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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Finding a Roommate

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/new/roommate/finding_a_roommate.html

We are commonly asked "How do students find roommates?"

At Minnesota State Mankato, there are three ways in which students can find a roommate:
Here's a few facts about roommates on our campus:
  • Most new students live with someone they have never met before.
    • Research shows that you are just as likely to have a successful roommate relationship with someone you've just met as you are with a friend.
  • Social media profiles are not always an accurate indicator of what a person is like in real life.
    • We've observed that students tend to post pictures and statuses of the dramatic and exciting moments in their life. What you don't see is the routine things in their life such as doing homework, having dinner with their family, and brushing their teeth. Be careful about rushing to judgment about your roommate based on social media. What do you have posted? Will this create an accurate impression for your future roommate?

Requesting a Specific Student as Your Future Roommate

To request a specific student as your roommate, you need to create a Roommate Group in the housing portal.  Either you or your desired roommate can create the Roommate Group (only one person should do this).  The person that creates the group will be the Group Leader and will create a group name and password (which will need to be shared with the desired roommate).

Once a group has been created, the Group Leader will be able to choose the desired roommate by adding this person to the group (using the desired roommate’s screen name).  When the desired roommate has been added to the group, they will receive an email notification to confirm that they want to be roommates with you.  When they confirm, your group is set!  The next step is to choose your room in May once we open timeslots (we will send you information about this as it gets closer).

The deadline to request a roommate is May 20, 2018 so make sure your group is formed by this date or else we will not be able to honor it.

How to do this:
1. Click Roommate Groups
2. Click Create Group (which will prompt you to create a group name and password).
3. Enter the requested roommate’s screen name into the application under “Search for Roommates by Details”.
4. When the student’s profile appears, click the Request button and a pop-up will ask you to confirm that you want to send that student a roommate request.
5. The desired roommate needs to confirm that they want to join the Roommate Group.
6. You will be able to see your pending or accepted roommate request on the Roommate Groups page.


Use Roommate Matching

If you want to browse and find your own roommate, you should use our Roommate Matching software located within the housing portal.

Select Roommate Groups and in the bottom right corner of the screen you will see three options:

  • Search for Roommates by Details: This lets you search for roommates based on screen name, description, gender, or age.
  • Search for Roommates by Profiles: This lets you search for specific profile items, such as level of cleanliness, personality, or study habits.  This will return search results of students that match your criteria.
  • Suggest Roommates: The software can provide a list of students that most closely match your profile questions.

If you find a roommate match, you can message them within the housing portal to get to know them better.  If you decide to be roommates, you will need to create a Roommate Group (see Requesting a Specific Student as your Future Roommate).


Be Assigned a Roommate

If you don’t have a strong preference on who you will be living with, you can opt to have our department assign a roommate to you.  When we make roommate assignments, we will review age, gender, and smoking preferences to make sure they line up with yours.  You can expect to learn your assigned roommate by July 20.

If you do not request a specific roommate, the other space in the room you have chosen (in May) will be available to other students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don't see a section for Roommate Groups in my housing portal.

A: After you have signed your Housing Contract and paid your $250 prepayment, the rest of the application will open up to you. This includes sections for Roommate Groups and Room Selection (which will be available in late-May).

Q: I will be a new student and want to live with a current MSU student. Is this possible?

A: Yes! You and your requested roommate should create a Roommate Group. The current student will be able to reserve a space for you in their room during Returner Room Renewal.

Q: Can I edit my room or roommate preferences after I have submitted them?

A: Yes! Students can make changes to their application until May 20, 2018.

Q: What if I don't make a roommate match? Will someone assign a roommate to me?

A: Yes, we will pair you with a roommate of compatible age, gender, and smoking preference.

Q: Can I request a certain person to be my roommate?

A: Yes! See Requesting a Specific Student as Your Roommate above.

Q: I want to live in a semi-suite/apartment with friends. How do I request suite mates/apartment mates if they are going to live in a different room in the same unit?

A: Each student will need to be a part of the same Roommate Group.

Q: I'm the Group Leader for my Roommate Group. What are my responsibilities?

A: The Group Leader needs to create the group by giving it a name and creating the password for it. These details need to be shared with the members who wish to join the group, so don't forget them! The Group Leader should also manage the group's size and make sure all members have joined by the May 20 deadline so that the group can be finalized. Group Leaders can also edit the group (with a new name or password) or delete the group.

Q: Where can I find my screen name?

A: When you are logged in to your application, click the menu bar (top left corner that has 3 lines stacked on top of each other). Click My Details and you will be able to see your name, your screen name, and the email address you have associated with your application.

Q: Can I change my screen name?

A: Unfortunately not.

Q: How can I remove myself from a Roommate Group?

A: Go to the Roommate Groups heading to remove yourself from a group.

Q: Do my roommate and I need to have identical room type preferences listed on our housing applications?

A: Yes, we recommend that your room type preferences match.

Q: What is the housing portal and how do I get there?

A: The housing portal is the fancy name for your housing application (this is the software that stores your application, meal plan preferences, and is ultimately where you will go to choose your fall room). To get there, login to E-services using your StarID/password and then select the Housing & Dining tab in the left menu bar. This will redirect you to our housing portal where you will login again (with StarID/password) and you will select your relevant housing application.

Q: If I message a potential roommate on the housing portal, how will I know if they respond?

A: If someone messages you through the housing portal, you will receive an email that notifies you a message is waiting to be viewed in the housing portal (it will go to the email address that you entered in your housing application). You should login to E-services with your StaID/password, click on the Housing & Dining tab, and you will be redirected to the housing portal. Once in the portal, you will see a notification badge (green dot) in the menu in the upper left corner. There you can click to view your messages.


Timeline for Room Selection

If you apply for housing by May 20, you will self-select your hall and room placement during our Room Selection process.  The date you apply for housing will determine your rank in the Room Selection process.  For example, a student who applies for housing in October will have a higher rank than a student who applies in March (higher rank means you will select your room before students who applied after you).  The Room Selection Process will begin in late-May, with an email invitation sent to the email address you provide in your housing application.


Lifestyle Questions on the Housing Application

Lifestyle questions assist in creating a profile about you (that can be viewed by other students for Roommate Matching). While it is recommended that you answer all of the questions, the only required question is smoking preference.

Lifestyle questions include: academic/social focus, bedtime, guests, Learning Community interest, having a LGBT*-friendly roommate, morning wake-up, neatness, physical activity, and smoking preference.


Residential Life collaborates with the LGBT Center to offer roommate matching services for LGBTQIA students. If you're interested in finding an LGBTQI-friendly roommate, please fill out this form so that we may help pair you with another student who has the same interest. Students who choose to take advantage of this service still need to complete the housing application process (as described above).

Please note that completing the form does not guarantee a positive living experience, however it may help provide an environment that is friendly to your gender and sexual identity. Also, you may experience some wait time between filling out the form and getting information about a potential roommate depending upon how many students choose to be paired through this service.