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Housing & Residential Education strives to manage student applications and reservations in a timely fashion to help students who are on the waitlist to be able to live on campus.  We are unable to guarantee housing for all students.

Note: In an effort to offer spaces more efficiently, students will have 48 hours to accept before their offer expires.

Signing Up For The Waitlist

As we approach Move-in Day, space in our residence halls and apartments may become more limited. If you desire to have your name added to the waitlist in case a room becomes available please begin the application process and pay the $130 nonrefundable application fee as soon as possible.  If you have already added your name to the waitlist and have not received an offer we encourage you to explore other housing options as well as stay in communication with our office regarding your waitlist status.

Please remember, being on the waitlist is not a guarantee of a room. Our team is working to offer students on the waitlist any available spaces as soon as they become available. We appreciate your interest in housing and are happy to answer any questions as you prepare for the fall.

To sign up for the waitlist:
  1. Log into your Housing U account
  2. Once you have logged into Housing U, enter the “Application” tab and select the application term you are applying for.
  3. The waitlist may be found within the housing application.

Apply for the Waitlist

Please be aware of the following:

  • The waitlist is not room type or location specific; it works on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The waitlist is not for students that currently have a housing reservation.
  • Roommate groups are not applicable to students who are not on the waitlist. If you made a roommate group prior to joining the waitlist, it is unlikely that you will receive a space with those roommates.
  • All waitlist correspondence will be sent to your UMail account; be sure to check it for updates.
  • If you sign up for the waitlist and would like to be removed, please email info@housing.utah.edu or call 801-587-2002.

WaitList Updates

Students can sign up for the waitlist in their Housing U account by following the instructions above. Updates and information on the status of the waitlist will be posted on this page.
NOTE: HRE offers spaces based on the date students applied, their year in school, and several other factors.

Dated Waitlist progress
11/30/21 UPDATE:

Fall 2021

  • First-Year Females: 28
  • First-Year Males: 12
  • First-Year Gender Neutral: 1
  • Upper-Divison Females: 2
  • Upper-Divison Male: 11
  • Upper-Division Gender Neutral: 0
  • Graduate Females: 1
  • Graduate Males: 3

Spring 2022

  • First-Year Females: 54
  • First-Year Males: 69
  • First-Year Gender Neutral: 7
  • Upper-Divison Female: 92
  • Upper-Divison Male: 54
  • Upper-Division Gender Neutral: 6
  • Graduate Females: 0
  • Graduate Males: 2

Waitlist Protocol

Housing & Residential Education, in an effort to provide housing to the maximum number of students possible, utilizes a priority system as part of our waitlist management policy. Preference is given to individuals that have a University of Utah scholarship that offers housing, then international, out-of-state, and out of area students first.

Prioritization Process
  1. Waitlist applicants are categorized based on their classification with the University and placed onto one of six different waitlists:
    • First-Year Females
    • First-Year Males
    • Non-First Year Females
    • Non-First Year Males
    • Graduate Females
    • Graduate Males
  2. Our waitlist is then placed into groupings of applicants based on calendar periods and sorted by waitlist registration time. Prioritization takes place within calendar groupings and not over the entire waitlist.
  3. Each calendar grouping is then sorted and prioritized based on the following factors:
    • If the student has a housing scholarship
    • Place of residence (Utah based/non-Utah based) as provided by the University database.
    • Date and time the applicant registered for the waitlist.
Offer Schedule

Permanent room offers are based on cancellations and availability which makes it difficult to set an exact day when offers will be made. Depending upon availability, offers are typically made at the beginning or end of the week. All offer emails are sent to the applicant's UMail account with details on how to reserve a space. Applicants are given a maximum of two offers and will have 48 hours to respond. If the first offer is not responded to, applicants will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist. If the second offer is not responded to, applicants will be removed from the waitlist and no additional offers will be made.


Q: Can you tell me my waitlist number?

We are not able to provide exact numbers to students on the waitlist because we give priority to out-of-state and international students. This does not mean that in-state students will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist or not offered housing. Since we are adjusting the waitlist to reflect this priority, an exact position on the waitlist is not something we can provide.

Q: Waitlist timing

We do anticipate cancellations over the course of the summer, but especially around May 1, June 1, and July 15. We may have a better idea of how many cancellations we have received and what students are still on the waitlist at this time. Also, students are currently waiting to hear back about Living Learning Community (LLC) placement, which will open up additional spaces when LLC students are moved from their current room to an LLC room.