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Housing Selection

Housing Selection for Returning Students for Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

The Office of Residence Life will hold housing selection processes for Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 during the Spring 2022 semester. Current on-campus residents who wish to live on-campus again for the upcoming academic year must complete this process in its entirety to secure housing for next year.

Your housing selection options are based on where you and/or your future roommate(s) currently live; so think about where you want to live and who you want to live with because you will need a fully matched roommate group in MyHousing to select your room, suite, or apartment.


  • Apartment residents are permitted to live mixed gender. If you wish to live with someone of opposite gender simply request each other in MyHousing Self-Service and select an apartment during the selection dates.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing is available on the ground floor of Lycoming Hall and the 2nd floor of Northumberland Hall. If you wish to live with someone of opposite gender simply request each other in MyHousing Self-Service and select a room on one of these floors during the selection dates. There is only a gender inclusive bathroom on the Lycoming ground floor. Residents can take the stairs to either the 1st floor for a female only bathroom, or the 2nd floor for a male only bathroom. In Northumberland Hall, there is a gender inclusive bathroom on the 2nd floor West wing and also a female bathroom on 2 East and 2 West and a Male bathroom on 2 West. Gender inclusive means the bathroom is available for any gender to use at any time.
  • Soltz Hall Residential Suites offer suite style housing ranging in size from 1-person to 4-person, single-bedroom-suites. Current residents will have the first opportunity during the housing selection process to secure a suite in Soltz hall followed by residents of other on-campus locations based on credits earned to date.
  • Parking for residence hall students is in the Blue Lot - the shuttle stop is at the JKA community center.
  • Residence hall room gender layout will be set up as it was prior to COVID. Check out the floorplans in the Halls and Apartments section of our website. Click on each hall to see the gender of each floor/wing. If your current room will be the opposite gender next year, you will need to select a different room.
  • The dishwashers in JKA are nearing lifecycle and will not be replaced. A cabinet will be added in that space once the dishwasher stops working.

Housing Agreements

  • Full Academic Year Agreement is for the full fall - spring academic year. We will not release students to move off-campus after the start of the academic year. Review the housing release request for information on what to do if you no longer need on-campus housing and whether or not you will be released and if so, at what cost.
  • Winter Session, Interim and 12-month Housing is not included in your fall - spring housing agreement. Students who anticipate needing on-campus housing during these time periods must choose to live in an on-campus apartment or Elwell Hall.
    • Students who need year-round housing must reside in Elwell Hall from May - August.
    • Students will incur additional charges for winter session, interim and 12-month housing.
    • Students who do not reside in an on-campus apartment or Elwell Hall will not be permitted to stay in their assignments during semester breaks, winter and/or summer sessions.

Special Accommodations

  • Students with special housing needs, if you have concerns about selecting the room type to meet your needs during the housing selection process, submit the Special Housing Accommodations Request and email buhouse@bloomu.edu before the selection dates in March to discuss this process.
  • Students with hearing impairment must select housing equipped with a visual fire alarm. This is noted beside the room listings in MyHousing Self-Service so be sure to select the room and bedroom that you need.
  • Air conditioning availability: All campus residential rooms, suites, and apartments will have air conditioning (either with central air, or a wall-mounted or window air conditioner). Please do not submit a Special Housing Accommodations Request for air conditioning.

Questions & Answers

The housing selection process is for current residents only. This process allows for students currently residing on-campus to select their housing assignment for the next academic year.

Note: Incoming students do not participate in the housing selection process.

The housing selection process is open to students living on-campus during the current academic year.

If you lived on-campus during the fall semester but do not live on campus during the spring semester, contact buhouse@bloomu.edu to confirm that you are included in the process.

All current on-campus residents can choose to live on campus again, however there are procedures and date sensitive requirements that must be met in order to secure housing. If students fail to follow our timeline and complete housing requirements, they will not be eligible to select on-campus housing the following year. Please see the housing selection schedule for specific dates and times.

New freshmen in their first year of the 2-year residency requirement must complete the entire housing selection process to secure their desired on-campus housing and roommates. Anyone who does not complete the housing selection process will automatically be matched with a roommate and assigned to an available on-campus room, suite or apartment.

Beginning Fall 2021, all new full-time undergraduate freshmen are required to live on campus for their first four semesters (not including summer and winter sessions) unless they are over 21 years of age before the first day of the fall semester or are commuting from the home of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 50-mile radius of campus. A full-time student is enrolled for 12 or more credit hours per semester. Falling below 12 credits is not grounds for breaking your housing agreement.

As part of the 2-year residency requirement, you will complete a new housing agreement for the following year and will have the opportunity to select your specific housing location during the housing selection process.

