Housing

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.

Three On-Campus Housing Options

When you sign up for on-campus housing and pay the $105 housing contract fee, you may indicate your preference for any of the options below.  The UNCW Housing office will make every effort to accommodate your preference, but since space on-campus is limited, we cannot guarantee your preferred option.

University Suite Double (Shared Bedroom)

  • Description: Shared bedroom in a larger suite of 10 students.  Each suite has a shared living room, dining room, kitchenette, and bathroom.  More about University Suites.
  • Cost: $3028/semester.
  • Number of spaces available: 43 out of 100 spaces available for international exchange students.
  • Are students in this space required to purchase a meal plan? Yes, $1814/semester for All Access 5 meal plan (or students my choose a larger meal plan). Meal Plan Options.
  • Comments: This is the most common housing (shared bedrooms) for students at U.S. universities.
  • Is this space guarantee?  No.  But the UNCW Housing Office will do their best to accommodate your preference.

University Suite Single (Single Bedroom)

  • Description: Single bedroom (not shared) in a larger suite of 10 students.  Each suite has a shared living room, dining room, kitchenette, and bathroom.   More about University Suites.
  • Cost: $3243/semester.
  • Number of spaces available: 21 out of 100 spaces available for international exchange students.
  • Are students in this space required to purchase a meal plan? Yes, $1814/semester for All Access 5 meal plan (or students my choose a larger meal plan).  Meal Plan Options.
  • Is this space guarantee?  No.  But the UNCW Housing Office will do their best to accommodate your preference.

Premium Seahawk Spaces (Single Bedroom)

  • Description: Single bedrooms in a larger apartment of 4, 6, or 8 students. Each apartment has a common living room, kitchen, and shared bathroom for every two residents. More about Seahawk Crossing, Seahawk Landing, and Seahawk Village.
  • Cost: $3689/Semester.
  • Number of spaces available:36 out of 100 spaces available for international exchange students.
  • Are students in the space required to purchase a meal plan? No.  Students can choose to buy their own groceries and prepare their own food (estimated $60-$80/week), buy a any of the on-campus or off-campus meal plans, or a combination of both. 
  • Is this space guarantee?  No.  But the UNCW Housing Office will do their best to accommodate your preference.

Reserving 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. Indicate your preferred housing - Indicate which of the 3 housing options you prefer.  UNCW Housing office will try their best to accommodate your preference, but due to limited space on campus, your preference is not guaranteed.
  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).

Important Dates - On-campus housing

August 10: on-campus housing move-in for exchange students

On-Campus housing opens for exchange student move-in on August 10th. If you wish to arrive before that date, 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 5-8: Fall Break

UNCW will be observing Fall break from October 5 - 8. During 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 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 9: On-campus housing closes

December 9 - on-campus housing closes for ONE semester only students.  On-campus housing will close the day after the last exam for Fall semester, All Fall semester only students must move out of the dormitory by this day.

Between Fall and Spring semesters - Students staying for both Fall and Spring semesters may leave their belongings in their dorm room over the winter 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.

At the end of Spring semester - All students must move off-campus at the end of Spring semester.  UNCW does not have any housing for students during the 3 month summer break between Spring and Fall Semesters.

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.