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Returning Student Room Selection

Returning students will select their 2022-2023 housing assignments during the Spring 2022 semester. Students will complete their housing application, create roommate groups, and select their housing using the Housing Portal. The Housing Application for returning students closed on February 22, 2022. 

Application and Room Selection Timeline

Cluster Housing Application Process

New for 2022-2023, there are three Cluster Housing opportunities, including the following: the Pre-Professional Cluster, the Social Justice Cluster, and the Sustainability Cluster. For more information about Cluster Housing, click here. Students who wish to live in Cluster Housing must submit both a Cluster Housing Application, and the 2022-2023 Housing Application.

January 20, 2022: Housing Application Open
February 8, 2022 at 11:59pm: Cluster Housing Application closes 
February 22, 2022 at 11:59pm: Housing Application closes
March 3, 2022: Room selection time slots emailed to students
March 4, 2022 to March 15, 2022: Roommate grouping period (Roommate grouping updated to begin March 7, 2022)
March 15, 2022: Room Selection Day* (9am-4pm CST)

*Students will receive a room selection "time slot" on a designated Room Selection Day.

Traditional Student Housing Application

Students who do not wish to live in Cluster Housing follow this timeline for submitting the Housing Application and completing Returning Student Room Selection.  

January 20, 2022: Housing Application Open 
February 22, 2022 at 11:59pm: Housing Application closes
March 3, 2022: Room selection time slots emailed to students
March 4, 2022 to March 24, 2022: Roommate grouping period (Updated to begin March 7, 2022) 
March 22, 2022: Room Selection Day* (9am-4pm CST)
March 23, 2022: Room Selection Day* (9am-4pm CST)
March 24, 2022: Room Selection Day* (9am-4pm CST)
April 5, 2022: Wishlist Opens
April 14, 2022: Wishlist Closes
*Students will receive a room selection "time slot" on a designated Room Selection Day.

Additional Important Dates

February, 5, 2022: Deadline to submit application and "Provider Form" for housing accommodations to Goldman Center to ensure review of request for accommodations prior to Returning Room Selection 
April 5, 2022: Wishlist Opens
April 14, 2022: Wishlist Closes

Room Selection Information and Support Events

Tutorials

  • Roommate Matching in the Housing Portal 
    • Video tutorial (please note, while the video references previous years, it is still an accurate reflection of our process)
    • Step-by-step guide (please see below sections for instructions!) 
  • Room Selection
    • Video tutorial (please note, while the video references previous years, it is still an accurate reflection of our process)
    • Please see below for an outline of important steps to complete 

Virtual Q&A Sessions with the Assignments Team

The Housing and Residence Life Assignments Team will host two Zoom question and answer sessions in March for all of your Room Selection Questions. This will include a brief overview of how to complete important steps in the Housing Portal, such as matching with a roommate and selecting a room, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. A zoom link will be provided to students when timeslots are released: 

  • Wednesday, March 9th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm 
  • Friday, March 11th from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Looking for a Roommate?

  • Students who receive a time slot will be able to search for a roommate using the roommate search function in the Housing Portal to find compatible roommates.
  • Use the Future Friends program to meet new people! Include that you are looking for a roommate in the notes section. Learn more here!
  • Post to your class Facebook group to find other people looking for roommates.
  • Talk with your Resident Advisor to get help connecting to other students that may need a roommate. 

Room Information

Want to see a room in a residence hall and learn more about the different features in each of our communities? Check out our 360 degree photos of our communities. 

Individual Support for Students

Got a question on roommate matching or room selection? Need advice? Housing and Residence Life staff are available to support students via email, phone and individual meetings prior to and during Returning Student Room Selection. Don't hesitate to contact our office and we will route your inquiry to the right staff member to assist. 

Additionally, Housing and Residence Life staff will be available during room selection days to help students select their spaces. If you have an immediate question during room selection, please call our office or stop by the office in Irby Hall. Students are welcome to bring their laptops to the HRL office in Irby Hall during 9am-4pm on Room Selection Days to get additional assistance while selecting or they may call our office if they are not on-campus. HRL is asking that only 1 student per roommate group come to the office physically to maintain social distancing.

Returning Student Housing Application

The Housing Application is not complete until the Housing Agreement has been signed. All students living in on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year must electronically sign a Housing Agreement.

Preferences: You will be asked in the application for your housing preferences. These are for the planning purposes of Housing and Residence Life and does not guarantee you any particular building or room. You will be able to select any available space during Room Selection.

General Housing, Mixed Gender Housing and Gender Affirming Housing: Students must pick one of three housing options. If you intend to live in the same room, suite, or apartment as someone who has a different gender, you can opt in to Mixed Gender Housing or Gender Affirming Housing. You may only form a roommate group with students who select the same option as you. See section below for more information.

Include in Search: If you do not select the “Include in Search” box you will not be able to be added to a roommate group and other students will not be able to find you in the Housing Portal. 

Screen names: Students use this to search for you in the Housing Portal during Roommate Matching. Choose a screen name that will be easy for your friends to find during Roommate Matching. We recommend your Tulane user name.

Roommate Profile: These information sections include answering Lifestyle Questions and are for students to search for a roommate they do not know already, or to assign students together. All students are encouraged to fill this out, even those that know the people they want to live with. This information will be used should a space become vacant in your living unit at a later date. The roommate profile includes answering "lifestyle questions" that allow you to share preferences about your everyday living, including how clean you like to keep your room, your typical sleep schedule, and more. 

Canceling Your Application: Students not required to live on-campus may cancel their applications any time up until they select a room by emailing housing@tulane.edu. Cancellation fees may apply if request to cancel occurs after selecting a room.

Room Selection Timeslots

Students eligible to select a room will receive a time slot in early March. Your timeslot indicates when you will be able to log in to the Housing Portal to select your room. You may log in any time after your time slot, but not before. Time slots are assigned randomly via a computer algorithm. Only students with time slots can select a room. Students are highly encouraged to log-in and select a room at their timeslot for best room availability. 

Students that do not complete an application on time will not receive a timeslot, can not enter into a roommate group, and will not be able to select a room. Students required to live on campus that do not apply on time will be housed from the remaining inventory of rooms after the conclusion of room selection. 

For rising third-year and rising fourth-year students - if you are issued a timeslot, receiving a timeslot does not guarantee that you will be able to select a room, or be assigned a room, during Returning Student Room Selection. 

Roommate Grouping

If you are interested in selecting a suite with your friend(s) you must create a group. Groups are created in the Housing Portal by returning to the 2022-2023 Housing Application, and clicking on the Roommate Matching page. Once you receive a time slot, you can log into the Housing Portal and form a group and determine who is the Group Leader. The Group Leader should be the person with the earliest time slot. 

THE GROUP LEADER MUST:

  • Name the group, create a group password, and specify the number of students that will be in the group (including the group leader themselves). The group name and password should be something simple, appropriate, and easy to remember.
  • Add everyone to the group. Group members can add themselves by searching for the group name and entering the password. Students cannot be in more than one group at a time. Students already assigned to a room cannot be added to a group.
    • The group leader may also share the group name and password with potential group members so that they may request to add themselves to the group. If a group member adds themselves to a group using a group name and password, the group leader must "accept" the request from the group members to officially add them to the group. 
  • Groups can be 2-8 people. Groups must fill all the beds in a suite or apartment. Any individual or group that can not fill all the beds in their suite will need to come to the Housing and Residence Life office on their assignment day for assistance with their process. 
  • Select Beds/Rooms for the Group. During the Group Leader’s time slot, they are responsible to select the beds/rooms for each of the group members.

GROUP MEMBERS MUST:

  • Accept. You must accept your membership into a group once added by the Group Leader to confirm inclusion in a roommate group. 
    • If you add yourself to a group using a group name and password, the Group Leader for that group must accept your request. 
  • Confirm. Once the Group Leader has reserved your bed/room, log into the Housing Portal to confirm your housing assignment.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Only students that applied on time and received a time slot may be added to your group.
  • Students may be in a roommate group with students of any sex if all students in the roommate group selected Mixed Gender Housing or Gender Affirming Housing on their application. All students in the roommate group must have selected the same option to find each other in roommate grouping.
  • For 2022-2023, students may only create or join a roommate group if they are a rising second-year student. Rising third-year and fourth-year students may not create or join a roommate group. 
  • Students are highly encouraged to finalize roommate groups prior to room selection and to assign the student with the earliest timeslot in the group as group leader.
  • Students should form roommate groups that fill an entire unit. 
Room Selection

If you wish to participate in Room Selection as a group, the Group Leader should log on to the Housing Portal during their time slot and do the following:

  • Search for a room by location
  • Select a room/suite/apartment. Assign all group members to beds/rooms. All available beds must be assigned.
  • Confirm your housing assignment.
  • Individuals that select as part of a group wishing to change rooms without changing the rooms of the rest of their group must contact the HRL office.

