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Applying for Housing

How do I contact the Housing Office?

You may contact the Housing Office either by phone or email. The phone number for the Housing Office is 205-652-3686. Or, you can email us at

How do I apply for housing?

You can apply for housing at the MyHousing portal. The website is   If you are a newly admitted freshman or transfer student, you must pay your Enrollment Confirmation Fee (ECF) before you will have access to the Housing application.  If you have attended UWA previously and you do not see an application for Housing on your Housing portal, please call us at 205-652-3686, or email us at 

What is the MyHousing portal?

MyHousing is your online resource for all things housing. The MyHousing portal can be found online at www.myhousing.uwa.eduNeed to submit a maintenance request? Update your contact information? Find important links or documents? MyHousing has everything you need!

Are students required to live on campus?

Freshmen are required to live on campus for up to one academic year.  In addition, some University scholarships require an on-campus residency. For example, students who receive a Trustee Scholarship award as a new freshman are required to live on campus for their first two years. Additional information about the Freshman Residency Requirement is available HERE.

How much does it cost to live on campus?

When you take into consideration the cost of utilities and commuting expenses, living on campus is very reasonable. Specific residence hall rates are listed HERE.

Are the residence halls safe?

Living on campus is generally safer than living off campus. Since residence halls serve as private residences for a large number of students, security and safety are important concerns. The UWA campus is patrolled by campus police officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of the residence halls have fire alarm systems which are tested on a periodic basis and every residence hall room has a smoke detector. In addition, Gilbert, Selden Hall, and Stickney Hall are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to limit access to only those students living in the buildings and their guests.

Do I need renter's insurance?

Yes. Since the University assumes no liability for personal property damage, loss or theft, we strongly encourage students to have renter's insurance unless you are already covered by your parent's homeowner's insurance policy or their renter's insurance policy. If your insurance company does not provide property insurance, the Housing Office recommends contacting GradGuard, an official partner of UWA Housing.

What is furnished in a residence hall room?

Each resident is provided a desk, chair, bed, closet area and several drawers in a dresser cabinet. Click HERE for more information for freshman or HERE for upperclassman residence halls.

Where can I find out when the residence halls open and close and other important dates?

Students may begin checking into campus housing for Fall 2021 on Saturday, August 7.  Housing Move-In Week will continue through Wednesday, August 11.  However, Check-In is held by appointment only, with a limited number of appointment times each day.  Information about signing up for a Check-In appointment will be posted on each student's Housing portal by July 19.  

While the CAF will be open for cash sales prior to August 8, meal plans will begin on Sunday, August 8 at supper.

The residence halls will close for Fall 2021 at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Are private rooms available?

Due to high occupancy levels, single rooms are not generally available during the fall semester. Private rooms may be available during the spring semester. A private room costs an additional 50% of the standard rental rate.  Since the number of single rooms is less than the number of interested students, the Housing Office maintains a Single Room Waiting List on the Housing portal when single rooms are available.  You must already have a room assignment before you can sign up on the Single Rom Waiting List.

Does UWA have family or married student housing?

No, the University does not have family housing or married student apartments.  Housing is only available for enrolled students in single-gender rooms.   Freshmen that are married and/or parents are eligible for an exemption to the Freshman Residency Requirement.

I have a disability.  What should I do if I need special housing accommodations?

Students with a disability that need special housing accommodations should contact the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Mr. Will Atkinson at While there is not a deadline, current and transfer students are encouraged to contact Mr. Atkinson by March 1st for the following Fall semester. Incoming freshmen should contact Mr. Atkinson by June 1st.  For other semesters, it is recommended that Mr. Atkinson be contacted at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the semester.

Is a deposit required to live on campus?

No, a deposit is not required to live on campus. However, there is a $200  enrollment confirmation fee for new students and a $100 application fee for returning students.

When should I apply for housing?

Housing applications for the Fall semester are generally available on January 15.  Click HERE for specific deadline dates.

Dining Services

Do I have to get a meal plan if I live on campus?

Yes.  All first-year freshmen and students that live in a residence hall room without kitchen facilities are required to purchase the All Access Meal Plan. A 9-meal plan is required of all other residents. Hoover residents that have lived on the UWA campus at least two semesters are exempt from the meal plan requirement except during the summer semester. All residents, including Hoover residents, must have a meal plan during the summer semester. Additional information about the meal plans is available HERE.

