Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our frequently asked questions below. If you have a question you don't see answered or if you want more information on anything related to housing, fill out our contact form and a member of our team will be in touch with more information. 

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  • Where can I find information about parking

    You can find information about parking on the Parking Services website

  • Do you provide accessible accommodations for students with disabilities?

    The University of Nevada provides accessible accommodations for students with disabilities. Since housing assignment are made on a space available basis, early application is essential. Additional accessibility features may need to be installed to adequately accommodate a disability on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Disability Resource Center or the Department of Residential Life, Housing and Food Services for additional information.

  • How do current residents sign up for next year?

    Returning residents may sign up for the next academic year during the return housing period in the spring semester for Canada Hall and a limited number of spaces in the other residence halls.

  • Can I have a single room?

    There are a limited number of single rooms available in Sierra and Juniper Halls. If we are unable to accommodate a student's request for a single room, they will automatically be assigned to a double room.

  • When should I sign-up?

    Sign-up early! On-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and the earlier you sign up the better your chances of getting one of your preferences. Don't delay, you have everything to gain by signing up immediately for on-campus housing.

Questions about Living Learning Communities

  • What are Living Learning Communities (LLCs)?

    In these communities, students with shared academic, social and cultural interests live on the same floor and attend courses together. This experience is considered a "high-impact practice," promoting the following:

    • Higher grade point averages
    • Higher first-year to second-year retention rate
    • Students less likely to be academically dismissed after their first year of college
    • Higher percentage of students graduating on time
    • A greater sense of community and belonging than non-LLC students, especially at research-intensive institutions
  • What are the LLCs? Where are they located?
    List of Living Learning Communities
    Living Learning Community Residence Hall Location
    Black Scholars Great Basin Hall
    CABNR Great Basin Hall
    College of Business Nevada Living Learning Community
    College of Education & Human Development Nevada Living Learning Community
    College of Engineering Great Basin Hall
    College of Science Great Basin Hall
    Gender, Sexuality & Identity Great Basin Hall
    Honors Residential Scholars Nevada Living Learning Community
    Indigenous Great Basin Hall
    Latinx Great Basin Hall
    Reynolds School of Journalism Nevada Living Learning Community
    School of Public Health Nevada Living Learning Community
    Transfer Canada Hall
    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Great Basin Hall

    Visit our page on Living Learning Communities for information.

  • How do I apply for a Living Learning Community?

    Within the general housing application, there is a question that asks the applicant if they are interested in Living Learning Communities. If they select “Yes,” the applicant will then be prompted to rank their LLC preferences and answer some open-ended questions about why they are interested in these communities.

    After successfully submitting their housing application, they will need to become eligible for course registration. To check the status of this, they will need to go into MyNevada and completed all of their To Do List Tasks.

  • What majors are permitted to live in Great Basin Hall?

    All of them. Great Basin Hall is no longer strictly for students in STEM majors. There will still be 4 STEM-themed LLCs (Engineering, Science, WiSE, and CABNR). There will also be the addition of 4 identity-based LLCs (Indigenous, Latinx, Black Scholars, Gender, Sexuality & Identity). This leaves three wings without any LLCs that are open for all students in all majors.

  • Is there a GPA requirement to be in an LLC?

    Nope. Some LLCs require that you start in a particular math level, but no LLC requires that you have a minimum High School GPA to be eligible. Below is a table of LLCs that have additional eligibility requirements. 

    LLC Additional Requirements
    Living Learning Community Requirement
    College of Science Must be enrolled in Math 127 for fall semester
    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Must be enrolled in Math 127 for fall semester
    CABNR Must be enrolled in Math 127 for fall semester
    Honors Residential Scholars Must be accepted into the Honors College
    Athletics Must be an NCAA athlete
  • Who do I contact for LLC questions?

    If you have questions regarding eligibility requirements, class requirements or room assignments for LLCs, contact:

    Michael Palacioz
    Email: mpalacioz@unr.edu
    Phone: (775) 784-4164

    *Email preferred

Roommate matching

  • Is it possible to request a specific residence hall or roommate?

    Yes! This may be done when you complete the License Agreement Signature Form. Students can indicate up to five building preferences and can request a specific roommate. Considerable effort is made to match mutually requested roommates. Note: Your roommate preference supercedes your building preference.

  • If I request a roommate, will we be assigned together?

    If the requests are mutual and space is available, every effort will be made to honor your roommate preference. To improve your chances, you should submit applications before February 1 with the same residence hall preferences. Note your roommate preference supersedes your residence hall preference.

Room assignments

  • How are room assignments made?

    Assignments are made for new students by date, in the order in which the License Agreement Signature Form, initial payment and deposits are received. Full consideration is given to each student's preferences.

  • Is it possible to request a specific residence hall or roommate?

