Random Roommate Enhancement
How Does It Work?
The Random Roommate feature allows the student to apply for any apartment unit type they choose, regardless of occupancy level, and be randomly assigned a roommate. To select this feature click the check box found in the Placement Options section of the Room Draw application.
The Random Roommate system matches students in the following order:
- Unit Type
- Year of Study
For example, Jane Doe applied for a random roommate(s) in a two bedroom and three bedroom unit. The system will match her with other students who applied for random roommates in the same unit type. The system will then match her with other students of the same gender, then by year of study. NOTE: If there are no students of the same gender, then the student will be assigned a roommate of the opposite gender.
PLEASE NOTE: If you decide that you no longer need a random roommate assigned to you, please delete the preference by March 23. This way your application will not be matched with someone who needs a roommate. Once the students are matched, they will be included with all other students in Room Draw. IMPORTANT: If the system is unable to match a student through this process, the student will be listed as unsuccessful for those unit types applied for. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for other options that do not require a roommate in order increase their chances of obtaining housing through the Draw. This option should be used as a last resort when no other roommates can be found.
Keep in mind that Random roommate pairings are assigned BEFORE the draw is run. Like any roommate you select on your own, your draw application for the unit type with the random roommate is DEPENDENT on the other person. If the random roommate is successful for a preference in draw for a different unit type (which they may have ranked higher than yours) then your entry for this unit type will be automatically unsuccessful when your lottery number comes up.
For example, John Doe applies for a 2-bedroom with one of his friends as his first preference. John also applies for a 2-bedroom with a random roommate as his second preference as a backup. You apply for a 2-bedroom with a random roommate and are paired with John. John's lottery number comes up first in draw and he is successful for his first preference in the 2-bedroom unit with his friend. Now your application with John for the 2-bedroom unit is invalid when your lottery number comes up in draw; you will be unsuccessful for housing unless you have given other preferences that are still valid and available.
You are always better off finding your own roommate, so that you know that the roommate has setup their preferences in line with your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How will I be notified who my roommate is?
Once the Random Roommate program is run, Housing will send you an email notifying you who your roommate(s) are for each unit type you applied for.
2. Am I automatically successful for a unit type in Draw if I am assigned a roommate?
NO. Being assigned a random roommate simply completes your application for apartment unit types. Once a roommate is assigned, your completed application is then entered into Room Draw and is considered along with everyone else who has applied for Draw. Results of the Draw will be posted on the Housing website on April 11.
3. What happens if both my random roommate and I want to retain our current apartments?
The successful apartment retained is determined by who has the better Room Draw lottery number. For example, John Doe is a G1 and James Smith is a G3. John Doe's unit will be the retained unit due his higher lottery number based on his year of study. James Smith will then need to move to John Doe's unit as of July 1st.
4. I need a Random Roommate but do not want someone of the opposite sex as a roommate. What should I do?
Unfortunately, this is the risk that you run when choosing to take advantage of this option. Depending on who applies for this, there is a very real chance that you could be assigned a roommate of the opposite sex. If you are at all uncomfortable with this, then you should not choose this option and try to find a roommate through other avenues.
5. What If I decide that I no longer wish to have a random roommate?
It is imperative that you delete the preference as opposed to moving it the bottom of your housing preferences since the person you are matched with likely needs a roommate and it will hurt their chances to be successful for housing. The last date to delete a preference is March 15.