Starting July 1, Room Swap opens for first-year students
In May, UNC Housing announced the release of a new feature in the Housing Selection Process – Room Swap! With Room Swap, students can easily search for open spaces in every residence hall and apartment community available to them and make changes to their housing assignment on their own. And now, this feature will also be available to first-year students from July 1 – August 1!
So what does this mean and how do I swap?
This means that if you weren’t 100% happy with your assigned location, or you find someone different who you want to room with, you can go in and make the changes yourself. Swapping rooms is limited by room availability, of course, but now you have the ability to view what is available on your own.
Room Swap is located in Step #9 of your housing application, located at myhousing.unc.edu. Once you’re in the correct step, the Room Swap link should be located on the far right of the page.
Now that you’re in Room Swap, you’ll see the list of buildings available to you. Try clicking into each building, as some will have open rooms and other will not. Once you find the building you want, with rooms available in it, it’s time to pick the right room for you!
Since I’m a returning undergrad and not a first-year student, I decided to look for rooms in Cobb because the First Year Experience buildings are not open for me.
I see there are four spaces in double occupancy rooms on the 4th floor of Cobb, so I click on that floor, and it turns orange. Next, I click ‘Confirm’. And don’t worry, confirmation isn’t final until the very end!
Once confirmed, you will be taken to a page that shows the floor plan of the level you selected (in this case the 4th) and a list of all the spaces available to you on that floor. Since I’m female, it will only show me spaces with female roommates.
If there’s a room where all the beds are open, it will show a D, meaning the gender of the room depends upon the gender who selects it first.
After the gender, there are numbers. In this example, all four available rooms show 1/2. This means that in each room, one of the two beds is available. If you see a room with 2/2, this means that there are two beds available, and you could move yourself and a roommate of your choice into that room.
When you’re looking at the rooms, you can click on the magnifying glass icon to learn a little bit about the current occupant. In this case, her name is Laura, and I can then click ‘View Profile’ to see what she has written about herself. If I think we’d be a good match as roommates, I’ll click ‘Confirm’ once again to move on to the next step.
The final step in swapping your room involves selecting your bed. This isn’t a huge deal because it’s not like you’ll arrive in your room and the beds will literally be labeled A and B. However, it is the way to finally confirm your room swap, so it’s important to ensure that this step is complete.
After clicking the room you want, you get a countdown from five minutes to select your bed and confirm your swap. If the countdown runs out, you risk losing the spot to someone else looking to swap rooms at the same time.
If you don’t see something you want, you can keep checking back over the summer because inventory will be constantly changing as people cancel their housing contract or swap their rooms.
What option do I have besides the swap?
There is another option for living on campus that you may have missed when you first signed your housing contract – a Living-Learning Community! LLCs are a great opportunity to live with people who share common interests like service and sustainability.
You can switch into an LLC without any additional fees, even if you already have a housing assignment. LLCs do require a separate application, however, and the application is live right now at myhousing.unc.edu. You have until June 21st to apply, but spaces are filled on a rolling basis, so don’t wait too long!
To learn more about all the Living-Learning Communities open to you and the location of each LLC, visit this page: http://housing.unc.edu/residence-life/living-learning-communities.
If you need to call the main Housing office, you can reach us at (919) 962-5401 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that when assignments first go out, the volume of calls and emails to our office is quite high, and it may take us a while to get to your question, but we will do our best!
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