How to apply for residence

Before you begin your application, check out our first-year and upper-year housing options and find the residence and suite style that works for you. Also be sure to read our policies concerning cancellation and electronic communications.

Step 1

Obtain your CCID

Get your CCID by applying for admission to UAlberta. Please allow 72 hours for activation. You do not need to be admitted to your program to apply for residence.

Step 2

Submit your application and pay the fee

Log into your Residence Account using your CCID and fill out your application. Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee by credit card and submit.

Step 3

Confirm your space

Check your UAlberta email regularly for our room offer and accept using our confirmation contract link. Room offers are sent starting in May of each year.

Frequently asked questions

Can I change my application after I submit it?

Yes! Simply send us an email to from your UAlberta email account and request your change. Please note, your “application submission date” will change to match the date you submitted your change request.

How do room assignments work?

Applications are considered based on the date the application was received, which is one of the reasons you should apply early! As well, applying early increases your chances of being offered your preferred residence and unit type.

Are some students guaranteed housing?

Yes! Some students are given priority to housing if they apply before a certain date. For instance, first-year students are guaranteed housing if they apply by April 30. In addition, first-year students with a minimum 90% average in high school who apply by April 30th are guaranteed their preferred residence building and room type. Be sure to review our guaranteed housing page for more information.

How do I make arrangements for special accommodation?

If you have a condition that affects mobility, vision, hearing, learning or physical or mental health, please contact Accessibility Resources for campus support, who will provide us with a recommendation so we can best assist you. For any other special requirements, please contact us at before you submit an application. We strive to accommodate special needs and concerns to the best of our ability.

When do residence applications open?

Applications for the next year's academic terms open in October for first-year students and early-December for all other student types.

Can I pay my application fee another way?

Yes, we can make arrangements if you are unable to pay by credit card. Email us at and let us know your situation.

Can I pick my roommates?

Yes! If you apply to Pinecrest House, Tamarack House, or Nîpisîy House by January 31, your requested roommates are guaranteed! If you apply to another residence or after January 31, your roommate request will be prioritized (not guaranteed). Please note, all residents who want to live with each other must consent and request to live with each other.

Why haven't I received my confirmation contract link?

Beginning in May, we will send your UAlberta email a message offering you a space in residence or notifying you that you've been placed on a waiting list. If you have trouble finding our email, please check your junk mail folder. Contact us at if you have any additional issues.