web banner-3

Housing Selection 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Housing Application and Selection process. This process is for current students who would like to confirm a housing assignment for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The application is set to open on Monday, February 1 at 10 am until Friday, February 8, 2016 at 10 am. Everyone must apply for housing in order to be eligible for selection.  There will be a number of opportunities to get your questions answered and to also meet other students to fill spaces in your group. 

Take a moment to explore the check out the 5 easy step 2016 Housing Selection Guide to apply! Please review the information below and contact us if you have any questions @MasonHousing on social media channels or 

Calendar of Grouping, Selection, and Deposit Days

Frequently Asked Questions Guide

Application Instructions -- Applications are now closed for the 2016 process

To be eligible for on-campus housing, all upperclass students interested in selecting a space for 2016-2017 must complete their application on-time. Log into eliving to fill out your application:

The Housing application will open on Monday, February 1. 

What you need to know to successfully complete your application:

  • The housing application is binding. The information which you submit will be used to determine your selection order, not the time which you submitted the application. 
  • You will need your group leader's name and G#. If you are applying as an individual, you will list yourself as the group leader.
  • You will need to know how many students are in your group and be able to list the other members of your group. Be sure everyone in your group is eligible to participate in Housing Selection!
  • The order applications are submitted will have no impact on lottery numbers.

Below are step by step instructions on how to complete your application.

Application Completion Instructions

  1. Log in to complete your application. The link will be available on Monday, February 1st. You will use your email username and password to login.
  2. Click on "Housing Applications" in the left-hand menu, then click on "current student" information.
  3. Review your information - you'll see the Mason credits earned (provided by the Registrar) that will be used to determine your seniority in the process.
  4. Select a Meal Plan preference. You or your group leader will select your meal plan as part of selecting your assignment. You can change your meal plan with the Meal Plan office, if needed. Click "next" once you have selected your meal plan.
  5. Indicate how many people are in your group. If you are selecting as an individual, select "1."
  6. Fill in the group leader's name and G#. Be sure to format the G# as G00######. All members of your group should list the same group leader. If you are an individual, put yourself as the group leader.
  7. Fill in your group member names. List all other members of the group including the group leader. Do not list yourself.
  8. Indicate the best number to reach you at during Housing Selection. We will use this if there are questions about your application that need to be answered quickly.
  9. Read the listed statements and click "I Agree," then click "Next."
  10. Confirm your application preferences. Review everything to make sure it is accurate!
  11. Click "Go to the Agreement" once you are ready to sign your Housing Agreement.
  12. Read the housing agreement!
  13. Sign your agreement by clicking "I/We Agree" and then click the "Finish" button. Your application will not be complete until you click the "Finish" button.
Deposit - Confirming Your Space

Deposits must be paid online by credit/debit card or echeck.  

  • You must have your credit/debit card or bank account information available when you login to make your payment.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to use credit/debit cards when possible. 
  • There is a $50 fee for failed eCheck transactions (misentered account numbers, insufficient funds, etc).

The $300 housing deposit will be due when you select your room. Only students who select rooms will pay the housing deposit.  

Deposits must be paid during the published windows.  

Deposit Windows 2016
Groups of four: February 26-27

Groups of six, three, two: March 5-6

Individuals: March 18-21

Note: If you fail to pay your deposit by your deadline, your housing assignment will be cancelled and will be available for the remainder of Housing Selection or will be offered to a student on the Guaranteed Waitlist.

Deposit Instructions
Login to Click on the Housing Applications link on the left, then locate the Make Payment link. You should receive an email from upon completion of payment.

Deposit Waiver

The Deposit Waiver request form will be available in the eLiving account within the Current Resident section, under the 2016-2017 Applications header from Friday, February 12th @ 10am through Sunday, February 21st @ 4pm . Students seeking a deposit waiver will submit the online request AND be required to submit paper documentation with his/her FAFSA EFC score. Deposit waivers are only available for students with a FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) score of $1500 or less. No deposit extensions will be offered. Students will be approved for a waiver or required to pay the $300 deposit. If not waiver is approved or deposit paid, a selected bed space will be cancelled. Only the bed space for the unpaid deposit will be cancelled. All other students, with paid deposits or approved waivers within the apartment/suite/room will remain assigned.

