Housing and Residential Life

www.miami.edu/housing

The University of Miami offers undergraduate on-campus housing in five residential colleges and University Village.

Each residential college has resident faculty members (Masters and Associate Masters), an Area Director/Assistant Area Director, and student staff who all live in the residential college with the resident students to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development. Numerous social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs are offered throughout the academic year.

Special Interest Housing (SIH) is also available within the residential college system—these resident communities are facilitated through the Office of Academic Enhancement.  Themes center around literature, community service, ethnic cuisine, healthier lifestyles, and diverse educational experiences as well as academic and career interests.

General Highlights

  • The University has both single and double rooms. Singles are limited and assigned based on seniority living on campus and, thus, entering students are typically assigned to double occupancy rooms. 
  • All non-local freshmen students are required to live in University housing for two academic semesters, as long as space is available.  This policy does not apply to freshmen students living with parents or legal guardians in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.
  • University Village, an apartment-style residential community, is an available option to juniors and seniors.  The apartments are fully furnished and include in-apartment washers and dryers, full-size kitchen appliances (stove, refrigerator, microwave, & dishwasher), and reserved parking.  
  • All housing facilities are co-educational with men and women living on alternate floors or alternating separate suites or apartments.

Applying for On-Campus Housing

  • Admitted undergraduate students, following verification of acceptance to the University and payment of the enrollment deposit, can apply for housing via CaneLink.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible after paying the enrollment deposit.  New freshmen housing applications should be submitted by May 1, 2015; applications received from new freshmen after May 1, 2015 will be accommodated on a space available basis.
  • The $250 non-refundable pre-payment can be paid by credit card or electronic debit from a checking account at the time of application.
  • Assignments to buildings, rooms, and specific roommates are made according to the date of application and receipt of the housing deposit.
  • Whenever possible, requests for roommates are honored. However, if specific preferences are not available, the University reserves the right to assign students to other roommates.

The 2015-2016 housing agreement is for both fall and spring semesters, unless the applicant is:

  1. applying only for spring semester housing (not available in University Village)
  2. applying only for summer session housing
  3. graduating in December
  4. participating in a University of Miami study abroad experience spring semester
  5. not enrolling in the University spring semester

Housing cancellations received through May 31, 2015 will result in a $500 cancellation penalty. Cancellations received after May 31, 2015 will result in:  

  • the canceling student being responsible for the fall semester housing charges, unless or until the vacancy created by the cancellation can be filled by another qualifying University student applying for housing
  • if filled, the canceling student will only be assessed the $500 cancellation penalty

Housing cancellations for the spring semester received through December 1, 2015 will result in a $500 cancellation penalty.  Cancellations for the spring semester received after December 1, 2015 will result in:         

  • the canceling student being responsible for the spring semester housing charges, unless or until the vacancy created by the cancellation can be filled by another qualifying University student applying for housing
  • if filled, the canceling student will only be assessed the $500 cancellation penalty
Note: Written notice of cancellations must be made to the Department of Housing and Residential Life office directly.

Dates of Housing Availability

Fall SemesterAugust 20, 2015 - December 18, 2015
Spring SemesterJanuary 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015

Off-Campus Housing Resources

The Department of Housing and Residential Life also provides assistance to students, staff, and faculty with identifying off-campus housing options. A web-based search engine of community listings and information about off-campus apartment complex listings is available along with other resources such as:

  • Individual consultations and appointments
  • Over-the-phone guidance
  • Knowledge of the greater Miami area & specific neighborhoods where students typically reside
  • Roommate search assistance

For more information about housing on-campus or assistance with off-campus housing, please visit miami.edu/housing, call 305-284-4505, or email housing@miami.edu.