First Year Students

First Year Students

First-Year Housing Options

We’re excited you’re here! The freshman year is an exciting time, and your on-campus living experience will be an important part of the transition. We look forward to working with you to help make Rowan University your home away from home. At Rowan, freshmen and sophomores typically live on campus, and are subject to the Mandatory Housing Policy. 

Incoming freshmen are able to apply for University housing after the University has received your admissions confirmation and deposit. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but to participate in roommate matching, you must apply by the published deadline. Applications will continue to be accepted and processed after this date. Check the Apply for Housing link to learn more. 

How to apply for Housing

  • ​Log into
  • Click on the “Housing Applications & Forms” tab at the top of the screen
  • Select the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Housing Application from the drop down menu
  • Complete the application
  • When you successfully submit your application, you will receive confirmation via your Rowan email address

If you are interested in choosing a roommate, please note your roommate(s) must:

  • Also be an incoming Freshmen student for term; and,
  • Have also completed their housing application; and,
  • Mutually select you prior to the deadline. 

Steps Students Should Follow To Mutually Select Roommate(s):

  • Log into 
  • Click on “Room Selection” 
  • Click on “Roommates/Suitemates” 
  • Select “Fall 2020 - Spring 2021” from the drop down
  • Search for desired roommate 

Note that roommate matches are not guaranteed.  Many things effect placement such as participation in a Learning Community, need for affordable housing and special housing accommodations.

Orientation Information

Please visit our Orientation Programs website which has information for New incoming Freshmen for the Fall term and Spring terms, including your Orientation check-lists and the ability to sign up for your orientation.

Where will I live?

Freshmen are housed in one of six residence halls on campus. Residence halls primarily double occupancy rooms. Singles may be available on a limited basis. In residence halls, students share common bathrooms in their suite or hall. All residence halls house students of multiple genders. Students in traditional residence halls may choose roommates of their same gender. In addition, every residence hall has a common lounge, and most halls provide additional recreational spaces.

All spaces are fully furnished with an extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk and closet or wardrobe for each student. Most rooms are carpeted. Non-carpeted rooms may be requested on a space available basis. Air-conditioning is standard in Holly Pointe Commons. Traditional residence halls are not air-conditioned. Internet and cable TV services are included in all housing options.

Budget Considerations

Rowan University offers freshmen options in our Traditional Residence Halls as well as our newest residence hall Holly Pointe Commons. When completing the housing application, students have the opportunity to indicate the importance of affordability in making their room assignment.  Keep in mind that Holly Pointe Commons has amenities such as air conditioning that result in a higher cost compared to the Traditional Residence Halls. You should discuss your budget and review your financial aid resources carefully when considering how to answer questions in the housing application. 


New students may have the option to match with a roommate prior to being assigned a room. If you know another freshman student who you would like to select as your roommate, discuss that with them. If you both feel the same way, you may have the opportunity to mutually match online after your housing application and their housing application has been submitted and processed. It is ok if you don’t know someone you would like to room with. Housing will assign you a roommate match based on the information in your housing application.

In accordance with the Gender Inclusive Housing Policy, you may match with a roommate with a gender other than your own. If you do, you will be assigned to Holly Pointe Commons.

Keep in mind that roommate matches are NOT GUARANTEED by the University. In some cases, such as when students are in conflicting learning communities, the University is unable to assign matched roommates together in the same rooms.

Co-Curricular Programs

You quickly discover that your residence hall is more than just a place to study and sleep. Residence halls provide a wide array of co-curricular programs to extend learning beyond the classroom as well as many social, cultural and recreational activities. Resident Assistants will play an important part in this, as they are there to support your overall success in the residence hall.