Office of Residence Life

Housing Selection

For more general housing-related questions please read our FAQ page

Upper-Class Student Housing Process

The upper-class housing selection process for the 2021-2022 academic year concluded on October 16, 2020.  Rising juniors and seniors in need of housing may reach out to our office to be added to the wait list.  We will revisit the wait list in spring semester after Rising Sophomore Selection concludes. 

Rising Sophomore Student Housing Process

The Rising Sophomore selection process for the 2021-2022 academic year concluded on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  Current residents who did not apply by the March deadline or who failed to select space will receive further information to their Xavier email.  Non-residents who are interested in now coming on to campus should contact our office for more information. 


Incoming First-Year Student Housing Process

Before applying for housing, students must set up their Xavier technology account, which is separate from their Road to Xavier account. Setting up your technology account will be your first task for completion in Road to Xavier.

The first year student housing process takes place in late spring. Our entire process is online through the Housing Self Service portal. The timeline for the process is below, and any changes in this timeline will be communicated through Road to Xavier.

Housing Room Rates for 2021-2022

First Year Housing Timeline

Application Opens: April 13, 2021

Roommate Pairing Opens: May 4, 2021

Housing Accommodations due: June 1, 2021

Application Closes: June 7, 2021

Roommate Pairing Closes: June 8, 2021

Late June: Room Selection Occurs


As a part of Xavier's efforts to implement social distancing best practices, we will NOT be offering triple or quad rooms for the 2021-2022 academic year.


XU to You Session Recordings

Were you unable to join us for the first XU to You session from Admissions about housing selection?  You can view the recording here.

Next session will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and will cover selecting your room. Register for the session in Road to Xavier under summer sessions. 


Did You Know?  At Xavier, students are able to actually select their physical room for the school year rather than have their assignment made for them.  For room selection, students will receive a randomized selection time via Xavier email prior to room selection, specifying their time to log in and select a room. Only one student in a roommate pair will need to log in and select for both students in the pair.

Our Housing Self Service web page includes step-by-step instructions and videos on using the portal. For additional information about the selection process please consult the selection FAQs further down on this page or our general FAQ page. If you still have questions please contact our office at 513-745-3203 and our knowledgeable staff will assist. Keep an eye on Road to Xavier for the most up to date messaging on the Housing Selection process!


Incoming Transfer Student Housing Process

The incoming transfer student housing process takes place in late spring. Due to the residency requirement, incoming transfer students are also expected to live on campus for their first two years at Xavier, regardless of their class standing when first enrolling at Xavier. Our entire process is online through our Housing Self Service portal. The overall timeline for the process is below and any changes in this timeline will be communicated through Road to Xavier.

The housing application will open on April 13, 2021.

Once you have applied, our office will assign you to any available space on campus using the preferences you submitted at time of applying as a guide. We are unable to guarantee that students will receive one of their preferred housing locations.

Housing Accommodations Process

Students requesting accommodations for their housing assignment should refer to the Office of Disability Services site for information and a timeline regarding the accommodations process. Students who receive a housing accommodation will have their assignment made by our office based on the recommendation provided by Disability Services. Students working to receive accommodations DO still need to submit the housing application on Housing Self Service. 



First-Year Housing Selection Frequently Asked Questions

Xavier’s Residency Requirement

Do I have to live on campus?

Xavier has a two year live-on requirement for students whether they are coming in as a first-year student or transfer student. All unmarried incoming students, age 17-21, not residing with their legal guardian, or whose home address is located beyond a 35-mile radius from Xavier are required to live on-campus for their first two years at the University. 


Housing Accommodations Process

How can I apply for a medical housing accommodation?

Students may apply for housing accommodations through the Office of Disability Services using the process outlined by their office. Students seeking housing accommodations must also complete the housing application, as we need a signed application from every student living on campus.

If I receive a medical accommodation, can I still form a roommate pair?

