Finding a Roommate

Roommate Selection

Living with a roommate is just one of many new experiences waiting for you at college. They are someone with whom you can share not only your room, but your WMU experience.

Choosing a roommate

You can live with a friend or meet someone new using WMU’s roommate search feature. When you apply for housing, we ask a series of questions about your living habits and interests. Those who opt in for the roommate search future can then use the answers to any of those questions to get a list of possible roommates and their contact information.

Those who want to live with a friend can add their roommate to their Roommate Group at any time, starting Jan. 31, 2018. Both parties need to have a completed housing application by June 1.

45% of WMU students say the best roommate matches are based on similar living habits. 25% said similar interests and hobbies make good matches.

Roommate search

Starting 10 a.m. EST April 2, those who opted in for roommates searches on the housing application can run their search. The “Find a Roommate” button is in the housing portal accessed via GoWMU.  You can search for people by answers to the lifestyle questions, personal interests or their academic college. The report will give you 20 people and their WMU email address so you can reach out to say hi and introduce yourself.

Once you’ve found a roommate, one of you will create a Roommate Group. Roommate Groups are how you and your roommate will get into the same room when you pick a hall and room in June.  

Roommate Groups

When you find someone you want to live with, one of you will create a Roommate Group in the housing portal. The group creator is the owner and can invite others to join the group. When you are invited to join a group, you can accept, decline or ignore the invitation. You may also leave a Roommate Group at any time if you meet someone new. Remember to keep an eye on your WMU email because all roommate notifications will come to this address.

To create a Roommate Group or reply to an invitation to join one, go to GoWMU >> My Self Services >> Residence Life Housing >> Roommate Group.

You’ll need your friend’s Western Identification Number (WIN = 9-digit number) to create a group.  After you enter their WIN, 

  1.  press “Search” to find their name in the system,
  2.  “Select” to confirm it is the right person, and
  3.  Press “Submit” at the bottom of the page to send the roommate group invitation email.

Roommate search criteria dialog box with WIN entered and indicating search and submit buttons.

As the group owner, you will receive an email if they accept or decline the invitation. 

You can only own or be in one Roommate Group at a time and you can leave or disband a group whenever you want. Roommate groups are limited to 2 people. 

Roommate Groups are how you and your roommate will get into the same room regardless of your Room Selection Group dates. Whomever has the earlier date can find a room and reserve it for both of you. The roommate who does not choose the room will receive an email to their WMU account confirming their hall and room assignment.  The person who selects the room this will also choose the meal plan for both individuals, so be sure to talk about that in addition to what halls you want to live in before June.

For those who want to live with a friend, both parties need to have a completed housing application by June 1.