Housing assignments for new undergraduate students are based primarily on the student's date of application for admission to the university and/or their participation in a living-learning or theme community, but may consist of a variety of other factors. This includes, but is not limited to, roommate requests (and his/her date of application for admission), and other factors. Confirmed roommates' priorities (primarily based on university admission application dates) will be averaged and roommates will be assigned together accordingly if both housing applications are completed by the priority deadline.
The housing priority deadline for first-time freshmen is April 1, 2017.
Housing assignments for first-time freshmen will begin to be released in May 2017 and will continued to be released throughout the summer months. Assignments are released primary based on a student's housing priority date. Once students have recieved their housing assignment they need to sign their online MSU Housing Contract. Due to the number of students who live on-campus, we will release assignments in small waves throughout the summer. We appreciate your patience as we work to place everyone. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Housing and Residence Life office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 662-325-3555.
How will my roommate be assigned?
All first-time freshmen are required to have a roommate. We work hard to ensure you are placed with a roommate you are compatiable with. There are a few different ways to obtain a roommate.
*If you mutually request each other via the housing application before April 1st (incoming freshman for fall semester) or November 30 (incoming Spring students), we will make every effort to assign you together. If you request each other after these dates, we may not be able to assign you together.
Another option is to use the roommate preferences tab of the housing application, which will allow you to search for a roommate with similar answers to the lifestyle questions. Those questions include such items as bedtime, amount of quiet needed, study habits in room, neatness, and room temperature. Students may contact suggested potential roommates via msstate.edu email.
If you do not have a preferred roommate, we will use your answers to the lifestyle compatibility questions that you answered on the housing application to assist us in assigning you a compatible roommate. Students who do not mutually request a roommate by April 1st will be assigned someone based on the answers to their lifestyle questions by our assignments team.
*Mutually confirmed roommates’ housing priority dates will be averaged and they will share a new priority date. Please note: before mutually confirming a roommate on the housing application, a previous page will require you to indicate which is more important to you, your building (room) preference or your roommate preference. The two drop down menu options are:
- I prefer my room over my roommate.
- I prefer my roommate over my room.
If you indicate that your room is more important, you could be split from your roommate. This could happen if, when averaging your priority dates, your roommate’s date keeps you from being assigned to one of your top building preferences. If we split you from your roommate, it will be to assign you to one of your top building preferences.
If you indicate that your roommate is more important, we will keep you together with your new averaged/ shared housing priority date. We will make every attempt to assign the two of you to your highest building preference, however, assignments are based on priority date and availability.
We will make every effort to assign you to the same room as your mutually requested roommate if you mutually request each other before April 1st if you are an incoming freshman for the Fall semester or November 30th for all incoming Spring students. If you request each other after these dates, we may not be able to assign you together.