Fall Semester: First-time Applicants

First-time Applicants

Before you apply

You'll need to take care of a few things:

  • Create an IU network account and passphrase. Your student ID number is on the official acceptance notice sent to you by admissions.
  • If you're under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the contract terms. So have them create an eProxy account.
  • In case you don't think you have to live with us, review the residence exemption process.
  • If you have medical or physical concerns that will affect your assignment, you and your attending physician, need to complete and return the Medical Verification Form by May 15.
  • Review the costs.
  • The university doesn't provide insurance or financial protection for your personal property. On your housing application, you'll be asked about your interest in obtaining coverage.
  • Rank-order a list of your preferences (i.e. learning community, room type, location, roommate preference).
  • Choose a meal plan. You will enter your selection on your application.
  • If you have a preferred roommate, get the individual's full name and IU network ID to enter on your application. We use the oldest application date of the pair or group to make a room assignment for roommates. Roommate requests must be mutual. 
  • We'll need an emergency contact for you. You'll enter this contact information on your application.
  • Decide if you want to waive your privacy rights to your housing and dining records. If you do want us to share this information, complete a FERPA waiver. You'll need to provide the name of the individual(s) on your application. 
  • Have a valid Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or JCB credit or debit card ready at hand for the $200 application fee.


It is not necessary to pay the university enrollment deposit before applying for housing.

Assignment priority groups for first-time applicants

GroupAssignment Basis
Group 1: Opens February 1 at 4 p.m. – May 15 at 11:59 p.m.At or below cost category and one preference
May 20 at 5:00 p.m.Opportunity to change assignment preferences closes.
Group 2: Opens May 16 at 12 midnight – June 1 at 11:59 p.m.Cost category OR one preference (if available)
Group 3: Opens June 2 at 12 midnight – July 1 at 11:59 p.m.Any available room or temporary space
Group 4: Opens July 2 at 12 midnight – Contract start dateAny available room or temporary space

After you apply

You'll need to know a few things:

  • You can revisit your housing application and make edits to your preferences, including adding or removing a roommate request. To confirm your changes, we suggest reviewing your application by clicking the View/Print Button, for a pdf copy of your contract. Edits can be made until 5pm on May 20.
  • We release housing assignments on a rolling basis, this means not everyone will know at the same time. IU Housing will send an email to your IU email account when your assignment is ready to view.
  • We will begin releasing assignments in late-June and continue through the summer. First, you will know your Residence Center, Room type, and cost. You will also see if you are in a Living Learning community or Thematic community.
  • Once New Student Orientation sessions are complete, in late July, specific room number and roommate/suitemate information will be released. IU Housing will send an email to your IU email account when your full assignment information is ready to view.
  • Review your renter insurance options with family insurance coverage. As our resident, you're eligible to purchase coverage through GradGuard's student renters insurance program.
  • Learn more about micro fridge rental and bed configuration options through our partner BedLoft.
  • Check back here for information on our Move in Guides.