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Preparing for Fall Room Selection: Tips and Tricks 

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As the end of the academic year approaches, many college students find themselves gearing up for fall room selection.  Whether you’re a freshman preparing for your first college living experience or a returning student looking to change things up, the room selection process can be both exciting and daunting. While there are so many great reasons to live on campus, the earlier you apply for housing the more options you’ll have to choose from. 

To help you navigate this process smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you prepare for fall room selection. 

1. Research Your Options 

Before the room selection process begins, take some time to research the different housing options available to you. Familiarize yourself with the various housing options available to you such as traditional first-year, suites, apartments, housing accommodations, or other inclusive housing options. Consider factors such as location, amenities, location and room size that best fits your needs.  

2. Understand the Room Selection Process 

Each university has its own room selection process, so it’s important to understand how the process works at your school. The best way to prepare for room selection is to confirm if you are eligible and attend the info session (if available). It is important to know key dates, deadlines and the process. Create a checklist of tasks to complete and mark them off as you go to ensure you’re on track. 

3. Communicate with Potential Roommates  

If you’re planning to live with roommates, communication is key. Having a roommate group is the best way to get on-campus housing during room selection.  Also, make sure all roommates meet the criteria for the building. Reach out to potential roommates to discuss your preferences, expectations, and any concerns you may have. Establishing open and honest communication early on can help ensure a smooth living experience. 

4. Have a Backup Plan 

Room selection can be competitive, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case your first choice falls through. Consider alternative housing options or be prepared to adjust your preferences based on availability. Having a backup plan will help you stay flexible and prepared for any unexpected changes. 

5. Seek Advice from Upperclassmen 

Upperclassmen who have gone through the room selection process can offer valuable insights and advice. Reach out to older students or resident advisors for tips and tricks to help you navigate the process more effectively. You can always reach out to your housing office to assist with questions about the selection process.  

6. Be Flexible and Open-Minded

While it’s important to have preferences and priorities when it comes to room selection, it’s also important to be flexible and open-minded. Keep your options open as many room types will not be available at your selection time. Always check your portal to see if new housing becomes available or if there’s a waitlist.  

Preparing for fall room selection can be a bit overwhelming, but with the right preparation and mindset, you can navigate the process with ease. Keep these tips and tricks in mind as you prepare for room selection, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect living arrangement for the upcoming academic year. Remember to visit your housing page for updated information.  

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