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Student Housing and Residential Life Agreement Guide

Application Process

Students must first be admitted to the University of Houston before applying for housing. Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as they are admitted, make the decision to attend UH, and receive their myUH account information.

To complete the housing application, go to http://accessuh.uh.edu/ and log in using your myUH or CougarNet account. Once logged in select myHousing and follow the links to apply.

Students have the opportunity to reserve specific room assignments from October - May. Students will have the option of choosing a Living Learning Community they qualify for or selecting any other available space for which they qualify.

The application process for newly admitted students or current commuter students typically begins during the first week of December immediately preceding the fall term.

The application process for current residents typically begins during the first week of November immediately preceding the fall term.

Spaces that are not reserved by current residents will be made available to all new incoming or off-campus students starting the first week of March. All applicants will be required to sign an agreement and pay the application fee of $99. Students who have an admissions application fee waiver are not required to pay the application fee of $99. It is instead billed to their student account. Agreements are electronically signed during the application process. Students under the age of 18 must also secure the electronic signature of their parent or legal guardian.

Cancellation Deadlines for the Academic Year 2021-2022 Agreement for Housing

Applicants may submit a cancellation request in the following ways:

  • Via their myHousing portal
  • By email housing@uh.edu
  • By mail to Student Housing & Residential Life, 4373 Cougar Village Dr, Houston, TX 77204-3018.
Cancellation Date Fees
Before April 30, 2021 No Penalty
May 1, 2021– July 15, 2021 $300
July 16, 2021 - July 31, 2021 $600
August 1– August 18, 2021 $600

Spring Application Process

Students entering the residence halls for the spring term may only indicate a community preference instead of a specific room. These residents are assigned to spaces made available when students vacate their room at the end of the fall term. The application process for students who wish to enter the residence halls in the spring term typically begins during the first week of October immediately preceding the spring term. Room assignments for spring applicants will be based upon the availability of rooms when assignments are made.

Summer Application Process

Students who wish to live on campus for the summer term may only indicate a community preference instead of a specific room. Summer housing is typically available in The Quad.

Applicants who are current or future residents of University Lofts are eligible to live in their communities during the summer term. Applicants who are current or future residents of Bayou Oaks are required to live in their community during the summer term.

The application process for students who wish to enter the residence halls in the summer term typically begins during the second week of March immediately preceding the summer term. Room assignments for summer applicants will be based upon the availability of rooms when assignments are made.

Roommate Requests

Students requesting to be roommates must select a room at the same time online. Both students must have a completed housing application and both students must qualify to live in the space. Students who do not have a roommate may utilize RoomSync to meet other students who plan to live on campus. RoomSync is a roommate matching software that empowers residents to choose their own roommates using Facebook. Details on how to create and log in to RoomSync are provided to students once they complete the application process.

Students who do not have a specific roommate request may assign themselves to any available space for which they qualify. First-year students will be assigned to a bed space by housing staff if they have not assigned themselves within three weeks of completing the housing application. Students who have not assigned themselves to a bed space by May 31 will be assigned by housing staff.

Changes in Assignment

All students select a specific room and community assignment when completing the application, agreement, and required fees for housing. Once the initial application is completed and the student has made their room assignment, they are able to change rooms by utilizing the tools available in their myHousing account. Should the desired space not be available during the self-assignment period, it is advisable for the student to return to the website and check on a regular basis for space availability as other students make changes or cancel applications. Students may also contact Student Housing & Residential Life for assistance with this process.

After students move in, they may request a room transfer online by using their myHousing portal. Room transfers are managed by the Residential Desk Supervisors in each community and are provided on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. The room transfer process typically begins on the twelfth class day of each long term and ends on the last day of classes for each long term.

Waiting List

Students who have a completed housing application, agreement, and required fees may change their fall term room assignment at any time prior to May 31. Because of this Student Housing & Residential Life does not maintain waiting lists for specific community or hall assignments.

When Student Housing & Residential Life no longer has space available for a specific term a waiting list of applicants will be implemented based on the completed housing application date. Students will be assigned off of this waiting list as cancellations are received from other students. Students on this waiting list will be assigned to the first available space for which they qualify to live.

Application and Agreement Highlights

  • Students must be admitted to the University of Houston before applying for housing.
  • Have your myUH or Cougarnet account information and password available.

  • Apply early!

  • Read the application, agreement terms and conditions BEFORE completing the process.

  • This is a legally binding agreement.

  • Print and retain paper copies of your completed agreement for future reference. A $99 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application.

  • Students who do not live on campus for the spring term must move out by the last date of occupancy for the fall term or they will be billed the corresponding daily rate for their room type from the last date of occupancy for the fall term until the date they properly check out of their space plus the full value of the spring portion of the agreement and summer portion of the agreement if the resident is assigned to Bayou Oaks.

  • See section 5 of the Residence Halls Service Agreement for full cancellation deadlines and penalties.

