Upperclass Housing Selection Process Steps

Step 1: Complete a housing application

The housing application is open on StarRez, between December 2nd - January 31st. 

  • Login to the StarRez Portal
  • On the top of the page click on "Student Housing Application" 
  • Select Academic year 2020-2021
  • Complete all sections on the application.  

By completing the application, you are signing 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: Form a group

You must form a group during the housing application process.

  • Login to the StarRez Portal
  • On the top of the page click on "Student Housing Application"
  • Select Academic year 2020-2021.
  • Now you may select the "Create a Group" or "Manage a Group" option.
    • With your group members determine who will be your Group Leader. This person will select housing for the entire group during housing selection.
    • Group Leaders request members of the group to join.
    • Group Members will log in to their application and accept the invite from the group leader.
    • EVERYONE must make a group to participate in housing selection - even a group of 1.
  • Once everyone in your group has accepted the invite to join your group, the group leader will log into the system and click "verify group".
    • ​​ACCOMMODATED HOUSING - do not verify your group until you receive your placement ​
    • GROUP LEADERS must verify their group to receive a selection time.​

*Notes on Group Numbers

Everyone must form a group to participate. Even if you do not have any group mates, you must form a group of 1 with YOU as the group leader. Group sizes range from 7 students down to 1 student. When forming a group, you should be knowledgeable about the types of spaces that are available for each 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 buildings

Throughout the process, we will have opportunities to meet potential roommate/group members. See the schedule.  Also join the 2020-2021 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

SELECTION TIMES WILL BE SENT OUT BY END OF DAY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7. (Accommodated process has been completed​ by this date.)

  • 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

Talk to friends and decide what options you may want to pursue during selection. See our upperclass housing options. Make sure to create backup plans/secondary options.


 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 times will be random within your group size and class year.

The time slots will be determined based on the number of groups created for each group size. Your group will be the only group with your allotted time. Unlike course registration, your group’s selection time is unique; however, once your allotted time ends, you can remain in the system to complete your selection, but other groups will be logged in and able to choose rooms, as well.


  • Thursday, February 13 – Term Housing Selection (Afternoon)
  • Monday, February 17 – Groups of 7 (Morning), Groups of 6 (Morning) & Groups of 5 (Afternoon)
  • Tuesday, February 18 – Groups of 4 (all day)
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Groups of 4 (Morning), Groups of 3 (Afternoon)
  • Thursday, February 20 – Groups of 2 (Morning) and 1 (Afternoon)
  • Friday, February 21 - Groups of 1 (Afternoon)


Step 6: Confirm Housing/Meal Plan

If you are not the leader of your group, please log into housing.wpi.edu to confirm your Meal Plan selection once your group leader has selected housing. At that time, you can also confirm your housing assignment as well.  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. 

Additional Information

If you are a current student with questions about on-campus housing, please email res-services@wpi.edu