Student Life FAQs

Withrow Hall in the spring

Do I have to live in university housing?

All first- and second-year full-time students are required to live in university housing, with the following exceptions: you are at least 21 years of age by the first day of class; you reside with a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or dependent child(ren); or you have matriculated full-time for at least two years at another institution of higher education or a regional campus after graduating high school.

Please note: Students who meet the previously mentioned criteria may request university housing at; however, Miami is not able to guarantee availability for these students. Should space not be available, students will be placed on a wait list. Students will be contacted as quickly as possible over the summer months to inform them of Miami's ability to provide university housing. For more information on housing requirements, see Guidelines & Contracts.

When will I find out where I'm living in university housing?

Upon receipt of your confirmation deposit and signed Residence Hall and Meal Plan Contract, space will be reserved for you in university housing. You will get your housing assignment by email in late July (fall semester) or mid-January (spring semester), which will include information about your room and instructions for accessing your MyCard account. Using MyCard, you can review additional details, including information about your roommate and your meal plan.

Can I request a specific roommate?

Yes, you may request a specific roommate directly on the Residence Hall & Meal Plan Contract.

If you want to room with another incoming transfer student, both of you must request the other individual on your housing contract. If you want to room with a current Miami student, you must request that student on your housing contract and the current student must request you as a roommate by contacting Campus Services.

Where can I get information about finding a place that's non-university housing?

You can visit the Off-Campus Outreach and Communication website, which provides information about living in non-university housing.

Can I choose a meal plan if I'm living in non-university housing?

Yes! In fact, more than 5,000 students who live in non-university housing purchase meal plans. Visit Dining Services to learn more about your meal plan options. When you're ready, you can sign up for a plan online.

When is new student orientation?

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs offers two orientation options for transfer students: Transfer One-Day Orientations and January or August Transfer Student Orientations. Attending orientation will help you become more confident, comfortable, connected, and curious as a Miami student. You will learn about campus resources and involvement opportunities, discover Miami’s history and traditions, meet other new transfer students, and connect with faculty and staff members.

Students attending a Transfer One-Day Orientation will meet with an advisor and register for classes during orientation. Not all academic divisions will be available at every Transfer One-Day Orientation, so you’ll want to make sure you register for a day when your division is present.

If you cannot attend a Transfer One-Day Orientation, you must attend January or August Transfer Student Orientation.

To learn more about orientation or to register to attend, visit the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs.