Housing Selection

2024-25 Housing Selection

Please make sure you take time to read through the Housing Agreement. You will need to complete this agreement before you are able to apply for any programs or select a housing space. Below you will find all necessary information regarding dates and application processes for housing. If you have additional questions regarding any part of the housing selection process, please feel free to stop by the Residence Life Office. The housing selection process is scheduled to conclude before the start of Spring Break, so please keep your eye on your Wooster email for information and updates.

2024-2025 Housing Rates

Room TypeRateDescription
Multiple$7,040any Double or Triple room in a Residence Hall
Single$8,190any Single room in a Residence Hall
House$7,640any room in a House or Apartment
Suite$9,110Gault Schoolhouse Suites

Important Dates

December 1st
ALL students sign into Housing Self-Service to sign their Housing Agreement. Students should begin pairing with roommate(s) if applicable.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
January 16-18th
Housing Selection Tabling in Lowry Center
Tuesday, January 23Service Fair for students interested in living in service hours in the Alley 12pm – 2pm
Thursday, February 1stOff Campus Exemption, Housing Accommodation Applications, Housing Agreements Due
(Single room requests should be made as part of the Housing Agreement this year – there is not a separate application)
February 2nd
Priority Numbers Sent Out
Admissions Host Program Applications Due (EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 8!)
Monday, February 5thSpecial Interest Applications Due:
Senior Specialized Apartments
Luce Language and Culture Suites
First Generation Student Housing
All Gender Housing Community
Service Houses
February 5th
Rosters Due for Greek Housing & Program Houses
February 16th
Senior Specialized Lottery
February 20th
Single Room Selection (Single room requests should be made as part of the Housing Agreement this year – there is not a separate application)
Wednesday, February 21stAll Gender Lottery
Week of
February 26th
General Housing Selection

Housing Self-Service

In Fall 2018, the Residence Life Office implemented a new housing software that will allow students to fill out housing applications online, design profiles for other students to view when looking for a roommate, choose housing assignments online, and much more. The portal students will use is called Housing Self-Service. Here is step by step instructions for using Housing Self-Service for the Room Selection and Applications process.

Gender Inclusive Housing Policy

During the Fall Semester 2018, members of the Residence Life Office worked with students, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the campus Title IX Coordinator, and the Vice President for Student Affairs to develop a Gender Inclusive Housing Policy. Learn more about the Gender Policy!

Selection Process for Campus Houses

The Office of Residence Life is working towards the following goals when it comes to the campus house experience: ensure that those that are living in the houses are having an engaging educational experience that is incorporating best practices and that those living there are committed to the house for the right reasons; the community partners feel like they are being honored and respected; that we don’t leave our community partners hanging at the end of the year if a group “disappears”; and lastly, anyone who wants this type of experience has the opportunity to apply and be a part of the program house experience. With those goals in mind, here are the changes to the process that were implemented during the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • No new community partners or campus programs. We have established a list of Community Partners that we have developed relationships with and would like to continue working with The College and student volunteers.
  • The Office of Residence Life will reach out to existing partners to see if they want/are able to continue and find out what their ideal number of participants is.
  • To ensure equitable access to these houses, individuals will no longer apply as a group, but will apply as an individual or with a roommate.
  • Those applying as an individual could be placed with a roommate. There are no guaranteed singles.
  • Those applying with a roommate would not be accepted without their roommate also being accepted (package deal).
  • Once you are in a house, you can stay for as many years as you like without interviewing again, as long as the community partner continues in the program, you have met the service hour requirements, and you pass the yearly conduct/background check.

House Applications can be found on the Housing Self-Service portal.

Conduct Checks During the Housing Selection Process

There are some living options at The College of Wooster that require students to be in good conduct standing to live in the space. These processes include Houses, Gault Schoolhouse, and Senior Specialized housing. When students apply for one of these options, you are agreeing to commit to the program if it is accepted. The application form also states that students understand that the Office of Residence Life will be checking their conduct record during the selection process. The Conduct Check will be performed by a Residence Life staff member and that information will be kept confidential.

If it is determined that a student does not meet the requirements to live in the housing option, the Residence Life Office will contact the individual directly to notify them. The student will have the opportunity to follow up with the Office of Residence Life to discuss the process. It will also be the student’s responsibility to notify the group that they can no longer live in the housing option.

Information obtained during the Conduct Check process will be evaluated annually. If a student is not able to participate in a house process one year, it does not mean that they are exempt from participating in a house roster in the future.


Housing Selection is a process that happens every spring semester. In this process, students go through a process to choose their rooms for the following year. The following questions are ones that are frequently asked before the process begins.

When does the housing selection process start?

It already has! Applications are available December 1st. Students should begin the process of deciding what kind of housing they would like to apply for, as well as who they want to live with. We will also have Residence Life staff available through Tabling in Lowry to answer questions (see timetable above).

What if I cannot see the applications in self-service?

If you cannot see applications in Self-Service during the Housing Selection period, you likely need to complete your Housing Agreement. Once your Housing Agreement is complete, then it will open the remaining Applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you have completed your Housing Agreement and still do not see available applications, please contact the Residence Life Office.

What is a housing selection number?

Housing selection numbers are randomly assigned to each class cohort. Numbers truly are random; no priority is given based upon GPA, credits earned, or any other reason. Rising seniors do have priority in choice. Rising Seniors will have a number ranging from 1000-1999, rising Juniors 2000-2999, rising Sophomores 3000-3999. We recommend that transfer students confirm their class year with the registrar before selection begins. If you do not receive an email in early February with your room selection number, please contact the Residence Life Office.

What options do I have for housing?

Students have the option of the following types of housing: single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, houses, suites in the Schoolhouse, Luce World Language and Culture suites, Senior Specialized, First Generation Housing Community, Admissions Hosts, All Gender Housing, Program Houses, Service Houses, and Greek Housing. There is a separate housing application for most housing options.

If you want to participate in General Housing Selection (double and triple rooms with no theme affiliation) then you only need to fill out the Housing Agreement and pair with a roommate (if applicable) before General Housing Selection in February.  There will not be single rooms available in General Housing Selection.  If you want a single room, then you need to request the single room in your Housing Agreement by the deadline and participate in Single Room Selection. 

What is the difference between all gender community and gender inclusive housing?

The mission of All-Gender Housing is to provide a safe and supportive community for people of all genders, including transgender, cisgender, and non-binary students. This program is dedicated to comfort, camaraderie, security, education, and empowerment. Anyone who is more comfortable living in an all-gender space is welcome and will be treated with respect to their person hood, identity, and privacy. The space is queer-friendly, but not queer-exclusive.

Gender Inclusive Housing is available in all upper-class Residence Halls, Miller Manor, and Westminster Cottage. Students do not need to apply for this housing option.

How do I get into a single room?

Students can express interest in a single room by requesting the space on their Housing Agreement. Students are placed in housing selection number order and students will be invited to the selection process based upon the available number of rooms.

Do I get to pick my own roommate?

Absolutely! After your first year, you get to choose you who live with. You are able to search for roommates in the roommate selection section of Housing Self-Service. You can also do an advanced search according to your living preferences and find other students with similar preferences. If you don’t have a roommate preference, that is okay too.  Another student who does not have a roommate and would like to live in the same building will be assigned to you.

If I am accepted to a program, how is placement determined?

In most instances (Greek Housing, Single Selection, General Housing Selection Sr. Specialized Housing), students will choose their own space. There are some housing options (Luce Language & Culture Suites and First-Generation Student Housing) where students will be placed to some degree by the Residence Life staff. Here are the factors that are considered when students are placed in housing: approved housing accommodations, gender identity, room selection number, and housing preferences. The Residence Life Office will do their best to place groups and individuals so that as many students as possible can take advantage of the housing option while also doing their best to meet student preferences.

What should I do if I have more questions?

Your Resident Assistant (RA) can be a great resource for you! Reach out to them and ask your questions! You can also feel free to call the Residence Life Office (330-263-2498) or schedule a meeting by emailing reslife@wooster.edu. We will have open office hours specifically for housing selection questions on Thursdays 9am-12pm and Fridays 1pm-5pm in January and February.