Non-graduating exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodation.
1. Indicating Interest for On-Campus Accommodation
Students who are interested in on-campus accommodation should indicate
‘YES’ on their initial exchange application when asked if they need on-campus accommodation. Even though by indicating ‘YES’ on the initial exchange application does not guarantee placement on campus, this step helps NUS in gauging the demand for on-campus accommodation for the next semester.
2. Application for On-Campus Accommodation
All exchange students are eligible to apply for on-campus accommodation, although not guaranteed placement given the limited supply of accommodation at NUS. The acceptance email/letter from Registrar’s Office will include instructions
on how and when to apply for on-campus accommodation.
You are encouraged to start exploring off-campus accommodation options early if you have no intention to apply for on-campus accommodation. Please refer to information on off-campus accommodation.
3. Applying for On-Campus Accommodation
Accommodation applications are processed through NUS University Housing Management
System (UHMS). A non-refundable application fee of S$26.75 is required when submitting an application through UHMS.
Each semester about 30% of exchange students are shortlisted for a particular Residential College (RC), and therefore only see a particular RC on their accommodation application. This shortlisting helps ensure that NUS is able to get
as many exchange students allocated to on-campus accommodation as possible before their arrival in Singapore.
Majority of the exchange students will be able to indicate their top three (3) preferences for accommodation when submitting their accommodation application. As your preferred accommodation
might not have vacancy, we encourage you to choose from whichever options appear in the drop-down list to ensure accommodation allocations are completed as quickly as possible.
If you need a certain type of room due to an existing medical conditions, please highlight your need(s) and upload an official medical documentation on your accommodation application. NUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will try to
allocate a suitable room to you but there might not be vacancy for your preferred room even when you have declared your medical conditions.
4. Accommodation Application Results
NUS OSA tries as much as possible to allocate students to on-campus accommodation based on the preferences indicated in their accommodation applications; but students
are automatically considered for other options in the event the ones they have indicated preference for are no longer available due to overwhelming demand.
Rooms with air - conditioning, en suite bathrooms and rooms within University Town Residences are regularly oversubscribed. We encourage students to be flexible with their on-campus accommodation allocation. With an open mind and some
flexibility, it is possible to have a wonderful exchange semester with a room on-campus no matter your accommodation allocation.
If it is better for you to stay in a room / unit that matches your preferred criteria and standards, we strongly recommend that you source and rent a private accommodation near NUS. Singapore is a city-state connected by affordable
and reliable public transport and it is possible to travel conveniently to and fro NUS even if you stay in a private, off-campus accommodation. You may scroll down to read Point 7 about off-campus accommodation.
5. Accepting Your Accommodation Offer
To accept your accommodation offer, you will be required to make advance payment for the full accommodation and meal plan fees (if applicable) by the deadline stipulated in your accommodation offer. For the current accommodation fees
and meal plan rates, please refer to hostel and meal plan rates.
Upon accepting your accommodation offer, a confirmation email will be sent to you with details of the allocated room. Please print and bring the email for submission during check-in. All questions regarding check-in can be sent to
the Management Office of your assigned Hall, Residence or RC. You can find the right contact details in your accommodation offer or you can refer to contact us.
6. More Information on On-Campus Accommodation
Complete information on the housing application procedure, including descriptions of NUS accommodation choices, meal plan fees,
late & early check-in, and check-out information,
can be found on the Office of Student Affairs’ Hostel Admission Services site.
7. Unsuccessful on-campus Accommodation Applicants. Private, off-campus
If you indicated ‘NO’ for requiring on-campus accommodation on your initial exchange application and/or your Acceptance Letter does not include information on how and when to apply for accommodation, you are encouraged
to start exploring off-campus accommodation options as soon as possible. Read about exchange students' experience with staying in off-campus accommodation here.
Even if you have indicated “YES” for on-campus accommodation, you might still be unsuccessful in obtaining on-campus accommodation. If that happens, you should review the Office of Student Affairs’ list of contacts and resource references for recommendation on off-campus accommodation providers.
Students on waiting list for on-campus accommodation will only be able to apply for accommodation at a later stage if there is vacancy. When that happens, you will receive an update from either the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO)
or Office of Student Affairs (OSA). If you are not contacted by either NUS GRO or OSA, it means there is really no suitable room available on-campus for you.
8. Accommodation FAQs
If you have accommodation related enquiries you can refer to the database of Frequently Asked Questions or send an enquiry via the UHMS site.