Residential Life

Residential Life

Housing Lottery Guidebook

Important Information


Please remember that in order to participate in the housing lottery process, you must register for the upcoming fall semester AND your financial accounts must be clear.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact either the Registrar or the Business Office.


Bed Lofts

A bed loft lottery will be held after the housing lotteries are complete. An email will be sent out to all students announcing sign-ups for the loft lottery. Students who sign-up for the loft lottery will be chosen at random until all of the lofts are gone. Please be aware that there is typically a much higher demand for the lofts than lofts available.  Students will be notified via email about the results of the loft lottery.

First-Year Spaces

The Office of Residential Life has designated specific buildings and floors throughout the campus as First Year housing in anticipation of the incoming class of 2019.  These buildings and floors are Keehn, Major, Dunham (basement, 1st and 2nd floors), North, South (3rd and 4th floors), Wallace Johnson and Wertimer. 

Note About Housing Contracts

The Housing Agreement will be found in your Student Handbook.  Each student is expected to be aware of and abide by the guidelines expressed in the Housing Agreement.   Anyone who chooses to live in specialty housing will be required to abide by the rules and regulations outlined for that area in the Residential Life Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook.

Lottery Manipulation

Any attempt to manipulate the housing lottery process and/or change room assignments during or after the housing lottery is a severe policy violation.  The consequences for making an unapproved room change at any point will include one or more of the following:  moving back to your original assigned room, being penalized in a future housing lottery (with points added to your lottery number), revocation of your ability to be pulled, and being subject to judicial action. 

If you have an available space in your room at any point during the year, it is expected that you will be welcoming and accepting of any new roommate assigned to that space.  Failure to do so is considered manipulation of the lottery process and will likely result in future lottery and/or judicial consequences. 

If someone pulls another student (or students) with the knowledge or intention to go on leave in the fall (study abroad, transfer, etc.), the case will be reviewed and your status in future housing lotteries may be jeopardized.  WHEN YOU SELECT A ROOM IN THE LOTTERY PROCESS, YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO THAT ROOM FOR THE ENTIRE 2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Note to Students Planning to go on Leave

If you select a room in a housing lottery and then decide at some point during the summer to go on leave for the following year, the space you selected will be given to another student without housing.  In many cases we are unable to notify the other occupants of the room or suite before the room assignment is made. 

IMPORTANT: Do not select a room in the housing lottery process if you are not planning to return to campus for the fall.

Note to Students Without Room Assignments

As always, after the housing lottery process, there will be a small number of individuals unable to select a room as all rooms will have been taken already and/or male/female ratio requirements will have eliminated remaining choices. Those students will work closely with the Office of Residential Life and will be assigned during the summer as rooms become available. (Examples: when someone declares a late leave of absence, transfers, is given an academic suspension, etc.). This process begins in July. This is not a summer lottery.There is no summer lottery for fall housing. This is a placement process. Despite common belief, this is not something to be nervous about since you will get housing.  However, you MUST select a room if given any choice during the housing lottery process.

**Those students who have a high (potentially perceived as “bad”) number must still show up to the lottery.  Those who choose not to come to the lottery will go to the bottom of the Fall Housing Wait List regardless of original lottery number.  You will be far better off if you show up.