Apply For Housing: First-Year Students

All first-year students are required to live on campus unless they are commuting from their primary guardian's permanent address within a 50-mile radius of campus. 

The first-year student application reopens for limited late applicants on July 5 at 10 a.m. Students are able to apply, make a prepayment, and secure a space from the remaining spaces available on campus.

Please note that space is very limited on campus and what students see in the application is all that remains at this late date. The majority of first-year spaces left are in Wise, Buell, Sellers, and Phelps. Other random double beds may be available in other locations, depending on the time of application and selection. 

EMU will continue to require students who live on campus to be fully vaccinated and to have received one booster shot for the upcoming academic year (2022-2023). The University requires housing residents to be vaccinated because the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in reducing the spread and health impact of COVID-19, which is particularly important in congregate housing settings where many people live in close proximity.  For more information about how to report your vaccine status, request an accommodation, or receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our EMU Safe website.

Housing Application Basics for Late Applicants:

  • Housing Prepayment

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    All students, regardless of scholarship/financial aid status, are required to submit a $150 non-refundable 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 & Dining Contract

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    Students who are 18 years of age or older will complete an electronic version on 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 email a copy of the blank co-sign contact to both parties.

    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 students 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.

  • 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 fill out the answers on your behalf. These questions, and how students answer them, help students make descisions when selecting spaces.

  • Write a Personal Description

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    All students are required to write a short personal description. 

    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.

    SPECIAL NOTE: If you are a Division I Student-Athlete, or part of TRIO, Brotherhood, or Sisterhood, you should NOT proceed any further in the applicaiton. At this point, log out and let your program know that you have applied for housing. Housing will reach back out to you to complete the application once your program makes your assignment.

  • Reserve Your Room 

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    As a late applicant, when you reach the room selection portion of the application, you will see all the open beds on campus that you are eligible for.

    Please review the open spaces and make sure to look at the profiles of the students already booked into those spaces.

    Don't assigned yourself to a space without firest looking at the others students in the suite! A good living experience absolutely depends on you reviewing the this information!

  • Pick Your Meal Plan 

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    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:

  • Review Assignment Summary

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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.

General Information:

  • What housing types are available?

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    First-year students have the opportunity to book a double room for 2022/2023. First-year students are not eligible for any single room options.

    The majority of our first-year spaces are double 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 students are assigned to each double suite - two students per room. Please see the individual complex pages for floor plans and what comes in each space.

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

    First-year students can select double rooms in Wise, Buell, Phelps, Sellers, Best (Honors only), Hoyt and Pittman. 

  • What if I apply before the June 10 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 10 deadline, you will be contacted via email the week of June 13 regarding our room selection lottery.

    You do NOT have the ability to form a group or request to live with specific students after the June 10 at 5 p.m. deadline.

    You will be assigned a random lottery time on June 20, 21 or 22. 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 24 at 11:55 p.m. The application process will close to all students at that time.

  • I missed my lottery time! Now what?

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    Students are emailed the week of June 13 with their lottery date and time, and are sent additional lottery reminder emails the week of June 20. By missing your lottery time and the June 24 at 11:55 p.m. deadline, you no longer have priority to pick your space.

    If you missed your lottery time, you will have to wait until the application reopens on July 5 at 10 a.m. to log in and pick your space and complete your application. We highly recommend that you log in right away on July 5, as space is already limited and many late applicants will also be picking spaces when the application reopens.

  • When will the application reopen for late applicants?

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    If you are unable to apply and make your $150 non-refundable prepayment prior to June 10 at 5 p.m., the housing application will reopen for late applicants on Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m.

    Students who apply July 5 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.

    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 reserve a space if you are in any of these programs. Please complete all pages of the application through the personal description. At that point, log out and let your program know that you have applied for housing. Housing will reach back out to you to complete the application once your program makes your assignment.

  • 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. Please DO NOT reserve a space!

    Once housing has been given an 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.
  • 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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