Recontracting FAQ

As a returning student, how can I secure campus housing for 2014/2015?
Do I have to reapply for housing to stay in my room spring semester?
When should I apply for campus housing for 2014/2015?
What is the schedule for online room selection for next year?
Can I pull in a roommate during online room selection?
Am I guaranteed housing after my freshman year?
Why are returning students not guaranteed campus housing?
Can I live anywhere I want next year?
Can I cancel my housing contract before school ends in May?
What happens if demand for housing exceeds available space?
What if I have a medical need that affects my housing?
What if I have a scholarship that covers my housing?
What is the priority for online room selection?

As a returning student, how can I secure campus housing for 2014/2015?

Current campus residents who wish to return to campus housing in 2014/2015 must complete the online housing application between January 15 and January 31, 2014. The initial application only indicates interest in campus housing. Your application fee, prepayment and contract will not be submitted until spring 2014, when Housing and Residential Communities can confirm that we will have space available for you. Demand for campus housing will likely exceed supply, and some students who wish to return to campus housing in fall 2014 will not be able to. Students who can complete the entire application process by submitting the contract, application fee and prepayment will be notified shortly after the January 31 deadline, and they should be prepared to pay their $300.00 housing application fee and prepayment within the next week.

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Do I have to reapply for housing to stay in my room spring semester?

No, your housing contract is for the entire academic year. If you live on campus in the fall, you should not reapply for the spring. Also, you may leave your belongings in your room during Winter Break. Because your housing contract is for the entire year, you will not be released from your contract to move off campus or to move into Greek housing during the year.

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When should I apply for campus housing for 2014/2015?

To be eligible for housing for 2014/2015, you must complete the online application between January 15 and January 31, 2014. In the event that not all returners who want housing can receive it, students will be prioritized by classification and application date. So, rising sophomores have priority over rising juniors, and they have priority over rising seniors. Within the group of rising sophomores, students will be prioritized by application date, so students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as it becomes available on January 15. If there is sufficient campus housing available to allow you to complete the contract, application fee and prepayment portion of the application, you will be contacted by e-mail right after the application deadline. Your application fee and prepayment will be due within approximately one week. Please note, we anticipate that some students who submit the initial housing application will not receive on-campus housing.

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What is the schedule for online room selection for next year?

Online room selection for current campus who completed a housing application for 2014/2015 begins the week of March 3.  The schedule is below.  Students interested in looking for a roommate should note that roommate selections should be completed before room selection begins, as students with housing assignments cannot send or accept roommate requests.  Student who would like more information about the room selection process should look at our room selection guide at http://housing.ua.edu/pdfs/Returner%20Room%20Selection%20Guide%202014.pdf.

All times are Central Time.  Students who do not currently have an assignment (study abroad, an internship, etc), cannot stay in their same room or move within a building, so they begin room selection based on classification, when students can select other buildings.

Returning Student Room Selection Schedule

Tuesday, March 4th, 9:00 a.m.-Wednesday, March 5th, 8:00 a.m.: Stay put.  Students who are eligible to return to their exact same spaces next year may do so, if eligible.  Students who wish to pull in roommates to their same room, suite, or apartment, space permitting, must “stay put” on this day.

Wednesday, March 5th, 9:00 a.m.-Thursday, March 6th, 8:00 a.m.: Students who selected their exact same space may pull in a confirmed roommate(s), space permitting. Roommates must also be eligible for this space and must be confirmed roommate choices.

Thursday, March 6th, 9:00 a.m.-Friday, March 7th, 8:00 a.m.: Same building, different room selection.  Students may select a different room within their same residence hall.

Friday, March 7th, 9:00 a.m.-midnight, March 12th: Rising seniors (current juniors and seniors), different room selection.  Rising seniors may select any room for which they are eligible, space permitting.  Please note, classification is based on hours and is what the Registrar considers a student to be.

