Last updated March 12, 2021
Fall 2021 Application Process and Timeline
- I am an incoming first year student. Is there anything I need to do before I can apply for housing for fall 2021?
- Is there a deposit for housing that is required?
- What happens if I miss a deadline?
- What if I am choosing amongst multiple schools and am not ready to commit to CU?
- I have a housing accommodation, what is my process?
- If I do not like the assignment I receive, will there be an opportunity to change it?
- I have heard that the housing assignment process has changed for fall 2021. What does that mean for me?
- When will I find out my building assignment, specific room, opportunities to choose my roommate, etc?
- I applied early, why didn’t I get my top preference(s)?
- How do I get a different assignment?
- I got my assignment and didn’t want the RAP, what can I do?
Before the housing application can be accessed, you will need to pay the $200 confirmation deposit to Admissions and confirm your IdentiKey security credentials. Please plan accordingly (confirm by May 1) as this process can take up to 3-5 business days and deadlines are firm.
Applications will start being accepted on March 15, including the payment of the $250 security deposit and $50 non-refundable application fee.
The application for new students to apply to housing will open March 15 and remain open until May 6. Students may apply anytime within this timeframe. Please review the application process to understand next steps and the timeline. The application will be in the MyCULiving housing portal. Students must first confirm their admission to CU and set IdentiKey security credentials before gaining access to the application. Please plan accordingly (confirm by May 1) as this process can take up to 3-5 business days and deadlines are firm.
Because of the changes in our housing process, all first year students may now apply at any point for housing between March 15 and the closing of the housing application on May 6. We have created our timeline to give our students and families as much notice to our deadlines so they can make their decisions. We also communicate the timeline in emails and on our website. In order for us to have a fair and timely process, it is the student’s responsibility to meet all deadlines. Our deadlines are firm and unfortunately, exceptions will not be made if a deadline is missed.
We certainly do understand that students may be making decisions amongst many institutions, and we want you to choose the university that is the best fit for you. We hope you choose CU Boulder! If you apply for housing now and make a decision not to attend CU, you will need to cancel your housing application by May 14, 2021, and we will refund your $250 housing deposit. Additionally, confirming to CU by May 1 should allow you to complete your application by the May 6 deadline.
CU Boulder Housing & Dining provides reasonable housing and dining accommodations to residents with disability or religious-related needs. We recommend you apply early in the housing application process BEFORE you receive your housing assignment so we can best meet your needs. Residence halls can accommodate various disability or religious-related needs through the options below:
- Room/Apartment Access and Modifications
- Room/Apartment Reassignment
- Dietary Limitations
- Visual/Hearing Needs
- Assistance Animal
This process can take up to 10 business days, please plan accordingly if there are upcoming deadlines. To request disability accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To request religious accommodations, please email StudentHousing@colorado.edu.
More information regarding the potential assignment change request process before arriving on campus will be provided later in the spring. In addition, a room change waitlist will open in the MyCULiving portal on August 25, 2021.
We have indeed made important changes to our housing assignment process for fall 2021. This is to better assist you! Previously, housing assignments were made based on the housing deposit date, which made it more of a first come, first served process. Now all students can apply for housing between March 15 and May 6, and will be assigned based on a random selection. Your housing preferences will still be taken into account when we assign, however, preferences are not guaranteed.
Please refer to our timeline to know when processes will be offered and when to expect assignment communication. We know that you are making many decisions right now, including your own high school graduation so many of our processes will take place in summer.
All applications are randomly assigned based on preferences and availability and not assigned by application date. All preferences were considered in the assignment process and if the space was available, you were assigned. If you were assigned to a lower preference, it is because your higher preferences didn’t have vacancies. If none of your preferences were available, you were assigned to our next best Traditional Experience option.
We may have an assignment change request process prior to student move-in, which may result in a new assignment. Additionally, a room change waitlist will open August 25 should you wish to proceed with a room change request after move-in. Move requests are not guaranteed and will likely be minimal prior to move-in.
You were only assigned to the RAP if you selected it in your preferences, and signed the RAP agreement form. It is important to review the Living Experiences to understand what you are preferencing in your application. Most RAPs are part of the entire building, and if so, you will be required to participate in the RAP if you live in that building. If you were placed in a RAP but are not interested, you will need to go through the assignment change process to change halls, if one is offered. If you are not offered a room change through this process, a housing waitlist will open August 25 and you will need to apply then.
Fall 2021 Living Options
Where you live is important, but who you live with and your experiences are even more important! Please review our website for more information on our living experiences. We have many housing experiences to choose from that span our 2 mile campus and 3 campus living neighborhoods.
Our campus housing offers three types of living experiences for our students. Please see more information on each housing experience below.
Traditional - Our traditional experience is available to all students. It is composed of students from different academic majors and interests. The community and events offered will organically develop based on the students who live there. This is a great community for the student who wants to have a home environment that is not based on their academics and they can live with people who they likely are not meeting in classes.
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) - Our LLC experiences are cohorts of students that live and learn together around a specific topic. LLCs have eligibility requirements to live in the community, and LLC offerings are both academic and theme based. Some LLCs offer classes, and others have co-curricular experiences built into the residential experience. This is a great community for students who are passionate about living and learning with other like-minded students around a specific topical area.
Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) - Our RAP experiences are based on academic interests and have eligibility requirements to live in the community. Students will live amongst other students within the same college or major. Most of our halls with RAPs do require all residents to participate in the RAP (unless LLC or Traditional Experiences are also offered in a hall), activities based on the theme of the RAP and take one RAP class per semester to live there. In addition, there is a $425* RAP fee.
