Roommates and Learning Communities
In January, during the New Student Housing Selection Process, students will be able to begin personalizing their on-campus experience. During this phase we encourage students to take a look at all of the residence halls on campus, review our award-winning Learning Communities and consider whether they want to live with someone they already know or would like to meet someone new.
Available Jan. 15 - May 1, 2019 | During this time, students can decide to match up with someone they already know, someone they get to know prior to room selection -or- they can decide not to match up with a student. Roommate matching is NOT required. If a student decides they do not want to match up with a roommate during this time, or they miss the deadline, they will select a spot in a room and the person who also selects that room is their roommate.
If a student wants to match up with a roommate, they MUST match through our system or we won't know they want to live together.
Want to select your own roommate but don't know where to start?
What is a Learning Community? Over 20 residential learning communities will be offered next year and are comprised of students who share a major or common interest. When a student joins one, they have a built-in friend group before they move-in.
Members of these communities have the unique opportunity to live in an assigned block of rooms — in the same residence hall — where they are surrounded by others who share their same interests, making it easier to meet friends and connections at BGSU.
Community members easily form study groups, participate in exclusive activities and trips and enjoy experiential learning opportunities beyond what is offered in the classroom.
The best part, community members tend to earn higher grades and graduate at higher rates compared to their classmates. Explore all of our communities to find the one for you.
Please note: Additional fees may apply.
The system only allows students to self select one roommate.
The system only allows students to self select one roommate. If a room is available that has an option for more than one roommate, we recommend that the student who has the earliest housing selection time, self select the roommate who has the latest housing selection time. Then the third student will need to know what room to select during their housing selection time.
It is important to note that this will not guarantee that all three students will get the same room assignment. The third space in the room will be available to all students to select until it is filled. So there is a possibility that the last bed could be selected by a student prior to the third student's housing selection time.
Please note: There are only 15 three-person rooms in Centennial Hall and limited first-year rooms in Falcon Heights. It is important to have a backup plan if your first choice is not available during your housing selection time. There are Economy Triple options available in Centennial Hall which are different than the three-person rooms. Learn more about the Economy Triple option here.
Starting in January, we invite all students who have made their initial $200 initial housing payment to start the process of using a roommate search tool in the housing system. This tool allows students to search for a roommate of their choice.
This is not a required step, but based on the Lifestyle Questionnaire –and additional information the student chooses to provide– they will be able to search for possible roommate matches.
If a student doesn’t want to choose their own roommate, they will easily be able to select a room during the housing selection timeline (beginning in May) with another student who also did not want to select a roommate.
After 9 a.m. on May 17, the new student self-selection shuts down. If a student wants to request a roommate after this date, they will need to call to request a roommate change. Students must complete the change request process found here.
We encourage all students to make their $200 initial housing payment as soon as they are admitted to BGSU. Students who are members of a Learning Community usually means they know which residence hall they will live in. However, when it comes to roommate selection and the type of room (single vs. double) the student wants, it will be important that they have started the housing process early. The earlier the student pays, the more likely they will get the room preferences they want inside the Learning Community.
As more FAQs come in, we will add them here.