  • Residents must be enrolled full time in courses at the University of Houston in order to live in campus housing. Exceptions for low or non-enrollment must be submitted in writing via the myHousing portal or email to housing@uh.edu

Agreement Term

Contract Type

Period of Occupancy

Community

Academic Year 

August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Cougar Place, Cougar Village 1, Cougar Village 2, Moody Towers, The Quad, University Lofts

Spring Term Only

January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Only available to residents who are new to housing for Spring 2022.

Academic Year + Summer

August 19, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Bayou Oaks

The residence halls do not close over winter break. Students living continuously in housing (fall to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall) are not required to move out during the holdover periods. While the residence halls do not close during the winter break, only students who live on campus as of the twelfth class day of the spring term are eligible to remain on campus during the winter break without additional cost.

Students who do not live on campus for the spring term must move out by the last date of occupancy for the fall term or they will be billed the daily rate for their room type for each day they occupy their bed space after the last date of occupancy for the fall term. Along with any days into the Spring term.

The Residence Halls Service Agreement is a legally binding agreement and should be read completely before the student and/or parent or legal guardian signs the agreement. The agreement is valid for the specific term(s) or the remainder thereof.

Registered sex offenders and students convicted of any felony are not permitted to live in university housing.

Although reasonable precautions are taken to maintain adequate security, the university cannot guarantee the safety of and does not assume any legal obligation to pay for injury to persons, or loss or damage to items of personal property, which occurs in its buildings or on its grounds prior to, during, or subsequent to the period of the agreement. The student and their parent or legal guardian are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses. Refunds are not made for mechanical, heating/air conditioning, plumbing, or electrical malfunctions, or for any other reason.

Vacancies

When a roommate in a suite, room, or apartment moves, the remaining residents may request a roommate of their choice by contacting the Residential Desk Supervisor for their community. Any person requested by the remaining residents must meet the eligibility requirements for occupancy in the community. Should the residents not have a preferred roommate; Student Housing & Residential Life will assign an eligible person to the vacancy. Other residents of the apartment, suite, or room may not occupy or use, in any way, a vacant bed space or bedroom space.

Community and Room Types:

Bayou Oaks

Residence Hall (Building 16) 4 Bedroom / 2 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom and shares the bathroom with one other person. The living room and kitchen are shared by all occupants of the apartment. This is the most common room type in Bayou Oaks.

2 Bedroom / 1 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom and shares the bathroom with one other person. The living room and kitchen are shared by all occupants of the apartment. These room types are typically reserved for Resident Advisor staff and their roommate choice.

3 Bedroom / 2 Bath - each resident receives a private bedroom. Two of the residents share a bathroom with one other person. One resident has a private bathroom. The living room and kitchen are shared by all occupants of the apartment. This is the most common room type in Bayou Oaks. These room types are typically reserved for Student Housing & Residential Life staff and their roommate choice.

Townhouses (Buildings 1 – 15) 2 Bed / 1 Bath Shared Townhome – two residents share a bedroom and a bathroom. The living room, kitchen, and other common areas are shared with other residents of the townhome. Townhomes typically have 13 – 21 residents and are considered Greek Housing.

Cougar Place

4 Bedroom / 1 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom. The living room, bathroom, and kitchenette are shared by all occupants of the suite. This is the most common room type in Cougar Place.

2 Bedroom / 1 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom. The living room, bathroom, and kitchenette are shared by all occupants of the suite. These room types are extremely limited.

1 Bedroom / 1 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom, living area, bathroom, and kitchenette. These room types are extremely limited.

Cougar Village 1 and Cougar Village 2

2 Bedroom Double – Each resident shares a bedroom with one other person. A second bedroom in the suite is shared by two other residents for a total of four students per suite. The bathroom and entry to the suite are shared by the four occupants of the suite. This is the only room type available to residents of Cougar Village 1 and Cougar Village 2.

1 Bedroom Single – Each resident receives a private bedroom and also has a private bathroom. This room type is reserved exclusively for student residential advisor staff.

Moody Towers

Double - Each resident shares the bedroom with one other person. All students in Moody Towers share and utilize a community bathroom with private shower stalls, private commode stalls, and public area sinks.

Super Single - Each resident receives a private bedroom. All students in Moody Towers share and utilize a community bathroom with private shower stalls, private commode stalls, and public area sinks.

The Quad

4 Bedroom / 1 Bath – each resident receives a private bedroom. The living room, bathroom, and kitchenette are shared by all occupants of the suite. This is the most common room type in The Quad.

Townhouses 1 Bed / 1 Bath Townhome – the resident has a private bedroom The bathroom, living room, kitchen, and other common areas are shared with other residents of the townhome. Townhomes typically have 18 residents and are reserved for Living Learning Communities.

University Lofts

Efficiency Unfurnished - one resident alone occupies the apartment. The resident is provided with a living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and a small oven and cooktop.

