RSP FAQs: 2024-2025 Academic Year

Below you will find frequently asked questions and responses regarding the Room Selection Process (RSP) for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. These FAQs have been sorted into several categories.

If you do not find your answer here – we recommend check out our RSP Guidebook for more detailed step-by-step instructions.

RSP Overview

What does RSP stand for? Toggle Accordion

Room Selection Process, or “RSP” is the Spring semester process to request and receive housing assignments for the following academic year. All students returning to enrollment will engage RSP, even if exempt from the housing requirement.

Is RSP different this year? Toggle Accordion

RSP has changed in several ways for the 2024-2025 academic year process: 1. Forms and processes are all located in eRezLife, 2. A new roommate profile and roommate search function is available to students, and 3. Selection order will be assigned according to individual lottery numbers instead of group average, though selection will still be on behalf of the roommate group.

Haven’t heard about eRezLife? Learn more here.

How do I begin? Toggle Accordion

Reading campus publications, emails, and our website is incredibly helpful and will set you up for success. Our new RSP Guidebook will provide step-by-step instructions related to process steps, but until Step 1: the Housing Form is available on March 11, we recommend taking time to reflect on what makes you successful in your environment, your social sphere, and your finances.

Who are helpful people to talk to about my housing? Toggle Accordion

Community Living staff (Area Coordinators, Community Assistants, and central staff in 124 Ferguson Building) are helpful contacts for process concerns, but we recommend that you have open conversations with your friends and family, potential roommates, Financial Aid, program advisors (if applicable to thematic housing), and others.

What is the first official step for RSP? Toggle Accordion

The first “official” step for RSP should be completed by all students. The Returning Student Housing Form opens in eRezLife on Monday, March 11, the first day of classes after Spring Break. The form closes March 25.

Lottery Numbers

What order do students select their housing? Toggle Accordion

Students that have completed their Returning Student Housing Form will receive a selection time slot during the week of April 1 – 5 based on their lottery number. Students that have not completed the form do not receive a timeslot and will be assigned by Community Living.

What is a Lottery Number? Toggle Accordion

Lottery numbers are not randomly assigned. They are unique to each student and are designated from 11 – 1200(ish) and are based on completed academic units. The student with the most completed units will receive the lowest lottery number. The lower the number, the higher the selection priority.

How do I find my Lottery Number? Toggle Accordion

Lottery numbers were generated from Registrar Office reports on February 14 and distributed to eRezLife student profiles on February 16.

Roommates and Roommate Groups

I don’t know who I want to live with, what do I do? Toggle Accordion

You won’t be the only one! Students have virtual and in-person opportunities to meet others, and the new eRezLife Roommate Profile function will help you filter and find others in the system who might match your preferences and interests. This is a great place to start. We also recommend asking others in your hall, classes, or teams and groups as you have shared experiences.

How do I set up my Roommate Profile? Toggle Accordion

Once you’ve completed your Returning Student Housing Form, you are able to toggle on your profile, provide a profile picture, screen name, elevator pitch, and select which preference information you’d like to share in the roommate search function. The more students with their profile toggled on, the more searchable/possible roommates you might connect with.

Does my roommate need to be the same gender as me? Toggle Accordion

Some of our housing options are gender inclusive: Mitchell Towers, Whitehouse Hall, and Mae Apartments. These spaces require roommate groups of 4 persons (Mae also has two 6-person apartments).

What is a Roommate Group? Toggle Accordion

Roommate Groups are created when more than one person links together. Housing at Albion College is available to roommate groups of 2, 4, 6, or 8 persons. Additional eligibility criteria applies to some spaces, but group size is the initial criteria. Group size will need to match the number of students for the selected space. For example: groups must include 4 students to select a suite at Mitchell Towers.

I need to find more people for my group, how do I do this? Toggle Accordion

Roommate profiles can be searched in eRezLife to add to groups, whether to add as the second person, or the sixth person in a group. If you know the other person’s email address, you can invite them that way as well. All students must accept the group invitation to be included in the group assignment process.

Can roommate groups be adjusted later? Toggle Accordion

Yes, students can later decline an invitation and join a different roommate group. In some cases, a roommate group may be a larger size – spaces that match that size may no longer be available and the group needs to split into two or three groups. This will all be done in eRezLife.

How can I request a room without a roommate? Toggle Accordion

RSP does not provide an avenue to select a room without a roommate, except for a very limited number of apartment layouts that include single-occupancy rooms. Roommates are part of the experience at Albion College and assignment processes match this expectation.

If you would like to submit a request for a single-occupancy room due to extenuating circumstances, you may do so through the Housing Accommodations process. The Housing Petitions Committee reviews and assigns available single-occupancy rooms to students with documented disabilities. As space permits, additional single room requests may be approved.

