Room Selection Process

Fall 2019 housing assignments and roommate information are posted in your housing portal. Room Selection for 2020-2021 housing assignments will begin in Spring 2020!

Check the Room Selection timeline for the most updated information, reminders and dates. 

Room selection occurs in Spring 2020 for 2020-2020 Housing Assignments, and is a simple process through our housing portal ( Apply for the type of housing you want, make sure you have paid your Fall registration deposit, mutually match with your desired roommates, and then in April get a group Room Selection date and time for the housing type(s) requested. 

  • Step 1 - submit your housing agreement and room-type applications
    • ILS House applications are through a separate process and will be due March 4, 2020.
    • Special housing applications for Crossroads (International Center) are available in the housing portal after submitting your Housing Agreement and are due March 4, 2020.
    • Off-campus housing applications are due March 20, 2020. You must also complete all steps below if you do not meet one of the automatic qualifiers.
    • Housing Accommodation forms are due March 20, 2020 for fullest ability to meet accommodation needs. You must also complete all steps below.
  • Step 2 - pay your $500 fall registration and make sure there are no holds on your student account.
    • You must pay your Fall 2020 Registration deposit ($500) and have no holds on your student account in order to be eligible for Room Selection. Please contact the Student Accounts office if you need more information about this payment/your student account.
    • Note: This is NOT a housing fee. This is the course registration deposit you pay each spring that indicates your intention to return to Gustavus in the fall.
  • Step 3 – Make your plan!
    • Review all the housing options for your roommate groups (four, three, or two-person units). Be realistic in your planning -- four-person apartments and triples will be selected primarily by rising Seniors, those who will be Sophomores next year should research your options for double rooms.
    • Confirm your class year as well - time slots are assigned by a random ranking by class year (so in your profile, if it says '23 next to your name, you will be ranked with all students in the class of 2023). Connect with the Registrar's office if you believe your displayed class year does not reflect your credits. Residential Life cannot alter your designated class year.
    • You can view photos and detailed floor plans on the Residential Life web page:
  • Step 4 – Assemble Group and Roommate Matching
    • After submitting the Housing Application, students should log into Housing Portal, go to Room Selection, and choose Roommates/Suitemates and assemble in groups depending on desired housing type. You will only be able to search for roommates who have submitted for the same housing type. Don’t wait to match - start talking to your friends/peers about next year and go to the housing portal to search for and request roommates. All roommate groups/pairs must be finalized in advance of the room selection, if you do not have a fully-matched roommate group that matches the housing type you are requesting (if you only have 2 mutually matched roommates, you will not be able to select a four-person unit, and will forfeit your assigned time slot).
    • Please check your roommate profile - if you already have a matched roommate pair/group, please set your profile to private so you do not continue to come up in roommate searches of those still looking for a roommate.
  • Step 5 – Receive your room selection time slot
    • See full timeline for opening dates for each housing type.
    • You will receive your selection time at least one day before the housing type you are trying to select. Anyone in your roommate group can make the housing selection at that time - make sure one of your group is available and knows your ranking of choices. The selection portal will be accessible 5pm-10pm and your selection time will be within those hours on the day of your selection.
  • Step 6 – Room Selection
    • Your roommate group/pairing will be assigned a time slot (posted to the housing portal) at least one day before the room selection for the type of housing that you applied to select. At your allotted date and time between 5pm-10pm, you (or any one of your paired roommates/roommate group) will have four minutes to select and confirm a housing selection for your group until the next time slot opens. You must fill the entire room/apartment at this time. Groups that do not meet the required group size will not be able to select spaces they cannot fully fill. If all available housing units of that type get filled, you will receive a new time slot for the next housing type selection process with time to regroup your roommate pairings (or once all posted units are filled, you will be placed in a housing assignment over the summer).
    • Please visit for the most updated information about the room selection process and timeline.
  • Specific info about halls and housing rates are located here
  • If you have questions, please contact the Residential Life office - in person the Jackson Campus Center lower level, suite 105, via e-mail at, or by phone at 507-933-7529.
  • ROOM SELECTION OFFICE HOURS - Residential Life will have daily office hours in March and April, stop by to speak with Assistant Director of Residential Life, Danny Sandberg, who is responsible for housing operations and room assignments.

