Housing

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Single-Student Housing

Your educational experience at UAF will be one of the great adventures of your life. The Department of Residence Life can be a vital part of that adventure through programs that give you a comfortable, energetic environment in which to live and learn. The community fosters close friendships and academic achievement, helps you develop individual leadership ability and provides opportunities for personal growth.

Some of UAF’s residence halls have a wonderful view of the Alaska Range and Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

Residence Life offers living environments to meet every need. Options include coed buildings by floor or by room, small community atmospheres for rural Alaskans, apartment-style options, double, single and super-single rooms, alcohol-free environments, gender-inclusive housing options, and first-year experience halls. All single-student residential units are pet and smoke free. Service and assistance animals are permitted in all of our facilities.

Residence hall students have the conveniences of home within walking distance to class. Benefits include:

  • wireless and high-speed connections
  • laundry facilities
  • gender-inclusive housing
  • living-learning communities
  • trained staff on call 24 hours
  • more than 400 programs each year

Eligibility

All students are eligible for campus housing, but students are not guaranteed housing until approved by the Department of Residence Life. To better manage occupancy, Residence Life requires that students be registered for a minimum of 1 class credit hours (in-person, online or distance education class) to live in campus housing.

Application Process

You must have access to UAOnline to apply for campus housing. All housing applications and forms can be found in your housing portal. We have a two-part housing application process. Please complete the Housing Eligibility Form first, then you will be given access to the housing application(s) that fits your housing needs. More information can be found here. Applicants must send $355 ($315 deposit, $40 nonrefundable application fee) with the signed housing application. Upon acceptance, Residence Life will send a written confirmation and receipt to the student.

Costs

On-campus costs are comparable to off-campus living costs. When amenities such as wireless and computer connections, transportation and laundry facilities are added in, the on-campus costs are even more favorable. Residential fees (room and board) are due in full at fee payment along with all other fees. All students living in a residence hall are required to purchase a meal plan, with the exception of graduate students. Please see the Dining Services section for more information regarding meal plans. 

Residence hall and board plan fees are listed below. All room and board costs are subject to change. Students whose housing applications have been accepted will be able to withdraw (minus the application fee) if rates increase after they apply. Contact Residence Life about residence hall fees. Questions about the meal plan should be directed to Dining Services at 907-474-6661 or uaf-dining@alaska.edu.

Fairbanks Campus Single-Student Housing  
(per semester)*
Double rooms $2,550-$2,754
Single rooms1 $3,060-$3,264
Super single rooms1 $3,570-$3,774
Cutler Apartment Complex $3,060-$4,2332

Consequences of Canceling a Housing Contract

After July 31, students who have submitted a housing application are expected to live on campus and pay appropriate housing fees for their reserved space. Students who do not occupy their reserved space by the first day of classes or who cancel their reserved space after July 31 will forfeit their deposit. Dining plans also carry cancellation consequences. Direct questions about meal plans to Dining Services at 907-474-6661 or uaf-dining@alaska.edu.

On-campus housing applications are for the academic year. Students living on campus for the fall semester are obligated to live on campus for the remainder of the academic year, so long as they are UAF students. Exceptions may be granted for the conditions listed under the “termination/forfeits” section of the agreement.

Room charges and refunds are processed according to the following schedule:

Housing and Dining Refund Schedules

Fall 2020

Cancellation Date Housing Forfeit Deposit? Dining
Before Aug. 1 100% refund No 100% refund
Aug. 1-19 100% refund Yes 100% refund
Aug. 20-Sept. 4 90% refund Yes 100% or prorated refund based on actual usage
Sept. 5-18 75% refund Yes 100% or prorated refund based on actual usage
Sept. 19-Oct. 2 50% refund Yes 50% refund
Oct. 3-16 25% refund Yes No refund
After Oct. 16 No refund Yes No refund

Spring 2021

Cancellation Date Housing Forfeit Deposit? Dining
Before Dec. 1 100% refund No 100% refund
Dec. 1-Jan. 7 100% refund Yes 100% refund
Jan. 8-22 90% refund Yes 100% or prorated refund based on actual usage
Jan. 23-Feb. 5 75% refund Yes 100% or prorated refund based on actual usage
Feb. 6-19 50% refund Yes 50% refund
Feb. 20-March 5 25% refund Yes No refund
After March 5 No refund Yes No refund

Deposits will be carried forward to subsequent academic years for students with applications. Deposits can be forfeited for several reasons. Please refer to the back of the residence hall occupancy agreement for specific details.

Halls and Rooms

Every residence hall has common areas — including recreation lounges, study lounges, small kitchens and laundry facilities — to foster academic and personal growth. Recreational lounges typically have televisions, couches, tables, chairs and pool tables or pingpong tables. Hall kitchens generally include a range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, sink, table and chairs. Kitchens are for preparing snacks and not designed to replace the university meal plan.