Yes, students with approved accommodations are still able to form a roommate pair.

If I receive a medical accommodation, will I select my own room?

No, students with approved accommodations forgo their priority in the housing selection process. Our office will make assignments for students with approved accommodations prior to other students selecting their space.

Do I have to renew my accommodations each year?

Yes, students will renew their accommodations on a yearly basis with the Office of Disability Services.

If I am approved for an emotional support animal, will I have a single bedroom?

A student who is granted approval to have an emotional support animal is not guaranteed a single room or a specific building due to the presence of the emotional support animal.

I am a student who lives with allergies, will these be considered for an accommodation?

Since all of our on campus housing facilities are air conditioned with air filtration, students with allergies will not automatically be considered for a housing accommodation.

I am a student who lives with diabetes, will this diagnosis be considered for an accommodation?

Since all of our on campus housing options are close to the dining hall located in Fenwick Hall or have their own kitchens, a diagnosis of diabetes is not a guarantee of a housing accommodation. 

Student Athletes

I am an incoming student athlete, is there anything I need to do?

Yes, incoming student athletes will follow the same housing steps (submitting the application, forming a roommate pair, and selecting a room) as outlined above. Coaches are unable to complete these steps for their incoming student athletes.

My coach shared with me who my roommate would be, do I still need to go on to My College Roomie?

Many coaches will inform incoming student athletes of who their roommate will be, as the coach pairs individuals who may best be suited for each other based on team dynamics. Once your coach shares who your roommate will be, you will need to log in to My College Roomie, make your profile and send a roommate request to this individual so you are matched. 

Honors Community

I am an honors student. Do I receive priority in the housing selection process or have to notify your office?

Priority is given to students in the Honors Program to support the University’s goal in providing an Honors Community in Buenger Hall. Students in the Honors Program will select on the first day of housing selection in order to form the community. Students in the program do not need to individually inform our office as we will receive this information from the Honors Program. We encourage Honor students to confirm their honors priority once they receive their selection time. If their selection time is not on the first day of selection they have not been designated as honors and should contact us prior to the first day of housing selection.

If I do not want to live in Buenger Hall. Can I use my priority to select a different community?

No, students may not use their priority selection time to select a space outside of Buenger Hall, since the priority was provided for the sole purpose of creating an Honors Community where students live and take classes together.

What if I do not select during my priority time?

Honors students who elect not to use their priority selection time will receive an updated selection time for use during the latter selection days.

Do I receive priority as well during my second year living on campus?

Students in the Honors Program only receive a priority selection time as a first-year student, as the community is only for first-year students. Priority selection is not provided for honors students' second year living on campus.

Selecting a Room

If I apply later than other students will that impact my selection time?

No, selection times are generated randomly for students. Factors such as time of deposit or time of application submission do not impact a student’s generated selection time.

How much does each hall costs per semester?

Room rates for 2021-2022 can be found on the Office of the Bursar page.

Do I have a specific selection time?

Yes, all students will receive a specific selection time. You and your roommate will have the same selection time, which will be communicated to your Xavier email.

How do I pick my room?

During your selection time, or any time after it opens during the hours of selection, one individual from each roommate pair will log into Housing Self Service to select the pair’s room. More information about selecting your room.

I selected my room for next year. Can I make changes?

Once a students has made their room selection, changes are not permitted until, at earliest, the third week of the fall semester.

How can I get a triple or quad room?

As a reminder, roommate pairing group size is limited to two people.  Given on-going COVID-19 considerations triple and quad rooms will not be available for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Are Buenger rooms single or double occupancy? If it’s a three or four person suite, how many total people are in there?

Most rooms in Buenger Hall are designed as double occupancy rooms. Each room in the suite is a double occupancy room in the double and triple suites. Therefore 4 people would occupy a 2-bedroom suite and 6 people would occupy a 3-bedroom suite. 


For more general housing related questions please read our FAQ page.