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Greetings Class of 2025!

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

The information below is what we shared with the Class of 2024 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that this information may change for you, as the Class of 2025, and we will update this page as soon as we are able. For example, prior to COVID-19 the majority of first-year housing was in triple rooms.

Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WPI is reducing the density of occupants in residence halls this academic year and adjusting campus housing options. Our goal is to provide a living environment that gives students the ability to socially distance from their peers while still enjoying a rewarding and engaging student life experience.

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

First-year students that want to live in groups of three (rather than in double or single rooms) will be able to select (depending on availability) to large bedroom spaces and apartment/suite-style housing units, such as those in Riley Hall, Founders Hall, and the WPI Townhouses.

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


Required Housing for First-Year Students

At WPI, life on campus begins in our residence halls. On-campus housing is required for all full-time, first year students.   It won't be 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.

We do understand however, that some students do need commute from home for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself in that situation, please complete this form to indicate your need to be exempt from the First Year Housing Requirement.

Typical first-year residence halls include:


Housing Application & Roommate Selection Process

Step 1: Sign Up for Housing Selection 



Step 2: Sign Up for a Meal Plan 



Step 3: Create a Roommate Group 

Groups signups will take place concurrently with the signup process – DEADLINE JUNE 15. 

Everyone must form a group to participate, even if you form a group of 1 just by yourself.


Step 4: Receive your Housing Selection Day and Time 

Group leaders will be emailed the housing selection time at the end of June. 

  • Housing selection will take place in mid-July 

  • Times will be randomly assigned 

  • Days will be by group size with the larger groups selecting earlier in the week. 


Step 5: 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 6: 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. 


Policies and Contracts

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