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Returning Student Room Selection

Returning students will select their 2021-2022 housing assignments during the Spring 2021 semester. Students will complete their housing application, create roommate groups, and select their housing using the Housing Portal. Read the Room Selection information below for more detailed information.

Room Selection Timeline

January 21st: Housing Application and RLC Application Open
February 8: RLC Application Closes
February 25: Housing Application Closes
March 5: Roommate Grouping Begins
March 16: RLC Room Selection Date (RLC rooms only)
March 17: Senior Selection Day
March 18: Junior Selection Day
March 23-25: Sophomore Selection Day
April 1: Wish List Opens
April 16: Wish List Closes

Room Selection Information and Support Events

To learn more about how to create a roommate group or select your room during room selection please view the videos below. Please note that the processes outlined below will not be available in your Housing Portal until you receive your room selection time slot (to begin roommate grouping) or during your designated room selection time (to select a room). Please note while videos contain the year 2020-2021 these videos reflect the correct information for 2021-2022. 

How to make a roommate group video

How to select your housing video

Housing and Residence Life will host two Zoom question and answer sessions for all of your Room Selection Questions. Zoom links for these sessions will be emailed to students who have completed housing applications before the events. 

Tuesday, March 9th 5:30 - 7 pm
Friday, March 12th from 11:30 - 1 pm

Looking for a Roommate?
- Use the Housing Application roommate search function beginning March 5th 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. 

Want to see a room in a residence hall? Check out our 360 degree photos of our communities. 

Upperclass Honors RLC Application

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) at Tulane University are immersive spaces in a residence hall where students live together to learn about and participate in activities centered around a theme. The only RLC offered to upperclass students is the Honors RLC in Weatherhead Hall. To be eligible to live in Weatherhead, you must complete a housing application AND fill out an application for the Honors RLC. The RLC application can be found on the Housing Information page of the Housing Application. 

The RLC Application closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, February 8th. You must complete all essays before this time. After this date applications will not be accepted and non applicants will not be considered.

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 2021-2022 academic year must electronically sign a Housing Agreement.

Class Year: The top of your application will contain your housing class year. This is determined by the semester you started at Tulane, not by credit hour, and will determine when you select your room. If you believe your class year is incorrect please alert the housing office at housing@tulane.edu by the Housing Application deadline. Transfer student classification is determined by years on campus.

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.

Mixed Gender Housing and Gender Affirming Housing: If you intend to live in the same room, suite, or apartment as someone of a different sex you can opt in to Mixed Gender Housing or Gender Affirming Housing. 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.

Screen names: Choose a screen name that will be easy for your friends to find during roommate grouping. We recommend your Tulane user name.

Roommate Profile: These information sections 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.

Canceling Your Application: Third- and fourth-year 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 Time Slots

Students with applications completed on time will receive a time slot. Your time slot 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 within class year via a computer algorithm. Only students with time slots can select a room.

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. 

Roommate Grouping

If you are interested in selecting a suite with your friend(s) you must create a group. Once you receive a time slot, you can determine who is the Group Leader. The Group Leader should be the person with the earliest time slot.


  • Name the group. 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. 
  • 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.


  • Accept. You must accept your membership into a group once added by the Group Leader to confirm inclusion in a roommate group. 
  • Confirm. Once the Group Leader has reserved your bed/room, log into the Housing Portal to confirm your housing assignment.


  • Only students that applied on time and received a time slot may be added to your group.
  • Students in RLCs will only be able to roommate group with students of the same RLC.
  • 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.
  • Students may join a roommate group with any returning student of any class.
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.


  • You 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. 
  • 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.
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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Space for third and fourth year students is limited. Third and forth year students that complete the Housing Agreement and do not select a room during room selection will not be assigned rooms at the end of room selection. Third and fourth year students that are unable to select due to availability will be placed on a wait list for housing however, on campus housing is not guaranteed.

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. Cancellation penalties may apply; refer to your Housing Agreement for details.

Returning students who intend to request an accommodation for the 2021-2022 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

Second-year students required to live on campus that do not apply will be assigned to a room after Room Selection from the remaining housing available. Second year students may be waitlisted until space becomes available. Third- and fourth-year students that complete the Housing Agreement and do not select a room during Room Selection will not be assigned rooms at the end of room selection.

Housing and Residence Life
Irby Hall, 27 McAlister Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118-5645