Spring Housing

Spring 2021 Housing Process

We are now accepting housing application fees for our Spring 2021 housing application process to all new and current Montclair State University students who are looking to live on campus for the first time. Spring housing is available to students by following our application guidelines below. We anticipate all students who apply and meet our required deadlines will be eligible to select housing based on spaces available in the Residential Management System (RMS).

For more information, click on your student type below. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email us at reslife@montclair.edu or call us at 973-655-5188 and we will be happy to assist you!

New Students (Freshmen and Transfer)

Housing for first-year, transfer, and graduate students enrolling for the spring semester is based on availability, space permitting. Our office aims to accommodate students based on the below criteria:

  • Have been fully accepted to the University.
  • Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by the semester deadline.
  • Submit a $300.00 non-refundable housing application fee.
  • Complete the online housing agreement, room preferences, and lifestyle preferences.

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


How Do I Apply?

  1. 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. There is no deadline for the housing application fee.
  2. 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 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 here.


How Do I Select Housing?

In order to select housing for the spring semester, all incoming students must complete the above requirements. The housing selection process and housing agreements will be available for students to participate in from Monday, November 2, 2020, through Thursday, December 3, 2020. 

On Monday, November 2, 2020, all students who have an active application in our system will receive an email that the housing system is open to select housing! To select housing, follow the below steps. The Residential Management System (RMS), will be open from November 2 – December 3 for students to select housing.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Scroll down to New Incoming Students and click on “Next Step” to enter your personalized RMS homepage.

Step 3

Scroll down to housing placements. You will see information relating to housing selection.

Step 4

Sign your housing agreement. You will see “Next Step” after that title. Follow each direction on the page. You will use your CWID number (excluding the ‘M’) as your electronic signature.

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

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

Step 5

Sign your COVID housing agreement amendment. This information is pertinent to the ongoing global pandemic. You will use your CWID number (excluding the ‘M’) as your electronic signature.

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

Step 6

Select your housing. You will see “Next Step” after the title Pick My Housing on your RMS homepage. Follow each direction on those pages to select housing. You can view a step by step tutorial on selecting your housing assignment in RMS here on November 2!

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

You will receive all of your room selection 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.

Current Students

Housing for current undergraduate and graduate students enrolling for the spring semester is based on availability, space permitting. Our office aims to accommodate students as best as possible.


How Do I Apply?

  1. 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. There is no deadline for the housing application fee.
    1. If you are a current student who had already submitted a housing application fee for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 academic year but decided to withdraw your housing/housing application due to COVID-19, please complete an application reactivation form hereYou will not be required to re-pay your housing application fee!
  2. Be sure that you have no holds on your student record. You can check holds through NEST.

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 here.


How Do I Select Housing?

In order to select housing for the spring semester, all incoming students must complete the above requirements and then follow the steps below. The housing selection process and housing agreements will be available for students to participate in from Monday, November 2, 2020, through Thursday, December 3, 2020. 

On Monday, November 2, 2020, all students who have an active application in our system will receive an email that the housing system is open to select housing! To select housing, follow the below steps. The Residential Management System (RMS), will be open from November 2 – December 3 for students to select housing.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Scroll down to Current Students and click on “Next Step” to enter your personalized RMS homepage.

Step 3

Scroll down to housing placements. You will see information relating to housing selection.

Step 4

Sign your housing agreement. You will see “Next Step” after that title. Follow each direction on the page. You will use your CWID number (excluding the ‘M’) as your electronic signature.

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

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

Step 5

Sign your COVID housing agreement amendment. This information is pertinent to the ongoing global pandemic. You will use your CWID number (excluding the ‘M’) as your electronic signature.

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

Step 6

Select your housing. You will see “Next Step” after the title Pick My Housing on your RMS homepage. Follow each direction on those pages to select housing. You can view a step by step tutorial on selecting your housing assignment in RMS here, on November 2!

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

You will receive all of your room selection 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for both our new and current students to use to their advantage. If you have any additional questions, you can always contact our office directly at reslife@montclair.edu.

  • What type of rooms and buildings am I eligible to live in?
    • A full list of our buildings and room types can be found here. We will let students select housing from the spaces we have available. Please note, your preferred building or room type may not be available, so we always recommend having a few different ideas of spaces you would be comfortable with!
  • How do I log into your system? Is it the same place I pay my bill?
    • The Office of Residence Life uses the Residential Management System (RMS) to conduct housing assignments. This is different from NEST, which is where you can register for classes, pay your bill, etc. You can log into RMS with your NETID and password.
  • What are the current rates for housing on campus?
    • All of our rates are posted here! The rates are associated with the building and room type. Students are charged accordingly for the type of housing they select during the housing selection process.
  • What are meal plan options and how can I select one?
    • After the housing selection process, all students will be directed to Dine on Campus, which is where you can register for a meal plan. All students in traditional style housing are required to purchase a meal plan. Students in apartment-type housing (Hawk Crossings and The Village) have the option to select a meal plan. For more information on meal plans, visit the Meal Plan website.
  • What if I decide I don’t want to live on campus? Can I cancel housing?
    • After the housing selection process, all students will receive a 5-day cancellation notice. This notice will explain that students have five (5) business days from the receipt of that letter to cancel housing, no questions asked. Outside of that five (5) business day period, students will need to submit a cancellation request. Requests are NOT guaranteed. For more information on our cancellation policy, see here!
  • When is my move-in date?
    • Due to the ongoing global pandemic, our staff will work diligently to provide all students with a safe plan to return to our residence halls at the start of the spring semester. More information with a specific date and time to return will be emailed to you over winter break.
  • What can I bring to my residence hall?
    • We have an extensive list of items that you can and cannot bring with you to campus. See that list here!
  • What is Residence Life doing to keep me safe in housing during the Coronavirus pandemic?
    • We have extensively reviewed our policies, procedures, and way of life in residential housing to ensure a safe and successful academic year for all of our students. A few of those include restricted guest policies, COVID-19 testing procedures with the University Health Center, increased sanitation and PPE supplies for our students in common areas, and much more. You can read about our outlined Restart Plan here!
  • What happens if I am exposed or test positive for COVID-19?
    • Along with the University Health Center, we have been actively identifying and assisting students who have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19. Through these efforts, students who are living on campus may be required to quarantine or isolate based on their situation. You can read about our quarantine and isolation procedures here!
  • Is there anything to do on campus? Would living on campus be worth it for me?
    • While we are living in a very uncertain time, one thing is still very certain – there’s plenty to do on campus! Programming efforts from Residence Life staff members as well as the Center for Student Involvement, Recreation Center, etc. have given students safe and fun ways to interact with their community during this time. You can view what’s going on around campus by logging into your student portal for Engage – an interactive place to connect with the community!