Residential Life

Your Unit

Every first-year student lives in a "unit," a community that includes 40 to 60 first-year students and several peer counselors called Residential Peer Counselors (RPLs) who help to create engaging and respectful residential environments that enhance the student experience.

A unit may be two adjacent hallways or the whole building, depending on size. 

Area Coordinators provide direct supervision and guidance to the peer counselors of several units. Some first year areas may also include upperclass students living in singles or suites.

Your Roommates

You will be asked to complete the New Student Housing Questionnaire. For the Fall 2021 semester, this form will go live in June. You will receive an email when it goes live.

Roommate assignments are made through a computerized process based on your responses to this questionnaire (e.g., sleep and study habits). Your residence hall, room, and roommate assignments are made without regard to race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or nation origin. Rooms are assigned at random.

No room changes will be allowed from the beginning of classes for approximately two weeks. Following this housing freeze, room change requests may be made and will be vetted by your Area Coordinator. You will receive notification of your roommates and residence-hall assignment by early-to-mid August.

Housing and Roommate Concerns

Students who have concerns about their housing, roommate(s), or residential community can start by talking with their Residential Peer Leaders.

Students are also encouraged to meet with their Area Coordinator (AC). Area Coordinators are professional staff members who live in the residence halls and have a daytime office in Residential Life (Grad Center E, 1st Floor). Students may call or stop by Residential Life (401-863-3500) to connect with the AC for their area of campus.