First-Year Students

2021-22 Housing Application

First-Year Housing Application timeline

In order to begin your Housing Application, you must set up Duo Two-Factor Authentication.

Step 1: Housing Application

The first step of the Housing Application for First-Year students opened on December 1, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Please note that you must be accepted to the University before you are able to apply to live on campus. To complete this step, you must pay the $200 nonrefundable Application Initiation Fee.​

Step-by-Step Guide: Step 1

Live With Housing: Housing Application

    • 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.

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

    • No, you are still able to apply for housing for the 2021-22 academic year. The application opened for First-Year students on December 1, 2020, and opened for Upper Class and Transfer students on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Due to the limited availability of on-campus housing, we encourage students to apply for housing as soon as possible.

Step 2: Roommate Selection

On Monday, March 15, 2021, students were able to see their time tickets for the second step of the application, Roommate Selection. This is an optional step when students can select one preferred roommate after their time ticket opens. Time tickets are based on when students signed their License Agreement in Step 1 of the application. The Roommate Selection process began on Monday, March 22, 2021, and closes on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.​

Step-by-Step Guide: Step 2

Live With Housing: Roommate Selection

  • Time Tickets

    • You can find your time ticket for Roommate Selection in the Housing Portal starting Monday, March 15. Once logged in, you will see a notification box that shows you your time ticket. You can also select the "2021-22 Application" tab in the gold menu, and you will see a green box with your time ticket.
    • Time tickets are assigned by when you signed your License Agreement.
    • The Roommate Selection process closes on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
    • If you do not select a roommate by April 9 at 5:00 PM, you will move forward with the room selection process without a preferred roommate.

    Roommate Selection and Roommate Groups

    • No, this step is optional.
    • If you do not know who you want to room with, you can see a pool of “Recommended 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 LLV can only see other students who are in that LLV and are of the same classification and gender.
    • 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.
    • You can have a maximum of two people in a group, including you and one other person.
    • Roommate groups are a maximum of two people. If you want to live with more than one other person, you and the other roommate group or people you wish to live with will need to communicate early and often with one another. Before Room Selection opens, manage your group to place the person with the earliest time ticket as the Group Leader. 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, if possible. 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.

    Roommate Group Leaders

    • The group leader is responsible for placing themselves and their roommate in their unit and bed when Room Selection opens.

    Communicating With Roommates

    • 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.

Step 3: Room Selection

Time tickets for the final step of the Housing Application, Room Selection, were released on Monday, April 12, 2021. Room Selection began on Monday, April 19 for First-Year students. During this step, students will select a room once their time ticket opens. Time tickets are based on when students signed their License Agreement in Step 1 of the application. To complete this step, you must pay the nonrefundable $75 Room Booking Fee.

Anti-Bullying Policy 

Housing and Residence Life will not tolerate bullying or cyberbullying, harassment or threatening behaviors from students during the Room Selection process. If you experience any of these behaviors during or after the Room Selection process from students who are pressuring you to cancel your room assignment, please complete this form so Housing and Residence Life can get involved. 

Harassing and/or bullying another student is a violation of the KSU Code of Conduct, which all accepted KSU students are responsible for upholding upon admission into the university. Students who are found responsible for inappropriate conduct during the Room Selection process may be moved to another room assignment, could possibly lose their opportunity to live on campus, and/or could face conduct charges with the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.  

Step-by-Step Guide: Step 3

Live With Housing: Room Selection

  • Time Tickets

    • You can find your Room Selection time ticket in the Housing Portal starting Monday, April 12. Once logged in, you will see a notification box that shows you your time ticket. You can also select the "2021-22 Application" tab in the gold menu, and you will see a green box with your time ticket.
    • Time tickets for both First-Year and Upper Class students begin on April 19, and span into the month of May. Time tickets open at 20-minute intervals during business hours Monday through Friday. Time tickets are determined based on when students signed their License Agreement during the first step of the Housing Application. Each student has been assigned a specific time when they may begin Room Selection. As a reminder, First-Year and Upper Class students are not able to live in the same communities, and will only be able to see the available units for their classification whenever their time ticket begins.  
    • Before Room Selection, we recommend that you visit our website and carefully explore each community. Review the virtual tours, community and room amenities, and pricing of each option. Communicate with your preferred roommate (if applicable) and make a list of your top three community choices before Room Selection begins, so you know what to look for in the Housing Portal.

      Also, make sure the group member with the earliest time ticket is selected as your Roommate Group Leader. This information is located in two places on the Housing Portal. The first place is on the main “Term Selector” page. Click on “Roommate & Room Selection,” and you will see a summary of your group. It is also listed on the “Roommate Groups” page.

