We have several rooms designed for students with physical and/or mobility limitations and other special needs. To request assignment to a room that will accommodate individual physical needs, the Medical Verification Form must be completed by the student and attending physician and sent to RPS Assignments before May 1, 2013. We may not be able to accommodate requests received after this date.
Students with food allergies or other dietary issues should also complete and submit the Medical Verification Form.
Support is available to students with transgender needs. Staff are committed to finding space that meets the needs of each individual. Contact the Assistant Director for Diversity Education at 812-855-1764 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This individual will work directly with the student and the assignment office to find an appropriate space.
Even though new undergraduate students cannot request a specific residence hall, several options are available. There are key factors to consider before completing the online contract and application where assignment preferences are rank ordered.
Learning Communities (LC)
LCs offer a great start to college life and provide more opportunities for skill building, leadership development, and social interaction than other residential units. Twenty-one unique LCs are offered. Space is limited, and some require an additional application.
The residence halls are grouped together in geographical areas called neighborhoods. Most new undergraduate students live in the Central, Northwest, or Southeast neighborhoods. When selecting a neighborhood, consider the learning communities, amenities and costs. It is best to provide two options on the assignment preference list.
Single and double occupancy rooms are the most common. Floor plans are available in the descriptions of each residence hall and apartment building in the Neighborhoods section of this website.
Selecting a Roommate and RoomSync
Students use many different avenues to find other IU students and prospective roommates, i.e. friends from school or summer camps; people met during a campus visit; or those met on university Facebook pages. Not every student has a roommate preference and as many as 60% opt to go with a random roommate assignment. Yet for some the ability to select a roommate provides for a happier and more gratifying college experience.
To help students searching for a roommate, RoomSync is an optional and free Facebook application supported by RPS. RoomSync will be available in mid-February and it provides an opportunity to interact with other students while finding a future roommate. Students can only use the RoomSync app after obtaining a special passcode. The passcode will be sent to a student's IU email account once the pre-requisite information on the housing application/contract has been completed.
Once the housing and dining application/contract has been submitted, students may update roommate and other assignment preferences on the New Student Housing Contract and Application. Roommate requests must be mutual, from members of the same gender, and received by May 1, 2013. The requested roommate's IU network ID and full name are required to complete the housing application and contract.
To be assigned to one of the LCs requiring additional approval (Civic Leaders, Collins, Global Village, Fitness and Wellness, Foster International, Kelley, Honors, Media, Outdoor Adventure, and Women in Science, Technology ) both roommates must be approved for the community and the assignment preferences of the pair must be identical. In LCs that do not require additional approval, if one roommate requests a LC and the other does not, and both list "roommate" as the first preference, the pair will be assigned to the LC.
We don't guarantee that we can honor all roommate requests, so if having a specific person as a roommate is most important, be sure all assignment preferences match and list "roommates" first.