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 requests supersede building preferences requests.
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 three separate preferences).
- If you and a preferred roommate applied by this date, we guarantee the two of you will receive an assignment in one of your top three building preferences (must have 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.
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.
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
If you are currently living in the residence halls and would like to continue to live in the halls next year, you will apply as a returning student.
Graduate students are welcome to apply for a space or apartment at Ponderosa Village Apartments since most other housing is reserved for undergraduate students.