Room & Roommate Choices for First-year Students

Room assignments are determined by your choices in the Housing Portal and availability of rooms on campus. We work hard to take into account your preferences and to find you the most compatible roommate(s). Mid-June, you will be notified by email of your room assignment and given the name of your roommate(s), along with information about where to check in when you arrive on campus.


First-year students are typically assigned to a room in buildings within our first-year neighborhood. Many students will be assigned to a double room (there are a variety of divided and undivided styles available) or, in a few cases, a triple room. Single rooms are also available for first-year students, with priority typically given to first-year students who:

  • are older than the rest of the incoming class,
  • have a documented health condition that warrants the privacy of a single room,
  • or identify as trans* or gender non-conforming.

Housing preferences include specific buildings and communities. Before you select preferences in the portal, please visit our residence halls page for more details on buildings.

All of Reed's residence halls are gender inclusive. Residents of each community determine how to utilize common spaces (including bathrooms) at the beginning of each year.


If you would like to request a specific roommate, complete the "roommate preference" section of the application in the Housing Portal. You and your proposed roommate must mutually confirm each other in order to be assigned as roommates.