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WPI offers a variety of housing options and emphasizes personal choice in a competitive assignment process. We encourage you to explore the diverse options available for on-campus living. This process applies to current WPI students only - new incoming students will have an opportunity at a later date to register for housing through the Housing Portal!

We want to help you make the best decision possible in this selection process. If you have a housing assignment question or any question about current policies or procedures, please contact the Residential Services Office at

Housing Application & Selection Overview

  • The housing portal website is
  • The housing application consists of 4 steps:
    1. Fill out the housing application in the housing portal
    2. Form a group of roommates/suitemates​
    3. Select a group leader
    4. Your group leader needs to verify the group within the housing portal
  • The largest group size you can form is 7 people.
  • Important Dates:
    • Early December - housing application goes live on
    • Mid-January - accommodated housing documentation deadline
    • End of January - housing application deadline
    • Mid-February - housing selection
  • The housing contract is activated when you or your group leader selects a space during housing selection.
  • If you or your group leader select housing on campus, do not sign a lease for off campus housing as well! The housing contract is a binding contract.
  • There will be NO studio singles available for general housing selection - only singles within suites/apartments.
  • Privately owned off-campus apartments are generally available in the area throughout the academic year and summer; those arrangements are not part of the WPI housing selection process.

Important Points

Facts & figures:

  • All upperclass housing is Gender Inclusive. This means you choose who you live with – independent of gender.
  • There will be NO studio singles available for general housing selection - only singles within suites/apartments.
  • There will be no regrouping after selection times are emailed to group leaders.  For special circumstances, please contact Residential Services.
  • If you live in Ellsworth, Fuller, East, Faraday, Schussler House, Hackfeld House, Elbridge House, or WPI Townhouses it is encouraged to choose a residential or voluntary meal plan, however it is not required.
  • In housing selection, we have over 1,000 upperclass spaces available on campus, which means if you want housing, there is a very good chance a space you desire will be available to you through the selection process.
  • There is no risk to complete a housing application for housing selection. Your contract becomes financially binding if you or your group leader select housing during housing selection week or you are assigned housing by a Residential Services staff member at your request.
  • Residential Services has many opportunities both online and in person for you to find roommates/groupmates. Be proactive throughout the process to find the number of people that fit the space size you would like.


Group priority:

  • Groups of 7, 6, & 5 will be prioritized in the following order:
    • 1. Sophomores, 2. Juniors, 3. Seniors
  • Groups of 4, 3, 2, & 1 will be prioritized in the following order:
    • 1. Seniors, 2. Juniors, 3. Sophomores
  • Priority will be given by the Group Leader’s class year.
  • Selection times will be completely random within the class year
  • Messenger Hall rooms will be grouped together for larger groups to select.


Building availability by group size:

  • Groups of 7 – Ellsworth, Fuller, Messenger
  • Groups of 6 – Founders, Messenger, and any remaining Ellsworth, Fuller
  • Groups of 5 – Ellsworth, Fuller, Founders, and any remaining Messenger
  • Groups of 4 – East, Faraday, Founders, and any remaining Messenger, Ellsworth, Fuller
  • Groups of 3 – WPI Townhouses, Fuller Studios, Founders Studios, and any remaining spaces in other buildings
  • Groups of 2 & 1 – Fuller Studios and any remaining spaces in any building


Accommodated Housing

  • Students seeking housing accommodations for an accessibility-related need may request accommodations through the Office of Accessibility Services (ODS) on or before January 15.  For more information on filling out the Housing Accommodation Request Form and submitting documentation, please watch this video.  Housing accommodations must be requested each year in addition to filling out the housing application.  The Housing Accommodation Form can be found here.
  • The priority is to provide an accommodated housing assignment that meets the student’s needs based on medical documentation in a location that is appropriate for the student’s class year designation.


Term housing information:

  • In order to receive the benefits of term housing, you must reside in the spaces designated by Residential Services.
  • Students will reside in Schussler House/Hackfeld House/Elbridge House during terms not on a project, completely move out of the house during the term away (including all belongings), and not be charged for housing for the term they are not at WPI.
  • Students form a group of 1 and indicate interest through the housing application
  • Students will select a space for themselves based on the term they will be away
  • Contact Residential Services if you are have questions about term housing.

Additional Information

If you are a current student with questions about on-campus housing, please email