Waitlist and Overflow Information

Frequently Asked Questions

For students who live nearby and already may have alternative housing arrangements at home, we suggest you consider completing a Wait List request for a University Housing space. As vacancies become available, we will start offering contracts to students on the wait list. 

For most students who need housing finalized by the start of school, we suggest that you contact UWM’s Neighborhood Housing Office (web: uwm.edu/neighborhoodhousing; email: housing@uwm.edu; phone: 414229-6999). NHO maintains listings of available spaces for rent, conducts background checks on landlords, and guides students through the process of becoming tenants.  

Contract access is a difficult status to predict. As students cancel their contracts over the summer, we will give contract access to students on the Wait List to take their space. Because there are not many spaces left, contract access for those on the Wait List will typically come with a quick deadline to complete before we move on to the next person in the Wait List. This process is typically about seven days to complete, though the actual time available will be detailed in the email that you receive with contract access. 

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it’s possible that University Housing will not be allowed to house as many students as previously projected. It is our intention to house as many students as possible, while staying within the guidance provided by public health officials. A number of contingency plans are being developed, to support the various formats of instruction for the fall semester. University Housing will contact contract holders as soon decisions are made. If public health guidance prevents us from housing all students with contracts on campus, support will be available to help them find alternative options.

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it’s possible that University Housing will not be allowed to house as many students as previously projected. It is our intention to house as many students as possible, while staying within the guidance provided by public health officials. A number of contingency plans are being developed, to support the various formats of instruction for the fall semester. University Housing will contact contract holders as soon decisions are made. If public health guidance prevents us from housing all students with contracts on campus, support will be available to help them find alternative options.

No. There isn’t any manipulating that can be done. Multiple submissions will not help. 

Contracts that may be offered will be prioritized first to students who fit one or more of the following criteria: international students, out-of-state students, students who are otherwise homeless, students who are experiencing housing insecurity, students who have aged out of the foster system, and students with certain scholarships.

Not necessarily. We continue to work with the UWM Accessibility Resource Center to address accommodation requests. Please remember that some requests may take up to 30 days to process, even after the file is completed. If an accommodation is deemed necessary, we will use developing vacancies and potential quick swaps to meet requested accommodations. Continue to check your MyHousing account as the summer concludes to stay up to date on your assignment. In addition, a decision letter or update will be sent to you via email. 

University Housing will be automatically granting exemptions to the UWM Residency Policy to students who have not previously completed a University Housing Contract, or who have not had their previously submitted exemption request granted. This process occurs on a daily basis