Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

 

Who can apply for housing?
All students admitted to the University of Houston main campus or associated with a University of Houston sponsored program.

• How do I apply?
Click on “Apply for Housing” link located on the left hand side of any University of Houston Student Housing & Residential Life web page.

• How much does housing cost?

Housing Price List 2012-2013
Meal Plans

• When do I need to apply for housing?
A student can apply for the residence halls and select their meal plan as soon as they are admitted to the University of Houston and have received their PeopleSoft ID in their welcome letter. We highly recommend applying as early as possible as space is limited.
• I applied for admission for the University of Houston. If I want to live on-campus, do I have to fill out a housing application too?
Yes, the housing application is separate from the University’s admission application. Make sure to apply in a timely manner for a room.

• Is housing guaranteed?
All residence hall space is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

• How can I pay my room and board?
The $300.00 prepayment and the $50.00 non-refundable application fee may be paid online with a credit card or electronic check. Semester room and board charges will be added to your UH account.

• Can financial aid pay for my housing?

The amount that is awarded to each student varies. Make sure to contact the UH Financial Aid and Scholarships office to inquire on your status.

• How late can I apply?
The Student Housing & Residential Life office will offer space on a first come, first serve basis until every available space is occupied.

• Can I apply for housing for the spring semester?
Yes, students can apply for on-campus housing for the spring semester, summer session(s) and for the academic year.

• Am I required to live on-campus?
Residing on-campus is optional for all UH students, but students who live in the residence halls tend to have more satisfaction with their college experience, stay in school and graduate at higher rates than students who live off campus. Living on-campus has many benefits.

• What are the terms of the housing agreement?
Residence Hall Service Agreement

• I haven’t filled out my FAFSA. Can I still apply for housing?
Yes, the Student Housing & Residential Life office will accept and process all applications.

• What do the room rates cover?
Prices for Housing include all utilities,, Ethernet service, in-room basic service cable (in Cougar Village, cable service is provided via IPTV technology on your data port in room), on-site computer labs, on-site laundry, furnishings, vending areas and 24-hour site staff.

• How many hours are required to live on-campus?
All residents have to be enrolled in at least a one hour course or associated with a University of Houston sponsored program.

Moving In and Out

• When can I move in?
Move in schedules will be provided with the student’s welcome letter which is available through the Housing Passport.

• Can I move in early?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate early move in requests.

• Can I have a single room?
Single rooms are very limited and are usually sold out very early. Students who are not assigned to a single but would like to change to a single may add their name to the waiting list available through the Housing Passport. If you are not approved from the waiting list then you may request a room change after move in.

• What are super singles?
A super single is a double room for one occupant available only in Moody Towers and the Quadrangle.

• I have a disability or medical condition and need special accommodation. What can I do?
Any student who needs an accommodation should notify the housing services office so that we can work with you regarding your room assignment. Medical conditions may require medical documentation. It is also recommended that you register with the Center for Students with DisABILITES.

• How do I cancel my housing?
Students may terminate their Residence Halls Service Agreement by written notification via Postal Services mail, email or fax letter prior to check in. Cancellation fees may apply and we encourage you to read the
Residence Hall Service Agreement for detailed information about cancellations. After check-in, residents may terminate their Residence Halls Service Agreement with their Residence Life Coordinator’s office in person and follow procedures for a proper check out. Cancellations fees and penalties will apply and we encourage you to read the Residence Hall Service Agreement for detailed information about cancellations.

• Can I change my room?
Students can request a room transferring their Residence Life Coordinator’s office approximately two weeks after check in for each semester.

• I am an upperclassman. Do I have priority over underclassmen when assigning rooms?
During the Spring semester Priority Room Selection is offered to returning students. This offers returning students the opportunity to select their residence hall and room first. At the end of Priority Room Selection rooms are offered on a first come first served basis to all students.

• Can I request a specific roommate?
Because students “book” their own room as part of the application process specific roommate arrangements can be performed by the student as part of the application and booking process. To better your chances of being assigned together roommates should apply for housing, and complete the process through RoomSync at the same time.

What day do the residence halls close? What day should I move out?
Residence Halls close on the official UH Closing day. Residents will need to make arrangements with their Resident Advisor and follow procedures for a proper check out.
Do I have to move out all of my belongings when I leave for winter break?
During winter break, Cougar Village, Moody Towers and Quadrangle will be closed but students can leave their belongings if they plan to return for the Spring semester.. All refrigerators will need to be defrosted and emptied before leaving.

