Family Housing at UIS

Family Housing has limited availability, and is available to enrolled students or visiting scholars who will be residing with their legal spouse (a copy of a marriage license is required at time of submission of application/contract), a domestic partner (submission of required documentation must occur at time of submission of application/contract as outlined below), and/or legally dependent children (submission of copies of birth certificates/proof of legal guardianship at time of submission of application/contract required).

In order to be eligible for these accommodations, at least one resident of a Family Housing unit must be formally affiliated with the University and provide proof of affiliation at the time of submission of the application/contract.

Additionally, all Spouses or Domestic Partners must pass a required background check before being admitted to on-campus housing.

Lastly, all Family Housing applicants must complete the Department of Residence Life Application/Contract and submit the applicable deposit at the time of submission of the application/contract.

Family residents are assigned to either one or two bedroom apartments and may request furnished or unfurnished apartments depending on availability. Due to the size of the units, occupancy is limited to no more than three persons in a one bedroom apartment and no more than four persons in a two bedroom apartment. In family housing, one set of keys will be issued to each person signing the contract. Parents may request up to two additional sets of keys to be used by their spouse or children over the age of twelve.

Child care is available on campus for toddlers and children from 18 months to 12 years of age, and school buses transport children from campus to the local public schools.


Domestic Partnership Documentation Requirements

Family Housing residents who are not legally married, must provide appropriate documentation to establish their domestic partnership through the demonstrated existence of at least three (3) of the following items* to fulfill the required evidence of a committed relationship (in order to demonstrate joint responsibility of each other’s common welfare and shared financial obligations) at the time of submission of the application/contract:

  • Active Domestic Partnership Agreement registered in another jurisdiction (legal document obtained from an attorney)
  • Joint mortgage or lease
  • Designation of domestic partner or beneficiary for life insurance purposes
  • Designation of domestic partner or beneficiary for retirement death benefit purposes
  • Designation of domestic partner as primary beneficiary in employees will, or of employee in domestic partner’s will
  • Durable property and/or health care powers of attorney
  • Joint ownership of motor vehicle
  • Joint checking account or credit account
  • Driver’s license with the same address provided at the time of submission of the application/contract

*The list above may not be all-inclusive.  Exceptions to this list may be requested in writing to the Director of Residence Life; honoring such a request is subject to the discretion of the Director or designee.

Additionally, all Family Housing applicants with Domestic Partners must submit the Domestic Partnership Declaration Form (pdf) to the Department of Residence Life at the time of submission of the application/contract.