<p>Everyone recommends that I apply as soon as possible, as in, today. Unfortunately I"m still undecided about the school at this point and my parents don't want to pay the deposit yet. (I'm visiting next week). </p>

<p>For how long can I reasonably take this and still get my preference? If i go to UW I would like to be on an honors floor.</p>

<p>I'm not 100% sure, but I think when I filled out the housing application they said that you should do it even if you haven't accepted their offer of admission. If you complete the application then decide you want to go to another school you can just click a link that says "cancel my application."</p>

<p>thanks blueman01! Actually figured this out right after posting, you are completely right. We sent the deposit. :)</p>