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:

  • Students who are married or with a domestic partner must present a legal marriage certificate
  • Students who are the primary caregiver to a child/dependent must show proof of tax return, insurance card or dependent’s birth certificate
  • Students with a documented medical condition must be approved through Carroll University Accessibility Services
  • Students who plan on living with their parent/legal guardian within 50 miles of campus must provide verification of residency at the parent/guardian address
  • Students who are studying abroad, have an internship or participate in clinical programs must provide a copy of enrollment details
  • Students who may have other unique situations must submit a personal statement and any supporting documentation

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 or returning students (rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students) can complete their housing application and pay the $250 non-refundable deposit in February. The priority deadline is typically set one month later in March for completing your housing application and being eligible to participate in the self-selection process.*

*The housing application process and selection timeline for academic year 2023-2024 is currently delayed due to system upgrades. Returning students will be notified via their Carroll email when the application is available.

Housing Selection

The timeline for returning student housing is as follows: 

  • Timeslots for selection are assigned to eligible students in March. Priority is based on a lottery system that determines total credits earned by the start of the upcoming academic year as well as the application complete date.  
  • Returning student self-selection takes place in March/April. During your assigned timeslot, you will be able to self-select your room and members of your roommate group if that applies. 
  • Students who do not participate in the self-selection process will be part of the general lottery for assignment of a housing placement after May 1. 
  • Late applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be assigned a housing placement by the housing office after selection deadlines have passed. 

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


  • Students must complete either an on or off-campus application if not automatically exempt from the residency requirement.
  • A $250 non-refundable housing deposit is required when submitting this agreement. The $250 deposit will be applied as a credit to the student's first semester bill. Only when this deposit is paid is the application considered complete and eligible for room assignment.
  • The housing application is for a full academic year and baring withdrawal, students are expected to complete the full duration of the application, including all fees as defined per the license agreement.

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