First-year Students - Room & Roommate Selection | LSU Residential Life

How To Do First-year Housing

First-year students are expected to live on campus so every student can benefit from the advantages of the on-campus experience - higher GPAs, retention and graduation rates, and more opportunities to become part of the LSU community.

Join the next class of Tigers by submitting your LSU enrollment deposit.

Once that's done, you can activate your myLSU account, a personalized online resource center for all deposited LSU students. For incoming students, myLSU is where you will complete enrollment requirements, including housing, immunizations, online orientation, and more.

Within 48 hours after activating your MyLSU account, you'll have access to the housing portal where you will submit your on-campus housing contract or request an exemption.

Until you can log in to the housing portal in myLSU, research where you'd like to live on campus.

You won't need to enter an exact building name, like Miller Hall or Azalea Hall, but you will tell us if you prefer to live in a traditional residence hall or in a living-learning experience in one of our residential colleges.

You can always update your housing preference later if you need to. 

When you submit your housing contract determines your priority for room selection, which occurs in May or June.

Navigate to Student Services>On-campus Housing on the left side menu in myLSU to complete one of two processes:

  1. Submit the housing application, agree to the academic-year housing contract, and submit the $75 non-refundable contract fee, or
  2. Request an exemption to LSU's first-year student live-on requirement

Review the full details of the academic-year contract and contract cancellation penalties before you complete this step! 

Roommate Finder inside the housing portal is like online dating for roommates. You can complete a questionnaire about your personality and preferences, and the system will give you a list of suggested roommates.

You can also search for particular people if you know who you'd like to room with. 

You'll form a roommate group of folks you prefer to live with. It's not a guarantee you will all be together, but we'll do our best!

Based on when you completed the housing contract, you are assigned a room selection time slot. This time slot is the first time you can log in to the myLSU housing portal to select your LSU home. 

View your room selection time slot on the "My Details" tab in the housing portal in late April.

Compare your time slot with members of your roommate group. See who has the earliest time slot, and make that person the group leader so they can select your room or suite as early as possible, if you want a particular building or room. 

Email our team at if you need to change your housing preference or change what room you selected. 

To cancel your on-campus housing contract, review the cancellation schedule and complete the request form.

Any penalty associated with cancellation will go by the date and time this cancellation form is submitted and will be administered through your university student account.

Pack your bags and hit the road!  It's time to be LSU bound!  Get details on selecting your arrival appointment time, packing just enough and not too much, and getting to campus at



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