Apply for Housing (new students)

Find Your Nest!  .

All students must complete either the housing application (follow steps below) or the housing exemption form.

Students who complete the exemption form must have their request approved by the Student & Residence Life Office. Learn more about residency requirements.

Accessing Housing and Dining Self-Service

View step-by-step instructions for housing selection

The Housing & Dining Self-Service portal is a convenient, one-stop-shop for all your housing selection needs. Follow the steps below to access Housing & Dining Self-Service. For best results, use a laptop or desktop computer and Google Chrome as your internet browser.

  • Click "Inside the Haven" in the top right-hand corner of LHU’s website.
  • Under Logins, click "myHaven" and log in using your LHU username and password
  • Click on the "Student" tab in the top menu.
  • Click on "Housing & Dining Self Service" in the side menu.

 Applying for Housing .

Step 1: Create Your Housing Profile

Kick off the process by setting up your emergency contacts, living preferences, and roommate profile.

Step 2: Sign Your Housing Contract

Sign the online Housing and Food Service Licensing Agreement and choose the meal plan that’s right for you. The housing agreement you complete determines the available spaces you see in STEP 4. Be sure to select the correct option.

Choose and complete one of the following Housing Agreements:

  • If you would prefer a roommate in a 2-person traditional hall room, a Fairview shared suite, or a Fairview Private suite, complete the New Student General Housing Agreement (Fall 2020) 
  • If you would prefer a 1-person space without a roommate, complete the New Student Specialty Agreement: Single Occupant Housing (Fall 2020) 
  • If you would prefer a roommate and a gender inclusive space, complete the New Student Specialty Agreement: Gender Inclusive Housing (Fall 2020) 

Step 3: Choose Your Roommate or Suitemate*

  • If you already know who you want to live with, search for that person using their first and last name.
  • If you’re looking for a roommate, search by living preference or attribute.
  • Once you’ve found your roommate, send the person a roommate request. 
  • Once your chosen roommate has accepted your roommate request, you’re ready for the final step.

*If you completed a Single Occupant Housing agreement in Step 2, you can skip this step.

Step 4: Select Your Room

It’s time to select the residence hall and room that will be your home-away-from-home for August 2020 to May 2021!

Frequently Asked Questions 


Do I have to live on campus?

Yes. Lock Haven University’s research proves students who live on campus are more likely to graduate than students who do not. In support of our students’ academic success, we have established a two-year residency requirement. Students must reside on campus for their first two (2) regular semesters (summer and winter sessions not included). Students may request an exemption from the residency requirement if they meet one of the approved exemptions.

Which residence halls can I live in?

All students are welcome to live in the traditional residence halls, Smith Hall and Woolridge Hall, as well as Fairview Suites. Transfer students with 30 or more completed college credits may also live in Campus Village, Lock Haven University’s apartment-style housing.

Do I have to select a roommate?

Depends on what type of room you’d like to select. If you want to live in a Double-as-a-Single, which are rooms in the traditional residence halls designed and furnished to house two people but approved for only one occupant, you do not need to select a roommate. It’s important to note that the number of Double-as-a-Single rooms is limited and these rooms do cost more.

Do I have to select a roommate if I want to live in a Fairview Private Suite?

Yes. Even though two students living in a private suite do not share a bedroom (hence why we call it a private suite), they still share a bathroom and a small common space inside the suite. Students who choose to live together in a private suite tend to have less conflicts than students who are auto assigned as suitemates.

How fast do residence halls run out of rooms?

No need to worry. There are plenty of rooms reserved in Fairview Suites and the traditional residence halls for incoming students. If you aren’t seeing a particular room choice, contact Student and Residence Life for help.

What happens if I haven’t found a roommate by May 1st?

Not to worry! Incoming students have until July 13, 2020, to select their roommate and room. On July 13, incoming students who haven’t started or completed New Student Housing Selection will be assigned to a roommate and room automatically.

