Forming a Residential Life Group

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 and what style of room you are petitioning for.

It is important for you student to talk with, meet with, or get to know your potential roommates for next year.  We encourage you to have these conversations early. Our office will be hosting information sessions, roommate mixers, and will have a roommate finding feature on the application as you apply. If you are not able to form a group, don’t worry! Residential Life will place you during the administrative process.

Step 1: Form your group

A group may contain 1 to 8 group members. Students who wish to register for room selection as a group should be aware of the following information:

  • Up to 8 students can join a roommate group.
  • Students may only register as part of one group at a given time.
  • Each member is responsible for adding themselves to the group created by the group leader. To add yourself to a group, you will need the group name and password, which should be provided by your group leader.
  • All members of the group will receive the same selection time.

Step 2: Identify a Group Leader

The Group Leader is the person who creates a group for others to join. The group leader will be able to select for the group in the General Selection Round. Before registering, groups should discuss whom they wish to assume the responsibility of being the group leader.

Only one person within the group will create the group name and password and thereby is designated the Group Leader. The Group Leader will be able to select for the group in the General Selection round.

Be sure that each group member checks their housing selection on the housing application. This means, all preferences should be matching between all members. The group leader will be able to form the group following this.

Please see Housing Selection dates here for Group Formation dates.

Group Formation Frequently Asked Questions

How do I form a group?

On the WashU Housing Portal application, you have the ability to request up to 8 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 replace members after the fall semester. If there is an unexpected cancellation, you will be offered the opportunity to secure a replacement, but Residential Life reserves the right to assign another applicant to the space or to reassign the remaining residents to same-gender accommodations.

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. Students looking for roommates can use the WashU Housing Portal to find others to live with, participate in Res Life Roommate Mixers, or reach out to staff in your building for assistance.