First-Year Students

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2020-21 Housing Application

The Housing Application for First-Year students opened on December 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM. If you wish to apply to live on-campus, click here to begin your application. Please note that you must be accepted into the university before you are able to apply to live on campus.

Housing Application Checklist
  • Once you have completed the first step of the Housing Application, you will be able to move on to the next steps, Roommate and Room Selection.
  • The Roommate Selection process is now open. Students have until April 10 to select a roommate in preparation for the final phase of the application.
  • On April 13, 2020, students will receive an email with a time ticket for Room Selection.

Housing Application Step by Step Guides


Step 2: Your Questions Answered

  • You can find your time ticket for Roommate Selection in the Housing Portal.

  • Time tickets are assigned by when you signed your License Agreement. You can view your time ticket in the Housing Portal 1-2 business days after you have signed your agreement.

  • The Roommate Selection process closes on Friday, April 10, 2020, at 5:00 PM.
  • To create a roommate group, one person in the group must begin this step by selecting to “create the group,” giving the group a name and setting a password. The person that creates the roommate group is the group leader. Once the group is created, the group leader can invite potential roommates to join the group. If you have been invited to a Roommate Group, you can accept or decline the invitation within 7 days of receiving it.
  • The group leader is responsible for placing themselves and their roommate in their unit and bed when Room Selection opens.

  • You can have a maximum of two people in a group.
  • No, this step is optional.
  • If you do not know who you want to room with, you can see a pool of “Roommate Matches” based on your answers to the questions you answered to create your profile.
  • No, students must live with other students of their same classification and gender.
  • No, students participating in an LLC can only see other students who are in that same LLC and are of the same classification and gender.
  • You can communicate with potential roommates via the messaging feature on the Housing Portal or by reaching out to them directly if they chose to share their cell phone number, email address or social media handles. If you do not see contact information listed in the portal, we cannot share it with you due to privacy, and you will need to message them through the Housing Portal.
  • Roommate groups are a maximum of two people. If you want to live with more than two people, you will need to communicate early and often with one another. Once Room Selection opens, you will need to tell each other what units you are picking and which beds. We recommend that you enter the Housing Portal at the same time. Please note, we cannot guarantee that there will be units available for groups of 3-4 people as Room Selection is based upon availability when the time ticket opens for the group leader.


Housing Application Fees

  • Type of Student
    Non-Refundable Application Initiation Fee
    Room Booking Fee
    Total Due
  • First-Time, Full-Time Student
    $200 due at the completion of the Housing Application
    $175 due to confirm room selection once the student has selected a room

Housing Options

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Explore our 2020-21 housing options for first-year students.

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Living-Learning Communities

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A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a community of students who live together on campus with similar academic, or lifestyle interests.

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Marietta Live-On Requirement

Living on campus in your first year improves your likelihood for success in college and beyond. Living on campus makes it easier to meet people, helps you transition from high school to college, and can help you achieve academic success and graduate on time.

Housing and Residence Life at Kennesaw State University is committed to supporting first-year students in their academic pursuits. The Marietta Campus has a first-year live-on requirement for students pursuing majors based on the Marietta campus. Kennesaw State University believes it is in the best interest of these students to live in close proximity to their peers and primary course instruction for the first year of college. For specific information on majors based in Marietta, please visit the enrollment services page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that they will receive housing. Students must be admitted to Kennesaw State University before they can apply for housing.

    The 2020-21 Housing Application opens on Monday, December 2, 2019, at 10:00 AM.

    Please contact the Talon One Service Center at 470-578-8663 (T-ONE) or for specific information.

  • All students must apply and be admitted to Kennesaw State University before they can register for on-campus housing. The housing application for first-year students opens on December 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
  • The Marietta live-on requirement applies to traditional, full-time, or first-year students who are enrolling in a major that is based on the Marietta campus. They are typically under the age of 21, recently graduated from high school and are registered to take a full load of classes (12 credit hours or more).

    This live-on requirement is in effect until Housing and Residence Life no longer has space to accommodate incoming first-year students on the Marietta campus. There is limited housing availability, so you are encouraged to apply early. The live-on requirement does not guarantee first-year students housing.

    Individuals may fill out the Exemption Request Form along with valid supporting documentation if they meet any of the following requirements before the first day of classes:

    • Student is residing in the home of a parent or legal guardian. Student is required to provide parent or legal guardian endorsement and address
    • Student is already or will be 21 by the first day of the academic year (For Fall 2020, this is August 17, 2020)
    • Student is married and/or has dependent children. Students must provide proof of marriage and/or dependent children via marriage and/or birth certificates
    • Student is actively serving in the Armed Forces
    • Student is transferring from another accredited institution with 30 or more credit hours (no exemption request form is needed)
      • AP and/or dual enrollment credits accumulated in high school are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Students who wish to request an for exemption for the 2020-21 Academic Year and Summer 2021 semesters, please fill out the Exemption Request Form.
  • Requests for exemption to the first year live-on requirement based on compelling individual circumstances outside of the exemptions listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.