Over 70 percent of enrolled graduate students live in campus housing. The Office of Graduate Student Life seeks to enhance the residential experience by helping to foster a sense of community through a variety programs and activities. In addition to our full-time staff, we have part-time staff members, the Community Associates, who are graduate students working to help enhance the quality of life for graduate students. The office works closely with the Graduate College House, Butler and Lawrence Committees to provide programs and create opportunities for graduate interaction across disciplines. The office also offers assistance with residential and apartment life matters and exceptions to graduate housing and dining services policies.
The Graduate School's policy is to provide housing for all first-year graduate students whose applications for University housing meet the announced deadline in mid-April and to allocate housing so that it is available to an equal percentage of enrolled single students and students with dependents.
After all eligible first-year students have been housed, the following priority system applies: second-year students receive the first priority, third-year students second priority, and fourth-year students third priority. Fifth-year students should not expect to receive housing. If there are vacancies after all first- to fourth-year graduate students have been placed, however, housing will be offered to fifth-year students.
Most students can expect to be housed for three years. Enrolled students who need to remain in University housing for special personal/financial reasons may receive priority over other returning students if they apply for hardship housing.
Additional information is given in the booklet Housing and the Cost of Living for Graduate Students, which is sent to all newly admitted students.