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For Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Students have the option of selecting their roommate(s) or receiving a random roommate. If you would like to find a roommate, there are a number of ways to do it; social media, during an on campus visit, or by using the roommate search program offered inside your Academic Year housing contract (after the 'Submit Contract' step). All students will fill out the roommate profile and questionnaire, even if you do not plan to use the 'Manage Roommates' step. Then it is up to you if you want to reach out to others through the system. You must request your roommate through the system and your roommate must accept in order for the system to allow you to be assigned together.

Key Deadlines
February 1 Roommate Search opens in your housing contract (My USAHousing)
May 15 Roommates must be requested and accepted BEFORE you select a room (if applicable)
June 1 Roommate Search closes at end of day
*Dates are subject to change.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
▼   How do I search for or find a roommate?

Already know who you want as your roommate?

  • Make sure you have your preferred roommate's accurate Jag Number
  • Make sure you AND your preferred roommate BOTH have a completed Academic Year contract
  • Make sure BOTH you and your preferred roommate have checked the ‘SELECT YOUR OWN ROOMMATE’ box in the middle of the ‘Roommate Profile’ page (step 4 in the My USAHousing contract menu). If you chose NOT to check that box when completing your housing contract, you will NOT APPEAR in other students' roommate search results and other students will not be able to request you as a roommate.

Once 'Manage Roommates' opens (see Key Deadlines above) and you have double checked all items above:

  1. Log on to southalabama.edu/MyUSAHousing
  2. Select 'Housing Contract' (upper left)
  3. Select the Academic Year Contract Term (click 'Save & Continue')
  4. Select ‘Manage Roommates’ from your Contract Menu (scroll right)
  5. After navigating to ‘Manage Roommates’ scroll to the bottom and select: ‘Search for Roommates by Details
  6. To request your preferred roommate you must know their Jag Number (student ID) and/or My USAHousing Screen Name.
  7. Once you've entered your preferred roommate’s Jag Number, click the 'Search' button.
  8. That student's screen name should then become visible below the 'Search' button.*
  9. Click ‘Request’ under their screen name

REMEMBER: Roommates (if applicable) must be requested and accepted in My USAHousing BEFORE you or your preferred roommate select a room.

Looking to find someone new as your roommate?

  • Make sure your Academic Year contract is complete
  • Make sure you have checked the ‘SELECT YOUR OWN ROOMMATE’ box in the middle of the ‘Roommate Profile’ page (step 4 in the My USAHousing contract menu). If you chose NOT to check that box when completing your housing contract, you will NOT APPEAR in other students' roommate search results and other students will not be able to request you as a roommate.

Once 'Manage Roommates' opens (see Key Deadlines above) and you have double checked all items above:

  1. Log on to southalabama.edu/MyUSAHousing
  2. Select 'Housing Contract' (upper left)
  3. Select the Academic Year Contract Term (click 'Save & Continue')
  4. Select ‘Manage Roommates’ from your Contract Menu (scroll right)
  5. After navigating to ‘Manage Roommates’ scroll to the bottom and conduct your search by selecting one of the methods below.
  6. You'll have the option to Request, View Profile, or Send Message for any/all search results. 
  • Search for Roommates by Questionnaire You can select specific questions from the ‘Roommate Questionnaire’ (room temperature, sleeping habits, etc.) to find those who have answered similarly to you. Review potential roommate profiles, then send private messages or roommate requests. 
  • Search for Roommates by Compatibility The system will compare your answers to the ‘Roommate Questionnaire’ with others and suggest potential matches based on a percentage of compatibility. Review potential roommate profiles, then send private messages or roommate requests.

REMEMBER: Roommates (if applicable) must be requested and accepted in My USAHousing BEFORE you or your preferred roommate select a room.

No roommate preference?

  • If you don’t want to choose your roommate, you will still need to fill out the profile and questionnaire in your housing contract.
  • Your roommate assignment will be made based on the date your contract was received, room type/ building preferences (based on availability), and your roommate profile/questionnaire.
▼   How will the roommate process work?
  • If you are eligible to participate in Room Selection (contract completed by May 1), the first person to go into Room Selection will pull their confirmed roommate into the room with them. You will need to look for a room that has enough open beds.
  • If you are NOT eligible for Room Selection (contract completed after May 1) but have a roommate who IS eligible for Room Selection, your confirmed roommate will be able to pull you into a room when they participate in Room Selection.
  • If you are being assigned by USA Housing (contract completed after May 1 OR you chose not to participate in Room Selection), we will try to accommodate your roommate request by placing you in a hall/room that will accommodate all roommates, based on availability. Roommate requests cannot be guaranteed.
▼   Why is my preferred roommate NOT appearing in my search results?
Make sure both you AND your preferred roommate have checked the 'SELECT YOUR OWN ROOMMATE' box in the middle of the Roommate Profile page (step 4 in the My USAHousing contract menu). If you chose NOT to check that box when completing your housing contract, you will NOT APPEAR in other students' roommate search results and other students will not be able to request you as a roommate.
▼   Do I have to request a roommate?
No. About half our students request a roommate and half opt for a random roommate. Statistics show there is no difference in compatibility and happiness between the two options. It is up to you. If you don’t want to choose your roommate, you will still need to fill out the profile and questionnaire in your housing contract (My USAHousing). Roommate assignments will be made based on the date your contract was received, room type/ building preferences (based on availability), and your roommate profile/questionnaire.
▼   What should I discuss with my future roommate?

Once you know who you are going to be rooming with, here are some things you might want to talk about before you arrive on campus:

  1. What items will you share and who will bring them (TV/coaxial cord/splitter, Blu-ray/DVD player, microwave, video game system, toilet paper, etc.)?
  2. Do you want to lease/purchase additional services (bed lofts, room safes, futons, etc)?
  3. Do you have any dietary concerns you need to discuss before you arrive?
  4. Review and discuss the roommate agreement prior to, or shortly after moving-in. USA Housing staff members are available to assist you with this process upon move-in. 

Even though you and a potential roommate are similar in some ways, you may not see eye to eye on other key issues. We encourage you to review the "Roommate Relationships" page to learn about additional discussion points that may help you and the other student prior to move-in.

 

For Spring Only or Summer Only

Space is more limited for new spring or summer semester assignments, which may prevent us from accommodating specific roommate requests. However, if you have someone in mind, you may submit a roommate request (see instructions below) and we will make every effort to accommodate your request. If you do not submit a roommate request, we will use your selected room preferences to guide us in making your assignment, based on availability. 

Roommate Request Instructions: Roommate requests may be submitted by sending your full name and Jag number as well as the full name and Jag number of your preferred roommate in an email to housing@southalabama.edu. Please keep in mind all roommate requests must be mutual and in writing so your requested roommate will also need to send us an email requesting you as their roommate OR list you on their housing contract when submitted.