Forming a Residential Life Group

The grouping period will begin on Friday, February 18, 2022 and end on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Forming your group for Housing Selection is an important step. We want you to form your group based on who you want to live with first and in what style of room you would like to live in second. We encourage you to talk with, meet with, and or get to know your potential roommates for next year. Have these conversations early.

Students can group with any student who is eligible for the current year’s housing selection process AND has submitted their housing application by the deadline. We encourage groups to form with their class year.


Timeslot Notifications for Selection

Timeslot notifications will be sent out to students Thursday, March 17 – Friday, March 18 for which selection option they have been selected for – either Residential College or General Selection.

Please note that not all notifications will be sent out on one day – they will be dispersed along the time frame provided for notifications of which selection option your group has been selected.

There are a certain number of spaces available among each room type. If the number of groups interested in a particular room type exceeds what is available, you may be asked to regroup or decide to be administratively assigned for best chances of remaining with your group.


Sophomore Experience

Rising sophomores who wish to register for room selection as a group should be aware of the following information:

  • Rising sophomore students are highly encouraged to form groups of 4.
  • There are very limited 3 and 2 person options.
  • There are no 1-person options available for sophomore students.

Look below for the majority of housing options available to sophomores going through the General Application Process:

  • S40 Modern Single Suite (4-person single suite)
  • S40 Modern Double (2- person, shared bathroom)
  • Village & Lopata Modern Single Suite (4-person single suite)
  • S40 Traditional Suite (4-person suite)
  • Village East Single (3-person apartments very limited or 4-person apartment)
  • Millbrook Apartments (3-person, 4-person, 5-person, 7-person apartments available; each type is limited)

*There are no triple bedrooms for the upcoming year.

Why can’t all rising sophomores live on the South 40?

Approximately 60% of the rising sophomore class should expect to reside on the South 40. The remaining 40% of the rising sophomore class should expect to reside on the Northside (Village). We do this because, each year, our office facilitates housing selection with anticipated numbers of the incoming class. As a result, we are not able to open all South 40 housing to rising sophomores to make sure that we are able to supply our first year students with enough housing on the South 40 to fulfill their first year residency requirement.


Junior and Senior Experience

Rising juniors and seniors who wish to register for room selection as a group should be aware of the following information:

  • Rising juniors and seniors are highly encouraged to form groups of 3.
  • There are very limited 2 and 1 person options.
  • There are no 4-person options available for rising juniors and seniors.

Look below for the majority of housing options available to juniors and seniors going through the General Application Process:

  • 520 Kingsland, 6665/6678 Wash Ave 3-person apartments
  • Greenway 1-person, 2-person, 3-person apartments
  • University Drive 2-person, 3-person apartments
  • Lofts studio, 2-person, 3-person apartments
  • Rosedale 1-person, 2-person, 3-person apartments

Mixing Your Group

We know there are students who wish to group with a mix of class years whether it be because you have a friend who is a junior or a friend who has taken a leave – impacting their class year status.

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors can group with any class level or gender of their choosing. Groups with mixed class years will be given later time slots.  As a reminder,

  • Rising sophomores will be given priority in selecting on-campus housing options.
  • Rising juniors and seniors will be given priority in selecting off-campus housing options.

Forming a Group of One:

Rising Juniors and Seniors who wish to participate in the Housing Selection process as an individual are able to form a group of one. Students who receive an assigned date and time will be able to make their selection during the selection period. This option is not available to rising sophomores.

If you choose not to form a group, that is perfectly okay. Our office will administratively assign you following the close of the selection period. Failure to group through the system as a group of “one” will result in automatic administrative assignment by the office of Residential Life.


Need help forming your Group?

Connect with other Students throughout the process

Are you looking to build your group or join one? See what’s coming soon below.

Virtual Roommate Mixers

Find potential roommates through our Roommate Mixer events. We are here to help you all get to know one another and answer any questions you may have!

This year we have the Roommate Finder feature via your WashU Housing Portal. Attend our roommate mixers for support on how to use the Roommate Finder to complete your group.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @ 7:00 PM | Zoom Link
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 7:00 PM | Zoom Link
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022 @ 7:00 PM | Zoom Link

What to do when your group is formed?

Identify A Group Leader

  1. Before registering, groups must identify the group leader.
  2. The group leader creates the group for others to join.
  3. The group leader will create the group name and password.
  4. The group leader will select for the group at the assigned time slot during the selection period.

Add Each Member to the Group on the Portal

  1. Each member is responsible for adding themselves to the group created by the group leader.
  2. You will need the group name and password to add yourself to your group.
  3. In selecting your group name and password, please choose wisely so that all members can access and add the information necessary to be successful in the grouping process.
  4. All members should have their housing application submitted to be visible for adding.
  5. All members’ preferences should match before adding members to the group.
  6. All members of the group will receive the same time slot.
  7. Students may only register as part of one group at a given time.

How to Change  A Group Leader

  1. Group Leaders will log into the Housing Portal and enter into their submitted housing application to find their group summary.
  2. From there, the group leader should see a set of options on the right hand side of the group members name(s) except their own.
  3. The group leader then appoints a new group leader by clicking on the Make Leader button.

Note: The group leader is able to add members to the group. If they add you and you receive notification, you can consider yourself added to your housing selection group.

Frequently Asked Questions: Grouping

How do I form a group?

On the WashU Housing Portal application, you have the ability to request students to live with. Your roommates must accept your request in order to be verified.

Can I live with someone of the opposite sex?

The Office of Residential Life aims to treat students as adults and encourages them to make well-thought-out decisions. We offer students a housing option where assignments are not based on gender. Students will have the option to participate in Gender Inclusive housing by indicating so on their housing application.

If your group receives a Gender Inclusive assignment, the suite/apartment must be filled for the entire academic year. Groups with members who intend to participate in the Spring Study Abroad Program must be prepared to either:

  • Provide a replacement to Res Life to fill the vacancy in your room to study abroad. (i.e. you may have someone who is interested in living with you)
  • Or Res Life will assign another applicant to the space who has also indicated their interest in gender inclusive housing.

If there is an unexpected cancellation, you will be offered the opportunity to secure a replacement.

What do I do if I don’t have people to form a group with?

Those who submit a housing application, but do not have a group will be administratively assigned.