University Housing is committed to providing as many students as possible with the out-of-the-classroom learning and life-enriching experiences that come from living in student housing. As more students choose to attend FSU, the demand for student housing continues to increase. Due to the continued popularity of living on campus with both returning students and the incoming class, not every student can be assigned to a standard residence hall space immediately.
To house as many students as possible, University Housing has arranged for alternative spaces referred to as overflow housing spaces. Based on the number of standard spaces available and the date of receipt of your signed housing contract, you may be assigned to a space in overflow housing for the start of the semester.
University Housing has extensive experience with overflow housing, and steps have been taken to ensure that you will experience the same benefits of living in a residence hall as those who have been assigned to standard spaces.
University Housing has converted study rooms/lounges and other common areas to provide additional space to house students. These spaces have been equipped with furnishings similar to those in regular residential rooms; each resident will have a bunk bed and a hanging rack for clothes. In addition, a refrigerator/freezer and internet access will be provided. Most important, the residential life activities and support will be available to students in these spaces, just as they are to students in regular spaces.
As soon as a standard residential space becomes available, you will be assigned to a permanent living space on campus based on your priority number and contract submission date. We aim to reassign all students in overflow housing within the first few weeks of the semester, as cancellations are received. However, if we are unable to move all students out of these spaces, some may be converted to permanent spaces for the remainder of the semester. The occupancy of these converted rooms is similar to standard rooms of the same size. If an overflow room is converted to a permanent space, the hanging rack is replaced with an armoire, a desk and desk chair for each resident is placed in the room, and the bed may be replaced.
Rent for overflow housing is originally billed at the rental rate for a suite double. This allows students assigned to overflow to have a better sense of what their rental rate may be, especially since most students assigned to overflow housing will be reassigned before hall opening.
Students that are still assigned to overflow housing at hall opening will have their rent reduced to $15/day for each day they were assigned to overflow housing. Their rent for the remainder of the semester will be prorated based on the daily rate for their new room. This may result in a small refund after the student is reassigned if student's rent is paid in full before being reassigned.
When room assignments are made, residents are assigned to the room assignment that is as close to their preferences as possible based on their housing priority number. After students are assigned, they may request a reassignment.
The reassignment request website will open approximately one week after room assignments are released. Students that are assigned to permanent (not overflow) spaces may submit a reassignment request. As vacancies occur, our University Housing Assignments staff will review submitted reassignment requests in priority number order to find request that matches the building and room type of the vacancy.
Prior to Hall Opening
After Hall Opening
Prior to hall opening, students requesting to change rooms with another student within the same hall, if they are assigned to the same room type, can submit their request online. Both students agreeing to change rooms will need to submit the request before any reassignment can be processed. Room change requests within the same hall and room type will be processed once the two students agreeing to change rooms have submitted their request online. Requests will remain on file until both students requesting to change rooms have submitted their request, or until approximately one week prior to the official hall opening date for the requested term.
A mutual swap is not the way that two students that want to be roommates indicate their request to room together. If two students want to be roommates and neither of their roommates are interested in moving, the students must submit a regular reassignment request. In this case, University Housing will only be able to assist if 2 vacancies occur in a room together and both students that want to be roommates: 1) have the highest priority for that vacancy, and 2) both students requested the building and room type that match the vacancies.
Please follow the instructions below to submit a reassignment request unless you are trying to swap rooms with another student in a specific room or, after halls open, if you would like to change to a different room (excluding single rooms) in the same building.
Before Halls Open
Since reassignments are completed before the halls open without students accepting the room transfer, students must cancel their request before a reassignment is made. Students can cancel their request by logging into their myHousing portal, and making their Reassignment Request "Inactive".
After Halls Open
The information below is only for students that are eligible to participate in the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Returner Re–Contract process.
You must first submit your Fall/Spring housing contract before selecting 1, 2, or 3 roommates. (You are not required to make your prepayment to select roommate requests; however, you are required to pay within 7 calendar days to avoid having your contract cancelled.) You will not be able to select a room until the prepayment has been paid.
After completing your returner contract, complete the following to request a roommate:
Due to limited space availability, we strongly encourage mutually requested roommates to discuss their priorities and come up with the list of buildings and room types that they are interested in before Room Selection begins.
For the best chance to get the building and room type that you and your mutually requested roommate(s) would like, the individual with the earliest Room Selection start time in your roommate group should select a room/suite/apartment for your group.
NOTE: You should check your assignment as soon as your Room Selection window opens, to ensure you were assigned as expected by any requested roommates. If you were not assigned by another student, you should select a room as soon as your Room Selection window opens.
As soon as your Room Selection window opens, complete the following to select a room:
Special Note for Roommate Requests during Room Selection: Mutually requested roommates can be assigned as a group by the first person in the group with a room selection window. However, once a student has been assigned to a space, whether the student assigned him/herself or was assigned by a mutually requested roommate, the student cannot later be moved by a requested roommate. If roommates wish to relocate to a different space after the group has been assigned, each student will need to move themselves to the new space.
If there is not space available for you and your roommate(s) in the building and/or room type you want when it is time to select a room:
Do 1 or more of the following:
What if I want to live with someone who is an incoming freshmen/off-campus/transfer student?
Unfortunately, returning residents are not able to select non-returning housing residents as roommates. This includes incoming freshmen/transfer students and current off-campus students.
Can I request more than 3 roommates?
Yes, if you and 4 other students would like to select a triple room connected to a double room, you can contact the Assignments staff in the University Housing office to request 4 roommates. You should request 3 of your 4 roommate requests using the instructions found in the Roommate Request Process section above.