Scarlet Knights and Families,   

Residence Life has a strong commitment to the safety, health, and well-being of our students, their families, and our staff. After careful consideration, Rutgers is planning to re-open all residence halls for the 2021-2022 academic year. Rutgers University will remain vigilant in monitoring changes due to the ongoing pandemic. See President Holloway’s announcement here.

Read our frequently asked questions below.

Room Types

All housing options will be made available for Fall 2021 including apartment, suite, and traditional halls with full occupancy. Most First-Year students will be housed in traditional residence halls, in double rooms with a roommate. Transfer students may apply for double rooms, suites or apartments.   

Housing Capacity

Full housing capacity is 15,500 student spaces. All rooms will be used at their full capacity, so all residents will have roommates, suitemates or apartmentmates. Spaces will be set aside for mandatory ten-day quarantine and isolation of residents if a student tests positive or is a “close contact” of one who does.

Applying for 2021-2022 Housing

First-year: Priority deadline is June 7, 2021.
Transfer: Priority deadline is June 30, 2021.
Continuing: Apply by April 19 and review the housing selection process.
Graduate: Learn more about graduate housing.

Room Assignments 

For new, first-year and transfer students, rooms will be assigned based on date of application. Room assignments will be made available to residents during the second week of August. Continuing students will be assigned based on their participation in the housing selection process.

Rules & Expectations

In order for students to obtain their room keys, students must be in compliance with NJ State Law on health and COVID-19 specific policies regarding mandatory regular testing, guest restrictions, and face coverings have been added to our policies and 2021-2022 terms and conditions. Residents will be required to review and abide by them.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Rutgers requires that students meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. We understand that you may have many questions about Fall classes and other topics. Please refer to the University-wide COVID-19 page for information on 2021 – 2022 campus components


Rigorous sanitizing procedures will follow CDC and REHS guidelines. Touch points in community spaces will be minimized and physical distancing promoted by reducing seating.


Dining will provide a safe, clean environment for all guests and staff through strict sanitizing protocols demonstrated via continued compliance with NJ State Department of Health requirements and CDC guidelines. Learn more about dining options.


We are excited to return to a much more normal campus for 2021-2022. As decisions from the university continue to evolve, we are committed to being in close communication with our Scarlet Knights. Please check your affiliated Rutgers email account regularly for updates and continue to visit our website.


Hall Occupancy / Housing Contracts / Room Assignments

If I currently live on-campus, do I need to apply for housing next year?

Yes, all undergraduate and single graduate students must apply. Continuing students may apply for housing here.

How many students will live in the residence halls?

Full housing capacity is approximately 15,500 student spaces. All rooms will be used at their full capacity, so all residents will have roommates, suitemates or apartmentmates with the exception of spaces set aside for quarantine and isolation.

Will I be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine?

“Proof of vaccination will be required for all students planning to attend this fall. Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. (currently Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) is acceptable.  It is understood that some incoming students may be 17 years old, and may be only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Students planning to attend the fall 2021 semester may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs (typically defined as having no access to on-campus facilities), as well as individuals participating in fully online or off-campus Continuing Education programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination.” See President Holloway’s full message here.

Will there still be a $200 housing deposit?

Only first-time applicants make the $200 deposit.

Is the housing deposit refundable?

Our standard policy is that the housing deposit is non-refundable.  However, for this year we will honor deposit refund requests from students who would like to cancel their housing after receiving their fall 21 course schedule and only have online classes.

After you have received an approved cancellation of housing from the Assignment Office you can email your online course schedule to and we will process your deposit refund. Your deposit will be refunded back to your original method of payment within two weeks.

Please email if you have questions regarding your deposit refund.

How do I find out the cost associated with my housing assignment?

Once students are made aware of their room assignments, rate and billing information can be found by visiting our rates and billing website. Rates have not yet been released for the 2021-2022 academic year.

How will room assignments be made?

Continuing students will follow the housing selection process. First-year and new transfers will be placed based on date of application.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, all beds within units will be filled so all residents will have roommates, suitemates or apartmentmates.

How do I request a roommate and when can I do so?

Every effort will be made to accommodate roommate requests, however, we cannot guarantee all requests as there may be space limitations. Both members of the roommate grouping must be apply to live on campus, and mutually request the other student. You will be able to request an apartment or suite-mate by filling in their name/information on the online application. It is also highly recommended that roommates submit their housing applications on the same date to ensure their applications are processed together. 

How do I submit a medical housing accommodations request?

Rutgers Residence Life is committed to providing equal educational opportunity by supporting the full participation of all students in our campus community. We promote the ideals of diversity and inclusion by accommodating the various needs of our students who stay with us on campus. We do not discriminate in any University programs or activities and we prohibit the harassment of our community members.