    Yes! This may be done when you complete the License Agreement Signature Form. Students can indicate up to five building preferences and can request a specific roommate. Considerable effort is made to match mutually requested roommates. Note: Your roommate preference supercedes your building preference.

  • When will I know my residence hall room assignment?

    Assignments are usually made by mid-June. Students will receive an assignment letter with a variety of information including: how to find roommate contact information, where to find Move-in details, etc.

  • Is it possible to change rooms during the year?

    The Department of Residential Life, Housing and Food Service accepts requests for room changes during the first two weeks of each semester. Room changes may be granted otherwise but you must first speak with your Resident Director. Requests are granted on a space available basis.

  • Can I have a single room?

    There are a limited number of single rooms available in Sierra and Juniper Halls. If we are unable to accommodate a student's request for a single room, they will automatically be assigned to a double room.

Moving in/ room layouts

Living in the Residence Halls

  • Do you offer quiet living areas?

    There are designated academic pursuit/quiet areas in most of the residence halls. Assignment is based on space availability. Students assigned to a quiet floor will be required to sign a quiet area contract.

  • Where else can I study other than my room?
    • Study Lounges/Lounges on your floor - Most floors provide a lounge with couches, tables and chairs. Some floors also have a private study lounge. Wireless internet access is available throughout the building and lounges also provide Ethernet connections and power outlets.
    • Knowledge Center - Many students choose to study at the Knowledge Center and it is a great place for private or group study.
    • Joe Crowley Student Union - The Joe Crowley Student Union is located next to the Knowledge Center.
  • Is smoking allowed in the residence halls?

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the residential facilities, including student rooms.

  • Can I have a single room?

    There are a limited number of single rooms available in Sierra and Juniper Halls. If we are unable to accommodate a student's request for a single room, they will automatically be assigned to a double room.

  • Are there laundry facilities available?

    Every residence hall has its own cash card operated washers and dryers.

  • What furnishings are in my residence hall room?

    All student rooms in the residence halls include a desk, a chair, a closet, a bed and mattress, and a chest of drawers for each student. All student rooms are carpeted.

  • What should I bring? (ie. mini fridge, microwave etc)

    Students have many items which they can bring to the residence halls and some items they should not bring. Please visit our the what to bring page for more details.

  • Can I mount a TV to my wall?

    Due to the variety of our structures and safety concerns we do not allow students to mount anything to their walls, including televisions.

  • Will I have telephone and cable TV service in my room?

    Telephone and cable tv service are not offered in the Residence Halls.

  • Is there internet access in my room?

    Every student room has two ethernet jacks which provide access to the university computer network. Additional information can be found on the  services and facilities overview webpage.

    Free in-room wireless is available. For more information, please visit the Office of Information Technology Eduroam webpage.

  • Where will I get my mail?

    The US Postal Service does not deliver to the Residence Halls. Located on campus is a United States Post Office where students may rent a post office box by contacting (775) 348-7858.

  • Can I ship packages to the residence halls? What is my residence hall address?

    Yes. UPS and FedEx both will deliver to the residence halls' addresses. The US Postal Service (USPS) does not deliver to the residence halls (please be aware of this when purchasing items online). View a list of residence hall addresses and phone numbers.

  • How can I get involved and meet new people?

    One of the easiest ways to meet people is to be involved in your residence hall association. These groups plan a variety of social and educational activities. Attending programs and activities offered in the residence halls and on-campus is a great way to meet people.

  • While residing in the residence halls to whom should I go to with a question or a problem?

    Initially, you should go to your Resident Assistant. Your RA has been trained to assist you and they are an excellent resource. The front desk can assist you with room lockouts, packages, equipment checkout, work orders, and general questions.

  • What facilities remain open during the breaks?

    The residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving and Spring Break. During the Winter Break alternative housing may be available, although there is an additional charge and students may be assigned together in double/triple/quadruple-occupancy rooms.

  • Can I have a guest visit me?

    Yes. Residents are permitted to have guests visit them. Please visit our Community Standards for more information.

    A guest is considered any individual not assigned to the residence hall to which they are visiting.

    Parameters

    • Guests must be registered at the residence hall front desk and must be "checked out" when they leave
    • Guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, administered within 72 hours prior to entering the building.
    • Residents are allowed two (2) guests at a time (only one may stay overnight)
    • Residents are responsible their guests behavior
    • The University reserves the right to limit guest access when it deems such limits necessary to protect the health and safety of residents.

    Guests who are minors

    Any individual who is under the age of 18 and is not affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno, is considered a "minor guest." The Resident must complete the Minor Guest Registration Request Form. In order to this this, login to eRezLife with your NetID and Password and complete the form labeled, "RLHFS Minor Guest Registration." This form will be reviewed by staff and permission sought by the guest's parent/guardian. Only after parent/guardian and staff approve this guest to be permitted in the building, that guest can be registered by the resident. The parameters above are in effect for guests who are minors.

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