Application process

Step 1: Confirm your admission and enrollment at UWL

In order to live in the residence halls, you MUST be a full-time student at UWL. If you are unsure of your admission status, please check with the UWL Admissions Office. You will need to pay the $100 enrollment deposit. After 48 hours, you will be able to access the housing contract and application.

Step 2: Learn about the UWL residence halls

Please take a look at the residence hall information on our website to learn about the similarities and differences of our residence halls. Review the room rates.

Step 3: Complete your housing  application

Follow these instructions to begin your housing contract and application:

  • Go to the housing portal and log in using your UWL username and password
  • Select "Housing Application" on the maroon navigation bar
  • Review and agree to the housing contract terms and conditions
  • Pay the $150 housing deposit
  • Review your application & submit

Contract cancellations prior to May 1, 2022 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. Cancellations made prior to May 1 do not need to go through a formal cancellation process.

After May 1, the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited.  If a new incoming student decides to no longer attend UWL their housing contract will be cancelled after notifying the Admissions Office.

This is a legally binding contract that cannot be cancelled without penalty after May 1, 2022 if you attend UW-La Crosse during the academic year 2022-23. Section 1.C of the housing contract notes the specific criteria for contract cancellation release after May 1. 

Step 4: Update your application

You may update your application to change residence hall preferences and roommate preferences by returning to the housing portal.

This will not affect your original completed contract and application date.

Roommate Selection for students who have completed 2022-23 housing applications will be available on the housing portal in January 2022.  All students who have completed 2022-23 housing applications prior to this date will receive a reminder ahead of time about Roommate Selection opening.   

Step 5: Room assignments

Assignments will be sent out by email in June. They will include room and roommate assignments. Assignments are prioritized based on completed contract and application dates.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Residence Life or call 608.785.8075.

Step 1: Confirm your admission and enrollment at UWL

In order to live in the residence halls, you MUST be a full-time student at UWL.  48 hours after you are admitted to the university you will be able access the housing application.  This is your cue to move forward with applying for housing. 

Step 2: Learn about the UWL residence halls

Please take a look at the residence hall information on our website to learn about the similarities and differences of our residence halls. Review the room rates.

Step 3: Complete your 2022-23 housing application

Follow these instructions to begin your housing application:

  • Go to the housing portal and log in using your UWL username and password
  • Select "Housing Application" on the maroon navigation bar
  • Review and agree to the housing contract terms and conditions
  • Pay the $150 housing deposit
  • Review your application & submit

Once your have completed a housing application you are guaranteed a space on campus.  Signing an off campus lease after completing your housing application will not automatically allow you to be released from your campus housing contract.

Contract cancellations prior to May 1, 2022 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. Cancellations made prior to May 1 do not need to go through a formal cancellation process.

After May 1, 2022 the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited and you will only be released from your housing contract under conditions listed in section 1.C of the 2022-23 housing contract.  If a new incoming student decides to no longer attend UWL their housing contract will be cancelled after notifying the Admissions Office.

This is a legally binding contract that cannot be cancelled without penalty after May 1, 2022 if you attend UW-La Crosse during the academic year 2022-23. Section 1.C of the housing contract notes the specific criteria for contract cancellation release after May 1. 

Step 4: Update your application

You may update your application to change residence hall preferences and roommate preferences by returning to the housing portal.

This will not affect your original completed contract and application date.

Roommate Selection for students who have completed 2022-23 housing applications will be available on the housing portal in January 2022.  All students who have completed 2022-23 housing applications prior to this date will receive a reminder ahead of time about Roommate Selection  opening.   

Step 5: Room assignments

Assignments will be sent out by email in June. They will include room and roommate assignments. Assignments are prioritized based on completed contract and application dates.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Residence Life or call 608.785.8075.