If students have further questions about housing accommodations, they may email with the nature of their request. Staff will not ask for more information than is needed to adequately review a request. All disclosed information will be kept as confidential as possible. Recognizing that students are not all alike, and have different needs and desires, Residence Life addresses each request on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Learn more about housing accommodations and how to apply.

While all special housing accommodations go directly through Residence Life, the University’s Office of Disability Services (ODS) receives and processes all academic accommodations. For more information about ODS, please visit their website.

Once I submit my housing application, how will the new housing contract be shared? Will the contract be binding?

Students will receive their new contract via email. In the application, students can view the email address we have on file. That is where the contract will be sent. Once a new contract is completed, it is a binding contract unless the reason for cancellation falls under the housing cancellation policy.

Before a student accepts a space to live on-campus, they should understand that the housing contract is a binding contract. A student may submit a request for housing cancellation that falls under the housing cancellation policy for consideration towards cancellation. Reasons for cancellation include: graduation, withdrawal from the University, academic dismissal, enrolling and participating in a University approved study abroad program, active military induction, death of an immediate family member/guardian, long term hospitalization of the student, in special circumstances at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Residence Life Administration in consultation with the Director for Student Support or designee upon written request from a resident when there is a material change in the resident’s health/safety or disability status.

If I am offered on-campus housing, can the assignment be declined if placement is not on the campus/area preference? Is there an ability to be reassigned to another campus location?

Please take into strong consideration that residence life’s ability to re-assign a student to a different campus is going to be extremely limited due to high demand. With this in mind, a student can decline their housing assignment, however, they are not guaranteed a space on another campus.

Resident Expectations

Are there any revised policies for me to be aware of? Will I be expected to wear a face covering?

Yes, all campus community members will need to wear a face covering when on campus, including within the residence halls whenever outside of your suite/apartment. Residents are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University as it relates to public health crises. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on public gatherings, wearing a face covering, diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations and/or restrictions on guests in the residence halls, and quarantine / isolation / separation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus).

Residents are expected to review and understand the housing addenda for 2021-2022. 

Will I be permitted to have guests?

Modified Guest Policy – As of August 9, 2021 until further notice.

Guests who are residents from your residence hall or other university residence halls are permitted. No other guests are allowed in residence halls.
Students are encouraged to meet with parents, families, and non-residential guests outside of the building in the surrounding outdoor locations around campus.
Residence Life will review the Modified Guest Policy as the year progresses and provide communication with appropriate changes.

Review all residence hall guidelines.

Community Development / Staff Assistance and Services

How will students meet new people, learn, engage with each other?

Our staff have developed plans for opportunities for students to interact, meet new friends, and engage with one another while remaining consistent with public health recommendations and physical distancing requirements for August 2021 and beyond. Residents will have opportunities to participate in community and campus events, and in leadership opportunities in the residence halls and across campus.

Will residence life staff be available on campus?

As always, Residence Life staff will be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year to provide support, guidance, and assistance to students. Every resident will have an assigned Resident Assistant who will help them navigate both the rights and the responsibilities that come along with living in a residence hall community. We will also continue to operate campus offices where students can contact our staff if they have questions or concerns.

Interactions between students and our staff will be guided by public health recommendations related to physical distancing so students should expect that some contact with our staff may be in person, in a physically distanced way, and some contact and connection will be done virtually.

Health and Safety

What steps are Residence Life and Facilities staff taking to support the community’s safety, health, and well-being?

Our campus community’s safety, health, and well-being remain our top priority, and all decisions are made with this as our guiding principle. We will all need to work together this coming semester to continue to support the overall health and well-being of our residence hall and campus community.  During 2020-2021, we have kept our infection rate very low, and we will ask all those students who join us on campus to work hard to maintain this.

Our staff has increased the cleaning frequency of high touch-point areas such as public restrooms, elevator buttons, door handles and handrails. We have reduced residence hall occupancy and prepared on-campus quarantine and isolation spaces. Floor lounges and common area spaces have been closed or have some furniture removed to support physical distancing and to limit large in-person gatherings. In-hall fitness centers are closed.

A campus-wide health information campaign based on CDC guidance and University policies and expectations is used to address expectations of residents with regard to practices that support the overall health and well-being of our residence hall and campus community. These expectations include frequent hand washing, face covering requirements, keeping appropriate distance between you and others, limiting people in elevators and common areas, and increased training regarding COVID-19.

What actions can students take to help keep themselves and their fellow community members safe and healthy?

There are four actions that every member of our campus community must take to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy:

  1. If you are sick, stay home and do not go to class or work.
  2. Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
  3. Keep appropriate distance between you and others.
  4. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Are there plans to increase cleaning in public areas within the residence halls?

Public restrooms and high touch-point areas such as elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails are being cleaned at an increased frequency.