WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information


Greetings Class of 2024!

We are thrilled that you will be joining the WPI community for your collegiate career! Many of you have already begun your housing application, and for those who have not, please Login to the StarRez Portal.

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 how to find and select a roommate through our StarRez Portal is detailed below.

As WPI plans for this academic year, we ask for your patience and cooperation. Residential Services will do everything possible to honor your roommate group selections while working to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly appreciate your flexibility and cannot wait to have you to campus!

Questions? Please email res-services@wpi.edu


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 


  • Login to the StarRez Portal.
  • At the top of the page, click on "Student Housing Application."  
  • Select Academic Housing Application 2020-2021. 
  • Complete all sections on the application.  
First Year Housing Application Step by Step Instructions

WPI First Year Housing Application 2020











Step 2: Creating/Joining a Roommate Group 

You will be able to create/join a roommate group while the housing application process is open. Everyone must form a group to participate, even if you are forming a group of 1 by yourself.

  • Login to the StarRez Portal.
  • At the top of the page, click on "Student Housing Application." 
  • Select Academic Housing Application 2020-2021.
  • From here, you will see an option to "Create a Group" and "Manage a Group." 
  • Group sizes may range from 1 to 3 students. 
  • With your group, determine who will be Group Leader. The leader will select housing for the entire group during the housing selection process. 
  • Group leaders should send a request to members of the group to join the group or share the group name and password with group members so they can request to join the group. 
  • Group members should log in to the system and accept the invite from their group leader/join the group. 
  • When all group members have joined the group, the group leader must log into the system and click "Verify Group.” 


Please note:

  • Groups of 1, 2, and 3 students may choose the same bedroom in a suite or building.
  • Group size does not equal room size.  
  • Before forming a group, you should learn about the spaces available for each size group
    • Groups of 3 will only be able to select the WPI Townhouses, Riley Hall, and Founders Hall.
      • WPI Townhouses: Each townhouse has a single and a double bedroom.
      • Riley Hall: There are just a few triples available in a corridor style residence hall setting. 
      • Founders Hall: There are triples available within suites.
    • Groups of 1 and 2 first-year students will be able to select into all first-year buildings that are available at the group’s selection time.
      • Morgan Hall, Daniels Hall, Riley Hall, Stoddard Complex, Trowbridge House, WPI Townhouses, Founders Hall, Messenger Hall and Institute Hall


How to Create or Join a Roommate Group

WPI First Year Housing 2020: Creating /Joining a Roommate Group


Step 3: By July 26


Step 4: After August 5

  • You will receive housing confirmation email and move-in sign up/ instructions
  • Please Note: By completing your Housing Application you are signing the WPI Housing & Dining Contract you will become financially obligated for the cost of your housing at WPI when you are assigned housing by a WPI Residential Services staff member. You are financially obligated to pay for your housing even if you choose not to reside in the Residence Hall Facility, exceptions will be made for students who choose to be remote for the Fall semester due to COVID-19.

Policies and Contracts

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