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First Year students who have been admitted and confirmed to Ball State University for the 24-25 Academic Year will be able to apply for on-campus housing through the Ball State Housing Portal. We highly encourage students to complete their Housing Application (answer all questions, pay the housing deposit, and sign the contract) as early as possible as it will be in their benefit come time for Self-Selection.

First Year Self-Selection is when incoming students are eligible to choose their own bed space in the residence hall with the Living-Learning Community that correlates with the major they've declared through the University.

Please read through the information below for details and valuable information on the First Year Self-Selection process. 

Housing Applications for AY 24-25

First-Year students who have been admitted and confirmed to the University for the 24-25 Academic Year can begin applying for on-campus housing on the Housing Portal on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

Students who have confirmed their offer of admissions to the University will be sent information via email to their Ball State Outlook account on how to apply for on-campus housing.

The housing portal is secured and requires Ball State log-in information (provided once admitted to the University) for access.

IMPORTANT: If you have just confirmed your admissions to Ball State, please allow two business days to apply to live in the residence halls as our housing system will update your information.

Timeline for First Year Self-Selection

Incoming first-year students who have been admitted and confirmed to the University for the 24-25 Academic Year can begin applying for on-campus housing on November 29, 2023, through the Ball State Housing Portal. We highly encourage students to complete their Housing Application (answer all questions, pay the housing deposit, and sign the contract) as soon as possible.

APPLY FOR HOUSING


How First-Year students can apply for housing on the portal:

  1. Go the housing website (www.bsu.edu/campuslife/housing/apply-for-housing) and navigate to the button that says, “visit the housing portal.”  
  2. Students will need to log-in to the housing portal with their BSU ID and password.  
    • Students receive their BSU ID and password once confirmed to the University. They can access this information on their Cardinal Landing Portal. If unsure where to access this information, please contact the Office of Admissions.  
    • Students will need the Duo Mobile app set up as it will become extremely necessary to access many Ball State accounts. BSU’s IT department provides guidance on how to set up Duo Mobile.
  3. Once on the housing portal, go to the top red navigation bar and click on “Residence Halls.”  
  4. Next, go to the Academic Year (AY) 24-25 contract and click “APPLY.” 
  5. The next page will officially begin the housing contract. 
  6. Students will select their meal plan, agree to the terms and conditions, fill out necessary information, pay the housing deposit, and sign the contract.
  7. Once the contract is signed, hit “save and continue” the application will be considered complete!

Once complete and at the stopping point, there won’t be any “action items” until March 13, 2024, when students can begin to search for and request a roommate on the housing portal.

Starting March 13, 2024, incoming first-year students with completed Housing Contracts can begin to submit their preferred roommate requests or search for a roommate on the Housing Portal. We highly encourage students to find a roommate prior to selecting their bedspace.

Please keep in mind that it is important for students to discuss their housing options (based on the hall with their LLC), and come to a mutual decision on where they will live. Friday, July 19, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. is the last day that students can make any roommate requests for the 24-25 Academic Year. Our office does our best to accommodate roommate requests, however, any requests that come in after the deadline will not be honored.

The Office of Disability Services and the Office of Housing and Residence Life work closely together to help students with special accommodations/needs.

For students with special accommodations/needs, please first reach out to the Office of Disability Services with your request/need. Housing accommodation requests for the 24-25 Academic Year need to be made to the Office of Disability Services by Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

The Office of Disability Services will then coordinate with our office regarding individual student's needs and accommodation requirements.

Contact Disability Services

In June 2024 students will receive an email via their Ball State email address notifying them that they’ve been assigned a date and time, also known as a timeslot, to choose their bedspace for the upcoming academic year. Please keep in mind that the Self-Selection timeslots are based on several criteria, one primarily being the date the $125 housing deposit (in the housing application) has been paid. 

On this date, incoming first-year students living on campus that have been admitted and confirmed to the University will be able to select their bed space in the residence hall with the Living-Learning Community that correlates with the major they've declared through the University. 

Prior to this date, students should have received an email via their Ball State email address notifying them of their assigned date and time, also known as a timeslot, to log in and select their housing accommodations for the upcoming year.

Please keep in mind that the Self-Selection timeslots and building availability are based on several criteria, one primarily being the date students pay their $125 housing deposit (in the housing application).

This is the last day for students to verify a roommate, select their own room, as well as make any changes to their Fall meal plans for the upcoming Academic Year. Requests or changes to meal plans can be made directly on the Housing Portal by revisiting the Housing Application.

Changes or requests after this date cannot be honored.

VISIT THE HOUSING PORTAL

Finding and Verifying a Roommate

Students are highly encouraged to search for and verify a roommate prior to selecting their bedspace during Self-Selection.

Please allot plenty of time to complete the request and verification process. Going through the roommate request/verification process earlier will guarantee that the two students will automatically be grouped together once it comes time to select their space in our residence halls. 

Students can absolutely live with others in a different Living-Learning Community. The roommate pairing will need to discuss their living options and decide which Living-Learning Community they would rather live in prior to their time to choose their room during Self-Selection.