* Pending approval from the Board of Regents, the 2021-22 RAP fee will be reduced from $850 to $425.
Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) and Living Learning Communities (LLCs) introduce students to a community of other students with similar interests and academic goals. RAPs and LLCs offer various types of programming and class offerings, and students will develop friendships, gain important life skills and get a deeper and more fulfilling residence hall environment. RAPs have a $425 (Pending Board of Regents Approval) fee associated with them and require participation in classes offered within the residence hall environment. LLCs (generally) do not have an associated fee and instead provide residential programmatic opportunities and some provide classes with no additional fee to the student.
We offer three identity based living learning communities in Hallett Hall. These communities were created on the request of our students, and all communities are committed to furthering social justice. If you are interested in living within the Lucile B. Buchanan for Black students and allies, Multicultural Perspectives for students committed to inclusion and social justice, or Spectrum, a community for LGBTQIA students and allies, please choose the specific LLCs on your housing application as a preference and we will reach out to you with the link for the essay. You can also speak with Associate Director DeAndre Taylor for more questions about this process: DeAndre.Taylor@Colorado.EDU.
Fall 2020-21 Deferrals
- I deferred my housing for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19, did not take credits and plan to matriculate in fall 2021. What are my housing options?
- I deferred my housing for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19, took credits at another university and plan to start at CU Boulder in fall 2021. What are my housing options?
We recognize that many students planning to attend CU Boulder were impacted by COVID-19 and chose to defer for the 2020-21 academic year. We are excited to now welcome you to campus! Students who chose to defer for the 2020-21 academic year are not required to live in campus housing for fall 2021. However, should you wish to live with us, please complete the first year housing application. While students can choose any residence hall in their preferences, we encourage you to consider Weber Hall in order to be part of a living experience with other students who deferred last year.
If you completed college work after your high school graduation, you may be considered a transfer student. Transfer students are not required to live with us. For the 2021-22 academic year we will have limited campus housing for transfer students. We have a robust off campus community composed mostly of sophomore and beyond students; therefore, we strongly encourage transfer students to work with Off Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations and to review Ralphie’s List to consider off campus housing options. Contact the Office of Admissions or connect with your admissions counselor to learn more about completing a transfer credit evaluation.
Fall 2021 General
- What if I have specific questions about housing?
- Where is all of the information about furniture, room sizes and building amenities?
- When will I be billed for housing?
- I was granted a first year petition to release from housing during the 2020-21 academic year to live remotely due to COVID-19. I will be returning to CU Boulder in the fall 2021 semester. Am I required to live in campus housing?
- I am a transfer student, what are my campus housing options?
- What meal plan options will be available for first-year and residence hall students? Can I change my meal plan at this time?
- What is the process to be released from the first-year live on requirement and would this be an option for me?
- I will be a first year student for the 2021-22 academic year but am under the age of 18. Can I live in campus housing?
More information about rooms, furniture and amenities are provided on our website. Click on each building for more specifics on what that building provides.
Room and board (food) are applied to the student tuition and fees account by early August. They are a package price and not separated. All first-year students and those assigned to the Residence Halls are required to have a meal plan.
If you were granted a petition to release living in the residence halls to take all or part of the 2020-21 academic year remote status due to COVID-19, you are not required to live on campus for the 2021-22 academic year. We strongly encourage you to reach out to Off Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations and explore options in our robust off campus student communities.
You can also apply to the waitlist in our Apartment Style housing.
For the 2021-22 academic year we will have limited Apartment Style campus housing for transfer students. We have a robust off campus community composed mostly of sophomore and beyond students; therefore, we strongly encourage transfer students to work with Off Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations and to review Ralphie’s List to consider off campus housing options.
First-year students and any student assigned to a residence hall are required to carry a meal plan. Non first-year students may have additional options as well. All meal plan options will be updated shortly and selected as a preference in the housing application. Changes to your meal plan preference can be made in the application until May 6. Requests for changes after this date will need to be in writing and emailed to email@example.com.
Should a first-year student wish to be released from living within campus housing, they may petition for an exemption to the live-on requirement by submitting the Freshman Release form in the MyCULiving portal. Students must meet one of the following criteria and provide documentation to be considered for release from the first-year live-on requirement:
- 21 years of age or older
- Graduated from high school more than one year ago (May 2020 or earlier)
- Living with parent(s), guardian(s), or other family member within a commutable distance of 30 miles
- Living with parent(s), guardian(s), or other family member and have a fully remote class schedule (fully remote schedules won’t be available until July and release won’t be approved until that schedule is submitted)
- Demonstrated financial hardship that occurred after May 14, 2021 (the last day to cancel without charges).
- Documented severe personal or family circumstances that occurred after May 14, 2021 (the last day to cancel without charges)
Students will not be released from the live-on requirement to move off campus (to live in an off-campus apartment by themselves or to live within sorority/fraternity house, for example).
Students who are under 18 years of age at the time of contract submission must complete the Guardian Consent Form to apply for housing. The Guardian Consent Form is available in the housing application in the MyCULiving portal. The Guardian Consent Form must be submitted within 3 days of completing the housing application. Your application is considered incomplete until this form has been received and accepted.
It is important to understand that the residence hall environment expects an adult level of responsibility. Students are expected to be able to study and live independently and get along with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. It should also be known that the student will be assigned to any eligible housing and accommodations/exceptions are not made due to the age of the student. The rules and regulations of living in the residence halls can be found in the Residence Hall Handbook and within the Housing Contract.