New Students Apply For Housing

Find Your Nest!

At the Haven, first-time freshmen and transfer students new to LHU choose where they live and who they live with by participating in New Student Housing Selection. Before students can begin New Student Housing Selection, they must first pay the Admission Deposit and receive their LHU log-in information.

All new students must complete a New Student Housing Application or the Residency Requirement Exemption Request form. Students who complete the exemption request must have their request approved by Student & Residence Life. Click to learn more about the Residency Requirement.

2021-2021 New Student Housing Selection

New Student Housing Selection is a self-directed, online process completed in the Housing & Dining Self-Service portal accessible through myHaven. Spread out over multiple weeks, students have plenty of time to explore their housing options and find a roommate.

Housing & Dining Self-Service

The Housing & Dining Self Service portal is a convenient, one-stop-shop for all your housing selection needs. The portal will open in a tab. For this to work, you must first allow pop-ups from in the Internet browser of your choice.

To access Housing & Dining Self-Service:

  • Log in to myHaven using your LHU username and password (do not include “” in your username).
  • Click STUDENT in the top menu.
  • Click HOUSING & DINING SELF SERVICE in the side menu.


Selection Process & Timeline

Step 1: Complete Your Housing Application (opens April 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.)

  • In the APPLICATIONS menu, select the new student housing application that matches your housing preference (application descriptions below). 
  • Don’t see the navigation bar on the left of your screen? Click the menu icon (displayed as three stacked lines) in the top left corner.
  • Read the application thoroughly and sign your name at the bottom by typing in your full name or by drawing your signature with your mouse or finger before clicking the CONTINUE button.
  • On the MY INFORMATION screen, enter all required information and answer all required questions before clicking the CONTINUE button.
  • On the DINING PLAN screen, select the meal plan that’s right for you.
  • Click the SUBMIT button to complete Step 1.

 Step 2: Choose Your Roommate (opens May 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

If you completed an application for one person rooms, suites & apartments in Step 1, you can skip Step 2. 

  • Make sure FALL 2021 is listed in the FOR THE TERM field at the top.

 Know who you want your roommate to be?

  • Enter the student’s first and/or last name into the search fields leaving the rest of the search fields blank.
  • Make sure you use the student’s legal first name, not a nickname.
  • Click the BEGIN SEARCH button.
  • Locate the person in the search results and click REQUEST ROOMMATE.

 Seeking out a new roommate?

  • Select one (and only one) question to answer for your first search.
  • Click the BEGIN SEARCH button.
  • Browse the search results until you find someone who sounds like they would be a good fit.
  • If you receive too many results, scroll back up to the Search for a Roommate section and answer a second question before clicking the BEGIN SEARCH button to update the search results.
  • Click the REQUEST ROOMMATE button at the bottom of the student’s profile.

 Roommate requests must be accepted to complete Step 2 and move on to Step 3. Check for, and accept, pending roommate requests as follows:

  • Make sure FALL 2021 is listed in the FOR THE TERM field at the top.
  • Click the more options icon (displayed as three vertical dots) in front of the person’s name whose roommate request you want to accept.
  • Click the MATCH icon to accept the roommate request.

 Step 3: Select Your Room (opens May 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.)

If selecting a room with a roommate, only one of you needs to complete Step 3.

  • Click the SEARCH AVAILABLE ROOMS button.
  • Find the residence hall where you want to live – residence halls are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Scroll through the list of available rooms and click the SELECT ROOM button to select the one you want.
  • Verify your roommate (if applicable) and room are correct.
  • Click the SUBMIT button to complete New Student Housing Selection.

What to Know Before You Start

Please make sure to read the following information carefully before beginning New Student Housing Selection. 

Important Information

  • The housing application you sign and submit determines which rooms/suites/apartments you can select.
  • Each housing application, also known as a Housing and Food Service Licensing Agreement, is a legally binding document that applies to the entire academic year. By completing and submitting it, you are stating you have read, understood, and accept the terms and conditions.
  • New students who complete a housing application but do not finish the housing selection process will be assigned to a room and roommate automatically by the Student and Residence Life office.
  • New students required to live on campus per the residency requirement who do not complete a housing application will be assigned to a room and roommate automatically by the Student and Residence Life office unless the Residency Requirement Exemption Request form is submitted and approved.

Choosing the Correct Housing Application

Do not complete more than one application. Completing multiple applications will keep you from continuing the housing selection process.

Housing application flowchart

The “Gender Inclusive Application for two” should be completed by students who would feel more comfortable living with someone of a different biological sex and/or someone with a similar gender identity. The “Gender Inclusive Application for one” should be completed by students who would feel more comfortable living next door to students of a different sex assigned at birth and/or students with a similar gender identity. Students seeking a traditional same-sex housing assignment should not complete a Gender Inclusive Application.

Your 2021-2022 Housing Options

New student housing options chart for 2021-2022

*Campus Village is for transfer students and upperclass students only.

Description of Room Types

Double Room* - A classic corridor-style room where two students share a living space as roommates. Each student has their own bed, desk, dresser, and closet. Students share a community bathroom with the other rooms on the wing or floor. Bathrooms are cleaned by staff.

Shared Suite* - Two students live in a spacious double room attached to a private bathroom with an entryway. Each student has their own bed, desk, dresser, and wardrobe. Bathroom is not staff-cleaned.

Private Suite - Two students live in their own single bedroom and sharing an attached unfurnished common area and private bathroom. Each single room is furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, and wardrobe. Common area and bathroom are not staff-cleaned.

Apartment* - Two students live together as roommates. They share the apartment’s bedroom, full bath, walk-in closet, living area, and kitchen, which has a stove/oven, double sink, refrigerator, and cabinets. Furnished with two beds, two desks, two dressers, two nightstands, and one round table with four chairs. Students are responsible for cleaning their respective apartments.

Efficiency Apartment – An apartment with everything contained in one room: the living/bedroom and kitchen areas along with a ½ bath (shower stall and toilet). Furnished with one bed, one desk, one dresser, and one nightstand. While larger than a minifridge, the refrigerator in the efficiency apartment is smaller than the standard size.

*Both sets of furniture will remain in these room options when a student chooses one without a roommate.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the questions and answers below are not what you're looking for, please call or email us for assistance. 

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 four (4) 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. Those seeking an exemption will need to submit the Residencey Requirement Exemption Request form via Housing & Dining Self-Service. 

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 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.

Do I have to complete a gender inclusive application to live in Fairview Suites or Smith Hall?

No. Only a limited number of suites in Fairview and rooms in Smith are designated as gender inclusive. You only need to complete the Gender Inclusive Housing agreement if you want to choose a roommate from across the gender spectrum regardless of biological sex.

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 3rd when Step 2 and Step 3 open?

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

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.

When I try to choose a roommate (or select a room), 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.

 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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