Apply for housing

Apply for housing

We're excited you've decided to live on campus. Here's how to apply.

How to apply for housing

The housing application opens at midnight on November 15 for all students interested in living on campus the following year, including incoming first-year students, returning students, transfer students, etc.

Important note: We recommend completing the housing application on a desktop or laptop computer as our application may not display properly on a mobile device. If a computer is not available and the application is not displaying correctly, we recommend turning the device horizontally. The application will then be visible under "Main Campus Housing."

For the best chance of being assigned to the hall of your choice or with a requested roommate, apply by February 1, 11:59 p.m.

Housing assignments

In general, assignments are made in the order in which applications and initial payment/security deposit are received.  We try our best to accommodate roommate and building preferences, with the understanding that the earlier you apply, the more likely we can accommodate one or both preferences. Roommate preference request supersede building preferences requests.

Due to the record number of campus housing applications submitted by February 1 for the 2024-2025 academic year, we anticipate several buildings will fill up during the room selection process. Room selection times are assigned based on the time and date you submitted your housing application.

If you do not see the choice you want in the self-selection process, please select your next choice. Please note the room change form will be open June 3 to 14, 2024 for students who already have an assignment. Room change requests will be accommodated into vacant spaces based off cancellations and other room change requests as spaces become available.

In general, February 1 is the “priority cut-off date” this means the following:

  • If you apply by this date and don’t have a roommate preference, we guarantee you an assignment in one of your top three building preferences (must have listed three separate preferences).
  • If you and a preferred roommate applied by this date, we guaranteed the two of you will receive an assignment in one of your top three building preferences (must have listed three separate preferences).

Applications received after February 1 will be assigned to halls on a space available basis. A wait list may be started at any date due to high demand for on-campus living.

First-year students

Approximately 2,700 beds of the 3,200 available are held for first-year students.  Please keep in mind the University prioritizes housing for incoming first-year students, as research has demonstrated this aids in student success.  Many of these students join our community from beyond Reno, so living on-campus assists with their transition to college and campus life.  

To ensure every student has access to healthy food options, first-year students living on campus are required to select a meal plan.

Sophomore and above students

If you’re a current residential student, transfer student, or non-traditional student, you have the option to live in most of our suite and apartment style housing options on a space-available basis. If you apply before the priority deadline (and have a security deposit and pre-payment on file), you can select roommates through your Housing Portal and then your housing assignment for the next academic year.

After the priority deadline, housing options may be limited, but we will make every effort to help you find a space in these locations or alternative options located close to campus.

Transfer students

Living on campus is also a great way to meet people and get connected to the University, in a safe and convenient location. The University of Nevada, Reno offers two main options for transfer students: Sierra Hall and the Transfer Living Learning Community in Canada Hall

To qualify to live in one of these communities as a transfer student you must:

  • Have graduated high school at least one full academic year prior and completed college credits OR
  • Be 20 years of age or older OR
  • Have lived in a college/university Housing Residence Hall for one year

Graduate students

Graduate students are welcome to apply for a space or apartment at Ponderosa Village Apartments since most other housing is reserved for undergraduate students.