Here you can learn more about the housing process for the upcoming semester/academic year.
Wednesday July 8-Friday July 10, 2020
New Graduate: Wednesday July 8, 2020
New Staten Island: Wednesday July 8, 2020
Freshmen and Transfers: Monday July 13-Tuesday July 14, 2020
* Please note, for Spring 2021 students will be assigned to vacant spaces in housing based on the building and roommate questionnaire preferences listed in their housing application.
Your selected assignment is subject to change due to the city and state's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students registering for housing for Spring 2021 will be placed into housing based on the preferences indicated in their housing application.
Students will be required to submit a deposit by Friday, October 30, 2020. Once the deposit is on file, emails inviting the student to complete the appropriate application will begin sending at 8am each day. Applications must be completed by Friday, November 6, 2020. The Office of Residence Life will begin assigning students from the end of November into the first week of December.
Housing Placement Guidelines
Students will be placed into available spaces within the residence halls and apartments. All placements are based on availability. Students will be rank ordered for placement based on a formula that takes the student's GPA and multiplies it by the total number of credits earned to create a room placement priority score. Students are organized in order by this score and then assigned into housing based on the following factors:
Please note for the Spring 2021 academic year the following changes have occurred:
Roommate Matching (Students Entering for Spring 2021)
Students who are entering housing for the Spring 2021 semester are able to match with other students entering for the 2021 term at any time.
Roommate Matching (Students Entering for Spring 2021 wishing to be matched with students already in housing for Fall 2020)
Spring 2021 students will be able to match with students who are currently assigned to housing for Fall 2020 after November 9, 2020. In order for roommate matching to be successful across terms, students must select a roommate who has a vacant space in their bedroom. Roommate matching can only apply to a bedroom space, not a suite. A formal announcement will be sent to all Fall 2020 residents as well as those who with on-time deposits and applications for Spring 2021.
Spring 2021 Room Change Process
Once placements are completed in late November/early December, the Office of Residence Life will offer a room change period from December 7-18, 2020. Only students entering housing for Spring 2021 are eligible to participate. Room changes will not be permitted once the spring semester begins.
How do I get placed into a single room?
Students seeking single bedrooms can indicate their building and room preferences within their housing application. Single bedrooms (within suites or apartments) are our highest demand housing configuration. Students newly entering housing in Spring 2021 would be looking for a vacant space that exists within our current housing availability. The availability of particular spaces will be fluid, as students change their plans or may cancel their assignments. This may make additional room space options available to choose from. Students are encouraged to rank all of their preferences with consideration to the more readily available double room spaces.
How do I pair with a roommate already in housing for the fall?
Students entering housing for Spring 2021 will be able to match with students currently in housing for Fall 2020 after November 9, 2020. In order to match with a roommate who is currently in housing, that student must be living in a double with a vacancy at the time of placement. Roommate matching will be given first priority when the placement process begins. Students seeking to move into a specific suite, should list that building as their first choice.
What will happen to other vacant spaces in my suite/apartment?
The Spring 2021 assignment process will continue throughout December and January. Vacant spaces are subject to be filled. Please check the Housing Application summary during this time frame to see if new students have been assigned to your suite or apartment. An announcement with roommate contact information will be forthcoming in January prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester.
The information contained in the sections below will help to guide you through the housing selection process. Follow these steps to submit your deposit, complete your application, search for roommates, receive an appointment, and self-select your housing for next year.
Deadlines for submission are listed in the Housing Calendar.
Your student account must be free and clear of holds and balances. Please review any outstanding financial or documentation requirements prior to the selection period. Students on a payment plan may not deposit online. Please pay in person or call the Customer Service Center at 718-990-2000. Please be sure to specify the term you are depositing for with the representative on the phone.
Students interested in making their deposit online should log into the UIS system where they will be redirected to the Touchnet site to submit a deposit.
Follow this path to submit your deposit:
UIS>Student Menu>Student Accounts>Student Account Suite>Deposits/eDeposits>Select Term>Select Deposit Option
Due to a variety of factors including processing time and delivery delays, students are not encouraged to make their deposit with a check. If you choose to do, mailed checks must be made payable to "St. John's University." Please include the student's name and ID Number and the term for which you are making a housing deposit in the check's memo line.
DO NOT MAIL CHECKS TO THE MASSACHUSETTS ADDRESS.
DO NOT SUBMIT CHECKS TO THE OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE.
If you decide to submit your deposit via check, please mail it to:
Office of Student Financial Services
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439
If you do not provide a deposit by the deadline (late or unable to make payment), you will not be eligible to participate in the housing selection process; however, you will be invited to participate in our housing intent process.
