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Honors Housing

Update on Honors Housing for the fall '21 semester.

Recently, President Schlissel announced plans to increase residential occupancy for the coming fall semester. Specifically, he wrote, "Our residence halls will have greater occupancy. All new students can be confident they will be able to live on campus this fall, and we will accommodate as many others as conditions allow. We project overall capacity will be nearly 80 percent."

We are waiting for details from University Housing about what this means for Honors Housing for our returning and transfer students. At this time, Housing anticipates limited capacity for returning students, but that capacity could increase or decrease based on factors such as the number of new student housing applications, overall vaccination rates, and ongoing public health guidance. 

If you are interested in living in the Honors Housing in South Quad for the 2021-22 academic year, we recommend the following actions:

Housing applications for returning students will open March 26, 2021 with a priority deadline of April 30, 2021. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance. To increase your chances of acceptance, we recommend applying before the priority deadline.

On your application, you will be asked to indicate if your application should be prioritized. Be sure to do all of the following:

  • Check the SPECIFIC ACADEMIC NEED box and write “I will be enrolled in the Honors Program in South Quad for the 2021-2022 academic year.”
  • Check the EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES box and write, “I will be a member of the Honors Program in South Quad for the 2021-2022 academic year.” If you have any other circumstances that result in a need for on-campus Housing, please add them.
  • If you are an international student, also check the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STATUS box and write, “I am an international student and member of the Honors Program in South Quad for the 2021-2022 academic year."

We are eager to welcome as many of you as possible to South Quad in the fall. We will work closely with our partners in Housing to do so and to keep you updated.

Where is Honors Housing Located?

Honors Housing has reserved spaces in the recently renovated South Quad: Frederick, Taylor, Hunt, and Bush.  Single-gender and substance-free housing options are available in Frederick House.  We plan to make Bush House (5th and 6th floors) our reserved space for returning Honors students, although we have also made selected singles in other houses available to returners.  Returning students who follow the procedures outlined below will have the opportunity to select one of these reserved rooms, subject to the terms of the Housing registration process.  Only students who are currently members of the Honors Program and in good standing are eligible for Honors Housing.  We are not able to grant exceptions to this policy. Here is a link to the Student Life | Housing website.

What are the Benefits of Honors Housing?

Honors Housing offers the opportunity for additional contact with your Honors classmates, as well as additional social and educational opportunities planned by the Honors Residential Advisors. A schedule is posted at the beginning of Fall semester, outlining HRA-scheduled events and programs.  Honors Housing highlights in recent years have included:

  • Honors Kickoff Photo Scavenger Hunt,
  • Explore Detroit Events (Tigers, Red Wings, North American Auto Show),
  • Explore Ann Arbor Events (Cider Mill & Farm, Roos Roast)
  • Annual Honors Charity Ball,
  • MLK Symposium,
  • Fisher Theater and Wharton Center Musicals (Book of Mormon, Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot),
  • Music events (University Musical Society, Ann Arbor Folk Festival).

All Honors students are welcome to participate in Honors Housing activities, no matter their place of residence. Students hear of events via HRA emails and our weekly newsletter, "This Week in Honors."

Are You a Returning Student Applying for Housing?

Click here for the Honors Sign-up Page, which includes instructions and deadlines.

Are You a New, Incoming Student Who Applied for On-Campus Housing?

If you applied for on-campus housing as a new incoming student, residence hall contracts are available online beginning mid-June. A message will be sent to your University email account when the contract is ready for your review. Contracts must be submitted online within three days from the date of contract notification. Assignment information is not provided over the telephone. This contract will give you information about which dorm you have been assigned to, but will not have information about roommate assignments or Move-In information. Please remember that while we make every effort to house all Honors students who requested to live in Honors Housing, we have a limited number of spaces and do not guarantee placement in Honors Housing. If requests exceed space, students will be randomly chosen for Honors Housing. These contracts are generally available by the first of July.

Your mailing address, roommate notification, approximate room dimensions and move-in information (including your unloading permit and driving directions) become available online early August. The Honors Office does not get involved in the room assignment process. If your student has questions about the timing or process, they should contact University Housing. Their contact info is available at their website:

If you have been placed in Honors Housing in South Quad (SQuad, as it is nicknamed), you will be assigned a Move-In time, usually the last Thursday in August. You'll be offered the chance to select a date and time from available time windows for moving in. Be sure to check your email over the summer for Move-In information, including maps, traffic information, where to send packages, and other helpful tips. If you have questions about your Housing assignment or Move-In questions, you can contact Housing at 734.763.3164 or


Questions Regarding Honors Housing

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