Housing Information and Applications


The housing application for Fall Quarter 2024 is available and can be accessed through the MyHousing page via the MyCWU portal.

Spring Quarter 2024 Housing


If you will be a new, incoming student for Spring Quarter 2024, the on-campus housing application will open in mid-February. You can login to the MyHousing portal to access applications, contracts, and room preference forms once it opens.

 

Fall 2024 Academic Year Housing


The Housing Application opened for new, incoming fall 2024 students who have accepted their admission to CWU on January 30, 2024. New students can access their application, contract, and room selection through the MyHousing portal.

  • Students must accept their admission to CWU before they can begin signing up for housing.
  • All first year students are required to live on campus for one full academic year.
  • If the $200 housing application fee is creating a barrier to your signing up for housing, please read our section below on deferment of your housing application fee.

First-Year Live On Requirement


Central Washington University follows the guidance of the Washington Administrative Code. The WAC policy requires that all students under the age of 20, living outside of a commutable distance with a direct relative, having completed less than three quarters or two semesters of college credits post high school (Running Start credits do not count), or that are unmarried, must live in the residence halls. See the complete policy to know if you are required to live on campus or not.

Deferment of $200 Housing Application Fee


Students who demonstrate a high level of financial need may qualify to have their housing application fee postponed and applied to their first tuition bill. Requests for deferral are granted only in cases of financial hardship and based upon your Pell Grant eligibility and Student Aid Index.  To request a deferment, please email housing@cwu.edu from your CWU email address, and we can help you through the process. Deferments can take a few days to a few weeks to be approved.

First-Year Housing Exemption Request


If you are an incoming student and would like to request an exemption to the on-campus residency requirement, please download the Exemption Request Form, fill it out, and return it to housing@cwu.edu. Exemptions are generally granted for students who live within a 45-minute radius of campus or who are living in Ellensburg with immediate family.

Applying for Campus Housing


Follow the steps outlined below to apply for campus housing at Central. Should your housing needs change, or if you need help with your application, please contact the Housing Services office at 509-963-1831.
  • Steps to Apply for On-Campus Housing

    Students who are 18 years-of-age or older may proceed with the steps below.

    1. Login to the MyHousing Portal. (If you get a black spinning circle, refresh your browser, and try again.)
    2. Click on the "Applications" tab on the left side of the page.
    3. Select the "Residence Hall First Year (Fall 2024)" application.
    4. Complete all required sections of the application.
    5. Select your room.

    This completes your housing application and contract. Once these steps are complete, your room selection will proceed as indicated below.

    Room Selection
    • Fall 2024 Room Selection - Room self-selection opens to all incoming students on Monday, January 30, 2024.
    • Returning Residents for Fall 2024 - Room self-selection will be available January 10, 2024, through June 2024.
    • Incoming Students for Spring Quarter 2024 - Your room assignment will be available in MyHousing approximately two (2) weeks after you complete your application.

    Should your housing needs change or for more information on deferment of your $200 application fee, please contact the Housing Services office at 509-963-1831 or send an email.

  • Application Steps - Under 18 Years Old

    Students who are younger than 18 years-of-age may wait until they turn 18 to complete their Housing application, or they may proceed with the steps below with the assistance of a parent or guardian.

    1. Login to the MyHousing Portal. (If you get a black spinning circle, refresh your browser, and try again.)
    2. Click on the "Applications" tab on the left side of the page.
    3. Select the "Residence Hall First Year (Fall 2024)" application.
    4. Complete all required sections of the application.
    5. Select your room.
    6. Your guardian will receive an email with a verification code.
    7. The guardian will click on the link provided in the email and enter the verification code to formally complete your housing application.

    This completes your housing application and contract. Once these steps are complete, your room selection will proceed as indicated below.

    Room Selection
    • Returning Residents for Fall 2024 - Room self-selection will be available January 10, 2024, through June 2024.
    • Fall 2024 Room Selection - Room self-selection opens to all incoming students on Monday, January 30, 2024.
    • Incoming Students for Winter Quarter 2025 - Your room assignment will be available in MyHousing approximately two (2) weeks after you complete your application.

    Should your housing needs change or for more information on deferment of your $200 application fee, please contact the Housing Services office at 509-963-1831 or send an email.

  • Application Steps - Living Learning Community

    1. Complete a housing application for the applicable academic year in MyHousing.
    2. Within the housing application, indicate that you are interested in living in an LLC and select the LLC you'd like to live in from the dropdown menu.
    3. Self-select a room in any available residence hall. This will ensure that you have a room for the year if your LLC choice is full or has a waitlist.
    4. Your LLC application will be reviewed by the LLC coordinator. This usually takes one week or less.
    5. Students approved to join an LLC will receive an email notification that they have been accepted to the LLC and placed in a room in the LLCs residence hall location.
    A few notes on LLC room selection:
    • After being accepted to an LLC, the student will be placed into a room in that LLC. If a student decides they do not want to live in an LLC, they will need to contact the Housing Services office at housing@cwu.edu
    • LLC spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Residence Hall Application Important Dates

All students who apply to live on campus for the 2024-25 Academic Year will be able to sign up for their room, select a meal plan, and pay the $200 application fee ($100 non refundable and $100 as a pre-payment that will be assessed on your student account at move-in). Sign up before June 1, 2024 for the ability to self-select your room. Please be aware, the completion of this application legally binds you to the Room and Board Contract for the entire school year. Read the terms and conditions of the application and contract carefully before submission.

  • January 10 - January 24, 2024: Returning Student Priority Selection for coming Fall Quarter
  • January 10 - January 24, 2024: Anderson, Student Village, and Wahle same room selection
  • January 30, 2024: Apartment application and Anderson, Student Village, and Wahle open for eligible students
  • January 30, 2024: Residence Hall Application opens for all students (new and returning) for Fall Quarter 2024 Housing selection
  • May 31, 2024: Residence Hall room self-selection ends

 

Priority Selection Information

Priority Selection for current students living in the residence halls opens for the 2024-2025 school year on January 10, 2024. Returning students can complete a 2024-2025 Room and Board Contract and select their residence hall room for the coming year. For more information, see our Priority Selection webpage.

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