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If having a specific person as a roommate is absolutely the most important factor in your assignment, be sure assignment preference lists are identical and "roommates" is number 1.

Learning Communities and Roommate Assignments

To be assigned to:

both roommates must be approved for the community and the assignment preferences of the pair must be identical.

To be assigned to:

one roommate can request a LC but both must list "roommate" as the first preference, to be assigned together in the LC.

There are important factors to consider before rank ordering assignment preferences on the application.

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 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 at least two options on the assignment preference list.

Room Type

Single and double occupancy rooms are the most common. Floor plans are available for each residence hall and apartment building in the Neighborhoods section of this website.

Roommates and RoomSync

Students meet each other and find prospective roommates in many different ways, 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.

RoomSync provides an opportunity to interact with other IU students looking for a roommate. It's an optional and free Facebook application supported by RPS. To use the RoomSync app use the passcode sent to your IU email account once you have completed the pre-requisite information on the housing application/contract.

Questions about using the RoomSync Facebook app, should be sent to

Roommate requests must be mutual, from members of the same gender and received by May 1, 2014. The requested roommate's IU network ID and full name are required to complete the housing application and contract. Roommate preferences may be added or changed on New Student Housing Contract and Application any time before May 1.

Other Assignment Considerations

Physical & Mobility Limitations

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, 2014. We may not be able to accommodate requests received after this date.

Food Allergies

Students with allergies or other dietary issues should also complete and submit the Food Allergy Form.


Support is available and we are committed to finding space that meets the needs of each individual. Contact the Assistant Director for Diversity Education at 812-855-1764 or This individual will work directly with the student and the assignment office to find an appropriate space.