IMPORTANT ROOM SELECTION NOTES

  • The Group Leader may sign in to the Housing Portal from the moment your time slot begins to the end of the housing selection period. Please keep in mind that every 15 minutes, a new group of students will have access to the Housing Portal to select their rooms, so it is to your advantage to choose your room and confirm your assignment as early as you can. Once you choose a room you are happy with, you must confirm your room choice.
  • Groups must fill all beds in a suite or apartment. Individuals or groups that can not do this must come to the Housing and Residence Life office in Irby Hall during their selection time for assistance. 
  • Once the Group Leader selects a room, the room assignment cannot be changed at a later time, even if the room selection period is still ongoing. Any changes must be requested on the Wishlist which opens April 5th and closes April 14th. 
  • Once the Group Leader selects the room/suite/apartment, all students in a roommate group must confirm their room assignment in the Housing Portal. 
  • Students should avoid being in the Housing Portal unnecessarily. This ensures that there are not too many people in the Housing Portal and that everything continues to run smoothly for all students.
  • Students that do not like the room options available during their time slot are encouraged to choose a room and participate in the room change process that follows housing selection. The room change process begins with joining the Wishlist, which is available beginning April 5, 2022 (please see the below tab for more information). 
  • At the end of Returning Student Room Selection, students will receive an email confirmation of their room assignment and roommates. 
Mixed Gender Housing and Gender Affirming Housing

Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive experience for students and to working with all students to meet their housing needs in an environment that promotes the dignity of all people.

Students have the choice to opt in to Mixed Gender Housing or Gender Affirming Housing. If you do not opt in to either Mixed Gender or Gender Affirming housing, you will be in the General Housing pool and will see potential roommates who have the same gender marker as you have on file with Tulane University.

Both Mixed Gender and Gender Affirming housing options are voluntary.

All options are available to all returning students and will be offered throughout campus in a variety of building and room types as well as room rates.

Once you select an option in your Housing Application you will only be able to see other potential roommates who also selected the same housing option. You may return to this housing application and change your choice of housing preference at any time. The choice selected does not give priority for room type or location.

General Housing
This type of housing allows undergraduate students of the same gender marker within the Tulane system the ability to live together. This is the default, if Mixed Gender or Gender Affirming Housing is not selected.

Mixed Gender
Mixed Gender Housing allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living in the same room/suite/or apartment with other students regardless of their gender marker on file with Tulane University.

Gender Affirming
Gender Affirming Housing allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living in the same room/suite/or apartment with other students regardless of their gender marker on file with Tulane University. GAH is designed to be a more inclusive home on campus for students who identify as transgender, nonbinary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, queer, asexual, agender, questioning (LGBTQIA+), and their allies.

Students who opt in to Mixed Gender or Gender Affirming housing must be willing to work with Housing and Residence Life to fill any future vacancies in their suite should a member of their suite leave for any reason. If students are unable to help fill the vacancy in their suite, Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to assign students to the suite or to relocate students, as needed.

Helpful Housing Information

For more information on our communities, their amenities, and to see 360 degree photos check out the Our Communities page. 

Floor plans will be available for students to view in the Housing Portal after timeslots have been issued. 

Once timeslots have been issued students will be able to see the Available Rooms page in the Housing Portal. This page shows live data of rooms available for selection. This page will not be on during room selection, but will be available at the end of each selection day. 

Housing Waitlists

Waitlists are utilized following Returning Room Selection for students who do not select a room, or are unable to select a room, including rising second-year students who are required to live on-campus or rising third and fourth year students who wish to be considered for on-campus housing on a space-available basis.

