Transfer & Readmitted Students

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Please note that the national situation and public health guidelines continue to evolve on a daily basis. If travel restrictions, new public health guidelines, or other factors necessitate changes in the University’s approach to fall housing, assignment communication, and/or room configurations, we will update this information as soon as possible.

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Important Dates

  • March 19 - Waitlist housing application is available online at Home Under the Dome.
  • July 6 - Priority deadline to complete a waitlist housing application and be included in the initial waitlist lottery process.
  • July 8 - Deadline for waitlisted students to submit housing accommodation needs to the Sara Bea Accessibility Services Office.
  • July 24 - Waitlist housing applicants who applied by July 6 receive either housing assignment information or waitlist position information.

How to Apply for On-Campus Housing

New Transfer Students
Applications will be available following confirmation of enrollment starting in May; you will receive detailed information in your Admissions welcome packet. (Newly admitted students: access to Home Under the Dome is associated with your Notre Dame NetID. If you have not activated your NetID, please visit the Office of Information Technology's Online Help Center for information). Transfer students apply to housing through the waitlist application and are assigned spaces as available (see below). The priority deadline to complete the waitlist housing application for Fall 2020 is July 6.

Students Applying for Readmission
Applications will be available following confirmation of readmittance; you will receive information in your Admissions packet or via email. Readmitted students apply to housing through the waitlist application and are assigned spaces as available. The priority deadline to complete the waitlist housing application for Fall 2020 is July 6.

Waitlist Housing Application

The waitlist housing application is how new transfer students, as well as students who are readmitted to the University, apply for housing. On-campus housing is not guaranteed to new transfer students or readmitted students; however, the Office of Residential Life works hard to provide housing to all students who apply. Since students who matriculate as First-year students during or after the 2018-19 academic year (i.e., and who are scheduled to graduate in 2022, or later), are required to live on campus for six semesters, any semesters spent in a degree seeking program at another University prior to a student’s transfer to Notre Dame, spent at Notre Dame when on-campus housing is not available, or spent studying at any of the University’s remote locations (whether facilitated by Notre Dame International or other University departments), will automatically count toward the fulfillment of the six-semester requirement.

Students applying to the Fall 2020 waitlist are strongly encouraged to complete their application by the priority deadline of July 6. Our residence halls are typically full at the start of the fall semester, so not all students on the waitlist will receive housing. On the application, students answer questions that will assist their rector with their transition to college (or their transition back to the University), provide emergency contact information, and complete a housing contract. If the Office of Residential Life has space available, waitlisted students receive their housing assignment information - including their roommate information - on Friday, July 24. If there is not space available, waitlist housing applicants will receive communication on Friday, July 24, regarding their position on the Fall 2020 housing waitlist and the expected availability of space before the start of the fall semester.

Assignment Process for New Transfer Students

At the University of Notre Dame, we have a long tradition of randomly assigning our new students to on-campus housing.  New undergraduates are randomly assigned to residence halls so they can learn to live with and care for peers from all backgrounds and interests. This means that students are not asked for their preferences for roommate, hall, or room type on the housing application. Students with accommodation needs, however, can receive consideration in their housing assignment as it relates their approved accommodation (learn more in the "Requests for Special Accommodation" section below).

Assignment Process for Readmitted Students

For students who are being readmitted to the University after a separation, the Office of Residential Life makes room assignments based on space available. A readmitted student is asked on the housing application if they would like to return to the hall they had previously lived in before separation.

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 July 8 to the Accessibility Services Office in order to be considered for the assignment process. Accessibility Services will communicate with the Office of Residential Life regarding students who need accommodations prior to the assignment process. For requests submitted after the deadline, we cannot guarantee that appropriate space will be available. Receiving an accommodation does not guarantee housing for students applying to the housing waitlist. For students who are on the housing waitlist and have been approved for an accommodation, the Office of Residential Life will make reasonable effort to assign the student according to their accommodation if there is a space available.