Spring Housing Selection Guide
Bowling Green State University typically has a two-year live-on policy called the Residency Requirement. But due to the health risks of COVID-19, we are not enforcing the live-on requirement this spring, in order to provide you an opportunity to make a decision that aligns with your safety, personal needs and the level of risk appropriate for you.
Before submitting an application to live on campus this spring, it is important you review our current housing policies so you know what it's like living on campus this year.
Oct. 26, 2020 | The online housing application opens at 9 a.m. and will remain open through 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 30.
On A Rolling Basis | As applications are submitted, students will receive their room assignment on a rolling basis.
Jan. 6, 2021 | All students who have submitted a Spring 2021 Housing Application will have their room assignments by this date.
How to Complete Your Application
The spring housing application opens up at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 26 and will be available online until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 30.
After you have reviewed our current COVID-19 housing policies and understand what it will be like to live on campus this spring, you will need to follow these steps to successfully complete your Spring Housing Application:
1. Log in to your Housing and Meal Plan Application: MyBGSU>Housing & Residence Life section>Housing & Meal Plan Application
2. Accept the terms of the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement.
- Under 18 – If you are under the age of 18, please make sure your parent/guardian is assisting you with the application because they will also need to sign with you.
3. Make the $200 initial housing payment.
- The $200 initial housing payment is not an additional housing payment. The $200 is your commitment to BGSU and will be deducted from your housing bill.
4. Submit your Health and Emergency Contact Information.
5. Complete the Lifestyle Questionnaire.
6. Provide a list of five of your top five residence hall preferences. Learn more about this in the Housing Options section on this page.
ROOMMATES: Unless requested, you will be assigned to a room by yourself. An opportunity to request a roommate (and not be assigned to a private room) will be available through the application but very specific criteria is required. Please review the Roommate Requests section of this web page to learn more.
The spring room selection process happens a little differently, compared to fall.
In the spring application, you are asked to identify a minimum of four residence halls you would like to live in – and you will have the opportunity to provide a fifth option if you would like. Once your application is submitted, our housing team hand-assigns your room based upon availability.
We are also continuing our effort to de-densify our residence halls and will continue to assign students to a bedroom by themselves this spring. Because of this, there is no need for you to specify if you want to live in a double or single room in the application.
Before you submit your preference list, there are some things to consider:
- You can preference any of the residence halls during the spring semester, but some buildings are home to more new students than returning students.
- If you are assigned to Centennial Hall*, Falcon Heights or Founders Hall, you will likely still share a common space with suitemates. This means you will have a private bedroom, but you will share a living room and bathroom with others. This could impact what quarantine protocols you will have to follow if one of your suite mates contract COVID-19.
- If your room has a private bathroom, you are responsible for cleaning. If you are assigned a room that shares a community bathroom, the University cleans the facilities for you and have increased their cleaning procedures to meet CDC recommended guidelines.
- You will only be charged the double room rate for the building you are assigned – but there is still a cost difference between the residence halls.
* Only 45 bedrooms in Centennial Hall share a common space. The majority of students who live in this building will be assigned to their own room.
SPRING HOUSING OPTIONS
PLEASE NOTE: The room rates listed reflect the double room rate for Cohort 2020-2021 and are per semester.
Room Assignment Process
Every student who submits a spring housing application will follow the same selection process, regardless of class standing or previous housing contracts. If you originally signed the Fall 2020 Housing Contract and were released from the contract through the COVID-19 Housing Appeal, you are not guaranteed to be assigned to the same room or building.
- After you have successfully completed your application, our housing team will hand-assign you to a room on a rolling basis.
- They will select a room for you, using your housing preferences you submitted in your housing application – based on availability.
- Room availability is based off of the vacant space from fall semester. When the halls close for winter break, we know how many and what rooms are vacant, but students change their minds about returning back to campus over every break – so vacancies open up all the way up to the start of the semester.
- When our team has assigned you to a room, you will receive a confirmation sent to your BGSU email account, so make sure you are checking your email often.
- By the end of the day on Jan. 6, 2021, all students who successfully submitted a housing application will receive information about their spring room assignment.
Before you request someone to be your roommate, you need to understand that haring a room with someone could impact what quarantine protocols you will have to follow if your roommate tests positive for COVID-19.
TWO NEW STUDENTS REQUESTING TO BE ROOMMATES
If you do not currently have a fall 2020 room assignment, you will have the opportunity to request a roommate through the housing application, if they also meet the same criteria. If you request to live with a roommate, we will prioritize roommate over your building preference list. This means, you and your roommate may be assigned to a building that is low on your preference – or potentially not on your preference list.
NEW STUDENT REQUESTING TO LIVE WITH A CURRENT RESIDENT
Current students already have a room assignment so you cannot request to live with a current student through the housing application. Instead, after you have been assigned a room, you and your friend can email or call us at 419-372-2011 and we will work directly with you on your roommate request. Please note: The new student will be assigned to the room the current resident is already assigned to, instead of using the building preference list.