How does the meal plan work?

The All Access Meal plan allows the student to enter the CAF an unlimited number of times during regular dining hours. Access is limited to once every thirty minutes.  The 9 Meal plan allows the student the convenience of eating up to 9 meals at the CAF throughout the week. Access is limited to once per meal period.

How do Dining Dollars and TigerBucks work?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students taking seven (7) or more on-campus credit hours receive Tiger Bucks ($100.00) and Dining Dollars ($250.00). Tiger Bucks and Dining Dollars are a debit-like account, accessed using the Tiger Card. Tiger Bucks can be used at all on-campus dining locations and at several off-campus restaurants and stores. Tiger Bucks may also be used to activate the washers and dryers in the residence halls and to pay for printing services in the campus computer labs.
Dining Dollars can only be used at on-campus locations (Young Cafeteria, Starbucks, Subway and Grille Works). Tiger Bucks roll over from semester to semester and are always available to you. However, any unused Dining Dollars are forfeited at the end of the Spring semester. For more information, and to reload TigerBucks to your account, click HERE.

Room Assignment and Room Information 

How are roommates assigned? 

UWA has partnered with a college roommate matching service MyCollegeRoomie. On MyCollegeRoomie you have the ability to search and find your future roommate! Students that do not select a roommate through MyCollegeRoomie are assigned by the Housing Office. UWA encourages educational, social and cultural diversity within the residence halls. Therefore, roommate assignments are made without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or religion.

May I request a specific person as my roommate?

Yes.  You and your preferred roommate may request each other through MyCollegeRoomie.  If you find a roommate after July 5, or you want to change roommates before you check into your room, you and your preferred roommate should participate in Pre-Occupancy Room Change.   

When will I find out my room assignment?

Fall room assignments are selected by the students themselves.  So, as soon as you select your room, you will know your room assignment.

New freshmen that apply for housing by May 15th will select their roommates during the first three weeks of June and will select their rooms approximately June 25.  New freshmen that apply for housing after May 15th but by July 19th will select their roommates shortly after applying for housing and will select their rooms around July 23.  New freshmen that apply for housing after July 19th will have their roommates and rooms assigned by the Housing Office.  Room assignments will be posted on the MyHousing portal. 

Transfer students and current students that apply for housing by March 1st will select their roommates during the month of March and will select their rooms approximately April 5.   Transfer students and current students that apply for housing after March 1st but by April 1st will select their rooms around April 12.  Transfer students and current students that apply for housing after April 1st will have their roommates and rooms assigned by the Housing Office.  Room assignments will be posted on the MyHousing portal. 

Students that will begin their residency during the Spring or Summer semester will be assigned by the Housing Office.  Room assignments will be posted on the MyHousing portal approximately December 5 for Spring semester and May 20 for Summer semester.

What should I do if I want to change rooms?

If you have not already checked into your assigned room, you should participate in Pre-Occupancy Room Change, which takes place after June 15.  Current residents should refer to the Residence Life Guide on MyHousing for information about changing rooms.

What happens if my roommate and I don't get along?

Although most students do get along with their roommates, from time to time, disagreements may occur. Roommate conflicts are a natural part of community living. We want you to learn to resolve conflicting issues with your roommate since the ability to resolve differences is a useful skill that you will be able to utilize in college and after you graduate. Most residents are able to work out conflicts on their own. However, sometimes roommates find that an outside mediator is helpful. You should contact your resident assistant (RA) if mediation is needed. Occasionally conflicts arise that cannot be resolved. In these cases of irreconcilable differences, one or both of the residents will need to change rooms.  Current residents should refer to the Residence Life Guide on MyHousing for information on changing rooms.

Once I receive my room assignment, may I see my room?

No.  Since our residence halls are used for camps and conferences during the summer, we are not able to show you your particular room.  Gilbert Hall may be seen during a campus tour with the Admissions Office.  Transfer students may schedule an appointment to see other residence halls by contacting the Housing Office at 205-652-3686 at least one week prior to your anticipated visit to campus.

May I bring a microwave oven?

