Current Students

Housing Selection 101

  • Talk with your friends about living together
  • Pay $150 Returning Student Housing Application Fee to student accounts
  • Check your email for further instructions
  • Sign up as a group or individual for preferred areas
  • Get assigned location mid-April (Notification will come through email)
  • Have a great year!

2018 Timeline

  • March 23: $150 Housing Application Fee due
  • March 24: Housing and Meal Plan Intent Individual applications started or Roommate Groups selected
  • March 30: Roommate Groups e-mailed selection date and timeslot (timeslots will be assigned in order of the average of a groups total accumulative credits)
  • April 3-4: Lottery times for groups to select housing in all apartments, houses, and Brandt (Locations are required to FILL)
  • Housing is confirmed

Housing Selection General Details

Housing selection step-by-step user guide (PDF)

Housing Selection occurs annually in March/April for returning students who plan to live on campus.

See Housing Selection Process for more detailed information on the step by step process.

Housing Accommodations

If a student needs to request a housing accommodation for medical or disability reasons, they should complete a Housing Accommodation Request. Forms are available in the student life office or under the Student Life Forms page. Requests should be submitted to student life by March 19, 2018, in order to be evaluated prior to housing selection.


A group can consist of one to six members, depending on the type of room/location they want to live in. However, depending on the amount of openings a house has during the second phase of room selection a group could get as big as 10.

Groups are assigned timeslots based on the group’s average academic credits. You may take as much time as you need to select a location, but keep in mind that new groups will be given timeslot access to select their housing in the portal every 15 minutes.

If you cannot find your friend, ask them to make sure they have started their housing application. Every student must have an active application in the system in order to be searchable. To have an active application, a student must have logged in and started an application.

Yes. All students living on or off-campus must fill out the intent form. The option to live off- campus will not be available to you if you are not eligible to live off-campus. First you must first apply to commute from home. Once the University Housing Department processes your commute from home request you will be able to select “off-campus” in the housing intent part of the application.

You will be able to login and select a room at any point after your timeslot opens up. However, other groups will also be receiving timeslots during that time which allows more students into the system to select their housing locations.

No. As long as the housing intent form is filled out by the deadline, there is no advantage to filling it out early.

Once you click Reserve Beds, you will be unable to backtrack and change your selection. It is important to research your options before your timeslot and choose carefully during the selection process. If you make a mistake, please contact

You can request a transfer by searching their GFU e-mail address in the application. As long as they have an active application (meaning they have logged in and started their housing intent form), you will be able to find their name and request them as a roommate.

The payment processor can be a bit picky. If you keep receiving an error try using a different browser. We’ve found that chrome works the best.  If the error persists, contact Student Accounts at or call 503-554-2301. 

Some students might have holds on their account due to unpaid balances. Balances on accounts must be paid in order for a student to go through the housing and meal plan intent process. Please contact Student Accounts if you have questions at or call at 503-554-2301.

Until March 23rd you can go in yourself and leave an RA group. You can do this in the RA Group tab by clicking on leave group. If it is after March 23rd you will need to email to be taken out of a group and see if you can enter into another group.

Due to demand, we cannot hold beds open. However, you can try to find another student who will be a resident during fall semester only. This would allow your friend the chance to apply for the open spot when they return in spring semester.

Email from your GFU email account. Cancellations result in a $75 forfeiture fee (prior to June 1st) or $150 forfeiture fee (after June 1st).

Contact to make your request. Our ability to accommodate your request will depend on whether we have another student slated to fill the space; therefore, it is helpful to make your request at the same time your roommate submits their cancellation.

If you are signing up for housing as an individual, you will need to fill out the housing and meal plan intent application and wait for University Housing to assign you a location.  University Housing will assign individuals to open spots between April and mid-July.  The timeframe can take a bit longer so that our office is able to find the best spot for you.

You can request a new student by searching their GFU e-mail address in the application. As long as they have an active application (meaning they have logged in and started their housing intent form), you will be able to find their name and request them as a roommate. NOTE: Incoming first year students that are not transfers may only live in residence halls and are ineligible for apartments or houses.

All locations on campus are required to fill during selection.  This means that your group needs to fit the spot you are applying for.  If your group does not get your top selection, you can re-group and re-size and apply for a different spot. 

Please allow for up to 48 hours for your application fee to be processed and reflect in the housing intent application. If you are still experiencing problems after two days, please contact

It’s not too late! You may go back into the form at any time to update your “About” me profile. What is the “Contact Information” and “Medical Information” used for? These fields are confidential and only used by Student Life professional staff in case of emergency.

Your meal plan options are based on your current accumulated credit total. Because spring semester credits will not be applied until May/June, you will have more options available to you after your current semester credits have been applied to your credit total. You can change your meal plan selection up until one week after the fall semester begins.

Please stop by the student life office or email with questions.