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Completing Your Housing Intention

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The process outlined on this page is important and time-sensitive for all incoming students. All students must set their housing intention, whether you’re applying for on-campus housing, living at home with a parent, or living off-campus with your spouse or child, etc. Students who intend to apply for on-campus housing will automatically be directed to the on-campus housing contract. Since housing assignments are made based upon the date the online contract is finalized, it is important to complete the contract as soon as possible. Changes or additions can be made until the closing date listed at the start of your online contract. Please use the step-by-step instructions on this page to complete your housing intention/contract. 

Residency Requirement: All first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. All sophomore and junior students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian, including those affiliated with a Greek organization, will be required to live in University housing or an approved Greek housing unit of which the student is a member. The Department of Residence Life must approve exceptions to this policy, or requests to live at home as a commuter student, in advance.

Getting Started

Once you have paid the $500 enrollment deposit (which includes the $100 housing deposit), you will have the ability to complete the online housing intention/contract in your my.butler account.

To find the housing intention/contract:

  • Self Service Student Homepage
  • Select Student Center
  • Scroll to the bottom to find Personal Information
  • Click the link that says Apply for Housing
  • Select the link that says Get Started

To find your student ID number to give to a preferred roommate:

  • Self Service Student Homepage
  • Select Student Center
  • Scroll to the bottom to find Personal Information
  • Click on Demographic Data
  • Your ID number will be in bold toward the top of this page

Housing Intention

The housing intention process is required for all incoming students. If applying for on-campus housing, check-mark that selection and click Go To Application. If you are not applying for on-campus housing, mark the applicable option and follow the provided instructions.

Online Housing Contract Information

As you begin your online housing contract, you will need to read the agreement for using the online housing contract system. This will include information on completing the next few pages contained in the online contract. You may print a copy for your records before moving to the next page. Once you check mark that you agree, you may continue to the next page. 

Housing Contract Step-By-Step

At this point, you will make several selections. At any time before you finalize your contract, you will be able to click Save and return later.

  1. For first-year students: Select the top six Themed Living Communities (TLCs) you prefer. For more details about the options, visit our TLC pageFor transfer and exchange students: Select the building(s) you prefer. For more details about the options, visit the building links on this page.

  2. Residence hall students are required to have the All Access meal plan. This plan allows students access to the dining halls any time they are open. If you will live in a TLC or residence hall, you must select the All Access plan to continue with the online contract. For more info, visit the Dining site. Apartment students are not required to have a meal plan, or may select a voluntary option.

  3. Next, complete your lifestyle preference options, which will be used during the roommate matching process. Take the time to make these selections, even if you have a preferred roommate, as plans could change in the future. 

  4. Additional lifestyle or special preferences may be available to you. Checkmark these only if you would like to be considered for them.

  5. The majority of incoming students do not have preferred roommates/suitemates and are matched with their roommates by Residence Life staff. If you have one or more preferred roommates or suitemates, you must complete this section by entering the preferred roommate’s Butler ID number and full name. Only mutual roommate requests will be considered. (Your requested roommate must also list you). Use the drop down indicator to select roommate or suitemate. This ensures we know who to place in your bedroom and who you want to have in the rest of the suite (if applicable). If you do not have a preferred roommate now but later find one or more before the closing date for your group, you may return to your online contract and complete this section. 

  6. Read the final contract statements and print a copy for your records. At the bottom you must click "Finalize Contract" to enter your information into our system. Please note: The date you finalize will be recorded and used to determine your housing assignment. Changes or additions to your online contract are allowed before the end date listed for your group. Just return to the online application and click through to make changes and then refinalize. This will not change the original date you finalized, which is used for your housing assignment.

Housing Assignment

It is in your best interest to finalize your online contract as soon as possible. Your TLC/building and roommate assignments will be prioritized based on the date you initially finalize your online contract. If you have provided a roommate/suitemate request, we encourage you to make sure everyone has ranked TLC choices and other preferences the same. If not, we use the preferences from the person with the first (earliest) finalized contract. Room and roommate assignment information will not be sent until mid-July. For safety reasons, room and roommate information will not be given out via telephone.

It is impossible to cover everything you might want to know on this web page. As questions arise, feel free to visit us in Atherton Union 303 or email us.