Frequently Asked Questions
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Can an incoming freshman choose a roommate?
Yes. You can indicate a roommate preference on your housing/dining services application. If both individuals agree, we will try to accommodate the request. Both you and your potential roommate must submit online the other person’s seven-digit University ID (also known as the PeopleSoft number) on the online housing/dining services applications. We will do our best to accommodate any roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do so.
Can incoming freshmen select their residence hall?
Incoming freshmen can indicate the type of housing they prefer, for example, double, single, triple, or quad, and the building. Panther Central staff will do their best to accommodate any preferences you may have.
When do freshmen receive their housing assignments?
We generally mail a “notice of assignment” to students in July. This notice will include information on how to go online and view your new assignment and room number, as well as contact information for your roommate(s). The residence halls’ mailing addresses will be included as well.
Can I change my room selection?
If you would like to change your room assignment prior to moving into your housing accommodation, contact Panther Central. Room changes will be made on a first-requested basis and completed pending space availability. Once you have moved into your assigned accommodation, room changes will no longer be made. If you live in a residence hall and are having an issue with your roommate, contact your resident assistant to discuss the problem.
Who has a housing guarantee?
First-year fall-term freshmen admitted through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid are guaranteed on-campus housing. The guarantee is good for three years, provided you continue to meet housing application and deposit deadlines in each subsequent year.
Who does not have a guarantee?
Fourth-year students (seniors) are not guaranteed on-campus housing. Other nonguaranteed students are transfer students, branch campus students, current students who live off campus, dental hygiene students, College of General Studies students, graduate students, and any students who did not meet the current or previous years’ housing application and deposit deadlines.
What options does a nonguaranteed student have?
- The waiting list. Contact Panther Central to request a housing contract. We will add your name to the waiting list in the order that your housing contract is received.
- Off-Campus Living provides students with the necessary information and tools to successfully reside in off-campus accommodations, including a Renters' Guide, apartment listings, roommate and subletting service, as well as other useful tips and contact information to assist you in your role as tenant. Stop in our offices at 127 North Bellefield Avenue, or give us a call at 412-624-6998.
When are wait-listed students notified of housing?
Wait-listed students are contacted as soon as housing is available to them. Usually we are able to begin making phone calls and/or assignments in July. Wait-listed students who are assigned to a University accommodation will receive a “notice of assignment” after an assignment has been made.
Is there a chance wait-listed students will not receive
Yes. We recommend that all wait-listed students pursue all of their options and seek off-campus housing as well as remaining on the wait list for University housing. While we cannot guarantee that a wait-listed student will obtain University housing, this allows a student to access all options and make an educated decision concerning housing.
When can I check my wait-list status?
Panther Central usually has a wait list available as early as June.
How is wait-listed status determined?
Students who do not currently live on campus are added to the wait list in the order that we received their contracts.
If a wait-listed student finds off-campus accommodations,
will the deposit be refunded?
Yes. Fill out a cancellation form as soon as you no longer desire on-campus housing, and we will refund your deposit. If you reject on-campus housing when it is offered, fill out a cancellation form, and we will refund your deposit. If you accept housing, but then later decline it, you will forfeit your deposit.
they obtain on-campus housing, can wait-listed students obtain a guarantee
for next year?
No. Nonguaranteed students can never receive a guarantee. Once they are living on campus, they will receive future housing materials before incoming students.