The new CSU Housing Portal allows students more time and autonomy to choose their roommate(s), residence hall, floor, and space rather than being assigned by a computer program (despite answering the lifestyle questionnaire). This is particularly important when highly requested locations fill and students must opt for their 2nd, 3rd, or other choices. Students can make that decision for themselves and their roommate(s).
Returning students had the same opportunity to choose a space as the new-incoming students have in the CSU Housing Portal, however, they had the opportunity to choose a bit earlier in the Spring. If a returning student had someone they wanted to room with, they could choose a friend who would then pick an available space in the same room. Those who did not have a roommate choose their hall, floor, and bed space as available and a roommate selects or is assigned later.