Future Students Housing Selection Guide

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You may be new to this process but we have been doing this for years. Let us guide you through the Housing Selection Process so all you have to worry about, is how you are going to accessorize your new space and all the new friends you are going to make next year. Did you know? Students who live on campus generally have a higher GPA and graduate within four years?

You are going to love your home away from home. When you are living on campus, everything is just steps away from your front door – which is part of the reason why students who live on campus tend to be more successful during their college career.

We look forward to having you join our community. Please reach out to our office if you have any questions about the Housing Selection Process. Our staff is happy to assist you any way they can.

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Important Dates

Now – May 18, 2018 | Housing Applications open at 9 a.m. and remain open through May 18.

March 5 – May 7, 2018 | Learning and Theme Community Members Select their room.

May 14 – 17, 2018 | Students who have paid their $200 Initial Housing Payment select their room.

June 1, 2018 | Last day to receive a refund of the $200 Initial Housing Payment.

Application Steps

BEFORE YOU START | Be admitted into BGSU – Required

Housing Applications for New Students are now available online through May 18, 2018. Before starting the Housing Selection Process, you will need to:

  1. Be admitted into BGSU
  2. Activate your BGSU email here which will also create your MyBGSU account

PHASE 1 | Submit Required Documents – Required

Login to your MyBGSU account to access your "My Room and Meals" account and complete the following: MyBGSU>Students Tab>New Students>My Room and Meals

  1. Accept the terms of the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement.
  2. Pay your $200 Initial Housing Payment as soon as possible. It is completely refundable until June 1, 2018 and secures your place in the room selection process.
  3. Submit your Health and Emergency Contact Information.
  4. Complete the Lifestyle Questionnaire – This will allow us to suggest some potentially good roommate matches for you.
  5. Optional Step: Learn more about the Learning and Theme Communities.

Helpful tip : After you complete this step, your housing application will say it is incomplete until you select your room in May.

PHASE 2 | Find Your Fit And Roommate – Optional

Begin personalizing your on-campus experience:

Roommates | In January, you will be able to find, and communicate with, potential roommates within your My Room and Meals account. If you want to select your own roommate, this step needs to be completed by the beginning of May.

Find your roommate

Learning and Theme Communities | After a student completes all the required steps of Phase 1, students who wish to enroll in a Learning or Theme Community can fill out the Learning Community Application online. Students who are accepted into their desired community, will be assigned a Room Selection Time before everyone else.*

Find your community

* Room Selection is available at a specific time frame and only Learning and Theme Community Rooms will be available to choose from. If you choose to live in a Learning or Theme Community Room, you will NOT receive a Housing Selection time in Phase 3. This will complete your Housing Selection Process.

All Gender Housing  | After all the required steps of Phase 1 are completed, Students who wish to live in All Gender Housing (AGH) can fill out the All Gender Housing Request Form through May 1, 2018.  

AGH is a housing option created to foster an inclusive, safe and respectful community where students can live together with any student regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation. AGH is located in Founders Hall and will be open to any interested students.

All Gender Housing Request

Please note: Students will not be placed in AGH unless they request this option.

Helpful tip: During this time, students should consider creating a housing preference list, just in case their first priority isn’t available during their housing selection time.

FINAL PHASE | Room Selection – Required *

In the spring, students who have completed Phase 1 will be assigned a Room Selection Time to go into their MyBGSU "My Room and Meals" account and select their actual room for the 2018-19 academic school year:

  1. Check your BGSU email for your assigned date and time.
  2. Select your room on your assigned date and time in May. Please note: Your Room Selection Time will be based on the date you paid your $200 Housing Deposit.
  3. If you have special/medical housing accommodation requests, they must be made by May 31, 2018.

* This step is ONLY required for students who are not living in a Learning or Theme Community. If you choose to live in one of the communities, you will select your room before this step begins which will complete your Housing Application Process.

October 2, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Oct. 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Phase 1 of the Housing Selection Process Starts.
Online Housing Applications open. Starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2, after a New Student is admitted into BGSU they can fill out the required online documents of Phase 1 through May 18, 2018 to apply for housing and start the Housing Selection Process.

Helpful tip: Pay your $200 Initial Housing Payment as soon as possible. It is completely refundable until June 1, 2018 and secures your place in the room selection process. The earlier you pay for housing, the earlier you can select your room.


Oct. 2, 2017 – May 1, 2018 Phase 2 of the Housing Selection Process starts.
Request to live in All Gender Housing. After a student completes all the required steps of Phase 1, students who wish to live in All Gender Housing need to fill out the All Gender Housing Request Form by 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2018. After this time, please email jlawrie@bgsu.edu for special consideration.

