Apply for Housing

Welcome to Appalachian State University!  University Housing is delighted that you are joining the Appalachian family and that you are planning to live on campus in our residence halls. We have a lot of options for on-campus housing and below you will find detailed information about applying to live on campus.


Please keep in mind that, as you apply, Appalachian offers several Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) that provide students with unique housing opportunities. Although optional, applying to an RLC is a part of the overall housing application process. If you are interested in applying for an RLC you may do so by following the steps listed below:

  1. Login to the Housing Management System (HMS)
  2. Click on the RLC application link
  3. Select up to three communities in order of preference
  4. Write thoughtful responses to the application questions
  5. Submit the application as soon as possible
  6. Check your email regularly for an application decision

When responding to the essay questions on the RLC application, be sure to provide thoughtful responses to the questions. RLC decisions are based upon the strength of responses only. The selection committees cannot see your admissions application materials.

Regarding RLC Roommates:

If you are accepted into an RLC, your roommate will also be in the RLC. If you have already requested a roommate who will not be in this community then you must either opt into the RLC and not live with your preferred roommate OR opt out of the RLC so that you may have the option to live with your preferred roommate in another hall on campus.

New Incoming Freshmen (Available February 1)

All students classified by Admissions as freshmen are required to live in a residence hall unless an exemption is granted by University Housing.  Likewise, any student who enrolls at the University who earned a diploma from a high school, early college, or middle college less than twelve (12) months prior to their enrollment as a degree-seeking student at Appalachian is required to live in a residence hall unless granted an exemption by University Housing.

Housing applications are available beginning February 1 and room assignment information will be sent to your Appalachian email address in mid-July (for fall semester) or late December (for spring semester).  All incoming freshmen must apply for on-campus housing or apply for an exemption.  Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply for an exemption: married students, students who are single parents, veterans and students living with a parent or guardian within 30 miles of campus. Students who wish to apply for an exemption should complete and submit a Housing Exemption Form.  To apply for on-campus housing please visit the Housing Management System .
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New Incoming Transfer Students (Available February 1)

Transfer students are not guaranteed on-campus housing.  Transfer students who wish to live on campus should complete a housing application as soon as possible; we also encourage transfer students to apply for the Transfer Residential Learning Community (RLC). Offers for space will be sent to your Appalachian email address and will require a response by an assigned deadline. Submitting an application for housing does not guarantee a space for a transfer student. To apply for on-campus housing please visit the Housing Management System .
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Current Students (Available December 1 - January 31)

Current Appalachian students who were either not eligible (i.e., off-campus students) or not able to apply or select a room during the Housing Reapplication process can submit an application and be placed on the Housing Waitlist. As spaces become available in the residence halls students will be notified via their Appalachian email with an offer for available space. Students will have a limited time to accept the offer and will be notified of their assigned space in mid-July. University Housing will continue to make offers from the Housing Waitlist until all spaces are filled or the waitlist has been exhausted. To place yourself on the Housing Waitlist please visit the Housing Management System .
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Summer Housing (Available March 1)

If you are taking summer classes and would like to live on campus during either the Summer 1, Summer 2, or both summer sessions, please visit the Housing Management System and complete a summer housing application (you must submit an application for each individual session).  Detailed information about summer housing can be found on our Summer Housing Information page.

If you are a newly admitted student who is admitted to summer school and not planning to live on campus for summer but want to live (or are required to live) on campus during the regular academic year, you must complete a summer housing application in order to access the academic year housing application. Once you have submitted both of your applications, please contact the Housing Assignments office at (828)262-2160 or to cancel your summer application if you do not require summer housing.

Summer housing for 2017 will be located in White Hall.  Currently, all students who apply for summer housing will receive an assignment.
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Contact Us

Rm. 321, John E. Thomas Hall
P.O. Box 32111
287 Rivers St.
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: (828) 262-2160
Fax: (828) 262-2945