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Online Room Selection

Students with signed housing contracts for the 2014 - 2015 academic year have the chance to pick a bedspace through Online Room Selection beginning the week of March 24 through the week of April 7, with processes for selecting a full Bluestone or Village suite, a room with a roommate or a single room, or an individual bedspace.

Students will complete Online Room Selection based on a random lottery system. Students with signed housing contracts will receive their lottery information to their JMU email. Online Room Selection can be accessed through the Online Housing System

The following halls are available for upperclass housing next year: Ashby, Chandler, Converse, Frederikson, Huffman, Rockingham, Shenandoah (B Section), Spotswood, and White. This list is subject to change.

There are less than 15 singles available at the standard room rent in Ashby, Chandler, and Shenandoah Halls. We are pleased to announce that the D section of Rockingham Hall will be available as supersize singles! There will be 50 rooms set aside for students interested in living alone. These rooms are 33% larger than standard double rooms, have private bathrooms and convenient parking outside the building. Students selecting Rockingham can purchase a commuter permit and bring their own microwave. These supersize singles will be billed at 150% of the 2014-2015 room rent, which will be determined by the Board of Visitors in late April. 

If you have questions, stop by the Housing Office in Huffman Hall, A101 or email us at res-life@jmu.edu.

Online Room Selection FAQ



Available Spaces

Where can I live next year?

Returning students can select from any available bedspace in the buildings highlighted in purple below.

upperclass residence hall map

What kinds of rooms are available?

Over 95% of rooms available are double rooms, so you will most likely have a roommate next year. There are two quadruple rooms for women in Frederikson Hall. There are no triple rooms available for upperclass students. 

There are less than 15 singles available at the standard room rent in Ashby, Chandler, and Shenandoah Halls. We are pleased to announce that the D section of Rockingham Hall will be available as supersize singles! There will be 50 rooms set aside for students interested in living alone. These rooms are 33% larger than standard double rooms, have private bathrooms and convenient parking outside the building. Students selecting Rockingham can purchase a commuter permit and bring their own microwave. These supersize singles will be billed at 150% of the 2014-2015 room rent, which will be determined by the Board of Visitors in late April. 

In the Bluestone and Village area, approximately one third of the rooms will be set aside for students who want to live in suites with their friends. The remaining rooms will be available for students who have preferred roommates and students who will be picking individual bedspaces.

As you begin thinking about where you want to live next year, download the JMU Res Life app from the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android products to see virtual tours of the residence halls. You'll also be able to view a 3D interactive tour of the space, information about the residence hall, a layout diagram of the room, and basic furniture dimensions. The app also includes a map feature that allows users to locate all residence halls and significant campus landmarks.

How do I know which room number to select?

Below you can find each halls floor plans with the room numbers marked. The available rooms for Online Room Selection are highlighted in yellow.

 

Can I change my room after I have completed Online Room Selection?

If you are interested in changing rooms once you have picked a space online, you can complete a Room Change Form in the Housing Office. Room change requests can be submitted starting on Tuesday, March 25, but no changes will be made until the summer. Requests will be considered in reverse lottery number order.  It’s important to be aware that we cannot guarantee any changes once you have chosen a space through Online Room Selection.

Lottery Numbers

All students with housing contracts will be emailed a lottery number on Monday, February 24. For students that sign contracts after February 24, they will be emailed a lottery number on Friday, March 7. All lottery numbers are associated with a time to log into the Online Housing System. Use the lottery number schedule to see what time you can log into Online Room Selection. If you have been authorized to live in upperclass Honors housing in Shenendoah Hall, you will not receive a lottery number. 

I have my lottery number, but when do I log in and pick a room?

It depends on what type of rooming situation you interested in. Online Room Selection is made up of different processes:

  1. HONORS day, Tuesday, March 25: Only students accepted into the Honors community can pick during this process. Students must be pre-authorized by March 7 to take part in this process.
  2. FILL A SUITE days, Wednesday, March 26 – Thursday, March 27:  This is the time when groups of students can select an entire 4 or 6 person suite. One representative will pick the suite for all future residents.  The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members as beds in the suite.
  3. FILL A ROOM days, Tuesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 3: This is the time when groups of students can select an entire room or an individual student can select a single room. One representative will pick the room for all future residents. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members as beds in the room. This is also when single rooms will be available for individual students.
  4. FILL A SPACE days, Tuesday, April 8 – Thursday, April 10: Individual students can select from available bedspaces throughout campus. SINGLE ROOMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THIS TIME. THEY ARE A PART OF THE EARLIER FILL A ROOM PROCESS.

Beginning Tuesday, March 25 and through Thursday, April 10, the Online Housing System will be available from 9 am – noon and 1 pm – 5 pm each business day. The system is not available for room selection during the weekend, but it can be accessed for roommate searching.

How was my lottery number assigned to me? Is it based on when I signed my housing contract?

Lottery numbers were randomly assigned to all students with housing contracts; therefore when you signed your contract does not impact the lottery number you receive. 

I have a friend (or a group of friends) that I want to live with. Whose lottery number should we use to pick a room or suite?

The general rule is the lower the lottery number, the earlier you can log into Online Room Selection. So, if you are living with someone, it makes sense that the person with the lower lottery number logs in to select a room for next year.   

I can’t log into the Online Housing System at the time meant for my lottery number. Can someone else pick a bedspace for me?

Only if they are pulling you in as a roommate or suitemate and you are part of their Roommate Group.

If you are unable to access a computer during your assigned time, you can submit a Proxy Form and the Office of Residence Life can pick a space on your behalf. Forms are also available in the Office of Residence Life in Huffman A101 and must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Forms received after the deadline will not be honored. 

I missed my appointment time! Can I still go through Online Room Selection?

You can log into Online Room Selection beginning at your appointment time. You can continue logging into the system until you have chosen a bedspace or the system closes.

Roommates/Suitemates

Only students with housing contracts can go through Online Room Selection. If you want to live with someone and they don’t have a housing contract, they will need to apply for a contract through the Online Housing System.  Students must have a signed housing contract by March 1 in order to be eligible for Online Room Selection. This means that you must apply for a housing contract by February 26. Students with signed housing contracts cannot live with incoming first year or transfer students. 

There are two ways you can search for people:

  1. You can search for people who have similar answers to the 6 Lifestyle Questions by selecting Browse Matching from the Roommate Group Management page. This will bring up students who answered similarly to you. The higher the percentage, the closer your answers were on the Lifestyle Questions. If someone chose to fill out a personal description, that information will also be shown when you view their profile. 
  2. You can search for people based on what they have written in their profiles. Enter a word that you’d like to be in other profiles, and the Online Housing System will return all students with that word.  You can then read whole profiles and see how similar others’ answers are to yours on the 6 Lifestyle Questions. 

If you find someone you think could be a good fit for you as a roommate/suitemate, you can send them a message through the Online Housing System that will be sent to their JMU email. If you determine that you want to live together, you will need to be in a Roommate Group with them, and any other people you want to pick a room/suite with.

I already know whom I want to live with.  How do we make sure that we pick a room/suite together?

One of you will have to create a Roommate Group within the Online Housing System. This will make them the group leader.  When someone creates a Roommate Group, they come up with a group name and password that should be shared with all roommates/suitemates. 

Once the Group Leader has shared the group name and password with all roommates/suitemates, those people need to log into the Online Housing System to join the group. Interested roommates/suitemates must join the group with the group name and password in order to be placed in a room/suite together when someone from the group picks a room/suite. 

What can the leader of a Roommate Group do?

The leader is the person responsible for creating the group name and password, as well as sharing it with desired roommates/suitemates. The leader of the Roommate Group can also:

  • message a potential roommate/suitemate. All messages are sent to a student’s JMU email.
  • delete member(s) from the group. When someone is deleted from the group, they will receive an email saying that they are no longer in the group.
  • delete the whole group, which means that the former members will not be able to select a room/suite together and the group will no longer exist.
  • select a room/suite on behalf of the whole group. The Group Leader should do this only if they have the lowest lottery number of all the group members
  • The Group Leader is sent an email when someone new joins their group.

What can a member of Roommate Group do?

A member is anyone who has joined a Roommate Group by entering the group name and password. A group member can:

  • message any other group members. All messages are sent to a student’s JMU email.
  • delete themselves from the group.
  • select a room/suite on behalf of the whole group. The group member with the lowest lottery number of all the members should do the room/suite selection.

Can only the Roommate Group Leader pick a room/suite?

No. Any member of the Roommate Group can assign a space to everyone in the group. It is suggested that the group member with the lowest lottery number for the FILL A SUITE or FILL A ROOM process be in charge of completing Online Room Selection for all group members.

How many Roommate Groups can I be in?

You cannot be in more than one Roommate Group, and you cannot create a new Roommate Group if you are already in one. You will have to leave your original Roommate Group in order to join or create a new Roommate Group.   

Special Groups

If you belong to one of the following groups, you should NOT go through Online Room Selection:

  • Participating in Study Abroad for Fall 2014
  • Hired as an RA for 2014-2015
  • Living in a sorority house for 2014-2015

I have been accepted as part of the Honors community. Do I need to go through Online Room Selection?

Yes, you will select a room online on Tuesday, March 25. You must be an accepted member of the Honors program AND notify the Housing Office by Friday, March 7 that you want to live in Shenandoah Hall in order to access the Online Room Selection system on March 25. You will not receive a lottery number. 

I have a Housing Accomodation on file with the Office of Disability Services. How can I make sure that I get a room that meets my needs?

You will receive an email from the Housing Office with information about how to select a room to meet your accommodation. It is the student's responsibility to select an appropriate space.