Fall Housing 2021 FAQs

Fall 2021 General Selection Updates

We understand that the recent changes made to General Housing Selection may require you to modify your plans for Fall 2021 housing and you may have questions about how Selection will be impacted. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below and will continue to update the content as new information becomes available.  We thank you for your ongoing support of the UConn Promise, as we work to ensure a safe campus community for all Huskies.  

Why are some areas no longer available in Selection?

Even though we anticipate cases of COVID-19 will decrease as more people are vaccinated, we need to reserve spaces for quarantine and isolation, should we need them for medical care. Safety is a top priority.  

How many spaces will be out of use for quarantine and isolation spaces?

Approximately 1,000 beds will be reserved for quarantine and isolation. 

Why are this many spaces needed?

Based on the recommendations of medical professionals and the lack of current knowledge related to our Fall campus vaccination rate, we need to hold approximately 10% of our anticipated occupancy as quarantine and isolation spaces. 

If COVID-19 numbers a low and most people are vaccinated, could this change?

We are hopeful that if a high percentage of residential students are vaccinated and COVID-19 positive cases are low, we may not need as many spaces in the fall for quarantine and isolation. If so, we may be able to re-open some of the areas currently being held out of selection.  

What percentage of students need to be fully vaccinated before areas can be reopened to the general population?

Currently, we do not have a specific number or percentage of students. Other factors such as campus, local, and national positivity rates will also play into determine how many spaces are needed for quarantine and isolation. We will continuously monitor numbers all summer and encourage everyone to get vaccinated when eligible to do so 

Is Husky Village being used for quarantine and isolation in the 2021-2022 academic year? Why?

No. Husky Village will return to housing students in sororities and fraternities. Because students in Husky Village do not have private/semi-private bathrooms, it is not optimal for quarantine and isolation. 

Is there a fee to cancel my housing?

There is no fee for anyone to cancel housing by July 31, 2021. Beginning August 1, it will be $500 to cancel.   

Can I participate in Selection and then cancel my housing if I want?

Yes. There is no fee for anyone to cancel housing by July 31, 2021. 

Will cancelling my housing impact eligibility for housing in the future?

We are returning to most of our normal housing contract policies and practices, so students who cancel housing for the 2021-2022 year may not be guaranteed housing in the future. 

Is the Residency Requirement for new students in place for Fall 2021?

Yes. More information about the new student residency requirement can be found on our website: https://reslife.uconn.edu/residency-requirement-information/

I have questions about Fall Housing or the actual Selection process. Who can I contact?

Please see our Storrs Housing Selection Central - Fall 2021 website for more information about the Selection timeline, how to roommate match, and more: https://reslife.uconn.edu/housing-selection/  

I have additional questions not covered here. Who can I contact?

Please email any questions to livingoncampus@uconn.edu.

How many people will be able to live on campus in Fall 2021?

We will have space to house approximately 10,000 students.

What areas of campus will no longer be available in Fall Selection?

  • Charter Oak Apartments
  • Mansfield Apartments
  • Undergraduate spaces in Northwood Apartments
  • Busby Suites
  • Rosebrooks (located in South Campus suites)
  • The following buildings in Hilltop Apartments:
    • Wu
    • Woodhouse
    • Wheeler

Why were these areas selected?

While we understand the areas now designated for quarantine and isolation are sought after choices in Selection, suite and apartment spaces are best for quarantine and isolation purposes as students have access to a private/semi-private bathroom.  

Are these areas also unavailable for Spring 2022?

At this time, these spaces will be used for quarantine and isolation for the entirety of the academic year, but we will continue to evaluate the need for spaces throughout the year. 

In what order will residence halls be added back in, if it is safe to do so?

As the buildings have different occupancy numbers and space available, we will evaluate this, along with the level of vaccinations available and the rate at which students are providing vaccination information.  We will put a whole building back into circulation before only a partial building. 

How would someone get a space in one of these areas, if they become available?

As apartment and suite spaces are typically selected by juniors and seniors in Selection, if it is determined that some areas can be used for housing, we would aim to offer a room change process exclusively for juniors and seniors.  Room change would go by credits and these students would most likely not be able to “pull in” sophomores 

Are any areas at the Stamford campus being reserved for quarantine and isolation?

The Lillian will not be available in Selection, as this building will be used for “comfort spaces” at the Stamford campus. 

Will triple rooms be available in Selection?

Triples in traditional style halls will be at their typical occupancy levels for the Fall 2021 Housing Selection process, including triples within the Learning Communities of Northwest and Alumni. 

Is there anything else I should do to prepare for Selection?

As we do every year, we recommend students create multiple backup plans, in case the areas they’d like to live in are not available at their Selection time. We suggest friend groups trying to live together discuss how they will split up, if larger spaces are not available. As a reminder, at your Selection time, My Housing will only show spaces that will accommodate your fully-matched roommate group. For example, if you are a group of 4, it will not show available traditional doubles or suites with less than 4 spaces. If no spots for 4 people are available, in that moment, the student picking housing for the group will need to release some roommates in order to select.  We encourage you to discuss these plans in advance! 

