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Priority Room Selection for Current Residents

Participate in Priority Room Selection to get first pick of your desired community and room assignment for Academic Year 2019-2020 – even the exact same room where available! Eligibility and time slots are determined ONLY by the date of housing contract completion.

February 1 @ 11:59 PM:

Deadline to complete the Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract in order to participate in Priority Room Selection. Current residents that complete their contract by this date will have the largest selection of residence hall rooms and types (based on availability).

Review the info below to make sure you complete everything in time to participate.

Key Deadlines
September 5

Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract available online

  1. Login to southalabama.edu/MyUSAHousing
  2. Select the 'Apply Now' button in the center of the home page
  3. Select the 'Academic Year 2019-2020' Contract Term and click 'Save & Continue'
  4. Complete the steps below. More detailed information can be found in My USAHousing.
      • Review the Personal Details section for accuracy and answer questions
      • Provide Emergency and Missing Persons Contact Info 
      • Complete your Roommate Profile and Questionnaire 
      • Review and accept the Housing Contract Terms & Conditions (if under 19, parent/guardian agreement required)
      • Pay your $150 Housing Prepayment 
      • Select your Residential Meal Plan (required) 
      • Select/Rank your Room Preferences
      • Submit Contract - Your contract is NOT complete until you finish this step!
November 1

'Manage Roommates' / Roommate Search Opens

  • Find a preferred roommate through the roommate search program in My USAHousing (optional) - 'all within the 'Manage Roommates' step of your housing contract.
  • Preferred roommates must be requested and accepted BEFORE you participate in 'Room Selection' (if applicable)*

*NOTE: Accepting a preferred roommate does NOT guarantee that student will be your roommate. Visit our 'Roommates' page to review important deadlines, FAQs, and other info.

February 1

Deadline for 'Academic Year 2019-2020' housing contract completion in order to be eligible to participate in Priority Room Selection

  • Current residents MUST complete their housing contract by this date in order to participate in Priority Room Selection.
February 4

Monitor JagMail for Notice of Time Slot to participate in Priority Room Selection

  • Priority Room Selection time slots generated for CURRENT RESIDENTS who completed their Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract by February 1 determined ONLY by the date of contract completion.
  • Eligible current residents will receive notice via JagMail of their time slot with further instructions as to how to participate in Priority Room Selection.
February 11

RENEW YOUR ROOM beginning @ 8:00 AM

  • For current residents who completed their Academic Year 2019-2020 contract by February 1.
  • If your room is available to renew, you will see a step within your Academic Year housing contract online in My USAHousing labeled ‘Renew Your Room’ 
  • If this step is not visible, your room is not eligible to renew. Some returning residents may be unable to select their current assignment and/or building due to spaces reserved for entering first-year students or a special program (academic, athletic, or administrative).
February 15 - March 1 

PRIORITY ROOM SELECTION

  • For CURRENT RESIDENTS who completed their Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract by February 1. Students should refer to their specific time slot notice sent via JagMail (if applicable).
  • Students will have 15 minutes from the beginning of their time slot to select a room before the next time slot opens (i.e. available rooms will continue to decrease). While students are encouraged to login and participate during their exact time slot, they will be able to participate from the beginning of their time slot until March 1 @ 11:59 PM.
  • AFTER selecting an initial room reservation, students will be able to search for a DIFFERENT AVAILABLE SPACE using the Room Swap section of the Room Selection page in My USAHousing (if interested).
  • Current Residents with a time slot who do NOT self select a room by March 1 @ 11:59  PM will be assigned by USA Housing and informed via JagMail the following week.
March 4 - 8

Room Selection / Room Swap may temporarily close in the portal during this time for USA Housing to make assignments for current residents with a time slot that did NOT self-select by the deadline above. JagMail notice will be sent to applicable students once assigned regarding how to view their assignment in My USAHousing AND how to participate in Room Swap to SELECT A DIFFERENT AVAILABLE ROOM (if interested) once Room Selection  reopens.

July 1 @ 11:59 PM

ROOM SELECTION / ROOM SWAP CLOSES. Anyone who wants a room change after this date must wait until the After Fall Move-In Room Change Request Period.

MANAGE ROOMMATES / ROOMMATE SEARCH CLOSES. Space is MUCH more limited after this date, preventing the ability to accommodate specific roommate requests.

*Dates are subject to change.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
▼   How do I complete my housing contract?

Learn how to complete your housing contract by visiting our Getting Started page.

▼   How do I request a roommate?

Learn more about the Roommate Search feature of the My USAHousing portal by visiting our Roommates page. 

▼   How do I renew my current room?

Residents wishing to keep their current room assignment should follow the steps below during the "Renew Your Room" period (see key dates above):

> Visit southalabama.edu/MyUSAHousing
> Login using your Jag number and JagMail password
> Select "Housing Contract" (upper left area of screen)
> Select your contract term (i.e. Academic Year 2019-2020)
> If your room is available to renew, you will see a step labeled "Renew
   Your Room". If this step is not visible, your room is NOT eligible to renew.

Note: Ineligibility of room renewal may be due to building classification (i.e. freshmen only), and/or academic/athletic/administrative reasons.

▼   How do I select a different room?
  • Pick your hall and room through the Room Selection step in the My USAHousing portal during your specific 'Room Selection Timeslot' (received via JagMail).
  • AFTER selecting an initial room reservation, students will be able to search for a DIFFERENT AVAILABLE SPACE using the Room Swap section of the Room Selection page in My USAHousing (if interested).
▼   What if I want a room that's not available?
First you must select a room that is available. Once you have a room, you can pick a different available room if interested through the Room Swap feature of My USAHousing (available until July 1)
▼   What if I don't complete my contract by the deadline?

Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract completed between February 2 - April 1: While you will not be eligible for Priority Room Selection, you will be invited to assign yourself during the standard ‘Room Selection’ process (mid April). Eligible students will receive notice via JagMail of their time slot (early April) with further instructions as to how to participate in Room Selection. Your specific time slot (day and time) will be determined by the date your housing contract was completed. During your invited time, you select your exact room from what’s available at the time of your participation. Those who DO NOT participate in Room Selection will be assigned by USA Housing AFTER closing Room Selection.

Academic Year 2019-2020 housing contract completed AFTER April 1: USA Housing will assign your room, taking into consideration your selected preferences - based on space availability at time of assignment. If your accepted/preferred roommate is eligible for Room Selection they can ‘pull’ you into a room with them based on space availability at the time of their participation in Room Selection.

▼   Can financial aid be used to make $150 prepayment?
No. Since financial aid will not be disbursed until August all students, including financial aid and scholarship recipients, are required to complete their $150 prepayment by the contract completion deadline in order to participate in Priority Room Selection.
▼   Can I still select a room after my timeslot?
While students are encouraged to login and participate during their exact time slot, they will be able to participate from the beginning of their time slot until March 31 @ 11:59 PM.
▼   What if I decide to cancel after completing my contract?

You may cancel your contract any time prior to taking occupancy of a room for that contract term (have not signed for a key nor moved in). More details can be found inside My USAHousing within your housing contract.

> Visit southalabama.edu/MyUSAHousing
> Login using your Jag number and JagMail password
> Select "Housing Contract" (upper left area of screen)
> Select your Contract Term (i.e. Academic Year 2019-2020)
> Select the 'Cancel Contract' option (upper right area of screen)
> Review contract cancellation terms, fees, and instructions
> Scroll to the bottom of that page and click the 'Cancel Contract' button