New First-year Student Housing 2023–2024

Welcome to the new student housing process! This process is for new first-year students signing up for campus housing for the fall 2023–spring 2024 academic year.

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The online housing sign-up process happens in TWO parts:

  1. Part 1 — registration and group formation begins April 12
    • READ and AGREE to the housing agreement.

    • Provide emergency contact information.

    • Choose your housing type (gendered or gender inclusive).

    • Consider if you are interested in any of our specialty housing options or learning communities and submit the necessary agreements/applications.

    • Complete your profile.

    • Decide if you are signing up as an individual, with a roommate or as part of a group. If you decide to sign up with others, remember that pairing with someone in the portal does not guarantee that you will find a vacant room/suite/flat during room selection. 

      • If signing up with others use the roommate search and group formation tools in the portal to identify potential roommates and form groups
      • If signing up as an individual you do not need to participate in group formation. Don't worry if you don't have a preferred roommate or group. Many students sign up as individuals and have a great experience. 

  1. Part 2 — select your room June 5–June 12
    In this step you will actually select your room. Before you begin this step you must complete Part 1. 
    • Time slots for room selection will be sent to the student's Binghamton University email address by the end of the day Thursday, June 1. Do not contact Residential Life to request a different time slot. Time slots cannot be changed.
    • During your time slot you will go back into the housing portal and select your room.
    • Prior to the start of room selection you will want to check out the available beds link which will be posted on or about June 1. This will allow you to view available beds prior to going into the portal to select your room. 
    • It is helpful to have several room and community options in mind before going into the portal.

Helpful hints for room selection for new students

  • Familiarize yourself with our communities, the housing options and room rates available to you in each community. Have several buildings/ communities in mind before going into the portal to select your room. 
  • Take the time to watch the room selection video below which will provide you with a detailed explanation and demonstration of how to select your room.
  • Decide ahead of time if you are interested in specialty housing, and be sure you have signed the appropriate agreement. Specialty Housing options will only be available to you if you have signed the agreement. If signing up with a roommate or group, be sure everyone has signed the agreement.
  • If you are signing up with a roommate or as part of a group keep the following in mind:
    • To sign up together, you must select each other in the portal and verify your group by clicking on the verify group button on the roommate selection page. This must be done before your room selection time slot. 
    • Whoever has the earliest time slot should be made the group leader. The group leader will house everyone in the group. To change the group leader, the current leader must return to the group formation page in the portal and make the change.
    • Pairing as roommates or forming a group does not guarantee room availability with the total vacancies needed. Be prepared for the possibility that you will have to sign into a room by yourself. 
  • If you are signing up by yourself and select a room where one bed is already occupied, you can view the profile of the person in the room by clicking on the magnifying glass that appears next to the room on the room selection screen. 
  • There are no room changes during this process, so be sure you are in the right building/room before you finalize your selection. Once you have placed yourself in a bed you are finished. 

Tips for success

  • Read all the information on this web page. Check back often for updates.
  • Pay attention to your Binghamton University email. This is the way we will communicate with you throughout this process.
  • Be mindful of details and deadlines.
  • If you don't understand something, ask questions. You can call (607-777-2321) or email Residential Life for assistance. Asking your questions early will allow us to best assist you.
  • Don't put pressure on yourself to find a roommate. It is ok to sign-up alone. Many students choose to do so and end up having great experiences.
  • Keep an open mind about where you live. All of our communities have something special to offer.
  • In the end, you define your experience and can have an amazing one wherever and with whomever you live!

New student housing videos

Watch the videos below for step-by-step instructions to our process.

Getting Started

Finding a Roommate

Selecting a Room

Group Formation

If you are opting to sign up as an individual, you do not need to participate in group formation.

If you are signing up with a roommate or as part of a group, you will need to form or accept an invitation to join a group in the housing portal by Monday, May 29.

Forming a group does not guarantee you will find vacant space that will match your group size during room selection. 

If you do opt to sign up as part of a group, make sure your group is communicating with each other, that everyone is in agreement about your housing plan and most importantly, have back up plans in the event your group needs to split up or consider another area during room selection.

  • To form a group

    You must register in the housing portal and agree to the University Housing Agreement. All group members must select the same housing type: Gendered or Gender Inclusive to find each other in the portal. 

    • Choose a GROUP LEADER. The group leader will create a group in the housing portal and invite others to join the group. The group leader will also be responsible for housing everyone in the group.
    • All GROUP MEMBERS must accept the invitation to join the group.
    • If you form a group and then change your plans, the group leader can delete the group. Individuals can also leave the group at any time.
    • Once you form or join a group you will no longer be visible to other students searching for roommates in the portal
    • The group leader can be changed at any point prior to room selection. 
    • You will want to make the person with the earliest time slot your group leader.
  • Group sizes

    You may form a group of 2–6 people.