Room Locator-Available for Groups of 4 and 4-Flex

The room locator is now available for groups of 4 and groups of 4flex. As of Thursday, February 24, there are no more available apartments for groups of 4 in Northern Neck, Liberty Square, and Potomac Heights.

The room locator is an important tool in researching available rooms for your group size. The locator will be updated and available in February before the first round of group selection begins. You will receive an email when the room locator is live and available.

Log into eLiving to access the Room Locator:

You must have a current Housing Selection application to view rooms. Search for rooms based on the size of your selection group (groups of 4, groups of 6, individual, etc.).  

Using the Room Locator/Interpreting the codes

  • By default, results are returned in order of building name then bed space. Some searches may return multiple pages of results. Scroll to the bottom of the search screen to see if there are multiple pages.
  • Click on a column header to sort by that column. For those of you interested in making notes, you can cut and paste the results into Excel.
  • For most buildings, if rooms are in a suite together, they will have a similar number, followed by capital letters to represent each bedroom. Lowercase letters represent each bedspace in a double or triple. For example, the three rooms in Blue Ridge 204 are BL-204A (single), BL-204B (single) and BL-204C (double) which has bedspaces BL-204Ca and BL-204Cb. Usually, the first digit of the number tells you the floor (so this room is on the 2nd floor).

Key for "Notes" Column:
ADA-HI  Hearing Impaired Accessible
ADA-HI RA Suite  Hearing Impaired Accessible in RA Suite
ADA-R-HI  Roll-in Shower, Hearing Impaired Accessible
ADA-WCA  Wheel Chair Accessible
ADA-WCA RASuite  Wheel Chair Accessible in RA Suite
ADA-WCA-HI  Wheel Chair, Hearing Impaired Accessible
ADA-WCA-R  Wheel Chair, Roll-in Shower Accessible
ADA-WCA-R RASuite  Wheel Chair, Roll-in Shower Accessible in RA Suite
ADA-WCA-T  Wheel Chair, Transfer Shower Accessible
ADA-WCA-T RASuite  Wheel Chair, Transfer Shower Accessible in RA Suite
ADA-WCA-T-HI  Wheel Chair, Transfer Shower, Hearing Impaired Accessible
RA  Resident Advisor
RASuite  Resident Advisor Suite

Key for Room Type Description:
-K  Full Kitchen (includes refrigerator, sink, stove, and oven)
-Kt  Kitchenette (includes microwave, small refrigerator, and sink)

Process Overview

The following are the steps in the housing selection process for upperclassmen:

1. Submit your application (February 1-5, 2016)                  
2. Grouping
3. Where Do You Want to Live?
4. Select your Housing
5. Pay your deposit


To be eligible, your Spring 2016 semester should be your 6th or fewer semester on-campus. You must be a current resident, and you need to plan to be a full-time undergraduate student for 2016-2017.

If you entered Mason as a transfer student, your class standing at admittance impacts how long you are eligible for housing. Students who entered as sophomores are eligible for up to six continuous semesters of housing. Students who entered as juniors are eligible for up to four continuous semesters of housing.

Incoming freshman should visit the Freshman Housing section of our website. Incoming transfers for Fall 2016 should visit our Transfer Housing page. Housing Selection does NOT apply to incoming freshman or transfers.


Grouping will occur February 10-14, 2016

Groups will have priority to select before individuals. Allowing groups priority to select increases the chances that friends can live together and limits the number of random roommates and suitemates.

The order of groups selecting will be determined by the average seniority of the group's members. This will help you see how many people are selecting ahead of you, which will help you understand your chances of selecting your desired suite type.

Groups of four will select, then groups of six, three, and two. If a group doesn't select during group selection, the members will all be moved to individual selection. During individual selection, members of groups who were broken apart may still end up selecting together through the pull-in process. Students moved to individual selection will be placed in order with other individuals based on your own seniority - average seniority will not impact individual selection.

Groups who are participating in a round of group selection will know that they are ensured a suite with enough bedspaces for their group. We strongly encourage groups to select during your round of selection, rather than waiting for individual selection. If you have a late spot in group selection, you will probably have a late spot in individual selection, as well.

