INCOMING STUDENT FAQ

You will need to know your MU student ID number, username and password to complete your preference form and your housing and dining contract.

Check your application status to find your student ID number and username. Learn more about your username and password from the Division of Information Technology.

Our experienced staff review the preferences of all incoming students — more than 5,000 people — and assigns rooms in order to accommodate the greatest number of preferences for the largest number of students. Our process is designed to reduce stress and frustration and result in a room assignment that meets as many of your individual preferences as possible.

No. Our goal is to find a room that matches as many of your preferences as possible, with priority given to your roommate and learning community or FIG of choice.

Most students are paired together and placed in a residence hall by our staff. However, if you already know who you want to live with, we can accommodate your request.

You'll need to provide your roommate's myZou username, and they also must request you on their preference form. Your roommate does not have to be in your FIG, but you cannot be in different FIGs or learning communities.

If you cannot find your roommate when completing your preference form, it may be because your roommate hasn't started the housing process. If you cannot find your roommate, contact them, and ask them to start their housing process. Once they've started the housing process — even if they haven't completed it — you should be able to successfully search for their name in your preference form.

Yes! Simply visit the Housing Portal, log in with your myZou username and password, and return to your preference form.

When we assign rooms, we prioritize what’s going to contribute most to your academic success. So the first criteria we look at are your FIG and learning community. Each FIG is limited to 15–20 students. After FIGs, we look at roommates. Finally, we work to fulfill as many of your other preferences as we can.

To assign roommates, we need to have mutual agreement. Make sure your roommate tagged you in their preference forms. Also, make sure they submitted their housing and dining contract and paid their enrollment fee. If you and your roommate preference different FIGs, you may not be in the same room as we prioritize FIGs before roommates.

Returning students have first pick of our housing inventory. Next year, you'll enjoy being able to select your specific room.

Log in to the housing portal with your username and password. You will see your room assignment and roommates or suitemates.

Unless you’re in a single room, you most likely have a roommate. Your roommate’s name and email will be displayed in the housing portal.

Log in to the housing portal with your username and password. Your roommate’s name and email will be displayed for you to reach out to them. Start checking your MU email address to see if they have already reached out to you!

Once your roommate logs in to the housing portal and views their assignment, the system will display their full name.

Starting March 15 you may release your current assignment and request a new one. However, we strongly discourage you from doing this. You are much less likely to get a room that meets your preferences in the second round of assignments, because there is less inventory.

Freshman interest groups comprise 15–20 students who live near each other and enroll in some of the same general education classes. In addition, members enroll in a one-credit-hour course together their first semester to help with the transition to college life.

This option is available in all suite-style buildings except Center Hall. Depending on your needs, gender-neutral housing can be found in some community-style halls such as Bluford, Brooks and Gateway. This housing option is not designed for romantic partnerships. You may request gender-neutral housing on your preference form. Our office will follow up with you to gather more information about your request.

That depends. Campus is extremely walkable, and it’s easy to get downtown on foot. The Tiger Line shuttle runs across campus and Columbia seven days a week.

Beginning March 15, log in to the housing portal and update the parking form under housing forms.

National research shows that students who live in university housing are more successful. We know from our own data that students who live in Residential Life facilities are more likely to stay in school and graduate in four years than students who do not.

No. University policy requires first-time college students to live in Residential Life residence facilities. Your contract is for a complete academic year. All residents who have signed a legal contract are required to fulfill their responsibilities.

 

Yes. You and your roommate will be responsible for keeping your room a clean and healthy environment — similar to your responsibilities at home. To review the campus plan for COVID-19, including our in-depth housing plan, visit renewal.missouri.edu.

Yes! We are evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes while still offering plenty of opportunities to build community and get involved.