Residence Hall Contract & Rates


Terms of the Residence Hall Contract

The residence hall contract may be canceled only before the start of the contract term.

The residence hall contract is fully activated once the contract term begins and is in effect for the entire academic year. Residents are required to fulfill the contractual obligations unless a contract termination is initiated or approved by Residence Life.

2022-2023  Academic Year

Fall: Semester of enrollment begins September 7, 2022 for students starting fall semester.
Spring: Semester of enrollment begins January 23, 2023 for students enrolling spring semester only.

Breach of Contract

If a Resident vacates before the final week of the academic year without receiving approval for Contract Termination, it will result in a breach of contract. The Resident will be responsible for 100% of the remaining cost of the entire academic year contract based on check out date, and the Resident will forfeit the $100 deposit.


Requests may be made when:

Contract Cancellation Requests:

  1. You have a completed contract in the Residence Hall Portal, and
  2. The contract term has not begun, and
  3. You will not be attending UWRF and/or you are not required to live on campus due to the 2-year residency requirement.

NOTE: If you are required to live on campus due to the 2-year residency requirement, you must be approved for an exemption prior to canceling your contract.

Contract Termination Requests:

  1. You have a completed contract in the Residence Hall Portal, and
  2. The contract term has begun, and
  3. Your circumstances have changed or will be changing the next semester due to one or more of the following:
    • You will no longer be enrolled at UWRF due to graduation, transfer, or withdrawal.
    • You have been married, had a child, or have been called to active military duty.
    • You are enrolled in a university-sponsored program such as study abroad, internship, or student teaching that requires you to live away from River Falls.
    • You have experienced an unexpected and extreme personal or financial hardship.


Request Process:

Contract Cancellation Requests:

  1. Log into the Residence Hall Portal, visit the "Contract Status" page and click the "Cancel Contract Request" button at the bottom.
  2. Complete the necessary information and submit.
  3. To be eligible for refund of the residence hall deposit, submit request by May 1 for fall semester or November 15 for spring semester.
  4. You will receive an email response, typically within 5 business days.

Contract Termination Requests:

  1. Schedule an appointment with your Hall Director to discuss your circumstances.
  2. After receiving it from your Hall Director, submit the Contract Termination Request form and any required documentation to Residence Life.
  3. To be eligible for refund of the residence hall deposit, submit request by December 1 for termination of contract for spring semester.
  4. You will receive a response via your UWRF email only after your request and required documentation have been received.
  5. Appeal requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Residence Life and emailed to



Common Situations and Reasons for which Contract Termination Requests are Denied

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Residence hall living is a new experience for most students and requires a certain amount of adjustment. If a student has made a fair adjustment to the hall environment, but is still unhappy; a change of hall, room, floor, or roommate may be an effective remedy. Residence hall staff are available to work with residents individually to find a solution if a specific issue continues to be a problem or concern.

Even with documentation from a doctor or therapist, most conditions do not automatically exempt students from policy and contract obligations. Specific health-related conditions and needs must be outlined by a medical or mental health professional. We will work with students individually to make residence hall rooms environmentally and health-friendly.

Requests based on disability require students to identify and discuss with Residence Life staff the specific areas of concern and issues they are experiencing in the living environment. Through this process, the student and staff member will explore access solutions. Residence LIfe works collaboratively with the Ability Services office to meet students' disability-related needs.

Lack of funds alone is not a basis for exemption or contract termination. Finances for the academic year should be considered before choosing to enroll at the University or activating the residence hall contract. Financial aid is available to those who qualify based on need, and Residence Life relies on the expertise of the Financial Aid Office to determine if a student has sufficient financial aid and other funding options to attend UWRF. Financial hardship means there has been a significant change in your financial situation that cannot be rectified since the activation of the contract.

Needing to be at home to help with a family business, take care of siblings or other family members, or take care of pets or other animals is not a reason for a contract termination. The student, along with their family, must explore alternative solutions to accommodate these needs.

The choice to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian must be made before activation of the residence hall contract. A contract termination will not be granted for a student who wants to become a commuter after the start of the academic year.

Pets are not allowed in the residence halls, but if a student has a documented need for an emotional support animal, they will need to go through the housing accommodation process. Students are encouraged to review materials available on the Ability Services website before starting the request process to ensure they qualify for an emotional support animal accommodation.

Contact Us

Department of Residence Life
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall