University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu

Returner Sign-Up 2015

Are you planning to live on campus again next year?

We'd absolutely love to have you back! Over the past year, we've streamlined and simplified the Returner Sign-Up process in an effort to reduce stress and accommodate your busy schedule. 

Everything you need to know about how to return to on-campus housing for the 2018-19 academic year can be found below. It is now a straightforward, three-step process.


Step 1: Submit a contract
You may now submit your housing contract anytime between 8 a.m. on February 1 and 5 p.m. on March 1.

Step 2: Choose your roommate(s)
You may participate in the roommate matching period, if desired, between 8 a.m. on March 5 and 5 p.m. on March 9.

Step 3: Choose your room
You will be provided a day and time to select your room during the room selection process, which will take place between 8 a.m. on March 12 and 5 p.m. on March 30.

Here are the specific details for each step:

Step 1: Submitting a contract

  • Begin the sign-up process by submitting an online contractYou may submit a contract anytime between 8 a.m on Thursday, February 1 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The date and time you submit your contract will have no impact on where you fall in line to select a room. 

  • At the end of the contract submission period, you will be assigned a priority number. Your priority number will determine where you will fall in line to select a room. Priority numbers will be assigned according to the number of credit hours you have earned. Students with the highest number of earned credit hours will select rooms first. Any ties between students will be broken by randomization. For example, if ten students have earned 54 credit hours, the software platform used for room assignments will randomly sort those students and assign priority numbers accordingly. 

  • Submitting your contract by 5 p.m. on March 1 ensures you will be able to participate in the roommate matching period and room selection process.

  • You will receive an email that explains how to participate in the roommate matching period on Monday, March 5.

  • You will recieve an email that tells you both your priority number and the day and time you will be able to select a room on Friday, March 9.

Step 2: Choosing your roommate(s)

  • On March 5, you will receive an email that explains how to participate in the roommate matching period. 

  • The roommate matching period will last from 8 a.m. on Monday, March 5 until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

  • Roommate matching is optional; you may choose to not participate if you do not have a preferred roommate.

  • Benefits of roommate matching include establishing your preferred roommate(s), and allowing the member of your pair or group with the lowest assigned priority number to select a room for your group as a whole, increasing the likelihood of obtaining a space large enough to accommodate everyone in your group.

  • It is important to note, however, that your pair or group will only be able to select from rooms for which every member of the group is eligible. For example: if one member of your pair is a member of the Honors College, and one is not, you will not be able to select the Honors College Living Learning Community in Oak View Hall. As another example: if three members of your group are juniors and 20 years old, but one member is a sophomore and only 19 years old, you will not be able to select an apartment in the Ann V. Nicholson or Matthews Apartments.

  • Roommate matching must be done in accordance with established guidelines. We recommend reviewing these guidelines carefully before the period begins so you are prepared and informed.

Step 3: Choosing your room

  • On March 9, you will receive an email containing your designated priority number and the date and time you are eligible to select a room.

  • During your designated time, you will log in to the My Housing portal, and follow the steps shown below to choose your room.

    1. If you did not choose a roommate during the roommate matching period, but have someone you would like to room with, you may do the following: from the navigation menu on the top of the page, choose Room Selection, then Roommate SelectionEnter your preferred roommate's information, then click on Request Student as Roommate. You may request up to three roommates. Roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure that the people you request also request YOU when they select their rooms.

    2. From the navigation menu on the top of the page, choose Room Selection, then Select a Room/Suite.

    3. The rooms that are available to you will be listed under the List of Available Rooms.

    4. Select your room by clicking Select Room next to your room of choice. 


Finally, some FAQs:

I understand that priority numbers are assigned by credit hours earned. Does this mean the number of credits I have NOW, or the number I will have at the end of the winter semester? 

Priority numbers are assigned based on the number of credit hours you have earned as of the day you submit your contract.

Who can live in which buildings?

Hamlin Hall, Hill House and Van Wagoner House are dedicated to freshmen only. Oak View Hall is dedicated to Honors College students only. Vandenberg Hall and Hillcrest Hall are dedicated to upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors and seniors) only. Matthews and Nicholson Apartments are dedicated to students who are 20 years old (by March 30 in the year they apply) and junior status (56 credits) or above only. Please note: Fitzgerald House will no longer be used for university housing after this semester.

Will single rooms be offered next year?

Due to the high demand for on-campus housing at OU, we cannot guarantee that single rooms will be available. Students who would like to request single rooms for academic, personal, health-related or disability-related reasons should begin that process by meeting and registering with Disability Support Services.

How should I indicate that I would like to live in a Living Learning Community?

  • Honors College Living Learning Community (Oak View Hall)
    If you are a member of the Honors College, you are eligible for this living learning community. If you would like to be a part of it, select a room in Oak View Hall during room selection, if available. Please note that space is limited.

  • Elementary Education Living Learning Community (Hillcrest Hall)
    If you are a pre-elementary education or elementary education major, you are eligible for this living learning community. If you would like to be a part of it, select a room on floor 1 of Hillcrest Hall during room selection, if available. Please note that space is limited.

Do I have to choose a meal plan?
All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan. You will receive an email in April asking you to select your preferred meal plan. Apartment residents are not required to choose a plan, but may purchase a voluntary meal plan, if desired.

What is included in the cost of housing?
The room and board rate includes an all-you-care-to-eat meal plan (residence halls only), cable television, utilities, and wireless Internet access service (all student rooms).

Still have questions?

Please let us know. You may contact the University Housing Office at (248) 370-3570 or by stopping by 448 Hamlin Hall 8 a.m.- 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. You may also ask your Residence Director or Graduate Residence Director for assistance.

Please note that social media platforms are not recommended for questions on this process.