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Residence Life

First Year Student Housing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Welcome, Bulldogs!

The online housing application and dining plan selection process will open on Monday, March 16 at 4:00 PM EDT for incoming first-year and transfer students. 

Beginning March 16, students with an enrollment deposit on file can access the housing application by logging in to My.Butler using their Butler network credentials. In My.Butler, navigate to Self Service. Select Student Center and scroll to the bottom to find Personal Information. Select Apply for Housing.

All newly admitted Butler University students must fill out the housing application regardless of whether they plan to live on campus or commute from home.

Housing and Roommate Assignments

Housing assignments are made randomly based upon the room preferences selected on the housing application. If a student’s first preference is unavailable, the system will move through the list of preferences until a placement is made. Housing assignments and preferences are not based on when students pay the enrollment deposit and/or complete the housing application. We do encourage students to pay the enrollment deposit and complete the housing application before June 1, 2020. Applications received after this time will be given secondary review.

Roommate matches are made using our online roommate matching system, which calculates a percentage match based on the personal preferences selected on the "Roommate Profile" page on the housing application. These preferences include questions such as, "On an average weekday, what time do you go to bed?" and "How orderly do you prefer to keep your living space?" Mutual roommate requests made prior to June 12, 2020 will receive priority consideration during the room assignment process.

Changes to the housing application, including roommate requests, can be made until June 12. Housing and roommate assignments will be communicated by July 15, 2020 to students who have an enrollment deposit and completed housing application on file by June 1. Assignments for students who submit a deposit after June 1 will be communicated on a rolling basis after July 15.  


Included in the housing application is an option to select a preferred dining plan. All students living in a Butler residence hall are enrolled in a Resident Dining Plan. Dining plans include meal swipes as well as Flex Dollars that can be utilized at retail locations on campus. For more information about dining plan options, visit our dining website

Commuting to Campus

Students who intend to commute must still complete the housing application to seek approval outside of the Butler University Residency Policy (listed below). Students intending to commute will need to follow the instructions in the Housing Application Process to select the Commuter Request process. This step should be completed  by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. 

Contact Us

This website will be updated as the fall semester approaches. If specific questions not addressed here arise, feel free to email us.

Butler University Residency Policy

It is the policy of Butler University to offer full, equal and nondiscriminatory assistance to all students without regard to their race, color, religion, nationality, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation in placement in university residential facilities. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live in University owned or operating housing for six academic year semesters except those who are: a) commuting from and residing full-time in the primary residence of their parents or legal guardians which is within 30 miles of campus; or b) married or civilly unified and residing with spouse; or c) are a legal guardian of a child and residing with said child; or e) are a military veteran with 2- years of active service before enrollment. Study abroad/away is considered a semester living on- campus. Transfer students must live in Butler owned/operated housing unless they meet one of the criteria above.

All campus housing includes both room and required dining plans with the exception of the apartment communities (South Campus Apartments, Butler Terrace, University Terrace and Apartment Village). Apartment community residents may purchase community-dining plans through the link on the Butler Dining page. All room and board contracts are academic year agreements.

Greek Chapter houses, on Butler University’s campus, are independently owned and operated by local or national housing corporations. Each Chapter has a room and dining contract that is consistent with their national/international office. Greek chapter housing is considered on- campus housing for continuing sophomore and junior students. Some chapters may require seniors to live in their chapter house. If a Chapter house does not have space for all affiliated sophomore and juniors students, they must live in Butler owned/operated on-campus housing. Chapters do not release students to off-campus status.

The University reserves the right to enforce any restrictions or regulations necessary for the general safety, welfare of residents and/or the maintenance of its property. Under certain conditions, students may apply for a special exemptions to the Residency Policy. If provided an exception, or living off- campus as a senior student, all are expected to adhere to all federal, state, and local laws as well as the Student Code of Conduct of Butler University. Students living off- campus or commuting from home are Butler University students and must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

Updated 12/13/2019

Finding Your Student ID Number

To find your student ID number:

  • Log on to your my.butler account
  • Self Service Student Homepage
  • Click on 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

Move-In Information for Opening Day

Opening day, and the start of Welcome Week, for first-year students is Saturday, August 22, 2020.  More information about move-in will be sent to you via email over the summer.

Our Philosophy on Roommates

Each year at Butler, 60 to 70 percent of our first-year students are paired with random roommates by Residence Life staff using information obtained from the intentional lifestyle preferences process found in the online housing application. If an incoming student does not have a preferred roommate, the housing management system, StarRez, will match roommates based on similar lifestyles and preferences from the housing application. While we do accept mutual roommate requests, we find that roommates matched by the system based on lifestyle preferences listed in their housing application have more successful roommate relationships.

Roommates are assigned without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability, military status, gender orientation, or sexual orientation.