Specialized Communities

Specialized Communities

Graduate Housing

Graduate Housing is available in the Hale Wainani apartments. In order to qualify for Graduate Housing, you must be a registered full-time UH Mānoa graduate student.

Apartment accommodations available to graduate students include one-bedroom units for two occupants, two-bedroom units for four occupants, and two-bedroom units for two occupants.

Graduate students may apply of other housing accommodations, please use the "Non-Freshmen" Application instead.

Additional Information
The priority process for Graduate Housing spaces will run independently of the standard process and will be based on a student's assignment priority.

Due to the high demand for space, Student Housing Services needs to provide as much on-campus housing to UH Mānoa students as possible. When needed, Student Housing Services may fill the apartments in Graduate Housing area block with single students after all qualified Graduate and Family housing applicants have been offered housing.

Family Housing

Family Housing is available in the Hale Wainani apartments. To qualify for Family Housing, you must be a registered full-time UH Mānoa student as part of the family unit.

Family units include:

  • Married couples
  • Married couples with child(ren)
  • Parents with dependent children
  • Domestic partners
  • Domestic partners with child(ren)

Considerations may also be given for other types of family arrangements.

Requirements and restrictions for Family Housing:

  • At least one apartment occupant must be a student and must be enrolled full-time at UH Mānoa for the duration of the contract.
  • Students with children must provide a copy of the Birth Certificate for each child residing in the apartment.
  • Students with partners must provide a certified copy of legal documentation that demonstrates that the student and partner have entered into a marriage, domestic partnership or civil union, OR
  • Students with partners must show joint responsibility for each other’s common welfare. Shared financial obligations may be demonstrated by submitting copies of two of the following documents:
    • Joint mortgage or lease
    • Reciprocal beneficiary documentation
    • Designation of domestic partner as beneficiary of life insurance
    • Designation of domestic partner as beneficiary of retirement death benefit
    • Joint checking account

Eligibility documents must be provided at the time the signed contract is returned to Student Housing Services in order to qualify for Family Housing.


  • The student and domestic partner intend to remain in a domestic partnership with each other indefinitely.
  • The student and domestic partner are both at least 18 years of age.
  • The student and domestic partner have a common residence and intend to reside together indefinitely.
  • Neither the student nor domestic partner is a member of another domestic partnership or marriage.
Disability Accommodations

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations in its housing policies and practices where necessary for residents with disabilities to use and enjoy University student housing. Student Housing Services at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Students with accessibility needs are required to follow all general housing application processes and procedures.

As a partner of Mānoa’s Student Housing Services (Housing), the KOKUA Program (Office of Disability Services) handles and reviews all student housing disability accommodation requests (e.g., single room, accessible shower, air conditioning, assistance animal). Accommodation requests and disability-related information and documentation should be provided directly to KOKUA Staff and are considered confidential.

For more information about disability accommodation requests, please visit KOKUA’s website. KOKUA can be contacted at (808) 956-7511 or (808) 956-7612. It is the responsibility of the student who has a qualifying need for a housing accommodation to submit their request(s) to KOKUA well before Housing’s deadline as review and processing of accommodation requests may take approximately 30 days.

Deadlines listed below indicate when KOKUA must formally notify Student Housing Services of verified accommodations.

Housing Accommodation Deadlines for KOKUA to Notify Housing of Verified Accommodation Requests:

Deadline for accommodation verification by KOKUA to Housing
Returning Resident
(9-month housing)
Fall term March 15
New Applicant Fall term May 1
New Applicant Spring term December 1

There is no guarantee that accommodations will be provided for the requested term if requests are received after stated deadlines. On-campus housing is limited; a student with a disability is not guaranteed accommodations if their request is received late.

Family housing applicants with a disabled family member who are requesting accommodations should follow the same guidelines for submitting request(s) to KOKUA.

Housing's dining team includes an on-site Dietician who is available to develop a plan with residents who have food allergies and other special dietary needs. In situations where residents have documented disabilities and their dietary needs cannot be managed through a dining services' plan, residents must also follow the process for requesting an accommodation.

Residents with qualifying disabilities who receive a university approved housing accommodation as a means of accommodating their qualifying disabilities will not be charged a higher residence hall room rate or other surcharges solely because of the need for the accommodation.

Residents will be required to renew their request for housing accommodations with KOKUA each academic year or for each needed term (if not the full academic year).

All residents are expected to abide by the responsibilities and policies set forth by Student Housing Services.

LGBTQ+/Gender Inclusive Housing

Rainbow Village is a supportive environment for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) or allies. The Rainbow Village is a gender-inclusive community where gender is not taken into account when housing assignments are made. Residents will take part in educational programs that keep them involved with the LGBTQ+ community. The Rainbow Village is part of the UH Mānoa Safe Zone Program and is committed to equity, diversity and social justice. Learn more on our Residential Learning Programs page.

Co-Ed Housing

Limited Co-Ed housing is available at Hale Wainani. Residents of all genders share living quarters in this community.

Residential Learning Programs

One of the ways to enhance your on-campus living experience is by joining a Residential Learning Program. Students with similar majors or interests have the opportunity to live together on selected residential floors. Residents will be able to study together, work together and learn from each other. Hall staff will focus programming elements to connect classroom learning with your out of class experience. Learn more on our Residential Learning Programs page.