- Freshmen are generally assigned to live in the residence halls at their college, except at Kresge College, which has all apartments.
- Incoming transfer students (regardless of college affiliation) are eligible to live at the Transfer Community or the University Town Center.
- Visiting students can apply to live at their affiliated college.
- Continuing students are eligible to live at The Village, University Town Center, and at any college, however they have higher priority at their affiliated college.
The residence halls, which include both shared and private rooms, typically house 15 to 50 students per floor and have common bathrooms and lounge and/or study areas.
Apartments are generally reserved for seniors and juniors (and some sophomores). They have shared and private rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.