Students who are going to be on the Waitlist will know early in the process. These students will likely be rising seniors, and some rising juniors. There are always more housing applications than there are beds available. The students who will be on the Waitlist will be informed shortly after applications are processed and will have more time to make alternate housing arrangements if they decide they do not want to wait for their housing assignment.
Forming a Group or Applying as an Individual

Students are encouraged to form groups to participate in selection, but may also apply as individuals. Groups and individuals should research available suites in preparation for their selection time. A good place to begin is by reviewing the chart of available suite-types. Use the Room Locator Tool to search for available spaces.

Applying with a Group

All students are encouraged to form a group. Forming a group improves the likelihood of selecting with friends or compatible suitemates.

  • There are four group sizes - six-person, four-person, three-person, and two-person.
  • The number of people corresponds to the number of beds in the various suite types.
  • A group of six will have priority to select a suite for six people, a group of four will have priority to select a suite for four people, etc.
  • Students can review suite and room types to understand what will be available.
  • The majority of beds (approx. 70%) are in four-person suites.
Don't give up on finding someone to group up with!
  1. Check out the Roommate/Suitemate Finder Facebook Group. Post your info and see who else is looking.
  2. Attend a Housing Selection Social (roommate/suitemate matching event). Dates and times to be announced.
  3. Attend the Housing Selection Kick Off Event, date and time to be announced.
  4. Talk to your RA and see if they know anyone else looking to form a group.

Applying as an Individual

Students who don't have preferred roommates will be able to select during individual selection. About 10-15% of students go through the process as individuals, so you aren’t alone!

  • Being an individual means you will be selecting on your own from spaces that remain at your selection time.
  • Students who select during individual selection will have random suitemates, and in many cases, random roommates.
  • Some individuals may be able to select in single bedrooms, many others will select in double bedrooms.
  • All individuals will have suitemates, since all upperclass space is in suites.
  • Applying as an individual is a good option if you don't have a lot of preferences about who you live with.
  • Individual selection occurs after group selection is complete.
  • If you do find yourself selecting to live with someone random, be sure to contact them after selection and talk about how you'll live together. It's always best to start off on the right foot!
  • If you find a roommate or suitemate after the application deadline, but before individual selection, you can still try to pull them in or be pulled in by them during individual selection.
Roommates and Suitemates

Who you live with can have a big impact on how happy you are in your housing assignment. All upperclass bedrooms are part of suites, so everyone has to get along with one to five suitemates, and most students will also have a roommate.

Communication tips for roommates and suitemates

Housing Selection has been designed to significantly increase the ability of groups of students to live together with chosen roommates and suitemates. While this should lead to better living experiences for everyone, communication is essential for roommates and suitemates to be successful together.

It is common for roommate conflicts to arise between two students who moved in as friends, but who now aren’t getting along well as roommates. We aren't saying friends can't live together, just that some friends probably shouldn't. Before deciding on a roommate/suitemate, have a conversation with each other about things that will impact your ability to live together. Some topics to cover:

  1. Sleep habits - bedtime, wake-up time, how heavy of a sleeper are you, do either of you snore?
  2. Cleanliness - Are you messy? Can you deal with messy? Can you deal with neatness?
  3. Guests - daytime guests, overnight guests, how long is too long?
  4. Study Habits - is your room/suite going to be primarily a social space or a study space? How will you balance these needs?
  5. Borrowing - Whose toothpaste is it - yours, mine, or ours?
  6. Suite and bedroom types – what can you afford, where are you willing to live, who will get which size bedroom in a suite with both singles and doubles?

Though it may not always seem this way, it's better to have a hard conversation now than to lose a friend later!

Note: Housing Selection is only for students who currently live on-campus. You cannot pull-in a Fall 2016 transfer student, incoming freshman, or a friend who currently lives off-campus. There are separate application and placement processes for transfers, incoming freshmen, and off-campus students wishing to live on-campus for 2016-2017.

Researching Available Suites

As you and your group members discuss where you want to live, be sure to take into account what your group's preferences are. Choose what is best for your group members - discuss price, location, bedroom type preferences, etc.

A variety tools are available to help you understand what your chances are of selecting your preferred suite-type.

