semester. Includes $100 in Flex.
    • 3 Per Day: Three meal swipes per day, plus $100 in Flex.
    • 2 Per Day: Two meal swipes per day, plus $100 in Flex.

    For all three of the plans above, students can elect to purchase more Flex ($200 or $300, instead of $100) when selecting their meal plan within the housing application.

    For more information on meal plans, please visit the Meal Plan information page.

  • Review Assignment and Meal Plan Summary Page

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    The Assignment Summary page is the last page of the housing application that students can reach at this time. This page displays the meal plan selections and room reservations details made by the student. We want to make sure all students end on this page of the application, as we will ask you to return to this page in August to complete your move-in items.

Further Details

  • What housing types are available?

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    First-year students have the opportunity to book a double room or a converted single room for 2021/2022.

    The majority of our first-year spaces are doubles room suites.  A suite consists of two rooms, connected by a bathroom or other living space.

    A double is a room that you will share with a roommate, and share common spaces like a bathroom, with another set of two students. This means that four (4) students are assigned to each double suite - two (2) students per room. Please see the individual complex pages for floor plans and what comes in each space. 

    A converted single suite is the same as a double suite, but instead of filling each bedroom with two (2) students, we have reduced the occupancy in each bedroom to one (1) student. Instead of four (4) students being assigned to the whole suite, only two (2) students are assigned to the suite. Please see the individual complex pages for floor plans. 

    Wise Hall is the only residence hall that is a little different. All rooms in Wise are converted singles for 2021/2022. Students do not have suite-mates in Wise due to the community bathroom. Students who select Wise will have a bedroom to themselves, and share the community bathroom with the floor. Please see the Wise Hall page for floor plan information and what comes in the space.

    All converted singles will have furniture for two students; extra furniture cannot and will not be removed from the space.

    There are LIMITED number of converted single room spaces available in Walton, Putnam, Sellers, Wise, Downing, and Best for first-year students. Not all students who want a converted single room will be able to select one. Once the designated first-year converted single spaces are sold-out, students will only have the option to select a double room space.

    Double rooms are available in Walton, Putnam, Sellers, Downing, Best, Hoyt and Pittman. No double rooms are offered in Wise.

    Given demand, we anticipate selling out of the first-year converted single spaces very fast. Students who create groups of two and immediately move into the room selection process have the best chance of securing single spaces.

  • What if I apply before the June 11 deadline, but don’t find a roommate/pick a space?

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    If you are unable to find a roommate and select a space before the June 11 deadline, you will be contacted via email the week of June 14 regarding our room selection lottery.

    You will be assigned a random lottery time on June 22, 23 or 24. At your lottery dates and time, you have access to the room selection pages. You need to review the remaining open spaces, reserve a space for yourself, and complete the remaining pages of the application no later than June 27 at 11:55 p.m. The application process will close to all students at that time.

  • When will the application reopen for late applicants?

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    If you are unable to apply and make your prepayment prior to June 11 at 5pm, the housing application will reopen for late applicants on Tuesday, July 6, at 10am.

    Students who apply July 6 and after do NOT have the ability to form a group or request to live with specific students. Housing options are limited to what is available for you to select from at the time you apply.

  • I am in TRiO, Brotherhood Scholars, or Sisterhood Scholars. Is there anything I need to do?

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    Living in the TRiO, Brotherhood, or Sisterhood Scholars communities require that you apply for those programs and be accepted into them in order to be assigned housing in those areas.

    Program Coordinators for the programs assign students to specific rooms, and communicate that information to Housing. 

    If you plan on being in any of these programs, Housing recommends that you apply and make your prepayment as soon as possible, and then communicate this to your program. You should NOT attempt to find a roommate or pick a space to live, as the program will do these items on your behalf.

  • I am a Division I Student-Athlete. Is there anything I need to do?

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    Student-athletes need to apply, make your prepayment and complete all pages of the application through the personal description. At that point, log out and let your coach know that you have applied for housing.

    Athletics makes your assignments over the summer, and then communicates this to housing. Once housing has been given as assignment for you, we'll let you know via email and provide further directions for completing your application. 

    All questions about student-athlete housing should be directed to your coach. 


Application Access

  • Please log-into our online application portal using your emich user name and password. You will also have to dual-authenticate with DUO in order to enter the application.
  • Students cannot access the housing application if they have a hold on their student account. Once holds are removed from a student's account, they take one business day to update in our system.
  • Starting August 1, students must be registered for fall classes in order to access the housing application.
  • Students must use Firefox, Chrome or Safari; Internet Explorer is not compatible with our system.
  • Make sure to clear your cache prior to logging into the application. You should do this each time to log in to ensure proper performance.

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