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New Student Housing Selection

New students will begin to have access to our online housing system on May 15, 2017. Actual housing selection will take place on July 19, 2017. Below you'll find information on how this process works. If you have any questions after reading everything, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 413-782-1317.

How to Select Housing in HMA: Step by Step Process Description

The direct link to the HMA system is https://app1.wne.edu/hma/ but HMA can also be accessed through Connect2U.

Below you'll find a compact step by step description of what the HMA process is like for new students who have already paid their housing deposit through Admissions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Residence Life Office at 413-782-1317 or sean.burke@wne.edu

New students for Fall 2017 can start logging into HMA and completing these steps on Monday May 15th.

Step 1: Complete your profile. This profile includes important information, such as your emergency contact information and your choices regarding what information you would like to share with other students. This is also when you confirm that you have read and agree to the Resident Student Housing Agreement. You must complete this step to move forward in HMA.

Step 2: Complete your questionnaire. The questionnaire includes a fairly short inventory of your housing preferences and is the tool the system will use to find your best roommate matches. The questionnaire is also where you identify up to three learning interest communities in the residence halls. The questionnaire must also be completed before you can move forward in the process.

Step 3A: Search for roommatesIf you know who you want to live with, you can search for that person by name. The person you want to live with must also have completed their profile and questionnaire and must share at least one interest community in common with you. You should discuss which interest community you prefer to live in, since this is essential to room selection.

Step 3B: Search for roommatesIf you do not yet know who you want to live with, the HMA system allows you to search for best matches based on your questionnaire answers. The “Best Match Search” button is at the top right of the “Search for Roommates” page. We strongly advise that you do not search for best matches before Monday, May 29th so that other people have time to complete the questionnaire.

Step 4: Form a group. Once you know who you want to live with, one of you will need to go into the “My Groups” page in HMA and create a group. The “Create a Group” button is at the top right of the “My Groups” screen. A group is the total number of students who wish to live together (normally two, unless the room has three or more occupants) and the space must be filled to capacity. The person creating the group needs to add everyone else to the group and then everyone else will have to confirm the group. 

Important Note: Students are only able to form a group with other student(s) with whom they have at least one learning interest community in common. If you are looking for a specific person to form a group with and you cannot find them, contact them to ensure you have selected the same learning interest communities.

Step 5: Select a Room. On Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 a.m., housing selection begins. One member of your group will select a room for the group based on what is available at the time they are choosing. 

Step 6Confirm a Room. Other member(s) of the group have 24 hours to confirm the room selection and must do so in order to secure the room for the group. Once everyone has confirmed, your room for the Fall semester is set. If not confirmed within 24 hours, the room is forfeited. If the room is forfeited, then steps 5 and 6 must be repeated to secure campus housing. 

We strongly encourage students to find a roommate and select a room in a learning interest community as a group. However, for students who do not wish to form a group, we do offer a ‘select a bed’ option. This alternative allows a single student to select one available bed in a room. The other bed(s) in the room will be selected by another student(s) using the select a bed option or another student will be assigned there later in the summer. 

The opportunity to select and confirm a room ends on Monday, July 24th at 11:59 p.m. After this date/time, you must contact us for assistance if you still need to secure campus housing.  If we do not hear from you, we presume that you have made other living arrangements off campus.

Under 18 Housing Agreement

Students who are under 18 at the time when they complete their HMA profile (which is when you read and agree to abide by the Resident Student Housing Agreement) must also have a parent or guardian review and sign off on the Resident Student Housing Agreement. You will need to print out the form below and have your parent or guardian fill it out after reading the Housing Agreement, found in HMA and under the policies section of this webpage. Instructions on what to do from there are on the form. Students for whom this form is required will not be able to occupy housing at the beginning of the Fall semester unless this form is on file with the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival on campus. Please contact the Residence Life Office if you have any questions.

Under Age of Majority (18) Student Parent/Guardian Resident Student Housing Agreement Sign Off Form

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Where do you want to live?

Learning Interest Communities offer you the opportunity to live among other students who share common interests. Each Learning Interest Community designs specific programs around the goals of that community. Participation in a Learning Interest Community defines particular areas of residency, and directs the choice of a roommate. By choosing a Learning Interest Community via the HMA online preference questionnaire, students’ room and roommate choices correspond to the Learning Interest Community selected.

Learning Interest Communities are part of the BEAR program. 

The Learning Interest Communities are based around the following areas of common interest:


In today's world, science and technology are shaping the future.  The community will allow those students who major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) to develop personal and professional skills in a residential setting.  Members of this community will be able to develop collaborative relationships with their peers, relating concepts learned in the classroom to everyday situations through programming, peer-to-peer mentoring and floor discussions.

Next Generation of Leaders

In today’s diverse and interconnected world, leadership skills are valued by potential employers and contribute to a rewarding and successful career. In this community, you will focus on developing leadership skills and set yourself up to take on various student leader opportunities. Topics covered could include self awareness, leading a diverse team, and global perspectives in the 21st century. This is an ideal community for those students looking to build on their high school leadership experience or those looking to explore the face of today’s ever changing global environment.

Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow

This community is ideal for those looking to impact tomorrow’s society through avenues such as law and justice, business, and education. These individuals will take the concepts learned in the classroom and bring them back to their own community as a hands-on opportunity to practice skills and concepts they can apply after graduation.

Healthy Choices, Creative Living

In this community you will have the chance to explore opportunities that promote personal satisfaction. Are you a musical person? Do you enjoy sports? What about art? Are you into holistic wellness? Join this community and learn how to take what you enjoy and meld it with the skills and lessons learned in class to lead a well-rounded life, now as a student and in the future.

Special Housing Accommodations


Western New England University is committed to providing students who have a documented disability or medical condition with a safe environment in which to live and study. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Student Disability Services of the nature of their disability and desire to receive a special housing accommodation.

If approved, the Office of Student Disability Services will work directly with the Office of Residence Life in an effort to provide a housing accommodation that is appropriate and reasonable. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at (413) 782-1258.

Click here for more detailed information about special housing accommodations, or visit Student Disability Services here.

Are you transferring in for the Fall 2017 semester?

If you are a new transfer student who will be transferring in for the Fall 2017 semester, you can use the form below to submit your housing request and indicate your housing preferences.  You should still go into your HMA and complete your profile and questionnaire before you submit the form.  Your completed form, as well as any questions you might have, can be emailed to Sean.Burke@wne.edu

Housing Application

Information for Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students

We recognize that the HMA program only allows students to identify themselves as either male or female. As we recognize the need to support all forms of gender identity and expression in the residence halls, transgender and gender non-binary students are encouraged to contact Sean Burke at Sean.Burke@wne.edu or by phone at 413-782-1316 so that we can work with you on an individual basis to house you in an environment that supports and reflects your gender identity.

Information for Parents/Legal Guardians

This newsletter contains great information for parents and guardians about what your students can expect during housing selection and when they arrive on campus.  Feel free to talk to us at SOAR or contact us all summer if you have any questions.
Parent/Guardian Newsletter