Will I be able to get a space in a specific area?

It’s difficult for us to predict when each area will fill up during Selection as having these areas out of the Selection process is unprecedented. In typical years, spaces in Hilltop Apartments tend to fill quite quickly, followed by suites. Most students should anticipate selecting a space in a traditional residence hall. 

What happens if I am signed up to participate in Selection but do not see a space I want?

Anyone who does not select a space will have their housing application cancelled and will not be eligible to participate in a room change process, should more spaces become available at a later date 

What apartment spaces will be open for Fall?

Hilltop Apartments will remain available, except for Wu, Woodhouse, and Wheeler. 

What suite areas will be open for Fall?

Garrigus Suites and Wilson Hall (South Campus). Snow Hall (South Campus) will also be available for Honors students who opted into Upper Division Honors Housing. 

How many suite spaces will be in Selection

There will be approximately 500 suite spaces available in Selection. Please keep in mind that the rooms are designated as approximately 50% female and 50% male. 

During Selection, can students still “pull in” friends to the available apartments and suites?

Yes, this process will not change for the upcoming General Selection process. 

How does this impact students currently on the waiting list for housing?

Students on the waiting list who are offered housing will have the opportunity to participate in a selection process in July. These students will be able to select from the available vacancies listed, which may or may not include spaces in these areas, depending on the results of the room change process and how many beds were put back into circulation. 

What will happen to Learning Communities in areas which are now closed?

Learning Communities will be relocated to other areas. The Transfer Community will move from Busby Suites to Garrigus Suites. The new location for the Veterans Community has not yet been finalized. Students who have signed their community’s agreement form will still be required to live in the community until the Summer Room Change process.  

How will this impact RAs who work in these areas?

Any RAs impacted by these changes will receive information via email.  

How will this impact students with a CSD accommodation? Will there be enough spaces to meet accommodation needs?

Yes! Students with an approved accommodation through the Center for Students with Disabilities will still have their accommodation needs met.  

How will this impact housing for graduate students?

Graduate student housing in Northwood Apartments will still be available.  

How will this impact athletes who live in athletic housing?

Athletes who would have typically lived in the Hilltop Apartments areas which are now being used for quarantine and isolation will be relocated by Housing Services staff in collaboration with Athletics. More information will be sent to impacted student athletes in the near future. 

Will Upper Division Honors Housing remain in Snow Hall (South Campus) and McMahon and First Year Honors Housing be in Buckley and Shippee?

Yes. Students who have signed the Upper Division Honors Housing acceptance form will select a space in either Snow or McMahon. First year honors students will still live in Buckley and Shippee. 

Communication Sent Regarding Housing Selection Updates

Housing Selection Update Email sent March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

 

Dear student,

We are writing to you as a student eligible to live on campus for fall 2021, with some updates about the upcoming housing selection process and information pertaining to the weekly Dean’s email that was sent earlier.

The email indicated that we will need to set aside spaces for quarantine and isolation purposes for the fall semester, to appropriately accommodate students who are not vaccinated when we return in the fall, or who may test positive for COVID during the fall semester and may need medical care.  The hope is that as the summer progresses and more students are vaccinated, we will not need the full number of beds that were initially set aside.  However, for planning purposes at this time, the spaces we need to set aside will not be available in housing selection and will not be available for students to choose as their fall housing assignment.

It is necessary to set aside apartment style and suite style spaces for quarantine and isolation.  This impacts the selection process and there will be several areas missing from selection, including Charter Oak Apartments, Busby Suites, Northwood Apartments and some buildings in Hilltop Apartments and South Campus.  We know that these are highly desirable spaces for juniors and seniors.  As the Dean’s email mentioned, the hope is that over the summer some of these spaces can be made available for student assignments and that they can be offered to junior and senior students via an online room change process.  In order for junior and senior students to be eligible for a room change process in the summer they must select an available space during the April selection process students who do not select a space during he April process will not be eligible for a room change in the summer.

We are moving forward with plans for fall 2021 to be at an increased housing capacity, and we hope that you continue with your plans to live on campus.  As the spring and summer months progress, we will make necessary adjustments based on the health and status of the state.  We will always have your best interests in mind and will communicate updates to you as early as possible.

As information becomes available about a possible room change process in the summer for upper division students, we will send an email with instructions on who is eligible to apply and how to participate.

Please contact us at livingoncampus@uconn.edu with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Residential Life

 

Don't Want/Need On-Campus Housing?

If you no longer want/need on-campus housing, please go to https://reslife.uconn.edu to cancel your 2021-2022 housing application. Students can cancel until July 31 with no fee.