Housing Application

Current Student Room Selection

UPDATE 7/1/19: The room selection process for fall/spring 2019-20 is closed, and with so many students wanting to participate in the residential experience, we have reached full capacity on campus. If you completed your housing application, but did not select a room, please visit this page to learn more about your options and our Standby List process. After placing yourself on the Standby List, we recommend that you visit the Housing Portal > Housing Application > Review/Update Housing Applications to update your application with your room preferences. Our team will make every effort to assign you to a space as they are available.


Step 1: Complete your housing application

Complete a housing application online, and submit the $50.00 application fee. Please note that if your application fee is not paid at least one business day before the start of your room selection period, you may not be able to access the room selection system on the first day (fall/spring room selection access dates/times are emailed in advance of room selection). Current students accepted to LLCs for 2019-20 (except the Honors LLC) will receive a room assignment and will not participate in room selection. If you are accepted to an LLC after having selected a room, you will be automatically reassigned to a space in the LLCs block of rooms.

Payment Methods
Online in OASIS | (How to Make a Housing Payment in OASIS) (Mastercard, Discover credit & debit cards, and electronic checks): You will be prompted to pay online after you have successfully submitted your housing application. If you do not wish to make your payment at that time, you may access OASIS later by visiting the Housing homepage (usf.edu/housing) and selecting "Make A Payment."

In Person at the USF Cashier's Office (cash, checks, and money orders): Please make checks and money orders payable to University of South Florida, write the student U# in the memo, and ask the cashier to line item the payment toward housing.

Step 2 (optional): Set Up Your Roommate Group

If you are interested in living with your friends next year, have those conversations prior to the room selection period so you can setup your Roommate Group before room selection begins. Learn more below in the Unit-Mates Section!

Step 3: Explore hall options

Develop a list of possible buildings you wish to live in. As beds are limited in each building, you should plan to develop a list that includes multiple options in ranked order. If you have decided to live with friends, make sure you have planned out who will live in each room if you choose a suite or apartment. Explore hall options and view hall rates.

Step 4: Select your room

A student's fall/spring room selection date/time is determined by the number of semesters lived on campus. The more semesters a student has lived on campus, the earlier the sign-up date/time during fall/spring room selection. Beginning at your assigned date/time, you will be able to select a room online from the available spaces.


Room Selection Periods

Fall/spring 2019-20
9 a.m. on Monday, February 25 - 10 p.m. on Friday, March 1 (Room, Building, and Complex Retention)
9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 - Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. (Current Student General Room Selection)
9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13 - Sunday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. (General Room Selection)

Late February: All current residents will receive an email at their USF email address indicating the date and time they are scheduled to participate in fall/spring room selection. This indicates the earliest date/time you may select your room on your own. You may participate in room selection anytime after your assigned date/time and before the end of room selection, however spaces fill quickly and we encourage students to select a room at the earliest possible opportunity. Please see the Unit-Mates section for information about having another student select for you.

9 a.m. on February 25 - February 26 at 10 p.m.: Continuing Student Room Retention
Students currently living on campus in rooms that are not reserved for a special program in 2019-20 may select to retain their room.

9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on February 27: Continuing Student Room Retention Pull-In
Students who participated in Continuing Student Room Retention may pull members of their roommate group into the unit (room, suite, or apartment) they previously selected.

9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on February 28: Continuing Student Building Retention
Students currently living on campus in a particular building may return to any unit (room, suite, or apartment) within the building. Selected units must be filled. This means that there must be enough roommates in the roommate group to fill the selected room, suite, or apartment.

9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on March 1: Continuing Student Complex Retention
Students currently living on campus in a particular complex may return to a unit in any building in the complex. Selected units must be filled. This means that there must be enough roommates in the roommate group to fill the selected room, suite, or apartment. Complexes are listed below.

