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!

2017 Timeline

  • March 23: $150 Housing Application Fee due
  • March 24: Housing and Meal Plan Intent Individual applications started or Roommate Groups selected
  • March 31: Roommate Groups e-mailed selection date and timeslot (timeslots will be assigned in order of the average of a groups total accumulative credits)
  • April 4: Lottery times for groups to select housing in apartments and Brandt (Locations are required to FILL on this date).
  • April 5: Individuals and groups (who have yet to select housing) to select housing in all open locations apartments, houses, and Brandt.
  • Housing is confirmed

Housing Selection General Details

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

Housing Selection occurs annually in March/April for returning students who plan to live on campus. Student should be aware of the following, as it outlines the selection process and steps that need to be taken prior to March 24, 2017.

See Housing Selection Process for more detailed information in the steps to follow.

A few things students need to do before March 24th:

  • In order to participate in Housing Selection, each student needs to pay a $150 Returning Student Housing Application Fee (previously known as the Housing Deposit) to Student Accounts through the myGFU student payment portal by March 23.  Please note that this is a one-time fee for each student. Once paid, students do not need to pay again for subsequent years in campus housing.  The application fee is held and returned to each student upon graduation (New policy as of spring 2017).  
  • Students can start inviting roommates and forming roommate clusters in their application.The number of people in a group will determine which living areas groups are initially eligible for.
    • Please refer to Housing Selection Options and How to Choose a Roommate.
    • If there is a specific transfer student that a student would like to live with, they will be able to request this student through their housing intent application.
    • Students may sign up as an individual.

Housing Accomodations

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 20, 2017, 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.

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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 24 th 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 24 th 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 be assigned a timeslot based on your accumulated credits. Timeslots for individuals and groups who cannot fill a location will take place on the second day of timeslots. View our timeline to get more exact dates.

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.

There are two rounds of timeslots assigned to groups and individuals. The first round of timeslots are open to groups who are able to fill the selected location (ex: a group of 3 students filling a three-person apartment). If you are unable to fill a location with the number of students in your group, you will need to wait until the second day of selection to select a room. At this time, you will be able to book your group into a location without the requirement to fill it. Please note that if your group does not fill a location, the additional spot(s) will be filled by other students or University Housing.

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.