Roommate Matching

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Apply for housing by February 16 to be eligible to select your own roommate.

Incoming, First-Year Students (Starting Fall 2024)

You have options when it comes to selecting a roommate.

  1. If you meet the February 16 priority deadline: You will be eligible to participate in Roommate Matching in the Housing & Dining Portal. This feature allows you to search the profiles of incoming students or select a student you already know. When you make a match, you'll create a roommate pair to lock in your roommate choice.
    • The date you create a roommate pair DOES NOT affect when you'll pick your room. You'll have 3 weeks to create a pair, so there’s no need to panic on the first day.

    • Only one person should create a Roommate Pair and invite the other student to join it.
    • If you don't want to choose a roommate, another student will be paired up with you.

    • Participation is optional.
  2. Roommate assignment by Residential Life: If you apply for housing after February 16 OR do not select a roommate during Roommate Matching, Residential Life will pair you with a roommate and you will be notified after an assignment has been made (typically in June-July).
  3. Learning Community Students: Students in Learning Communities can participate in Roommate Matching with all incoming students or just their specific learning community (you will have access to both groups!) Learn more.

To Search and Find your Own Roommate

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 26, follow these steps:

  1. Login to the Housing & Dining Portal using your StarID/password and select your housing application. Under Application Progress, click continue.
  2. Select the heading  ROOMMATE PAIRS.
  3. Three search options will be available in the bottom right corner of the screen.
    1. SEARCH FOR ROOMMATES BY DETAILS: This allows you to search for roommates based on web name, description, gender, or age. Use this option if you already know who you want to live with.
    2. SEARCH FOR ROOMMATES BY PROFILES: This allows you to 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.
    3. SUGGEST ROOMMATES: This allows you to view a list of students that most closely match your profile.

How to Search for a Roommate

If you find a student that might be a match, 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 Pair.

How to Create or Join a Roommate Pair


A roommate pair is 2 students who want to share a room together. By creating your pair in advance, you can ensure that everyone is together on the day the room is selected.

All members of a Roommate Pair must accept their invitation to join by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15. If you created a Roommate Pair, we suggest checking the housing portal to make sure your roommate has joined by the deadline. If they do not accept the invitation, they will not be included in your Roommate Pair and you cannot add them later.

Choose your Roommate and Create a Roommate Pair by March 15

Roommate Matching is available in the housing portal until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15. You have three weeks to search for and select a roommate. If you do not select a roommate, a roommate will be assigned to you. 

How to Share a Suite or Apartment with Another Roommate Pair

If your hope is to share a semi-suite or apartment with another roommate pair, here's your path to do that:

  1. During room selection (in April), the pair that has their timeslot open first should select a completely open suite or apartment and tell the other roommate pair which room they selected.
  2. The second roommate pair should attempt to select the other side of the suite or another bedroom in the same apartment.

This method is not a guarantee, as another roommate pair may opt-in to the open space. Attempts to bully, harass, or threaten a roommate pair out of a space will not be tolerated and will be handled within the student conduct process.

Roommate Frequently Asked Questions