When you submit your housing contract you will probably notice that we don't ask questions about your personality, style, religion, major, likes/dislikes, etc. Research has shown that the answers to these questions don't significantly improve the odds of roommate success.
Developing a good Roommate Relationship
is about more than what classes you're taking, whether you're an early bird or a night owl, or how messy you think you might be on a scale of 1 - 10. So we stick to the question that research says does matter – do you smoke. After that, all roommate assignments are random, based solely on the date the contract was received and the type of room(s) you listed as preferred.
We value the diversity of our students and their experiences. Communities develop best when people with different thoughts, opinions, and values get together and share themselves with one another. Does conflict arise? Sometimes, but hopefully out of that conflict is born compromise, understanding, respect, and an expanded world view. USA Housing & Residence Life does offer a Facebook group called the Jaguar Roommate Connection
in an effort to provide students with the ability to connect with one another and spark conversation prior to April 30 (priority deadline for roommate requests) each year.
So you know who you want to live with? No problem. If you really want to live with your high school BFF, sibling or someone you met at Orientation, we can help you do that.
If you submit your contract online in PAWS
or on paper, there is a space for you to indicate a specific roommate. You will need to know the correct spelling of that person's full name (no nicknames) and their correct Jag number (student #). Simply listing a roommate request does not guarantee that you will be assigned together. Roommates must both be admitted to USA at the time of assignment and be the same gender. Additionally, all roommate requests must be mutual - you each must have requested the other. Requests from roommates must be received by April 30th each year.
When we make your assignment, your Room Preferences will guide us. However, your assignment may be anywhere your roommate request can be honored – even if you didn't preference that location.
As a Returning student you will select your own room during the Returning Student Room Registration
process. During this process you will also have the option of selecting your own roommate(s) by using the “Roommate Code” function.
Join our Jaguar Roommate Connection
group on Facebook!