Important Note: All prior financial obligations, financial documentation requirements, and previous balances must be satisfied in order for a housing deposit to be accepted. Any attempt to pay a deposit with an outstanding deposit 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 housing selection process.
Please note that the submission of a housing deposit does not guarantee participation in the housing selection process. Students who wish to have their housing deposit returned must submit requests by the deadline noted on the Housing Selection Calendar. Housing deposit refund requests received after the deadline will be declined, and the student will forfeit a refund of the $500 deposit.
Your deposit serves as a prepayment toward your housing bill for a given semester. This should not be confused with the $250 damage deposit, which is a separate fee assessed alongside your room and board costs. This damage deposit will remain on file for the entirety of the academic year. Upon vacating your space, your room will be assessed for damages, repairs will be made out of this damage deposit. Remaining balances are refunded to your student account in late June.
Once students have satisfied the appropriate housing deposit for a given term, they will receive access to the St. John's Housing Portal to complete the online housing application and agreement. Only eligible students will move on in the process to self-selection. Please note that once submitted, a deposit may require 1-2 business days for processing.
During this first visit to the portal, students are expected to complete their online housing application, student profile, and most importantly, sign their housing agreement.
To access the online housing application after satisfying the deposit: log into your MySJU account, click on the RES LIFE tab, and then click on the "Access Housing Portal" link.
Failure to complete this step can negatively impact roommate requests. Students who do not complete their application will have their incomplete application canceled. Those still interested in housing will be required to participate in the Housing Intent Process. Incomplete applicants have not agreed to the terms and conditions of the housing agreement and are eligible to continue on to the self-selection/placement process. You will receive an e-mail copy of your housing agreement once it is successfully completed. Please contact our office at 718-990-2417 with any questions you may have.
For more on this process, please review this brief video: How To Complete Your Housing Application
Students who have paid their deposit for housing selection and have completed their application by signing their agreement will receive notice via their St. John's e-mail account, informing them of their eligibility/housing appointment.
If you satisfied the housing deposit by the deadline and do not have access to the correct term within the online application or have not yet received an e-mail, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 718-990-2000 with proof of payment so that we may review your account.
The following conditions would make a student ineligible for the housing selection process:
Self-selection appointments will consist of a date and time at which the student will have access to the online housing portal in order to participate in the online self-selection process. Self-selection appointments will be sent to the student's St. John's e-mail address. See the Housing Selection Calendar for the official deadlines for this messaging.
In your first year at the University the date of the student's housing deposit will be used to determine their priority for self-selection.
Cumulative GPA x Credits Earned= Self-Selection Priority Number (i.e. 2.8 GPA x 33 Credit Hours = 92.4)
Cumulative grade point average is determined by the Office of the Registrar through earned academic credits upon completion of the fall semester. Reminder: students with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.95 at the completion of the fall term will not be eligible to participate. Credits earned are determined by academic credits earned through the Office of the Registrar at the completion of the fall term.
Law students are rank ordered for selection by the date of their deposit. Incoming law students (1L) will receive priority placement in the selection proces prior to April 1st. After that date, all other deposits will be arranged for selection in the order they were received.
The information in the following sections will further describe facets of the Housing Selection Process.
The self-selection process at St. John's University allows students to choose their immediate roommates within a bedroom. Students are not eligible to choose and place students to fill all of the bedrooms in an apartment or suite.
For example: students can pair together as roommates in the housing portal. This allows the student with the earliest appointment time to log into the portal, select a bedroom with the appropriate number of vacant beds, and then pull their approved roommates (with a later appointment time) into the bedroom space.
Students can only fill one bedroom at a time. Students are not able to place students into other rooms within a suite or apartment. Please review the Housing Selection Tutorial (PDF) for a screen by screen review of this process. You can also view these video tutorials:
How To Select A Room How To Select A Room With A Paired Roommate
If a student has no roommate preference or fails to use their appointment, the Office of Residence Life will assign roommates. Sometimes a student may have enough credits to move them into the next class year. Please note that students can only select roommates from the same class year. Please contact the Office of Residence Life if your surplus credits have advanced you into the next class year and we will adjust your account.
Carte Blanche, Meal Plan 10 or 14
Carte Blanche is required for Freshmen
To learn more visit the University's Room and Board webpage and the Dining Services webpage for more details about pricing and meal plans features.
Please note, residential students are not eligible to enroll in a block or commuter meal plan.
Single:This is a bedroom in a suite or apartment in which only one person sleeps.
Double: This is a bedroom in a suite or apartment in which two people sleep. The bedroom can be configured as a bunk bed and in some instances it may be possible to debunk the beds.
Junior Double: This is a bedroom in which two people sleep. This room tends to be smaller in terms of size and will be set up with a bunk bed. Beds will likely need to remain bunked. Closet space may be shared and in some cases desk(s) or dresser(s) may be located in the common area or closet.