Guaranteed Waitlist (rising second years only) - Rising second-year students who do not select a room, or are unable to select a room, during Returning Student Room Selection will be added to the Guaranteed Waitlist. Only rising second year students are eligible to be added to the Guaranteed Waitlist as this waitlist is only for students who are guaranteed housing but were unable to be given a confirmed room assignment at the conclusion of Returning Student Room Selection. Students added to the Guaranteed Waitlist are required to still complete a 2022-2023 Housing Application, if they have not already. Students on the Guaranteed Waitlist will receive on-campus housing prior to Fall 2022 Move-in.

Third- and Fourth-Year Waitlist - Rising third- and fourth-year students who were unable to select a room due to unavailable space, may choose to join the Third and Fourth-Year Waitlist. Students added to this waitlist are NOT guaranteed to receive on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year, and are highly encouraged to seek off-campus housing early. Students are NOT automatically added to this waitlist, and must opt-on to the waitlist when offered to join the waitlist via email. 

Please contact us at housing@tulane.edu if you have questions about the waitlists. 

Wishlist

Every effort is made to give students the opportunity to select a room that fits their preferences. Following Returning Room Selection, students who wish to receive a room assignment that is different than what was selected may submit a Wishlist request. Students may submit any change they wish to have in their room assignment, including requesting a different room, different room type, different building, to live with different students in a specific room assignment, etc. If room availability becomes available that matches the student's request between April and mid-July, a Room Change Offer is sent to the student via email. Students have 48 hours to review the Room Change Offer and respond if they wish to accept. Every student must individually accept their room change offer via email by the deadline, should a room change be extended to a roommate group. Students who decline a Room Change Offer made from the Wishlist may not receive an additional offer should they decline an offer that is in-line with the preferences stated on their Wishlist request. Students are highly encouraged to give serious consideration to any Room Change Offer in a timely manner.

Housing Accommodations

Students who require consideration for special housing accommodations based on medical need and/or disability status must apply with the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. Students should complete and submit their application and "Provider Form" by February 5, 2022. More information about applying for housing accommodations is available on the Goldman Center website here.

Returning students who intend to request an accommodation for the 2022-2023 academic year are encouraged to submit their request and supporting medical documentation to Goldman in advance. If you are approved for a housing accommodation, you will be contacted by Housing and Residence Life regarding your housing needs prior to Room Selection. If you do not receive a determination from the Goldman Center before Room Selection, proceed with the regular housing assignment process. Your accommodation does not extend to your preferred roommates. Students with an accommodation wishing to select in a roommate group should go through the Room Selection process. If you are unable to select a room that meets your needs through that process please contact HRL and you (not your roommates) will be reassigned. Students with accommodations that are not selecting with a roommate can go through the Room Selection process or contact housing prior to Room Selection to discuss your housing options. If you are approved for housing accommodations after Room Selection, contact housing@tulane.edu to discuss available spaces. Third and forth year students with accommodations are not guaranteed housing. For more information on housing accommodations please see the Goldman Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't like my room assignment? 
Students who wish to change their room after Room Selection will be added to a wishlist and offered spaces as they become available. This process will not begin until after Room Selection.

What happens if I no longer need on-campus housing for 2022-2023? 
If you are studying abroad, withdrawing, or taking a leave from the University next year, you will need to inform HRL as soon as your plans have changed so that we can update the status of your housing. Email us at housing@tulane.edu. If you receive a room assignment, you must submit a Housing Agreement Release Request. Cancellation penalties may apply; refer to your Housing Agreement for details.

I am going to be a second-year student for 2022-2023 and I am interested in living off-campus. Can you give me special permission? 
Students who meet the Residency Exemption guidelines outlined in the Housing Agreement should complete a Residency Exemption Request Form and submit this form and any supporting documentation to us via email at housing@tulane.edu.

I don't know who I want to live with next year. Can you help me find a roommate?
Students who are eligible to participate in roommate matching will receive a timeslot and can log into the Housing Portal to search for roommates. You can search for potential roommates in the Housing Portal based on answers to Lifestyle Questions. There are also a variety of different events on-campus throughout the semester that can assist you with making connections with other students at Tulane University!

I am looking for off-campus housing. Where do I begin?
There are a variety of resources to assist students in searching for off-campus housing. Housing and Residence Life has a variety of resources on our website here.

Other Questions? CONTACT US!
Housing and Residence Life
Irby Hall, 27 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118-5645
504.865.5724
housing@tulane.edu