Real life. New friends. Memories you will cherish forever.

This is your first chance to live away from home, and we bet they'll be some of the best years of your life. Get your first real taste of independence while still having a support system (Residence Life staff) to go to when you need something. Our ResLife staff works hard to plan fun events that will give you opportunities to connect with your dorm mates, and they're there for you when you have a question about Cumberlands, need directions to a local place, or just want someone to talk to.

Need to start the process of choosing a dorm room, or want to check your housing options or UC housing status? Just click the button below.

Housing Portal Fall 2024

A healthy dorm life leads to better accomplishments.

Our goal in Housing and Residence Life is to create an atmosphere of community that is conducive to healthy lifestyles and academic accomplishment. We strongly believe living on campus can help you make the most of your residence life and overall UC experience. Along these lines, our student handbook outlines the safety protocols and guidelines we have in place to help ensure a safe and healthy experience for everyone living on our campus. At Cumberlands, we are One Big Team in all aspects, including residence life. Welcome home, Patriots!

Housing Selection Process

Housing Selection Process


  1. Log into your Patriot Portal and accept your offer of admission 
  2. Your UC email and temporary password will be created for you and will come to the email you used to apply with. You will need to reset your password and complete the multi-factor authentication steps before logging in.
  3. It may take up to 24 hours for your UC email and temporary password to be sent from OneLogin. If you are having issues or do not receive the email, please let your enrollment counselor know.


  1. Go to the Housing Portal
  2. Click "Applications"
  3. Select "New Student Housing Application"
  4. Complete and submit


  1. Go to the Housing Selection tab, select "Select a Roommate" and search for and match with at least one roommate. The person you match with will need to accept the request as well!
  2. Starting May 15th, Residence Life will begin making housing assignments on a rolling basis throughout the summer, and will send assignment and move-in information to your UC email. More information about this process can be found on the UC Housing Portal or by contacting Residence Life.

Go to the Housing Portal to participate in the housing selection process. Housing Contracts become available in February.


  1. Go to the Housing Portal - Spring 2024
  2. Click the "Applications" tab
  3. Click "Housing Application"
  4. Complete all questions


  1. Go to the Housing Portal
  2. Click the "Housing Selection" tab
  3. Click "Select Roommates"
  4. Click "Fall Term"
  5. Search for a roommate


  1. Go to the Housing Portal
  2. Click the "Room and Roommate Selection" tab
  3. Click "Select a Room or Suite"
  4. After filling in your preferences, click "Find Available Rooms"
  5. Review available rooms
  6. Select your room by clicking "I Agree - Submit My Room Selection"
Two guys playing guitar in a dorm room

Residence Halls

Your new home away from home.

Important Dates

Key dates to help make the housing application and move in process simple.

May 1

Course Registration Begins

April 1

Student Housing Application Opens

June 1

Housing Assignments Issued

August 23

New Student Move-In

What to Bring!

It's moving day. Use these suggestions to help you pack and make your time here at Cumberlands worry-free.

School Supplies

School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Paper (College Ruled)
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Writing Utensils
  • Calendar/planner
  • Bulletin Board/Dry erase board



  • Laptop (PC or Mac, no Chromebooks)
  • Surge protectors (no Extension Cords)
  • Fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Television
  • Refrigerator (up to 3.3 cu. Ft)
  • Microwave (up to 700 watts)
  • Earbuds or Headphones

Health and Hygiene

Health and Hygiene

  • Toiletries
  • Feminine products
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • First Aid Kit

Cleaning and Laundry Supplies

Cleaning and Laundry Supplies

  • High Efficiency Detergent 
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry Basket
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Broom
  • Small Vacuum

Bedding and Room Furnishings

Bedding and Room Furnishings

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Twin XL Sheets
  • Twin XL Blanket/Comforter
  • Twin XL Mattress Pad
  • Pillows
  • Study Lamp
  • Storage Totes
  • Wastebasket and Trash Bags
  • Eating Utensils
  • Mirror (Full length and/or small)
  • Desk organizer

Special Clothing

Special Clothing

  • Umbrella/Raincoat
  • Rain/Snow Boots
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Winter Jacket
  • Bathrobe
  • Exercise Clothes
  • Formal Clothing (for Special Event or Interviews)

What NOT to Bring to Campus

What NOT to Bring to Campus

  • Weapons of any kind (including toy weapons like Nerf Guns, paintball guns, etc.) 
  • Candles 
  • Space heaters and heated blankets 
  • Cooking appliances (except for microwaves) 
  • Animals (except those approved service and support animals) 
  • Vapes, e-cigs, tobacco, and drugs of any kind 

Learn more about living on campus and the housing application process.

30 sec
Housing staff answer questions about finding a roommate.
So summer orientation provides a great opportunity to meet people and discuss housing plans for the fall. If you don't have anybody in particular in mind that you want to room with our housing portal offers a great matching selection that allows you to search for a roommate based on personality factors, based on sleep time, wait time, campus involvement, in sports recruitment and much more.
From there, you can match them on the housing portal and participate in housing selection. Once it opens.
How do I find a roommate?
30 sec
Housing staff answer questions about the security of the halls.
Absolutely. The main entrances to all residence halls remain locked 24/7. The only way to gain entry into a residence hall is to present your UC student ID to the ID scanners beside the front door to each hall. For residence halls with suites, residence or issued keys to lock both their suite and room doors. Just in case a resident does not have their key to access either their room or their building.
Campus security and residence life have their numbers shared with residents, so there's always someone to contact.
Are the residence halls secure?
25 sec
Housing staff answer questions about visitors in rooms.
So open House is what we call our visiting hours in our residence halls. Open House is a designated time every evening where guests of the opposite gender can visit each other's dorm rooms. Overnight. Guests of college age are welcome to stay with residential students as well, with approval in advance by the Housing Residence Life Office. If you have any more questions, a full description of the policies regarding Open House and overnight guests can be found on the residents Life section of the UC Student Handbook.
What are the rules about visitors in the residence halls?
24 sec
Housing staff answer questions about the benefits of living on campus.
Students who live on campus receive a variety of benefits, including a full service meal plan, full coverage on all utilities maintenance, internet access and free laundry facilities. Not to mention you're within walking distance of all of your classes. With rising prices on food, transportation and housing, living on campus will definitely save you money over the course of your college career.
What are some pros to living on campus?

