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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, 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 $75 non-refundable processing fee to apply for housing.

Please note the Housing Application consists of the following steps. 

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Housing Priority Deadline. Please remember, 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. 

  5. Online Room Selection (OLRS). First-Time Freshmen, Transfer and Graduate Students who have signed a Housing Contract will be able to select their rooms online during their allotted timeslot. Timeslot are assigned based on when they applied to the University. First-Time Freshmen select rooms in May; Transfer and Graduate Students select rooms in February/March.


Open enrollment dates for the Housing Application on the MSU Housing Portal can vary slightly from year to year. Once admitted, all new First-Time Freshmen and Transfers will be sent emails from housing with dates and information specific to their admit term. In addition to regular email updates, the Housing Application on the Housing Portal provides important dates specific to the term being applied for.

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


Go to the Housing Portal and Apply Now!