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SPU uses an algorithm that makes the process of assigning housing as efficient and equitable as possible, while still supporting the creation of strong residential communities. You will list your building and room-type preferences in the Housing Application. First-time freshmen will select from residence hall options; transfers may choose either the residence halls or apartments.
After each deadline (see How to Apply), complete applications (those with a housing deposit and advance payment) will be ready for placement. Each applicant will have an equal chance of getting their preferred hall. Our assignment software allows us to take into account all preferences and vacancies and optimizes the matching of students to available spaces. Last year, 89 percent of the new students who met the June 1 deadline received one of their top three housing choices.
While assignments are made by maximizing preferences, there is a finite number of spaces in each area; therefore, we cannot guarantee a specific assignment. Your chances of getting into one of your preferred housing locations will depend on its availability and how many other students have requested it. If demand for housing exceeds supply, priority will be given to students who are required to live on campus (see Residential Living Requirement).
If you require special housing accommodations due to a documented disability, you will be able to make your request in the Housing Application. It will be forwarded to the Disability Support Services Coordinator for evaluation and follow-up. The coordinator can be reached directly at 206-281-2272. Incoming students should submit their request by June 1 for Autumn Quarter, or six weeks before the beginning of Winter and Spring quarters.
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