  1. Floor Plans: Take a look at the layout of each suite-type. You can see from the floor plans which types of suites are available in each building.
  2. Room Locator: The Room Locator will allow you to search a real-time list of available suites and rooms. It will distinguish by assigned gender, number of available beds, and location of the suite. As selection occurs, this tool will update so you can be searching available rooms shortly before your selection window opens.
  3. List of RA Rooms pdf: This list is currently being updated for the 2016-2017 academic year. Some students want to live with the RA, some don't. Be sure to check this list so you know if you're picking an RA suite!
  4. List of wheelchair accessible/hearing impaired rooms pdf. These are available for anyone to select.
  5. List of Winter Break buildings: While campus is closed over winter break, residents of a few buildings may request to stay over break. If you think you have a need to be on-campus over break, be sure to select in a winter break building. These include Hampton Roads, Whitetop, Rogers, Northern Neck, Liberty Square, Potomac Heights, Student Apartments, Townhouses.

Room figures and statistics

  • Over 70% of available space for upperclass students is in 4-person suites.
  • About 7% of available spaces are in suites for six people. These suites are only in Student Apartments, Northern Neck, and Potomac Heights.
  • About 12% of available spaces are in suites for three people. The majority of these suites are four-person suites where one of the single rooms is the RA's bedroom, and there are three remaining spaces. There are only two triple-bedrooms available.
  • Just under 9% of available spaces are in suites for two people. Some of these are suites with two singles, others are double rooms with private bathrooms.
Selecting Your Space
Group leaders will select the spaces for all members of the group. Other members of the group will consult with the group leader about what to select, but will not enter the selection software to select their space. All group members need to complete their own application and pay their own deposit.

Groups will only be able to select a suite that they can fill. For example, groups of four will only see suites with four empty bedspaces when they enter the selection software. Groups of two will only see suites with two empty bedspaces, etc. A group must be able to fill a suite to select it, so groups cannot break-up between when applications are submitted and when selection occurs.

Individuals will select their own bedspace and be able to pull in roommate(s) and/or suitemate(s). Students who do not select during group selection may select during individual selection. During individual selection, a student will select his/her own bedspace. S/He may also choose to pull-in another student(s) who is participating in individual selection.

How selection works

  1. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline. If there are more applicants than there are spaces, the extra applicants (mostly rising seniors, possibly rising juniors) will be moved to the Waitlist. They will not be participating in selection.
  2. The remaining applications will be sorted according to whether they are requesting to select as a group of four; a group of six, three or two; or to select as an individual.
  3. Groups of four who are selecting will proceed to selection, February 23-25. Those who select will pay their deposits. Those who had a chance to select but did not will be moved to individual selection.
  4. Groups of six, three, and two will proceed to selection, March 3-4. Those who select will pay their deposits. Those who had a chance to select but did not will be moved to individual selection.
  5. The remaining participants proceed to individual selection, March 17-18. Those who select will pay their deposits. Those who had a chance to select but did not will may apply for housing on the Waitlist in May. They will not be guaranteed an assignment.

If a student selects a space but not does not pay their deposit on time, their assignment will be cancelled, and their space will be available for later rounds of selection.

Selection Instructions

You will receive an email approximately two days before your assigned selection time. This email contains all the information you need to select your space and pull in your group members. The date and time in the email represents when you are allowed to first log into the system; you may log in anytime after that time until the selection time for your category expires. We recommend logging in and selecting your space as soon as you are allowed-- you have the best options available to you at that time.

Flexible Housing

Deadline Extension: Flexible Housing applications will be available January 19 @10am through Monday, January 25 @ 5pm. Each person in the flexible housing group must individually complete the flexible housing application within his or her eLiving account.

Flexible Housing is an on-campus housing option in which the assignment process is not determined by gender. Any student, regardless of gender, may choose to live with each other in the same room and/or same space.

Students may choose to apply for Flexible Housing if they meet the following criteria:

  • Who currently live on campus for the Spring 2015 semester.
  • Who are eligible for on-campus housing for the 2016-2017 academic year.This process is only open to returning students who would normally qualify to reapply for on-campus housing.

Flexible Housing Policies

1.     All applicants must agree to live with each other and to the policies/procedures of Flexible Housing before entering into housing selection.

