new students

Welcome to UNLV!
You’ve been admitted – now it’s time to make your living arrangements.  Students living on campus at UNLV:

  • Live independently in a supportive community environment
  • Focus on the important things, including studying and enjoying campus life, instead of commuting in Las Vegas traffic and paying bills
  • Have access to great programs, campus organizations and events
  • Don’t have to deal with utility bills or grocery shopping
  • Have great food options without having to do the dishes

National studies have also shown that students that live on campus earn better grades, make more friends and adjust to college sooner, and are more likely to graduate on time.

First Year Housing Requirement
If you are a UNLV freshman coming from a high school outside of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City or Pahrump, and you are taking six or more credits, the University requires that you live on campus in a UNLV housing facility during your first year.

Limited exceptions are available for students that: are married; graduated high school at least one year prior to entering UNLV and have been living independently or serving in the military; transfer to UNLV after completing at least two semesters at another college or university (not freshman transfer WUE recipients); are living with a parent or legal guardian within metropolitan Las Vegas; or have certified medical/disability limitations beyond accommodations made in collaboration with the Disability Resource Center. The Office of Housing & Residential Life is the sole authority for exceptions, which must be in writing following application for waiver. Non-compliance with the on-campus housing requirement may be cause for denial or cancellation of class registration by UNLV.

Clark County Residents.
Many students from the local area also choose to live on campus. Students graduating high school in Clark County can apply for a Clark County Housing Scholarship to use toward the cost of campus living. The first 300 Clark County freshmen who qualify are awarded $2,000, and may be eligible for another $3,000 toward their on-campus housing costs in their sophomore year.

Scholarship Incentives
Academic scholarships are available for students living on campus:

Dayton First-Year Living Experience
The Dayton First-Year Community is an environment designed to help first-year students succeed at UNLV. Programs in this residence hall focus on providing support to traditional first-year students in their adjustment to collegiate life. In addition to providing a strong social network with other first-year students, Dayton residents receive special attention in areas such as academic preparedness and success strategies, getting involved, academic support resources, additional faculty interaction, working through interpersonal relationships and other transition concerns.  In partnership with UNLV’s Academic Success Center, Dayton offers the opportunity to receive academic coaching or mentoring, increased interaction with faculty members, in-hall academic advising and free tutoring sessions within the community.

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