Housing Sign-up FAQ

Preparing for another year in SPU housing? This list of tips will help you get ready.

How do I apply for Autumn 2020 housing?

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, you will complete an application in which you will provide your building and room-type preferences and request roommates. We will take into account this information and where you lived Winter quarter when making your assignment.

Will social distancing impact how housing assignments are made?

The assignment process may need to be modified based on evolving King County and Washington State guidelines related to COVID-19. If this is the case, you will be notified as soon as possible. Regardless, we will do our best to maintain existing housing priorities while still following governmental guidelines.

Where am I able to sign up?

If you graduated from high school in 2019, you are eligible for the residence halls. If you graduated in 2018 or earlier, you are eligible for the residence halls or CHA.

How can I confirm the high school graduation year you have for me? 

Your high school graduation year is displayed in your "profile summary" on the housing portal.

What priority do I have to return to my building or area?

  • Students who want to return to the hall they lived in Winter Quarter will get priority over students who want to move to that hall.
  • Students who want to return to CHA will get assigned before students who are new to CHA.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you will see a “Mutual Roommate Request” page in the application in which you can list your requested roommate(s). You will need their screen name (listed on the Profile Summary on the “Home” page in the Housing Portal) to make the request. Roommate requests will be honored if possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

What if I want to live with a new student?

Request that student in the “Mutual Roommate Request” step.

What if I want to live with someone who will be gone Autumn Quarter?

Unfortunately, we cannot assign a student who will not physically be on campus Autumn Quarter. However, you can try to find another student who will be a resident Autumn Quarter only, in whose space your friend can return Winter Quarter. Students have done this by placing an ad on Switchboard or through word of mouth.

When is my application due?

Your application must be received by June 12 to receive your assignment on July 15. Applications submitted after this deadline will be assigned on a rolling basis after July 15.

How do I sign up for a meal plan?

Meal plan selections are made in the portal after you receive your assignment. Meal Plan Options for plan details.

What if I need to cancel my application?

To cancel your application, email housing@spu.edu. To avoid forfeiting your housing deposit, you must cancel your application prior to receiving your assignment.

What if I want to live off campus?

Per the Residential Living Requirement, students who graduated from high school two or more years prior to the start of the academic year are required to live on campus. Those who will be living at home or believe they have a situation that warrants an exemption can complete the Residential Living Exemption form in the Housing Portal.

Where can I find housing and meal plan rates for next year?

View 2020–21 quarterly room and meal plan rates, or visit Student Financial Services to see the annual costs.

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Questions about housing or meal plans?

Send questions or comments to housing@spu.edu or call 206-281-2188.