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Housing Information

On-Campus Housing

Please note that it is FAU’s policy that all full-time "first-year to college" students are required to live in University Housing.

Florida Atlantic University offers students high quality residential life where you will love where you live. On-campus residence will give you the true American university experience through allowing you to live with your peers in a suite-style environment.

Applying for Student Housing

ALL GSSP students will be given a PDF Housing Application Form to complete once they have accepted their place at FAU. DO NOT COMPLETE THE FAU ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION THROUGH MYFAU!! Detailed instructions on completing the application will be given with the form. Please submit to GSSP as quickly as possible to avoid any delays in assigning your room (BEFORE you get your student visa!).

If your visa gets denied and you must defer your start date, you won't be liable for the contract and will need to re-apply for housing for future semesters. 

Move-In Dates

All new students need to plan to move into their rooms on-campus to attend Orientation and begin classes. The official move-in and orientation dates can be foun on our Important Dates page.

PLEASE NOTE: Your room will likely NOT be ready for you if you did not submit your housing form before arrival! If you arrive to Boca Raton prior to the beginning of classes, you will need to stay in a hotel as rooms might not be ready.

The most convenient hotel to FAU’s campus is the Wyndam Hotel where you can also receive a discount.

Undergraduate Student Housing

Please note that Florida Atlantic University requires all first year undergraduate students to live on campus. Freshman suites can be either two double occupancy or four single occupancy bedrooms with shared living areas and one wash room for every two students.

The cost for housing ranges from $3,050 to $4,600 per semester depending you your choice (single or double). All rooms are furnished and the cost includes all utilities and internet. Note that bed linen/towels/pillows are NOT provided and all students are required to purchase a meal plan. See all the FAU housing charges at


Virtual Tours of Undergraduate Residence Halls

Housing Exemptions


Housing exemptions may only be granted for one of the following reasons:

  • Student will reside with a parent or proven legal guardian within a 30-mile radius of the campus.
  • Student is married.
  • Student will be at least 21 years of age by the first day of class.

If you feel that you fit into one of these categories and would like to apply for an exemption to the housing policy and find your own accommodation off-campus, then please complete the Request for Exemption Form and return it to

You cannot break your housing contract and move off-campus after one semester unless you have a serious extenuating circumstance. The Appeals Process occurs after a student has signed a housing contract, is already living on-campus, and cannot continue to live on-campus due to a medical, financial, or religious reason.

Graduate Student Housing

Graduate students are not required to live on campus, though they may choose to do so. Graduate students can choose from one of FAU’s apartment-style facilities. There are studio singles, two bedroom, and four bedroom apartments available for students to request. Rooms are filled on a first-come basis, so we strongly advise you apply for housing as soon as possible if you wish to live on campus.

Virtual Tours of Graduate Housing

Living off Campus

Graduate students can choose to live off campus. It is highly encouraged that you investigate housing options carefully not only for proximity to campus and access to public transportation, but also for furnishings provided. Most rental properties do not come equipped with furnishings (bed, sofa, tables, etc.) but do come equipped with appliances (refrigerator and stove typically).

Please visit for our top recommendation for off-campus housing near campus as these are furnished and also provide a free shuttle to/from campus.