Returner Self-Assignment

Every year, the assignment process for the next academic year starts with Returner Self-Assignment. In Returner Self-Assignment, those current residents with contracts in good standing are able to pick out their room/suite for the following academic year.

From 2019-2022, a renovation project in the Sandburg Traditional Towers (South, North, and West) will result in fewer spaces being available for continuing students.

For this reason, University Housing strongly encourages eligible returning residents to explore Kenilworth Square Apartments as an option. Kenilworth is comprised of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments, in which all bedrooms are single bedrooms with full size beds. Every apartment has a furnished kitchen and a small unfurnished sitting area. Kenilworth is open to students who have junior status or above or are age 22 or older. Students who meet either criteria by September 1 are eligible for that year. Kenilworth does not have a cafeteria, so there is no mandatory meal plan. It is still serviced by the UWM Prowl Line and by the MCTS #30 buses. Kenilworth bills on a monthly basis through the University’s PAWS system. Residents interested in Kenilworth can learn more by contacting the University Housing Office at (414) 229-4065 or university-housing@uwm.edu.

One Contract Rule

It is important to understand that students may only participate in self-assignment processes for the buildings for which they have signed contracts for the next year. A Kenilworth student cannot participate in Residence Hall Self-Assignment, nor can a Residence Hall student participate in Kenilworth Self-Assignment. For this reason, it is important to (a) decide in advance which environment is right for you and (b) make sure you have signed the correct contract for that living environment. If you have any questions about your contract access, please contact the University Housing Office at (414) 229-4065 or university-housing@uwm.edu.

Residence Hall Returner Self-Assignment Process

Step 1: Determine where you want to live next year.

Are you eligible and interested in living in Kenilworth Square Apartments? If so, request access to a Kenilworth Contract by completing the form at uwm.edu/housing/students/kenilworth-square-apartments/.

Do you want to live in a Residence Hall setting during the next academic year? If so, go to uwm.edu/myhousing and log in. Complete the Residence Hall Contract for the proper year.

Are you considering moving to a private off-campus residence? Consult with UWM’s Neighborhood Housing Office to learn about available listings and go through their Preferred Tenant Program. Visit uwm.edu/nho to learn more.

Step 2: If applicable, complete the Residence Hall Contract for the next academic year.
  1. Go to uwm.edu/myhousing. Log in using your UWM Credentials.
  2. Update your Emergency Contacts (link will be at the top of the left column).
  3. Click on the link to the Residence Hall Contract for the next academic year (link will be in the main column toward the bottom of the page).
  4. Complete the Residence Hall Contract.
    1. The online contract will ask you if you want to keep your current assignment for 2021-2022. If you select “YES” you will be emailed regarding your request shortly (24 hours) before Self-Assignment. If your request is able to be granted, you will not have to participate in Self-Assignment. If you change your mind and decide you do want to select a new space, self-assign on your assigned date/time.
    2. In the rest of the online contract, you will make the normal set of contract preferences: room type, roommate, LLCs, etc. However, these preferences are only used if you do not participate in self-assignment. 
Step 3: If applicable, prepare for Returner Self-Assignment.

Make a plan.

Some decisions you will face in the self-assignment process:

  • What building/room type do you want?
    • During self-assignment, all the spaces that University Housing has available for 2021-22 will be listed.  Not all rooms in all buildings will be open for self-selection due to LLC assignments for next year, facility renovations, and staff rooms. Please have a few different room options in mind!
  • Who do you want to live with?
    • We strongly encourage you to select your own roommate(s) and suitemate(s)! If you and other current residents mutually agree to live together, indicate your roommate preferences by including their 9-digit (99xxxxxxx) ID number on your online contract.
    • Residents who do not select a roommate may have any other current resident as a roommate or be assigned a roommate based on new contract holder preferences (new freshmen and transfers). Students who self-assign, but do not have a roommate may be consolidated in order to create an open room.  Thus, the only way for you to have a specific double room is for you to select your roommate.
    • Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests to live with specific RAs, as their assignments have not been identified for the 2021-22 year and are regularly subject to change. No assignments will be made to RA suites.
  • Do you want to live in Inclusive Housing? Do you want to participate in a Living Learning Community?
Step 4: Participate in your assigned Self-Assignment appointment.