Step 1: Complete your housing application

Follow these instructions to begin your housing and application:

  • Go to the housing portal and log in using your UWL username and password
  • Select "Contract/Application" on the maroon navigation bar
  • Review and agree to the housing contract terms and conditions
  • Pay the $150 housing deposit
  • Review your application & submit

Contract cancellations prior to March 1, 2022 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. Cancellations made prior to March 1 do not need to go through a formal cancellation process.

After March 1, 2022, the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited and you may only be released from your housing contract under the conditions noted in section 1.C of the 2022-23 housing contact. Additionally, students will need to submit a formal request for contract cancellation, which will be reviewed by the Office of Residence Life. 

This is a legally binding contract that cannot be cancelled without penalty after March 1, 2022 if you attend UW-La Crosse during the academic year 2022-23. Section 1.C of the housing contract notes the specific criteria for contract cancellation release after March 1 for returning students. 

Step 2: Update your application

You may update your application to indicate roommate preferences by returning to the housing portal. This will not affect your original completed contract and application date.

Step 3: Room selection

Returning students are able to select their own roommates and room assignment. Exact start dates for room selection will be emailed to those who have completed their housing application.

Need more information?

Check out the FAQ section of the housing portal for additional details about applying for housing, selecting a roommate, and room assignments.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Residence Life or call 608.785.8075.

The Spring 2022 housing application will open on October 25, 2021. This is for students needing to live on campus only for the spring 2022 semester. Here is additional information about this application:  

  • The Spring 2022 application will be available to all newly admitted spring 2022 students.  
  • A $150 housing deposit will be required as part of the application process.

Step 1: Complete your housing application

Follow these instructions to begin your housing and application:

  • Go to the housing portal and log in using your UWL username and password
  • Select "Contract/Application" on the maroon navigation bar
  • Review and agree to the housing contract terms and conditions
  • Pay the $150 housing deposit
  • Review your application & submit

Once you have completed a housing application, you are guaranteed a space on campus. Signing an off-campus lease after completing your housing application will not automatically allow you to be released from your campus housing contract.

Contract cancellations prior to December 1, 2021 will receive a full refund of the $150 deposit. 

After December 1, 2021 the entire $150 deposit will be forfeited and you will only be released from your housing contract under conditions listed in section 1.C of the 2021-22 housing contract. If a new incoming student decides to no longer attend UWL, their housing contract will be cancelled after notifying the Admissions Office.

This is a legally binding contract that cannot be cancelled without penalty after December 1, 2021 if you attend UW-La Crosse during the spring 2022 term. Section 1.C of the housing contract notes the specific criteria for contract cancellation release after December 1.

Step 2: Update your application

You may update your application to indicate roommate preferences by returning to the housing portal. This will not affect your original completed contract and application date.

Step 3: Room assignments

New room assignments for spring 2022 will be emailed out to students in January. 

First Year Students Housing Requirement

All first year students are required to live on campus. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Residence Life or the Director’s designee. Exceptions are considered under the following circumstances:

  1. You are living with a parent/legal guardian at their permanent home and are commuting from within a 25 mile radius of the UWL campus.
  2. You are currently a primary caretaker for a dependent.
  3. You are married.
  4. You have served one year of active duty within the military. (ROTC, National Guard, and Reserve duty do not qualify for this exemption.)

Any student wanting to request a housing exemption must complete the housing exemption form on the UWL Housing Portal

Campus Housing Eligibility

As a campus resident you must be able to perform your own independent tasks or provide an attendant to assist you. You are responsible for your own self-care including appropriate personal hygiene, mental health, management of medical conditions/illnesses, and/or disability-related personal needs. You are expected to utilize the various resources available to provide care for
yourself. Students with the inability or perceived inability to care for themselves and/or who cause harm to themselves, or others may be asked to adhere to an action plan and/or may have their housing contract cancelled.

You must be enrolled with a full-time credit load as a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse or otherwise determined eligible by the Director of Residence Life or Director’s designee. ORL reserves the right to cancel your contract if you are under-registered; however, under-registration does not automatically result in housing contract release in all circumstances.