Why a 2-year requirement? With the success of our students at the forefront of this decision, the plan is rooted in data relating to student success, access to support services, and offers a transition and more healthy pathway toward life after college.

Fall new freshmen who wish not to live on-campus for the second year of their residency requirement must submit the 2-year residency requirement exemption form no later than March 31 to request an exemption. You will be notified whether your request is approved or denied.

Information and instructions will be sent to students through campus mail, email and posted on webpages and social media regarding the housing selection process.

We cannot guarantee students will get the exact housing they want. Our housing process is organized so that students first have an opportunity to select their current room, suite or apartment (as long as they have completed the necessary steps to that point). The process is then broken down so that students living elsewhere on-campus get the next opportunity to choose housing depending on where they currently reside. This means that some students may not get their first choice. We encourage students to have a second or even a third housing choice.

No, a deposit is not required.

However, you must complete your housing agreement in MyHousing Self-Service by the date indicated during the current housing selection process to confirm your commitment to live on-campus. Once you complete the housing selection process you are committed to on-campus housing for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters). As long as you complete all parts of the housing selection process, you will be able to select campus housing during the selection dates in March.

For housing rate and fee information visit the Housing Rates & Fees page of our website.

No. All expenses (i.e. garbage, cable, internet, electric) are paid through housing and utility fees.

The on-campus housing agreement covers the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) or remaining portion thereof.

See Searching for a Roommate on the MyHousing Self-Service page.

You must have the exact number of roommates requested and matched in MyHousing Self-Service to fill the number of beds in the type of room, suite or apartment you will try to select during the housing selection process.

MyHousing Self-Service will only show you available rooms, suites or apartments that match the number of roommates in your roommate group.

Yes, students are permitted to select their roommate(s) for next year, however, their roommates must be eligible to live on campus and must also complete all of the housing selection requirements to secure housing. If the roommate you want to request does not meet deadlines, you will not be able to choose them. Roommate requests must be entered by each roommate in MyHousing Self-Service before you try to select your housing.

  • New incoming students do not normally complete the housing selection process. Current on-campus residents planning to live on campus again can request new incoming students as roommates, if the incoming student is admitted and has already paid their admissions deposit prior to the housing selection process in March.
    • If you would like to request a new incoming student as a roommate during the housing selection process, email buhouse@bloomu.edu so that we can determine whether or not they are eligible to be your roommate and if so, give them access to participate in the housing selection process.
  • If the new incoming student does not meet the requirements prior to the housing selection process in March, you will not be able to request them. You will need to request another roommate who is eligible for on-campus housing. Once your new incoming student is admitted, they can email us to request to be placed close to your room and we will try to do so.

If for some reason, after you have selected your housing assignment, your roommate(s) decide they will no longer be attending BU, we will place another student in the vacancy. Contact the Office of Residence Life at 800-287-7543 or email buhouse@bloomu.edu if you have any further questions.

You should answer the personal information questions in MyHousing Self-Service even if you request specific roommates. In the event that your roommate does not return, we will use your answers fill the vacancy with another student who best matches your profile.

If you plan on living with a CA again (in a suite or apartment only), you must complete the housing agreement, personal information questions and roommate request in MyHousing Self-Service during the housing selection process. You will not need to participate in the room selection process in March as we will place you wherever your CA roommate is assigned.

If you do not want to live with a CA again next year, you should complete the entire housing selection process and select housing in a different room, suite or apartment during the scheduled dates.

All students should have a back-up plan. During the selection process, MyHousing Self-Service will show you what rooms, suites and apartments are available. You will only see options matching the same number of beds as roommates in your roommate group. If there is nothing available in the location you want, you can rearrange your roommate group by adding or removing roommates to fill a different size room, suite or apartment. Each person in your roommate group must do the same so you have a newly matched group. It would be a good idea to have everyone in your group together when you are selecting in case you need to change plans.

If you no longer need on-campus housing, review the housing release request. We will not release students to move off-campus after the start of the academic year. With that in mind, we encourage you to be sure you need on-campus housing before signing up.

MyHousing Self-Service will not allow you to make changes once you have selected housing. In order to make this type of change, each roommate will need to email buhouse@bloomu.edu as soon as possible to request a change to be made. We will remove you from the assignment you chose which will allow you to go back in and select a different location. Keep in mind that the housing you really wanted could be gone by the time these changes occur so pay close attention to what you are doing in MyHousing Self-Service when you select your room, suite or apartment.

Remember, your housing agreement is for the full academic year, or any remaining portion. Review the housing release request for information on what to do if you no longer need campus housing.

We will not release students to move off-campus after the start of the academic year. With that in mind, we encourage you to be sure you need on-campus housing before signing up.

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