UNIVERSITY HOUSING/RESIDENCE LIFE

www.miami.edu/housing

The University of Miami offers undergraduate on-campus housing in five residential colleges and University Village, which is comprised of seven buildings and two parking garages.

Each residential college has resident faculty members (Masters and Associate Masters), a student affairs professional staff member (Area Director / Assistant Area Director) and student staff who live in the residential college with the resident students to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development. In addition, 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 floor communities are facilitated through the Office of Academic Enhancement and center around themes related to music technologies, diversity, world cultures, healthier lifestyles, and diverse educational experiences as well as environmental awareness.

General Highlights

  • The University has both single and double rooms. Singles are assigned based on seniority living on campus and, thus, entering students are typically assigned to double occupancy rooms. Effort is taken to assign roommates of similar age, class standing, and smoking preference.
  • 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, which is an apartment-style residential community with 12-month agreements, 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 free reserved parking.  For general information on University Village, go on the web to www.miami.edu/housing.
  • All housing facilities are co-educational with men and women living on alternate floors or alternating separate suites or apartments.
  • All residential college rooms and apartment bedrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and window coverings.  A 140+-channel cable television system with many HD & digital channels and local telephone service is also provided. Each residential college room and University Village bedroom is wired for internet access.


Admitted undergraduate students, following verification of acceptance to the University and payment of the enrollment deposit, can apply for housing on-line in myUM. myUM is the University’s web-based, interactive information hub.

  • 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, 2012; applications received from new freshmen after May 1, 2012 will be accommodated on a space available basis.
  • The $250 non-refundable deposit 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 specific buildings, rooms, and roommates are honored. However, if specific preferences are not available, the University reserves the right to assign students to other locations and roommates.


The 2012-2013 housing agreement is for both fall and spring semesters (12-month annual agreement for University Village), unless the applicant is:

  • applying only for spring semester housing (not available in University Village)
  • applying only for summer session housing
  • graduating in December (and May as well for University Village)
  • participating in a University of Miami study abroad experience spring semester (or summer for University Village)
  • not enrolling in the University spring semester (or for subsequent fall semester in University Village)


Housing cancellations received through May 31, 2012 will result in the forfeiture of the $250 housing deposit.  Cancellations received after May 31, 2012 will result in:

  • the forfeiture of the $250 housing deposit; plus
  • the canceling student remaining 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


Housing cancellations for the spring semester received through December 1, 2012 will result in the forfeiture of the $250 housing deposit.  Cancellations for the spring semester received after December 1, 2012 will result in:

  • the forfeiture of the $250 housing deposit; plus
  • the canceling student remaining 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

*Note: Written notice of cancellations must be made to the Department of Housing and Residential Life office directly.

The dates of housing availability are:

  • Fall Semester           August 15, 2012 - December 14, 2012
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  • Spring Semester       January 9, 2013 - May 11, 2013
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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 see the Department of Housing and Residential Life web page at www.miami.edu/housing. Their office telephone number is (305) 284-4505 and their e-mail address is housing@miami.edu.