Returning Process

How to Live on Campus Again in 2020-2021

The calendar below outlines the application and contract timeline for current residents who would like to live on campus again or at 2400 Nueces apartments for 2020-2021.

Beginning February 1st, contracts for students currently living with us will be offered based on application date order and availability.

Thank you for choosing to return to live on campus or at 2400 Nuceces for 2020 – 2021. To access your application and contract, please login to your housing portal. You will need to provide a $50 non-refundable application fee to complete the application. Also, once you are offered a contract, you will need to provide a $300 advance payment in order to sign your contract. The deadline to provide the advance payment and sign the contract is by midnight on February 16. Once you have signed your contract, you will be able to provide information regarding your building/room preferences, roommate preferences, and accommodation requests.
Should you have questions, please contact our office at housing@austin.utexas.edu.

Date Description
Aug. 1 Current residents may begin applying for housing. Please note that your housing priority is based on classification and current application date.
Feb. 1 For returning students that have applied to return to the residence halls, contracts will be offered based on application date and availability. Accept your contract and provide $300 advance payment on your Housing Portal page. Once you have signed your contract, you will be able to provide information regarding your building/room preferences, roommate preferences, and accommodation requests.
Feb. 16 You will need to provide a $300 advance payment to access the contract signature page. The $300 advance payment and the contract signature process must be completed by midnight on February 16.
Feb. 19 Same Room Sign Up: Starting at 10 a.m. until February 21 at 10 a.m., students will be able to select the option to remain in the current room assignment for next year.
Feb. 24 Early New Room Sign Up: Starting at 10 a.m. until February 25 at 10 a.m., students whose current room assignment is not available to reselect will be able to select a new room assignment.
Feb. 26 New Room Sign Up: Starting at 10 a.m. until February 28 at 10 a.m., students who do not wish to return to their current room assignment will be able to select a different room for next year. Students will also be able to swap room assignments during this period.

Application FAQ's

  • How are contract offers prioritized?

    We prioritize incoming first-time freshmen in our contract process. We may limit the number of contracts we offer to returning students based on the expected size of the incoming class. Contracts will be offered to returning students based on available space and the housing application date.

    • How do I complete my application?

      Click Here to go to the online application.

      The application fee is $50 (non-refundable). You must pay the application fee and click the submit button to complete the application process.

      Use Discover, MasterCard, Visa, eCheck or Electronic Funds Transfer to pay online.

      To pay by cash or check in person at the Bursars office, located in room 8 in the Main Building, you must first contact University Housing and Dining.

      • What is the deadline to apply for housing as a returning student?

        There is no deadline to apply for housing, but priority is given by housing application date. If you missed the renewal process, you can still apply for housing, however, we cannot guarantee you will receive a contract offer.

        If you were not offered a contract during the renewal process, applicants will be placed on the waitlist. We offer contracts to returning students on the waitlist, based on available space, after all incoming first-time freshmen have been offered a contract.

        • What if I was waived last year from paying the application fee and advance payment?

          Waivers are NOT available for returning students. Waivers are tied to the University Admissions process and are only available for incoming students. Returning students must pay the $50 application fee and $300 advance payment.