Efficiency Furnished – one resident alone occupies the apartment. The resident is provided with a living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and a small oven and cooktop. Living areas are provided either a daybed or full-size bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and desk chair.

1 Bed / 1 Bath Unfurnished - one resident alone occupies the apartment. They are provided with a living space, separate bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and a small oven and cooktop.

1 Bed / 1 Bath Furnished - one resident alone occupies the apartment. The resident is provided with a living space, separate bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and a small oven and cooktop. Living areas are provided with a small sofa, table, and two stools. Bedrooms are provided full-size bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and desk chair.

Temporary Assignments

It is important to note that while the residence halls do not close during the winter break, only students who live on campus as of the twelfth class day of the spring term are eligible to remain on campus during the winter break without additional cost.

Vacation Periods

The residence hall contract is for an academic year which includes both the fall and spring term. The residence halls do not close during the academic year. Students may remain in their rooms during fall breaks, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and other holidays.

It is important to note that while the residence halls do not close during the winter break, only students who live on campus as of the twelfth class day of the spring term are eligible to remain on campus during the winter break without additional cost.

Students who do not live on campus for the spring term must move out by the last date of occupancy for the fall term or they will be billed the daily rate for their room type for each day they occupy their bed space after the last date of occupancy for the fall term.

Residence Hall Office Services

Housekeeping Services

The department employs housekeepers to keep all public areas cleaned and maintained. Public areas include lobbies, lounges, TV rooms, hallways, restrooms, laundry rooms, community kitchens and kitchenettes. Residents can help by properly disposing of all trash. Residents are responsible for the day-to-day cleanliness of their individual room.

Laundry Rooms

Community Laundry rooms are available in all residence halls. There is no cost to students to use the laundry rooms.

Maintenance Repairs/FixIT

Maintenance and Facilities personnel can help residents with routine repairs such as a clogged drain, a broken blind, a leak, etc. To request maintenance service, a resident must submit a Request for Maintenance FixIT. This request is available online at www.uh.edu/fixit or at the hall office. A resident does not need to wait in the room for the Tradesperson. Whenever a resident submits a Fixit request, it gives the staff permission to enter the room and make necessary repairs. If the item is an emergency, the staff may enter without having a work order so the problem can be addressed immediately to prevent further damages.

Telephone Service

Telephone service is not provided in residence hall rooms.

Mail Service

Mail is delivered directly to each residence hall/complex and posted in resident mailboxes. For more information on mail services please visit www.uh.edu/postal

Wi-Fi Student Housing & Residential Life residents have access to the UH Wireless and UH Secure Wireless networks. For more information please visit www.uh.edu/infotech/

Television Student Housing & Residential Life residents utilize Philo Edu for television. Philo Edu is an IPTV platform that lets viewers watch content on devices like TV, PC, tablet, or smartphone. Once logged in with your CougarNet account, you can set up favorite shows and schedule them to be recorded.

Policies

All students who live on campus are subject to compliance with the Housing Resource Guide and the Student Handbook.

Check-In Students check into their residence hall at the beginning of the fall term by reporting to the TDECU Stadium. At all other times, students check into their residence hall by reporting to the front desk of their assigned residence hall.

Check Out If a student leaves prior to the end of their agreement they should cancel in person with the Residential Desk Supervisor for the building in which they live or at their assigned residential front desk.

Rates

We know the cost of education is a significant investment in the future of students. Student Housing & Residential Life is constantly reviewing services and looking for ways to keep the cost of higher education affordable. Rates must be set to cover the cost of operations, debt retirement, and plan for the continued changes in what today’s students demand in their living options.

Room rates include a range of styles traditional halls to suites and apartments. Review our website to see current rates and don’t forget that rates include all utilities, IP Television, HBO, Showtime and internet access. Residents also have access to computer labs, limitless laundry facilities, and study rooms/ lounges. Rates can be found at http://www.uh.edu/housing/information-guide/housing-rate-sheet/

Billing

The student agrees to pay the residence hall room fees and properly billed charges at the time tuition is billed by the university.

Room charges are due and payable by the term; however, fees may also be paid by an installment plan if needed according to the terms and conditions of Student Business Services. Payments are made directly to Student Business Services in accordance with the installment payment plan in effect.

Dates of Occupancy

Residence Hall Service Agreement Dates of Occupancy

The residence halls do not close over winter break. Students living continuously in housing (fall to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall) are not required to move out during the holdover periods. While the residence halls do not close during the winter break, only students who live on campus as of the twelfth-class day of the spring term are eligible to remain on campus during the winter break without additional cost.

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022:

Cougar Place
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Cougar Village 1
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Cougar Village 2
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Moody Towers
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

The Quad
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022

University Lofts
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022
( summer term optional)

Bayou Oaks
August 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021; January 13, 2022 – May 15, 2022
( summer term required)

Summer 2022:

The Quad
June 1, 2022 – August 9, 2022

Bayou Oaks
June 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022

University Lofts
June 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022