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Eligibility

  • Only Full-time students registered with the National University of Singapore are eligible.
  • Students who are no longer of full-time status (e.g. on Leave of Absence, withdrew or graduated) and on overseas Student Exchange Programme (SEP) are not eligible to stay in NUS student accommodation and will be given 7 days’ notice to vacate their rooms except under exceptional circumstances.
  • Only new Full-time NUS students matriculating in the coming academic year are eligible to apply for an NUS student accommodation.
  • Students with outstanding arrears in their accommodation accounts will not be eligible for an NUS accommodation.
  • Students who are barred due to disciplinary or breach of housing agreement will not be eligible for an NUS accommodation for the duration of the barring period.
  • Except under special considerations, Undergraduate students whose official status are designated as Graduate students (e.g. students on concurrent degree programmes) are not eligible for Undergraduate student’s accommodation and would have to apply for Graduate student accommodation. (UG only)
  • International students (non-Singaporean/Singapore PR) are required to have the appropriate and valid passes as issued by the Immigration & Custom Authority (ICA) or Ministry of Manpower (MOM) during the course of their stay in an NUS hostel.
  • Students are required to be insured under the NUS student insurance scheme or its equivalent throughout their stay in an NUS hostel.

Selection Criteria for Undergraduate Students 

 
New 1st Year Undergraduates
New students who wish to apply for a place in one of the six Halls during Freshman Accommodation Exercise will be selected based on their pre-University Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) and availability. 

New students who wish to apply for a place in the Residences during Freshman Hostel Accommodation Exercise will be randomly selected and allocated based on availability.

New students who wish to apply for a place in one of the Colleges should first apply for admission to one of the following programmes:

  • Ridge View Residential College (RVRC) Programme, housed in RVRC
  • University Scholars Programme, housed in Cinnamon College
  • University Town College Programme, housed in College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT), Residential College 4 (RC4), and Tembusu College

Please note that you will not be able to apply or be admitted to RVRC Programme, UTCP, and USP at the same time.

For more information on the application windows and application process, please visit the following websites: RVRCUSP, & UTCP.

For semester 2 hostel application exercise, unless stated otherwise, the default selection criteria are based on random selection and availability.

Singaporean

Allocation will be based on availability and the prevailing selection criteria.

Singapore PR

Students who obtained their Singapore PR status during their studies in the University will be assisted for their 1st year of studies subject to availability of accommodation and declaration during application. From year 2 onwards, allocation will be processed as a Singaporean applicant.

International Students

International students are assured accommodation in year 1 and 2 of their studies in NUS subject to the submission of a hostel application (inclusive of the LOA period). This assurance is only valid for semester 1 applications submitted within the stipulated exercise periods.

New international students (excluding Singapore Permanent Resident) not selected by the Halls or Colleges will be randomly selected and allocated based on availability. 

  

Senior Undergraduates (Year 2 and above)
Students applying to the Halls or Residences will be allocated an accommodation based on the prevailing Residence Admission Scheme (RAS) admission criteria. Please refer to the links below for further information.

Residence Admission Scheme (RAS)
Participating Groups for RAS in AY2019/20 
Frequent Asked Questions on RAS

Students who wish to apply for a room in the Colleges will first need to apply and be accepted into the Ridge View Residential College Programme (RVRCP), University Town College Programme (UTCP) or University Scholars Programme (USP).  For programme application windows and the application process, please refer to RVRCUTRC and USP websites respectively. Students wishing to stay in their desired accommodation are expected to meet the prevailing admission criteria. Failing which, they will be randomly selected and allocated based on availability. Unless stated otherwise, the default selection criteria are based on random selection and availability.

Students on Leave of Absence during the first 2 years will no longer be guaranteed and are required to submit an appeal for accommodation. The appeal will be reviewed and subject to approval by Office of Student Affairs.

Overseas SEP/NOC students are not assured of accommodation upon their return to NUS. Allocation will be based on the prevailing admission criteria.

Singapore PR student will be processed as a Singaporean applicant.

2nd year – International Students (excluding Singapore PR)

Students are assured of an accommodation in year 2 of their studies in NUS subject to the submission of a valid hostel application. This is only valid for semester 1 applications submitted within the stipulated exercise periods. Students who are unable to secure an accommodation via the prevailing admission criteria will be processed last and randomly allocated based on availability. 

International students (who are in their third year onwards) wishing to stay in the halls or residences are expected to meet the prevailing admission criteria.