Office of Residential Life

First-Year Housing Process

Our Housing Process

At USM, we assign all first-year residential students to a Living Learning Community (LLC) based on the COR or RSP lab class that you choose with your Academic Advisor during your initial Advising and Course Selection (ACS) meeting. These lab classes and corresponding LLCs are not connected to specific academic majors; rather, you can choose the one that best fits your interests. This is to allow first-year students to live and learn with a smaller cohort of students who share a common interest in that community. More information about the different LLC options and the research about the benefits of LLCs can be found here.

Roommate Requests

First-year students are able to complete roommate requests through our housing portal. After completing a housing application, students can create roommate groups through the "Update My Application" link on the housing portal. More information on how to access the portal and apply can be found here. Once you click the "Update My Application" link, you can create a roommate group, accept invitations into a group that you have been invited to, or leave a roommate group. As we make assignments, we will take these roommate groups into consideration as long as all students in the group select into the same LLC when you select classes. Some LLCs have multiple sections of the same topic, such as Health and Creativity; others only have one section. Make sure you discuss your plans with your roommate groups, as we will not be able to keep groups together if individuals select into different COR topics. If you do not select a roommate group, our housing staff will do our best to match you with roommate(s) with similar preferences based on the responses to the Roommate Matching information on each of your housing applications.

Honors and Roommate Groupings

One of our most frequent roommate group mismatches is for students who want to create a roommate group that has both Honors and non-Honors students in it. Honors students have a COR lab that connects with their entry-year experience class (HON 101), and all residential first-year Honors students are typically housed in Anderson Hall. As not all students are able to participate in Honors, however, we do allow exceptions for roommate groups made up of both Honors and non-Honors students. In these cases, students in these roommate groups may either be housed in Honors housing in Anderson, or in the LLC that is selected by the non-Honors student, depending on availability of open rooms in each of these communities. 

Timeline

While we typically begin housing students in June, our process is ongoing throughout the summer, as our ability to house students depends on when you and any requested roommates register for classes. Making assignments later in the summer not only allows us a wider pool of students that we can draw from when creating roommate groups, but also results in fewer changes to roommate groups as students are usually more firm in their plans later in the summer.

Room Types for First-Year Students

We do not offer singles, suites, or apartments within our first-year housing options. Students requesting accommodations are required to submit a Housing Accommodations Request Form through our Disability Services Center, as all accommodation requests must go through that process. 

Other Information

If you have any additional questions regarding housing here at USM, please take a moment to review our Frequently Asked Questions for both students and parents in the menu to the left. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at usm.reslife@maine.edu or by phone at 207-780-5240.