General Waitlist FAQ

 

Special rules for new students

New students may complete a General Waitlist form by visiting our office beginning the Monday of Orientation Week. All waitlist forms received during the first week will be randomized by our office to determine their order. After the first week, forms will be ordered based on their submission date.

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What happens next?

Based on space availability, we will begin permitting room changes starting during the third week of the quarter, ending on the Friday of the seventh week. Submission of a waitlist form does not guarantee that a student will be offered the opportunity to move. In the event we can offer a new space to the student, we will reach out through the student's UChicago email account. Students should refrain from contacting our office to obtain a status on their waitlist form.

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What if I want to change my General Waitlist preferences?

Students may make changes to their submitted waitlist form by submitting an email to our office. Submitting changes to preferences will not result in a change in the student's position on the waitlist. 

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Can I turn down an offer to move?

Yes. If you turn down an offer that matches your highest preference, you will be removed from the General Waitlist. If you turn down an offer that matches a lower preference, you will remain on the waitlist for your higher preference(s), unless you notify us otherwise.

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What happens to my room and board charges?

  • Upperclass (2nd, 3rd, and 4th years) and transfer students pay the room rate that corresponds to the room type – single, double, apartment
  • Upperclass (2nd, 3rd, 4th) and transfer students – If your meal plan is incompatible with the eligibility requirements of your new housing assignment, your meal plan will be changed to the default for your new room type, which can raise the overall cost of the meal plan for that quarter
  • First year students pay the same room and board rate regardless of the room type.

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What happens to my House seniority?

When you move, you gain seniority for every quarter that you live in your new House, including the quarter that you move in. You do not retain or carry-over any seniority from your former House. If you move during winter quarter, you will have accumulated fewer quarters in your new House than students who have lived in the House since Autumn quarter which will impact your seniority during the spring housing lottery.

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When does the General Waitlist close?

The General Waitlist will close at the end of the ninth week of the winter quarter. No room changes are permitted after the winter end of quarter process (for the spring quarter).

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