All student rooms have high-speed connections. Students must furnish their own twin-long linens, blankets, pillows and towels. Custodial service is provided for all common areas such as hallways, lounges and centrally located bathrooms.

First-Year Live-On RequirEment

All incoming first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus.The live-on requirement is a commitment between the undergraduate students and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to enhance students' experience and success. Living on campus for at least the first year is a significant advantage as you will be part of a community and make connections to other students, faculty and staff. Living on campus also connects you to services that support you as you transition to college life at UAF. If you are a first-year undergraduate student enrolled in 9 credits or more, are under the age of 21 and are not planning to live locally with your parent(s)/legal guardian as specified below, you are required to live in a UAF residence hall for one academic year (fall/spring, excluding summer and winter breaks). If you are a UAF student receiving a scholarship specifically for room/board, you are required to live on campus as specified in the stipulations of the award or conditions of the program. Incoming spring transfer students who are still in their first matriculated year are required to live in a university residence hall and carry a traditional meal plan for the spring semester. All undergraduate international students in their first year of study in the United States are required to live on campus their first year. Requests for permission to reside off-campus for other reasons are considered on their own merit, taking into account individual circumstances.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks recognizes that exceptions to the live-on requirement may be appropriate in certain circumstances. Students can request an exception to the live-on requirement online on their UAOnline account. Those seeking an exemption must meet one or more of the following criteria, subject to validation. Other exceptions not listed below will also be considered on a case-by-case basis:

  1. Student is married, in a registered domestic partnership or civil union.

  2. Student is a parent with custody of a child or children or caring for a dependent who is living with them.

  3. Student is living with immediate family or legal guardian. Parent(s), sibling(s), or grandparent(s) are the only individuals that qualify as immediate family. Immediate family or legal guardian must also live within a 40-mile radius of campus.

  4. Student has extenuating circumstances.

  5. Credits are 100% eCampus.

More information about the first-year live-on requirement, including frequently asked questions, can be found here.

EDGE Program

The Education, Development, Growth and Experience program provides support and resources to help traditional first-time students achieve academic success. The EDGE program is for all first-time students under 21 years of age who live on campus. EDGE halls have live-in tutors and twice the number of resident advisors as other halls. Alcohol is prohibited in EDGE halls. Participants receive instruction in academic success skills, campus resources and other topics that foster success.

Living Learning Communities (LLC)

We have multiple LLCs on campus:

Honors LLC — Available in Skarland Hall — A community focused on first-year Honors students that provides an environment centered around supporting academic success. The Honors College and Residence Life staff have partnered to create a community that is specialized to enhance the Honors College experience through your first year at UAF. This housing option will provide an environment conducive to the needs of students in the Honors College through additional staff support and community connections.

Engineering LLC — Available in Skarland Hall — Membership in this community promotes the sharing of intellectual and academic goals between first-year engineering students at UAF. This high-impact living environment focuses on student success, with an intentional focus on connecting engineering students with key members of the community. The College of Engineering and Mines and Residence Life staff have partnered to create a floor where your classmate might just be your roommate.

Outdoor Adventures LLC — Available in Skarland Hall — A community focused on fostering personal growth and the spirit of adventure through education, experience and accessibility to the wilderness, on campus and within the greater state of Alaska! The Department of Nanook Recreation and the Department of Residence Life have partnered to create a community that focuses on outdoor involvement, and to help broaden students' experiences by providing the skills, knowledge and equipment to step out into the world with confidence.

Gender Diversity LLC — Available in Bartlett Hall (sixth floor) and Moore Hall (sixth floor) — Members of this community share intellectual and social experiences focused on the understanding of and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied identities, histories and practices. This welcoming and inclusive community focuses on the growth and development of the whole student, through intentional outreach, trainings and programmatic efforts aimed at strengthening the ties of our residents to the larger UAF community.

Impact LLC — Available in Skarland Hall — The Nanook Diversity and Action Center and the Department of Residence Life have partnered to give students the opportunity to develop their civic engagement skills to achieve equity in their environment. Students in this community will attend programs and activities focused on advancing their knowledge in the area of social justice. Students will also have access to campus engagement and leadership opportunities.

Undergraduate STUDENT APARTMENTS

Currently, Cutler Apartments are the only facilities open to traditional undergraduate students. Each apartment has a kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom, and houses up to four students. Each apartment also has a small patio or deck, and most have shared storage space. There are two laundry facilities in the complex that are open 24 hours a day. Cutler Apartments are available to undergraduate and graduate students in single-student housing. 

Room Use During Vacation Periods

All halls are open during Thanksgiving and spring break, but most are closed during the winter break, with the exception of Cutler Apartments. All students living on campus in the fall and spring are eligible to remain on campus over the winter break provided they apply to do so and pay the winter break fee. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The winter break fee for Cutler Apartments is included in the fall semester rates. Food service may not be available during the winter and spring breaks. Summer housing is also available; assignments are made through Residence Life.

