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Housing Application Process

The First-Year Housing Application is comprised of three steps. The first step, the Housing Application, and the third step, Room Selection, are required for all first-year residents who want to live on campus. The second step, Roommate Selection, is optional. We recommend saving the dates below in your calendar so you're prepared to complete each step of the application as soon as it opens. Please note, your time ticket for steps two and three are dependent on the date and time you complete the initial application.


The first step of the Housing Application for First-Year students opens on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST. Please note that you must be accepted to the University before you can apply to live on campus. To complete this step, fill out all the required fields in the application and submit. While the $200 nonrefundable Application Initiation Fee is not needed to finish the application, it must be paid to proceed to Step 2 and 3.

Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible to increase their likelihood of receiving housing. Students must be fully admitted to Kennesaw State University before they can apply for on-campus housing.

Please contact the Talon One Service Center at 470-578-8663 (T-ONE) or ksuhousing@kennesaw.edu for specific information.

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Housing Application Frequently Asked Questions


    • Renter’s insurance is optional but highly encouraged; this will protect you from paying out-of-pocket costs if there is damage to your personal property or Housing and Residence Life’s property while living on campus. Housing and Residence Life has a partnership with GradGuard to provide renter’s insurance to on-campus residents for $139 per year. In Step 1 of the Housing Application, students can indicate interest in this service. GradGuard will communicate directly with students when it is time to enroll. Payment is made directly to GradGuard; students are unable to pay using financial aid.

On Monday, March 11, 2024, students can see their time tickets for the second step of the application process, Roommate Selection. This is an optional step when students can select one preferred roommate after their time ticket opens. Time tickets are based on when students complete Step 1 of the application. The Roommate Selection process opens on Monday, March 18, 2024, and closes on Friday, April 5, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST.​

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Roommate Selection Frequently Asked Questions


    • You can find your time ticket for Roommate Selection in the Housing Portal starting Monday, March 11, 2024. Once logged in, you will see a notification box that shows you your time ticket. You can also select the "2024-25 Application" tab in the gold menu, and you will see a green box with your time ticket.
    • Time tickets are assigned based on the completion date of your Housing Application (Step 1). Please ensure you have paid the $200 nonrefundable Application Initiation Fee or you will not be able to access these steps.
    • The Roommate Selection process closes on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM.
    • If you do not select a roommate by April 7 at 5:00 PM, you will move forward with the room selection process without a preferred roommate.
    • No, this step is optional.
    • If you do not know who you want to room with, you can see a pool of “Recommended Roommate Matches” based on your answers to the questions asked when you created your profile.
    • No, students must live with other students of their same classification and gender.
    • No, students participating in an LLV can only see other students who are in that LLV and are of the same classification and gender.
    • To create a Roommate Pair, one person in the pair must begin this step by selecting "create the group,” giving the group a name and setting a password. The person that creates the Roommate Pair is the Roommate Pair Leader. Once the pair is created, the Roommate Pair Leader can invite potential roommates to join the pair. If you have been invited to a Roommate Pair, you can accept or decline the invitation within seven (7) days of receiving it.
    • You can have a maximum of two people in a pair, including you and one other person.
    • Roommate Pairs are a maximum of two people. If you want to live with more than one other person, you and the other Roommate Pair or people you wish to live with will need to communicate early and often with one another. Before Room Selection opens, designate the person with the earliest time ticket as the Roommate Pair Leader in the Housing Portal. Once Room Selection opens, the two leaders will need to tell each other what unit and beds you are picking. We recommend that you enter the Housing Portal at the same time, if possible. Please note, we cannot guarantee that there will be units available with 3-4 open beds as Room Selection is based upon availability when the time ticket opens for the Roommate Pair Leader.
    • The Roommate Pair Leader is responsible for placing themselves and their roommate in their unit and bed when Room Selection opens.
    • You can communicate with potential roommates via the messaging feature on the Housing Portal or by reaching out to them directly if they chose to share their cell phone number, email address or social media handles. If you do not see contact information listed in the portal, we cannot share it with you due to privacy, and you will need to message them through the Housing Portal.


Time tickets for the final step of the Housing Application, Room Selection, release on Monday, April 8, 2024. Room Selection begins on Monday, April 15, 2024 for First-Year students. During this step, students will select a room once their time ticket opens. Time tickets are based on when students completed Step 1 of the application. To complete this step, you must pay the nonrefundable $75 Room Booking Fee and sign the License Agreement.

