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Experience: Living on Campus

Finding a Roommate and Selecting a Room

Focusing on student success — every student, every day — is Northwest’s mission. Students who live on campus are part of a well-rounded university experience that fosters academic success and personal growth.

Watch for an email in January with information about roommate selection. If you already know your roommate for the upcoming semester, you can add them when you submit your housing application.

Room selection for first-year students begins April 20, 2021.

Room Deposit Date Select Your Room
Nov. 2, 2020 April 20, 2021
Nov. 3, 2020 - Dec. 15, 2020 April 21, 2021
Dec. 16, 2020 - Feb. 15, 2021 April 22, 2021
Feb. 16, 2021 and Beyond April 23, 2021

Room Select Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Log in to CatPAWS
  2. Click Housing
  3. Navigate into the Housing System
  4. Click New/Returning Students
  5. Click 2020-21
  6. Click Select My Room
  7. Choose:
    1. Select a Shared Room if you plan to live with another student
    2. Select a Private Room if you do not want a roommate
  8. Read the welcome message and click Next
  9. Review your roommate list, if applicable. 
    1. If your roommate list is correct, click Next
    2. If your roommate is not correct, click Manage My Roommate
  10. Select a room of your choice by clicking on the campus map
    1. Click the Residence Halls box. To navigate:
      • Any item with a green border or green bed icon is an available space
      • Any item with a red border or a red bed icon is not available
      • If you need to go back, click the Northwest Missouri State University hyperlink directly above the map graphic
    2. Click your preferred residence hall
    3. Click your preferred floor
    4. If selecting South Complex, Hudson-Perrin or Tower Suites, click your preferred floor section
  11. Click a green bed icon to select a room
  12. You will have 7 minutes to complete the remainder of the process or your room will be released

Pet-Friendly Housing

Having animals on campus allows students to bring a piece of home to campus, easing one's transition and overall experience. As a privilege to our students, residents of the Forest Village Apartments (Hawthorn and Sycamore) may bring certain animals to live with them as pets. Allowed animals include cats, dogs, small birds, hedgehogs, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles and fish held in tanks of 30 gallons or less. Any pets living on campus must be approved, and residents must adhere to the policy.

Read the On-Campus Pet Policy »

Personal Cooking

All residence halls have community kitchens or small kitchenettes for student use.