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Returning Student Room Selection

Returning students will select their 2019-2020 housing assignments during the Spring 2019 semester. Students will complete their housing application, create roommate groups, and select their housing using the Housing Portal. Checkout the Returning Student Room Selection Guide for more information.

Need assistance with your room selection process? Join us for one of the events below. Students should check their Tulane email for more details about these events.

Housing Forums - These information sessions teach students how to apply, create roommate groups, and select their rooms. See the software you will use and get all of your room selection questions answered by our assignments team.
January 30 at 7pm in Weatherhead Lobby
February 4 at 11am in LBC- Kendall Cram
February 11 at 1pm in LBC - Stibbs
February 26 at 7pm in LBC - Stibbs

Selection Connection - Looking for a roommate or a roommate group? Come meet other students also looking for a roommate.
February 18 at 5pm in LBC - City Diner
March 14 at 5pm in LBC City Diner

Room Tours - Come check out rooms in upperclass living communities to explore your housing options. Tours will leave from desk/lobby areas.
Feburary 19 6-8pm 

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 2019-2020 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 by the Housing Application deadline. Transfer student classification is determined by semester started, credits, and semesters at previous institutions.

Preferences: You will be asked in the application for your housing preferences. These are for the planning purposes of HRL. You will be able to select any available space during Room Selection.

Gender Inclusive Housing: If you intend to live in the same room, suite, or apartment as someone of a different legal sex, you need to select the “Gender Inclusive Housing” option from the appropriate drop down menu in order to roommate group with them. 

Include in Search: If you do not select the “Include in Search” box you will not be able to be placed in a roommate group.

Screennames: Choose a screenname 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. 

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. 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.

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. 
  • Verify the Group. If this is not done, you will not be able to select rooms as a group.
  • 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.
  • Select Beds/Rooms for the Group. The Group Leader will do this during their time slot.


  • Verify. Ensure you have been added to a group by logging into the Housing Portal and checking your group membership.
  • Confirm. Once the Group Leader has reserved your bed/room, log into the Housing Portal to confirm your housing assignment.


  • Only verified groups can select together. Every time someone joins or leaves the group it must be reverified. 
  • 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 the “Gender Inclusive Housing” on their application.
  • 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. Select the number of beds needed for group in unit. Assign all group members to beds/rooms.
  • If you do not like the room you have selected, your first room will be held for you while you search for available rooms.
  • Confirm your housing assignment.
  • After confirmation, students will have a window of time to change their room. When ‘change room’ is selected, the entire group’s rooms will be changed. Your original room will be released once you start the change room process.
  • 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.
Gender Inclusive Housing

If you intend to live in the same room, suite, or apartment as someone of a different legal sex, you need to select the “Gender Inclusive Housing option from the appropriate drop down menu on your Housing Application in order to roommate group with them. All members of the roommate group need to select to be able to group together. 

By selecting "Yes" to indicate your interest in Gender Inclusive Housing you will be able to form a roommate group with qualifying students of any biological sex or gender. Gender inclusive roommate groups will need to send a designee to the Housing and Residence Life office during their selection timeslot to choose a room. 

Important notes about choosing to live in Gender Inclusive Housing: Choosing this options means that you may roommate with students that identify as male, female, transgender, non-binary, gender non-confirming, or other gender identities. 

Students that enter into a Gender Inclusive Housing living environment must be willing to work with Housing and Residence Life to fill and future vacancies in their suite if any member were to leave for any reason. If a gender inclusive housing group is unable to fill their suite, Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to assign students of any sex or gender to the suite to fill all vacancies. Housing and Residence Life also reserves the right to relocate students as needed. 

If you do not intend to live with students of a different sex you should select "No" to this question. 

Please note that indicating a preference for gender inclusive housing will not provide you with priority housing or increase your likelihood of obtaining specific rooms.

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 2019-2020 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 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. 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