New Applicant

Welcome HOME to Mississippi State University and the Bulldog Family! Living on campus is an exciting part of our campus community whether you are a First-Time Freshman, Upper Division, Transfer or a Graduate Student. University Student Housing at Mississippi State has a variety of housing options that are sure to accommodate your needs.

Once you have been admitted to the university, we encourage you to apply for housing. First-time freshmen are encouraged to apply for housing prior to April 1 to maintain their Housing Priority. Transfer students interested in applying for University Student Housing will be housed based on available bed spaces.  

*There is a $100 non-refundable processing fee to apply for housing.

Housing Application Steps

Please note the Housing Application consists of the following steps:

Be admitted.

Only students admitted to the university can apply for University Student Housing.

MSU NetID and Password.

Use your MSU NetID given to you by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships in your admission offer to establish your MSU NetID password at MyState.

Housing Application Portal.

The Fall/Spring Housing Application will continue to be available to admitted students into the Fall semester. Select the Fall / Spring application and complete each section. Click Submit My Application on the final step of the application process.

*If students are starting in the Spring, the Housing Application will open the beginning of October.

Housing Priority Deadline.

The Housing Priority Deadline for First-Time Freshman is April 1. The Housing Priority Deadline for Transfer and Graduate Students is March 31. Students submitting their Housing Application after these date will be considered late applicants. The Housing Contract will open for First Time Freshman on April 2 in their Housing Application on the housing portal.

Online Room Selection

First-Time Freshmen who have signed a Housing Contract will be able to select their rooms online during their allotted timeslot. Timeslots are assigned based on when they applied to the University as well as completing their Housing Application and Housing Contract by the specified dates.. First-Time Freshmen select rooms in May. 


All students with housing assignments will be able to participate in MVNU2MSU (Movin' You to MSU). Students will be able to sign up for a move-in time slot in late July. The student will be able to select an open date and time for the centralized move-in process. It is a fun day to make new friends and get settled into your new home away from home!

Open Enrollment Dates

General open enrollment dates are as follows:

Fall/Spring Application

  • October 1 - First-Time Freshmen, Transfers, Graduates, and Returning
  • January (mid) – RSVP for Continuing Residents for the following fall

Spring Application

  • October (mid) – All students (current fall residents need not apply)

Summer Application

  • March (mid) – All students

Winter Break Housing Application

  • Available to Current residents continuing to spring only