Renew Your Housing

The residential experience is an essential part of your education at McKendree University.

Renew & select your housing for the 2024-2025 academic year!

All full-time undergraduate students are required to live in University housing. Some exemptions apply.

Choose your room, meal plan, and roommates through the Housing Selection Process.


Housing Selection Options

All current residential students who wish to live on campus for the following academic year must participate in the Housing Renewal Process.  

Housing Options

To see the spaces on campus, please check out our Housing Options and Rates page for photos.

Single Room Reminder

A limited selection of rooms in the traditional halls, the Summerfield Suites, and McKendree West apartments will be offered as Single Rooms; buy-outs will no longer be an option moving forward due to changes with how the institution works to meet ADA requirements.  You will not be able to select these locations during the renewal process, they are reserved for medical/ADA accommodations.  Student can be put on a waitlist registration day if any singles remain after accommodations are completed.  The Waiting List option is available on The ResLife Portal under Rooms and Roommates.

Traditional Halls - Baker Hall, Barnett Hall, and Walton Hall

    • Double/Shared Room - $2,735 per semester - 1 dorm room, 2 students per room
    • Single/Individual Room - $3,640 per semester - 1 dorm room, 1 student per room - Baker and Walton Only

Suite Style Buildings

    • The Suites Double/Shared Bedroom - $2,735 per semester - 3 bedrooms in a suite, 2 students per bedroom, 6 residents total
    • The Suites Single/Individual Bedroom - $3,640 per semester - 3 bedrooms in a suite, bedroom A is a single, total residents will be 5.
    • Residence Hall East and West Double/Shared Bedroom - $3,590 per semester - 4 students to a suite, two students share a bedroom
    • Residence Hall East and West Single/Individual Bedroom - $3,735 per semester - 4 students to a suite, each has their own bedroom

Apartments - Only Students with 30+ Credit Hours

    • Hunter Street Apartments - $3,865 per semester - 2 bedrooms with 1 student in the smaller bedroom and 2 students in the other, 3 residents total
    • McKendree West Apartments Double/Shared Bedroom - $3,865 per semester - 2 bedrooms with 2 students per bedroom, 4 residents total
    • McKendree West Apartments Single/Individual Bedroom - $5,140 per semester - 2 bedrooms with 2 student paying to have a bedroom alone, resulting in 2 residents total per apartment

Meal Plan Type

19 Meals per week and $50 in Flex per semester - $3,290 per semester

15 Meals per week and $75 in Flex per semester - $3,015 per semester

10 Meals per week and $100 in Flex per semester - $2,635 per semester

25 Meals per semester - $235 per semester - Commuters and Apartment Residents Only

21+ Approved Housing

McKendree University encourages students to make responsible decisions concerning the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The University recognizes that some students who are of the legal drinking age as determined by the State of Illinois (21 and over, e.g. 21+) desire to participate in the use of alcohol.  The university will pilot the 21+ Approved Housing Policy for a 2nd year. Students who are 21+ will have the freedom to make their own choices regarding alcohol use while promoting responsible consumption and continuing to foster a safe and welcoming environment.

Students of legal age, 21+, who applied and are approved to reside in the 21+ alcohol-designated residential building and their guests may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in their residential spaces, so long as all persons are 21+ during the time of consumption.  Additional requirements apply.


Housing Selection Process

The Returning Student Housing Selection Process is a seniority system based on credit hours that rewards roommate groupings. 

Housing Grouping

During this process, eligible students will have the opportunity to match up with a "Housing Group".  A Housing Group is a group of roommates who are applying together for the renewal process.  Each person in the Housing Group must complete the Returning Student Housing Application (opens March 31).  As long as this form is completed by 9:00 am Friday, April 21, 2023, you will have no problem choosing a placement on Housing Selection Day. 

The Returning Student Housing Application will ask for the name of your Group Leader or Proxy.

Housing Group Scoring

Your Total Credit Hours are your Achieved Cumulative Credit Hours plus the number of hours you are attempting in the 2023 Spring Semester.  Every student currently in housing will receive an email from with this information.  If you feel there has been a mistake in the credit hours, you must contact Academic Records.  Each roommate's individual Total Credit Hours are added together to get a "Total Housing Group Score".  The higher the Total Housing Group Score, the earlier your Housing Group registers on Housing Selection Day.


