Room Changes

Housing and Residence Life is committed to helping Tulane’s residential students thrive in their living environments. For some students that necessitates a change to their housing assignment. Room swaps and room changes can be requested during our Room Change Request processes by submitting a Room Change Request Form via the Housing Portal.

The Room Change Request Process is available for approximately a two week period, three times during the academic year. On-campus residents will be notified via email of the specific dates once the academic year begins each year.

Room Change Request Process dates:

  • Fall Semester Room Change - Early September 
  • Mid-Year Room Change - Early November (Requires students to move out completely at end of Fall semester and move in to new space for Spring)
  • Spring Room Change - Early February

*Specific dates are communicated to students via email in advance, and also provided in our Important Dates webpage. 

Housing and Residence Life will do its best to accommodate requests. Room changes are easier to accommodate for students requesting a mutual swap or those that provide a broader range of options in which they would live.

Room Swap is defined as two students who wish to trade housing assignments. For those residents requesting a Room Swap, both parties interested in moving must submit a Room Change Request Form.  

Room Change is defined as a student who wishes to move to an unoccupied space.  Specific roommates may be requested on the application but are not necessary. Two students wishing to move to a new room together will each have to complete the Room Change Request Form and list each other as preferred roommates.

We will work on these changes as rooms become available. Students will receive a room offer via email from Housing and Residence Life once a room has been identified and will have 48-hours to accept or decline the offer. Students are highly encouraged to use this time to connect with potential roommates and suitemates and ensure the offered room would be a good fit. Students will be able to gain access to their new assignments 24-hours after move instructions have been sent to allow for roommate and/or suitemate notification. 48-hours will be given to complete the move and a move timeline will be provided in the move instruction email. 

Due to current occupancy, not all requests can be accommodated. Should Housing and Residence Life be unable to meet your request, you will be notified once all applications have been processed.

As we move through the process, Housing and Residence Life must approve all room changes. Students cannot change rooms without permission. All unauthorized room changes or room swaps will be subject to a $300 USD improper room change fee. Unauthorized room changes can become problematic in cases of emergencies, so it is imperative that Housing and Residence Life's assignments list is accurate. 

Before requesting a room change, students are encouraged to speak with their Resident Advisor and utilize Living Cooperatively Resources.