There are several factors we take into consideration when placing students in a room: disability accommodations, participation in Jump Start, the date the housing application was submitted, and personal preferences on the housing application.
Although we make every effort to assign students to a permanent room before their arrival, we reserve the right to move a resident once room assignments have been made. Residents are generally assigned to a building based on which cohort group (First Year, Transfer, Returning) listed below they are part of; although we reserve the right to place a student in any available bed.
Residence Life is supportive of all students including those who identify as transgender and those with a gender identity that is not traditionally associated with their birth sex. Housing assignments will be made on the basis of gender with which the student currently identifies. Current and incoming students with concerns relating to their gender identify/expression are urged to speak to Residence Life staff so we can assist the student in navigating their housing options.
First Year students:
First year students reside at our 55th Street residence hall. We are able to guarantee housing to students who apply by the May 1 deadline. The assignment to a specific size room is based on the application date with the earliest applications being placed in the 4-person rooms, then the 5-person, and so on. For those who have selected roommates, we average the two (or more) application dates to determine one universal application date for the roommates. For example, if one student applied May 1 and the other applied May 10, their combined application date would be May 5. In years with a large incoming class, we may need to place first year students at Cooper Square.
Transfer students are assigned to either 55th Street or Cooper Square depending on number of credits, age, and available space. They are placed based on application date and available space; we do our best to keep transfers in rooms together so their roommates are other transfer students, but at times transfers may be placed with returning MMC students or first year students. We are able to guarantee housing to students who apply by the May 1 deadline.
The majority of returning students live at Cooper Square, although a small group do live at 55th Street in RA apartments (see Living with an RA below). For returning students, we must receive both a housing application and the $500 non-refundable housing deposit to consider an application complete. We are generally able to provide housing for all returning students who participate in Fall Housing Selection (FHS) in the spring. Returning students who submit their complete application (deposit and application) after FHS will be placed as space allows or added to the waitlist. Many continuing students choose their roommates and beds during our Fall Housing Selection process. Any returning student who does not participate in FHS or choose a roommate, but has submitted both the application and deposit, will be matched based on the personal preferences on the housing application.
When students receive their room assignment, it will also include their bed assignment and a link to the room layout.
While we cannot guarantee roommate matches, we try to grant roommate requests whenever possible. For those who listed roommate requests on their housing applications, we begin the placement process by making sure all matches are mutual. If matches are not mutual between all roommates, we will be unable to place students together.
Students will receive roommate information in early August/ early January. Most students will be tempted to look up their roommates on social media, and we urge them to call their new roommates. We will not make room changes based on information from online communities, nor for any reasons that are discriminatory in nature.
If a student requires any type of disability accommodation (including, but not limited to: a de-lofted bed, an assistance animal, a small occupancy room), connect them with the Office of Disability Services to register and request an accommodation. Requests should be made at the same time as the housing application is submitted. Also add their name and info to the Disability Accommodations spreadsheet on the staff drive in the New Student Doc Tracking folder.
Gender Neutral Housing:
Gender Neutral housing is available for all students. Students must OPT IN to participate; if they are under 18, they need parent’s permission, but we encourage all students to share their decision with their family.
If a student contacts us about a specific situation, work with them to find the best solution.
Unfortunately we have limited space each summer for our Jump Start participants, so it is rare they are able to participate in substance free or gender neutral housing.
There are times when late applicants may be placed temporarily in RA bedrooms at 55th Street. These students will be moved out of the RA room as soon as a more appropriate room opens up. This may mean residents are moved in the first weeks or months of the semester.
Living With an RA:
Although RAs are able to select their roommates, it’s possible any student may be placed with a Resident Advisor, particularly returning students who select to live at 55th Street. Because the RA is expected to be available to their residents, you may expect knocks on the door often. If the RA is not home, you should be kind in letting the resident know the RA is not available and take a message so that the RA may address the resident’s concern. Please also note that the RA may need to have meetings with a resident inside the suite and your cooperation is appreciated.
MMC is not a nut-free community, so we cannot guarantee a nut-free room, but will do our best to accommodate requests.
While smoking, alcohol, and drugs are not permitted in MMC housing, the Substance Free themed floor at 55th Street is an optional living community for residents who choose to live with like-minded individuals who abstain from all substances, even cigarettes (used outside). Requests to live in substance free housing can be made on the housing application or by July 1 via email. Due to popular demand, requests are met on a first come, first served basis.