INCOMING STUDENT FAQ

Housing process and preference form 

Where do I find my MU student ID number, username and password?

You will need to know your username and password to complete your preference form and your housing & 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.

Why can't I choose my own room?

Our experienced staff reviews the preferences of all incoming students — more than 5,000 Tigers — and assigns rooms to fulfill the greatest number of preferences for the largest number of students. Our process is designed to put together a very large puzzle for our residents.

Is there a way to rank my preferences in order of priority?

No. Our goal is to find a room that matches as many of your preferences as possible, with priority given to your FIG or learning community (if you chose one) and your requested roommate.

How do I request a roommate?

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 work hard to 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 completed the housing process. If you cannot find your roommate, contact them, and ask them to finish their housing process. This may require you to come back and revisit the preference form. You may revisit as many times as needed until Feb. 1. Once your roommate has finished the housing process, you should be able to successfully search for their name in your preference form.

Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) and Learning Communities (LCs)

What are FIGs and LCs?

Freshman interest groups (FIGs) comprise 15-20 first-year students who live near each other and enroll in a few general education classes together. By joining a FIG, you are not only living and learning with students who share your interest and your major, but you are also gaining a built-in study group.

Like FIGs, learning communities (LCs) group students with similar social or academic interests together on designated floors within a residence hall. While FIGs are often housed within learning communities, learning communities do not require an academic structure, and they are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as first-year students.

Why aren't locations listed for FIGs and LCs?

We base the location of each FIG and LC on group size, which is based on demand. Locations may change from year to year.

I'm an honors student. What housing is available for me?

As a Mizzou honors student, you have access to preference the honors residential community at Mark Twain Hall, where you can live with other honors students and build your network. Be sure to select honors hall housing when filling out your housing & dining contract!

Roommates & suitemates 

Do I have a roommate?

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.

How do I contact my roommate or suitemate?

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!

I got an assignment, but my desired roommate didn't. What happened?

Reach out to your desired roommate and ask if they completed a preference form, housing and dining contract, and prepayment before May 3. Students who did not complete these steps by May 3 have not been assigned to rooms.

If your desired roommate completed these steps by May 3, encourage them to check their MU email or reach out to us. Sometimes we need to review preferences more closely before an assignment can be made. Typically, this means we need additional information.

General questions 

Why are first-time college students required to live on campus?

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.

Can I move off campus mid-year?

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.

How do I know what to pack? 

We have a downloadable move-in checklist to help you organize what you need to pack and what items will be provided to you. It also explains which items are not allowed in your residence hall room such as air fryers, toasters, space heaters, etc.

What is a FIG?

Freshman interest groups are made up of 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 during their first semester to help with the transition to college life.

What is gender-inclusive housing?

This option is available throughout our housing options and may be requested in the Gender-Inclusive Housing Agreement in your preference form. This housing option is not designed for romantic partnerships. Our office will follow up with you to gather more information about your request.