Welcome Bears!

This page will take you through everything that you need to know in order to secure housing for Autumn 2024. We will cover our timeline, resources, application, roommate matching, room selection, and more! 

We highly recommend you review this information and keep an eye on your Shawnee Student Email. Messages from Housing and Residence Life will come from If you have any questions, reach out to our office so we can support you with our housing processes. 

You will need access to your MySSU account for most of these processes. Need help accessing your MySSU account? Visit our ITS Get Connected site.

Timeline for Autumn 2024

  • Available Now: New and Returner Housing Applications: available now on the housing tab of your MySSU
    *If you cannot see your housing contract on your MySSU, please contact
  • Roommate Matching Selection: available now 
  • Returner Room Selection: March 25 at 3 p.m. 
  • New Housing Student Room Selection: April 1 at 3 p.m
  • Last Day to Select a Room: August 2 
  • Last Day for Room Change Request: September 1 

Housing Requirements

All students in their first and second year of attendance and who live more than 50 miles from campus are required to live in university-assigned housing.

Exceptions to this policy include students living with one or both of their parents, married students, single parents with full or shared custody of children, veterans, students over the age of 23, transfer students with more than sixty (60) transferred credits earned beyond high school graduation, and other extraordinary circumstances as determined by the Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment Management or designee.

If you are in your first or second year of attendance and you think you are exempt from the housing policy, you must complete the housing exemption form or appropriate housing and meal plan charges will be applied to your bill. 

Review the full policy (PDF)

Age Limit

Research has shown that maturation compatibility among students is a significant factor in the normal operation of housing and a major determinant of student success and retention. Student housing complements that experience when the age range difference of students in a housing unit does not exceed ten years. Thus, housing applicants beyond the typical age range of 17-23 years will need to demonstrate extenuating circumstances and receive approval from the Director of University Housing & Residence Life to live in university housing.

Housing Application and Deposit Payments (new housing students only) 

How do I apply for housing for 2024-2025?

Step 1

To access the housing and residence life contract, log in to your MySSU. Click on the “Housing” tab. 

Step 2

Open the “2024-2025 Autumn - New - Student Housing Contract and Application” or "2024-2025 Returner Student Housing Contract and Application" under the “Housing Contract” section.

Housing Application How To

Step 3

Read and agree to the contract. By accepting the terms and conditions, you agree to a contract binding for the autumn and spring semesters.

Step 4

After accepting the terms and conditions, if this is your first semester in housing, you will be advised that a $50 housing deposit/prepayment is required. You will be given the option to pay through CashNet. If you are not prepared to pay at this time, you can return the housing contract later. To pay the deposit later, you must log back into your housing contract and navigate to the end until you reach the payment page. If you do not complete the payment, the housing contract will not be completed.

Contract Cancellation Process

Students who decide not to attend Shawnee State University or who are approved for a contract release after a deposit is made will not receive the deposit back. 

If you have already signed a housing contract and think that you fall under one of the exceptions to get out of your housing contract, please visit Petition for Housing Contract Release for more information.

Create a Roommate Group

Step 1

Click on the "Housing" tab on MySSU. 

MySSU Navigation Bar
Step 2

On the "Housing" tab of MySSU, you can find the "Roommate Request" by either:

 Clicking the "Default Page Dropdown" and select the tab labeled "Roommate Request."

Drop Down Menu


Scroll down on the "Housing" tab until you see the "Roommate Request" section. 

Roommate Request

Step 3

Select "Autumn 2024" from the drop down menu.

Drop Down Menu AU 24

If you cannot see "Autumn 2024," you have not completed your housing application. If you are experiencing issues, please email The next steps depend on whether you are the initiator or just accepting the roommate requests. The initiator must complete all steps before any requests can be accepted. 

How to Create a Roommate Group (Initiator)

Step 1

Click the blue link labeled “Request Roommate.”

Request Roommate

Step 2

Search for the name(s) of the individual(s) who you would like to request as a roommate. You can search students by first name, last name or SSU email address ( We recommend using their SSU email address to make sure you have the right person.

Name of Roommate

If you cannot find their name, double-check that you have the correct spelling and make sure they have completed their housing application. Their name will not show if they have not completed the housing application.

Complete steps 1-3 until you have sent a request to everyone that you are wanting.

Directions for all Other Group Members

Once the initiator has sent a request to you, all you must do is go to the “Roommate Request” section as described above and press the blue “Accept” button once you confirm the request is from the correct person.

Accept Request

Once everyone has accepted the Initiator’s request(s), your roommate group will be ready to go for the next step - “Room Selection!”

Select a Room

Step 1

Log on to your MySSU and go to the "Housing" tab.

Navigation Bar MySSU
Step 2

Find the “Room Selection” section and click “Autumn 2024” from the dropdown.

Drop Down Menu

Step 3

Confirm that your listed roommates are correct if you have requested any, and select “Browse Rooms.”

Browse Rooms

Step 4

Find the room that is perfect for you, and press “Select Suite.”

Helpful Tips

  • You will only be shown rooms that are available, and you and your roommate group will fit in.
  • The picture of each room will tell you which building the room is in and if it is a single or double room.
  • The parentheses at the end of each room tell you what theme that room falls under. If there are no parentheses, it is a mixed building!

Here is an example of what you might see:

Housing Examples

Step 5

Place yourself and if applicable, your roommate group, into the room(s) that you are wanting. Once you have placed everyone into the correct room, select “Confirm & Finish!”

Confirm and Finish


  • SSU Resident Handbook (PDF) - Guides and regulations that apply to all housing students.
  • What to Bring Packing List (PDF) - Recommended items to bring for housing! 
  • Parking Permit – Request a parking pass before moving in and pick it up once you are here on campus.
  • Student Code of Conduct – This document provides detailed descriptions of behaviors that violate our expectations and that would result in a conduct review and possible disciplinary action.