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 do not have enough housing in order 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 continues to 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 fall.

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

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.eduor call 801-587-2002.
WaitList Update
  • December 2019 Update: HRE is no longer running a wait list for 2019-2020 housing. Limited housing spaces are available for the Spring 2020 semester. Students interested in reserving a spring room can do so in their CIS account. All available rooms can be viewed in the Room Selector page of the Spring Housing Application. Visit the application process page to learn more.

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.

Standby Housing Protocol

It is HRE's goal to house as many first-year students as we can. To help us in accomplishing this goal, sometimes we engage in a process called Standby Housing. Standby Housing is similar to a Standby Airline ticket: if offered a Standby Reservation you have a guaranteed space, but we can't say when you will move into that guaranteed space or which space you will be moving into. If offered and accepting a spot into Standby Housing, you are signing a housing contract with HRE; if you cancel a Standby Housing contract, you will be subject contract cancellation fees. To those who will be affected by Standby Housing, please read through the information below and review the sample Standby Housing Contract below. HRE will be in consistent communication with those on the Wait List who have been offered a Standby Housing reservation. Please check your UMAIL frequently.

Standby Housing Contract


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: How will I be offered a room?

You will most likely be offered a standby room first. A standby room is a guarantee for a room on campus. A student will make a reservation in a standby room and complete it by choosing a meal plan and paying the reservation fee. You will be contacted via your UMail and personal email when this has been offered to you. If you are placed in an apartment or area where a meal plan is not required, it may be canceled at that time. Once a permanent space becomes available, the student will be contacted and moved from their standby space to their permanent room. Their reservation will be complete at that time.

Q: Waitlist timing

We do anticipate cancellations over the course of the summer, but especially around May 1, June 1, and July 15. We will 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.

Q: What is Standby Housing?

As we get closer to Move-In day, on-campus housing will become more limited. Housing & Residential Education will be identifying numerous temporary housing options for individuals on our Wait List. These temporary spaces are located in the Guest House (our on-campus hotel).