All Gender Housing Details


Jan. 16 – May 8, 2018 Phase 2 of the Housing Selection Process starts.
Roommate Matching opens. After a student completes all the required steps of Phase 1, including the Lifestyle Questionnaire, they can utilize the Roommate Matching system online.

Roommate Selection Details


Jan. 16 – May 7, 2018 Part of Phase 2
Learning and Theme Community Applications Open. After a student completes all the required steps of Phase 1, Students who wish to enroll in a Learning or Theme Community can fill out the applications online.

Community Selection Details


March 5 – May 7, 2018 End of Phase 2
Room Selection for Learning and Theme Communities is Open. New Students who are enroll in a Learning or Theme Community can select their room.

Please note: Only Learning and Theme Community Rooms will be available to choose from. If you choose to live in a Learning or Theme Community Room, you will NOT receive a Housing Selection time in Phase 3. This will complete your Housing Selection Process.


May 9, 2018 The Final Phase (Phase 3) of the Housing Section Process begins.
Housing Selection Times are emailed.
New Students who have paid their $200 Initial Housing Payment will receive a Housing Selection Time sent to their BGSU email account after 3 p.m. The assigned Housing Selection Times will be based on the date the student paid their Initial Housing Payment.

Please note: This does not include students who are enrolled in a Learning or Theme Community. These students can select housing any time between March 5 – May 7, 2018.


May 14 – May 17, 2018 Part of Phase 3
New Students will select their actual room. Based on the Housing Selection Time assigned to the student, they will go into their MyBGSU "My Room and Meals" account and select their actual room.

  • Housing Selection Times will be assigned between 3 – 8 p.m. each day.
  • The Office of Residence Life will remain open until 9 p.m. to help students whith process on May 14 May 17, 2018.

May 18, 2018 after 9 a.m. End of Phase 1
Online Housing Applications shuts off. After 9 a.m., Students will have to contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011 or reslife@bgsu.edu to be assigned to housing. Assignments will be granted on the date they apply for housing if the following has been completed:

  • The $200 Initial Housing Payment has been paid -or- has the appropriate exemptions
  • They have registered for Student Orientation, SOAR

Students will be sent a confirmation email to their BGSU email once they have been assigned.


May 31, 2018 Part of Phase 3
Specialized Housing Accommodations Form is due.
The Office Accessibility Services and the Office of Residence Life work together to coordinate housing accommodations for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. If you would like to request a housing accommodation, you first must be registered with Accessibility Services and then fill out the Specialized Housing Accommodations Form and return it one of three ways:

Mail | Accessibility Services; 28 College Park; Bowling Green, OH 43403
Email | access@bgsu.edu
Fax | 419-372-8496

Accessibility Services Information


June 1, 2018
Last day to receive your $200 refund. This is the last day Students can cancel their Housing Contract and receive a full refund of the $200 Initial Housing Payment. Students who cancel after this date are subject to the Forfeiture Schedule. This also applies to anyone receiving a deferral.


June 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Waitlist for Cetennial Hall opens. Students who already have a fall room assignment and wish to be re-assigned to a room in Centennial Hall, can fill out the online waitlist.


July 31, 2018 End of Phase 3
2018-19 Housing Selection Ends. This is the last day New, Returning and Transfer Students can make their $200 Initial Housing Payment online for the 2018-19 Academic Year and complete their Housing Application. Students can still apply for housing after this date, but must be cleared by the Office of the Bursar.


Aug. 1, 2018
Students who did not complete the Housing Selection Process before this date must contact the Office of the Bursar first to get cleared prior to contacting the Office of Residence Life to applying for housing.

Room Selection Instructions check

Room Selection takes place May 14 – 17, 2018

Selecting your first room at college is A BIG DEAL! We know you have a lot of questions about how to choose your room in the spring, so we have broken it down for you here. If you still have questions, please contact our office. We are happy to help.

Helpful tip : Until you select your room in May, your housing application will say it is incomplete.

Prior to Room Selection

  • First-year students who have made their initial housing payment by May 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. will receive an assigned Room Selection Time sent to their BGSU email address.
  • Room Selection Times will be emailed after 3 p.m. on May 9, 2018.
    • Students should review all of the housing options and create a preference list just in case the first choice is no longer available.
    • Review the BGSU Dining page and decide what meal plan option you want to choose. You will select a meal plan at this time as well.
  • The Room Selection Time email will include the date and time the student can log in to select their Residence Hall and specific room.  Remember to check your email.
  • The assigned Room Selection Times are based on the day (not time) the student made their $200 Initial Housing Payment.

During your Room Selection Time

  • Students will need to log in to their MyBGSU account to access their "My Room and Meals" account according to their Room Selection Time that was emailed to them. MyBGSU>Students Tab>New Students>My Room and Meals
  • This process will be on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • The room selection system will remain open until May 17, 2018 at 9 a.m. After this day, students wanting to make changes or select a different room will need to call the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011.