2.     Should an opening occur within the flexible housing unit the space will be filled by one of the following methods:

  • The students in the unit will have 3 business days to notify housing of another roommate to fill the vacancy.This person must either be currently living on campus or eligible for on-campus housing.
  • At time of application, students within the group may all agree to a roommate who also applied for flexible housing be placed within the unit.
  • If the students in the group do not select another roommate nor do they agree to have an approved applicant placed to fill the vacancy then the unit will move from flexible housing to traditionally gendered housing.This will more often than not result in students being reassigned or moved to different housing.The Housing Services Coordinator will work with the students to facilitate moving students, if necessary, to appropriate traditional housing.
  • Housing Services reserves the right to consolidate students in flexible housing if necessary.

3.     Room change request policy and procedure will not change, however, students will have the option to move within flexible and traditional housing as long as the criteria is met and agreed upon

4.     Applying for Flexible Housing is not a guarantee of space. 

Flexible Housing Procedures

1.     Students who wish to live together in flexible housing must first identify a group of four or six and designate a group leader. Groups must fill an entire unit.

2.    Each member of the flexible housing group must log into eLiving and complete a Flexible housing application between January 19 @10am and January 22@4pm.

3.    Each member of the flexible housing group must attend one of the Flexible Housing information sessions hosted by Housing and Residence Life. If one member does not attend an information session then the entire group may not be approved for flexible housing.

Flexible Housing Information Sessions:

Thursday, Jan 28th @ 4pm in Hampton Roads Multipurpose Room
Friday, Jan 29th @ 11am in Eisenhower Media Room
Monday, Feb 1st @ 5:30pm in Rogers Multipurpose Room
Friday, Feb 5th @ 3pm in Eisenhower Media Room

4.    Each flexible housing applicant will then receive instruction via email from Housing Services on how to continue with grouping and housing selection. Housing Selection for groups entering into Flexible Housing will mirror the same process as general Housing Selection.

5.     After room selection all students in Flexible Housing will proceed as any other Mason housing student (pay the deposit, etc.)

The application can be found by logging into eLiving.
Select the Current Resident Section and below the 2016-2017 Applications section, select the Flexible Housing Application option.

Flexible Housing FAQ

Flexible Housing FAQ

Q: Why offer Flexible Housing?

A: Over the years we have had occasional requests for flexible housing and are formalizing a way forward for students who seek this special arrangement. Mason, as well as many institutions across the country, is responding to the changes in residential student housing needs. There are numerous reasons that a student would need or want to live in a more flexible and inclusive housing assignment. Giving our upper class students the opportunity to select their apartment or suitemates without restrictions embraces the needs of the broader Mason community.

Q: What is the history on Flexible Housing

A: Universities across the country have been working toward the development of more flexible living-learning environments that strive to provide a range of options that respond to students' diverse backgrounds, interests, preferences and needs in a thoughtful way. More than 150 colleges and universities offered some form of gender-neutral housing during this academic year.

Pursuing this initiative has been a recommendation of the George Mason University Campus Climate task force from 3 years ago. The George Mason University Housing & Residence Life team AND partners across campus have been thorough and thoughtful in developing Mason's initial approach.

Q: What is the application and assignments process for Flexible Housing?

A: The Flexible Housing option will be available to returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors through the housing selection process. Students who wish to take advantage of the new option generally must enter into the housing selection process with four or six apartment/suitemates who agree to this arrangement. Our Housing staff would work with any first-year or transfer students individually if a special need was identified.

Q: Are any special steps being taken in the roll out of this new option?

A: To ensure that our students do not enter this agreement lightly, our housing services staff developed an application process that includes a special agreement and a face-to-face meeting with a professional staff member. This meeting with the group members is meant to explore potential issues and to ensure students have thought through the unique issues that may arise. Housing staff will check in with group members during the year to identify issues of concern.

Q: Can students randomly be assigned to a roommate of the opposite sex?

A: No. The selection of gender-neutral housing will be by student choice only; no student will be assigned to a gender neutral living situation without his or her expressed consent.

Q: What if a student chooses to live with someone in a gender-neutral arrangement and becomes uncomfortable with the situation?

A: Students will have the option to dissolve their group and move into more traditional housing if flexible housing does not work for them.

Q: What if parents don't want their child to live in a gender-neutral housing space? Will parents be notified if their child opts for gender-neutral housing?

