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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

Only students who complete their housing reservation by our priority deadline (March 4, 2019) will be able to request a specific roommate. Students who complete their reservation after March 4 will be assigned a roommate.

Students who complete their reservation by our priority deadline will be invited to participate in Roommate Matching, March 4-April 4, 2019. Information will be communicated to eligible students via email in early March.


Use Roommate Matching

Only students who complete their housing reservation by our priority deadline (March 4, 2019) will be able to participate in Roommate Matching. Students who complete their reservation after March 4 will not be eligible to participate in Roommate Matching.

Roommate Matching allows students to search from a pool of other incoming students who will be living on campus. Roommate Matching will be available in the Housing & Dining Portal March 4-April 4, 2019. Information will be communicated to eligible studentsvia email in early March.


Be Assigned a Roommate

If you complete your housing reservation after our priority deadline (March 4, 2019) or if you don’t have a strong preference on who you will be living with, we will assign a roommate to you.  When assigning roommates, we look at age, gender, and smoking preferences to make sure they line up with yours.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Yes! Contact our office and we can tell you more.

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

A: Yes! Students can make changes to their application until March 4, 2019.

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: 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.


Timeline for Room Selection

If you complete your housing reservation by our priority deadline (March 4, 2019), you will self-select your roommate and room during our Room Selection process.  The date you complete your housing reservation determines your rank in the Room Selection process.  For example, a student who completes their housing reservation in October will have a higher rank than a student who completes their reservation in February (higher rank means you will select your room before students who completed their reservation after you).  The Room Selection Process will begin in late-April, with an email invitation sent to the email address you provide in your housing application.


Roommate Search Questions in the Housing & Dining Portal

Your answers to the Roommate Search 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.

Questions include: academic/social focus, bedtime, guests, Learning Community interest, Transfer Housing interest, LGBT* ally status, 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.