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Returning Student Room Selection FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • There will be a three month long room change opportunity after the initial room selection process ends. Beginning April 16, students are automatically entered to participate in a room change process that begins April 16 and ends August 1. 

    This room change option is at no risk. Students will keep their current room until they find a new desired location and select the space during the room change process. Once in this process, students can change rooms as many times as desired, up until August 1.

  • Unfortunately, spaces cannot be held for students who have not yet been admitted to Ohio University.  

    Please contact Housing and Residence Life at housing@ohio.edu if you have a friend that is transferring in that you would like to room with. 

  • Unfortunately, due to our first year hall and second year hall configurations, incoming first year students are not eligible to be pulled in to a second year students space.

    Transfer students are able to be pulled in by second year students, as long as the student is admitted and has completed their housing application and paid their deposit. You will be able to request the student as a roommate prior to selecting a room. As long as the roommate request is mutual, when you select a room you will pull the new student into the space with you.

  • Yes, students can select into any room on campus with a vacancy. However, we do recommend that if you are selecting randomly into a double, triple, quad, or suite style space, that you look for rooms that already have a student that has selected into the space.


  • Room selection lottery numbers are completely random. The decision to randomly assign selection dates/times was recommended by students and endorsed by Student Senate.

  • Students interested in residing in a mod style facility on South Green with more than three roommate requests or students of the opposite gender (wings of bedrooms will remain gender specific, with the exception of   Gender Neutral Housing should send an email to Housing and Residence Life at housing@ohio.edu for additional details.

  • Students within a mutual roommate group will each have a designated date and time to select a room. The student with the earliest date/time should complete the selection for the matched group. Once this student selects a room, all other roommate requests will be pulled into the room with the student selecting.

  • During the selection process, the room type will indicate if the room includes air or if the room does not have air.


  • Applications for 1st round consideration are due prior to selection if you are interested in this community after the initial deadline we recommend you select a room elsewhere during room selection while your application is reviewed. If you do not participate in a room selection and are manually assigned you will be able to remain in that space until your application is processed. If you are selected for the GNH community, we will complete a room change for you into a GNH room at that time.  

    If you are wanting another student as your roommate, please be sure to indicate this on your GNH application. We can pair you together later. Roommates must complete an application as well.

    More information on Gender Neutral Housing and the supplemental application can be found here.

  • Students applying to become a staff member (RA) should complete a housing application, pay the deposit, and select a room. For those students who are selected to become an RA, you will be reassigned into your staff room once you have officially been extended a position.

  • Students wishing to reside in a recognized fraternity/sorority will need to complete a Greek Life exemption form beginning April 1, 2019 to determine eligibility.

    The forms can on your Housing Self-Service. Once Housing and Residence Life receives notice from the Campus Involvement Center that you met the criteria, you will be released from the housing and dining charges. 

    Students who submit a housing application, pay a deposit, and then decide to reside in a recognized Greek house will receive a refund of the deposit as long as the request for exemption is made by May 1. Exemption requests received after this date will not be eligible for a deposit refund.

  • Four person rooms (Adams, Bromley, Tanaka, Sowle, Luchs, Carr, and Front Four Buildings) typically will not remain available for selection past the first two days of the selection process.  

    The Convocation Center remains a hall for second year students as additional quad options.  

    Mod style facilities consisting of adjacent singles and doubles will be available to accommodate roommate groups with four people.  

    Students residing in Adams/Bromley/Carr/Sowle/Tanaka/Luchs are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms. Additionally, privacy locks are located on the inner side of the bathroom doors, but not located on the exterior side of the bathroom door, which allows access from one room to another through the connecting bathroom.


  • Immediately after selecting a room, your fall 2019-20 room selection will be listed on your Housing Self-Service overview and will be sent to your OHIO email account.  

    Students who inadvertently selected the wrong room can contact Housing & Residence Life on the same day to request their selection be cancelled (along with any roommates that were pulled in). Students will be entered back into the selection process within 48 business hours and must repeat the process of adding/confirming roommates prior to selecting another room.

  • Rooms in Adams, Bromley, Carr, Luchs, Tanaka, Sowle, and mod style facilities have been “suited” so that the student selecting the room can determine who is in their room and who is in the adjacent room by selecting a suite.  

    For example, if there are four students who wish to live in adjacent singles in a mod style facility, the student would ‘Select a Suite’. By doing so, the student selecting can assign each student to a specific room in the predefined suite. 

  • Students will only be able to view those rooms available on campus that can accommodate their entire roommate group and rooms corresponding to their genders. Additional options can be viewed by sub-grouping during the room selection process or breaking up your matched group.