New Undergraduate Resident FAQs

Current undergraduate residents of University Residences - please read the Contracting for Current Residents FAQ

Academic Year General Frequently asked Questions

If I cannot login and sign my contract today, will my chances of being assigned to my first preference choice decrease as time passes before I'm able to login?
New students to University Residences who sign a housing contract by the new student contract deadline of May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT will be randomly prioritized in the housing assignment process. Priority is NOT established by the date the 2021-2022 housing contract is signed.
I'm not certain that I am attending Purdue University. Should I sign a housing contract?
If you plan to attend Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, you should sign a housing contract by the new student contract deadline of May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. If you later decide not to attend Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, you may cancel your signed housing contract by the new student contract cancellation deadline of May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. After May 5, 2021, your signed housing contract may only be cancelled if you are not attending Purdue University at the West Lafayette campus during the contract term. However, you will not receive a refund of the housing contract processing fee.
I am not attending Purdue University. How do I cancel my housing contract?
If your plans have changed and you will not attend Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, you will need to cancel your housing contract online at the Housing Portal.

After May 5, 2021, you will need to send an email message that includes your name, your Purdue University ID Number, and a note that you are not attending Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Your email message should be sent to our UR Cancel Request Email address here.
Can I change my Pay Plan?
As the University payment plan is administered by the Bursar's Office, requests to change a payment plan will need to be directed to the Bursar's office.
What residences are air conditioned?

The following residences provide air conditioning in their student rooms:

  • Men's Residences: 
    • Suites in Cary Quadrangle (except for Cary South Hall) Note: New students may be assigned to rooms in Cary South Hall as the suites at Cary will most likely be filled in advance by current residents.
    • McCutcheon Hall

  • Co-ed Residences
    • Aspire (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • Earhart Hall
    • First Street Towers
    • 333 Grant (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • Griffin Hall North
    • Griffin Hall South
    • Harrison Hall
    • Hawkins Hall
    • Hillenbrand Hall
    • Hilltop Apartments
    • Honors College and Residences
    • 414 North Russell (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • Salisbury Campus Apartments (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • Shreve Hall
    • 410 Steely (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • 19 Waldron (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • 125 Waldron (UR Boiler Apartment location)
    • Waldron Square (UR Boiler Apartment location)

  • Women's Residences
    • Windsor Halls: Wood, Duhme, Shealy, Vawter, and Warren
    • Meredith South Residence Hall 
Am I required to make a payment at this time?

Of the University admission acceptance deposit you have already paid, $100 will be applied as your nonrefundable housing contract processing fee – after you sign a housing contract.  This will be reflected in your MyPurdue portal beginning in July. Current students presently living off campus:  If space is available and you are offered a housing contract, you will be assessed a nonrefundable $100 housing contract processing fee after you sign a housing contract.  This charge will be reflected in your MyPurdue portal beginning in July.  The housing contract processing fee will be waived for students returning to University Residences from Industrial Co-op, Study Abroad, Military, or for a medical reason.

When is the deadline to sign a housing contract?

The deadline for new students to University Residences to sign a housing contract is May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. New students to University Residences who sign a housing contract by the May 5th deadline will be randomly prioritized in the housing assignment process. Priority is NOT established by the date the housing contract is signed.

Am I required to find a roommate before I sign my housing contract?

Students who do not have an accepted roommate request will be assigned with a roommate considering the responses to the Personal Preference questions you and other new incoming students have answered.

Are roommate requests guaranteed?

Due to the continued growth and demand for the academic and residential living/learning housing component of all our residences, accepted roommate requests submitted by the priority deadline of April 15, 2021 will be approved as space permits; however, roommate requests received after the priority deadline will be considered but are not guaranteed (based upon space availability). It is possible that roommate requests may be assigned together, but in a triple, quad or apartment. Students in Learning Communities will not be assigned with a requested roommate who isn’t also in the same Learning Community.

When am I obligated to this housing contract?
Once you enter your Purdue University ID Number to sign a housing contract, this is considered a legal electronic signature. You may cancel your signed contract online until May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. Beginning May 5, 2021 at 11:56 p.m., your signed contract may only be cancelled if you do not attend Purdue University during the contract period. Students will not be released from their housing contract to live in a sorority, fraternity, apartment, cooperative housing, private home, or other place of residence or as a result of a change in financial status.
I have signed a housing contract and I am not attending Purdue University. Can I be released from my housing contract?

If your plans have changed and you will not attend Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, you will need to cancel your signed housing contract online at https://myhousing.purdue.edu/StarRezPortalX. After May 5, 2021, you will need to send an email message that includes your name, your Purdue University ID Number, and a note that you are not attending Purdue University for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Your email message should be sent to: urcancelrequest@purdue.edu.

Can I change my Meal Plan?

The deadline to lower your meal plan is Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT. Students assigned to Hawkins Hall and Hilltop Apartments who want to change to a room-only plan also must change their meal plan selection to room only no later than Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Students may choose to upgrade their meal plan any time during the semester. For more information regarding all of the meal plans offered by Purdue Dining & Culinary, visit the meal plan website.

How do I change my personal information?
If any of your personal information is incorrect, you must change your personal information within the myPurdue Web site. If your gender is not correct, you will need to contact the Admissions Office at (765) 494-1776. Please allow up to 72 hours for the housing contract portal to reflect any changes made to your personal information on the myPurdue Web site.
The question I have is not answered in this list. Where can I find additional information on the housing contract process?
If you are unable to find your answer on the website, please contact us at newres@purdue.edu.
I'm interested in installing a loft in my room in University Residences. When can I obtain information about lofts?
You will receive specific information about installing a loft in your room along with your Notice of Assignment. You will receive this information on or about July 23, 2021, at your Purdue email address. View Our Loft Guidelines and Options page here.
When will I be notified of my residence assignment?
You will be notified of your residence assignment information on or about July 23, 2021, at your Purdue email address.
How is priority established for assignment to space in University Residences?
Priority is NOT established by the date the housing contract is signed. Instead, all new students to University Residences who have signed a housing contract by the new student contract deadline of May 5, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. EDT will be randomly prioritized in the housing assignment process.