All students are guaranteed housing for all four years, as long as the student applies for housing prior to the deadline.
All Shenandoah students are required to live on campus throughout their first two years at the university.
Housing Applications for First Year Students
Housing applications for new students open on March 1st.
New students can apply for housing between March 1 – May 31. You must apply for housing no later than May 31 to ensure full consideration. The deadline for new students is June 1st.
Shenandoah University requires all Freshman students to live on campus. In order to secure housing for the upcoming year, you will need to complete the online application through the myHousing Portal. Beginning March 1st, you can access the myHousing Portal at https://su.starrezhousing.com/starrezportal. When logging into the portal for the first time, select the “New Student Initial Login.” You will need to log in with your personal email and create a temporary password.
You will then receive an email from Residence Life with the subject line “Student Housing – Update Credentials”. Please click the link provided to set up your password for the myHousing Portal. Once you have created a password, you will return to the home screen of the myHousing Portal. Click “Login” in the red banner at the top. Then enter your username and password and click the blue icon labeled “New SU Student Login.”
All students seeking university housing must fill out a housing application. Once you have selected “Housing Application” Please fill out all information and remember to save and continue at the end of each page.
Residence Life asks students to rank their hall style preferences. We cannot guarantee that all hall style preferences will be met.
Select a Roommate
If you know who you want to room with, you must request that person to your group. By accepting an invitation, you are automatically assigned/given preference to that student. DO NOT accept an invitation if you are not confident in rooming with that student. You have the ability to add multiple people to your group, but preference will be given in the order that those individuals accept your invitation. Roommate requests must be mutual. Unanswered or declined roommate requests will not result in roommate pairings.
Match with a Roommate
Roommate matches are determined based on your answers to the Roommate Matching Questions. You can view your suggested roommates by clicking “Suggested Roommates.” Your Suggested Roommates are students answered questions similarly to you. If you are interested in reaching out to your suggested roommates, you can send them a message by clicking “Send Message”. This communication will appear in the upper right corner of your screen. Request the suggested roommates you would most like to room with into your Roommate Group.
Be Paired with a Roommate
If a student does not have a confirmed Roommate Group by July, they will be assigned to a room with a student of similar preferences as indicated by your Roommate Matching Questions.
Housing Applications for Current Students
Beginning on February 1, returning students can begin to apply for housing via StarRez. The deadline for current students is the end of lottery on March 1.
You can log onto the myHousing Portal using your Shenandoah username and password.
All students seeking university housing must fill out a housing application and make a $100 deposit. Lottery numbers are NOT assigned on a first come first serve basis. All students that have submitted their housing deposit by the March 1 deadline are considered to be on time and will be assigned a random number for the housing lottery.
To select your room, be sure you:
- Make your deposit by March 1
- Submit your housing application by March 1
Students who do not pay their deposit or submit their application will not participate in Housing Lottery. Instead, beginning March 25 they will be assigned to the remaining spaces available.
Residence Life allows students to request a roommate. Residence Life will do their best to accommodate roommate requests, as long as both students request each other by the June 1st deadline.
If you have paid your deposit and filled out your housing application, you will have access to the Roommate Request Form. This will allow you to find a specific person(s) you hope to room with or find a roommate based on your preferences. Make sure the student you plan to room with has paid a deposit and filled out the housing application, so that you can request each other. Roommate requests must be confirmed by both students. Unanswered or declined requests will not result in roommate pairings.
Students who sign-up for a room without a roommate, will have a roommate assigned to them.
In March, you will receive an email notification with your room selection time slot and room selection instructions.
The Village Apartments are four bedroom apartments open to junior and senior students. Priority is given to seniors and groups of four applying to fill an entire apartment. Students are selected based on an application, GPA requirements, conduct history and faculty/staff recommendation letters. All four residents must meet the application requirements to live in the apartment. The Village residents are selected to be mentors and positive role models for other Shenandoah students. Residents will be required to provide documentation of approved mentorship plan.
Village applications are open Friday, January 25 – Friday, March 1. You can access the Village application online via the myHousing Portal. Students interested in the Village will be redirected to supplemental questions as part of their overall housing application.
Housing assignment letters for the fall semester are sent around July 15 to the priority email on file. Students who apply for housing after July 15 will receive an email with their housing assignment at the email address used to submit their housing application.