Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Assignment Process

New Incoming Freshmen
New Incoming Transfer Students
Current Students
Summer Assignments

New Incoming Freshmen

When Room Assignments Are Made:

  • All new incoming freshmen students who apply for housing by May 1 are guaranteed housing. All Living and Learning Community applications should be submitted by May 1. Historically, we are able to place all new freshmen that apply for housing through the first week of August.

  • New incoming freshmen students who have applied for housing by May 1 will be able to access their housing assignment on Self Service Carolina in July.

  • Assignment information will include your residence hall and room number, as well as roommate and suitemate(s) (if applicable) information. We strongly encourage you to contact your roommate to get the relationship off to a positive start.To contact your roommate, you can send them a message through the Housing system on VIP by selecting their information on your assignment page. Or, you can email them via their Univeristy email address which will be included with your assignment.

How Room Assignments are Made:

  • Applications are sorted into types: Living and Learning Community applications, Common Course selections and general applications. Then, within each type, applications are sorted by the date of each student's application to the University. Living and Learning Community assignments are made first, then Common Course assignments, followed by general assignments.

  • Freshmen are assigned with other freshmen unless space is restricted. However, students participating in Living and Learning Communities may be assigned with upperclass students.

  • University Housing does not guarantee to assign a specific roommate to share the room, but will attempt to honor specific requests of this sort whenever possible. In order to maximize your chances, students must mutually prefer one another and both students must have paid applications on file prior to students receiving a room assignment. The assignment will be based on the residence hall preferences listed on the application with the earliest submission date to the University.

  • If the first hall you (and your roommate, if applicable) list as preferred is "full" when we get to your "turn," we will proceed to the next residence hall listed. The process is continued until all assignments are made.

How to Cancel your Application for Housing:

  • A student who wishes to cancel a request for housing must do so by calling 803-777-4283 or email sahouse@mail.box. Please read the Housing Contract Cancellations and Refunds before submitting a request. Remember, freshmen are required to live on-campus for a full academic year. A student's contract is non-transferable to the Greek Village.

  • Students may also check the status of a cancellation request periodically through VIP.
New Incoming Transfer Students

When Room Assignments Are Made:

  • All new incoming transfer students are encouraged to apply for housing by May 1. Housing is not guaranteed for incoming transfer students. Transfers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • New incoming transfer students who have applied for housing by May 1 can monitor their housing assignment status online on VIP.

  • Assignment information will include your residence hall and room number, as well as roommate and suitemate(s) (if applicable) information. We strongly encourage you to contact your roommate to get the relationship off to a positive start. To contact your roommate, you can send them a message through the Housing system on VIP by selecting their information on your assignment page. Or, you can email them via their Univeristy email address which will be included with your assignment.

How Room Assignments are Made:

  • During the summer, transfer applications are sorted into categories, by date. Transfers are assigned with other upperclass students unless space is not available.

  • University Housing does not guarantee to assign a specific roommate to share the room, but will attempt to honor specific requests of this sort whenever possible. In order to maximize your chances, students must mutually prefer one another and both students must have paid applications on file prior to students receiving a room assignment. The assignment will be based on the residence hall preferences listed on the application received first.

  • If the first hall you (and your roommate, if applicable) list as preferred is "full" when we get to your "turn," we will proceed to the next residence hall listed. The process is continued until all assignments are made.

  • If desired, and based on space availability, room changes are accommodated after assignments are posted on VIP. You may request a room change online through VIP by returning to your housing application. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee changes before residence halls open.

How to Cancel your Application for Housing:

  • A student who wishes to cancel a request for housing must do so by calling 803-777-4283 or email sahouse@mail.box.  Simply return to your original application and select the option to cancel your housing application. Please read the Housing Contract Cancellations and Refunds before submitting a request. A student's contract is non-transferable to the Greek Village.

  • Students may also check the status of a cancellation request periodically through VIP.
Current Students

When and How Room Assignments are Made:

  • All current undergraduate students who wish to stay on campus for must select a community and complete the appropriate University Housing interest form. The interest forms will be reviewed by each community and take into consideration the following criteria when awarding housing to students:

    • Involvement in the community during previous years
    • Willingness to act as a mentor for first-year students within the community
    • Residence hall/building style preference
    • Standing at the University of South Carolina
  • After room selection takes place, current students will be able to check the status of their housing assignment on VIP.
  • Assignment information will include your residence hall and room number, as well as roommate(s) and suitemate (if applicable) information. We strongly encourage you to contact your roommate(s) to get the relationship off to a positive start. To contact your roommate, you can send them a message through the Housing system on VIP by selecting their information on your assignment page. Or, you can email them via their Univeristy email address which will be included with your assignment.

How to Cancel your Application for Housing:

  • A student who wishes to cancel a request for housing must do so by calling 803-777-4283 or email sahouse@mail.box.  Simply return to your original application and select the option to cancel your housing application. Please read the Housing Contract Cancellations and Refunds before submitting a request. A student’s contract is non-transferable to the Greek Village.
Summer Assignments

When Room Assignments are Made:

  • Typically, there is one building available for Summer Housing. Students can submit online applications at https://my.sc.edu.
  • The priority deadline for applications is May 1. Assignments are made based on the date the application is returned. Room assignments will be available via the web at https://my.sc.edu or by calling 803-777-4283 one week before the beginning of each session.

How Room Assignments are Made:

  • University Housing does not guarantee to assign a specific roommate to share the room, but will attempt to honor specific requests of this sort whenever possible. In order to maximize your chances, students must mutually prefer one another and both students must have applications on file prior to students receiving a room assignment.
  • If desired, and based on space availability, room changes are accommodated after assignments are posted at  https://my.sc.edu. You may request a room change by calling the assignments office at 803-777-4283.

How to Cancel your Application for Housing: