Starting in the Fall 2021 semester, we created an opportunity for students to sign up to be “matched” with a compatible roommate and then assigned to a room for the fall semester, alleviating the stress of trying to find a compatible match on your own. This process is entirely optional and any students who do not opt-in will proceed through the Room Selection process as planned. Due to the logistics of room selection, please know that signing up for this process is binding and students are unable to change rooms until the Summer Room Change.
Students Eligible for this Process
- All undergraduate students admitted to UConn-Storrs for Fall 2021, and Spring 2022, including transfer students and campus change students.
- Students with accommodations through CSD are also eligible.
- Learning Community Residents, Students living in Honors housing, RAs, athletes, and students planning to live in Husky Village are not eligible.
February 16 - March 2: Application Available in MyHousing
Week of March 1: Participants will receive confirmation email
Mid-May/After Housing Selection: Assignment and Roommate information will be visible in MyHousing
May 2022: Summer Room Change Process for students to request to change rooms
Interested students can sign up in your My Housing Portal between February 16 and March 2.
We will ask for your unranked housing location preferences, your lifestyle preferences, room rate preference, and what factors are most important to you when making a match.
Students who sign up for this process will be placed in areas where sophomores commonly select during the Room Selection process, including Busby Suites, Northwood Apartments, and traditional halls. Other apartment and suite areas will not be included.
Students will share three unranked preferences for areas of campus and our staff will assign participants to one of those areas with rooms. Assignments will be visible after room selection has been completed.
Students in Learning Communities and Honors
Students who have accepted spaces in learning communities and those who live in Honors housing are not eligible for this process. Once Learning Community or Honors housing decisions are finalized, any students who have signed up for this process will be automatically removed and will need to participate in the online housing selection process.
Students with CSD Accommodations
Many students with accommodations through the Center for Students with Disabilities will also be eligible for a roommate match through this process.
Meal Plan and Room Rates
Students in traditional and suite areas are required to purchase a meal plan. Residential Life will take into consideration the rate preference shared on the application to participate in this process and will assign students no higher than the rate shared. Please note that sharing a rate on this application does not guarantee a specific room type or location.
Summer Room Change Update
Students who participate in this process and decide that they would like to change rooms will be provided with a priority room change time in front of the other students in their class status during the Summer Room Change process.
Want to learn more about this process?
Overview of the Process
How We Find Your Roommate
Frequently Asked Questions
I already have a friend I want to live with. Can I live with them?
Students who already have a roommate in mind should not opt into this process and can select in their usual housing selection process and mutually match as roommates during the roommate pairing process. This process is intended for students who do not have a roommate in mind for the fall semester.
When will I know my assignment and new roommate?
We will notify you of your assignment and roommate just after selection ends.
Where will I live?
Rooms will be assigned in areas rising sophomores commonly select during Housing Selection, including Busby Suites, Northwood Apartments, and traditional hall areas such as Northwest, North, McMahon, East, Alumni, and West. When completing the application in MyHousing, students will share three unranked preferences for areas and staff will assign them into one of those locations.
Can I live in Hilltop Apartments or Charter Oak Apartments in this process?
Because rising sophomores do not typically live in these spaces, they will not be available in this process.
What if the person I am matched with leaves housing or changes rooms?
We are unable to control who cancels their housing or participates in the summer room change, but will make every effort to reassign you to another compatible match.
Why should I trust Residential Life with my Fall assignment?
Historically, Residential Life matches about 2/3 of incoming first year students, using lifestyle preferences in the housing application. These lifestyle preferences (such as how neat you like to be, how you prefer to study, if you like to listen to music or prefer a quiet space) are shown to be the best way to match students with a compatible living partner.
In the Fall 2019 semester, 97% of students remained in their assigned space with the student we matched them with! While our roommate matching success rate has been very high, students in this process will be given a priority time in the summer room change process, allowing them to select a new room before others in their class year, if they wish to find another roommate or housing location.
What if I don’t like the person I am matched with?
You will be eligible to participate in the summer room change process and select a new space. Students in this process will be given priority pick times, allowing them to pick before others in their class standing.
What if I don’t like the assignment I am given?
You will be eligible to participate in the summer room change process and select a new space. Students in this process will be given priority pick times, allowing them to pick before others in their class standing. If you and your match wish to move together, you can also request this during the room change process and we will do our best to assist you in moving together.
What factors will you use to determine who I live with?
When you apply, you will be asked to confirm your lifestyle preferences (similar to the questions on your housing application), your room rate preference, and for 3 areas on campus you’d like to live. You will also indicate which of these criteria is the most important to you. We will do our best to find you a match with as many similar preferences!
If I sign up but change my mind before Room Selection takes place, can I switch into the General Selection Process?
Due to the complicated logistics of this process, once you sign up, you cannot withdraw. Students who change their mind will be eligible to change rooms during the Summer Room Change Process.
Will this process be available for Stamford residents?
At this time, we are only piloting this program for students living on the Storrs campus for fall 2022.
Will this be an option in the future?
Last year was a pilot program, but we hope to offer it again in the future if student interest remains high.
I already have one friend I want to live with. Can you help us find a third roommate to go into a suite?
At this time, we are not able to take specific roommate requests. Students who have a friend in mind will need go to through the General Selection Process and create a roommate group via the roommate pairing process in MyHousing once it opens.
Can I participate if I am in a Learning Community?
Unfortunately, Learning Community residents are not eligible for this process.
Can I participate if I want to live in Honors housing?
Unfortunately, students living in Honors housing are not eligible for this process.
I have applied to live in a Learning Community or Honors housing, but I have not heard back if I am approved. If I am not approved, what happens?
Students who are accepted into Learning Community or Honors housing will be automatically removed from this process once those decisions are finalized. Students in those groups will need to use their online selection time to choose housing during their housing selection period.