A: It is the student's choice to tell their parent or guardian about their decision to live in a gender-neutral housing. We encourage them to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of their housing decision.

Q: How is the Flexible Housing accommodations setup?

All upper class suites and apartments that are open to gender-neutral housing have single use bathrooms (one toilet and one shower).

Q:  Can couples live together under this policy?

A: We discourage students of any sexual orientation who are in a relationship from living together in campus housing. However, out of respect for student privacy, we will not question the student's motives for requesting gender-neutral housing.


Mason Global Center - 11 month agreement. NEW for 2016-2017!

Mason Global Center, 11-month agreement

The Mason Global Center is the home of the INTO Mason program, an international Pathway and English Language program. Limited space is available for upperclass domestic students in this unique residential community where students have the opportunity to live on campus in an 11-month contract that spans from August 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Students living in Mason Global Center interact with Mason students from around the world, both freshmen and upperclass. This housing option is ideal for students who crave learning about international cultures and need the opportunity to live on campus longer than the standard 9 month contract. All rooms are double occupancy with a private bath. The Globe dining center is located on the first floor.

This housing option is available to groups of two and individuals only.

Deposit Waiver

Deposit Waiver

The Deposit Waiver request form will be available in the eLiving account within the Current Resident section, under the 2016-2017 Applications header from Friday, February 12th @ 10am through Sunday, February 21st @ 4pm . Students seeking a deposit waiver will submit the online request AND be required to submit paper documentation with his/her FAFSA EFC score. Deposit waivers are only available for students with a FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) score of $1500 or less. No deposit extensions will be offered. Students will be approved for a waiver or required to pay the $300 deposit. If not waiver is approved or deposit paid, a selected bed space will be cancelled. Only the bed space for the unpaid deposit will be cancelled. All other students, with paid deposits or approved waivers within the apartment/suite/room will remain assigned.

Information Sessions and Housing Socials

Have questions? Want more information? Attend an Information session below:

Wed. Jan. 27

Eisenhower Multimedia Noon-1:30 PM

Thurs. Jan 28

Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Fri. Jan 29

Whitetop Seminar 1 PM-2:30 PM

Mon. Feb. 1

Piedmont MPR 1 PM-2:30 PM

Whitetop Seminar 6 PM-7:30 PM

Tues. Feb. 2

Piedmont MPR 1 PM-2:30 PM

Eisenhower Multimedia 5 PM-6:30 PM

Wed. Feb. 3

Eisenhower Multimedia 1 PM-2:30 PM

The Ridge 4 PM- 5:30 PM

Eisenhower Multimedia 4 PM-5:30 PM

Thurs. Feb. 4

Eisenhower Multimedia 1 PM-2:30 PM

Piedmont MPR 3 PM-4:30 PM

Eisenhower Multimedia 3 PM-4:30 PM

Housing Socials 

Looking for a roommates, suite mates, or apartment mates? Come on out and chat with prospective roommates on the dates and times listed below.

7:30-8:30 pm 

January 21-Hanover

January 25-Eisenhower

January 28-Hanover

February 3-Eisenhower

February 8-Hanover

For questions please contact your neighborhood Housing Services Coordinator or email


Housing Application Process

During the Housing Selection process, demand for housing may exceed supply. Some students who enter the process will not be able to select a room during Housing Selection. These students may submit a deposit and housing preferences in late March-April. They will have priority to select an available space over the summer. Full selection instructions for paying the deposit and completing their preferences will be emailed to these students.

They are the groups and individuals with the highest average seniority, so mostly rising seniors and some rising juniors.

Students who are not eligible for Housing Selection, but who wish to live on-campus may also apply for the housing application process. The application will become available in May. These students will receive housing offers late in the summer, as space becomes available. Their placement will begin only after students remaining from Housing Selection have ben given an opportunity to select a space. There is no guarantee of receiving an assignment. These students are encourage to have alternate housing plans, in the event space does not become available.

When will I receive an assignment?

Students who did not select during the application process students will be able to enter the selection software on a rolling basis as space becomes available. Students will be contacted with selection instructions and given a window of time to make their selection from available space. Students who have not select in summer will have the opportunity to remain in the applicant pool and be placed as space becomes available or to cancel their application.

