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Greetings Class of 2026!

We are thrilled that you will be joining the WPI community for your collegiate career! 

The majority of first-year housing will be in double and triple occupancy rooms.

Students who choose not to find a roommate, forming a group of one, will not be guaranteed a single room. There are a finite number of single bedrooms in on campus housing, and groups of one often select into larger spaces with other groups of one.

Information about the first year housing selection process is detailed below.


How to Complete Your Housing Application

First Year Housing Application 2022

Housing for First-Year Students

At WPI, life on campus begins in our residence halls. It won't feel exactly like home, though in some ways it will be even better.

Research shows nation-wide that living on campus in the first year of college can positively impact a student's ability to make connections with other students, take advantage of academic resources, and become involved in campus life.  Additionally, students who live on campus in their first & second year graduate at a higher rate than those who do not.

Typical first-year residence halls include:

Note: Upperclass students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and graduate students may not live in first year residence halls.

Ellsworth Apartments will NOT be used for first year housing for the 2022-2023 academic year.


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Read below for step by step housing application and selection outline.

Housing Application & Roommate Selection Process


Step 1: Sign Up for Housing Selection 

  • The first year housing application will open on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 8:00am.
  • Login to the StarRez Portal to fill out your housing application.


Step 2: Create a Roommate Group 

  • Roommate group formation will take place concurrently with the application process – DEADLINE JUNE 30. 
  • The largest roommate group size is 3 students.
  • Everyone must form a group to participate, even if you form a group of 1 just by yourself.


Step 3: Receive your Housing Selection Day and Time 

Group leaders will be emailed the housing selection time the week of July 4, 2022. 

  • Housing selection will take place July 11-15, 2022. 
  • Days and times will be randomly assigned by group size with the larger groups selecting earlier in the week.


Step 4: Select Housing 

The group leader will Login to the StarRez Portal to select housing. 

  • More information will be sent to the group leader with the selection time 

  • All students will receive access to floor plans and available spaces 


Step 5: Confirm Housing 

  • Login to the StarRez Portal - Once your group leader has selected housing on behalf of your roommate group, you may confirm your housing assignment location.

  • If you do not confirm your housing assignment, but your group leader selected housing for you on your behalf, you are still bound by your housing contract. 


Step 6: Sign Up for a Meal Plan 

  • Log back into the StarRez Portal to select your meal plan once you have confirmed your housing selection.
  • Meal plan selection is due by Monday, July 25 at 8am. If you do not select a meal plan, the 200 plan will be assigned to you.


Please Note:

There is no incentive to completing the application earlier than others. It is only important that you complete an application and create or join a roommate group before the application closes on June 30. All roommate groups will be assigned random housing selection times after the application closes on June 30.

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Tips and Tricks

Before you move into campus housing, our Residential Services team recommends that first year students complete some of the following tasks, so they can acclimate to their new independence when they arrive at WPI. 


  • Order food for delivery or pickup on the phone. 

  • Schedule a haircut or other appointment on the phone. 

  • Speak to a cashier when checking out of a store and ask them how their day is going. 

  • Do your own laundry - sort laundry into manageable loads, wash and dry it. 

  • Manage your own personal hygiene routine. 

  • Find nourishing snacks that you enjoy and learn how to prepare them or purchase close to WPI. 

  • Make a list of activities you like to do that help you relax and refocus. 

  • Think about how you would introduce yourself and make friends with new people. 

  • Identify “must haves” and expectations you follow in your living space. 

  • Start to identify the physical and emotional ways you react to stressful situations. Talk with a family member or friend and ask them how they know when you are stressed and what they notice about you in these moments. 

  • Talk to a friend about a time you have a disagreement and how you worked together to resolve the situation. 

Policies and Contracts


Before completing the Housing Application, please ensure that you have read the Housing & Dining Contract and the Residence Hall Policies.