Housing Timeline

Western uses the quarter system and new students start each quarter. Check out the timeline date below for new students with an admission term of fall, winter or spring quarter. New students starting at the university in summer should plan to submit two housing applications: one for summer housing, and one for housing during the academic-year starting in fall quarter. For more information on this, see our summer housing timeline.

1. Apply for housing online

Once the housing application opens you can apply for housing. Once you Confirm your Enrollment, use your WWU email and select the application for the term you’ve been admitted. Select your housing preferences, take a roommate survey, and accept the Housing Agreement. After you submit your application you can track your status in MyHousing and explore your roommate options. Late applications may be subject to temporary assignment or space availability.

Please note: If you have not confirmed enrollment, you will need to create a Temporary Portal Login. We recommend you wait to apply for Housing until after you confirm enrollment.

Priority Application Period:

Fall Quarter

Feb. 1 - May 1

Winter Quarter

Oct. 15 - Nov. 30

Spring Quarter

Jan. 15 - March 1

2. Check MyHousing for notice of deposit due

After the application period, housing applicants who have confirmed admission will be prompted in MyHousing to pay the $200 housing deposit. Do not pay your deposit until you receive notice of deposit due; early payments will be returned.

Notification Begins:

Fall Quarter

Mid May

Winter Quarter

Early December

Spring Quarter

Early March

3. Pay your deposit online or through the mail

Once you’ve received the message in MyHousing that your deposit is due follow the payment instructions to make your deposit. Check your deposit status in MyHousing a few business days after submitting or mailing your payment to make sure it goes through. If you have not paid your deposit by the deadline, we will cancel your application.

Deposit Deadline:

Fall Quarter

June 15

Winter Quarter

Dec. 15

Spring Quarter

March 15

4. Check MyHousing for your room selection/assignment


Room selection runs July 15 – August 15. Opening times are based upon the size of your group, your Housing priority date and if you have asked for a themed community.

Please note: fall 2021 residents must select a meal plan during Room Selection.

Note: if you do not select a room by the room selection deadline, we will assign your room.

Visit Room Selection for more information.

Fall Quarter

July 15 – August 15 | Room Selection

Aug. 16-31 | Assignments made for students who do not select a room


We will post information about your room assignment in your housing portal. Be sure to touch base with your room/suitemates to get acquainted and discuss what each of you plans to bring for your room.

Note: the date you applied for Western will serve as your priority date for room selection and during the assignment process, not the date you applied for housing.

Winter Quarter

Rooms assigned late December

Spring Quarter

Rooms assigned late March

Requirements & Eligibility

New students can apply for fall housing starting Feb. 1. New students who complete the housing application process by the appropriate deadlines are prioritized for housing their first year at Western (or for the rest of the academic year if admitted mid-year).

To live on campus, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of eight credits per quarter during the academic year, and five credits during summer quarter.

When you apply, you also accept Western’s Housing Agreement. The contract states that you plan to live on campus from your move in date through the end of the academic year. Moving out before the end of the school year will result in a contract breakage fee, except in cases of graduation, school withdrawal, study abroad or internship.

While new Western students receive housing priority, University Residences may grant housing requests to other student applicants as space allows.

If you are attending Whatcom Community College or Bellingham Technical College with the intention of transferring to Western and would like to live on Western’s campus, please call University Residences at 360-650-6565.

Housing Appeals

University Residences provides an avenue for students who experience contractual difficulties (such as Housing Application on hold due to space availability, disagreement with the assessment of a housing charge against their account, etc).

For more information visit Housing Appeals.