Prospective Students - FAQs

Q: How do I apply for housing?

A: Admissions informs first-year and transfer students if a student is accepted as a resident or commuter student. If accepted as a resident student information on how to access the online housing application is provided by Admissions. New resident students should monitor their FSU student email for information related to housing assignments.

Q. Are there preferences I can request on the housing application as a first-year student?

A: FSU primarily assigns new students to housing using an Academic Affinity Strategy. First-year students may request preferences for the Freshman Honors Floor (Corinne Hall Towers and only Honors students are eligible), Quiet Floor (Larned Hall), Gender-Inclusive Housing (most halls), full academic year vacation housing (Linsley Hall) or West Hall (with private bathrooms). It is important to note that these floors/areas have limited space and requests for preferences are not guaranteed. First-year students are not able to request specific halls or roommates.


Q: Where do first-year students live?

A: First-year students are assigned to live in all halls with the exception of North Hall. We purposely arrange for first-year and returning students to live as neighbors, which allows upper-class students to serve as unofficial mentors to first-year students. This also mirrors the social dynamics of student interactions in campus clubs, organizations, athletic teams, etc.  


Q: Can I pick my roommate as a first-year student?

A: Because of the priority we place on Academic Affinity Housing, we do not accept hall-specific roommate requests from first-year students. This academic affinity assignment strategy is designed to support academic engagement, foster learning-based communities, and support student success. Returning upper-class residents have the opportunity to make choices about roommates and hall through the returning resident Room Selection Process.


Q: Is there a housing personality survey I fill out to match me with my roommate?

A: We do not use such a personality matching survey. Research in professional literature indicates that the use of “matching surveys” do not provide any significant correlation with roommate satisfaction.  


Q: Are students guaranteed housing at FSU?

A: Admissions accepts students with resident or commuter standing. As long as a returning resident student pays the housing reservation deposit by the deadline (typically the week before spring break in mid-March), and remains a resident in good financial, social, and academic standing, housing is guaranteed year to year.


Q: Are single rooms available?

A: Given the very limited number of single rooms available, first-year students are generally not assigned to single rooms. Most single rooms are selected through the returning student room selection process on a seniority basis.


Q: When will I find out who my roommate is?

A: By early August, you will receive an email with your housing assignment, move-in information, and information about your roommate(s).