UNCW on-campus dorm room

Most exchange students will be placed in a double occupancy dorm room. Living on-campus is a significant part of the U.S. university experience.


Reserve On-Campus Housing

You are eligible to register for on-campus housing AFTER you have been admitted to UNCW. You will receive notification of your admission along with your UNCW ID number and email address through an email from your UNCW International Student Adviser.

Reserving your on-campus housing

How-To reserve your on-campus housing

  1. Login to My Seaport using your UNCW login and password.
  2. Go to the Student Services tab at the top of the screen.
  3. On the left side, under 'Services' Click 'Housing Contract, Fee Payment & Services'
  4. Follow the prompts to:
    1. Sign the Contract & Agree to the $105 contract fee.
    2. Students will be placed in the first available space - Exchange students will be assigned to either University Apartments or University Suites. Due to the limited number of housing spaces available on-campus, exchange students will be placed in the first available space and will not be able to choose their preferred housing community.
  5. Pictures of the housing sign-up portal - if you need help, review these screen shots of the housing sign-up portal to help you navigate the system.

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Looking up your room and roommate assignment

After the UNCW Office of Housing receives your contract fee, they start the process to assign you to a room. Assigning rooms is a complex process that takes time to complete. You should be able to look up your room and roommate assignment by July.

Looking up your UNCW Room/Roommate Assignment through My Seaport (pdf)

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What if I can't see my room/roommate assignment?

Even if you cannot yet see your room assignment, international exchange students can have confidence that their room request are being processed as long as they paid their housing contract fee by the deadline.

Term of Classes Room assignments are finalized and ready to view (Approximately)
Fall (August - December) early July
Spring (January - May) early December

If you have reached the time when your housing assignment SHOULD be visible (refer to the table above) but is not, you may email your UNCW International Student Adviser and ask her to investigate.

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UNCW On-Campus Housing: The Experience

By living in the residence halls, you have an exciting opportunity to grow and find meaning through friendships, exploration of ideas, and involvement in the residential community and the university as a whole. We believe that the residence halls are more than just a place to sleep. We view residential living as an experience in human relations. Thus, we believe a positive experience in group living, decision-making, self-discipline and self-governance is being offered to you (excerpt from UNCW’s Guide to On-Campus Living).

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UNCW On-Campus Housing: Limited Availability

Short version: Most students will have to share a room, but at least you have space for you on-campus.

  • Currently, there is only space for 30% of UNCW students to live on campus
  • Good news, UNCW international Programs Office has arranged for you to be placed in on-campus housing if you apply by the housing deadline.
  • The rooms held open for exchange students are in University Suites (double occupancy) & University Apartments (single occupancy).
  • Exchange students will be placed in designated "exchange" communities on a first come, first served basis.

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Really, I’ll Have to Share a Room?

You’ve already shown your courageous spirit by agreeing to leave family & friends to study in a foreign country. Having a roommate will be a rich part of your adventure. This may be hard to imagine if you’ve never had to share a room, but it really is an integral part of your U.S. university experience. Many students find that their friendship with their U.S. roommate lasts long beyond their study abroad experience.

Due to the high demand of UNCW on-campus housing, students will be assigned to rooms as they become available. You will not be able to choose your on-campus housing assignment.

Costs, On-Campus Housing

  • All applicants must pay a $105 contract fee
  • University Suites: - $2,939 per semester
  • University Apartments - $3,148 per semester

Important Dates - On-campus housing

January 6: on-campus housing move-in

On-Campus housing opens for student move-in on August 13th. If you wish to arrive before August 13th, you will be responsible for your own housing & meals until on-campus housing opens. See the 'Request Airport Pick-Up' page for hotel suggestions.

October 6-7: Fall Break

UNCW will be observing Fall break from October 6-7. During Fall break, many residence halls will be closed to students. However, international student designated Apartments and Suites will stay open.

Limited dining options - most on-campus dining facilities will close during Fall Break. Therefore, if you plan to stay on campus, you will need to plan your meal schedule to coincide with the available open dining facilities.

December 8: Last day of Fall semester

December 9 - on-campus housing closes for single semester students

On-campus housing will close the day after the last exam, December 9th. All single semester on-campus students must move out of the dormitory by this day.
Students staying through the Spring semester may leave their belongings in their dorm room over break. However, since most on-campus services will be closed, students staying in the U.S. a second semester are strongly encouraged to make plans off campus during the winter break.

Off-Campus Housing

Exchange students may choose to live off-campus. However, the Office of International Programs cannot coordinate off-campus arrangements for students. The UNCW Seahawk Perch Off-Campus Housing Ad Service provides recommendations for students looking for Off-Campus Housing.

If you will be living off-campus, please remember that YOU will be responsible for the items below:

  1. Finding your own off-campus apartment: Since Wilmington is spread out and public transportation is poor, it is best to find an apartment off either Racine or McMilan drive since they are within walking distance of UNCW.
  2. Signing your own lease/contract: Most apartment require a contract for a specific amount of time (usually 1 year). Read the contract carefully. Be sure to ask for a shorter lease if you will not being staying for a whole year.
  3. Furnishing your own apartment: Few apartments come with sofas, TVs, beds, or cooking equipment. You will need to supply these items for yourself.
  4. Setting up utilities in your own name: Students renting an apartment usually must contract directly with the utility company to set-up electricity, water, and cable. Most utility companies require a deposit when starting their services.
  5. Finding and interviewing roommates: If you wish to have roommates to help you share the cost of your apartment, you will be responsible for finding your own roommates and determining if they will be suitable.


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