Application Process

Before Applying

To make your application process as easy as possible, please make sure you have completed the following before applying for housing:

  • Received an Acceptance Letter from Fairmont State University
  • Have completed the FAFSA for the year of attendance
  • Activated your Unified Campus Account (UCA)
  • Have Attended or Scheduled an Orientation Day
  • Have a credit card, checkbook, or PayPal account handy

We recommend applying as early as possible for housing.  Particularly popular rooms, such as Bryant Place single suites, can begin filling up as much as eight months in advance.  

Step-by-Step Instructions

Online Application

Most of our housing application can be completed with our easy-to-use housing portal.  After logging into myFairmontState and clicking on the housing icon , you will be given step-by-step instructions to select your academic year and input your personal information.  You can complete the online application until Step 5) Housing Preferences before moving on to the next step.

Housing Preferences and Building Selection

We recommend that students choose their residence hall carefully, and we offer both detailed online information and on-campus touring services to help this.  Once you have made a decision, you can select building preferences under Step 5) Housing Preferences.  

Please fill in all preferences from highest to lowest, and select a different building or room type in each slot.  Remember that some buildings fill up very quickly, and having a full list of preferences can help guarantee a room is available to you.  Realize that you may be placed into a vacancy that is not your highest preference, but we will always prioritize first preferences. The sooner you complete your application, the more likely you are to receive one of your highest preferences.

Housing Terms and Conditions and Resident Liability Disclosure

Both of our lease agreements (Traditional Terms and Conditions / Extended Terms and Conditions.) and renter's insurance information are available online in their entirety, and can be electronically signed by any student over the age of 18.  We strongly recommend that you read these documents carefully, and you are welcome to print out copies for your personal records.  

Be aware that students under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign a modified lease agreement.  These lease agreements are not available online, and can be picked up from our office or from orientation day events.  These agreements must be mailed or hand-delivered to our office after signing.  There are no modifications to the terms of the lease or liability agreements, only to the authorization and signatures.

Housing Deposit

At this point, you will be presented with a summary of your application process with the option to cancel your application.  Please review that all information has been completed before continuing by clicking the circles labeled 1-7.  When this is complete, you can continue the application selecting Step 9) Housing Deposit.

This deposit is used to cover any damage charges incurred during the entirety of your residency, and does not need to be renewed when switching halls or starting a new academic year.  The deposit of $200 covers any residence hall, and can be paid online automatically with a credit card.  Cash and check payments can be made in our office or at orientation events. 

Meal Plan

Except for our University Terrace apartment residents, all on-campus students must select a meal plan.  Our meal plans vary greatly in size and price to better suit the needs of our students.  For a more complete explanation of the meal plan options and services, we recommend reviewing the tab to the left.

Roommate Search

This is the final step in the housing application process.  Roommates may be selected either through individual roommate nicknames or by roommate search.  Roommate nicknames, which each person designates for themself as part of the application process, allow two (or more) people to specifically select each other as roommates.  To do so, both parties must trade roommate nicknames, and enter the nicknames into the box on the roommate search page.  Roommate search instead pairs potential roommates with you based on the personality information entered earlier, and you are given the chance to choose a roommate.

After a roommate has been selected, you can check back to this page to see if you have been successfully paired with your roommate.  Once we have completed our placement process, the name and contact information of your roommate will appear here.  If the information is different from the roommate you requested, this is most likely because they chose to be paired with another individual.  If at all possible, we do not override roommate preferences, and we will contact potential roommates if they have conflicting housing preferences or other issues.  

If you do not select a roommate, you will be placed with an available individual who most highly matches your personality and housing preferences.  We strongly recommend that you choose your roommate or roommate preferences carefully to be matched with someone who will make your stay in residence life an enjoyable one.