Finding Your Roommate
At BGSU, we cannot guarantee you will live with a specific person, but we try to increase your chances by allowing you to form a Room Selection Group (RSG). Forming a RSG is not required. In fact, around 40% of all students choose to leave it up to fate and don't form a RSG. The choice is up to you. On this page, we will outline how to form a RSG, how to select a room when you are in a RSG and what it will be like if you are not in a RSG.
Room Selection Groups
To increase your chance of living with a specific person, you need to make it official by forming a Room Selection Group (RSG). RSGs can be formed by two students. When you form a RSG you will receive the same selection time, making it easier to find a room together, or near each other.
You Have To Make It Official
Simply talking to someone and verbally telling each other you want to be roommates, does NOT form a RSG. There is no way our office can know you want to be roommates unless you tell us. It is your responsiblity to follow the timeline below and make it official.
If you do not form a RSG within the set timeline, it will make it difficult to find a room together during the room selection process. You will likely have to pick a room a part from each other and possibly in different residence halls. This is because it is very likely you both will receive different selection times and we cannot guarantee what spaces will be available. Don't let this happen to you. Please read this web page in detail so you are prepared.
How To Form A Room Selection Group
STEP 1 | Complete the housing application.
First you must complete your Housing Application and make your $200 initial housing payment. You can find the application timeline and more details about the entire housing selection process on the New Student Housing Page and the Returning Student Housing Page. In the application, make sure you have the "Include in Roommate Search" checked.
STEP 2 | Find someone you want to form a RSG with at BGSU.
This step is different depending on whether you are going to be a new student or returning student next year.
Selecting A Room When You Are In A Room Selection Group
We know you are curious how the room selection process will work after you have formed your RSG. Below oulines how the process will work but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our office any time between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will receive a room selection time sent to your BGSU email account. To find when this email is scheduled to send, please refer to the New Student Housing Page or the Returning Student Housing Page.
- You and your group member will be assigned the same selection time so it is easier to find a room together or close to each other.
- New Students: Your selection time will be determined based on the $200 initial housing payment date.
- Returning Students: Your selection time will be 100% randomized.
- The housing system will open up at your assigned room selection time. Rooms fill up on a first come, first served basis so we cannot guarantee there will be rooms with two open beds in it. You will be looking for rooms that say (2/2) which means two out of two spaces are open.
- Selecting a room for you and your friend:
- New Students: Either student can select the room and pull in their group member into the room. After the room has been selected for both of you, you will need select your own meal plan and then you will be finished.
- Returning Students: Only the group leader can select the room and pull in their group member into the room. The other person can login and select their own room, they just won't be able to pull in their group leader. The group leader will have to manually assign themselves. After the room has been selected for both of you, you will need select your own meal plan and then you will be finished.
- After the room has been selected, the group member who hasn't logged into the system will be required to log in and confirm the assignment and choose their meal plan.
Selecting A Room When You Are NOT In A Room Selection Group
Forming a RSG is completely optional. If you decide not to form a group, you will be given your own selection time and the student who selects the same room as you will be your roommate. It's important to note that if you do not form a RSG with someone you would like to try to be roommates with, it will be difficult to find a room together during the standard selection process because it is likely you will have different selection times. With this said, we cannot guarantee students who form a RSG will find a room together. It all depends on whether a completely open room is available during the time of selection.
Getting In Touch With Your Unknown Roommate
If you selected a room and haven't met the person who also selected the room, you can log in to your My Room & Meals account again and click on the 'Application Status' tab. There you will be able to find your roommates name and a link to contact them. When you send them a message, it will be sent to their BGSU email address. Make sure you are also checking your BGSU email account. The student may have already reached out to you.
Selecting A Room In A Suite or In Centennial Hall
Only 24% of the beds available on campus are located in a suite layout vs 63% of beds available in traditional layouts.
Unless you have been accepted to be a member of the Honors Learning Community*, NO ONE is guaranteed to live in a suite, regardless of where you have lived on campus before if you are a returning student.
Available Suite & In-room Bathroom Layouts:
FALCON HEIGHTS | 100% Returning Students | Four-person suites will be available in this residence hall. Some suites will have four single bedrooms and other suites will have two double bedrooms.
FOUNDERS HALL | 37.8% Returning Students | 62.2 % New/Returning Honors Learning Community Members | Six-person suites are available in this hall. The suites have three double bedrooms. Founders Hall also has single rooms available. These layouts are a little different than suites. If you select a single room in this hall, you will share a foyer and a bathroom with one other student.
CENTENNIAL HALL | 100% New Students | Centennial doesn't technically have suite layouts but there are 15 single bedroom layouts availble that are shared by three students. If you select a single room in this hall, you will share a foyer and a bathroom with two other students.
Selecting A Room In A Suite or Centennial Hall
- If there are open spaces available in suites when you login to select your room, you can select a bed in a suite regardless if you formed a RSG or not. We do not penalize students who did not form a group.
- Because these rooms share a space with more than one suitemate, students you do not know are likely to share the space with you. Forming a RSG helps you find a space together (or near each other) with one other person. You should NOT assume you will be able to select a suite with another student outside of your group.
- At no point shall a student reach out to another student already placed in a suite to tell them they need to get out of the room. EVERY student has a right to select the space they want. It is acceptable to reach out to someone to do an even trade but no one has claims on a suite. Reports of bullying will be taken seriously and you could find yourself in violation of Student Code of Conduct.
*If you are returning member of the Honors Learning Community, you must re-apply and follow the returning student learning community room selection process. If you are a new member of the Honors Learning Community, you will need to follow the new student learning community room selection process. If you miss the selection process deadlines, you risk not being able to live in your community.