If no one from your Housing Group can be at the Housing Selection Day, you can give permission for the another student to act as your group's Proxy.  The Proxy would make decisions on your behalf in regards to selecting a housing assignment for next academic year.

    • Please discuss alternate options with your Proxy in case your first preference in the housing selection is not available
    • Any decision that the selected Proxy makes concerning your housing assignment is binding.  You are still welcome to add yourself to a Waitlist at a later time.
    • Any dissatisfaction with the final assignment is not grounds for a different assignment or permission to live off campus

Click Here to see instructions for getting to your Housing Application.

Next Steps: Update your Personal Info, Join a Waitlist, Search and Select Roommates.


After the main housing selection process, all students who need to renew their housing for Fall 2023 will need to call the Office of Residence Life at 618-537-6855 and speak with the Director or Assistant Director of Residence Life.

Housing Selection Requirements

Being Registered

Before choosing a housing assignment, students must be registered full-time for classes before they can choose a Housing Placement; thus, if one person in your Housing Group is not registered, it can result in delays to your ability to choose a Housing Placement.  The longer it takes a Housing Group to register, the less options are available.

If you show up to select housing, and any one person in your Housing Group is not registered for Fall 2023, you will need to decide if:

    • the Housing Group splits up - registered students choose a placement and the unregistered students attempt to join later OR, *
    • the Housing Group registers another day.

*Note: If option 1 occurs, we cannot guarantee that the spaces will remain open for the unregistered students.

Automatic Housing Placement

Please remember that it is the requirement of McKendree University that all full-time, undergraduate students must live in University housing unless they have an approved residency waiver. Thus, if the Office of Residence Life does not approve a waiver by July 1 but you are registered for classes, we will choose a housing placement and the lowest meal plan on your behalf.  

Other Agreements

Residents agree to abide by the McKendree University housing policies and procedures as stated in the Terms and Conditions of the McKendree University Housing and Meal Plan Contract as well as the McKendree University Student Handbook Student must understand and accept the responsibilities, policies, and processes contained within. 


Housing Selection Process and Calendar

Selection Schedule

Returning Student Housing Application Opens - Friday, March 29, 2024

Question and Answer Zoom session - Wednesday, April 6, 2024

    • Topic: Returning Student Housing Selection Information Meeting
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Join Zoom Meeting:  Pending

Returning Student Housing Application Due - 9:00 am on Friday, April 19, 2024

Housing Select Day - Sunday, April 21

Each Housing Group, will be emailed a time frame when they can choose their housing.

Past this date, Housing Groups or individuals will need to book an appointment with the Assistant Director or Director of Residence Life to secure housing.

Housing Selection Day

Your Housing Group will receive an email that has the time your group can select your space.  

A LIVE link is provided for students to see what rooms are available and which rooms have been filled:  PENDING

A waitlist request can be completed with the Residence Life staff during your appointment if needed.


Medical and ADA Accommodations

If you believe you require a specific housing accommodation including assistance animals or emotional support animals due to a mental, emotional, or physical health condition, please contact the Office of Disability Services. 

The Office of Disability Services will determine if your request will be approved.  

    • We can guarantee accommodations that are completed by 3/10/2023 and approve the week after.

    • After 3/10/2023, we will still meet your need if space is available, but we cannot guarantee requested space or roommate preferences.

    • If your documentation is received in full on or after 3/11/2023, the committee will not consider it until the 4/10/2023 session.

Those who receive an approved accommodation before this date will be called by the Office of Residence Life to select their housing location prior to Housing Selection Day.  Following the guidelines form the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the University provides comparable, convenient, and accessible housing to students with disabilities at the same cost as those spaces would be provided to students without a disability.

For more information see the Disability Service's website.


Thinking about living off campus?

Don't forget about all the "pros" of living on!

    • It's convenient to be near other campus facilities - sleep in later!

    • No need to worry about utilities - it's included in the cost!

    • There's more opportunity to be involved in campus life

    • Studies show that students who live on campus get better grades

    • It's generally more safe and secure

    • Living on campus helps to develop interpersonal and leadership skills!

    • Your room comes furnished

    • There are more opportunities to meet people!

    • Living on campus exposes you to a wide range of interests, ideas, cultures, and perspectives

Still wanting to live off? Make sure to complete the Residency Requirement Waiver.

Once a student's waiver is approved they will be granted log in access to the Off-Campus Housing Market.