One small microwave oven (800 watts or less) is permitted per room/apartment. It is recommended that roommates discuss who will be bringing the microwave.

May I bring a refrigerator? 

Compact refrigerators (4.0 cubic feet or smaller) are permitted at Gilbert and Selden Halls ONLY. Refrigerators should be energy efficient and must not use more than 350 kilowatt-hours per year (KWH/year). For space reasons, it is recommended that each pair of roommates share one refrigerator, instead of having two refrigerators in the room. In Gilbert Hall, there is a designated space under the kitchen counter that has been designed to accommodate one compact refrigerator. The dimensions of the space are 34 inches high, 24 inches wide and 26 inches deep.

Patterson, Reed, Stickney, and Hoover residents are not permitted to bring refrigerators since refrigerators are provided.

What size sheets fit the beds on campus?

Most of the mattresses on campus are twin extra-long (36" x 80"). If you are bringing fitted sheets, we suggest extra-long sheets. If your local stores do not carry extra-long linens, we recommend purchasing extra-long sheets from OCM, a company that specializes in supplies for college students.

Do rooms have cable television?

Yes.  Every residence hall room and campus apartment has free basic cable TV service. You will need to provide your own cable-ready television and coaxial cable. In order to work with the University's cable service, a television must have a QAM 256 (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) digital tuner. Most flat-screen televisions manufactured after 2009 come equipped with a QAM 256 tuner but some "low cost" televisions do not. If you are buying a new TV, you should make sure that the TV has a QAM 256 tuner. This is especially important if you are buying one of the following television brands: Apex, Dynex, Element, Emerson, Haier, HiSense, Insignia, Magnavox, ProScan, RCA, Sanyo, Sceptre, Seiki, Sylvania, ViewSonic and Westinghouse.

For a channel guide for the campus cable service, go to the following website:

Enter the local zip code (35470).  Then, select the University of West Alabama Cable as the local provider.

Can I put a TV mount on my wall in my room?

No.  TVs may not be mounted to the wall.

Will I be able to connect to the internet from my room?

Yes. Every residence hall and apartment on campus is connected to the University's local area network by way of several wireless access points (Wi-Fi). The residence halls do not have ethernet connections.

Are there laundry facilities in the residence halls?

Yes. Each residence hall and apartment area has a laundry room available for use by the residents of the area.  All of the washers and dryers are activated with Tiger Bucks.  Each full-time student receives $100 in TigerBucks each Fall and Spring semester.  Additional TigerBucks may be purchased at various kiosks on campus and through the TigerBucks website.

Residents can see which washers and dryers are available before going to the laundry room by checking out LaundryView HERE.

Do the residence hall rooms have window coverings?

Yes. The residence hall rooms have mini-blinds.

May I build a loft in my room?

No.  Lofts and bed risers are not permitted.  In Gilbert, Patterson, Stickney, Selden, and Hoover (Phase 2), the beds are adjustable; so, beds may be raised high enough to store the dresser cabinet under the bed. Beds are not adjustable in Reed and Hoover (Phase 1). 

What do I need to bring?  Do you have a suggested packing list?  Also, are there things I cannot bring?

Deciding what to bring to college is a major task. You don't want to bring too much stuff or you'll be falling all over everything. However, you should bring things that you feel will make your room your "home away from home". The Housing Office recommends contacting your roommate in advance to discuss who is bringing what. HERE is a list of items you may want to bring (packing list) and what to leave at home.


Can I bring my pet to campus housing?

No.  With the exception of fish, pets are not permitted in the residence halls and campus apartments, even for a brief amount of time. Pets are also prohibited within 50 feet of all residence halls and campus apartments.

Fish are permitted as long as they are contained in a 20 gallon or smaller aquarium. Other creatures, such as reptiles, are prohibited, even if they can live in an aquarium.

Can I bring my vehicle to campus?

Yes.  However, you must register your vehicle with Campus Police and purchase a parking decal.  Go HERE to register your vehicle.

Do you have information about the rooms at Gilbert Hall?

Here is information about Gilbert Hall for which we receive the most questions:

Window Dimensions: 34 ½” wide by 72” long

Desk with movable stand included: 24” x 48”

Distance between beds: 82”

Clearance under the bed when fully raised: 31”

Refrigerator space in kitchenette area: 24”wide x 34” tall x 26”deep

What is the size of the windows at Hoover Apartments?


