Room Selection Process

The annual Room Selection Process is held in the Spring Semester and is the process whereby residents select their apartment and roommates for the following academic year.

If you plan to leave housing for any specified period of time, please notify the Office of Residence Life in advance regarding eligibility and procedures for obtaining housing upon your return.  If you plan to leave housing for any specified period of time due to an academic endeavor such as Study Abroad, please notify the Office of Residence Life in advance regarding eligibility and procedures for obtaining housing upon your return.  There will be no guarantee for obtaining a space upon return, but university will do its best to retain your space.

Room Selection Process

Only enrolled full-time undergraduate (12 credits) or graduate (nine credits) students of the University are eligible to live in University-sponsored housing.

Returning resident students seeking housing must fill out a Residence Life Agreement form together with a reservation deposit to the Office of Residence Life by the designated date. The advance payment is to reserve the student’s space and will be credited to the upcoming semester’s housing charges. The student agrees to pay housing fees and the damage deposit according to the University payment schedule. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the student’s space in the program.

The damage deposit will be refunded at the end of the contract period minus any outstanding damage, charges, or fines. Cancellation of your space after handing in a contract and deposit will result in the loss of the deposit. The deposit will be refunded if the student does not receive a space due to lack of availability.

All returning resident students are eligible for the room selection process in the spring semester for the upcoming academic year only if they have paid the reservation deposit and are in good standing. 

Housing Room Selection is completed in three steps:

Please see the Housing Selection Process (PDF). The guide will provide detailed information about housing selection, residential community options, frequently asked questions, important dates, housing intent and room change processes.

Please pay attention to deadlines and the requirements for current students to participate in the process.

We look forward to having you live with us again next year in St. John's University housing.

Step 1: $500 Online Deposit

Submit $500 Fall Continuing Housing Room Selection Deposit Online

Online deposits will be accepted starting Monday, January 12, 2015, until 3 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 6, 2015.

To make your deposit, your tuition account must be free and clear of balances at the time of deposit. Please review any outstanding financial or documentation requirements prior to the Room Selection Deposit period.

To make the online payment, log in to UIS. Once logged in, please select Menu > Student Account > Housing Application for Continuing Students.

You can make a credit card deposit over the phone to our customer service center at 718-990-2000. Your account will be reviewed for eligibility at that time.

Mailed checks must be made payable to "St. John's University." Please include the student ID number and "Fall Room Selection Deposit" in the memo line. Do not mail checks to the Massachusetts address.

Please mail your check to:

St. John's University
Office of Student Financial Services
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Housing deposits will not be accepted after 3 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 6, 2015. If you do not provide a deposit by the deadline (late or unable to pay by deadline), you will not be eligible to participate in Housing Selection Process but will be invited to participate in our Housing Intent Process. Sign up for the Post-Selection Housing Intent process begins Monday, March 16, 2015.

Important Note: All prior financial obligations, financial documentation requirements and Spring 2015 balances must be satisfied in order for a housing deposit to be accepted. Any attempt to pay a deposit with an outstanding balance or documentation issue will not be reflected as a housing deposit payment. Credits on student accounts from current or past semesters may not be used to satisfy a housing deposit for the Fall 2015 process. Please note that a housing deposit does not guarantee participation in the Housing Selection Process.

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Step 2: Online Application

Apply and Sign Agreement via Housing Portal

The application may only be submitted online via the SJU Housing Portal. The completed application will be due by 3 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 13, 2015.

If you have an active Fall 2015 housing deposit, you will receive access to the online housing application. During this step you will be required to complete your Housing Application, Housing Agreement, Student Profile, and Roommate Search Wizard. Please note housing eligibility is determined by a student's conduct history and academic GPA standing. The University requires our continuing students to have a 1.95 GPA or higher to continue in the process for housing.

If eligible to move forward in the process, your e-mail notification will contain details of your eligibility and next steps in the housing selection process. You will be notified of your eligibility to continue in the process via your SJU e-mail account by Tuesday, March 17, 2015, informing you if you have been selected or disqualified from moving forward in the Housing Selection Process. Students who have been disqualified from the housing selection process and have entered into a roommate request agreement should consider notifying potential roommates of their change in eligibility so that those students may search for other roommate options in the portal.

Do you need to confirm that you or your roommates have paid the $500 housing deposit? Or that your roommate(s) are eligible to move forward in the process? Beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2015, please see Housing Deposit Confirmation (below).

Important Note: Completion of Steps 1 and 2 does not guarantee a housing selection appointment or a housing assignment. Housing selection appointments and housing assignments are based on available spaces.

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Step 3: Selection Daze

Select Your Room, Roommates, and Meal Plan via Housing Portal

If you are eligible to participate in Step 3 you will receive your Housing Portal Lottery Appointment time. You must login to the Housing Portal on or after your scheduled appointment date and time to review the room search wizard for available spaces, select your room, select your roommate, and choose a meal plan (if applicable).

Important Note: Regarding housing availability and compatibility, continuing student housing spaces are limited and require review of every student requesting to continue to reside in University Housing. As a continuing student, you will have the opportunity to request roommates through our application process, so please begin to have honest conversations with classmates to identify a priority list of the communities in which you wish to live. Community living options are clustered by student classification and compatibility (sophomore buildings, Junior/Senior buildings, Graduate apartments, and Law apartments).

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Housing Deposit Confirmation

Do you need to confirm that you or your future roommates have paid the $500 Housing Deposit?

  • Available beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Residence Life posts this list of those who show an active payment of the $500 housing deposit for the Housing Selection Process. The list will remain available and updated periodically throughout the deposit and application deadlines.

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If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life.