The housing selection process is an exciting time and an opportunity for you to think about your academic and social needs for the upcoming year. This process takes place entirely online during the preceding winter of each academic year.

Get ready for the housing selection process and familiarize yourself with all the locations and amenities of our Residences. If you have any questions, please contact Residential Services.

Step 1: Sign Up for Housing Selection

Sign up for a housing lottery number on StarRez, between November 30th - January 31st. 

  • On the top of the page click on "Student Housing Application" 
  • Select Academic year 2019-2020
  • Complete all sections on the application.  

Completing this process will get you signed up to participate in Housing Selection. There is no cost to sign up to participate. You are only charged if you or your group leader selects housing.

Step 2: Sign Up for a Group

Groups signups will take place concurrently with the signup process.

  • On the top of the page click on "Student Housing Application"
  • Select Academic year 2019-2020.
  • From here you will now see the option to "Create a Group" and "Manage a Group" available to you.
  • With your group determine who will be your Group Leader, this person is the one that will select housing for the entire group during housing selection.
  • Group leaders should request members of the group to join them.
  • Group members need to log in to the system and accept the invite from their group leader.
  • When your group is fully formed with all group members accepting, the group leader needs to log into the system and click "verify group".

Everyone must form a group to participate, even if you are trying for a stand-alone single room. Group sizes range from 5 students down to 1 student. If you are trying to get into a location that has apartments or suites for a group of 5 or less students, you must have a full group to sign up for these locations. For apartments and suites that have 6 or more spaces, these will be filled by bedroom size - sizes range from groups of 3, 2, and 1.  When forming a group you should be knowledgeable about the types of spaces that are available for each group size.

Throughout the process, we will have opportunities to meet potential group members, see the schedule. You may also join the 2019-2020 Roommate Search Facebook group to look for other students.

Step 3: Learn More about the Housing Selection Process

There are several opportunities for you to learn all about housing selection. See the full schedule

Step 4: Receive your Housing Selection Day and Time


Spaces available to sophomores/groups with sophomore group leaders will be Messenger Hall, Founders Hall 4thFloor, Trowbridge House, Faraday Hall, Ellsworth Apartments, and Fuller Apartments. 

For junior/senior groups and those with junior/senior group leaders, all spaces that are not selected by sophomores, East Hall, and Salisbury Estates would be available for selection.

Talk to friends and decide what options you may want to pursue during selection, see our upperclass options. Make sure to create backup plans that you will be comfortable with.

In order to help you plan if your group may need to consider other size options, we will be communicating with groups during this week should there be too many groups of a certain size or type.

 Step 5: Select Housing

Housing Selection occurs over the course of one week.  Our goal in this process is to be fair for all students.  Housing selection time will be random within your group size and class year.

The timeslots will be determined based on the number of groups that sign up for each group size and then allowing a new set of groups into the system at different intervals within a time block.  The amount of groups allowed in, as well as the times, will be published on February 8th.

Specific selection days and times will be published later in B Term.

Step 6: Confirm Housing/Meal Plan/Renters Insurance

If you are not the leader of your group, once your group leader has selected housing you must go into the system to confirm your Meal Plan selection, accept or decline renters insurance, and confirm your housing assignment.  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.