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 will be determined by the better priority date.
The housing priority deadline for first-time freshmen is April 1, 2019.
Online Room Selection (OLRS) for first-time freshmen will begin in May 2019 and will continue throughout the month of May. Timeslots to select housing assignments are primarily based on a student's housing priority date (see above). Students will need to sign their online MSU Housing Contract and then participate in OLRS to secure their bedspace. Due to the number of students who live in university student housing, we will release time slots in small waves throughout the month of May. Students wanting room changes can return to the OLRS page to see if other bedspaces have become available. Students can make changes until OLRS ends. Housing Contracts are transferable to any bedspace in university student housing. We will process reassignment requests according to housing priority based on availability. 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.
Students who have been issued a timeslot will have a chance to select a different bed space starting during their OLRS round and continuing until OLRS closes at the end of May. Please be aware that the Housing Assignments Office will periodically consolidate rooms to provide enough bed spaces for future rounds of OLRS.
For detailed information about selecting a bedspace, please watch the Online Room Selection tutorial video below or visit our list of FAQs about Online Room Selection.
How will my roommate be assigned?
All first-time freshmen are required to have a roommate. You will have ample time to search for and select 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), you will be able to assign yourselves together. The student with the earliest housing priority timeslot will select both bed spaces for the roommate pair. You must first exchange MSU NetIDs to be able to request and confirm one another on the housing application. If you request each other after these dates, you may not be able to room together.
Another option is to use your Fall Roommate Compatibility Questionaire answers on the application to search for a roommate with similar answers to those lifestyle questions. These 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 the OLRS messaging system or msstate.edu email.
If you do not have a preferred roommate, your answers to the lifestyle compatibility questions that you answered on the housing application will assist you in selecting a compatible roommate during OLRS. Students who do not mutually request a roommate by April 1st can select a room with someone based on their answers to the lifestyle questions.