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Applying for Housing

Residential living affords you the rare opportunity to help define your individuality, values and goals while developing memorable and meaningful relationships. Residential students reflect the many cultures of our society and are able to contribute to the community through personal sharing and involvement opportunities.

We value student engagement in the campus community as a cornerstone of a student's success in the first year of the collegiate experience. With this in mind, it is the policy of Elmhurst College that first-year residential students not have cars on campus. 

Preparation and Getting Started
We recommend prospective residents start by reviewing all the housing dates and deadlines and then consider these important options:

After your decisions have been made, we encourage you to submit your application early, as those received prior to March 1 are guaranteed a space in campus housing.

The Housing Application Process
All housing applications (including the License Agreement and roommate requests) must be completed online, as well as completed by the student and not a parent or guardian. You will need to have both pieces of information listed below in order to complete the application process.

  • Name, relationship and phone number of two (2) emergency contacts
  • List of active medical conditions and current medications
  • Name, relationship and phone number of missing person contact

First-year student applications will be considered for residence halls only. Transfer students will be considered for campus apartments and houses unless the transfer student has one-year or less of college experience, whereby she or he can request placement into residence halls should space allow.

First-year students will have a roommate.  To request a specific roommate, you and your prospective roommate must mutually request each other at MyHousing through the College portal,  First-year students are only eligible to be roommates with other first-year students, therefore they will not be assigned a roommate who is a new transfer student or a continuing student.

To complete your housing application, follow these four easy steps:

1. Activate your Elmhurst Technology Account:

  • Go to to activate your account.
  • For assistance with your eNumber or password contact Academic Technology Services at (630) 617-3767.

2. Submit your Housing Deposit:

  • Submit your $300 non-refundable housing deposit by logging into the My Elmhurst Campus Portal, (eNumber and password required), then click on the TouchNetConnect link to submit your deposit.
  • The deposit is required to consider your application completed. 
  • Applications are assigned in order of completion date.

3. Apply for Housing Online:

  • Log on to the My Elmhurst Campus Portal.
  • Go to MyHousing.
  • Click on the application link at the top of the page.
  • Complete the New Student Fall 2017 Housing Application.
    • If you indicate any medical or accessibility needs that may impact your housing placement, a follow-up letter will be sent to your home address.
  • It is important that the student, not the parent or guardian, completes the application.

4. Roommate Request:

  • After the housing application is completed, you may request a mutual roommate.
  • Go to MyHousing by using the menus at the top of the page to send a request to your preferred roommate.
  • Your preferred roommate must have completed an application to be selected and accept your roommate request.
  • You can send requests, accept requests and check your roommate request status all in MyHousing.
  • All requests in the system are sent to your personal e-mail account until you are assigned an Elmhurst e-mail account.
  • The Office of Residence Life will honor mutual roommate requests for Fall Term as space and timing permit.


Other Information

  • All residential facilities are smoke-free.
  • All residence hall students are required to purchase a dining plan as stated in the License Agreement.
  • To inquire about all gender housing options, please contact our Assistant Director of Administration and Assignments at, (630) 617-3150.
  • Every reasonable consideration will be given to students' community living preferences. However the license is for residence in College housing and not for a particular accommodation, room, room type or roommate.
  • Should the demand for housing space exceed room assignment capacity, the College reserves the right to utilize temporary housing pending assignment or relocation to a permanent living space.
  • The Office of Residence Life cannot make changes in assignments or roommate preferences once a housing assignment has been made. Information provided in your housing application serves as a guide for assignment, but does not guarantee specific preference. As an educational community, the College does not make room assignments based on race, color, creed, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or ethnic origin. The College and its residential community are a diverse community of learners in which you will engage in educational opportunities for personal growth, including the development of healthy roommate relationships.
  • If you would like to cancel your Fall Term housing request, send an email or fax notification by August 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Other Considerations

After May 1, both housing and tuition deposits are required.

June 1is the deadline to send your Student Health Record/Immunization form to the Wellness Center. A physical examination is not required. Information provided is strictly for the use of Student Health Services and will not be released to anyone without written consent.

Please feel free to contact our office and speak with any staff member Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., via phone or email should you have any questions or further housing concerns.

Phone:  (630) 617-3150

Fax: (630) 617-3722




Updated 4/5/17

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