Employee, Family and Graduate Housing

UAF offers a variety of on-campus housing for student families. The university owns and maintains 180 furnished apartments on campus, ranging from one- to three-bedroom units. They are affordable, comfortable and conveniently located near the center of campus. All apartments are smoke-free.

Eligibility

Employees, graduate students and students with dependents or who are over the age of 26 are eligible for employee, family and graduate housing options at UAF. The main agreement holder must be registered for a minimum of 1 class credit hours (in-person, online or distance education class) or be a benefited employee to live in campus housing.

Application Process

You must have access to UAOnline to apply for campus housing. All housing applications and forms can be found in your housing portal. We have a two-part housing application process. Please complete the Housing Eligibility Form first, then you will be given access to the housing application(s) that fits your housing needs. More information can be found here. You will receive further information within one week of submitting your housing application. For many of Residence Life EFG housing units, a waitlists is maintained according to the order the application was received. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of accommodations, but it gives Residence Life the information it requires to meet the applicant’s needs. All apartment preferences are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pet Policy

Residents of employee, family and graduate housing may keep one pet in their unit. Certain types of pets are permitted, including fish, small caged animals, dogs and cats. Residents are limited to types of pets depending on the unit. Detailed information about pet policies can be found on the Residence Life website. All pets must be registered with the Department of Residence Life. No other animals may be kept as pets in campus housing. Applying to keep a pet does not guarantee approval.

Costs

Costs for individuals living on campus are comparable to the costs of living off campus. On-campus apartment rental rates include all utilities.

Deposits for EFG housing are $600. Upon acceptance of your assigned apartment, $300 of the deposit is due. The balance of your $600 deposit and your first month’s rent is due when you check in. Your occupancy agreement is for either six or 12 months, but you may cancel the agreement for the spring semester without forfeiting your deposit if you graduate or are not enrolled at UAF. Housing Cancellation Forms must be submitted to Residence Life with a 30-day notice of intent to vacate and can be found in your housing portal. See the cancellation/termination section of your agreement for more detailed information.

FAIRBANKS CAMPUS EFG HOUSING  
(per month; 6-month or yearlong contract required)*
Efficiency, double-shared, one- to three-bedroom apartments $821-$1,683
One- to three-bedroom home with garage $1,377-$1,785

EFG Complexes

The Fairbanks campus maintains the following EFG complexes: Stuart Hall and Walsh Hall offer one-bedroom apartments (400 square feet); Hess Village offers one-bedroom (425 square feet), two-bedroom (720 square feet) and three-bedroom (900 square feet) apartments; while Garden Apartments (695 square feet) is a six-plex offering shared two-bedroom apartments. Harwood Hall offers efficiencies (380 square feet) and one-bedroom apartments (470 square feet). Chandalar Drive holds one-bedroom (600 square feet), two-bedroom (1408 square feet) and three-bedroom (1450 square feet) homes with garage. Tanana Drive has one-bedroom (720 square feet) and two-bedroom (1400 square feet) homes with garage. Children are not allowed in Stuart, Walsh or Harwood Hall. All complexes are equipped with laundry facilities.

Campus apartments are fully furnished and include high-speed Wi-Fi internet connections and laundry facilities.

Immunization Policy and Housing

The University of Alaska strictly enforces immunization and test requirements for students living in high-density housing. To live in UAF housing, you are required to submit records showing that you have had the following:

  • Two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunizations (or proof of immunity)
  • Tetanus immunization within the last 10 years (this can be either tetanus/diphtheria [TD], or tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis [TDAP])
  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test (often called a PPD test) within the first year of living in housing. If your TB test was positive, negative confirmatory testing or negative chest x-ray report is required

If you do not have access to these records, you can obtain these immunizations and TB testing at the Student Center for Health and Counseling or at a clinic or pharmacy in the community. If you get them done in the community, please upload your immunization records to the Patient Portal, bring the documents to the Student Health and Counseling Center, or send them to:

UAF Student Health and Counseling Center
P.O. Box 755580
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Although the university urges all students to be immunized against communicable diseases, these requirements are specifically intended to help ensure the health of all resident students.

Mandatory Immunizations and Tests

Your application for housing may be withheld for your second semester if you have not submitted these items. The university may require additional or expanded immunization and testing if the university community’s health and safety warrants it.

The university may grant exemptions from immunization requirements based on medical or religious reasons. The chancellor may also grant exemptions to people who will occupy student residence facilities for less than a semester. Those exempted from immunization or testing for a disease may be removed from student residence facilities should an outbreak of that disease occur or threaten to occur. Residence Life cannot authorize exceptions to this policy.

See Board of Regents’ Policy, Part IX–Student Affairs, Chapter XI–Student Health. For more information, contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043 or uaf-sh-cc@alaska.edu.

Where To Get More Information

Department of Residence Life
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Main Floor, Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex
P.O. Box 756860
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6860
Email: uaf-housing@alaska.edu
Telephone: 907-474-7247
Fax: 907-474-6423