    Roommate Groups

    • Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there will be a room available when your time ticket for Room Selection begins. We encourage each Roommate Group Leader to log in to the Housing Portal when their time ticket opens to pick rooms from what we have available at that time. Remember if you are in a Roommate Group, only your Group Leader is able to select a room.
    • This information is located in two places on the Housing Portal. The first place is on the main "Term Selector" page. Click on "Roommate & Room Selection," and you will see a summary of your group there. It is also listed on the "Roommate Groups" page. The Roommate Group Leader may pass their Group Leader role to the other roommate in the "Group Management" page any time before their Room Selection time ticket begins.
      1. Log in to the Housing Portal.
      2. Click on "Roommate & Room Selection" in the gold menu bar.
      3. Click "Continue" on the Term Selector page.
      4. Once inside the process, look for the "Roommate Group Management" page. This page will be available before and after Room Selection opens.
      5. Once on the Roommate Group Management page, the Group Leader can see the Room Selection timeslots for all group members.
      6. If a group member has an earlier time ticket, they can make that person the Group Leader by clicking the "Make Leader" button on this page.
      7. Once this button is clicked, the Group Leader responsibilities will be passed to the other group member.
      8. The new Group Leader is responsible for going into the Housing Portal when their time ticket opens to place all roommates in a room.
    • No, only Roommate Group Leaders can select beds for the group. This is why it is very important to communicate with your Group Leader about your plans and preferred living locations.
    • The Roommate Group Leader cannot move forward with Room Selection without placing both people from the group in a room.
    • Once you select a room and pay the Room Booking Fee, you will be able to see the other students who selected that unit before you in the Room Selection Summary page on the Housing Portal. You will not receive a notification when other students select beds within your unit after you, but you may log in to the Housing Portal at any time to check. We encourage you to use each student's information provided on the Room Selection summary page to contact your roommates and coordinate who is bringing what shared items before Move-In Day. 

    Selecting a Room Without a Roommate Group

    • Unfortunately, you cannot create a Roommate Group after Roommate Selection ends, but you can coordinate with other students on your own if you wish to live with someone you know. When your time tickets for Room Selection open, you can attempt to find rooms in the same unit or on the same hallway, depending on what is available. We cannot guarantee this will happen, but with coordination, it is possible.
    • Roommate Selection is not a mandatory step. If you did not match up with someone, you will select a bed for yourself during Room Selection, and you will live with the other students who also select beds within your unit.

    Room Selection for Living-Learning Villages

    • The Room Selection process is the same. The only difference is that LLV students will only be able to select rooms from those reserved for that particular LLV. For more information about LLVs and to see which communities each LLV can be found, please visit our LLV webpage.
    • If you are on a waitlist for an LLV and have not yet received an LLV offer, you have two choices.

      Option 1: You may wait for an LLV offer, which we cannot guarantee you will receive, and forgo your time ticket to begin Room Selection.

      Option 2: You may begin Room Selection according to your time ticket, which will automatically remove you from the LLV waitlist.

      If you choose Option 1, you may potentially miss the opportunity to find a room on campus. If you choose Option 2, you will miss the opportunity to live in an LLV.

      If you have questions about LLVs, please email

    Living With 3-4 People

    • No more than two people can be in a Roommate Group, including you and one other person. If you are attempting to match up with someone outside of your Roommate Group, you will need to communicate early and often with one another. You may try to live together by communicating which units you have selected to live in so when their time ticket opens, they can attempt to select that same unit.

      If another student chooses the other rooms in your selected unit, it is unacceptable to ask them to cancel their room booking to accommodate your friends. Room Selection is based on a time ticket system determined by how soon a student completes the first step of the Housing Application. It is unfair to ask someone to give up their current booking to accommodate another student with a later time ticket.

    • Since our housing options are limited and space will fill quickly, we advise you to prioritize finding a room on campus above attempting to live with others outside your Roommate Group. We cannot guarantee that there will be units available for groups of 3 to 4 people when your time tickets open. Room Selection is based upon availability, and we have a high demand for housing but cannot accommodate everyone who wishes to live on campus. 

    Bed and Room Availability

    • Our floor plans are useful guides to give you an idea about what your space will look like, but they are not exact. For example, in some units, the bedrooms may be flipped depending on the orientation of the rooms. You may view a virtual tour of each floor plan in our Housing Options section.
    • Some of our rooms in University Village and Hornet Village have double occupancy bedrooms, which means there are two beds in one bedroom. We ask Roommate Group Leaders to assign beds (either bed A or B, or the top or bottom bed) during Room Selection to prevent disagreements on Move-In Day.
    • If you don’t select a bed and we run out of available rooms, you will need to place yourself waitlist. You will not be guaranteed a bed if you do not select one during Room Selection.
    • If we no longer have rooms available for your gender, classification or campus, we will open a waitlist. Students may add themselves waitlist; Housing and Residence Life does not place students on a waitlist automatically. There is no cost to add yourself to the waitlist. If a room becomes available, a Housing staff member will reach out to you via phone or email with an offer for the next available bed we have.

    Campus Assignment

    • If you are a First-Year student, you will only be able to select rooms from the available options for your classification on your assigned campus. Your assigned campus is based on the major you declared when you applied to attend KSU. If you wish to change your major, you can do so in Owl Express. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for your major change to be processed.

    Room Booking Fee

    • Students who have a Roommate Group Leader place them into a room and students who are not in a roommate group have 48 hours after selecting or being placed into a room to pay their $75 Room Booking Fee. If you do not pay this fee within 48 hours, your reservation will be dropped, and your room will go back into the available room pool. We encourage you to pay this fee as soon as possible. 

    Room Booking Cancellation

    • To cancel your existing booking in an attempt to book a different room, please email from your KSU student email account with your request. You will be asked to complete a form indicating your acceptance of the terms for canceling your existing booking. If you are part of a roommate group, making this request will dissolve your roommate group, and you will NOT be able to join or create another one. Please note that the room you hope to select may not be available once your booking is canceled and you are able to log back in to select a new room. 


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.