How does the Roommate Search work?

There are two ways to use the Roommate Search to find your roommate. If you already know who you want to room with, you search by entering that person’s first and last name. If you don’t know who you want to live with, you can search by housing preference or living preference. The Roommate Search is designed to match your search criteria with the criteria selected by other students on the Update Information page, which is why it’s so important to fill it out. When you begin a Roommate Search, it’s not necessary to answer every question. The less attributes you select, the more potential matches you’ll find. Start off by selecting only the housing option that’s your first choice. If you receive too many results, go back and add one or two additional attributes (e.g. What time do you wake up OR What word best describes your room). Make sure you select only one answer for each attribute question. Selecting more than one answer tells the Roommate Search only to look for people who also selected every single one of the answers you selected.

What if I want to be assigned a roommate and placed in a room automatically?

If you don’t want to select your own roommate, you can have Student & Residence Life pair you with another student and assign the two of you to a room. To select this option, follow the Automated Assignment process:

  • After completing Step 2 in the housing process, click More Tasks in the Housing & Dining Self Service top menu
  • Select Waiting Lists from the dropdown menu
  • Choose the residence hall you want to live in from those available
  • Click Add Your Name to complete the automated assignment process

What if I completed New Student Housing Selection but now want to make a change?

Students are unable to make any changes to their housing agreement, meal plan, roommate, or room inside Housing & Dining Self-Service. Changes need to be requested in writing by sending an email from your LHU email address to If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Student & Residence Life office first at (570) 484-2317.

Troubleshooting Tips

When I click on Housing & Dining Self-Service in myHaven, all I see is a blank white screen. What should I do?

Check which internet browser you’re using. Safari and Explorer are prone to errors so, for best results, we suggest using Google Chrome on a laptop or desktop computer. You can also log in to LHU’s virtual computers, which are designed to interface with Housing & Dining Self Service, right from home:

  • Go to
  • Click Inside the Haven at the top on the right
  • Select Virtual Machine Connection under Quicklinks
  • Click on VMware Horizon HTML Access on the left
  • Log in with your LHU username and password to connect to a LHU virtual computer.

Why can’t I find my roommate to send a roommate request?

Most likely, your chosen roommate hasn’t signed up for housing yet. Contact your roommate to make sure they’ve completed Step 1 and Step 2.

When I try to choose a roommate, I get the message “You are not eligible to submit roommate requests for this term.” What does this mean?

An incomplete housing application will prevent you from completing the process. The most likely reason your housing application is incomplete is it’s missing parental verification. If you are under the age of 18 the day you sign your housing application, your parent or guardian will receive via email a parental verification form they must complete.

Why am I only seeing a couple of rooms?

It all depends on the housing selection steps you’ve completed thus far.

The most common reasons are:

  • You haven’t declared a roommate. Students who click “Select a Room or Suite” in the Housing & Dining Self-Service Portal without declaring a roommate only will see half-vacant rooms. A half-vacant room is a double occupancy room/suite that already has one person assigned to it leaving one space still available.
  • Your roommate has not accepted your roommate request yet. Your roommate must log in to the Housing & Dining Self-Service Portal and accept your roommate request before either of you can select a room. To find out is your roommate request has been accepted, navigate to the Roommate/Suitemate page in the self-service portal. Under Fall 2019 Roommate Requests, you will find a list of any roommate requests you’ve sent and received. If you see “You have an unmatched roommate group.”, your roommate hasn’t accepted your request.
  • You inadvertently completed a Gender Inclusive Housing Agreement or a Single/Double-as-a-Single Housing Agreement. Completing either of these two agreements means you will only see rooms designated as gender inclusive or single occupancy.
  • The type of room you’re looking for may not be available. This mostly happens when students want to select a Double-as-a-Single Room. Don’t fret — Student and Residence Life may be able to create one for you.

 Contact Us

Contact Student & Residence Life

219 Ulmer Hall
(570) 484-2317

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

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