Room Change Requests

Room changes are offered during designated periods during the fall and spring semesters to all students, and during the summer to continuing students only who participate in the spring room selection process.

The Room Change Request form may be accessed in the My Housing portal starting on the dates listed below:

Fall 2023

Room Change forms available: Saturday, August 26, 2023, 9 AM
Room Change period begins: Monday, September 25, 2023
Room Change period ends: Thursday, November 16, 2023*

Spring 2024

Room Change forms available: Thursday, December 7, 2023, 9 AM
Room Change period begins: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Room Change period ends: Thursday, February 8, 2024*

*The last days room changes will be offered and approved. Students must complete their moves and return the key(s) to their old assignments no later than noon on Monday, November 20, 2023, for the Fall 2023 semester and Monday, February 12, 2024, for the Spring 2024 semester.

The criteria used to determine room changes is as follows:

  1. Class year (seniors first, then juniors, then sophomores)
  2. Date request is received by BU Housing
  3. Room change interests

For a preview of the form see our Room Change Requests walkthrough.

General Information

If you are initiating your room change request for medical preferences, please note that Disability & Access Services is responsible for evaluating and granting reasonable accommodation requests for disability-related accommodations. Students must request housing-related accommodations based on current medical, mental health, or food related disabilities through Disability & Access Services at least 60 days prior to move-in. Information about the requested registration process is available through the DAS website.

Roommate requests must be mutual. Each student seeking a room change must submit a room change request. Each student must include the BU ID number(s) of the roommate(s) they request. If one student makes a roommate request and the other student does not, the roommate request will not be honored.

If you are interested in a room change into a Living-Learning or Specialty Communities, you must first apply and receive approval to live in that specific residence before you will be offered a room change. After you submit your application, an e-mail approving or declining your application will be sent to you; BU Housing will also be notified of the decision.

If your request for a room change can be granted, you will be notified by telephone or e-mail at the telephone number or e-mail address you provide on your Room Change Request form. We will attempt to reach you on two different days before cancelling the offer; once the offer is extended, you will have 24 hours to respond. BU Housing is not responsible for messages left on answering machines or voice mail systems that are not relayed or received, or for cancelling an offer if you do not respond in the time allotted. You will only be contacted if an option for new assignment becomes available for you.

Keep in mind the following:

  • All room change requests are subject to availability of space.
  • Because of variable residence rates, the new assignment offered may be more expensive than the present assignment. The student is responsible for payment of the higher rate for the new accommodation as stated in your Residence License Agreement and detailed in the academic year residence and dining plan rate schedule.
  • Room changes between dormitory-style and apartment-style residences will result in changes in dining plan status. Students assigned to a dormitory-style residence are required to be on a dining plan.
  • Students who change from a dormitory-style to an apartment-style residence will be removed from their dining plan and should contact the Terrier Card Office if they wish to remain on a dining plan.