Selecting My Assignment

When will my group select housing? Toggle Accordion

Any person in your roommate group may select a housing assignment on the group’s behalf at their scheduled selection time slot the week of April 1 – 5. Selection must be made by 11:59 p.m. April 5.

Where am I able to live next year? Toggle Accordion

Visit our 2024-2025 Academic Year Housing Options page to review spaces available for selection, an overview of selection eligibility criteria, and layout/group size requirements.

How do I know how much of my housing is covered by my financial aid? Toggle Accordion

All financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid office –

How much does each building cost? Toggle Accordion

Student Accounting has provided the costs related to residency in each building/occupancy style on their Tuition and Fees page.

My friends and I picked our building preferences, but what factors should we consider when selecting our specific room(s)? Toggle Accordion

Mobility and other accessibility concerns – discuss with Accessibility Services and Community Living to understand best options for your group

Thematic community preferences – review the Themed Housing Options page to review options

Your friends and personal connections – it can be fun to live near your friends’ rooms or apartments, discuss their plans with them directly as you will not see this information in eRezLife

Building amenities and proximity to other campus buildings – a full description of building amenities is available on the Building Information webpage

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) – we recommend students with ESAs consider their care routine and the best location(s) for residency (for example, students with dogs might best be located near entryways and on lower floors of residence hall)

I’m interested in one of the thematic communities (Women’s Only, Substance-Free, Quiet Study). How do I apply? Toggle Accordion

Indicate interest in your housing form – with significant interest we will designate an area of one of our residence halls accordingly.

The Women’s Only community has already been designated at Ingham Hall.

Why isn’t the space I know I want to select available for my group? Toggle Accordion

There can be many reasons the space you’d like to select isn’t available for your group. Possibly the space has already been selected by another group. Or, your group doesn’t meet one of the criteria coded into the selection system. If you believe your group does meet the criteria for selection, please contact

My housing is based on my participation in a specific program or employment - what do I do? Toggle Accordion

Please review various pathways below:

  • Fraternity membership – complete Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form and discuss preferences within your chapter. Assignments will be completed by Community Living after consulting your chapter president. Fraternity members are required to live in the chapter house. Non-members should contact the IFC Advisor if interested in living in a fraternity chapter house.
  • I-Space (MLAC LLC) application – complete Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form and the I-Space application form (also in eRezLife) by March 18th. MLAC Faculty review and assign student applicants to I-Space according to language house preferences and major/minor language requirements. Read more about I-Space here.
  • Community Assistant – complete Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form. Assignments will be completed by Community Living staff.
  • BAF Cluster Housing Mentor – complete Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form. Assignments will be completed by Community Living staff
  • Contact with other questions about specific programs, employment, or student status

What If...

Can I go into RSP “random” and receive a roommate? Toggle Accordion

No. You can not request a random roommate during RSP.

If you have not formed a roommate group of 2, 4, 6, or 8, you will not be able to select from any housing options in College housing and will instead be assigned a roommate and room by Community Living after RSP has concluded.

What if I don’t fill out the Returning Student Housing Form (Step 1)? Toggle Accordion

Students that have not completed the Returning Student Housing Form by March 25 will also not be able to choose their roommate or select assignments from available housing options.

What if I don’t want to live on campus next year? Toggle Accordion

Please review the Exemptions and Accommodations page for information on requesting exemption from the residency requirement. You may indicate your desire to request exemption on the Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form, but also complete the exemptions request process.

Students approved for housing exemption are responsible for determining  their housing in non-College housing, and will receive an $810/semester non-College residency fee administered by Student Accounting.

What if I am studying abroad next year? Toggle Accordion

Students participating in off-campus programs of study (domestic or international study-abroad programs/Philadelphia Center, etc.) should complete the Step 1: Returning Student Housing Form, but may not join roommate groups or select a housing assignment. We do not hold spaces for Spring semester return from off-campus programs and students that decide to pursue or accept program enrollment after RSP should expect to have their on-campus housing space assigned to another student. Our recommendation is that students speak with their friends to determine if anybody might be graduating in December or planning to study off campus in Spring semester, where they could plan to “swap out” the space.

For more information – be sure to attend the OCP Orientation on March 20, scheduled by the Center for International Education (CIE).

If I stay on campus this summer will I live in next year’s housing assignment? Toggle Accordion

Possibly, but unlikely. Most student housing is closed or used by Camps and Conferences during summer sessions.

My roommate picked the wrong rooms for each of us in our apartment - how do we swap? Toggle Accordion

Contact for support or log-in to eRezLife and complete the change before 11:59 p.m. April 5

I have a documented disability and require accommodations. Toggle Accordion

Please review the Exemptions and Accommodations webpage for more information, contact Accessibility Services to register for accommodations, and discuss specific needs with Community Living if emergent or unsure how to proceed.