While You’re Here

• Can I change my meal plan?
Students can change their meal plan by signing into the
Housing Passport and select the link that says, “Meal Plan Administration”.

• Are there beds in the rooms? Do I have to bring my own mattress?
All rooms in Cougar Village I & II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place and the Quadrangle are furnished. Each student will have a bed with an extra-long twin mattress (full-size in Cougar Village Single Room, Cougar Place & Bayou Oaks), desk with desk chair, dresser and shared or private closet. 

• How may I request an extra long bed?
All mattresses in the residence halls are extra long twin with the exception of Cougar Village single rooms, which have full-size beds.

• Can I have a pet?
No pets are allowed in the Residence Halls. You can only have a fish in max 10 gallon tank.

• Do I have to have a meal plan?
All residents residing in Cougar Village  (I & II), Cougar Place, Moody Towers and Quadrangle are required to have a meal plan. For all other areas, the meal plan is optional.

• Can I have a car?
Yes, all residents can have cars on campus. You can purchase a parking decal through on-line enrollment services. You can also contact the Parking and Transportation office at 713-743-1097.

• What is an RA?
Resident Advisors (RA) are students committed to helping residents enjoy all aspects of campus life. The RA serves as the liaison between the students and administrators, reports maintenance requests, informs residents of upcoming events and also lends an ear when needed. The RA provides the opportunity for residents to get acquainted through planned activities, educational programs and being knowledgeable of various services offered on campus.

FAQ

• Who can apply for housing?
All students admitted to the University of Houston main campus or associated with a University of Houston sponsored program.
• How do I apply?
Click on “Apply for Housing” link located on the left hand side of any University of Houston Student Housing & Residential Life web page.
• How much does housing cost? This entire box needs to be revised OR just insert links to current rates and meal plans.
Moody Tower
Double
$2,082.00 Moody Towers
Single
$2,598.00 Moody Towers
Super Single
$2,849.00 Quad
Double
$2,306.00 Quad
Super Single
$3,053.00 Cougar Village
Double
$2,549.00 Cougar Village
Single
$3,315.00
Lifestyle 21
Meal Plan
$1,610.00 $3,692.00 $4,208.00 $4,459.00 $3,916.00 $4,663.00 $4,159.00 $4,925.00
Lifestyle 15
Meal Plan
$1,610.00 $3,692.00 $4,208.00 $4,459.00 $3,916.00 $4,663.00 $4,159.00 $4,925.00
Lifestyle 160
Meal Plan
$1,610.00 $3,692.00 $4,208.00 $4,459.00 $3,916.00 $4,663.00 $4,159.00 $4,925.00
**Cougar Cash
Meal Plan
$1,350.00 $3,432.00 $3,948.00 $4,199.00 $3,656.00 $4,403.00 $3,899.00 $4,665.00

• When do I need to apply for housing?
A student can apply for the residence halls and select their meal plan as soon as they are admitted to the University of Houston and have received their PeopleSoft ID in their welcome letter. We highly recommend applying as early as possible as space is limited.
• I applied for admission for the University of Houston. If I want to live on-campus, do I have to fill out a housing application too?
Yes, the housing application is separate from the University’s admission application. Make sure to apply in a timely manner for a room.

• Is housing guaranteed?
All residence hall space is offered on a first come, first serve basis.
• How can I pay my room and board?
The $300.00 deposit and the $50.00 non-refundable application fee may be paid online with a credit card or electronic check. Semester room and board charges will be added to your UH account.
• Can financial aid pay for my housing?
The amount that is awarded to each student varies. Make sure to contact the UH Financial Aid and Scholarships office to inquire on your status.
• How late can I apply?
The Residential Life & Housing office will offer space on a first come, first serve basis until every available space is occupied.
• Can I apply for housing for the spring semester?
Yes, students can apply for on-campus housing for the spring semester, summer session(s) and for the academic year.
• Am I required to live on-campus?
Residing on-campus is optional for all UH students, but students who live in the residence halls tend to have more satisfaction with their college experience, stay in school and graduate at higher rates than students who live off campus. Living on-campus has many benefits.