Argos Complex: Beta and Castor Hall
Maple Complex: Maple Halls A and B
Cypress Halls: Cypress Halls A and B
Cypress Apartments: Cypress Apartments C and D
Holly Complex: Holly Apartments A - G
Juniper-Poplar Hall: Poplar Hall
Magnolia Complex: Magnolia Apartments A - G
Kosove Complex: Kosove Apartments
The Village Complex: Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Halls

Please note: Those currently living in Juniper Hall will not be able to retain their room or building for 2019-20 due to it being reserved for special programs. They will, however, be able to select Poplar Hall to remain in the complex.

9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 - Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.: Current Student General Room Selection
Any current student may select from any available room on campus. During this time, students may pull members of their roommate group into their selected unit, but units are not required to be filled.

Summer A, AB, C
3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 - Monday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Summer B
3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 - Sunday, June 2 at 11:59 p.m.

Unit-Mates (Roommates • Suite-mates • Apartment-mates)

Roommate Groups: With roommate groups, it is now even easier to place your friends in the room/suite/apartment with you. This section explains how it all works. If you have any questions along the way, email us or call 813-974-0001 and we will be happy to assist!

What is a Roommate Group?

A roommate group is a new feature that allows you to create a group of roommates before selecting a room. By creating your group in advance, you can keep track of who is in your group and ensure that everyone is together on the day the room/suite/apartment is selected.

Do I need a Roommate Pin?

No, you do not. Roommate pins are no longer used. See instructions for creating and managing a Roommate Group below.

How do I create a group?

Log into the Housing Portal and select "Roommate Group Manager." If you already have a group, it will show that group at the bottom of the Roommate Group Manager page. If you don't, you'll only see the "Create Group" button. If you create a new group when you are already a part of a group, you will automatically leave the group of which you are currently a member.

How do I invite people to a group?

You can only invite people to a group if you're the leader. If you are a member of a group, you will need to ask the leader to do the inviting. If you are the leader, select "Invite." When the search menu appears below, you can use three criteria to search for your roommates: USF ID#, First Name, or Last Name. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that you will find the right person. Once you invite them and select the "Finish," they will receive an email notifying them of their pending invitation. In addition, every other member of the group will get an email notifying them that someone else was invited.

How do I respond to an invitation?

To respond to an invitation, you will log into the Housing Portal and select "Roommate Group Manager." At the bottom of the Roommate Group Manager page, you will see your group, its members, and each member's status. To the left of your name, you will see two buttons: Accept and Reject. Note that whichever option you choose, the other members of the group will receive an email notifying them of your choice.

What if I never reply to an invitation?

While we encourage you to make a decision on every invitation, you may choose not to reply. If you do not reply, other members of the group will see that you have not responded when they check the group status. In addition, if you do not reply, you will not be considered a member of the group, so if the group selects a room before you accept, you will not be assigned with them. We encourage you to make a decision so potential group members know if you wish to be included or not.

What if I don't want to be a part of my group anymore?

If You Are the Group Leader
Log into the Housing Portal and select "Roommate Group Manager." At the bottom, you will see a red "Leave" button next to your name. The group members will receive an email informing them that you left the group. If you leave the group, the entire group will be disbanded and the rest of your group will need to start over if they wish to be in a group together.

If You Are a Group Member
Log into the Housing Portal and select "Roommate Group Manager." At the bottom, you will see a red "Leave" button next to your name. If you leave the group, the rest of the group will receive an email notifying them that you left the group.

How does room selection work with my roommate group?

Any member of the group can select for the entire group. When you log in to select a room, on the second page, you will see all of the roommates in your roommate group. If you click the next button to take you to the third page, you will only see room options that are large enough to accommodate your entire group.

Once you have selected a room/suite/apartment, you will be asked to identify which roommate lives in which particular room. After placing each roommate in a room, select "Finish," and you will be assigned. You and each of your roommates will receive an email notifying you that you have been assigned.

What if it says there are no rooms available for me?