Housing Types

Room Selection - Housing/Room Types

Apartments, Suites & Quads

Four-Person Apartments and Suites

Four-person units are available in Arbor View Apartments, Chapel View Townhomes, College View Apartments, Southwest Hall suites, Southwest Hall apartments, and Uhler Hall Quads.

College View apartments, Arbor View apartments and Southwest apartments are designed as four-person units consisting of two double bedrooms.

Chapel View Townhomes consist of four single bedrooms per unit.

Southwest Suites consist of four single rooms around a common living space (no full kitchen). At the time a Southwest Suite is selected, the individual room assignment of each student must be indicated (i.e. 216A, 216B, 216C, 216D).

Uhler Quads: A limited number of four-person units are available in Uhler Hall.

Groups attempting to select a four-person unit MUST have matched in the housing portal with the correct number of roommates all of the same gender. Groups selecting for four-person units will receive a selection time slot in order of seniority (randomly assigned by class year) - with seniors having the highest numbers. Example: Groups of four seniors have priority over a group of four juniors, etc.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at:



Triples (three-person units) are available in Uhler Hall, and 1-2 units may be available in Rundstrom Hall.

Triples require three students of the same gender. Full groups (matched roommate groups - via your housing portal) are required to be able to select a triple. Use the Room Selection Tab in your housing portal to search for Roommates/Suitemates (search by first or last name, or by email). You can also search by a number of other criteria per your preferences.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at:


Single rooms

A very limited number of single rooms may be available in Gibbs or Southwest Halls. The Southwest 'singles' are individual bedrooms in suite-style spaces with shared bathrooms but will NOT be selected as suites. The number of available singles is impacted by the needs for special housing accommodations, so these might not be an option during room selection.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at:


Double rooms

Doubles/two-person require two students of the same gender. Available in the following buildings:

Your roommate pairing must be confirmed in your housing portal before you will be able to select a room. Use the Room Selection Tab in your housing portal to search for Roommates/Suitemates (search by first or last name, or by email). You can also search by a number of other criteria per your preferences.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at:

Off-Campus Housing

Though Gustavus is a fully residential institution, a very small number of students are granted permission to live off-campus because of automatic qualifiers in our residency policy.

Please review the Off-Campus Housing Process for more information. 

The off-campus application deadline for 2020-2021 off campus housing is March 20, 2020, via the application in the housing portal. Those who do not meet one of the automatic qualifiers for off-campus housing are applying only to be wait-listed. The wait list is only activated if all on-campus housing for the following academic year is filled by incoming and returning students, so off-campus applicants must participate in the full room selection process and find out over the summer if there is an option to be released for off-campus housing.

Studying Abroad, Student Teaching or Internship away from campus

  • Those who will be studying abroad or on off-campus college programs in the Spring of the following academic year (including student teaching or having an internship away from St.Peter) must participate in room selection for the Fall that they be on campus. 
  • Those who will be away for the Fall semester should not complete Room Selection, but rather will be contacted in January/Spring about their returning housing options. If you know of someone abroad in the Spring where the group would like you to take that space when you return, you can notify Residential Life at
  • Those students who wish to apply to live off-campus upon their return to Gustavus for January Interim or Spring Semester must participate in the off-campus application process described previously.

Gender and Housing

  • The housing available in the Arbor View Apartments, Chapel View Townhomes, College View Apartments, and Southwest Suites is open to any 4-person roommate group regardless of gender/gender identity. Groups attempting to select a four-person unit must have all mutually matched in the Roommates/Suitemates section. Selection time slots are based on group ranking by class year.
  • Those who identify as transgender or non-binary who wish to discuss housing options can contact the Residential Life office any time - we will find the most reasonable and comfortable housing situation for the individual, regardless of the identifying gender of potential roommates.

Intentional Learning and Service Housing Options

  • Crossroads Program Selection Process
    • Crossroads housing is available in the International Center, and has a separate housing application process through the housing portal - applications will be available in the Spring.
  • ILS Core Value Houses
    • ILS Core Value Houses have a separate housing application process. Applications will be available in the Spring.
  • Swedish House
    • The Swedish House is an ILS program that can house 10 residents in a "house" connected to the Carlson International Center. Information about the house can be obtained by contacting Dr. Glenn Kranking at Applications will be available in the Spring.

International Student/Transfer Roommates

Students who are interested in living with international or transfer students who are new to the campus for fall semester can indicate their interest on their Housing Agreement in the online housing portal during room selection. You will be contacted by Residential Life if there is an available pairing.