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Updated: June 15, 2021

What does it mean to be placed on the housing waiting list?  
At this time, housing demand has exceeded our capacity and some students have been placed on a waiting list to receive an on-campus housing assignment. If a housing assignment becomes available, students will be notified via their Spartan email account, and they need to respond by the stated deadline to accept the housing offer. Since placement on the housing waiting list is not guaranteed for on-campus housing and housing offers are made by housing application submission date, students on the waiting list are still encouraged to find off-campus housing. 

If I am on the housing waiting list, what is the likelihood of a room becoming available? 
Based on cancellations and deferrals received thus far, we will begin extending some offers for housing on campus and at the Barrymore Hotel. On a space available basis, students on the waiting list may be offered a housing assignment based on their housing application submission date. If a housing assignment becomes available, students will be notified via their Spartan email account, and they need to respond by the stated deadline to accept the housing offer. 

We will continue to review the waiting list through the first week of classes or until the list is exhausted and make room offers as space becomes available. We understand that students and families may need to make decisions prior to that time.  

Can you tell me where I am on the waiting list? 
Due to the complex nature of the assignments process, we are unable to provide a specific place or number on the waiting list. While we will offer housing to as many students as possible, all students may not receive a housing assignment. We may be unable to grant roommate requests for those offered from the waiting list due to limited room availability. 

Doesn’t UT guarantee housing or require that students live on campus? 
Like many selective universities, UT does not guarantee housing and has not done so for more than a decade. UT also does not require that students live on campus. 

How do I look for off-campus housing?  
If you need assistance:  

I have contacted Residence Life; how long of a delay can I expect for a response?  
We are unable to respond to all phone calls and emails at this time due to high volume. However, all communications are being reviewed. We encourage you to revisit this page because it is being regularly updated with new information and answers to questions from students and families. 

I would like to cancel my housing application and be removed from the on-campus waiting list, but still plan to attend UT. How do I do that? 
If you secure off-campus housing and will be enrolled at UT for Fall 2021, email reslife@ut.edu from your Spartan email account to cancel your housing application by July 1. When Residence Life receives your cancellation, the following will occur:  

  • You will be removed from the housing waiting list.
  • Your $200 housing damage deposit will be credited to your student account by Aug. 1.
  • Additionally, a $2,000 one-time grant will be applied by Aug. 1 to your student account for Fall 2021.
  • You will be eligible for on-campus housing next year by participating in the Fall 2022 continuing student housing selection process.

I no longer want to attend UT. Can I get my enrollment deposit back? 
If you make this decision, please contact admissions@ut.edu to request your $500 deposit be refunded by June 30. 

Can I defer my enrollment at UT? 
If you would like to defer for a year, please contact admissions@ut.edu by July 1. We will prioritize you for on-campus housing for Fall 2022. If you were awarded a UT merit-based scholarship (Presidential, Dean’s, Minaret, Spartan, Achievement Award, Prestige Award, Transfer Scholarship, PTK, UTAG, International Scholarship, Departmental Scholarship) you will retain that award for Fall 2022 and for the duration of your full-time, undergraduate degree, when minimum GPA requirements are met, as specified on the UT Financial Aid webpage. We will also offer you an additional $3,500 UT Deferral Grant per year while you work toward your undergraduate degree on a full-time basis.  

Is it too late to apply to other colleges? 
The College Board provides a list of schools that are still accepting students. Many other colleges not on the list may also have openings. 

If I am on the waiting list, can I still request my roommate? 
Unfortunately, we are unable to grant roommate requests for those on the waiting list due to limited room availability. If you are offered campus housing from the waiting list, it is unlikely we will be able to grant roommate requests. 

When will I know my housing assignment? (updated 06/15/21) 
Housing assignments will be released on July 7. Students will be notified via their student email account when this information is available on Residence by Symplicity. Move-in appointment scheduling will also be available beginning July 7. 

Students accepting a housing assignment offer after June 14 will be notified of assignment and move in appointment scheduling by July 22.

We will continue to review the waiting list through the first week of classes and contact students if space becomes available. Students on the waiting list are not charged for on-campus housing unless they receive a housing assignment.   

Will I receive a tuition credit, housing or meal plan stipend if I’ve accepted a housing assignment from the waiting list to live on campus for Fall 2021? 
No, you will not receive any financial reimbursement in the form of a credit or stipend from the University if you have been offered and accepted an on-campus housing assignment from the housing waiting list. Additionally, continuing students and new students who were not placed on the housing waiting list are not eligible for any financial reimbursement in the form of a credit or stipend from the University.

I am on the waiting list; can I be placed in the Barrymore? 
If spaces become available it is likely you will be offered a space at the Barrymore. On-campus assignments depend on availability, but are less likely. 

I have an approved housing accommodation through Student Disability Services  and I have been placed on the housing waiting list – can I be moved ahead to receive a housing assignment? 
Students on the waiting list will be offered an assignment based on the date their housing application was submitted. If you are offered an assignment from the waiting list, we will attempt, but not guarantee, to meet your accommodation. 

If I live off campus for Fall 2021, will I be eligible for on-campus housing for Fall 2022?  
If you are on the new student housing waiting list and notify reslife@ut.edu by July 1 of your intention to live off campus, you will be eligible for on-campus housing next year by participating in the Fall 2022 continuing student housing selection process.   

What about The Henry? 
The Henry is a high-rise development in downtown that is UT’s preferred off-campus property. At this time, it has reached capacity for the Fall 2021–Spring 2022 academic year. However, you may be added to a wait list by contacting The Henry directly. 

Can I have a car/parking? 
First-year students who live on campus are not able to bring a vehicle to campus. First-year students who commute and live off campus can park on campus. More information about parking can be found on the Vehicle Registration page. First-year students assigned to the Barrymore Hotel must still follow the UT parking policies and are not permitted to register a vehicle.  

Can I still participate in the meal plan if I live off campus? 
Commuters are not required to have a meal plan. But, commuters may elect to have a residential meal plan or a commuter meal plan. This can be requested through Residence Life (using the meal plan charge request in Residence by Symplicity) or dining services.   

Are there any opportunities for exceptions? If so, who can I talk to? 
We are not granting exceptions. If space becomes available for an on-campus housing assignment, we will contact you. Please check your Spartan UT email and review these FAQs for the most updated information regarding Fall 2022 housing availability.