Incoming Students

Welcome to RWU! We are excited to have you join our community.

Please review all of the information in this "Incoming Student" section. If you have any questions after reviewing the information, please call us at (401) 254-3161, or e-mail us at

Housing Application & Selection Process

Please review the information below to learn for an overview of how to complete the housing application process for 2023-2024.

Step 1
Access "Housing Self-Service" through Roger Central starting May 10th: As an incoming student, you should have received a username and password for our internal web portal, Roger Central, after you submitted your tuition deposit. For more information about your login information, refer to RWU's Login Cheat Sheet.
Step 2
Complete the Housing Contract Application by July 7th: The Housing Contract will launch on May 10th. In the Housing Contract , you will A) review the Housing Contract and electronically sign acknowledging you accept the terms and B) complete your housing questionnaire which will help us match you with your first college roommate, update your parental contact information, and complete your living requests. 

Students needing housing accommodations must review the Request for Accessible Housing Accommodations web page and follow the outlined instructions. Incoming student accommodation requests are due by June 30th.
Step 3
Apply for a Living Learning Community (optional): Black and Latinx, Honors, Queer/Trans, or Substance Free. Learn more about these communities via our Living Learning Communities web-page. You can apply for a Living Learning Community through Housing Self-Service after completion of your Housing Contract. Honors students do not need to apply for the Honors LLC, they will be added by the Honors LLC Program Director. Priority deadline for all LLCs is Wednesday, July 5th. 
Step 4
Participate in Roommate Matching (optional): After you complete your Housing Contract, you will be able to find or confirm your roommate through the "Housing Self-Service Portal". All roommate requests will need to be mutual, meaning, each student must request each other. Students will need to select/confirm their roommate by Sunday, July 9th. Please utilize our Roommate Matching Guide for additional support and information.
Step 5
Participate in First Year Housing Selection: There are two different types of selection options for students- 'First Year Single Room Selection' and 'First Year Housing Selection'. See our First Year Housing Selection section for more information regarding these exciting new options we are providing to first year students! We strongly encourage all first year students to pick their own room, but there will be the option for traditional placement as well.
Step 6Receive Your Housing Assignment by Friday, August 4th:  All students who did not select their own room will receive their placement by August 4th. Move-In information will also be provided at that time to the entire campus community who have already selected their space through a selection process.


Step 7

Review and/or Update Your Meal Plan: Once you receive your housing assignment, you can also use the Roger Central portal to make changes to your meal plan up to the second week after classes begin. If you’re worried about this – don’t be! We automatically enroll you in the 230 Block Plan dining plan, however, students living in traditional halls may also choose the 225 Block dining plan or 200 Block dining plan. For other options, feel free to visit the Dining Experience webpage.

What to Bring

Check out our suggestions for things you’ll want to bring for the residence hall, your classes and your new life on campus!

Pack your Bag

First-Year Residential Communities

In your first year living at RWU, you'll be in South Campus with all of your fellow first-year students, making it easy to get to know your classmates as you transition to life at RWU.

First-Year Residential Communities

Living Learning Communities 

Our Living Learning Communities are designed to help you get the most out of your freshman year by strengthening the connection between the classroom and/or affinity group and the residential community, and helping you transition from high school to college.

Our Living Learning Communities