Direct Swaps

Fall 2023

Direct Swap period begins: Saturday, September 2, 2023
Direct Swap period ends: Thursday, November 30, 2023*

Spring 2024

Direct Swap period begins: Saturday, January 13, 2024
Direct Swap period ends: Thursday, February 8, 2024*

*The last days swaps will be approved. Students must complete their moves and return the key(s) to their old assignments no later than noon on Monday, December 11, 2023, for the Fall 2023 semester; no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, for the Spring 2024 semester.

What is a Direct Swap?

A direct swap request occurs when two students want to “swap” room assignments with each other. Direct swaps are specific for two students; we cannot perform swaps for more than two students at a time.

How to Complete a Direct Swap

Students who have completed the check-in process can log in on the My Housing portal and search for other students who are looking to direct swap. In order for a swap to be processed, each student must have spent one night in their assigned room.

After finding a match, students can send or accept a swap request. Once accepted, BU Housing will contact students asking for confirmation. Students must receive the approval of BU Housing before the swap can take place. Once a direct swap is approved and completed, students will be notified of their new room assignment and will have 48 hours to complete the move.

For a preview of the form see our Direct Swap walkthrough.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Students are permitted to direct swap with one another during designated periods during fall and spring semesters.
  • Direct swaps are not permitted during the Intersession period (between fall and spring semesters) or during the summer for the upcoming academic year.
  • Because of variable residence rates, the new assignment may be more expensive than the present assignment. Students are responsible for payment of the higher rate for the new accommodation as stated in the 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.