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Apply for Housing

Interested in living in a vibrant community where your fellow classmates are right down the hall? Want the convenience of living close to your classes, dining facilities, and study spaces? If you answered yes, then Housing & Residence Life is here to help you find the perfect on-campus living solution!

Prior to completing the Housing Application, students are advised to review the Housing Contract.

For a comprehensive overview of the Housing Application process, please click here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 864-388-8266 or at


How to Apply

Step 1: ​Log in to MyLander and click on "Housing Portal" located on the Student Highlights tab on the homepage.

Step 2: ​Click on "Application" in the navigation bar at the top of the page and select the Housing Application for the term that you wish to apply for followed by "Save & Continue".

Step 3: The status bar at the top of the page will guide you through the application​.

New Student Exemption Request

If you are a new student who would like to apply for an exemption to the residency requirement, please fill out the Exemption Request Form via the Housing Portal. After logging into the MyLander Portal, select “Housing Portal” at the top of the screen and the Exemption Request Form is located under “Available Forms”. For exemption requirements, please click here.

Housing Appeal

Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life prior to submitting an appeal. Please see section 6.4 of the Housing Contract for appeal procedures. Please fill out the Housing Appeal Form via the Housing Portal. After logging into the MyLander Portal, select “Housing Portal” at the top of the screen and the Housing Appeal Form is located under “Available Forms”. Once submitted the appeal will go before the Housing Appeals Committee and once they voted and made a decision the outcome will be emailed to the students Lander email address.

12-Month Housing

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is excited to offer 12-Month Housing to continuing/returning students. 12-month housing is for students who would like to reside on campus during the summer and winter break periods. The contract runs from May to May and is a good option for students who would like to remain in the same room for summer, fall, and spring. Please visit the links below to learn more about 12-month housing and to see if it is the right option for you.

Summer Housing

The Department of Housing and Residence Life offers summer housing for students who are enrolled in courses for summer sessions. Students who plan to reside on campus for the summer should read all of the information below and submit a summer school housing application.

Freshman Room Selection

We are excited to have new Bearcats apply for housing in our Housing Portal located within MyLander.  To start a new application please log in to MyLander and click on Housing Portal on the top right. Then select Application for your selected term and it will walk you through the steps.  If you have paid your Application Fee by May 1, you will be emailed a time slot on May 16. This will be sent to your Lander e-mail account. Please mark your calendars with this date.

For more information on the available housing options, see our Residential Communities page. 

>> Layout Information for First Year Resident Halls

>> First-Time Freshman Checklist

2024-2025 Room Selection Timeline – Incoming Freshmen

  • November 1 – Housing Application opens in Housing Portal
  • May 1 – Priority Deadline for Room Selection
  • May 14 – Time slot Notification Emailed
  • May 20-23 – Online Room Selection Opens Based on Assigned Time slot
  • June 4 – Online Room Selection Opens for All Students who Paid $200 after the Priority Deadline of May 1. Time slot not needed
  • August 13 - Last Day to Change Fall Meal Plan

Freshman FAQs

Your timeslot will be a specific date and time that you will be allowed to access the Room (Room Search Wizard), Meal, and Confirmation Page within your application in the Housing Portal. Currently, you are not able to view these three steps. Once these steps are completed, your application will be complete.

Your timeslot will be based on the day and time you paid your $200 Housing Application fee. Those who paid earlier will have an earlier timeslot. Timeslots will run from Tuesday, May 20-Thursday, May 23 during business hours.

When your timeslot opens you will log in to MyLander - Housing Portal and complete the Room (Room Search Wizard), Meal and Confirmation Page.

If you pay your Application Fee after May 1, you will not receive a timeslot and the Room, Meal, and Confirmation Page will be available to you for assignment beginning at 9am June 4, 2023.  Please mark your calendar 
  • Review the different residence halls and their layouts to get a feel for what you like/don't like. After doing so communicate with your accepted roommates on where you want to live. Go ahead and agree on a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. It's important to always have a back-up plan in case the residence hall you want is full and you have to select a different one.
  • Make sure that if there is someone you want to live with that you have them listed under 'Accepted Roommates' prior to your timeslot opening. You will only be able to find students in the Housing Portal who have paid $200 and who are also incoming freshman.
  • If you have accepted roommates find out which of you has the earliest timeslot once they are sent out. This person will have the capability to assign the rest of you and needs to know what your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices are.
You will not be able to change your room once it has been selected. We will be opening up a Request to Move form for freshman closer to the start of school. We will notify you and e-mail you instructions closer to time.