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Anti-Bullying Policy

Housing and Residence Life will not tolerate bullying or cyber bullying, harassment or threatening behaviors from students during the Room Selection process. If you experience any of these behaviors during or after Room Selection from students who are pressuring you to cancel your room assignment, please complete this form, so Housing and Residence Life can get involved. 

Harassing and/or bullying another student is a violation of the KSU Code of Conduct, which all accepted KSU students are responsible for upholding upon admission into the University. Students who are found responsible for inappropriate conduct during the Room Selection process may be moved to another room assignment, could possibly lose their opportunity to live on campus, and/or could face conduct charges with the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.  

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Room Selection Frequently Asked Questions


    • You can find your Room Selection time ticket in the Housing Portal starting Monday, April 8, 2024. Once logged in, you will see a notification box that shows you your time ticket. You can also select the "2024-25 Application" tab in the gold menu, and you will see a green box with your time ticket.
    • Time tickets for First-Year students begin on April 15, and span into the month of May. Time tickets open in 20-minute intervals during business hours Monday through Friday. Time tickets are determined based on when students signed their License Agreement during the first step of the Housing Application. Each student has been assigned a specific time when they may begin Room Selection. As a reminder, First-Year and Upper Class students are not able to live in the same communities and will only be able to see the available units for their classification whenever their time ticket begins.  
    • Before Room Selection, we recommend that you visit our website and carefully explore each community. Review the virtual tours, community and room amenities, and pricing of each option. Communicate with your preferred roommate (if applicable) and make a list of your top three community choices before Room Selection begins, so you know what to look for in the Housing Portal.

      Also, make sure the group member with the earliest time ticket is selected as your Roommate Pair Leader. This information is located in two places on the Housing Portal. The first place is on the main "Term Selector” page. Click on “Roommate & Room Selection,” and you will see a summary of your pair. It is also listed on the “Roommate Pair” page.

    • Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there will be a room available when your time ticket for Room Selection begins. We encourage each Roommate Pair Leader to log in to the Housing Portal when their time ticket opens to pick rooms from what we have available at that time. Remember if you are in a Roommate Pair, only your Roommate Pair Leader is able to select rooms.
    • This information is located in two places on the Housing Portal. The first place is on the main "Term Selector" page. Click on "Roommate & Room Selection," and you will see a summary of your group there. It is also listed on the "Roommate Pairs" page. The Roommate Pair Leader may pass their leader role to the other roommate in the "Pair Management" page any time before their Room Selection time ticket begins.
      1. Log in to the Housing Portal.
      2. Click on "Roommate & Room Selection" in the gold menu bar.
      3. Click "Continue" on the Term Selector page.
      4. Once inside the process, look for the "Roommate Pair Management" page. This page will be available before and after Room Selection opens.
      5. Once on the Roommate Pair Management page, the Roommate Pair Leader can see the Room Selection timeslots for all group members.
      6. If a pair member has an earlier time ticket, they can make that person the Roommate Pair Leader by clicking the "Make Leader" button on this page.
      7. Once this button is clicked, the Roommate Pair Leader responsibilities will be passed to the other member.
      8. The new Roommate Pair Leader is responsible for going into the Housing Portal when their time ticket opens to place both roommates into rooms.
    • No, only Roommate Pair Leaders can select beds for the group. This is why it is very important to communicate with your Roommate Pair Leader about your plans and preferred living locations.
    • The Roommate Pair Leader cannot move forward with Room Selection without placing both people in a room.
    • Once you select a room and pay the Room Booking Fee, you will be able to see the other students who selected that unit before you in the Room Selection Summary page on the Housing Portal. You will not receive a notification when other students select beds within your unit after you, but you may log in to the Housing Portal at any time to check. We encourage you to use each student's information provided on the Room Selection summary page to contact your roommates and coordinate who is bringing what shared items before Move-In Day. 
    • Unfortunately, you cannot create a Roommate Pair after Roommate Selection ends, but you can coordinate with other students on your own if you wish to live with someone you know. When your time tickets for Room Selection open, you can attempt to find rooms in the same unit or on the same hallway, depending on what is available. We cannot guarantee this will happen, but with coordination, it is possible.
    • Roommate Selection is not a mandatory step. If you did not match up with someone, you will select a bed for yourself during Room Selection, and you will live with the other students who also select beds within your unit.
    • The Room Selection process is the same. The only difference is that LLV students will only be able to select rooms from those reserved for that particular LLV. For more information about LLVs and to see which communities each LLV can be found, please visit our LLV webpage.
    • If you are on a waitlist for an LLV and have not yet received an LLV offer, you have two choices.

