Housing FAQs

Am I required to live in Honors housing?

Incoming first-year students: Yes, with very limited exceptions, all incoming Honors students who live on campus live in the Honors First-Year community at Storrs or Stamford.

Returning students: No, you are not required to live in Honors housing. There are many reasons to live in an Honors community, but you can live anywhere you like on (or off) campus.

Do I have to live on campus to be a part of Honors?

No. Your membership in UConn Honors is not dependent on whether you live on campus. First-year and campus change students at Storrs should be aware of UConn’s residency requirement, but receiving an exemption to this requirement does not affect your membership in Honors.

If you are not living on campus, there are plenty of ways to engage in the Honors community through attending Honors Events, being involved in Honors student organizations, and creating connections and community through shared coursework.

Can I be a member of another Learning Community?

First-year Honors students who live on campus are required to live in the Honors First-Year Residential Community on their campus. You cannot join another residential Learning Community during your first year, but you can join a non-residential Learning Community.

After your first year, you can select from the Honors upper-division residential community, a non-Honors residential Learning Community, or general UConn housing.

What if I have a housing accommodation for a disability?

First, make sure that you request and are approved through the Center for Students with Disabilities for your housing accommodation. Once that accommodation is on file, Residential Life will work on placing you in an appropriate space. For incoming first-year students, they will attempt to place you in the Honors First-Year Residential Community on your campus. After your first year, they will attempt to place you in the community you request on your housing application. If there is no appropriate space within a given community, they will contact you to discuss your placement. If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please email livingoncampus@uconn.edu.

Are there exemptions for living in the Honors First-Year Residential Community?

Exemptions may be given on a case-by-case basis. These include students that are NCAA athletes (living in student athlete housing), commuters, or those that require gender-inclusive housing or medical accommodations. If you require an exemption, please email us.

Why should I live in upper-division Honors housing?

For many UConn Honors students, the experience of living in an Honors community is pivotal. In our Senior Survey, graduating students who entered as first-year students at Storrs frequently identify their Buckley/Shippee experience as the one that left them feeling most connected to the Honors community, encouraged their intellectual engagement with an Honors education, and supported their academic progress by exposing them to opportunities like research and mentorship. That sense of community doesn't have to stop after your first year at UConn. There are plenty of options for Honors housing throughout your time at the university. You can be surrounded by a community of Honors students that support each other academically and socially. Together with our partners in Residential Life, the Honors Program wants to help you create a supportive and welcoming home away from home.

How do I apply to live in Honors housing?

All housing applications and processes are managed by Residential Life. To live anywhere on campus, you must complete the standard housing application. It is also critical that you watch for emails during this process.

  • Incoming first-year students should not indicate a learning community. They will automatically be assigned to the Honors community.
  • Returning students will need to indicate their interest in Honors housing. See “How to Apply” for specific instructions.

More detail on how to apply for Honors housing.

What are my upper-division Honors housing options?

UConn Storrs: Students interested in remaining in Honors housing have three options: Snow Hall, the New South Residence Hall, and Shippee Hall.

UConn Stamford: Some upper-division Honors students remain in the Honors Residential Community on the 2nd floor of 900 Washington.

More detail on upper-division Honors housing.

Can I leave Honors housing and come back to it another year?

As long as you are in Honors and eligible for on campus housing at UConn Storrs or UConn Stamford, you will have the option to request Honors housing. Living in a non-Honors community for a year won't change that.

I am a current UConn student who has applied to be in the Honors Program. How do I secure Honors housing?

You will find out in July if you are admitted into the Honors Program. If admitted, you will be eligible to participate in the summer room change process as an Honors student. In the meantime, you may wish to consider selecting a non-Honors room in a building that contains an Honors community: Snow or New South at UConn Storrs or 900 Washington at UConn Stamford.

If I am a commuter student in the Honors Program, am I able to come and utilize various spaces within the Honors First-Year community in Buckley/Shippee Residential Halls (example: Buckley classroom, Programming & Events office, etc.)?

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Yes, all commuter students will have access to ground floor spaces (example: Buckley classroom, etc.) in Buckley/Shippee Residential Halls from 10am-10pm.