During Self-Selection, students who do not choose their own roommate will only be able to see rooms with one side/bed space available. Please keep in mind that this could mean another person would eventually put themselves in the other available bespace in the room, or a student would end up selecting a room with another person already occupying the other bedspace. 

On the Online Housing Portal, inside the housing application, students are able to search for other students to potentially become roommates!

There are three ways to search for a roommate:

  • By using a person's specific PIN number
  • By seeing others answers to profile questions
  • By seeing suggested students in their same field of study

Want more information? Learn how to search for, request, and verify a roommate by visiting our roommates page.

Roommates Page

Self-Selection Info and FAQs

The Office of Disability Services and the Office of Housing and Residence Life work closely together to help students with special accommodations/needs.

For students with special accommodations/needs, please first reach out to the Office of Disability Services with your request/need. Housing accommodation requests for the 24-25 Academic Year need to be made to the Office of Disability Services by Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

The Office of Disability Services will then coordinate with our office regarding individual student's needs and accommodation requirements.

Contact Disability Services

Undecided students/general studies majors will be able to see come Self-Selection time, Baker/Klipple Hall in Noyer Complex as well as other designated areas as necessary. 
Absolutely! Students should search for, request, and verify their own roommate. We highly encourage students to have a roommate verified before selecting a bed space.

Students should utilize the roommate search options on the housing portal to help identify potential students also looking for roommates. Please visit our roommates page to learn the specifics on how to search for a roommate, how to request a roommate, and the confirmation process.

    Students can also change their previously selected roommate by going back to the initial roommate request page on the online housing portal and “cancel” the pairing. Students who are planning to do this need to be aware that the other person will receive an email that the cancellation has been made.   

    If this happens during the Self-Selection timeframe (see timeline above) a student has already selected a space with their roommate, they will need to manually go into the online housing portal and remove themselves from the initially selected bed space. They will NOT be able to remove their roommate from their room/bedspace. They will only be able to remove themselves from any spaces and/or search and swap for another bed space.

    Learn more about finding a roommate.

    Essentially, the earlier someone commits to attending the University, completes their housing contract, and pays their housing deposit, means that they are committed and serious about attending Ball State University. Thus, securing an earlier assigned timeslot to select their space on-campus. Housing Applications for the 24-25 Academic Year opened for submissions on Wednesday, November 29, 2024.
    Essentially, the earlier someone commits to attending the University, completes their housing contract, and pays their housing deposit, means that they are committed and serious about attending Ball State University. Thus, securing an earlier assigned timeslot to select their space on-campus. Please keep in mind that students were able to begin submitting applications on Wednesday, November 29, 2024.
    Previously, Honors College students could ONLY live in DeHority with a roommate also in the Honors College – but that is no longer the case! Honors college students can: 
    • Live in the Honors LLC. 
    • Live in the Building with the LLC that correlates with the major they've declared through the University. 
    • Live in their roommate's LLC if they are verified.
    Each residence hall has a certain number of rooms and bedspaces within their building. There are several factors that influence available space in the residence halls such as the number of returners, those with roommates, paid housing deposit date, etc. Additionally, there’s always a fluctuation of the number of students enrolled in certain majors in the incoming classes. Based on availability of space in the buildings at the point in time that students can log-in to the online housing portal and view bed spaces, there may be additional residence halls that traditionally do not have assigned Living-Learning Communities that will be designated as additional spaces for specific LLCs so students can still live amongst those within the same field of study.
    Each residence hall has a certain number of bedspaces within the building. Based on availability of space in the buildings at the point in time that students can log-in to the online housing portal and view bed spaces, there may be additional residence halls that traditionally do not have assigned Living-Learning Communities that will be designated as additional spaces for specific LLCs so students can still live amongst those within the same field of study. 
    There are several ways to find a roommate and we highly encourage students to find and verify their own roommate. 

    However, students without a roommate come their time for Self-Selection will see half spaces in the building with their Living-Learning Community (if available), will be able to select a bedspace, and then will see detailed profiles of the other human occupying the second space in the room.

    Students have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2024, to continually search/swap spaces and confirm a roommate to live with. 
    Based on availability of space in the buildings at the point in time that students can log-in to the online housing portal and view bed spaces, there may be additional residence halls that traditionally do not have assigned Living-Learning Communities that will be designated as additional spaces for specific LLCs so students can still live amongst those within the same field of study. Only spaces that are truly available in the residence halls will appear/available to view on the online housing portal. 
    For students who do not take any action and select their bedspace within the residence hall, the Office of Housing and Residence life will then place them in an available bed space. At that point in time it will be very late in the Self-Selection timeline and will be no guarantee that the students’ building with their LLC will have availability. 
     
    Additionally, there are no waitlists for specific residence halls. Room change requests will be able to be submitted via the online housing portal starting the third week of the academic year. Room change requests will go through an official approval process with their building's Residential Learning Coordinator.

    Questions?

    If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.