Sometimes students’ housing assignments are not exactly what they hoped for, especially at first. However, after moving in and allowing time for adjustment, many find they are happy with their assignment. Attitude plays an important role in adjusting to many new things in college, and we encourage students to approach their living environment in an open and positive manner.

For students who do wish to move, there are designated room change request periods, during which residents can request changes based on preference for a different type of residence hall, or a specific hall or room; need for a lower cost room; preference to live with a particular roommate; or medical accommodation. Students who request medical accommodation must submit a Medical Accommodation Request. Room change requests are only requests, and our ability to make any change depends upon availability of space.

Keep the following in mind when making a request:

  • We consider requests in the order they are submitted and as space allows. There is an advantage to submitting your request earlier, rather than waiting; you can cancel it if you change your mind after submitting it. To cancel your request, email housing@ua.edu.
  • If your preference is for a type of building rather than a specific residence hall, request that type of building. It will offer more options to fulfill the request.
  • Use the comment section to tell us any other information that is relevant to your request.

The room change request form is located as a step on the housing application. To access, go to the myHousing portal, click on the application, and then select Room Change Request Form.

Fall Room Change Requests (Summer, Pre-Move-In)

The online room change request form is typically available each year in late May and closes in late June, so we can finalize fall assignments and Move-In times. Housing staff make requested changes in the summer as time and space permit.

Fall Room Change Requests (After Move-In)

The fall room change request form is available beginning August 9, 2019, at 9 a.m. CDT and closes on October 25 at 5 p.m. CDT. Room changes begin in mid-September, as space allows, after we complete fall occupancy checks. HRC notifies students through their Crimson email if their change has been granted.  Fall room change requests that are not granted in the fall are not considered in the spring. Students who did not receive a room change in the fall may submit a new room change request for spring.

Spring Room Change Requests

The spring room change request form opens October 30, 2019, at 9 a.m. CDT and closes on February 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. CST. We begin granting room changes in late January, after we complete spring occupancy checks.