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2019 Move-In Updates

The Office of Residence Life and University Housing is looking forward to welcoming you to Howard University for the Fall 2019 semester! We made many improvements to our residence halls, the most significant being the renovation of the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle for freshmen women, and the Howard University Axis for Graduate Students and Professionals. These renovations have added over 800 beds to our capacity.

Even with the added capacity, we are experiencing an increase in requests for on-campus housing. We’re excited that so many Bison desire to live on-campus and we are working to accommodate as many students as we possibly can.

To accommodate you, we must follow our guidelines. We have outlined a few reminders below.

  1. This academic year, we will accommodate a record number of first-year, Freshman women. The following policies and practices will stay in effect:
  • Priority housing is given to Freshmen and Sophomores. There is a limited number of housing available for Juniors, Seniors, Graduate, and Professional students.
  • Students who have not completed their Med+Proctor clearance, or do not have a temporary medical hold lifted, will not be housed until their immunizations and physicals are completed.
  • Residence hall changes, and room and roommate requests are a courtesy that we provide, but they are not guaranteed. Late requests are not prioritized, but when possible, we will do everything we can to accommodate you.
  • We are unable to prioritize late requests for housing from transfer students or returning students.
  • We are unable to accommodate returning students who do not already have housing assignments in StarRez due to late reservations.
  • We are unable to house students with back balances. All back balances must be cleared with the Bursar before a housing assignment being given.

If you are a returning Bison and do not have a room assignment in StarRez, we can assist with referring you to off-campus housing accommodations.

  1. Requests for triples.  We understand that some students would like to stay in a room with two of their best friends. We will honor your request when we can. Please send an email to and put in the Subject Line: Request for a triple.


  1. We care about our students, and we understand that you may face circumstances that result in you not being able to secure housing before the deadlines. We will honor overflow housing when we can. Overflow students will be placed into available spaces at Bethune Annex (priority), which will include a third bed space in a shared suite. As double bed spaces become available throughout the semester, students who wish to relocate will be relocated to a double room, when and if one becomes available.


  1. Single Room Requests: Each year, we do our best to accommodate requests for single rooms. Single rooms are not guaranteed due to the high demand and limited single room space. Every effort will be made to accommodate single room requests.


  1. Follow the approved check-in list. Students on the early check-in list will be accommodated as communicated. All other check-in times and dates are listed on the move-in webpage.


  1. There is limited temporary housing for volunteers. Volunteers who have received notification concerning check-in are welcomed to check-in as instructed. While we sincerely appreciate your help, volunteers without prior approval cannot be accommodated this Fall. All volunteers must be registered and medically cleared to move in. Volunteers, please do not show up to campus early to move-in if you do not meet those criteria. Students who are not medically cleared pose a health risk to the entire campus community.


If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at or 202-806-6131. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059