Office of Residence Life

Housing Selection

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

Upperclass Students

The Upperclass Housing Selection process concluded in September!  If you are a rising junior or senior student in need of housing, please reach out to our office to be placed on a waitlist.

The general selection process for upperclass students takes place in the early Fall for the next academic year. If you are going to be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student and you want to secure housing for the upcoming fall you can complete the Fall 2020 Upperclass Housing Application NOW on Housing Self Service! We anticipate being able to house every upperclass student who wants to live on campus next year! While housing for upperclass students is not guaranteed for rising juniors and seniors we should be able to meet the demand.

E-mail ResLife@xavier.edu with any questions.

Rising Sophomore Student Housing Process

The Rising Sophomore Housing Selection process concluded prior to spring break!  If you are a rising sophomore student in need of housing, please reach out to our office to be placed on a waitlist.

This process is for students currently in their first year living on campus who fall under the two year residency requirement, typically rising sophomore students. As a reminder, Xavier University is a two year residency required institution and a student cannot move off campus in their second year unless they receive an exemption from their residency requirement.  The timeline for Rising Sophomore Housing Selection can be found here and all steps take place on Housing Self Service.

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.  Information to set-up your technology account will be the first task for completion in Road to Xavier and will be live later this morning (4/14).

The First Year Student Housing Process takes place in late spring. 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 would be communicated through Road to Xavier.

   April 14, 2020: Housing Application Opens
   May 26, 2020-June 8, 2020: Roommate Pairing Occurs (Graphic and Chart)
   June 19-23: Room Selection Occurs

Application and Roommate Pairing Deadline: June 8, 2020

If you have recently deposited, please note it can take up to two business days before you may be able to successfully log in to complete the housing application. 

NOTE: As a part of Xavier's efforts to implement social distancing best practices, we will NOT be offering triple or quad rooms for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Roommate Pairing group size is limited to two people. After applying, students will receive communication from our external partner My College Roomie guiding them through the roommate selection process.

For Room Selection, students will be sent their randomized selection time to their Xavier email prior to room selection so they know when it is time for them to go in and select a room.  Only one student in the roommate pair will need to go and select for both students.

Our Housing Self Service web page includes step by step instructions as well as example 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!

Still have questions as you get ready for the fall? We have you covered!  Housing and Registration will be hosting live zoom sessions every Tuesday as you get ready to register for classes, pick a roommate and a select a residence hall. Register or watch a previously recorded session on the Housing and Registration page of XU to You.

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 would be communicated through Road to Xavier.

   April 14, 2020-June 8, 2020: Housing Application Live

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 here for information related to the accommodations process and timeline.  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.

Submitting the Application

I recently deposited. What is my next step?

Prior to applying, incoming students will set-up their Xavier technology account which provides access their Xavier email and other campus systems. This technology account is separate from a student’s Road to Xavier log-in information and is needed prior to applying.

Where can I apply for housing?

Students ready to apply can do so on our Housing Self Service site here. More information including detailed instructions for submitting the application can be found here.

If I enter a hall living request, what impact will that have on my selection?

The optional living requests students may add are only used by our office in the event a student does not select their room during their selection time. Entering living requests on the application does not impact or limit what options a student has later on.

I meant to enter a living request but forgot. How can I edit my application?

Though students are unable to edit their application after submission, we are happy to make those edits for you. Please reach out to us at reslife@xavier.edu letting us know what hall requests you would like to add.

How can I edit my parent, emergency and missing person contacts later on?

Students may edit their contacts by logging in to Housing Self Service. On the left panel, navigate to My Information and then Addresses/Contacts to make these changes.

I am under 18, is a parent signature required?

Yes, for students under the age of 18 at time of applying, an approval is required by your parent or legal guardian. The individual who you identified as Parent/Guardian 1 on the contacts page will receive a verification code to complete. More information including detailed instructions for submitting this verification can be found here.

Forming a Roommate Pair

How do I make a roommate pair?

Once the application, including parental verification, is completed students will receive an email to their Xavier email address from My College Roomie, our external partner. Students will set-up their roommate profile on My College Roomie and be able to communicate with other incoming first year students.

There do not seem to be many students on My College Roomie, why is that?

As more students apply for housing, more will be invited to make their profiles. Students should continue to check back often to see additional student profiles.

Do I have to make a roommate pair on my own/is there a deadline?

We encourage all students to make their own roommate pair using My College Roomie. Students who have not made their pair by Monday, June 8th will be automatically paired with another student.

Where can I learn more about My College Roomie?

Additional information including tutorials and helpful tips can be found in the email sent by My College Roomie in addition to our site here.

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?

The room rates for 2020-2021 can be found on the Office of the Bursar page here.

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 and these will be communicated to your Xavier email on Tuesday, June 16th.

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 in to Housing Self Service to select the pair’s room. More information about selecting your room can be found here.

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. As a part of Xavier's efforts to implement social distancing best practices, we will NOT be offering triple or quad rooms for the 2020-2021 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 would be a double occupancy room in the double and triple rooms. Therefore 4 people would occupy a 2 bedroom suite and 6 people would occupy a triple bedroom suite.

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 here. 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, students 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 dynamic.   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 Honor 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 (June 19th) they have not been designated as honors and should contact us prior to June 17th.

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 to not 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 the second year living on campus.

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