Timeline: Apply for housing and sign contract

This is the timeline for applying for KU Student Housing and agreeing to contract terms. The housing calendar contains opening and closing dates of the halls and other information.

OCTOBER 7 After you’re admitted and have your KU Online ID, go to housing.ku.edu. Follow the instructions to apply and agree to housing contract terms so you may choose a room in April. Once you’ve signed a contract, you may also submit additional materials to apply for a scholarship hall. Scholarship halls involve a competitive selection based on academic merit and financial need.

NOVEMBER 1 Student Housing begins reviewing scholarship hall applications and making offers during the last week of each month starting in January. Student Housing continues to make offers throughout the summer.

JANUARY Returning residents may begin to sign next year's contract.

FEBRUARY Returning residents are first in line to select room and roommates.

MARCH 1 Scholarship Halls Priority review deadline for scholarship halls. Applications after this date may not be considered for fall, but will be considered for spring semester. If you submitted material beginning in November, you do not need to submit them again. Remaining scholarship hall offers are made throughout the summer. Students who don’t receive a fall scholarship hall offer will be considered for spring.
APRIL Residence Halls New residents begin selecting rooms and roommates online. The schedule for your selection time will be posted at housing.ku.edu. You may choose roommates or go potluck. If you have chosen roommates you know, you all must sign housing contracts before selecting your room.


  • In August, before your senior year in high school, visit the housing website to start reading about the application process and timeline for your class.
  • Plan to apply and agree to contract terms as soon as you’re admitted. That puts you among those who are first to choose a room.
  • Begin making decisions about room type and rate.
  • Meningitis immunization is required for living in KU Student Housing. Read more here.

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities