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Online Room Selection

Students with signed housing contracts for the 2015-2016 academic year have the chance to pick a bedspace through Online Room Selection in March 2015. There will be processes for selecting a full apartment, a full Bluestone or Village suite, a room with a roommate or a single room, or an individual bedspace. More information about about Online Room Selection can be found in the FAQs below.

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.

Graphic displaying upperclass halls

What kinds of rooms are available?

Over 97% of rooms available are double rooms, so you will most likely have a roommate next year.  There are less than 15 singles available for returning students.  The majority of these single rooms are in Chandler Hall, as well as Ashby and Shenandoah Halls. These rooms are typically assigned to students with approved housing accommodations through the Office of Disability Services. 

In the Bluestone and Village area, approximately half 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 submit a room change request through the Online Housing System starting Monday, April 6. Room changes will be made during the summer, and students will be notified of their assignment on July 31. 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.

Apartments on Grace Street

What types of apartments are available during Online Room Selection?

There are 1-bedroom double occupancy units for 2 residents and 2-bedroom double occupancy unit 4 residents. 

How do I select a unit in the Apartments on Grace St?

Students interested in living in the Apartments on Grace St next year must be a part of a roommate group that is the same size as the apartment they are interested in. For example, if you and two friends want to live in 2-bedroom double occupancy unit designed for 4 residents, you will need to find another person to add to your roommate group. 

All members of a 2- or 4-person roommate group will be able to access the Apartment Interest Form in the Online Housing System. This form must be completed by Wednesday, February 25 at 5 pm by ALL GROUP MEMBERS in order for the group to be able to access the Online Housing System during FILL AN APARTMENT days. The Form will be removed at 5 pm on February 25, and no late requests will be accepted.

Completing an Apartment Interest Form does not guarantee any group a unit in the Apartment on Grace St. The date of completion of the Apartment Interest Form does not have bearing on a group’s chance of being able to select apartment during the FILL AN APARTMENT days. 

I want to live in the apartments but I don’t have a roommate?  Can I select a bedspace and then have a random roommate?

No, only groups of 2 and 4 students can select an apartment. Students can search for roommates in the Online Housing System in order to get a roommate group of 2 or 4 people together.

Do apartment residents need to have a meal plan?

Yes, all residents of residential housing, including the new Apartments on Grace St, must select a meal plan. Students who select an apartment for next year will be able to pick either the standard 11, 14, or 19 punch residential meal plan or a 50-block meal plan that is only available for apartment residents.

Does it cost more to live in the apartments than in a residence hall?

Yes, students living in the Apartments on Grace St will be billed an additional $500 each semester in addition to the standard room rent. The Board of Visitors will set the 2015-2016 room rent in late April.

More apartment FAQs are available here.

Lottery Numbers

All students with housing contracts signed by January 23 will be emailed a lottery number on Friday, January 30. 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 want to receive a lottery number and go through Online Room Selection, you must sign a housing contract by Monday, February 23.

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:

A) HONORS day, Monday, March 2: Only students accepted into the Honors community can pick during this process. Students must be pre-authorized to take part in this process to select a space on the B side of Shenandoah Hall or 2nd floor of Apartments on Grace St.

B) FILL AN APARTMENT days, Tuesday, March 3 – Wednesday, March 4: This is the time when groups of student can select an entire 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom double occupancy unit for 2 or 4 residents. Only students who have had ALL MEMBERS of their roommate group complete the Apartment Interest Form will be eligible to select an Apartment on Grace St. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the apartment. 

  • Tuesday, March 3 is the selection day for 2-bedroom double occupancy units for 4 residents. One representative will pick the apartment for all residents. 
  • Wednesday, March 4 is the selection day for 1-bedroom double occupancy units for 2 residents. One representative will pick the apartment for all residents. 
 

C) UPDATE: FILL A SUITE day, Monday, March 16: This is the time when groups of students can select an entire 4 or 6 person suite in the Bluestone or Village areas.  One representative will pick the suite for all residents. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the suite.  

D) FILL A ROOM days, Tuesday, March 17 – Wednesday, March 18: This is the time when groups of students can select an entire room. One representative will pick the room or suite for all residents. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the room. 

  • This is also when single rooms will be available for individual students.  There are less than a dozen single rooms available during Online Room Selection.
 

E) FILL A SPACE days, Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20:  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.

From Monday, March 2 - Thursday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, March 20, the Online Housing System will 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 meal plan selection and roommate searching.

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

Lottery numbers were assigned based on the date and time a student signed the housing contract. 

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 available from the Office of Residence Life in Huffman A101 and must be no less than 24 hours before 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.

Apartmentmates/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 February 23 in order to be eligible for Online Room Selection.

The Online Housing System opens on January 30 for students to begin searching and selecting apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates. You will need to create a group before you can search for apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates.

There are two ways you can search for people:

  1. You can search for people who have similar answers to the Lifestyle Questions by selecting Browse Matching from the Roommate Group Management page. This will bring up roommates 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. 
  1. 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 Lifestyle Questions. 

If you find someone you think could be a good fit for you as an apartmentmate/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 an apartment/room/suite with. 

I already know whom I want to live with. How do we make sure that we pick an apartment/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 apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates.  

Once the group leader has shared the group name and password with all apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates, those people need to log into the Online Housing System to join the group. Interested apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates must join the group with the group name and password in order to be placed in an apartment/room/suite together when someone from the group picks an apartment/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 apartmentmates/roommates/suitemates. The leader of the Roommate Group can also:

  • message a potential apartmentmate/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 an apartment/room/suite together and the group will not longer exist.
  • select an apartment/room/suite on behalf of the whole groupàthe Group Leader should do this only if they have the lowest lottery number of all the group members
  • The Group Leader also 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 an apartment/room/suite on behalf of the whole groupàthe group member with the lowest lottery number of all the members should do the room/suite selection.
 

Can only the Roommate Group leader pick an apartment/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 AN APARTMENT, FILL A SUITE, or FILL A ROOM process be in charge of completing Online Room Selection for all group members.

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:

  • Study Abroad for Fall 2015
  • Hired as an RA for 2015-2016
  • Living in a sorority house for 2015-2016
 

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 Monday, March 2. You must be an accepted member of the Honors program AND notify the Housing Office by Wednesday, February 25 at 5 pm that you want to live in Shenandoah Hall or on the 2nd floor of the Apartments on Grace St in order to access the Online Room Selection system that day. If you and your group are interested in living in the Honors community at the Apartments on Grace St, all members of your roommate group must complete the Apartment Interest Form in the Online Housing System AND notify the Office of Residence Life by Wednesday, February 25 at 5 pm.

I have an air-conditioning accommodation on file with the Office of Disability Services. Do I have to do anything different for Online Room Selection? 

No, you will use the lottery number you have been assigned, or the lowest lottery number of the group you are in, to select a room. The following buildings are available during Online Room Selection and have air-conditioning: Ashby, Converse, Oak, Shenandoah, and Willow. Additionally, the new Apartments on Grace St are air-conditioned and available to students who complete an Apartment Interest Form in the Online Housing System.

Because such a large number of upperclass spaces have air-conditioning, we are confident that you will be able to select an appropriate space during Online Room Selection. Historically, we have never had a student with an air-conditioning accommodation unable to pick an appropriate space. It is your responsibility to select a space in an air-conditioned building. Please be aware that if you select a room in the Village buildings (Frederikson and White), air-conditioning is not available and students cannot bring their own A/C units.

I have a housing accommodation on file with the Office of Disability Services.  Do I have to do anything different for Online Room Selection? 

If you have a housing accommodation for a specific type of housing (not including air-conditioning), you will be contacted by the Office of Residence Life in early February with information about selecting a room for next year. You will receive a lottery number on Friday, January 30 since all contracted students are given a lottery number.