Housing Assignments

Housing Priority

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.

Housing Assignments

Online Room Selection (OLRS) is an online self-assignment room selection process for first-time freshmen. In order to participate in OLRS and secure their bed space, freshmen students will first be required to sign their online MSU Housing contract during the month April. Housing Contracts are not tied to a specific assignment and are transferable to any bed space in university student housing. A freshman student’s timeslot - a specific date/time to begin searching for/selecting a housing assignments - will be issued in May according to a student's housing priority (see above). Due to the number of students participating in OLRS, time slots are spread out and scheduled in small waves throughout the month of May. Students wanting room changes can return to the OLRS and can make changes until OLRS ends on May 31. During the month of June a reassignment request option will be available on the Housing portal. The Housing and Residence Life office will honor reassignment requests according to housing priority based on available spaces due to cancellations. If at any time you are assigned to a double room by yourself (either you do not have a mutually confirmed roommate or your roommate cancels) please be aware that The Housing and Residence Life Office will periodically consolidate rooms within buildings and your assignment could change more than once during the summer. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Housing and Residence Life office by email at housing@saffairs.msstate.edu or by calling us at 662-325-3555.

For detailed information about selecting a bedspace, please 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.