Spring Arbor University

Returning Students

Here, you will find all of the necessary instructions and deadlines for applying to live on campus next year as a returning student. While some housing is typically reserved for juniors and seniors, sophomores are likewise invited to apply for the type of housing they prefer.

Returning students may move back to campus as early as 12 p.m. on the Tuesday before classes begin.

Who is required to apply?

All full-time SAU students are required to complete the campus housing application process unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 22 years of age
  • Married and/or independent status as defined by the financial aid office
  • Student teaching
  • Living with their parent(s). (Exceptions may be granted for students wishing to live with a guardian, pastor or faculty/staff personnel. Apply in the student development office.)

If a student wants to be considered for an exception to this policy, they may apply for off-campus housing in the Office of Student Development and Learning. Students who do meet the criteria for off-campus housing need to inform student development of their address and phone number.

The Application Process

We are intentional about providing student housing that is centered on fostering genuine, Christian fellowship. Through prayer and thoughtful consideration, we do our best to place students in the appropriate housing. To apply for campus housing, see the instructions below for submitting an online housing application.

Traditional Housing and Village Housing

Students may apply for housing via the SAU Mobile App or the MySAU Portal.

To apply via the app, go to “My Housing” under “Campus Information.”

To apply via the portal, go to the “Students” tab and select “Housing Self Service Portal” under “Main Campus Only.” Or, use the link below!

Housing Application

  • Your housing will not be official until you have registered for fall classes.
  • Please do not make alternative housing arrangements if you’re required to live on campus, as defined in the housing application and student handbook. If you do, you will receive a significant fine and be required to return to campus.
  • Other questions concerning housing placement should be directed to the resident director (RD) of your preferred housing area. RDs may hold rooms for freshmen on each floor.

Koinonia Houses

Students may apply for housing via the SAU Mobile App or the MySAU Portal.

To apply via the app, go to “My Housing” under “Campus Information.”

To apply via the portal, go to the “Students” tab and select “Housing Self Service Portal” under “Main Campus Only.” Or, use the link below!

Housing Application

  • Be selective about who you apply with. ONLY CURRENT SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS MAY APPLY FOR K-HOUSES AND TRIPLEX. 
  • The residence life staff reserves the right to withhold Triplex and K-House privileges.
  • Student Development may place new roommates in your unit if you fall below capacity.

Deadlines

March 12: All housing applications open
March 15: K-House applications due
March 19: K-House notification
March 22: Village applications due
March 28: Village notification
April 5: Residence hall applications due
April 11: Residence hall notification
April 26: Summer Housing applications due
May 2: Summer Housing notification
May 3: Off-campus petition due

Housing FAQs and Reminders

Housing FAQs

How does SAU decide who gets placed in each residence area?

Housing assignments are based on three factors.

  1. Seniority: Seniority will be determined by the average credit hours earned per group.
    • The total credit hours earned are added for the group and divided by the number in the group.
    • Scheduled, but not completed, credit hours are not included in a student’s total.
  2. Roommates: Students who sign-up with the proper number of roommates will be given preference.
    • K-House applicants must have the correct number in their group for the desired K-House.
    • For housing in the Villages and Delta — groups of four will be given priority over groups of two or three, regardless of average credit hours earned per group.
    • If you do not sign up with a roommate, one will be assigned to you.
  3. Squatter’s Rights: If you are applying for the same residence that you currently live in, an extra 12 credit hours will be added to your individual credit hour total.
    • Squatter’s rights are not given for K-Houses.
    • In the Villages, this applies for anywhere in the building.
    • In traditional residence halls, this only applies for the same floor.
    • The only way to guarantee that you’ll receive the same housing assignment as the previous year is if everyone from your group returns to the same room.

Reminders

  • If you are applying with a group, everyone in your group MUST have their housing application in by the deadline, or else your group will not be considered.
  • All applications are given the same consideration, as long as they are submitted by the deadline.
  • You can re-submit your application if needed — we will only use your most recently submitted application to make housing placements.
  • If you are looking for a roommate/group or looking to complete your group, stop by Student Development for assistance.
  • Housing changes may occur during the mid-summer housing confirmation. If the number in your group decreases, your housing assignment may be changed.