If you see a message that says no rooms are available, there may be no rooms left that can accommodate your entire roommate group. For example, you may have 4 people in your group, but there may only be suites available with three or fewer open spaces. In this instance you would need to consult with your roommate group on how to split your group up. To do this, you can go back to the second page of the room selection template and click the red "X" next to the roommates you do not wish to assign at this time. Then, when you move forward, you can select a room for only you and some of the group. The rest of the group can assign themselves together elsewhere during their selection time.

Will my Roommate Group stay the same every year?

No. You will need to recreate your Roommate Group each year you choose to live on campus.

What if my roommates and I didn't end up together?

Our system can only assign people as directed by you. If you and your roommates were not assigned together, then the student who selected the space for your group removed one or more of your roommates before selecting a room. The system will not mistakenly separate students. Be sure to let the roommate selecting the room for your group know that they should always call the Central Housing Office (813-974-0001) and ask questions if they need any assistance with this process.

What if I want to live with a roommate who is already assigned to a room?

If Room Selection is still open, you may be able to live with them. However, you will not be assigned with them automatically. If you know where your friend is living, you can try to select a bed space in their room, suite, or apartment. However, once one member of a group is assigned, they will not show up in the group for Room Selection again, so it won't be automatic.

Once Room Selection has ended, however, and the Housing Assignments Team is assigning students to rooms, you will not be able to live with a specific student who has already been assigned. We recommend waiting until the Room Change and Room Swap Period opens after the start of the semester.

Does my Roommate Group matter if I'm not selecting my own room?

Yes! Even if you miss the Housing Selection process and the Housing Assignments Team is manually assigning you, your Roommate Group can still be used to help make your assignment. Please note that your Roommate Group cannot be guaranteed at that point. It will depend on the size of your group and the availability of rooms on campus. The Housing Assignments Team cannot break up your group for you. If you have a four-person group and there are no four-person suites/apartments available, all four people will be assigned separately.

Winter Break Housing

Most residence halls close for winter break. If you plan to stay on campus through winter break, we recommend you consider selecting a space in Magnolia Apartments, Holly Apartments, Juniper Hall, or Horizon Hall as residents in these buildings will likely have the option to stay through winter break. (Additional charges will apply for those residents choosing to stay through winter break. Winter break housing has not been finalized for the 2019-20 academic year)

Greek Village

If you plan to live in the Greek Village next year, you do not need to complete a housing application at this time. You will need to complete a housing application at a later date prior to move-in. Please contact your Community Manager for more information on Greek Village assignments. Greek Village housing is a 12 month experience that includes summer occupancy and payment. If you choose not to live in Greek Housing over the summer, the rent is not prorated.

If You Currently Live Off-Campus

You are welcome to participate in room selection. Please complete the steps listed above. Room selection for current students living off-campus will open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 and will end on Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. However, if your housing application steps have been completed, and you have formed a roommate group with a student currently living on campus, you will be able to be placed in a room by that student. For summer housing, please refer to the room selection periods listed above.

Fall/Spring Housing Application Cancellation Timeline

All cancellations must be submitted in the Housing Portal. Refer to the date ranges below for the applicable cancellation fees.

  • Cancel your housing application without penalty: October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019
    • Housing applications cancelled after May 1, 2019 will incur no cancellation fees if the student does not have a housing assignment at the time of cancellation. If the student does have a housing assignment, the fee structure listed below will apply.
  • $250 cancellation fee: May, 2 - June 1, 2019
  • $500 cancellation fee: June 2 - July 1, 2019
  • $1,000 cancellation fee: July 2 - August 1, 2019
  • $1,500 cancellation fee: August 2 - 22, 2019
  • After 8/22 - To cancel your housing application, you will be responsible for paying half of the rent owed for the remainder of your housing contract (if you are withdrawing from USF, you must appeal to obtain a lower cancellation fee).


If you have any questions, please email us at housing@usf.edu or call 813-974-0001 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and we will be happy to assist you!