Residential Services

Assignments & Residency Requirement

Returning students select their rooms/apartments in April for the upcoming academic year.  New paid admits will receive residence hall and meal plan selection information from Residential Services in late May. Room assignments for new students are made in July. Roommate assignments are emailed to new students in early August.

Although the majority of first year students live on Eastside (Baxter, Belknap, Cascadia, Matthews, Northwood, Southwood, Westwood, Terra) and in Kaneko Commons wing A, students from all four classes live in each residence hall. We match roommates by interests not class standing or age so it is not uncommon for first year students to be matched with American Studies Program (ASP), exchange or returning students. This offers a true "neighborhood" setting where mentoring is encouraged. It is also not uncommon to have more than one roommate. Triple rooms are common on campus.

Once an assignment has been made, it is considered permanent. However, should a problem arise, staff-approved changes may be considered. A waiting period of two weeks after the semester begins allows for us to confirm any no-shows and for you to evaluate your living situation and consider more than just first impressions.

Students requesting special accommodations due to a health related matter must submit acceptable documentation to Disability Services prior to the assignment deadline to be certified.  This includes the need for a service/assistance animal. Residential Services will make an assignment based on the recommendation made by Disability Services, the availability of space, the individual’s needs and the University’s ability to reasonably accommodate the student.

Residency Requirement

All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they are married, over 21, have dependent family under their care (parent or child), or are living with parent(s)/legal guardian(s) within a commutable distance of 25 miles or less. Students must have completed 15.00 credits at the end of spring semester to be considered a junior.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in living off campus next year, but do not meet these criteria, must apply for a waiver of the Residency Requirement. Applications are available in Residential Services. The Residency Requirement Waiver Committee only grants exemptions in extreme circumstances. Committee decisions will be made during finals week.