(revised October 3, 2013)
In response to increased demand for on-campus housing, Residential Life has built new, or renovated existing residence halls, adding or replacing nearly 2,300 beds to the housing inventory over the past five years, with the goal of providing housing to all who want to live on campus. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the best choices in buildings and rooms. Building and room assignments are based on the date of housing application (not the university application), so the earlier you apply, the better.
Res Life’s online system provides the housing application process for 20 residence halls and 4 apartment complexes. These facilities house eight residential colleges, the Honors House, nine traditional residence halls, two undergraduate apartment complexes, and two Family & Graduate apartment complexes. Although not an exhaustive list, below are many important factors to understand and consider when applying for on-campus housing.
- To apply for housing, students must first be admitted to the university.
- Students provisionally admitted to the University ARE eligible to apply for housing.
- Students must apply for housing separately from applying to the university, beginning in October of each year.
- There is no first-year residency requirement.
- On-campus housing is not guaranteed, but the Res Life goal is to provide housing for all who want to live on campus.
- To ensure students have the most options in choosing their housing options, it is important to apply early (see room selection details below).
- Students can apply for housing online (www.lsu.edu/housing), or fill out a manual application and either mail it in, or come by Grace King Hall and drop it off. There is a $150 deposit required at the time of application, which can be paid by credit card if applying online (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), or by check or money order if applying by mail or in person. There is a nonrefundable $5 credit card processing fee. If a student cancels the housing application by June 1, they will be refunded $100 of their deposit.
- Res Life receives a significant number of cancellations over the summer, and students who apply late in the process may have to wait longer for their room assignments.
Room selection – Traditional Halls: Once a student has completed the application process, his/her housing status will show “Pending.”This is normal, and will show pending until the student is assigned a room.
- Students applying for traditional residence halls DO NOT submit a preference for an actual building at this time, but will select their building and room during the online selection process in the spring (the dates have not yet been determined).
- Students will select a room in any traditional residence hall that shows availability during online room selection.
- The online room selection process (in the spring) is broken down into groups of application dates, with a window of when each group can go online and select their building and room. The dates for group number assignments are different every year, but below are last year’s:
Group 1: Students who applied for housing in October 1 – mid October
Group 2: Students who applied for housing in Late October – November
Group 3: Students who applied for housing in December – January
Group 4: Students who applied for housing in February and beyond
- The ‘housing date of application’ (not the university date of application or admittance date) determines which above group the student will be in. All students within each group have the same priority in the online room selection process.
- After the online room selection process is over, anyone who has not selected their room will have their building and room selected by the Res Life assignments staff.
- After the online room selection process is over and assignments are completed, instructions concerning when room and building changes can be made will be provided (these dates have not yet been determined).
Room selection – Residential Colleges & Living-Learning Programs: When applying to a residential college, the Honors House, or any Living-Learning program, that residential college or program must be the student’s housing preference.
- Once a student has completed the application process for a residential college, his/her housing status will show “Pending.” This is normal, and will remain pending until assigned a room in the spring (the date has not yet been determined).
- Students applying to residential colleges will have their room assigned by the Res Life assignments staff, and will receive email notification to go online and check their status.
- Students may include roommate preferences (of students applying and/or approved for the same residential college) on their housing application, and the Res Life assignments will work to honor as many roommate preferences as possible.
Residential College Wait list: When a residential college program reaches the maximum number of qualified students, a Wait list for that individual residential college is started by the Res Life assignments staff. For example; for the past several years, the Engineering Residential College (ERC) has had a wait list, because the number of students applying for the ERC exceeded the number of spaces in the program available. Many of the students on the res college wait lists get into the res colleges as spaces become available, and the remainder all get spaces in the traditional halls.
- If students applying for a residential college have not received their room assignment by the beginning of the online room selection process, they are on the wait list for their residential college.
- Students on a residential college wait list should self-select a traditional room in the spring. (See the “Room Selection – Traditional Halls” section above)
- If a space opens in their requested program, they will be re-assigned from traditional to a space in the requested residential college by the Res Life assignments staff.
Standby list: The standby list is different than the wait list. Once the number of overall housing applications have exceeded the housing capacity, a standby list is implemented, and all students who apply for housing after this point will be placed on the standby list. As cancellations come in, and rooms with special holds are released, the rooms are assigned to those students on the standby list in the order of their date of housing application (first-come, first-serve). The standby list helps provide housing to as many students as possible in the fairest way possible. For fall 2013, there was a standby list of several hundred students, but ALL of the students who remained on the list received a space on campus.