Selection & Placement - Keele Future Students

Residence Guarantees

The safety of our community members is paramount and we are planning on limiting capacity to residence space to half the spaces we normally assign. In light of the capacity limitations, we have suspended the guarantee of a residence space offered to first-year student admitted to the Fall session directly from a high school who apply by the June 1, 2020 deadline.

First-year students should experience living in a traditional dorm-style residence with a roommate. It’s a great way to meet other students, socialize and study together. Plus you’ll enjoy the convenience of a meal plan. Dorm residence is our most affordable option and cleaning services are provided in the common areas and washrooms.

Suite-style residence is a preferred choice for upper-year students who may like to share amenities and cook and clean for themselves.

Roommate Matching

Many first-year students will be sharing a double room. Students are typically assigned with roommates of the same gender. The residence application asks specific questions about lifestyle preferences which will be used to match compatibility with potential roommates. To ensure optimal compatibility and harmonious roommate relations, please make sure you answer the questions thoroughly and honestly.

If students are offered a double space and accept the offer, they will have the opportunity to self-select a roommate. Housing & Conference Services will notify students who have successfully accepted a double room when the roommate selection time opens. Students can then return to the online residence application and select/accept a roommate among those who accepted the same space type and residence building. If a student opts not to select a roommate, Housing & Conference Services will assign them a roommate based on compatibility match percentage determined by their answers to the lifestyle preference questions during the application.

Note that a student may only select/accept one roommate and will no longer have access to Roommate Selection after doing so. If circumstances or roommate preference change, please contact

Offer Acceptance and Confirmation

Residence offers will be sent out via email starting June where students will be given the following details:

  • The type of room and the residence building being offered,
  • The instructions on how to accept their offers online including paying the room offer deposit.

If you decline your residence offer then you may ask to be placed on a wait list or have your application cancelled.

If you do not respond to your residence offer by the deadline indicated, your offer will expire and your application will be cancelled. You may contact Housing and request to reactivate your application and be placed on a waiting list.

Information about moving in to residence will be available on Residence Move-in Information page and will be updated as it gets closer to move-in day. A Move-in Package email will be sent to residents who accepted a space prior to arrival.

Upon move-in, students may not change their building or room assignment without permission from Housing & Conference Services through a transfer request. The Transfer Request Form goes online every October. If experiencing roommate conflicts or other challenges, residents must first contact their Don or Residence Life Coordinator. Transfer will not be granted unless they are mediated by Residence Life & Housing & Conference Services, and pending room availability. If you receive written approval to transfer to another residence/room, you will be charged a transfer fee and you will be responsible for covering any additional room upgrade costs, if applicable.

Waitlisted Applicants

Housing & Conference Services will endeavour to update students on wait list status from time to time. However, it is the student’s responsibility to follow up regarding this by emailing


Note: Housing & Conference Services strives to ensure the completeness and accuracy of information contained on this website, however, we reserve the right to change any of the information at any time without notice.