Hoover Window Dimensions:

Phase 1: 48 ½” x 44 ½” H

Phase 2: 58” x 34 ½” H

Current Residents

What is my mailing address?

Residents do not receive mail at their residence halls. For this reason, residents should rent a campus mailbox at the Student Union Building. Students are encouraged to rent a mailbox during Summer Orientation so that they know their mailing address before arriving on campus. Your address will be as follows:

Your Name
UWA Box (Your Number)
Livingston, Alabama 35470-2098

May I stay on campus during university breaks, such as Spring Break?

Yes.  Residents that need to stay over Thanksgiving Break or Spring Break must sign up for break housing on MyHousing at least one week prior to the first day of the break. There is no additional charge to stay over the break but residents must sign up.

Residents that need to stay over Winter Break must sign up for break housing by the first day of final exams on MyHousing. The fee to stay over Winter Break is $300.

Residents that need to stay over May Break must sign up for break housing by the first day of final exams on MyHousing. The fee to stay over May Break is $300. May Break housing is only available to spring residents that have reserved housing for the summer semester and may require relocation to a central residence hall.

Can I smoke in my room?

No.  Smoking is not permitted in  or around the residence halls. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building nor within fifty feet of the building. E-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco and smokeless pouches, are also prohibited.

Is there a curfew?

No.  UWA does not have a residence hall curfew. Students may come and go from our halls as they please, but we do have a visitation policy that restricts the time when students may have guests in the building. Also, exterior doors at Gilbert, Selden, and Stickney are locked 24 hours a day. Residents of Gilbert and Selden use a card to gain access to the building, while residents of Stickney Hall may use their room key to unlock the main entrance.

Can I have visitors in my room?

Yes.  However, to ensure a degree of privacy for residents and maintain a secure environment, the residence halls and apartments on campus have a visitation schedule that limits visits by guests. A guest is defined as anyone (male or female) who is not assigned to the specific room or apartment.

Visitation is defined as the time-period when guests are permitted to be in the residence hall and in your room or apartment. However, visitation is a privilege, not a right. Residents must consider the privacy of their roommates when having guests to their room or apartment. Study and sleep needs have priority over visitation; so, roommates must agree to the times when they will have guests in the room/ apartment. If roommates cannot agree on visitation, the Hall Director has the authority to reduce or prohibit visitation within the room/apartment. Residents who wish to limit visitation hours within their room/apartment should meet with their Hall Director. The Housing Office staff may limit visitation hours and adjust the visitation schedule, as deemed necessary. For safety reasons, it is a violation of policy to let anyone into your residence hall or your room that is not your guest.

Visitation is permitted 10:30 AM - 12 Midnight daily.  *NOTE: During the pandemic, visitation may be curtailed or canceled, out of an abundance of care.

Guests that do not live in your residence hall must be escorted at all times while in your residence hall, including when the guest enters the hall, is in the resident’s room or any common areas within the hall, and when the guest exits the hall. The host resident must be present in the room and/or in the common area with the guest at all times while the guest is in the room or common area, even for those buildings with outside entrances. Residents are held responsible for the actions of their guests; so, it is very important that you do not let your guest(s) travel in your residence hall without you. You will be held responsible for your guests’ actions, even if you are not escorting your guest. If you do not want to be held responsible for the actions of your guests, you should not have guests.

Children under 10 years of age must be escorted by a parent/ legal guardian at all times. Children under 3 years of age are not permitted in the residence halls or university apartments except on Move-In Day and during official open house events.

How many guests can I have at a time?

At this time, due to the pandemic, visitation is limited and students should refer to the University's operational plan for information about the various phases and limitations within each phase. The information below is NOT applicable at this time, but is our general policy pre-COVID.

No more than four guests are allowed in any residence hall room at the same time. If you have a roommate, you must coordinate this with your roommate so that the total occupancy of your room, including you, your roommate and all guests do not exceed six people. While this policy also applies to an individual bedroom at Hoover, the total number of people permitted in a Hoover apartment is four guests of any individual resident with a total of six guests in the apartment at any one time.

