Current Resident Student

Room Retention and Roommate Selection

Montclair State University Resident Students who wish to return to housing for the upcoming academic year

If you currently reside in University housing for the spring semester, and you wish to return to housing for the following academic year, please follow the steps outlined below:

This page will be updated as more information is made available.

Step 1

Pay a $300.00 non-refundable housing application fee. Payment of this fee serves to indicate your interest in residing in campus housing once again. Checks should be made out to "Montclair State University" (please write "Fall 2017 Housing Application Fee" in the memo portion of check) and submit to:

Student Accounts/Cashier’s Office
College Hall
Room 216
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

Credit Card payments can only be through your NEST account and NOT at the Student Accounts/Cashier Office.

The priority deadline for payment of your housing application fee is Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6 pm.

Failure to pay the housing application fee by this date will result in you being unable to participate in the room selection process and may cause you to be placed onto the housing wait list.

Step 2

Read the 2017 Room Selection Booklet and follow the instructions.

Step 3

Read the 2017-2018 Residence License and Dining Agreement.  When notified via email log in to the RMS system and electronically sign the Residence License and Dining Services Agreement. (You will not be able to select a bed or be pulled in if you do not complete this prior to the start of the process.)  Please read the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 License Agreement Tutorial for instructions to sign the license agreement, set the roommate group code and select your preferences.

Step 4

Make sure that there are no holds/obligations existing on your student account by reviewing the holds page of your NEST account. If there are any holds on your account (financial, registration, parking, immunization, library fines, etc), you must clear them with the respective departments before your scheduled room selection eligibility date. Please note academic probation holds will not affect your ability to select an assignment for next year.

The Residential Management System will not allow you to participate in the room selection process if you have any outstanding holds/obligations on your account.

Step 5

Review and decide on the Meal Plan choice that is the best fit for you.

Step 6

Review and decide on Residence Hall building preferences.

Step 7

Check your MSU Email account for an email during the week of  March 13, 2017. This will give you the date and time you can sign into the system.  If you are retaining your room in Hawk Crossings or The Village at Little Fall your date will be March 20, 2017. Please review the Room Selection Process booklet for more detailed information on this.

Step 8

When available, login to Residential Management System (RMS) to conduct the Room Selection Process, following the outlined instructions.  Village and Hawk Crossing residents refer to the Room Retention and Roommate Selection for detailed instructions about the room retention and roommate selection process.  The general room selection process steps are described in the General Room Selection Tutorial

A wait list process will be established after room selection has concluded. There is no guaranteed housing assignment for students on the wait list. Offers of assignments will be made throughout the summer and academic year at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life as vacancies occur.

Should you have any questions about the room selection process, or if you have difficulty logging-in to the Residential Management System to select your room, please do not hesitate to contact our office during business hours (8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).