      Option 1: You may wait for an LLV offer, which we cannot guarantee you will receive, and forgo your time ticket to begin Room Selection.

      Option 2: You may begin Room Selection according to your time ticket, which will automatically remove you from the LLV waitlist.

      If you choose Option 1, you may potentially miss the opportunity to find a room on campus. If you choose Option 2, you will miss the opportunity to live in an LLV.

      If you have questions about LLVs, please email livinglearning@kennesaw.edu.

    • No more than two people can be in a Roommate Pair, including you and one other person. If you are attempting to match up with someone outside of your Roommate Pair, you will need to communicate early and often with one another. You may try to live together by communicating which units you have selected to live in so when their time ticket opens, they can attempt to select that same unit.

      If another student chooses the other rooms in your selected unit, it is unacceptable to ask them to cancel their room booking to accommodate your friends. Room Selection is based on a time ticket system determined by how soon a student completes the first step of the Housing Application. It is unfair to ask someone to give up their current booking to accommodate another student with a later time ticket.

    • Since our housing options are limited and space will fill quickly, we advise you to prioritize finding a room on campus above attempting to live with others outside your Roommate Pair. We cannot guarantee that there will be units available for groups of 3 to 4 people when your time tickets open. Room Selection is based upon availability, and we have a high demand for housing but cannot accommodate everyone who wishes to live on campus. 
    • Our floor plans are useful guides to give you an idea about what your space will look like, but they are not exact. For example, in some units, the bedrooms may be flipped depending on the orientation of the rooms. You may view a virtual tour of each floor plan in our Housing Options section.
    • Some of our rooms in University Village and Hornet Village have double occupancy bedrooms, which means there are two beds in one bedroom. We ask Roommate Group Leaders to assign beds (either bed A or B, or the top or bottom bed) during Room Selection to prevent disagreements on Move-In Day.
    • If you don’t select a bed and we run out of available rooms, you will need to place yourself waitlist. You will not be guaranteed a bed if you do not select one during Room Selection.
    • If we no longer have rooms available for your gender, classification or campus, we will open a waitlist. Students may add themselves to the waitlist; Housing and Residence Life does not place students on a waitlist automatically. There is no cost to add yourself to the waitlist. If a room becomes available, a Housing staff member will reach out to you via phone or email with an offer for the next available bed. You have 48 hours to accept the offer.
    • If you are a First-Year student, you will only be able to select rooms from the available options for your classification on your assigned campus. Your assigned campus is based on the major you declared when you applied to attend KSU. If you wish to change your major, you can do so in Owl Express. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for your major change to be processed.
    • If you have not paid the Room Booking Fee, you are now able to change your room selection in the Housing Portal. Review this guide to help you in this process.
    • Students who have a Roommate Pair Leader place them into a room and students who are not in a Roommate Pair have 48 hours after selecting or being placed into a room to pay their $75 Room Booking Fee. If you do not pay this fee within 48 hours, your reservation will be dropped, and your room will go back into the available room pool. We encourage you to pay this fee as soon as possible. 
    • To cancel your existing booking in an attempt to book a different room, please email talonone@kennesaw.edu from your KSU student email account with your request. You will be asked to complete a form indicating your acceptance of the terms for canceling your existing booking. If you are part of a Roommate Pair, making this request will dissolve your Roommate Pair, and you will NOT be able to join or create another one. Please note that the room you hope to select may not be available once your booking is canceled and you are able to log back in to select a new room. 

Marietta Live-On Requirement 

Living on campus in your first year improves your likelihood of success in college and beyond. Living on campus makes it easier to meet people, helps you transition from high school to college, and can help you achieve academic success and graduate on time.

Housing and Residence Life at Kennesaw State University is committed to supporting First-Year students in their academic pursuits. The Marietta Campus has a First-Year, live-on requirement for students pursuing majors based on the Marietta Campus. Kennesaw State University believes it is in the best interest of these students to live in close proximity to their peers and primary course instruction for the first year of college. For specific information on majors based in Marietta, use this resource to find your campus by your degree. If you are 21 or will be before the first day of class for the fall, reside with your parents or legal guardian, are married, have dependent children, serve in the Armed Forces, or are transferring into KSU with more than 30 credit hours, you may qualify for an exemption to the Live-On Requirement. Complete the Live-On Exemption Request form if you believe you qualify.