Return housing

Thank you for your interest in exploring living on campus again next year.  You will find details of the return housing sign-up process below.  Please keep in mind that the University prioritizes housing for incoming first-year students, as research has demonstrated for over 70 years this aids in student success. 

We understand there are a limited number of bed spaces available for sophomore and above students and we recognize students want to live on campus multiple years.  We will do all we can to accommodate this population to the best of our ability.  In order to placed on a wait list (in the event you do not get one of your top preferences), please contact with your top three preferences (must be different halls).

Student eligibility

  • Any student current living on-campus or seeking to return to live on campus
  • Students who have completed their application by Sunday, April 19, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. will receive priority to participate in this process
  • Students who submit an application for return housing after 12 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 will be automatically waitlisted and assigned to a space by our staff as space is available.
  • A Fall 2020 housing re-payment of $200 will be placed on your MyNevada account within five business days of your completed application being received. The pre-payment is due by, June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • For more information, please visit our  Housing & Dining Rates page. Based on your building and room type selection, costs will vary. 
  • If you have extenuating circumstances impacting your ability to make this payment, please contact our office at or (775)784-1113 prior to June 15.

Important dates

  • Friday, April 10, 2020: Return housing sign-up application is available
  • Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.: Housing application priority date and time
  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Eligible students will receive two emails
    • Email 1: They can choose to participate in the “same hall“ process
    • Email 2: They can choose to participate in the “different hall” processes
    • Participating in multiple processes will overwrite previous room selections.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. – Friday, April 24, 2020 at noon: Same Hall sign-up process
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. – Thursday, April 30, 2020 at noon: Different Hall sign-up process
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 at noon – Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.: Students who applied after April 19 (and until May 14, 2020 at noon) will be able to self-select a room in all halls
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 at noon: Last chance for a student to apply and self-select a room by Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16, 12 a.m.: Any application received will be automatically waitlisted and assigned by assignments coordinator as space is available
  • June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.: The Fall 2020 housing pre-payment of $200 will be due on students' MyNevada account

Priority waves

Every student with a completed application will receive a lottery time that corresponds to a time frame when they can sign-up for housing next year.  When your time opens up, you can sign-up for one space or a group leader can pull a roommate(s) into a room or suite.  Please visit our roommate matching page for more details.

  • First priority wave
    • Individuals who want to return to their “same hall”
  • Second priority wave
    • Individuals who have a 4.0 (Fall 2019 semester)
    • Individuals who were displaced and are unable to return to their same hall
  • Third priority wave
    • All other students

Highlights of available residence halls:

Rent for all the following halls includes robust WiFi, utilities, furnishings, 24-hour desk services and on-call staff, and access to opportunities that will increase your success. 

  • Canada Hall has apartment-style suites with a kitchenette and living room in each unit
  • Great Basin Hall offers room options for peer leaders and returning students who are STEM Majors (limited spaces available)
  • Juniper Hall features all single-occupancy rooms
  • Manzanita Hall was built in 1896 and offers a unique historical perspective to living on campus
  • Nye Hall is a traditional-style residence hall where the social environment deeply complements students’ academic success
  • Peavine Hall has both double-occupancy options as well as limited triple-occupancy rooms
  • Sierra Hall offers several room options and layouts, including premium singles

Availability philosophy

The earlier you apply, the more likely we can accommodate your top preferences.  Unless participating in a lottery process where you self-select a space and “pull” up to 3 roommates with you, assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis based on the date we receive your application, deposit, and pre-payment.

First-year students

The earlier you apply, the more choices you have. Room assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis based on the date we receive your application and deposit.

We try our best to accommodate your preferences. 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 for over 70 years 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.  Most experienced students have had an opportunity to increase their familiarity with the local community related to finding housing that supports their success.

To assist in the process of transitioning to college and 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.

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.