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University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Roommate Matching Guidelines

Learn more about University Housing's process for assigning roommates below. If you have any questions, please call (248) 370-3570 or email housing@oakland.edu.

Incoming Freshmen

Please note:
Roommate matching for incoming freshmen will take place from 8 a.m. on June 1, 2019 through 5 p.m on June 30, 2019. Incoming freshmen will receive an email containing instructions on how to participate in roommate matching on May 21, 2019.

Roommate matching is not required. If you would prefer not to choose a roommate, you are welcome to not participate in this process. If you don't choose a roommate, we will assign one to you. If you would like to participate in roommate matching, please follow the instructions provided below.

How do I build a profile in My Housing?

  • Log in to My Housing, and from the My Housing Page, select Personal Information from the top navigation bar.
  • From there, select Roommate Profile. Choose your privacy preference, noting that setting your profile to private will exclude you from the advanced roommate search system. When you are excluded from advanced search, other students will have to know your name or email address to find you and select you as their roommate.

How do I search for a roommate in My Housing?

Simple Roommate Search (If you already know whom you would like to room with)

  • Log in to My Housing, and from the My Housing Page, select Room Selection from the top navigation bar.
  • Select Roommate.
  • Select the term (Fall 2019), then click Submit.
  • Scroll down to Simple Roommate Search.
  • Enter the name or email address of the student you would like to room with, and click Begin Search.
  • When their profile appears, click the Request This Student button under their name.
  • The person you add will be listed under Future Roommate Requests with the status Unmatched Roommates. The statement “You have an unmatched roommate group” will appear.
  • The student you have requested as a roommate must log in to their own My Housing page and accept you as their roommate. 
  • If you need to remove a requested roommate because they have failed to confirm the roommate match, click the Remove button. Your requested roommate MUST accept your request in order to have a matched roommate pair.

Advanced Roommate Search (If you would like to find someone to room with)

  • Log in to My Housing, and from the My Housing Page, select Room Selection from the top navigation bar.
  • Select Roommate.
  • Select the term (Fall 2019), and click Submit.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Roommate Search.
  • Choose the various filters you would like to use to refine your search, then click Begin Search.
  • Review the various profile options that appear. If you would like a larger number of options than what appears, you may wish to employ fewer filters.
  • When you find a roommate you would like to room with, click the Request This Student button under their name.
  • The person you add will be listed under Future Roommate Requests with the status Unmatched Roommates. The statement “You have an unmatched roommate group” will appear.
  • The student you have requested as a roommate must log in to their own My Housing page and accept you as their roommate. 
  • If you need to remove a requested roommate because they have failed to confirm the roommate match, click the Remove button. Your requested roommate MUST accept your request in order to have a matched roommate pair.

Please note the following critical points:

  • Anyone can add or remove a roommate request at any time during roommate matching until a room is actually selected, so it is important to regularly check your roommate status in the My Housing portal to make sure you still have a matched roommate pair. 
Current Students

How do I participate in roommate matching?

  • After submitting a housing contract online, and during the appropriate roommate matching period, log in to My Housing.
  • From the left-hand navigation menu, choose Room Selection, then Roommate Selection.
  • Add the first name, last name and OU email address of your preferred roommate. You may only choose one.
  • The person you have added will be listed under Future Roommate Requests with the status Unmatched Roommate. The statement “You have an unmatched roommate group” will appear.
  • The student you have requested as a roommate must log in to their own My Housing page and accept you as their roommate.
  • If you need to remove a requested roommate because they have failed to confirm the roommate match, click the Remove button. Your roommate MUST accept your request in order to have a matched roommate pair.

How do we select a room once we are all matched?

  • Students who have roommate matched will be able select their room during the appropriate room selection period (see here for more details).
  • The person in your matched pair with the lowest priority number may select a room for both people in the pair, as space permits, during their available room selection time. We recommend that both members of the pair be present during this time so that both may give input regarding location and who will be assigned to each room within a suite or apartment. If the person with the lowest number is not available during their assigned room selection time, they can log in any time after their assigned time. Alternately, the other person in the pair can select the room during their own assigned time.  

Please note the following critical points:

  • Anyone can add or remove a roommate request at any time during roommate matching until a room is actually selected, so it is important to regularly check your roommate status in the My Housing portal (especially right before your room selection time) to make sure you still have a matched roommate group.
  • The person who chooses the room for the pair will need to place each person in a specific bed/room within the suite/apartment. If a person chooses only a room for themselves during their assigned time the pair then becomes unmatched.  If that happens, the other half of the pair will need to remove the person who made the original selection from the group, then select a room.
  • Finally, do not participate in Roommate Matching with anyone you do not trust to choose a room for you. Room choices that are made by one person for both people in the matched pair are final. Changes will not be made to assignments until the first room change period in the fall.