Apply for Housing
Apply for Housing
Once you've been accepted to BSC and pay your admission deposit, you can begin the online housing application process. The Housing Application is available online by clicking here. Students who have been accepted and paid their admission deposit can log into the Housing Portal to complete the application. Applications should be submitted by June 1. You will also receive information to your BSC email and admission application email accounts with directions on how to submit your application.
As a first-year student, you will be matched with a roommate in one of our first-year halls. Our detailed application helps us match you with someone who has similar interests, habits, and desires. Our process has proven to be very successful in matching students and building lifelong friendships. Not knowing your roommate may seem overwhelming at first, but it's a great way to make new friends, get involved in new activities, and find your place at 'Southern.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Incoming Students
Housing Application Available
Deadline to submit Housing Application and Roommate Request
Deadline to request residential accommodations for Fall housing
Housing Assignments sent to New Students via BSC emailÂ
Move-In Day and Fall Orientation for New Students
The New Housing Selection Process
The new system will work in three steps - the application and Housing Agreement, roommate/suitemate selection, and the room/suite selection. All three steps occur online through the new Housing Portal. This will allow students to complete the Housing Application and roommate/suitemate selection online over a published period of time. The room selection process being online also allows Residence Life to make the lottery system more equitable for all students. Instead of students being able to pull up another student with a lower lottery number or be pulled down by a higher number, we will now be able to average the lottery numbers of the entire group at the end of the roommate/suitemate selection, prior to room selection, leveling the playing field and preventing one student from being the reason (or not) for getting the room you really want. The final step of the process is the actual room selection that will occur online during the evening hours to ensure students aren’t prevented from signing up due to class or other activities. Additionally, the new process not only frees students up from physically going somewhere, but means only one of the roommates/suitemates has to be available to login and select the room. This prevents those in club meetings, labs, athletic practices from being penalized.
The Housing Selection Timeline
March 6 - March 17 - The Application and Housing Agreement (Step 1)
During the application step, students will complete the Housing Application by clicking here. The Housing Application includes signing the Housing Agreement, providing updated emergency contact information, and registering your car for your parking decal next year; this step will last two weeks to ensure every student has time to complete the application. After the application closes, students will be assigned a lottery number based on class standing and GPA, the same way it worked in the old process. This number will be communicated via BSC email on or before March 20. It is imperative that all current BSC students planning to live in any on-campus housing space (residence hall, apartment, or Greek housing) must complete Step 1 by March 17 to ensure they are able select roommates or suitemates during Step 2.
March 20 - March 31 - The Roommate/Suitemate Selection (Step 2)
When the second step begins, students will be able to go back into the Housing Portal and select roommates/suitemates from all students who completed the housing application during Step 1. Students will be required to mutually request each individual in the room or suite to complete the process successfully. The Housing Portal allows each student to see which students have been mutually agreed upon and which still require action. Following the completion of Step 2, the lottery numbers of all roommates/suitemates that have been mutually selected to live with one another will be averaged together to create a rank number. Students will no longer “pull up” or be “pulled down” as in previous years. The Roommate/Suitemate Rank Number will be the order in which the roommates/suitemates select a residential space. The Roommate/Suitemate Rank Number will be communicated via BSC email on or before April 3.
April 4 - April 7 - The Room Selection Process (Step 3)
The final step is the room selection process and this step occurs online as well. Roommates/suitemates will receive a selection time ticket following Step 2 which will control the flow of students in the system at any given time. Instead of everyone in the room or suite needing to be present to sign up, a designated person from the room or suite can select the building, floor, suite, and rooms on behalf of the entire group.
Summer is an exciting time on the Hilltop and residence life is at the center of activity. Summer housing isn't restricted to those taking summer classes, but students enrolled in classes or participating in official Birmingham-Southern related summer programs have priority. If you are working in the Birmingham area, housing may be available to you. However, housing is reserved for Birmingham-Southern College students only.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Summer 2018
Summer Housing Application made available
Deadline to submit Summer Housing Application