New Student

Incoming Freshmen, Transfer and Graduate Students

We are so excited to welcome you to UIS on-campus housing! A large piece of the UIS experience is living on campus with Residence Life. All UIS students are welcome to make their home on-campus.

Housing Options and Amenities

Security Deposit and Application/Contract Process

Step 1:

Please take some time to review our Housing Options, Amenities and our Residency Requirement information. To reserve your space on campus, you must submit a $250 housing security deposit. This is a refundable $200 deposit and $50 application fee. The housing security deposit cannot be waived, nor deferred.  It is not included in the cost of attendance Financial Assistance provides, and may not be covered by your Financial Assistance Award. For more details, please review our Terms and Conditions.

** If you are applying for Summer Housing, please visit our Summer Housing page for additional information.  A $250 Housing Security Deposit will still need to be submitted with your Housing Application/Contract

Step 2:

As an admitted student, you will submit your housing security deposit and application/contract through the Student Housing Portal. You will receive confirmation messages after the submission of your housing deposit and application/contract. You are legally bound by the Terms and Conditions of your electronically signed Housing Application/Contract (e-signature). We will be unable to assign you until you have submitted both your Security Deposit and Housing Application/Contract.

You will not be able to fill out the online application/contract if you meet one of the listed criteria below. There is a space for your deposit information on this form.

Please fill out the paper Housing Application/Contract if you meet the one of the following criteria:

  • If you have lived on-campus in previous years, or you are a current UIS student living off campus, please contact our Central Office at for a link to the on-line deposit submission form to submit your $250 security deposit.

Once your Housing Application/Contract is processed, you will be forwarded a confirmation letter. You will not need to fill out the online application/contract as stated in Step 2.

Step 4 is still applicable to your application/contract process.

Step 3:

For  Incoming Freshmen ONLY!

Once you have paid your security deposit and submitted your housing application/contract, it’s time to pick a roommate! We will send you a reminder of the Roommate Matching Period within the Student Housing Portal, typically May 1st  through June 25th each summer.

  • We do our best to honor all roommate requests. We encourage you to apply early so we are able to match you with your requested roommate. If your requested roommate is assigned to a full unit or is not a part of the same Living Learning Community, we will be unable to honor your roommate request.
  • We do not honor suite mate requests within the residence halls.

Step 4:

You have submitted your security deposit, housing application/contract and picked a roommate during the Roommate Matching Period within the Student Housing Portal…. Now What?

If you apply no later than June 15th, you will receive your assignment and roommate information by July 10th. If you apply after June 15th, you will receive your assignment and roommate information 30 days before the start of the semester! Connect with your roommate and start planning for Move-In!