GW’s campus housing experience contributes to overall student success, permits greater opportunities for campus involvement, and offers safe and convenient services to residents. The staff of GW Housing and the Center for Student Engagement welcome the opportunity to have you in residence.
GW Housing manages all stages of the assignment process for on-campus housing for both undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year and the summer.
Students with specific disability-related needs may request consideration for an accommodation with their housing assignment by registering with the Office of Disability Support Services. It is recommended that students visit the Disability Support Services website to learn the more about eligibility, documentation, and registration. Students who require housing accommodations must register with Disability Support Services prior to the housing application process to ensure accommodations can be met.
Pursuant to an order of the D.C. Zoning Commission, the university requires all first- and second-year students to reside in on campus housing and GW policy requires third-year students to live on campus as well. Exemptions to this residency requirement may be requested by electronically completing and submitting the online Residency Requirement Exemption Request form via GW Housing e-Services.
The housing application process for returning upperclass students occurs annually in February-April. Students are not able to complete the housing application if they have a hold on their student account.
Incoming first-year students will apply for housing in late April through mid-May.
Students will need to have a Net ID (GWMail address without the @gwu.edu) as well as their GWID in order to complete the application. If requesting roommates, students will also need the RMS ID of their requested roommate(s). If you do not already have a NetID, please visit the IT Support Center for more information on how to create one.
There are a number of living options available for students including Academic Residential Communities, Sober Housing, Gender Inclusive Housing, and more.
Assignments are not made on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must apply for housing via GW Housing e-Services.
GW Housing offers two Graduate Housing options: The Aston and the Columbia Plaza Housing Program, a referral program for students seeking off-campus housing. Graduate students may also contact Off-Campus Student Affairs for more off-campus housing options.
- The 2018 Spring Only Housing Application will become available on November 7, 2017 at 10am Eastern Time to all incoming freshmen, transfer and returning undergraduate students who need an assignment for the spring semester. The application will be open until late January.
- Due to limited bed space availability throughout campus, students will not be able to preference a room assignment on their application. Due to the limited availability of single-unit rooms, we will unfortunately be unable to accommodate requests for private bedrooms. Students will be assigned randomly based on the availability of rooms throughout campus. Spring-only students are not assigned in one central location, their assignments will be distributed throughout campus.
- Assignments will be sent to students through their University email address on a rolling basis beginning at the end of November.
All first-, second-, and third-year students are required to reside in on-campus housing in compliance with DC zoning restrictions and GW policy unless they have been approved for a Residency Exemption. Exemptions are rarely granted; however, students can request an exemption under specific conditions. Please see theHousing Residency Requirement section of this site for details on the exemption process.
Students will apply for housing by visiting GW Housing e-Services. This application asks you to answer questions about your lifestyle preferences (bedtime, study hours, cleanliness, etc.), and indicate any roommate preferences. Due to limited bed space availability after the start of the academic year, students are not able to make building preferences. Students who have a need for a housing accommodation should review the Disability Support Services Housing Accommodation Policy and register with DSS prior to applying for housing. Students are able to make roommate requests and participate in Gender Neutral Housing, should they wish to do so. Roommate requests are granted when space is available and the requests are mutual. GW Housing will do its best to accommodate any roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do so.
Spring housing assignments are made on a rolling basis and sent to students via their GW email address. Students will be able to log onto GW Housing e-Services to view housing assignment and roommate(s) information after they have been notified of their assignment.
Fourth-year students who wish to cancel their assignment may do so within five business days from the date of the student's initial assignment for a $150 cancellation fee.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the Spring iHousing process, please contact our office.