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Incoming Students

First-year students live on campus so they can experience opportunities that will help them make the most of their college experience, and to make sure they feel home at Carolina.

New Freshmen Applications

Applications are available through Self-Service Carolina. Applications for Fall 2019 will be available in December.  The deadline to apply is May 1.


Applying for Housing

All first-year students are required to live on campus for a full academic year.


  1. Know which learning communities you want to put as your preference.
  2. Coordinate with anyone you want to request as your roommate
  3. Complete your application on Self-Service Carolina.
  4. Look for your community and roommate assignments in the summer.

Application Fees

Application Fee: $50, non-refundable
Advance Room Payment: $100
Both fees are due when you submit your housing application.

Housing Fees

Activity Fee: $50 (except 650 Lincoln)
Technology Network Fee: $76 (except 650 Lincoln and Park Place)
Post Office Box Fee: $25 (except 650 Lincoln and Park Place)

Deadlines and Important Dates

December 2017
Application available for 2018/2019 freshmen.

May 1, 2018
• Priority deadline for the housing application and the living and learning community supplemental applications.
• Last day to request a roommate on application.
• Last day to make changes to learning community preferences on application.
• First-year exemption form deadline.

June 1, 2018
Deadline to cancel housing application for non-enrollment and get advance room payment ($100) refund.

Summer 2018
Room assignments and roommate/suitemate information posted.

Living and Learning Communities

Pick which communities fit best with your interests and/or coursework to put as a preference on your housing application

See all living and learning communities. »

Where Opportunities Begin
Your living and learning community will open opportunities to you, both on and off campus. It's no wonder our living communities have been ranked among the top learning environments in the country by U.S. News and World Report

Special Considerations

When you fill out your housing application, let us know about allergies, fear of heights, accessibility needs or other special considerations.

You will need to register your housing accommodations with the Student Disability Resource Center to be sure you get your request.


Canceling Your Housing Application

Contact us at 803-777-4283 or

Keep in mind freshmen are required to live on campus for a full academic year. Be sure to read your housing contract and all of the details about housing cancellations and refunds.