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Important Dates

  • Friday, February 7, 11:00 AM - Housing application available to eligible, current Notre Dame students.  This application includes requests for Hall Transfer and Float for Single.

  • Thursday, February 20, 11:59 PM - Housing application due from eligible, current Notre Dame students.  All applications received after this date/time will be considered either late or waitlisted.

  • Monday, February 24 - All requests for special accommodation are due to the Sara Bea Accessibility Services Office.

  • Wednesday, April 8, 11:59 PM - Late application period ends for 2020-21 renewal process.  All applications received after this date will be considered waitlisted and will not be included in the room picks process.

What's New for Fall 2020?

What's new in on-campus living for Fall 2020? Read more below:

No Single Room Upcharge

Starting Fall 2020, single rooms on-campus will cost the same as any other room - which eliminates the $500 upcharge.

Free Laundry

All laundry machines in the residence halls will be free to use for community residents.

Baumer Hall

After hosting the men of Dillon this past year, Baumer Hall will be formed as a new community of men starting in Fall 2020. If you're interested in being a part of this new home on-campus, read more below.

Johnson Family Hall

Notre Dame's newest residence hall will be completed this summer in time to welcome a new group of women starting Fall 2020. If you're interested in being a part of this new on-campus, read more below.

Overview - Renewal and Room Picks Process

The renewal and room picks process allows current residential students (or students who lived on-campus just prior to participating in a Notre Dame-sponsored off-campus program) the ability to renew their on-campus housing for the upcoming academic year. Every student taking part in this process is assumed to be returning to their current residence hall for the next year, but there are options for students to change their residence hall (see the Hall Transfer and Float for Single processes below). Wherever you decide you would like to live, the renewal and room picks process is the method by which a student must secure their housing for the upcoming year.

Each residence hall has its own traditions and events related to the renewal and room picks process, but broadly speaking there are three steps to the process: application, lottery, and room pick.  The application step occurs from February 7-20, 2020, in which students go online to Home Under the Dome to complete their application for on-campus housing. If a student would like to also request to transfer residence halls or float for a single room, they can also request this there.  The lottery step happens in the Office of Residential Life, unless your hall has a live lottery event; the Rector will post lottery numbers for all students, which is the order in which students will be able to select their room in the hall for the next year. The room pick step also occurs in the hall; hall staff will host a room pick event or events where students physically select a room and who they want to live with in the hall for the next year. The room pick event(s) will occur between March 28 - April 8, 2020. For more information on your hall's room picks process, please contact your Rector.

How to Apply for On-Campus Housing

  • Students Currently Living On-Campus: Applications for Fall 2020 will be available on February 7 at Home Under the Dome and are due by February 20.

  • Students Currently Studying Abroad in a Notre Dame Sponsored Program: Applications for Fall 2020 will be available on February 7 at Home Under the Dome and are due by February 20.

  • Students Currently Living Off-Campus or Students Returning from a Leave of Absence: A waitlist application will be available for 2020-21 beginning in Thursday, March 19 online at Home Under the Dome. Waitlist assignments will be communicated in mid-to-end of July 2019.

Requests for Special Accommodation

Students who are in need of special housing accommodations must be in communication with the Sara Bea Accessibility Services Office regarding these requests. All requests must be submitted by February 24 to the Accessibility Services Office in order to be considered for room picks. Accessibility Services will communicate with the Office of Residential Life regarding students who need accommodations prior to lottery numbers being released in the halls. For requests submitted after February 24, we cannot guarantee that appropriate space will be available.  

Housing Application Process

Current students are asked to answer several items as a part of the housing application:

  • Update contact information

  • Update emergency contact information

  • If desired, opt into a Hall Transfer, Hall Transfer to Baumer Hall or Johnson Family Hall, housing exemption, or Float for Single

  • Sign the housing contract

Late and Waitlist Applications

Any application submitted between Feb. 21 - April 8 at 11:59 p.m. will be considered late. All late applicants will not receive a lottery number in the standard lottery list and will not have the option to Float for Single or request a Hall Transfer. Lottery numbers for late students will be at the end of the list for their hall community. Late applicants will make selections after all students who completed their applications on time. Due to the adjusted late application deadline, students classified as a late applicant will not be penalized as typical in past years. Late applications will be included in the general lottery process and late applications can be "pulled up" with other students during the room pick process.

