Housing Application

Current Student Room Selection

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 2020-21 will not participate in room selection. They will receive a room assignment from their designated LLC. The Judy Genshaft Honors College LLC is exception to this, and its members will 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. Please note, all participants must complete a housing application for their desired term and pay the $50 application fee in order to form or join a roommate group. 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.

Updated Room Selection Periods

ROOM SELECTION UPDATE: Due to a change in the USF Orientation reservation opening date, room selection timelines for summer 2020 and fall/spring 2020-21 have changed. Please note that this change will not impact any student’s place in line for room selection. The updated timeline is listed below.

Fall/spring 2020-21

Building Rentention (Available to Current Residents Only)
Building Retention allows current Spring 2020 residents to choose to live in any available vacant bed space in the building that they currently live in. Please view the below tables to view the time slots Building Retention took place for your building. Please note, Magnolia A and Juniper Hall residents were not able to participate in Building Retention because those buildings are designated for special populations for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please note: You could not use a roommate group during building retention. You may assign only yourself to any available room in your current Spring 2020 residence hall during Building Retention.

Fall/spring 2020-21

Building Retention: Current residents wishing to remain in current residence hall for next year
Was available from February 17, 2020 at 9 a.m. to February 17, 2020 at 9 p.m.

Room Selection: Current students, and current residents wishing to change residence halls for next year
Will reopen for current students from March 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. to June 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Summer 2020
In light of the online delivery method and the delayed move-out resulting from the Executive Order 20-91, summer housing will not be available on-campus in 2020. If online learning is supplemented with any on-campus instruction for the Summer B session, we will re-evaluate the feasibility to offer limited housing on-campus. Click here to learn more.

Room Changes
All students assigned to a room (except those part of a special program or LLC) will have access to the room change self-service tool in the housing portal beginning March 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. to June 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  

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

Roommate Groups for Current Students: With roommate groups, it is easy to place your friends in the room/suite/apartment with you. Please note, all participants must complete a housing application for their desired term and pay the $50 application fee in order to form or join a roommate group. 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.

How do I create a group?

You must complete a housing application for your desired term and pay the $50 application fee in order to form or join a roommate group. Once these steps are completed, log into the Housing Portal and select "My Account" and then 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 must complete a housing application for your desired term and pay the $50 application fee in order to form or join a roommate group. Once these steps are completed, you can form and manage your roommate 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 must complete a housing application for your desired term and pay the $50 application fee. Once these steps are completed, you can receive and respond to a roommate group invitation. To respond to an invitation, log into the Housing Portal, select "My Account" and then 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, select "My Account" and then 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, select "My Account" and then 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?

Once you have completed a housing application, paid the $50 application and successfully formed a roommate group, any member 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 at (813) 974-0001and 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.

Questions

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!