If I did not select during the application process int he spring where do I  live?

From the end of Housing Selection in late March through when halls open in August, numerous students will need to cancel their housing. These spaces are in a variety of buildings and suite-types. We cannot predict what will become available, but past experience tells us there will be a variety of spaces that open up over the course of the summer.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

Returning residents interested in living in a Living Learning Community (LLC) must complete an LLC application.

If you're invited to join an LLC, you will be sent instructions and a deadline for paying your deposit to confirm your space. Deadline Extension:The deadline for Fall 2016 LLC applications is Monday, January 25 @ 5pm. Questions about LLCs should be directed to the Office of Living Learning Community Development.

Special Housing Requests

Students requesting special housing accommodations must submit a Special Housing Request form in accordance with the Special Housing Request process. Students with approved needs will receive special consideration in this process, as is deemed necessary based on their specific need.


View a glossary of commonly used Mason housing terms.

Average Seniority
Each student’s seniority is determined by the number of Mason credits you have earned as of the beginning of Spring 2015. During the group selection process, each group’s seniority will be determined by averaging the credit hours of the members of the group. Groups whose average is higher will select before groups with a lower average. For example, members of a group of four may have 80, 75, 70, and 40 credits, for a total of 265 credits. Their average seniority is 265 divided by 4, or 66.25 credits. A group whose average is 65 would select after the group whose average is 66.25.

Each suite has one, two, three, or four bedrooms. The bedrooms are where beds, dressers, and desks for the residents are. Bedrooms can be single, double, or triple occupancy. The bathroom (and living room and kitchen, where applicable) are considered common space.

A bedspace refers to the count of people who can live in a bedroom or suite. For example, a single bedroom has one bedspace, a double bedroom has two bedspaces, and a suite with two double bedrooms has four bedspaces.

A $300 non-refundable housing deposit is due shortly after your space is selected. This deposit confirms that you are accepting your selected space. If you do not pay your deposit by your deadline, your assignment will be cancelled and another student will be able to select that space.

Doubles (or double bedrooms)
A double is a bedroom for two students. Almost all double bedrooms are within suites for four or six students, so students seeking doubles should join a group to increase their chances of being able to select a double bedroom. We anticipate that some spaces in double bedrooms will also be available during individual selection, after group selection has occurred.

Students are encouraged to enter the selection process with one or more other students to form a group. Groups should have six, four, three, or two students in them. Groups will have the highest priority to select a suite with the same number of bedspaces as there are people in their group. A group of six students will be entered in the lottery to select a suite for six people, a group of four students will be entered in the lottery to select a suite for four people, etc. Groups must have a group leader (which will be indicated on your application). The majority of available space is in suites for four people.

Group Leader
Each group of six, four, three or two students will identify one student to be the group leader. The group leader will be the student responsible for logging into the selection software and selecting the suite for all members of the group. The other members of the group do not log-in during selection. All students in the group will indicate their group leader’s name and G# on their housing application. The group leader does not have to be the person with the most seniority in the group. If the group leader is unavailable at the assigned selection time, they may designate another member of the group to be the group leader, instead.

Group Priority

Groups of six, four, three, or two students will select earlier in the process than individual students. Groups will select suites that have the same number of available bedspaces as there are students in the group. During group selection, the group must fill the suite in order to be able to select it. You will indicate your group size on your housing application. Groups will select from their desired suite size (six, four, three, two) in order of the average seniority of the group members. Groups with higher average seniority select earlier than groups with lower average seniority

Group Selection
Group selection will occur in two phases. First, groups of four students will be able to select from available suites with four empty bedspaces. Then, groups of six, three, and two will be able to select from appropriate sized suites. During group selection, the group must fill the suite in order to be able to select it. You will indicate your group size on your housing application. Groups will select from their desired suite size (six, four, three, two) in order of the average seniority of the group members.

Housing Selection

Housing Selection is the process by which eligible undergraduate students have the opportunity to select their bedspace for the following academic year. Housing Selection is designed to allow the most students the greatest ability to select their desired space. Depending on demand for housing, there is no guarantee that all students will have the opportunity to select their own space.

