First Year Student Housing Guide

As a new student at Emory, you probably have several questions about the residence halls, how to sign-up for housing, what to bring, when to move in, and MORE! Below you should find answers to some common questions and concerns. If you have further questions contact or call 404.727.7631.

First Year Housing Requirement

"First-year student" is a term used at Emory to designate a student that has graduated high school in the past year, or is participating in his or her first year of study. A traditional first-year student has a freshman class standing, but regardless of the number of academic credit hours, students in their first year of study will remain "first-year" students.

The first-year experience as a resident in University housing is unique and exciting. All first-year students are required in live in on-campus University housing which creates communities in our residence halls. Each of Emory’s residence halls offers a different flavor of college life, one that develops according to the needs and personalities of the residents.

Because all first-year students are required to live in the residence halls during their first year at Emory, the University guarantees housing for first-year students. Exceptions may be made if you live in Atlanta with your immediate family.

If you are a first-year student and prefer to live at home, you may appeal to be released from the live-on housing requirement. Please see the detailed information on the Housing Appeals webpage.

First Year Residence Halls

As a first-year student, you do not have the option to choose a specific building as we make assignments with the goal to create a well-rounded and diverse community of students. You do however, have the option to let us know your preference for the type of hall and floor you are assigned to; we will honor these preferences as we are able. Regardless of which residence hall you are assigned, your first year at Emory is sure to be a memorable one.

Housing Options Available to First-Year Students

Apply for Housing

Incoming first-year students can apply for housing through our online housing selection application. Housing applications coinciding with the release of regular Admission decisions and will be available online April 1st, 2019. 

Please note that you will not be able to access the housing application until your Admission deposit has been paid. Within 48 hours of your deposit, you will be granted full access to all university systems and will be able to log on and apply for housing.

» Apply for Housing Online

»Watch the First Year Housing Application Walkthrough Video

Living-Learning Communities

As part of the First Year at Emory, all incoming first-year students will be assigned to a Living-Learning Community.  This assignment is made in conjunction with your responses on your housing application.  Remember, applications will be available beginning April 1st, and we strongly advise completion prior to May 31st, 2019.  Questions may be directed to


Housing Assignments

Housing Assignments wil lbe posted to your MyHousing account on July 1, 2019.

My assignment has a letter after it; what does that mean? We are pleased to offer both traditional style double rooms and suite-style double rooms. If you are assigned to a suite style double room your room number will have a letter after it. Traditional style double room assignments do not have a letter.

What if I need a single room/different residence hall due to a medical issue?  If you feel you have a medical condition that warrants special housing accommodations we encourage you to contact the Office of Accessibility Services for further assistance. Due to limited availability we cannot guarantee reassignment as the priority deadline of May 15, 2019 has passed.

What if my assignment is Guaranteed Hall? Emory University is pleased to welcome a large first-year class of 2023! Because of the large class size you may see an assignment to Guaranteed Hall on July 1. This is a routine part of the assignment process, and you will receive a housing assignment as housing is guaranteed for first and second year students. Throughout June and July our office receives cancellations from students who have decided not to attend Emory. It is through these cancellations that we are able to make new housing assignments. While we are unable to accept any roommate requests after May 30th, assignments made after June 1st are made with the same intentionality as those made before.

Housing Accommodation Requests

Accommodations for various disabilities take time to arrange. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing conditions be made at the time of application. If you have a disability that may require a specific type of housing assignment, you must register with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). All requests for housing accommodations must be submitted to OAS by May 15, 2019.

For questions regarding this process, please contact or call 404.727.9877.

» Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)

Roommate Requests

Roommate requests and matching are done through the application on your MyHousing account prior to the room assignments process.  If you are interested in matching with a roommate, please complete this process by May 30, 2019.

You may only requests roommates who have already completed the housing application.  If you do not find a roommate now, we advise revisiting the roommate selection page in a few weeks after more students have completed the application.  

Move In Day

Moving into your on-campus residence hall or apartment can be both fun and exhausting.  Mark your calendars for First-Year Move In Day on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Before you arrive, be sure to know where to check-in and What to Bring (and what not to bring).  

Students requesting Early Arrival for any reason, must complete the early arrival application through their MyHousing portal.  The application will be available May 1 - July 15.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!