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Apply for Housing

Join Us in Red Hawk Country!

Join the over 5,000 residential population and live on campus! Living on campus gives students the opportunity to socialize, live and learn beyond the classroom — days, nights and weekends. Montclair State Residence Life offerings include residence halls, suites and apartments, each with their own amenities. Enjoy cable TV, high-speed internet, communal kitchens, game rooms, study lounges — you might never want to leave. In addition, we offer several Special Interest Housing options to provide you with the opportunity to live with friends who share your interests, lifestyle or commitment to a major.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students
Housing Deadlines Fall Spring
Enrollment Forms and Fees May 1 Rolling
Housing Application Fee May 1 Rolling
Information About the Housing Process Sent to Montclair Email Start of May November
Online Housing Selection and/or Application Early June November

Housing for First-Year and Transfer Students

Housing for first-year and transfer students enrolling for the fall semester is guaranteed for those who meet the below criteria (space permitting):

  • Have been fully accepted to the University
  • Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by the semester deadline
  • Pay the $300.00 nonrefundable housing application fee by the semester deadline

All items are required in order for your housing application to be considered complete. For specific information on enrollment fees please see Accepted Students. Our housing process is done completely online and there is no paper application to complete or submit.

For those who do not meet the above criteria, including students who may be accepted to the University after these dates, housing is not guaranteed. Every effort will be made to accommodate students in this category as space becomes available.

How Do I Apply?

  • Pay the $300.00 Housing Application Fee online through NEST or in person at the Office of Student Accounts. Payment info can be found on the Red Hawk Central website. The housing application fee is due by May 1.
    • First year students for spring 2022 do not have a deadline for their housing application fee. We recommend submitting your deposit as soon as possible. Information for housing is emailed to students in December and on a rolling basis!
  • Activate your Montclair State University NetID (your NetID is your Montclair State University Email account). The emails we send will be sent to your Montclair Email account.
  • Students will be emailed during the month of May about our housing selection process, which takes place in June. Students will be expected to enter the Residential Management System (RMS) to complete their online housing agreement, lifestyle preferences, room type preferences prior to selecting housing.
  • Students requesting housing accommodations due to a medical condition, in addition to completing the RMS preferences must submit a Request for Medical Accommodations by the semester deadline.
Incoming Graduate Students

Campus housing is not just for our undergraduate students, it’s available for graduate students, too! We offer graduate student housing in our apartment complex, The Village.

How Do I Apply?

  • Pay the $300.00 Housing Application Fee online through NEST or in person at the Office of Student Accounts. Payment info can be found on the Red Hawk Central website. The housing application fee is due by May 1.
    • First year students for spring 2022 do not have a deadline for their housing application fee. We recommend submitting your deposit as soon as possible. Information for housing is emailed to students in December and on a rolling basis!
  • Activate your Montclair State University NetID (your NetID is your Montclair State University Email account). The emails we send to students will be sent to your Montclair Email account.
  • Students will be emailed during the month of May about our housing selection process, which takes place in June. Students will be expected to enter the Residential Management System (RMS) to complete their online housing agreement, lifestyle preferences, room type preferences prior to selecting housing.
  • Students requesting housing accommodations due to a medical condition, in addition to completing the RMS preferences must submit a Request for Medical Accommodations by the semester deadline.
Returning Undergraduate and Graduate Students

No matter you are a current resident or a commuter wanting to live in campus, and you wish to request housing for the upcoming academic year, the Office of Residence Life offers a specific general room selection process each spring!

Review the Returning Students Housing Selection web page for a step-by-step guide as well as eligibility requirements.

Housing Application Directions

In order to apply for housing for, you must first be eligible and complete the necessary requirements as listed above in the drop downs.

Step 1

Log into the Residential Management System (RMS) with your NetID and associated password. If you are a new student and have not registered your NetID, be sure to complete that first!

Step 2

Scroll down to “New Incoming Students” or “Current Montclair State University Students” and click on “Next Step” to enter your personalized RMS homepage.

Step 3

Scroll down to the Apply for Housing section of the page. Click “Next Step” after Apply for Housing.

Step 4

Follow each direction on the page. You will use your CWID number (excluding the ‘M’) as your electronic signature for your housing agreement.

You will also be able to submit room style preferences and lifestyle preferences. These preferences do not select a housing assignment for you and do not guarantee a specific style of housing.

Be sure to select “Finish” at the end of the page to complete your housing application.

Step 5

You will now wait for housing to be assigned to you. Once you are assigned housing, you will receive a Housing Confirmation email.

You will receive all of your housing application summaries to your Montclair email account as confirmation that you have completed the process properly. We will be communicating specific move-in instructions over winter break that adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at reslife@montclair.edu.

Additional Information

Living on Campus

Living on campus goes beyond your room! Learn about our amenities, special interest learning communities and more at the link below!

Living on Campus


Housing Agreement

All students living on campus must sign the Housing Agreement. The agreement outlines all of “the business” of living on campus. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your Housing Agreement before living on campus!

Read the Agreement


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Request for Medical Housing Accommodations

The Office of Residence Life and the Disability Resource Center work together to accommodate students with disabilities or medical needs. Depending on the time, students should confirm deadlines for housing selection processes! We do however accept requests at any time and accommodate requests based on availability.

Request Accommodations


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Room Rates

Learn about the housing and meal plan rates on Student Account’s website below.

Learn About Room Rates