Renew Your Housing

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

Renew & select your housing for the 2022-2023 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 type of housing spaces available, please check out our Housing Options and Rates page.

New this next year is that a certain selection of rooms in the traditional halls 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 the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.

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, aka 21+) desire to participate in the use of alcohol.  The university will pilot a 21+ Approved Housing Policy which will seeks to allow students who are 21+ 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.  More information will be released at a later date.


Housing Selection Requirements

Being Registered

Before choosing a housing assignment, students must be registered full-time for Fall 2022 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.

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 receive a waiver by July 1 but you are registered for classes, we will choose a housing placement and a 10 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

The Housing Selection Day was April 24th.  Students who were unable to register on that day, should:

  • Ensure they are registered full-time for the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Complete the Housing Renewal Form.
  • Contact the Office of Residence Life to select housing.
  • A waitlist request can be completed with the Residence Life staff during your appointment if needed.


Housing Selection Process and Calendar

Selection Schedule

Monday, March 21, 2022 - Housing Renewal Form Opens 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - Question and Answer Zoom session

Friday, April 22, 2022 - All Housing Renewal Forms due in order for Housing Groups to select their housing placements on 4/22/2022.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 - All Registered Housing Groups receive an email with their Housing Selection Time.

Sunday, April 24, 2022 - Housing Select Day in Clark Hall

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

Friday, June 17, 2022 - Housing confirmation emails sent and Move-In Guide provided to students via their McK Email.


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 has a committee that meets to determine if a student's request meets the federal requirement of a major life activity that is substantially limited by a physical or mental impairment.  The committee that reviews accommodation applications meet only once a month.  Students should submit complete documentation by the 10th of each month in order to be considered in that month.  Submissions that lack documentation or that arrive on the 11th or after will be considered in the meeting the following month.

    • We can guarantee accommodations that are completed by 4/10/2022 and approve the week after.

    • After 4/10/2022, we will still meet your need if space is available, but we cannot guarantee requested space or roommate preferences.

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.