Individual Selection
Housing Selection will happen in two phases. Groups will have the first opportunity to select from available spaces. After group selection, remaining students (both those who originally applied as individuals, and those who did not select during group selection) will enter individual selection, when they may select a space for themselves or may pull-in as many suitemates as they choose. During individual selection, there will be no requirement to fill a suite in order to select it. We anticipate that most space available during individual selection will be in double bedrooms. Some singles bedrooms will be available earlier in the process for students with higher seniority.

A student who does not join a group is referred to as an individual. Students who are individuals in the process will select after all groups have had an opportunity to select. Individuals will be able to select from remaining bedspaces, which will likely be one space in a double room. We anticipate any remaining singles will be selected early in individual selection.

Mason Credits 
The number of credits earned at Mason. Mason Credits will be used to determine seniority. Credits earned from high school etc, will not count towards seniority.

Priority implies that a group or individual will have an increased chance at selecting their desired suite/space. It does not guarantee the ability to select this desired suite/space.

"Pull-in” refers to the act of selecting for another resident by pulling them into the space. A student may pull another student in during individual selection by using that student’s pull-in password. We do not anticipate there being much opportunity to pull-in during individual selection.

Pull-in Password

Each student will have a pull-in password randomly assigned to them during selection. This password is needed to complete selection for anyone other than the person who is doing the selecting. During group selection, group leaders will be given the pull-in password for members of their group. During individual selection, students may share their pull-in password with another student if they give that student permission to select their space for them. Do not give your pull-in password to someone unless you approve of them selecting your space for you.

The housing rates are the cost to live in a given room type for the academic year. The rates vary by room and suite type, so it is important you review the rates and only select a space you can afford. Assignments will not be cancelled due to inability to pay for the room selected. Be sure that your group leader understands where you can afford to live. The rates for the following year are available late in the Spring. The current year rates are a good estimate of how expensive different room types are relative to each other

The student with whom you share a bedroom. If you live in a double, you have one roommate.


The order of selection is determined by the seniority of the members of a group. Mason credit hours earned as of the beginning of Spring 2014 will determine seniority – more credit hours equals more seniority, which equals an earlier selection time. Selection time for groups will be determined by using the average seniority of all group members.

Singles (or single bedrooms)
A single is a bedroom for one student. All single bedrooms are within suites for two or more students, so students seeking singles should join a group to increase their chances of being able to select a single bedroom. We do not anticipate many single bedrooms being available during individual selection.

All upperclass bedrooms are part of suites or suites with kitchens. A suite refers to a living unit where a small number of residents share a private bathroom. Over 70% of available upperclass beds are in four-person suites (or suites with kitchens). Suites have a combination of single and double bedrooms.

Suite Type
This refers to the various combinations of singles and doubles in suites. Some examples of suite types would be three-bedroom suites with two singles and a double, or two bedroom suites with two doubles, or four bedroom suites with four singles. Review the full listing of available suite-types.

Suite with Kitchen
All upperclass bedrooms are part of suites or suites with kitchens. A suite refers to a living unit where a small number of residents share a private bathroom. A suite with kitchen is similar to an apartment – it will have one or more single or double bedrooms, a bathroom (and in some cases two bathrooms), a kitchen, and a living room. Over 70% of available upperclass beds are in four-person suites or suites with kitchens.


The student(s) with whom you share a multiple room suite. You do not share a bedroom with your suitemates. You do share a bathroom, and, in some cases a kitchen and living room, with them.

Triples (or triple bedroom)
A triple is a bedroom for three students. There are only four triple bedrooms for upperclass students. (Note: There are suites with three bedspaces available – these are generally suites with either two double bedrooms or a double bedroom and two single bedrooms where one bedspace is for the RA or is being held for a participant in a special program.)

Demand for housing is greater than supply, so some students do not get to select a room during Housing Selection, but still have priority to receive a space. Additionally, students who are not eligible for Housing Selection may wish to live on-campus. They may apply to the Waitlist beginning in May. They will receive housing offers as space becomes available, after all of the students remaining from Housing Selection have been placed. Assignments will be offered throughout the summer. Students who apply in May or later are encouraged to have other housing options in the event that space does not become available for them.

Housing & Residence Life
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
MS 3F6
Fairfax, Virginia

703.993.2720 (phone)
703.993.2744 (fax)