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.

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

Log in to myHousing with your username and password. Scroll down to see your room assignment and roommates or suitemates. Click on your roommate or suitemate’s name to send an introductory email.

Unless you’re in a single room, you most likely have a roommate. You’ll get your roommate’s name and email as soon as you’re both assigned.

Log into myHousing with your username and password. Scroll down to see your room assignment and roommates or suitemates. Click on your roommate or suitemate’s name to send an introductory email.

Please reach out to Parking & Transportation for this need. 

We encourage all residents to bring with them: 

  • Face coverings (re-usable, washable)
  • Hand sanitizer, alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e., sanitizing wipes)
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Thermometer 
  • If applicable and possible, an extra month supply of any prescription medication
  • Any resources needed to complete classwork remotely

Due to social distancing guidelines, will not have volunteers to physically help move your personal belongings.

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.

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.

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.

Yes. You and your roommate will be responsible for keeping your room a clean and healthy environment — similar to your responsibilities at home.

Residential Life is taking multiple steps to make your experience on campus as safe and exciting as possible when you arrive. Here are things we're doing to prepare for your return to campus:

  • We're conducting enhanced disinfection of the many high-touch areas within our facilities — like door handles, light switches, handrails and tables.
  • We're continuing our cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection process as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • We're evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes while encouraging involvement and building strong communities.
  • We're cooperating with partners across campus to promote social distancing and current health protocols.
  • We're limiting the number of people who'll be assisting students during move-in to two helpers.
  • We're limiting elevators to one student and up to two helpers at a time.

 

Yes. You are required to wear face coverings on campus in most situations when you are near others such as in class, in hallways or common areas of residence halls.

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