New First Year Students

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Important Dates

  • December 1, 2020 - New first year student housing application is available online at Home Under the Dome.
  • December 16, 2020 - Deadline for new first year students to complete their housing application.
  • December 18, 2020 - Deadline for new first year students to submit housing accommodation needs to the Sara Bea Accessibility Services Office.

How to Apply for On-Campus Housing

Applications will be available following confirmation of enrollment starting in December; 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).

New First Year Student Application

The Spring 2021 housing application for new first year students is available December 1-16, 2020. Traditionally, all new first year students are required to live on-campus; however, for the 2020-21 academic year all undergraduate students have the ability to opt out of on-campus housing and still receive credit toward their required six-semester live-on requirement. Students who would like to opt out of on-campus housing should contact the Office of Residential Life by emailing

For students who plan to live on-campus, the housing application and contract are important steps to complete in preparation for arrival to campus in February. On the application, new first year students answer questions that will assist their rector with their transition to college, provide emergency contact information, and complete a housing contract. New first year students receive their housing assignment information - including their roommate information - no later than early January 2021, if they have completed their housing application and contract.

Assignment Process for New 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).

Requests for Special Accommodation

Students who need special housing accommodations must be in communication with the Sara Bea Accessibility Services Office regarding these requests. All requests must be submitted by December 18 to the Accessibility Services Office 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.