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Room Assignments Process

1. How are room assignments made?

Room assignments for new students entering in the fall are made according to the date the deposit to the University is received. Students indicating interest in Themed Housing (see #2 below) may not necessarily be assigned according to deposit date. Some students make their deposit to the University as early as January.  When possible, we try to assigned students to their stated quad preferences.  However, due to space limitations students may not be placed in their preferred quad. Most students, however, enjoy and thrive in their residence halls no matter where they live on campus.

2. How do I apply for Priority Placement into one of the Themed Housing Communities?

Themed Housing Communities offer you the opportunity to live with other students with similar interests. These residence halls have specific majors and/or participation in academic programs. You can apply to live in one of the Themed learning Communities by completing and submitting the Themed Housing Interest Page on the online application.  Space is limited so you are encouraged to apply soon for maximum consideration.

3. How can I indicate my preference for a specific building?

As a new student to RU, you are able to select up to two quads in which you would prefer to live. A quad is a grouping of 4-5 buildings in a similar location on campus.  New students are not able to preference specific buildings.  However, your quad preference will give us an idea of the general area on campus you prefer to live. 

4. Where are the residence hall quads located?

Muse Quad contains five residential communities within the same building, making it the most popular location for new students.  Main Quad includes Jefferson, Madison, Norwood, Tyler, and Washington Halls.  Moffett Quad includes Draper, Ingles, and Moffett Halls.  Governor’s Quad includes Floyd, Peery, Stuart, and Trinkle Halls. See a map of campus.

5. I would like to request a roommate. How do I do this?

To request a specific person as a roommate, you will both need to put your requested roommates nine digit Student ID number on the online application where specified. All requests must be mutual, and received in the Office of Residential Life by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2014 for consideration. When requests are mutual and submitted by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2014 you will be placed with your requested roommate.

6. My prospective roommate and I selected different quads for housing preferences. How will our assignment be determined?

If possible, we will select one of the preferred quads that you or your roommate indicated and will try to meet one of your requests.  We will honor your mutual roommate request above all other requests unless you notify us otherwise.

7. My prospective roommate and I have different dates for our deposits to the university, how does the room assignment process occur?

All housing assignments are done with regard to when the University receives students’ deposits. For roommates the person with the later date of deposit will be used to determine your order in the housing assignments process. We believe that students consider who their roommates are as being more important than the locations of their rooms. In some cases, this means that the later date of deposit will result in a person not getting a first choice, such as a Themed Living Community. Therefore, if your building placement is more important than your indicated roommate you will need to indicate this on your online application under the themed housing section on or before 5 p.m. July 1, 2014. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will operate on the understanding that your roommate preference takes priority over your indicated housing preferences.

8. When is the last day to change my building preferences?

All changes to your housing preferences must be made online on or before 5 p.m. July 1, 2014.

9. If all the halls are smoke-free, why do you ask my smoking preferences?

All residence halls are smoke-free living environments, and smoking must be done at least 25 feet from the residence halls.  We ask students to confidentially tell us their smoking habits due to the high number of people who dislike or are allergic to the smoke which clings to clothing after smoking.  Your honesty will help us make better placements. 

10. When will I know my hall and room placement for the fall?

You will be notified by email the first week of August of your room assignment, phone number, post office box number.  At that time, you will also receive the name and contact information of your future roommate. Your placement email will be sent to your RU email account, so please be sure to check it!