Residence Life and Housing
Application and Placement

Housing Policies

Residency Requirement

Carroll University adheres to a junior residency requirement, which means all full-time undergraduate students are required to live in on-campus housing until they reach senior standing (92 credits) or are 23 years of age or older by the beginning of the academic year.

Housing Exemption

Each year, full-time undergraduate students who wish to commute or live off-campus must submit an Off-Campus Application to request an approved exemption from the residency requirement. If the Off-Campus Application request is denied, students will be subject to the residency requirement and will need to complete the On-Campus Housing Application.

Students who have not been approved for release from the residency requirement and/or fail to submit an application and license agreement for campus housing will be charged for a traditional double room and the minimum resident meal plan until the terms of the residency requirement have been satisfied.

The following documentation is required when submitting the Off-Campus Application for exemption:

Student Housing License Agreement

Download a PDF for more information on the residency requirement and student housing license agreement.

New Students

Applying for Housing

Once you’ve confirmed with the Office of Admission that you’ll be enrolling at Carroll University, you’ll receive more information with steps on how to apply for housing, including how to select a residence hall and roommate. Applications for incoming student housing are available in October. 

Step 1: Complete the Housing Application 

Housing assignments are processed based on when incoming students complete their housing application and pay the deposit, so we recommend submitting your application as early as possible. The $250 housing deposit is non-refundable and will be applied as a credit to your fall student bill. May 1 is the priority deadline to complete your application and be eligible to participate in the First-Year Self-Selection process to choose your own room.  

Step 2: Find a Roommate 

If you don’t already have a roommate in mind, you will have the opportunity to use our roommate matching software, beginning in mid May. You will receive an email from the housing office with further instructions. Many students also look for a roommate on Carroll University social media pages for their graduating class, such as Facebook or Instagram. 

Step 3: Select Your Room 

If you meet the May 1 priority application deadline, you will be assigned a timeslot to participate in the self-selection process taking place in mid to late June. A random lottery is used to determine timeslots based on the application complete date. During your timeslot, you will be able to self-select your room and members of your roommate group if that applies.  

If you do not participate in the self-selection process or miss the priority deadline, you will be assigned a room placement by the housing office. Although we do our best to match your building and room preferences, no requests for specific assignments are guaranteed and are based on availability.   

Returning Students

Reapply for Housing

Current students (rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students) can complete their housing application and pay the $250 non-refundable deposit as early as February 1. The priority deadline is March 1 to complete your housing application and be eligible to participate in the self-selection process. 

Housing Selection

The timeline for returning student housing is as follows: 

Apply for Housing

Confirmed and currently enrolled students who wish to apply for on-campus housing or submit an off-campus application to request exemption can log in to the PioHousing Portal


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