• What are the terms of the housing agreement?
Perhaps insert a link to the Residence Halls Service Agreement.
• I haven’t filled out my FAFSA. Can I still apply for housing?
Yes, the Student Housing & Residential Life office will accept and process all applications.
• What do the room rates cover?
Prices for Housing include all utilities,, Ethernet service, in-room basic service cable (in Cougar Village, cable service is provided via IPTV technology on your data port in room), on-site computer labs, on-site laundry, furnishings, vending areas and 24-hour site staff.
• How many hours are required to live on-campus?
All residents have to be enrolled in at least a one hour course or associated with a University of Houston sponsored program.
Moving In and Out

• When can I move in?
Move in schedules will be provided with the student’s welcome letter which is available through the Housing Passport available at https//app.housing.uh.edu/login/login.php
• Can I move in early?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate early move in requests.
• Can I have a single room?
Single rooms are very limited and are usually sold out very early. Students who are not assigned to a single but would like to change to a single may add their name to the waiting list available through the Housing Passport. If you are not approved from the waiting list then you may request a room change after move in.
• What are super singles?
A super single is a double room for one occupant available only in Moody Towers and the Quadrangle.
• I have a disability or medical condition and need special accommodation. What can I do?
Any student who needs an accommodation should notify the housing services office so that we can work with you regarding your room assignment. Medical conditions may require medical documentation. It is also recommended that you register with the Center for Students with DisABILITES.
• How do I cancel my housing?
Students may terminate their Residence Halls Service Agreement by written notification via Postal Services mail, email or fax letter prior to check in. Cancellation fees may apply and we encourage you to read the Residence Halls Service Agreement for detailed information about cancellations. (provide link to the Service Agreement.)After check-in, residents may terminate their Residence Halls Service Agreement with their Residence Life Coordinator’s office in person and follow procedures for a proper check out. Cancellations fees and penalties will apply and we encourage you to read the Residence Halls Service Agreement for detailed information about cancellations. (provide link to Service Agreement)
• Can I change my room?
Students canrequest a room transferin their Residence Life Coordinator’s office approximately two weeks after check in for each semester.
• I am an upperclassman. Do I have priority over underclassmen when assigning rooms?
During the Spring semester Priority Room Selection is offered to returning students. This offers returning students the opportunity to select their residence hall and room first. At the end of Priority Room Selection rooms are offered on a first come first served basis to all students.
• Can I request a specific roommate?
Because students “book” their own room as part of the application process specific roommate arrangements can be performed by the student as part of the application and booking process. To better your chances of being assigned together roommates should apply for housing at the same time.



What day do the residence halls close? What day should I move out?
Residence Halls close on the official UH Closing day. . Residents will need to make arrangements with their Resident Advisor and follow procedures for a proper check out.
Do I have to move out all of my belongings when I leave for winter break?
During winter break, Cougar Village, Moody Towers and Quadrangle will be closed but students can leave their belongings if they plan to return for the Spring semester.. All refrigerators will need to be defrosted and emptied before leaving.
While You’re Here

• Can I change my meal plan?
Students can change their meal plan by signing into the Housing Passport at (LINK) and select the link that says, “Meal Plan Administration”.

• Are there beds in the rooms? Do I have to bring my own mattress?
All rooms in Cougar Village, Moody Towers and the Quadrangle are furnished. Each student will have a bed with an extra-long twin mattress (full-size in Cougar Village Single Room), desk with desk chair, dresser and shared or private closet.
• How may I request an extra long bed?
All mattresses in the residence halls are extra long twin with the exception of Cougar Village single rooms, which have full-size beds.
• Can I have a pet?
No pets are allowed in the Residence Halls. You can only have a fish in max 10 gallon tank.
• Do I have to have a meal plan?
All residents residing in Cougar Village, Moody Towers and Quadrangle are required to have a meal plan. For all other areas, the meal plan is optional.
• Can I have a car?
Yes, all residents can have cars on campus. You can purchase a parking decal through on-line enrollment services. You can also contact the Parking and Transportation office at 713-743-1097.
• What is an RA?
Resident Assistants (RA) are students committed to helping residents enjoy all aspects of campus life. The RA serves as the liaison between the students and administrators, reports maintenance requests, informs residents of upcoming events and also lends an ear when needed. The RA provides the opportunity for residents to get acquainted through planned activities, educational programs and being knowledgeable of various services offered on campus.