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When you submit your housing contract you will probably notice that we don't ask questions about your personality, style, religion, major, likes/dislikes, etc. Research has shown that the answers to these questions don't significantly improve the odds of roommate success.

Developing a good Roommate Relationship is about more than what classes you're taking, whether you're an early bird or a night owl, or how messy you think you might be on a scale of 1 - 10. So we stick to the question that research says does matter – do you smoke. After that, all roommate assignments are random, based solely on the date the contract was received and the type of room(s) you listed as preferred.

We value the diversity of our students and their experiences. Communities develop best when people with different thoughts, opinions, and values get together and share themselves with one another. Does conflict arise? Sometimes, but hopefully out of that conflict is born compromise, understanding, respect, and an expanded world view. USA Housing & Dining's roommate matching program, Please Don't Snore (PDS), offers students the opportunity to connect with other South Alabama students planning to live on campus. Think of it like for roommates! Learn more about our custom roommate matching program at the bottom of this page.

New Student Roommate Requests
So you know who you want to live with? No problem. If you really want to live with your high school BFF, sibling or someone you met at Orientation, we can help you do that.

If you submit your contract online in PAWS or on paper, there is a space for you to indicate a specific roommate. You will need to know the correct spelling of that person's full name (no nicknames) and their correct Jag number (student #). Simply listing a roommate request does not guarantee that you will be assigned together. Roommates must both be admitted to USA at the time of assignment and be the same gender. Additionally, all roommate requests must be mutual - you each must have requested the other. Requests from roommates must be received by April 30th each year.

When we make your assignment, your Room Preferences will guide us. However, your assignment may be anywhere your roommate request can be honored – even if you didn't preference that location.

Looking For a Roommate at South Alabama?

Look no further than USA Housing & Dining’s roommate matching program, Please Don’t Snore (PDS). This custom program allows you to connect with other South Alabama students planning to live on campus. The PDS site is your tool for meeting potential roommates and classmates, selecting a roommate (if desired), and submitting your housing preferences. Learn more and start making your connections by visiting the link below:

TO LOG-IN: Once you’re on the site, you’ll enter your JagMail email address and then click “Forgot Password.” The site will then send an automated email to your JagMail account that will include a temporary password. Once you enter your temporary password on the site you will be prompted to set your new password that you will use from then on.


  • MATCHING PERIOD BEGINS APRIL 24TH: The system will automatically open for potential roommates to be selected, or "matched" on this date - matches must be mutual to be considered!


We are empowering you to take control of the roommate/suitemate selection process. Get started as soon as possible to take full advantage of this opportunity! Please share any questions with us by email (include full name and Jag #) or phone (251-460-6185). Happy Matching!

Just because you answered several questions similarly to a potential roommate, you still may not see eye to eye on other key issues. We urge you to review the "Roommate Relationships" page to learn about additional discussion points that you and the other student should discuss and explore before making your final selection. We also urge you to complete the "Roommate Agreement" prior to, or shortly after moving-in. Residence Life staff members are available to assist you with this process upon move-in.

Returning Student Roommate Requests
As a Returning student you will select your own room during the Returning Student Room Registration process. During this process you will also have the option of selecting your own roommate(s) by using the “Roommate Code” function.