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Room Selection

The steps to returning to on-campus housing for the 2018-2019 academic year are done through a process called room selection. We have unique apartment-style residence halls that offer more flexibility for our returning residents, but also offer the support from live-in staff. Enjoy the larger spaces, privacy and the conveniences of on-campus housing while still benefiting from staff-organized programming and support.

*While dates for 2018 are tentatively set, more information will be updated on this page in January 2018. Please check back!*

2018 Room Selection Dates

Room Selection Sign-Up
(by completing a housing agreement)
Due by March 31
Receive Room Selection Packet in Campus Mailbox Week of April 2
Tour the University Center (see tours) April 6
University Center Room Selection April 10
Lincoln Park Open House April 11
Lincoln Park Room Selection April 17-19

About Room Selection

Room selection is a process for current residents who want an opportunity to return to living on campus for the next academic year. The room selection process typically includes the following steps: 

  1. Complete a housing agreement via the Housing Connection portal by March 31, 2018 (Note: 2018-2019 housing agreements will not be available until November 2017); 
  2. Receive a randomized room selection appointment letter from Housing Services; 
  3. Visit open house (not required); and 
  4. Attend room selection based on your appointment time and work with Housing Services staff to choose a unit for the next academic year.

For more step-by-step help completing the online housing agreement, view our How To Apply presentation  for returning students.

About Open House

Housing Services hosts an open house to all students participating in room selection. Students who choose to attend can tour Lincoln Park apartment-style options prior to room selection. To attend open house, visit check-in tables at the entrances of Centennial Hall, Sheffield Square, McCabe Hall, Sanctuary Hall and Sanctuary Townhomes on Wednesday, April 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About University Center Tour

The University Center is available to tour on Friday, April 6. This is an opportunity to see a University Center unit. For more information, view the tours page.

If you have specific questions regarding room selection, please contact our offices at (773) 325-7196.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to attend room selection?

No. There is no charge for completing the 2018-2019 online housing agreement via Housing Connection and attending the in-person process to talk to a staff member. If you choose to be assigned to a unit during your appointment and later cancel your agreement after getting that assignment, then you would be responsible for any associated cancellation fees. ​

Why do I have to attend in person?

Housing Services offers a multiple-day, in-person room selection process. DePaul has many unique housing options and it is helpful for students to meet with housing staff members to review options and provide answers so that students can make the best decisions to meet their housing needs. However, we do provide a proxy option for those students who cannot attend their appointment time (see next question).

What is a proxy?

A proxy is a person authorized to act on your behalf. If you cannot attend your assigned room selection appointment, complete the proxy form and recruit a trusted friend to be your proxy. The proxy form will be included with your room selection folder delivered to your student mailbox. ​

What if I only want to live in a specific building, apartment or room?

It is OK to have a specific building or room preference in mind. However, if it is unavailable during your appointment you should be prepared with additional choices to increase your chances of living on campus next year. We recommend choosing at least three building/room types prior to your room selection appointment. Please keep in mind that during room selection only Centennial, McCabe and Sanctuary halls, Courtside Apartments, Sanctuary Townhomes and Sheffield Square are available; some rooms in traditional halls are available but are typically single occupancy. Take advantage of our resources to familiarize yourself with housing options. View the floor plans on our webpage​​ or attend the Lincoln Park open house or University Center tour. ​

Do I need to choose a meal plan at room selection?

Meal plans are required for all Lincoln Park residents and for University Center suite-style residents. You will be assigned the minimum required meal plan for your unit type but can always upgrade later. Read more about meal plan options​​. ​

When do I choose my roommates?

Do not worry about specifying roommate preferences on the agreement. You have the option to choose your roommates during the in-person room selection process. You and your preferred roommate(s) will have the option of attending the earliest appointment time and selecting a unit together. Please remember that each of you need to submit a housing agreement and be assigned a room selection code. If schedules conflict, you have the option to send in a signed proxy form. Information about the proxy form, appointment time, choosing roommates and dining plans will be in your room selection packet. Please know it is not required to have roommates to participate in room selection.

If you are searching for a roommate to live with, you are able to use the roommate matching tool in the Housing Connection portal. Visit the roommate matching section to search for potential roommates. ​

Will my financial aid cover housing costs?

It may. You should contact the Office of Financial Aid​ to determine your award amount and ensure that your financial aid has been approved and will be enough to cover housing and meal plan costs. If you are depending on financial aid to assist with campus housing, be aware that should you cancel after being confirmed for a space, fees will be applied to your student financial account. A lesser-than-anticipated financial aid package will not negate the cancellation fee. ​