Monday, March 10th, 9:00 a.m.-midnight, March 12th: Rising juniors (current sophomores), different room selection.  Rising juniors may select any room for which they are eligible, space permitting.  Please note, classification is based on hours and is what the Registrar considers a student to be.

Tuesday, March 11th, 9:00 a.m.-midnight, March 12th: Rising sophomores (current freshmen), different room selection.  Rising sophomores may select any room for which they are eligible, space permitting.  Please note, classification is based on hours and is what the Registrar considers a student to be.

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Can I pull in a roommate during online room selection?

You can pull in a roommate if your potential roommate 1) completed the recontracting process and is eligible for campus housing and 2) is eligible for the same community as you are. For example, if you are eligible for the business community in Friedman Hall but your roommate is not in C&BA, you cannot pull that student in as your roommate.

In order to pull in a roommate, the request must be mutual and confirmed.

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Am I guaranteed housing after my freshman year?

No. Housing and Residential Communities tries to accommodate students returning to campus housing, but demand may exceed supply. HRC will not allow you to pay your application fee and prepayment in the spring if there is no housing available. If you wish to explore off-campus options, please visit our off campus search page.

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Why are returning students not guaranteed campus housing?

Demand for campus housing has grown over the last few years, with the growth in enrollment and greater appreciation of the convenience of campus housing. HRC is responding to campus growth with the construction of a new residence hall, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2014. The Tuscaloosa community has also responded to growth in the University's enrollment with many new apartment properties in the community, and HRC is supporting students' efforts to learn about off-campus housing and make educated decisions if they are choosing off-campus housing. Off-campus housing fairs will begin in October 2013. Please take advantage of these great opportunities to learn more about off-campus housing.

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Can I live anywhere I want next year?

The residence halls for which you will be eligible next year are determined in part by your gender, college, and where you live now. In order to select Honors Housing when you recontract, you must be in the Honors College and living in Honors Housing, a suite-style residence hall, or Harris or Blount Halls, at the time of room selection in the spring. Because of space that must be maintained for incoming freshmen, only current residents of Presidential Village, Bryant, Ridgecrest South, Ridgecrest East and West, Lakeside and Riverside will be able to select those residence halls during room selection. As a freshman living-learning community, Harris Hall residents cannot return to that building next year. Please check with HRC to help you determine exactly where you can live next year, before you submit your contract, application fee and prepayment, because once you have signed the contract, you are expected to live on campus the next year.

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Can I cancel my housing contract before school ends in May?

Housing contracts last from move-in, in August, through the end of the semester, in May. The only reason we will cancel your contract is for withdrawal from school; marriage; study abroad; or internship/student teaching/coop. Moving into an apartment, or into a sorority or fraternity house, is not grounds for contract cancellation. Those with valid reasons to request a contract cancellation must do so before the deadline designated by HRC; those requests should be submitted through the online form.

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What happens if demand for housing exceeds available space?

If more students apply for housing by the application deadline than there is space available, some students will not be able to complete the recontracting process. If students must be "bumped" because of excess demand, those students will be placed on a waiting list for housing and accommodated in housing is space becomes available at a later date. Students who have housing scholarships or special medical need will not be removed from the recontracting process. Priority for on-campus housing is based on application date and classification, so rising sophomores will receive housing priority, beginning with those who submitted their housing application the soonest, followed by rising juniors and rising seniors, in application date order.

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What if I have a medical need that affects my housing?

HRC will try to accommodate your medical need, but the request, along with documentation of your condition, must be submitted by February 1 for fall 2014. You must also meet all application and payment deadlines in order to be eligible for housing.

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What if I have a scholarship that covers my housing?

HRC will accommodate your need for housing, if you have a housing scholarship, but you must still meet all HRC application deadlines and you must pay the $300.00 housing deposit.

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What is the priority for online room selection?

Students who are eligible for housing for next year will receive the room selection schedule by e-mail, and it will be available on the HRC web site after the Winter Break. First priority to select a space goes to students who are eligible to remain in their same spaces and wish to do so.

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