Junior Triple: This is a bedroom in which three people sleep. The space is configured with one bunk bed and one free-standing bed. This room tends to be smaller in terms of square footage which makes debunking unlikely. Closet space may be shared and in some cases desk(s) or dresser(s) may be located in the common area or closet (if suite style room).
Triple: This is a bedroom in which three people sleep that is configured with one bunk bed and one free-standing bed. When roommates are in agreement debunking may be possible.
Quad: This is a bedroom in which four people sleep that is configured with two sets of bunk beds. Debunking is not possible in this space. Closet space may be shared and in some cases desk(s) or dresser(s) may be located in the common area or closet (if suite style room).
All law students live in apartments with single bedrooms. Graduate Students live in apartments with a single and double bedrooms.
Private Single: is an apartment in which only one person lives by themselves. They have exclusive access to the living room, kitchen and bathroom areas in this unit. These spaces are extremely limited in number (reserved for law students).
Deluxe Single:This is typically the largest bedroom in an apartment with two other bedrooms. It has access to its own internal bathroom and shower (reserved for law students).
Single: This bedroom varies in size, please see square footage for more details. The single bedroom has access to the common area bathroom, shower, kitchen, and living room within an apartment with two other bedrooms. (available for law and graduate students).
Private Double: This is an apartment in which only two people live. The apartment has a common area bathroom for the exclusive use of those residents (reserved for graduate students).
Deluxe Double: This is a room in an apartment in which two people share a bedroom space with its own private internal bathroom. Additional student(s) live in the apartment’s other bedroom(s). All students in this unit have access to the common area bathroom, shower, kitchen, and living room within their apartment (reserved for graduate students).
Double: This is a room in an apartment in which two people share a bedroom space. There is no internal bathroom and all students have access to the common area bathroom, shower, kitchen, and living room within their apartment (reserved for graduate students).
NOTE: In an effort to preserve suites and rooms as family units, the room change process has been suspended for 2020-21 to prevent the potential spread of the virus.
The Room Change Process allows students to sign up to participate in one of the following two options:
ROOM SWAP: This option allows students to participate in a bed-for-bed trade with another student. Room swaps can only be completed for students who have the same gender and class year. Continuing students can log into the St. John's Housing Portal to access the Room Swap application during the posted times on the Housing Calendar.
ROOM CHANGE WAITLIST: As rooms become available throughout system, the Office of Residence Life will use the room change waitlist to fill those spaces based on your preferences, gender, class year, and or living-learning/community eligibility. Room change offers will be made in the order in which they are received. To access the form, please log into the St. John's Housing Portal and access options in the self-service menu on the main page.
Note: Room changes are based on availability. This means that in order to move into a vacant space, the previous resident must file the appropriate paperwork with the University to decline their housing. This process unfolds throughout the course of the summer and typically picks up once bills are due and student's finalize their housing decisions.
Once the semester starts the Office of Residence Life will begin the OPEN ROOM CHANGE PERIOD. The process begins on the first day of classes and runs for a period of time specified in official communications to your St. John's e-mail. All room changes during this process require an in-person meeting with your building or area's Residence Director. All room changes are subject to availability and final approval from the Office of Residence Life.
If you require a specific type of housing accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services by the deadlines listed in the Housing Calendar. All students are still required to meet all deadlines for the selection process in order to be eligible for housing placement.
Students seeking accommodation must register with the Office of Disability Services by providing documentation pertaining to your condition from your treating physician.
Documents for special accommodations should be sent to:
Jason Luchs, Associate Director
Office of Disability Services
Fax: [email protected]
Veronica (Ronni) A. Maggi, Case Manager
Erin Ryan, PhD
Center for Counseling and Consultation
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
The Office of Residence Life offers students the opportunity to live in gender-affirming housing on campus. Residence Life also provides spaces with private bathrooms for students who indicate a need or preference for more privacy, including transgender and/or non-binary students. However, we acknowledge that there are a limited number of these spaces since the vast majority of our housing is suite-style, with shared bathrooms. A few notes:
For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life. If you have specific concerns or want to talk through housing options that you may not see online or in the housing application, please contact Dr. Jason Bartlett, Associate Director of Residence Life.
If your deposit is not received by the deadline, you will not be eligible to participate in the Priority Self-Selection process. If an eligible student requests you as a roommate, you will not be able to be pulled into their room. Please notify classmates of your ineligibility so they may seek other roommate options. Vacant spaces in rooms cannot be held for students.
