Students have the option of selecting their roommate(s) or receiving a random roommate. If you would like to find a roommate, there are a number of ways to do it; social media, during an on campus visit, or by using the Housing & Residential Life roommate search program. The program is inside the housing portal, My UAHome, as part of your housing application. All students will fill out the Student Profile Questionnaire, even if you don’t want to use the Roommate Tools search function. Then it is up to you if you want to reach out to others through the system. You will have to request your roommate through the system and your roommate must accept in order for the system to allow it.

Key Deadlines

March 1 Roommate Search opens in your housing application
Mid-May Roommates must be selected and mutually approved BEFORE you pick a room
July 1 Roommate Search closes at end of day


How do I search for or find a roommate?
  • If you already know who you want as your roommate/suitemate, you will need to know each others' housing portal "screen names" in order to submit a roommate request.
  • If you want to find a roommate/suitemate, you will be able to use the roommate search tools to find others with whom you might be compatible and you can correspond with them directly through the housing portal.
  • Even if you don’t want to choose your roommate, you will still need to fill out the Student Profile Questionnaire.
How will the roommate process work?
  • If you are in the "Student Picks" Group (applied by April 1), the first person to go into Room Selection will pull their roommate(s) into the room with them. You will need to look for a room that has enough open beds.
  • If you are in the "Housing Picks" Group (applied after April 1) and have a roommate who is in the Student Picks Group (applied by April 1), your roommate will pull you into a hall and room when they go into Room Selection.
  • If you are in the "Houisng Picks" Group (applied after April 1), we will try to accommodate your roommate request by placing you in a hall/room that will accommodate all roommates, based on availability.
  • Roommate Tools are based on the idea of "groups."
    • Once you have a confirmed roommate request with another student, the two of you are in a "roommate group." Anyone in a roommate group can search for and request another student as a roommate. If that person accepts, they will then be a part of the roommate group.
    • Roommate groups should be limited to no more than four (4) people, including you. There are no room/suite types in campus housing that can accommodate more than four students.
    • There will always be someone in the roommate group designated as the "Group Leader." It really doesn't matter who the group leader is. The only time it matters is if the leader wishes to leave the group. If the leader wishes to do so, they will have to ‘pass’ leadership of the group to another member of the group before they will be able to leave the group.
I’m looking at a triple/quad/suite. Can I choose all of my roommates?

Yes, the system will allow you to choose up to three (3) other roommates, for a total of four (4) people in your room.

Do I have to request a roommate?

No. About half our students request a roommate and half opt for a random roommate. Statistics show there is no difference in compatibility and happiness between the two options. It is up to you. All students are required to complete the Student Profile Questionnaire.

What should I discuss with my future roommate?

Once you know who are going to be rooming with, here are some things you might want to talk about before you arrive on campus:

  • What items will you share and who will bring them (TV, microwave, video game system, etc.)?
  • Do you want to purchase additional services and split the cost (bottled water, refrigerator rental, etc.)?
  • Do you have any dietary concerns you need to discuss before you arrive?
  • Review the roommate agreement and discuss before you arrive on campus.