First-Year Students

The University of Georgia is committed to providing all students with a comprehensive educational experience. There are numerous educational and social benefits for first-year students living in the residence halls that may not be realized by those living off campus. With this understanding, UGA has required all first-year students to live on campus since fall 2004. Housing registration takes place in our online portal, The Dawg House. Access The Dawg House from the link to the right.


First-year undergraduate students enrolled as full-time students, as defined by the Office of the Registrar, are required to live in campus residence halls. Students first enrolling in the summer are required to live in the residence halls during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.

Learn more about the first-year live-on requirement.

Check our Resources section for detailed information on Student Assignments Policies; Contracts, Fees and Payment; Rules and Policies; Moving In/Moving Out and Roommate Matching, Changes and Rapport.


For most students, room selection works on an appointment system based on when you complete your housing registration. We are committed to housing all incoming first-year students but the earlier you register, the greater the likelihood you will receive one of your preferred residence halls.

Registration process for first-year students:

REGISTER for on-campus housing at Have a credit or debit card ready to pay the non-refundable $35 registration fee. Note: Payment of the University of Georgia’s commitment deposit is not necessary to register for University Housing.

CHOOSE your top three hall preferences. You will likely be able to self-select a space during the room assignment process.* Research halls and rates under the Housing tab at the top of the page

WATCH for an email from University Housing confirming successful processing of your online registration. Continue to check your UGA email for information about roommate selection and your appointment time.

SELECT roommates and your on-campus space. Designate roommate/s by logging into The Dawg House.** During your appointment time you may pull roommates into your space with you.

EXECUTE your housing contract online by the deadline. If you fail to execute a contract, you may lose your assigned space.

* Although most students are able to self-select a space some will be assigned automatically. In that event, every attempt will be made to honor your hall preferences and confirmed roommate choices where space is available.

** Roommate designation in The Dawg House is available for fall admits only


  • Most residence halls close during the holiday breaks. If you will require housing during these breaks, be sure to choose a hall that stays open
  • Honors Program first-year students have priority in assignments to Myers Hall, including a condensed sign-up period specifically for Myers Hall. Whether you are applying or have already been accepted to the Honors Program, list Myers Hall as your first hall preference if you desire assignment in the Honors magnet area. Living in Myers Hall is not a requirement of the Honors Program. Honors Program participants should expect to have an Honors Program roommate