Residence Life FAQs

These are the things new students typically ask about before moving to campus. If you have something specific you'd like to know more about, reach out to us at housing [at] (housing[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu) 

  • Students can search for roommates from amongst those who have submitted housing applications, and can search for specific interests, sports affiliations, etc. Once a student finds a potential roommate, they can send them a request to match, and if the other student accepts the match, the two become a matched group and will be placed in a room together. Roommate groups can be in sets of 2 or 3, but a group of 3 can only be placed in one of our available triple rooms.
  • If a student chooses not to match with any roommates, our Auto Assign process attempts to match students using the same criteria students use to search for and match with each other to find the closest match possible.

A full list of what is allowed in the residence halls can be found in the Student Handbook, and is highlighted here: What To Bring.pdf

Yes, we have suite housing available for male students in Robinson and Cook Halls, and for female students in Asher Hall


Every room has a bed (frame and mattress) for each student, as well as a dresser, closet, or wardrobe, and a desk and desk chair. In residence halls with suite lobbies, these are furnished with couches and tables.

Each residence hall is unique in its size and layout, so some rooms are slightly larger or smaller than others. In general, however, there is a consistent amount of space per student in every room on campus.

We do not offer co-ed residential housing. All of our residence halls are single-gender.

Each residential student has 1-2 roommates, depending on whether they live in a double room or a triple room.

Each residence hall has a different capacity due to the unique design of each one, but on average, there are about 120 residents per hall at max capacity.

Suite-style halls have 3-4 double and triple rooms in an enclosed area that share a bathroom and common hallway or lounge area. Traditional-style halls have 10-12 single, double, and triple rooms sharing a larger bathroom on a hallway.

All of our residence halls and apartments use the same cost for room and board at $4,650 per semester.

Yes! We provide safety pins to allow beds to be bunked if desired. Beds should only be bunked if they can be done so safely and securely.

Open House, when members of the opposite sex are allowed to visit in a student’s room, are from 7:00 – 11:30 PM every night. Visitors are expected to check in with the Residence Life staff in the hall lobby, and must be escorted to and from room by the resident.

Bathrooms are serviced several times per week by our Housekeeping staff. They are checked for cleanliness, trash, and supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.). Additional cleaning can be requested any time by contacting Residence Life staff.

In both the suite-style and community-style halls, an average of about 10 students share a bathroom that has multiple toilet stalls, shower stalls, and sinks.

Yes, every student is required to have a roommate, except for specific accommodations provided through the Accommodations Coordinator.

No, wax warmers, candles, and other appliances that generate heat are not allowed in our residence halls, as they are a fire hazard.

Furniture can be moved within rooms as long as it can be done so safely, however this furniture must remain in the room, and cannot be removed or replaced with personal furniture without express permission from Residence Life.

We have a small number of apartment housing available for selection by upperclassmen students (typically, juniors with at least 60 credit hours). We do not currently offer undergraduate apartment housing through Residence Life for students who are married or have dependents, but there may be apartments available for rent through UC’s Operations office, and we can provide contact information for them upon request.

We use the responses you submitted on your New Student Housing Application to try to match you with someone with similar interests, sports, etc. So it’s important to answer those questions carefully and honestly!

For the Fall 2024 semester, we are assigning all new students to rooms, and have disabled the self-selection process available to returning students, who are more familiar with our processes and have established relationships that make roommate matching easier for them.

New students are eligible to live in these residence halls:

  • Male Suite-Style: Cook Hall, Robinson Hall, 
  • Male Community-Style: Mahan Hall, Siler Hall
  • Female Suite-Style: Asher Hall
  • Female Community-Style: Archer Hall, Gillespie Hall

Right now, we are not offering a wait list to change halls, but we are working on it for the future! If you did not get assigned to the hall you were hoping for, we may be able to reassign you there once the semester is underway.

Generally, once housing assignments are communicated, we are not able to change them except in special circumstances, until after the second week of classes.

Maybe. Students who are registered for at least 12 credit hours, and are taking class in-person, must either apply for on-campus housing, or apply for and be approved for off-campus housing. The Off Campus Housing Request is available on the Applications tab of the Housing Portal. More information can be found in the Off-Campus Housing FAQ.

Our Residence Life Staff

It's a home away from home, but we know you have questions. This team is here to help. 

Josh Bloom

Josh Bloom

Director of Residence Life
Residence Life

Josh Bloom

Contact Information

josh.bloom [at]
Boswell Campus Center 203
Cailee Owens

Cailee Owens

Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Cailee Owens

Contact Information

cailee.owens [at]
Boswell Campus Center
Matt Fannin

Matt Fannin

Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Matt Fannin

Contact Information

matt.fannin [at]
Boswell Campus Center

Contact Us

Have questions about residence life at UC? We're here to help! Please contact us at housing [at] (housing[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu) or by calling 606.539.5316.