Who may be on the UHR Wait List?

All UHR participants with an active application who have either: not been assigned to housing during UHR, or have not confirmed a contract during UHR may sign up for the Wait List. UHR participants who have signed a contract, but wish to change their assignment, should instead request reassignment.

How do I sign up for the Wait List?

To be included on the Wait List you will need to complete a UHR Wait List Contact Information sheet by the submission deadline. It is very important that we have accurate and legible contact information for you so we will be able to offer you a housing assignment. The Contact Information sheets are available at the Housing Services Office in the McCarthy Way Parking Structure (PSX).

What if I want to cancel?

If you would prefer to not be on the Wait List and would like to cancel your application, please print out and complete the Cancellation Request form and turn it in at the main Housing Services Office in PSX as soon as possible. The sooner you can let us know, the faster we will be able to move through the Wait List.

Does my Lottery Selection Time matter?

Yes. The UHR selection time you were assigned in February will be used to determine your place on the Wait List. As spaces become available, assignments will be offered to students in the order their names appear on the Wait List.

How does the Wait List work?

When we reach your number on the Wait List and a housing space becomes available, a Housing Representative will attempt to contact you at your USC e-mail address indicated on the Wait List Contact information sheet you filled out. Students will be contacted in the order in which they appear on the Wait List, with the lowest lottery number going first.

The housing offer will be for one specific space – unfortunately we cannot offer you a range of choices, nor can we call you back later with a different housing space. You must make your decision based on the space available when we call you. The housing offer will be for an individual space – we cannot accommodate roommate requests in the Wait List process. You will have 24 hours to accept or decline the space.

Once you have been offered a space, your name will be removed from the Wait List. If you decide to accept the assignment, you’ll need to go online and confirm. Once your contract is confirmed, you will be eligible for reassignment if you so desire.

What if I decline or don’t respond to the offer?

If you decline the space that has been offered to you or if you fail to respond within the 24-hour time frame, your name will be removed from the Wait List. At that point you will have the option of canceling your application or allowing it to remain active as a continuing non-UHR student. Assignments for continuing students will be offered according to application date, only after all Wait List candidates and transfer students have been offered a housing space. There are no guarantees that we will be able to offer spaces to any continuing students.

When will I get an assignment?

We will begin to offer assignments to students on the Wait List beginning in late March, after we have processed cancellation requests from UHR housing contract holders and space becomes available. This process will continue throughout the remainder of this semester as well as into the summer months, if needed. UHR Wait List applicants will have priority over new transfer and continuing students applying for housing. Only after all Wait List applicants have had the opportunity to accept a space, will transfer students and non-UHR continuing students be offered housing.

How long will the Wait List be active?

We will continue to offer spaces that become available to students remaining on the Wait List until mid-August or until we have exhausted the Wait List, whichever comes first.

Where will these new spaces come from?

Spaces will become available throughout the spring as contract holders cancel by the March and May deadlines. In addition, in April, the housing assignments for students who accept Resident Advisor positions for next year will be placed in the regular housing inventory and available for Wait List assignments.

I’ve got a question about the Wait List that wasn’t answered here. What do I do?

Contact the central Housing office by phone at (213) 740-2546 or e-mail at housing@usc.edu for more information.

Does it matter when I apply during the UHR application period?

No, just make sure you apply by the application deadline.  Selection times for the category you choose are randomly assigned and are not based on your application date.

I’m attending USC now, but am not living university housing. Can I apply for UHR?

Sorry, no—UHR is only for current  university housing residents.  However, you can apply as a continuing, non-resident student in early February.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still participate in UHR?

Unfortunately, no.  However, you can apply as a continuing student in early February.

I’ve completed the “Roommate Selection” step in the online application, but the portal says my application is ‘not complete’. Did I miss something?

No, you’re OK.  As a reminder that you’ll need to come back later to complete the rest of the steps, the portal lists your application status as incomplete up until you have confirmed a contract.

Who decides who get accepted to Special Interest communities?

Those decisions are made solely by the Office of Residential Education.

I’ve been accepted to a Special Interest program but don’t want that assignment. Can I still get housing?

Sure.  Don’t select an assignment in the SI category and you’ll be automatically entered into the General Lottery and issued a selection time.

I’m searching for a roommate while applying and can’t find them. What’s going on?

The three most likely reasons for this are:

1)      The student you are searching for is not eligible for UHR.

2)      The student you are searching for is eligible for UHR, but has not yet applied.  You can only search for students who have applied for UHR.

3)      The roommate you are looking for has already requested you.  In this case, you can’t request them, but should instead accept their request.

What is an ‘accepted’ roommate and how do I accept roommates?

Accepted roommates are residents who have requested and accepted each other when completing their UHR applications.  During the application process you can send another UHR applicant a roommate request.  If they agree, then you both are accepted roommates.  The same applies if you agree to another applicant’s request.

Roommates should be in the same class standing category (sophomores with sophomores, juniors/seniors with other upperclassmen and graduate students with other grads) and of the same gender.

When selecting an assignment, who can I pull in to be a roommate?

You can only pull in (assign) accepted roommates (see above).  You won’t be able to pull in students of different class standing category.

If I’m pulled in (assigned) by a roommate, do I need to do anything else?

Yes!  Each resident must confirm their own individual contract within 24 hours of the assignment being made.  So, if you are pulled in, you’ll need to go back online and accept your contract.  If you don’t, you will lose that assignment, although you will be free to assign yourself during your own selection time.

I’m a sophomore and I really want to live with a junior/senior, but we go through different lotteries. How can we live together?

Because of the Sophomore Guarantee and the requirement that we have spaces for all sophomores, we can’t allow sophomores to pull in juniors/seniors during the Sophomore Lottery.  However, you can request to get together with upperclassmen by filling out a group reassignment form beginning in March.  During reassignment, there is no distinction between sophomores and upperclassmen and they can be place together if spaces are available to accommodate the request.

I’m eligible for UHR but someone I want to live with next year is not? Is this possible?

Yes, but it will take a little time and effort.  You should first go through UHR to secure an assignment for next year.  Then, the person(s) you wish to live with should apply for housing in February.  Once everyone involved has a housing assignment, you should fill out a group reassignment request asking to be placed together.  Reassignment isn’t guaranteed, but we’ll do our best to place you together.  You can increase your chances for reassignment by submitting your request as early as you can, and being flexible in your preferences.

Can I cancel my contract after I have confirmed my assignment?

Yes, but you must do so by the deadlines.  If you submit a cancellation form to the Main Housing Office in the McCarthy Way Parking Structure by 5:00pm on Friday, March 1, 2019 you will not be charged the $800 confirmation fee.  If you submit your cancellation by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 your contract will be cancelled, but you will forfeit the $800 confirmation fee.