Roommates and Learning Communities

Roommates and Learning Communities

During this second phase of the Future 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 unique Learning and Theme Communities and consider whether they want to live with someone they already know or would like to meet someone new.

Finding a Roommate search

All students can pick their own roommate.

Available Jan. 16 - May 8, 2018 | During this time, students can choose to live with someone they already know, someone they get to know prior to selecting their room or they can be randomly assigned. There is no right or wrong way to select a roommate. It's up to the student on which they prefer.

Want to select your own roommate but don't know where to start?

During the first phase of the Housing Selection Process, students fill out a Lifestyle Questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about their study habits, sleeping habits, health habits, as well as visitor and other personal preferences. Based on their responses, the housing application system suggests some potentially good roommate matches and students can also search the database on their own. Once a student has identified their potential roommate matches, they will have the ability to chat with each other.

Return to your housing application to begin the roommate search.

  1. Log in to your MyBGSU
  2. Click on “Housing and Residence Life” under the "Students" tab and then select "My Room and Meals."
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the Roommate step.

Please note: This will only be available when this step is open.

How to find and identify your roommate:

Once you have made it to the Roommate step, you will have three options to find, and select, a roommate:

CHOOSE A ROOMMATE YOU ALREADY KNOW | Enter the BGSU ID number and/or the name of the roommate you want to request. Your preferred roommate must have also made the $200 Initial Housing Payment.

SEARCH FOR ROOMMATE BY PROFILE | Check the boxes next to the lifestyle questions that are most important to you in finding a compatible roommate. For example, if you want to live with a roommate who does not smoke, check the box next to that question, and select ‘no’ as your preferred answer. You will only see other students who marked that they do not smoke.

BROWSE MATCHING ROOMMATES | Your answers to the Lifestyle Questionnaire are compared against others in the database. You will be shown other incoming students who have compatible answers. Your closest matches have the highest percentage scores.

Please note: In order to request a specific roommate, they need to have started their online housing application for the same academic year and must have left the “Include in Roommate Search” box checked. You may be required to log back into your application and ‘confirm’ your roommate request after it has been sent to you/from you. Please understand roommate requests are not guaranteed, as this is all based upon space availability when it is your time to select your room.  

Join a Learning Community

What is a Learning Community? Many of our residence halls house Learning Ccommunities. When a student chooses to join one of these communities, they live with other students who have similar majors or extracurricular interests. They also have easy access to faculty offices, classrooms and additional activities right in their residence hall. These communities help create a small college feel within the larger University.

BGSU has 20 communities to choose from and each community has a unique focus – explore all of our communities to find the one for you.

Please note: Additional fees may apply.

How do I join a Learning Community?

Each community has a set of residence hall rooms specifically designated for them. To sign up for one of these rooms, you must apply, and be accepted into the community, prior to April 25, 2018. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:

Apply Now
  1. Apply here and log in with your BGSU username and password
  2. Click on Add a New Community Enrollment Request and choose your desired community and academic year/term

After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. When it’s time for you to select your room in the next phase, you will be able to view and select rooms within the designated community space in the community’s residence hall. For example, if you choose to join the Chapman Learning Community, you will select a room in Kohl hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Roommate Selection

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.

On May 18 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.submit the roommate request form.

Learning Communities

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.