Finding a Roommate

Newly admitted students are encouraged to use the UW Facebook Roommate Finder App. Instructions to sign up should be provided by the Office of Admissions in their email communications with you.

You may search for roommates using HFS's Undergraduate Roommate Finder Forum.

If you are a member of the Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) or Ally community, you may search for roommates via the Q Center's Queer-Positive Roommate Forum.

Requesting a Specific Roommate

You may request a specific roommate on your application. Your request will be accommodated if:

  • Both residents are of the same gender*;
  • Both applications have concurring information;
  • Both applications are submitted at approximately the same time; and,
  • Space is available.

*Students who request 9-month housing in a gender-neutral room will be assigned with another student who has requested the same, in a double room with private bath. Additionally, apartments in the Graduate Student areas of Mercer Court (D and E) are designated as same-gender or mixed-gender.

We will make every effort to assign mutually requested roommates together. Sometimes we can’t, though, for various reasons, for example: 

  • If the requested roommates have expressed different housing preferences or one of them isn’t eligible for a particular area 
  • If the requested roommates have different assignment priority 
  • If by the time the requested roommates are assigned we don’t have any rooms that can accommodate them

If you have two roommate requests and all three of you apply by May 12, you will have a higher priority for being assigned together as roommates in a west campus triple.

Please Note

You will be asked to enter your requested roommate’s UW student number on the application in order to make your request. Entering any other information will cause the application system to reject your request. Our ability to assign roommates together is limited by room availability.

If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned one by the Student Services Office. Your responses to the smoking question on the application will be taken into consideration when your roommate is assigned.

HFS assigns students based on the gender marker as it appears in the UW Student Database and cannot assign opposite sexes to the same room or apartment.

Except as required by law, assignments to University residence halls and other housing facilities provided for students are made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status.