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Publication: Housing and the Cost of Living for Graduate Students 2007-08

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Graduate Housing Policy

The first priority is to guarantee housing for first-year graduate students who are degree candidates and who submit a completed application by the admission reply deadline date of April 15, regardless of their date of admission. Additionally, housing in the Graduate College is guaranteed to those first-year graduate students who apply by April 15 and select the Graduate College as their first choice on their housing application. Other specific location preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Priority for housing is by year of study and decreases as year of study increases. Eligible returning students receive priority in selecting specific rooms and apartment types; entering students are assigned space in the remaining units. The current policy was developed to allocate housing to an equal proportion of single students and students with spouses, domestic partners, and/or dependents. Students who need to remain in University housing for special reasons may receive priority over other returning students if they apply and are approved for hardship housing. Nondegree students (e.g., visiting student research collaborator, visiting students) receive lower priority than degree candidates.

Dormitory Policies

Only enrolled graduate students are eligible for residence in the Graduate College and the Annexes. Current graduate students have priority in choosing specific dormitory rooms in a spring room draw. Residents of the Graduate College are required to participate in one of the meal plans.

Apartment Policies

Students seeking housing that they will share full time with their spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependents are required to provide documentation of the relationship by the April 15 housing application deadline (see page 8). If you have a change in family status after you submit your housing application and it is after the deadline, you should contact the housing office in writing. You will be placed on a waiting list for appropriate housing based on the date we receive your notification. Single students may also request apartment housing. Single students who select a two-bedroom apartment option without a roommate will have a roommate assigned to them.