NOTE: During the pandemic, visitation may be curtailed or cancelled, out of an abundance of care.

Can I have an overnight guest?

At this time, due to the pandemic, overnight visitation is not permitted. The information below is NOT applicable at this time but is our general policy pre-COVID.

A resident may have a person of the same sex stay as an overnight guest in his/her residence hall room if approved in advance by the Hall Director. To request approval for an overnight guest, after speaking with your roommate and getting approval from him/her, complete the online overnight guest form located on the MyHousing portal  (under Links) at least 48 hours prior to the visit (or by Thursday at 5 PM if visiting over the weekend).

NOTE: During the pandemic, overnight guests may be prohibited, out of an abundance of care.

What is an RA?

An RA is a Resident Assistant. These students have been trained to assist residents in their adjustment to college life and to assist students with housing concerns. RAs provide programs and activities that promote social, educational, physical, and mental development.

May I store things over the summer?

Students that are living on campus during the spring semester, that have reserved housing for fall semester, may store personal items on campus over the summer if their official place of residence is over 500 miles from campus. Space is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible residents should contact Shelly Fast at the Housing Office at 205-652-3686 for additional information.

Special summer storage space has been provided by the Housing Office to the International Programs Office. So, international students should contact International Programs regarding summer storage.

When should I re-apply for housing for next fall?

The Housing Office will notify current residents when the application for the following school year is available.  However, the application for returning students is usually available on MyHousing  by January 15.  In order to participate in the first round of Online Room Selection, current residents must re-apply for housing by March 1st.

What is the physical address of my residence hall (for car insurance purposes)?

Gilbert Hall
185 Student Union Drive
Livingston, AL 35470

Hoover Apartments
494 University Drive
Livingston, AL 35470

Patterson Hall
95 Student Union Drive
Livingston, AL 35470

Reed Hall
321 Student Union Drive
Livingston, AL 35470

Selden Hall
261 Student Union Drive
Livingston, AL 35470

Stickney Hall
134 Washington Street
Livingston, AL 35470

Remember that these are NOT mailing addresses, only physical addresses.  Do NOT use these addresses for packages, as they will not be delivered.

Can I hang things on the walls in my room?

While residents of Stickney, Reed, Patterson, Selden, and Hoover Phase I may use command strips/adhesive to attach decorations to the wall, residents of Hoover Phase II and Gilbert are not allowed to use 3M Command Strips or similar adhesives. While the strips may not damage if used appropriately and for a short time period, excessive damage can be caused if the object is too heavy, the strip is not removed properly, or it is on the wall for more than a few weeks. Residents of Gilbert and Hoover Phase II may choose to use a few small tacks/staples to hang posters and other light decorations as long as there is not an excessive amount of use (no more than 12 thumbtacks and 4 nails) and the holes left by tacks are less than 1/16" in size.

Something is broken or not working in my room. What should I do?

Submit a maintenance request through the MyHousing portal, under the "More Tasks" tab, at the top of the page.

What should I do if I have a question that isn't answered here?

If you have a question that is not covered here, you should contact the Housing Office. The phone number is 205-652-3686. The e-mail address is

Contract Release/Cancel Housing

I've applied for housing but my plans have changed. How do I cancel my housing application?

Visit the MyHousing portal. Click on your application at the top of the page. There is an option to cancel your application. This option is only available for students who have NOT checked in or moved on campus. If you have already checked in or moved on campus, you must submit an online Housing Agreement Release form.  Click HERE for the Housing Agreement Release form.

If I move off campus before the end of the school year, do I get a refund?

The Housing Agreement is a legal contract for one academic year. So, in most cases, you will not receive a refund if you move off campus before the end of the agreement period. 

If you are participating in a full-time internship during the Spring semester at least ten miles from Livingston or graduating at the end of the Fall semester, you may request to be released from your Housing Agreement by submitting a Housing Agreement Release Form by November 15.  If your request is approved and you check out of your room properly through your hall director, you will not be charged rent for the Spring semester. 

If you withdraw from UWA during the semester, you must submit a Housing Agreement Release Form If you withdraw after 60% of the semester has taken place, you will not receive a refund on your room or meal plan for the current semester.  The 60% point varies from year-to-year but is approximately October 15, March 10 and July 5.

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