Students who are unable to pay the deposit by the established deadline may complete the Housing Intent Form. This form is available in the St. John's Housing Portal. Students who complete the form will be contacted once an available space is identified. Students will be invited to deposit, complete an application, and then be assigned a room and meal plan by the Office of Residence Life.
What if I cannot make my appointment for self-selection? Can I get a new appointment?
Your self-selection appointment is the first opportunity to enter the St. John's Housing Portal and select a room and meal plan. This is a live selection process and students are encourage to enter at their appointed time. However, you may enter at any later time to make your selection. Note that in doing so, students with later appointments will be choosing and availability will change on a minute-to-minute basis. For online selection, there is no way to have a proxy sign in to act on your behalf. once the next person's appointment time starts, they can select a room, diminishing your potential room choices. If you are not able to select a room prior to the online selection deadlines, you will forfeit your opportunity to self-select your space and will be auto-assigned to a room.
Note: when students confirm each other as roommate pairs in the housing portal, they roommate with the earliest selection appointment can choose the room and place all approved roommates into their bedroom (so long as they have chosen a bedroom with enough vacant beds).
I am a student-athlete. Do I need to participate in the housing selection process?
If you are requesting to reside on campus for the next academic year, you MUST submit the $500 housing deposit and complete all steps of the selection process by the deadlines in the Housing Calendar. Please note that athletes are subject to the same eligibility criteria as all other students participating in the process. Every effort will be made to secure a spot for student-athletes, but demand ultimately decides the outcome, and roommate requests may be effected.
I am studying abroad. Can I participate in housing selection?
Current study abroad students seeking to reside on campus must submit the $500 housing deposit and complete the required steps in the housing selection process. Study abroad students will be able to participate in the selection process in teh same exact way as all St. John's students via the St. John's Housing Portal. Students who study abroad in the fall, seeking housing for the spring will be able to choose from vacant spaces in housing. The Office of Global Studies furnishes the Office of Residence Life with the names of all students who are studying abroad for a given semester. Please monitor your St. John's e-mail for official communications and instructions regarding this selection process.
I am member of the Ozanam or Catholic Scholar Program. How will this process work for me?
If you are requesting to reside on campus for the next academic year as a part of a special program, you must submit the $500 housing deposit and complete all of the steps in the selection process by the deadlines outlined in the Housing Calendar. Students in the Ozanam and Catholic Scholars program live in community in triple bedrooms in St. Vincent Hall on the Queens campus and in specified apartments on the Staten Island campus.
What does it mean to be "eligible to participate?"
To ensure that you are eligible to participate in the housing selection process, you need to meet all the deadlines and requirements outlined in this guide. "Eligible" means that you have completed the outlined steps, cleared an academic and student conduct review; and as qualified for participation in the housing selection process.
How can I see examples of rooms and buildings before housing selection?
If you are interested in viewing floor plans or our 360º virtual tour, please visit the Office of Residence Life webpage. Here you can review information about housing on the Queens and Staten Island Campuses. We encourage all students to read and review the Living at St. John's: Guide to Residence Life for a full overview of our residential communities.
Can I get my deposit back?
If you are not eligible or not longer interested in participating in the selection process, you must log into the St. John's Housing Portal and complete the deposit refund form by the deadlines established in the Housing Calendar. Note: deposits for incoming students, new transfer, and new graduate students are non-refundable.
If you wish to decline your housing and meal plan after making a selection, please log into the St. John's Housing Portal and complete a Housing Decline form. This will cancel your room and board selections, and cancel your housing application.
Students can learn more about Housing at St. John's by consulting these important resources:
THE OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE
To learn more about our policies procedures, to meet out staff, and gather contact information please visit the Office of Residence Life website.
Please refer to the Living at St. John’s Guide (PDF) for an overview of all our housing options, programming goals, and campus amenities.
Room and Board costs and the Refund Calendar are important sites to review on an annual basis.
HOUSING SELECTION INFORMATION
Please refer to the Housing Selection Tutorial (PDF) for step-by-step instructions on applying to housing. This guide provides a screen by screen walkthrough of the entire process from application, to roommate pairing, to room selection.
The Freshman Roommate Pairing Guide (PDF) provides a diagram to help explain how to choose your roommates and avoid common mistakes.
Review the Room Type Guide (PDF) to learn how to determine the type of room you're choosing and the square footage of that space.
HOUSING SELECTION VIDEO TUTORIALS
How To Complete Your Housing Application
How To Select A Room
How To Select A Room With A Paired Roommate
Suitemate Selection Tutorial
For continuing students registered for credit baring classes during an upcoming summer session.
Summer Housing is available for St. John’s students who are registered for summer classes. For more information, please visit Summer Housing.
Students who are participating in internships, labs, practicums, but are not earning credits toward their degree must register for summer housing through Conference Services.