The late application period closes on April 8 at 11:59 p.m. Any housing application received after this date and time will be considered a waitlisted housing application. These students will not be included in the spring room picks process. Waitlisted students who otherwise would have renewed their housing will be assigned to any remaining space on-campus after room picks by the Office of Residential Life.

Cancelled Applications

If a student has applied for on-campus housing but would now like to cancel their application, the student must cancel their application online at Home Under the Dome.  To cancel a submitted housing application, login to Home Under the Dome, select the "Fall 2020" tab, select the completed "2020-21 Residence Halls" application, and then click the cancellation option within the application. There is a $500 cancellation fee assessed for all applications canceled after submission, unless:

  • The student has not been assigned a room by the Office of Residential Life

  • The student has not selected a room in the room picks process

  • The student is separating or taking a leave of absence from the University

On-Campus Residency Requirement

Starting with the matriculating class of 2018, Notre Dame students are required to live on-campus for six semesters (with time spent abroad through Notre Dame-sponsored off-campus programs counting toward this requirement). To this end, students who are required to live on-campus will be placed in an on-campus room and billed for this space for the 2020-21 academic year. If a student who is required to live on-campus does not complete a housing application prior to March 18, they will not be permitted to participate in their hall's room pick process and will be assigned by the Office of Residential Life to available space after campus room picks are completed. These students will be notified of their housing assignment prior to the end of the spring semester. Students must complete and sign a housing contract in order to properly check in to their on-campus room reservation.

Exemptions from the Residency Requirement

Beginning with the matriculating class of 2018 (graduating class of 2022) the University requires first-year students, sophomores, and juniors to live on campus for six semesters unless space is not available. Study abroad in a Notre Dame program automatically counts toward those six semesters, as do semesters spent in residence at another college or university for transfer students.

Students who feel they are not fully flourishing in the community to which they were initially assigned may consider a Hall Transfer, and students for whom a Hall Transfer is not a sufficient solution may apply for an Exemption. Given the importance the University has placed on residential experience, exemptions to living on campus in our residential communities are very rare. The University’s policy of meeting full demonstrated financial need of each undergraduate mitigates most financial considerations for an Exemption. Additionally, personal or family ownership of local lodging does not constitute reason for an Exemption. Finally, per the housing accommodation process, students seeking reasonable housing accommodations must register and apply through Sara Bea Accessibility Services by February 24.

Students applying for an Exemption must submit written documentation expressing their unique reasons for requesting to move off campus, and they would also have the option to meet with members of the Exemption Review Board (ERB), though not instead of submitting their written accounts. Students applying for an Exemption also have the option to submit the name of faculty, hall staff or another staff member who could provide more context or information about the student’s request.

The ERB consists of staff from the Residential Life leadership team and partners from the Division of Student Affairs with specialized training in diversity and inclusion, physical and mental health, and Title IX (i.e., sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual misconduct and sexual assault). Understanding that the reasons some students might apply for an Exemption could be personal and sensitive in nature, the ERB will conduct blind reviews, (i.e., removing students’ names from the requests), thereby allowing students to maintain some level of confidentiality during the process unless the student voluntarily chooses to meet with members of the ERB in person in addition to submitting the written account.

Residential Life will keep information students share private to the greatest extent possible. However, University employees involved in the Exemption review process have an obligation to report information about any suspected or potential violations of the University’s discriminatory and/or sexual harassment policies to ensure incidents are addressed in accordance with University procedures. Discriminatory and/or sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and conduct that creates a hostile environment. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting vowed religious in Campus Ministry or the University Counseling Center at 574-631-7336. For more information, please visit https://titleix.nd.edu/support-resources/.

Applications for the Hall Transfer and Exemption processes occur twice annually during the Residential Life room selection processes. If an Exemption is granted, it is valid for the duration of the academic year stated on the housing application and must be renewed each year.

A link to access the Exemption process is located on the Hall Transfer page of the Housing Application, and is available February 7-20, 2020, online at homeunderthedome.nd.edu. Late applications shall not be accepted.

Hall Transfer Requests

The University believes the residential experience is an essential component of a Notre Dame undergraduate education. First-year students are randomly assigned to residence halls and assigned to live with at least one roommate to develop a sense of responsibility and to cultivate a capacity to live with people of all backgrounds. Yet, the University recognizes students may develop other points of connection on campus or sometimes feel that they are not fully flourishing in the community to which they were initially assigned. Any undergraduate students in the latter circumstance are particularly encouraged to reach out to their hall staff or a member of the Residential Life Organizational Chart who can assist with concerns related to their experience of living in community in the residence halls.

