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Housing Information

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Mission Statement

The Department of Housing & Residence Life facilitates holistic communities that support student growth, development, and learning. Our residence hall communities seek to provide spaces that offer a welcoming, including, and safe living environment. Staff members are committed to offering courteous, professional, and efficient service by providing opportunities to prepare residents for success both on campus and as global citizens.

Core Values

In our work with the university community and beyond, the Department of Housing & Residence Life values guide our work:

  • Education and preparation for a lifetime of learning
  • Integrity, honesty, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior
  • Appreciation, respect, and acceptance for diversity and inclusion
  • Civic and social responsibility as a means toward good citizenship
  • Opportunities for students to live, learn, and grow

Important Housing Dates

Secure a spot in one of our housing buildings by submitting your application before the deadlines. These dates are subject to change in accordance with any adjustments made to the academic calendar.

Fall 2020*

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 New International Student Move In begins, 1 PM – 6 PM PST
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 New Student Check In begins, 9 AM – 5 PM PST
Friday, August 28, 2020 Continuing Student Check In begins, 9 AM – 5 PM PST
Thursday, September 3, 2020 Fall 2020 Semester Classes begin
Saturday, December 19, 2020 Residence Halls Close for Winter Break, 12 PM

*Due to COVID-19, the Department of Housing & Residence Life will be conducting outreach in early August regarding move in procedures.

Spring 2021**

Tuesday, February 2, 2021New Student Move In begins, 9 AM – 5 PM PST
Friday, February 5, 2021 Continuing Student Move In begins, 9 AM – 5 PM PST
Monday, February 8, 2021Spring 2021 Semester Classes begin
Saturday, May 29, 2021Residence Halls Close for Spring 2021, 12 PM

**All AAU students with a housing assignment will be required to sign up for a check-in appointment prior to moving in. Additional move-in information will be provided in mid-January 2021.

Housing Selection FAQ

What is Housing Selection?
What is Housing Selection?

After you complete your campus housing application and pay the $500.00 deposit, the next step is to complete housing selection. The housing assignment is the actual building and room you will live in.

Using the online Housing Selection system, you can pick exactly where you’ll be living from what is available.

Student Housing Selection
How does continuing Student Housing Selection Work?

If you’re a continuing student currently living in campus housing, you can select your housing assignment for next year by participating in the Renewal/General Room Selection process next April. You may have the opportunity to remain in your current housing assignment, or you can select a new space on campus.

Housing Terminology
Housing Terminology
  • Room Renewal: Choose this option to stay within your current housing space for the next academic year
  • Building Renewal: Choose this option to select a new room within your current building for the next academic year
  • General Room Selection (GRS): Choose this option to move to another housing space on campus for the next academic year
Completing Housing Selection
Where do I go to complete my housing selection?

The student housing portal is accessible on all browsers through your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Your designated access time which will be sent to you prior to housing selection in early April.

If you experience issues with your log-in information please contact Student Self-Service at 415-618-6500 for assistance.

When Does Self-Assignment Take Place?

Current campus housing residents can choose their housing assignment for the following academic year at the end of the spring semester. After this, new applicants have the opportunity to select their housing.

Cancellation Policy
What is the Cancellation Policy?

If you need to cancel your housing assignment for the upcoming academic year, please email the Department of Housing & Residence Life at with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Student ID Number
  • A statement requesting to cancel your upcoming housing assignment or application
  • Specify the year for which you would like to cancel your housing.

Deadlines to cancel housing assignment or applications

  • Spring applicants: January 1
  • Summer applicants: June 1
  • Fall applicants: July 1

You must cancel by the above-listed cancellation dates, or within 10-days of your completed application, to receive a refund of your full housing deposit. Cancellations after this time period will result in deposit forfeiture. 

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