    If a group does not fill a space (flat or suite) the remaining vacancies will be available for selection by other students.

    Regardless of group sizes, students are not permitted to contact others to request someone move or not select a particular space.  Students who engage in this behavior will be reassigned to a different space and are not guaranteed to be reassigned with their roommate/group or within their preferred community.

  • Community configuration

    Each community offers various room configurations. Below you will find the room configurations to help you determine your best housing option. 


    • Corridor-style double room
    • Designed triple room (limited availability) 
    • 6 person suites (3 double rooms per suite – most suites)
    • 4 person suite (2 double rooms in the suite – VERY limited availability)


    • 5 person-flats (2 double rooms, 1 single room)
    • Designed triple room with a private bathroom (limited availability)
    • Corridor-style double with a private bathroom (limited availability)


    • 6 person suites (3 double rooms per suite – most suites)
    • 4 person suite (2 double rooms in the suite – VERY limited availability)


    • 6 person suites (3 double rooms per suite – most suites)
    • 4 person suite (2 double rooms in the suite – VERY limited availability)
    • Designed triple room with a private bathroom (limited availability)


    • Corridor-style double room
    • Designed triple room with a private bathroom (limited availability)

Housing type

Gendered Housing: Students who choose to live with a roommate as well as suite/flat/ apartment mates who have the same legal sex of record with the University. This includes: male (m), female (f), nonbinary (x).

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH): Students who choose to live with a roommate as well as suite/flat/apartment mates of any gender identity. Students who select Gender Inclusive Housing agree to live with and create a welcoming environment for students of any gender identity. This includes but is not limited to: man, woman, trans, nonbinary and genderqueer/gender non-conforming. 

  • When searching for roommates in the housing portal, students will only be able to find and pair with others who have selected the same housing type (Gendered or Gender Inclusive).
  • During the room selection process, students will only see rooms that match the housing type they selected (Gendered or Gender Inclusive). Students who indicate a choice on the housing application and later change their mind may return to the housing application to make the change prior to selecting their room. Once a room is selected, you will not be able to change your housing type (gender or Gender Inclusive) in the housing portal.
  • Students who select a room and then wish to change the type of housing they selected should email, and we will do our best to work with you to find a new assignment as space permits. Keep in mind that we will not be able to accommodate moves for entire groups and we may not be able to reassign you in the community of your choice. We strongly encourage students to be certain of their housing type decision (gendered or Gender Inclusive) prior to room selection.

Familiarize yourself with our many housing options

Now is the time to start checking out our many housing options. Make sure you read all the information on these web pages and be sure to take a look at:

First-year requirement

All first-year students, regardless of credit hours earned, are required to live in University housing for their first academic year. Local students (those with an established permanent residence within a 45 mile radius of Binghamton University) are exempt from this requirement. Students 21 and older and students who are married are also exempt from this requirement Students seeking an exception should email

Housing accommodations

Binghamton University is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for students with disabilities. Students with documented disabilities who require an accommodation in order to fully participate in the residential component of their college experience may apply for housing accommodations through Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Housing accommodations include, but are not limited to, visual fire alarms, first-floor rooms, elevator access, bed-height adjustments, climate control, single-rooms, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Residential Life has the most flexibility to work with and meet accommodations for students who apply for and receive their accommodation at least 30 days prior to the start of room selection. Students applying/re-applying for a housing accommodation must also participate in the housing process.For complete information, go to the Services for Students with Disabilities Housing Accommodations web page.

Binghamton University Scholars Program

Binghamton University Scholars are required to live in scholars' housing located in Broome Hall (Newing College) with scholar roommates. If you are a Binghamton University Scholar who plans to pair with a roommate, you will need to make sure that your intended roommate is also a scholar. When completing your profile, be sure to mention that you are a Binghamton University Scholar. Remember, even though you are required to live in Scholars housing you will need to participate in room selection to select your room.

Nursing Learning Community (NLC)

Incoming first-year nursing students are strongly encouraged to live in the NLC, but please note that space is limited. Students wishing to opt out of living in the NLC must contact Decker’s Division of Advising and Academic Excellence at 607-777-4954 or by June 1.

Contact Residential Life

Staff will be available to assist you during your room selection time slot and from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday–Friday. If calling after hours or emailing, give your name, phone number and description of the problem. If experiencing problems during your room selection time slot CALL immediately do not email.