The Hall Transfer process (formerly known as the Interhall Transfer request) affords students the possibility of moving to another residence hall community. In 2019, several enhancements were made to better accommodate students who are interested in transferring to another hall. Changes to the Hall Transfer process include: the elimination of the requirement to consult with rectors about a move, though doing so is still encouraged; the ability for students to select up to two preferred transfer halls; and the opportunity to indicate a willingness to accept a room in any available hall. Therefore, as part of the Hall Transfer request, students will submit one request in which they select up to two preferred hall communities. Students may, as a part of this request, additionally indicate a willingness to accept a room in any available hall if their preferred community request is unable to be met.  

After the housing application period closes, Rectors will receive lists of students participating in the Hall Transfer process. Each Rector will then review applications for their hall and will determine whether or not a request will be granted in consultation with the Residential Life leadership team. These decisions will be made based upon anticipated space in the hall and occupancy numbers. Unfortunately, we may be unable to meet all requests submitted and Hall Transfer requests are not guaranteed. The Office of Residential Life will communicate to students about whether their Hall Transfer request has been accepted by Friday, March 13, prior to the room picks period for each hall.

Upon approval, students will be required to participate in room picks in their new hall community. Students switching halls will receive lottery numbers at the end of the selection order. Unless they are "pulled in" by a future roommate ahead of them in the lottery list, they will choose a room after all current students in the hall have selected their rooms. Please note: The lottery number of students who are "pulling" students into their halls will not be impacted.

Once a request for hall transfer has been approved, the request cannot be cancelled. Also students may not submit requests for both Hall Transfer and Float for Single; these requests are mutually exclusive. Students whose requests are not granted and who did not also indicate a willingness to transfer to any available hall will be returned to their original hall's room picks process.The Hall Transfer request will be available until Feb. 20 at 11:59 p.m. as part of the online housing application; late requests for hall transfer will not be accepted.

Hall Transfer to Baumer Hall

Reminder: The application will open at 11:00am on Friday, February 7.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Office of Residential Life is providing the opportunity for male students to request a Hall Transfer to Baumer Hall to form a new community of men, which will be reflective of our other male residential communities offering the ability for men to live in a mixed-class, single-sex residence hall featuring random assignment of first-year students. The occupancy of Baumer Hall is 251 students.

Students wishing to request to be a part of this unique experience must complete the application process for Hall Transfer to Baumer Hall by selecting this option from the drop-down menu after completing the online housing application. Requests will be reviewed and decided before March 6, in order for this community to participate in room picks in late March to early April. If a student is approved to transfer into Baumer Hall, they have until March 12 to cancel this request. After March 12, students cannot cancel their approved request to transfer to Baumer Hall and they will only be included in that hall's room picks process. Also students may not submit a request for Hall Transfer or a request to Float for Single in addition to requesting a Hall Transfer to Baumer Hall; these requests are mutually exclusive. If someone applies and is not selected, he will still have a chance to participate in his own hall’s room picks, Hall Transfer, or the Float for Single.

Students who are studying abroad for Fall 2020 can live in Baumer during their spring semester, but they cannot reserve a space or be "pulled in" by another resident in advance. Rather, interested students studying abroad in Fall 2020 should apply for spring semester Hall Transfer, which will become available to all students in mid-October 2020. As with all Hall Transfers, we cannot guarantee available space or a particular room type.

Hall Transfer to Johnson Family Hall

Reminder: The application will open at 11:00am on Friday, February 7.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Office of Residential Life is providing the opportunity for female students to request a Hall Transfer to Johnson Family Hall to join the current women of Pangborn Hall. The occupancy of Johnson Family Hall is approximately 225 students.

Students wishing to request to be a part of this unique experience must complete the application process for Hall Transfer to Johnson Family Hall by selecting this option from the drop-down menu after completing the online housing application. Requests will be reviewed and decided before March 6, in order for this community to participate in room picks in late March to early April. If a student is approved to transfer into Johnson Family Hall, they have until March 12 to cancel this request. After March 12, students cannot cancel their approved request to transfer to Johnson Family Hall and they will only be included in that hall's room picks process. Also students may not submit a request for Hall Transfer or a request to Float for Single in addition to requesting a Hall Transfer to Johnson Family Hall; these requests are mutually exclusive. If someone applies and is not selected, she will still have a chance to participate in her own hall’s room picks, Hall Transfer, or the Float for Single.

