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Room Changes and Cancellations

Room Changes

Students may only choose one room and are expected to live in the room that they choose during Room Draw or one of the other fall housing processes. In order to promote fairness to participants, all decisions made during these dates are final. Once selected, room changes may not occur without first obtaining authorization from the Undergraduate Housing Office. Students are expected to live in the room they selected through the fall term. Unauthorized room changes/moves may result in the student being required to move back to his/her assigned room for the term, and a $100 fine may be imposed.


For all terms you may cancel your housing until 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, of the day before the residence halls open.  However, to cancel without a penalty, you must cancel or withdraw your application before the cancellation deadline for that particular term.  For fall term only, the cancellation fee amount is based on the date of cancellation (see chart below).  For winter, spring, and summer terms, any cancellation received after the stated deadline are subject to a $500 cancellation fee.

The cancellation deadlines for the 2016-2017 year are:

Term Cancellation Deadline
Summer Term 2016     June 6, 2016
Fall Term 2016

Room Draw to July 20, 2016 = $250    

After July 20, 2016 = $500

Winter Term 2017 November 14, 2016 (tentative)
Spring Term 2017 March 6, 2017 (tentative)

A cancellation fee applies if:

  • Fall Term: you select a room at room draw or one of our other housing processes (Greek, LLC, UGA) and then cancel that assignment ($250 fee if you cancel before July 20; $500 fee if you cancel after July 20 but before the residence halls open for fall term).
  • Winter/Spring/Summer Terms: you submit your cancellation after the relevant term's cancellation deadline(s).
  • you change your D-plan to an "L" after the relevant term's cancellation deadline.
  • you cancel your residence hall assignment to move into a privately-owned GLOS house after the cancellation deadlines(s).

This fee will be waived in the event that:

  • you are accepted into one of the College's sanctioned off-campus programs.
  • you transfer to another college or university permanently.
  • you are approved for a room change from one College-owned location to another.

To cancel a housing assignment, written notification, including the student's name and ID number, must be sent to the Housing Office either by letter or email. Cancellation of a housing assignment after the cancellation deadline for any term is subject to a cancellation fee.  A student who cancels his or her residence hall, senior apartment or living-learning assignment after the cancellation deadline in order to move into a privately-owned GLOS facility is subject to the cancellation fee.  The cancellation fee will not be assessed if a student is approved for a room change from one College-owned location to another.

A housing assignment cannot be canceled after the residence halls open each term, unless the student is suspended, separated or withdraws from the College, in which case the College refund policy applies. In addition, a student may be granted approval to cancel a residence hall or LLC assignment after the halls open for a given term in order to move into a privately-owned GLOS facility.  In this instance, residence hall or LLC rent will be prorated and the $500 cancellation fee may apply.

An upperclass student who is enrolled for consecutive academic terms (excluding summer term) and who resides in College housing may cancel his or her assignment and move off-campus after completing at least one term in residence.  A $500 cancellation fee is charged if notice of cancellation is received after the cancellation deadline.

Changing one’s D-Plan after the cancellation deadline in such a way as to cause a cancellation of a housing assignment will result in the cancellation fee being charged.  As a result, students are encouraged to plan carefully so that this fee may be avoided.  Students who change their D-plan after the residence halls open will be charge either a pro-rated rent amount based on the College refund policy or $500, whichever is greater.

A student who cancels his or her housing due to being removed from a wait list to participate in an off-campus study program will not be charged a cancellation fee.

Withdrawal from Dartmouth College

Any student who withdraws from or is no longer enrolled at the College while bound by a housing contract must, within 48 hours of the effective date of such action:

  1. notify the Undergraduate Housing Office,
  2. remove all belongings from her or his assigned room and all storage facilities,
  3. return the room key to the Undergraduate Housing Office or the Department of Safety and Security.  

Any assignment will be canceled and financial reimbursement made in accordance with the College's refund schedule.  Students failing to vacate in accordance with this policy will be responsible for any and all appropriate charges to remove the abandoned property and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

Students seeking readmittance following a withdrawal must apply for housing by the relevant term's deadline if they wish a room to be held for them pending a decision on their readmission request.  For fall 2016, students must submit their readmission application by June 13, 2016 and space for them will be held over the summer when wait list assignments are made.  The winter application deadline is October 17, 2016 and the spring application deadline is February 13, 2017.  The Readmission Housing Application can be found at  Students returning from a withdrawal are not eligible for interim housing unless the Undergraduate Housing Office received approval from the student's dean. 

Last Updated: 3/28/16