Incoming First-Year Students

Once you have been accepted to Case Western Reserve University you will gain access to the University Roadmap (in May through your CWRU email). Students will have the opportunity to choose their exact room through our online assignment system through the Roadmap once they apply. After our deadline (TBD), we will be completing assignments manually.  

Case Western Reserve University has a two-year residency requirement. All first- and second-year unmarried undergraduate students who do not live at a parent's permanent residence within 40 miles of campus must live on-campus and participate in the University board plan. If you are eligible to commute, you can indicate this on the housing checklist of the roadmap.  

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Checklist Information

Verification of Permanent Address

After your permanent address is entered online, our database will automatically verify whether you can commute from your parent's home (within 40 miles of campus). If so, you can designate your status as commuting from home.

Photo ID

You must submit a photo ID and have it accepted by the university in order to complete your housing application.

Lifestyle Indicators

This list of five questions about your lifestyle will help you choose a room with someone who closely matches your lifestyle indicators.

Vaccination Status Statement

Ohio Revised Code section 1713.55 requires that every student submit a statement on his/her vaccination status for meningitis and hepatitis B before they can live on campus. The form must be submitted online before you can continue working on the housing application.

Housing Application

This is the official application that indicates that you will be living on campus. On this application, you will choose your meal plan option, and agree to the terms and conditions of the Residence Hall Agreement.

Roommate Preference/Request

You can search for a roommate using our online roommate matching program, My College Roomie. You will receive access to My College Roomie on the new student checklist after you complete your housing application.

If you find a specific person to live with, you and your roommate must request each other and approve the request through the housing checklist of the Roadmap. This is considered a mutual request. A mutual request is absolutely necessary in order to select a room with your chosen roommate. Both you and your roommate must request each other before you choose a room online. It is not necessary to choose a roommate in order to choose a room online.

Online Housing Assignment System

Once your Housing Application is submitted, you may choose a room online through our online housing assignment system.

How To Choose A Room

Beginning in late June (TBD), first-year students may choose their room through our online housing assignment system. It is important that you read the information carefully on the "Select Your Room" website. Once you select your room and confirm it, you will not be able to change your housing assignment until the room change process begins during the second week of classes of the fall semester.

You are not required to choose a room online. If you do not select a room by the deadline, we will assign you to a room based upon your lifestyle indicators and roommate preferences, if any.

Medical Accommodation

If you have an approved medical accommodation, please contact our office to discuss your assignment. You should not choose a room online if this applies to you. We do hold rooms specifically for approved medical accommodations. If you feel you need a specific medical accommodation, please review the information from the Office of Disability Resources about obtaining approval for medical accommodation.

Gender Inclusive Housing

If you are a transgender student, a student exploring gender identity, non-binary, or are gender non-conforming and would like to discuss your housing options, please contact the LGBT Center (216.368.1237 or and request to speak with Liz Roccoforte, LGBT Center Director or contact Office of University Housing (216.368.3780 or email and request to speak to Loretta Sexton, Associate Director of University Housing. You can also indicate on your housing application that you would like to live in GIH and we will follow up with you individually. We have identified rooms in the first year halls for gender-inclusive housing. Click here for more details about the program.

Roommate Information

This section lists information that is currently in our system about your potential roommate. READ THIS SECTION VERY CAREFULLY. If you have requested a roommate, and that person has also requested you and confirmed your request, then it will indicate that there is a mutual request. Once this is confirmed, only one of you will need to select the room for both of you.

Available Rooms

The list of available rooms shows 10 rooms at a time. Available single rooms and doubles are shown. Under "Room Type" it will list specific information about that room. If a double room is empty, it will say "empty" in parentheses. If you choose a double room, you will be the first occupant in the room. If a double room is "partially filled," you can click on the words "partially filled" to see the lifestyle indicators of the current occupant. It is important to check this information before selecting the room so you can find a roommate whose lifestyle indicators closely match your own.


To confirm your room choice, press the "Choose this Room" button. If you do not wish to select any of these rooms at this time, press the "Cancel Without Choosing" button. You can come back often to view available spaces. The list of available rooms changes constantly as other students make their selections. Once you select your room and confirm it, you will not be able to change your housing assignment for any reason until the room change process begins during the third week of classes of the fall semester.

How To View Roommate Information

Once you have selected a room, you can find information about your roommate in MyHousing.