Students who are studying abroad for Fall 2020 can live in Johnson Family during their spring semester, but they cannot reserve a space or be "pulled in" by another resident in advance. Rather, interested students studying abroad in Fall 2020 should apply for spring semester Hall Transfer, which will become available to all students in mid-October 2020. As with all Hall Transfers, we cannot guarantee available space or a particular room type.

Float for Single Requests

The Float for Single process allows students to remove themselves from their hall's room picks process in order to request a single room located anywhere on-campus for the 2020-21 academic year. In this process, students are not able to specify a hall. On February 28, students who have requested to Float for Single will receive a lottery number that is specific to this process. The float lottery number determines the order in which students are assigned when/if a single room becomes available. Lottery numbers will be segmented based upon class year (i.e. rising seniors, rising juniors, and then rising sophomores).

Submitting a request to float for a single room in no way guarantees nor implies availability of a single room assignment. The Office of Residential Life is unable to predict the exact number or timing of rooms available for these assignments.

Float for Single assignments are not made until after the room picks process is completed and special accommodations are made. Students requesting to Float for Single will receive notification of their assignment beginning in early May. Students who are not assigned a single room by early May will remain on the float lottery list throughout the summer and will be assigned into singles when (and if) space becomes available. Applicants who are not assigned a single room by mid-July will be assigned to a space in a multi-occupancy room (with roommates) in any hall over the summer. The assignment will be based upon space available at the time of the assignment and no specific building is guaranteed. While we attempt to find space in the original hall community, it is not guaranteed.

Applicants may cancel their Float for Single request until March 6 by emailing the Office of Residential Life.  If a student cancels their request to Float for Single, they will be placed back into their hall's regular room pick lottery. After March 6, applicants cannot retract their Float for Single request and they must remain in the Float process.

Students may not submit a request to Float for Single and a request for Hall Transfer; these are mutually exclusive applications. This request process will be available until February 20 at 11:59 p.m. as a part of the online housing application; late requests to float for a single will not be accepted.

Room Picks Information

Please see our new information about online room picks here at our information page.

Lottery Numbers

  1. Lottery numbers for in-hall room picks will be released to students 7 non-break days prior to room selection night(s).

  2. Lottery numbers will be segmented based upon class year (i.e. rising seniors, rising juniors, and then rising sophomores). The classification will be determined based upon years enrolled in a University, not the number of credit hours accumulated by a student. For example, a student who enters the University with the first-year class but has enough credits to be considered a sophomore, will select their room with the first-year class. Some exceptions may apply.

  3. In rare instances where a lottery number needs to be adjusted, Rectors will submit a request through an approval process. For clarification, please consult with your Rector.

Information for Students Participating in ND-Sponsored Off-Campus Programs

Students currently studying in a Notre Dame sponsored off-campus program who are returning for the Fall semester need to complete the 2020-21 housing application. Please be in contact with your Rector to coordinate how you will select a room for next year during your hall's room picks.

Students currently on-campus who are studying abroad through a Notre Dame sponsored program in the Fall semester DO NOT need to complete the 2020-21 housing application. You will receive information via email during the Fall semester about applying for on-campus housing for the Spring semester only.

Students currently on-campus who will be on-campus in the Fall, but are studying abroad in Spring 2021 need to complete the 2020-21 housing application. During the Fall, the Office of Residential Life will receive a list of students studying abroad through a Notre Dame sponsored program in the Spring and will cancel your Spring assignment with no cancellation fee.

Information for Fifth Year Students

Fifth year undergraduate students, including those in five-year Notre Dame programs such as in the School of Architecture or Reilly dual degree program, are not eligible to participate in residence hall room picks. If fifth year students who have completed four years of a five year Notre Dame undergraduate program (Architecture or Reilly) would like to live in on-campus residence halls, they have three options.  First, they are welcome and encouraged to complete a waitlist housing application. The waitlist housing application for the fall semester is typically available in April with a priority submission deadline of late June or early July. Second, these students are also welcome to apply for Resident Assistant positions in the undergraduate residence halls. To learn more information about the hiring timeline and process, please visit our Student Employment webpage on the Resident Assistant position. Finally, unlike other undergraduate students, these fifth year students are eligible to reside in Fischer Graduate Residences, which are two-bedroom apartments located on-campus and managed by Bradley Company. To apply to live in the Fischer Graduate Residences, please complete the Bradley Company "Contact Us" form to submit your inquiry.