Pick out your room!

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED FOR ROOM SIGN UP:

  1. Completed online contract (by the deadline included in your email) 
    If you do not complete your contract by the deadline you can participate in the next round of Self-Assignment. Check your MyHousing account for your self-assignment date(s).

Returner Self-Assignment Instructions for Residence Halls

New for the 2021-22 academic year, University Housing is offering an online Self-Assignment process for the Residence Halls. Click here to view a short instructional video to assist you in using the MyHousing portal to self-assign on your assigned date(s).

UWM Residence Halls Returner Self Assignment Instructions Video Screenshot

Key Dates – Residence Halls

March 1: Returning Resident Residence Hall Contract is open.
3-5 Days after Contract Submission: PAWS Account updated with your $100 deposit charge (due May 1, 2021).
March 14: Deadline to complete for 2021-22 contract to participate in first round of Returner Self-Assignment and/or elect to keep your same room.
March 15-31: First round of Residence Hall Returner Self-Assignment.
April 19-30: Second round of Residence Hall Returner Self-Assignment (for residents who completed contracts by April 18, 2021).
May 1: FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SELF-ASSIGNMENT: Priority deadline to compete University Housing Contract. Also the initial deadline for all contract preferences, including LLC and Roommate Requests. Returners who do not self-assign will be assigned spaces based on the assignment lottery.
Prior to July 1: Cancellation deadline. Last date to cancel University Housing Contract and still recoup $50 of the $100 deposit. Also the final deadline for all contract preferences, including LLC and Roommate Requests, and the priority deadline for University Housing Accommodation Requests (based on medical or other personal circumstances).
July 9: Initial release of University Housing Room and Move-In Date Assignments on MyHousing site after 12pm (noon) CDT.
August 1: Deadline to submit requests to change assigned Move-In date/time.
August 20: First possible day for Move-In for students who have an approved Early Arrival Request.
August 28-31: Move-In Days
September 2: First Day of Class. 100% of Fall tuition, fees, room & meal plan charges due.

Kenilworth Square Apartments Return Self-Assignment Process

Students intending to live in Kenilworth Square go through a separate Self-Assignment process that typically occurs a few weeks after the Residence Hall Self-Assignment process. Current Kenilworth residents are allowed to request to keep their current room, similar to the option offered to residence hall students. Then, any current UWM student (currently living in Kenilworth, in a Residence Hall, or Off-Campus) with a signed Kenilworth contract are invited to participate in self-assignment, where they can pick out their individual room/apartment.

Returner Self-Assignment Instructions for Kenilworth Square Apartments

University Housing is now offering an online Self-Assignment process for Kenilworth Square Apartments. Click here to view a short instructional video to assist you in using the MyHousing portal to self-assign on your assigned date(s).

Kenilworth Square Apartments Self Assignment Instructions Video Screenshot

Key Dates – Kenilworth

March 1: Returning Kenilworth Contract is open.
3-5 Days after Contract Submission: PAWS Account updated with your $300 deposit charge (due May 1, 2021).
March 31: Deadline to complete for 2021-2022 contract to participate in Returner Self-Assignment and/or elect to keep your same room.
April 1-18: First round of Kenilworth Returner Self-Assignment
June 1: FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SELF-ASSIGNMENT: Priority deadline to compete University Housing Contract. Also the priority deadline for all contract preferences, including Roommate Requests. Returners who do not self-assign will be assigned spaces based on the assignment lottery.
July 1: Cancellation deadline. Last date to cancel University Housing Contract and still recoup $250 of the $300 deposit. Also the priority deadline for University Housing Accommodation Requests (based on medical or other personal circumstances).
July 9: Initial release of University Housing Room and Move-In Date Assignments on MyHousing site after 12pm (noon) CDT.
August 1:
Deadline to submit requests to change assigned Move-In date/time.
August 20: First possible day for Move-In for students who have an approved Early Arrival Request.
September 1: Move-In Day.
September 2: First Day of Class. 100% of Fall tuition charges due.