Room Selection 2019-2020: For New Students
New Student Room Selection Process
Welcome to Valparaiso University! We are happy that you will be joining our campus starting in the Fall of 2020.
Our eight residence halls and apartment complexes are home to 2,000 undergraduate students. Of these residence halls, one houses members of Valpo’s six national sororities. With a six-semester live-on requirement, all first-year, sophomore, and junior students are required to live in approved University housing. More information about our policies can be found HERE.
Residency is a key component of the mission of Valparaiso University. The residence halls are central to this effort by providing living and learning experiences that contribute to the growth and development of students while enhancing their overall education at Valpo. Residential Life provides various programs, services, and leadership opportunities, which promote the student learning mission.
New Student On-Campus Housing Application
As an incoming student, you will complete your New Student On-Campus Housing Application via your Housing Self-Service after you register for classes when you attend FOCUS in July. If you are not attending FOCUS in July, you will be able to complete the application after completing placement exams and registering for classes via phone/skype registration. If you do not take advantage of phone/skype registration, our office will send an email to your Valpo email address to collect your housing preferences, living preferences, and roommate preferences if you have any. Preferences will be due mid-July.
In your New Student On-Campus Housing application, students are asked to provide emergency contact information, housing and/or Living Learning Community Preferences. Once your On-Campus Housing application is complete, if interested, you will then be able to search for a roommate based on living preferences, or you can search for someone you met at FOCUS. Please note, if you do not request a roommate, you will be paired with an individual based on living preferences.
We try our best to place students in their top choice. However, due to space availability and hall popularity, we are not always able to assign students to their top choice. Click HERE to learn more about our halls.
What halls do first-year students reside in?
The three main halls that our first-year students reside in are Alumni Hall, Lankenau Hall, and Brandt Hall. Each hall has the same room layout. However, Brandt hall has movable furniture and carpet, while Alumni and Lankenau have built-in furniture and have sinks in the room.
What halls do transfer students reside in?
Transfer students are placed with their class cohort. Upper-class students generally reside in Beacon Hall, Guild/Memorial Hall, and Wehrenberg Hall. There is limited availability in our apartment-style options. We try our best to place residents based on preference and hall availability.
When will I find out about my building and roommate assignments?
Room assignment information will be sent via email in late-July. Along with your assignment, you will receive the name and contact information of your roommate(s) as well as information on move-in & check-in procedures. Room assignments will also be available through a student’s Housing Self-Service (accessible through DataVU).
Living Learning Communities
What is a living-learning community?
An initiative sponsored by Residential Life, the First-Year Experience LLC is a living-learning environment where students with similar interests live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal needs. The First-Year Experience LLC consists of three core topics: Academic Success, Personal Wellness, and Cultural Competency.
What are the benefits of a living-learning community?
Students in living-learning communities report making friends quicker and connecting with faculty, staff, and other students more easily. These programs are created to give one a shared experience around their academics and residential environment. This gives them a chance to live and learn with students of similar interests and build a supportive, fun, and vibrant community of friends!
What are the requirements to be a part of a living-learning community?
If a student chooses to be a part of this Living Learning Community, they should have an interest in the LLC’s topical areas (Academic Success, Personal Wellness, and Cultural Competency) and a desire to contribute to a community with others who are interested in these topics. There is no additional cost to the student in order to participate in the LLC; however, to gain the full benefit of an LLC experience, we ask that members commit to participating in the community through formal and informal programs and activities (about 1-hour per week).
How do I apply?
If a student is interested in being part of the First-Year Experience LLC, they may select it as part of the On-Campus Housing Application via their Housing Self-Service in DataVU. When prompted to preference where they would like to live in the Fall, choose First-Year Experience LLC as one of the options. If you have a roommate in mind, make sure you and your future roommate preference the same way!
Incoming Student Roommate Requests
Students will only be able to search for and request a roommate after that person has also completed the On-Campus Housing Application. If you cannot find your desired roommate, then they need to complete the On-Campus Housing Application and will do so at their FOCUS session.
Mutual requests for specific roommates are honored when possible. Otherwise, roommates are paired using the information supplied on your On-Campus Housing Application.
Step by step instructions for requesting a roommate can be found HERE.
I have a roommate
To find your desired roommate log into your “Housing Self-Service”. Under the “Room Selection” tab, select “Select Roommates”; you will then be able to search your roommate based on their name. When you find your roommate(s), you will request them, which will send them an email notification (similar to a Facebook friend request). Your roommate will need to log into their Housing Self-Service to confirm you as their roommate. All students must be mutually matched to be assigned to a space with one and other.
First-year students can only select one roommate since all first-year spaces only hold two students.
I do not have a roommate
If you do not have a roommate in mind, you may search for one based on living and personal preferences provided in your New Student On-Campus Housing Application or you can post on the Valparaiso University Class of page.
PLEASE NOTE: Living-Learning Community requests supersede all requests (building & roommate). If one roommate requests the specific Living-Learning Community and the other does not, then they will not be paired together. Both must request the same type of living environment.
The deadline for roommates and building/living preferences is Friday, July 17, 2020.
Medical/Special Accommodation Requests
If you have a Housing Special/Medical Accommodation or an Access and Accommodations Resource Center Accommodation (AARC), contact our office as soon as possible for further instructions regarding your accommodation.
If you have been instructed to complete a new Special/Medical Accommodation Request form (required each year for most individuals), you can find the form HERE. This form can be faxed to our office by your medical professional. Our fax number is 219-464-5256.
Housing Special/Medical Accommodation or an Access and Accommodations Resource Center Accommodations paperwork for incoming students is due Friday, July 17, 2020. If you are attending FOCUS in June we ask you to stop by the AARC table at the student services fair.
Per university policy, microwaves are not allowed in Alumni, Lankenau and Brandt Halls. Students wishing to have a microwave in their rooms can rent a MicroFridge through Collegiate Concepts. The Microfridge is an all-in-one combination refrigerator/freezer/microwave engineered with Safe Plug technology to save electricity and reduce the risk of overloading circuits. More information about Microfridge rentals can be found HERE. Microfridge orders will be due on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. An informational video is available HERE.
Our Camps Market – Linen and Residence Hall Room Essentials
Looking to decorate your residence hall and purchase your room linen and essentials all in one place? New students always seem to bring too much for their room. To help you avoid overspending and overpacking, we’ve linked materials for our popular “off to college program.” The items in this link are approved for our halls and specially priced for incoming families. Check out Our Camps Market HERE. Best selling Value Packages are available HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Click on the link for our FOCUS FAQ 2020 Handout.
Click on the link for our New Student On-Campus Housing App Guide.