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helpful hints

Here is a list of helpful hints that thecouncil has compiled to give you some food for thought (in the form of proverbs!) as you prepare for the lottery. Keep in mind these arenot hard and fast rules, but rather our advice for success in the lottery.

A good beginning makes a good ending.
Starting off the lottery process with good research and communication will make the process much easier and less stressful.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
If you're a sophomore or junior and you already have the room you want, you are welcome to stay in it ("squat"), as long as you originally received the room through the housing lottery and it's not sophomore-only or other special housing.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Everybody has different opinions about what would be a favorable outcome. Be sure to communicate with your friends and do not assume that because you want something everybody else does too.

Four heads are better than one.
Though it might be tempting to go into the lottery alone after a disastrous freshman roommate experience, we recommend rising sophomores go in with a group of at least four. The smaller the group the more likely you are to receive a very late number and be forced into the Summer Assignment Process.

Divide your group and conquer.
Groups of more than eight can get unwieldy. Consider splitting into two groups.

A group divided against itself cannot stand.
Carefully consider your group members. You may not want to be in a group with someone who has different housing priorities or a different living style than you, no matter how well you know him or her.

The group that picks together doesn't have to stick together.
Even if you go into the lottery in a group, you can still pick rooms all over campus, if you prefer. But every member of a group must pick housing or no member can pick housing.

Experience is the best teacher.
Always consult previous lottery results to figure out what rooms are likely to be available when your number is called.

But don't count your room before it is picked.
Even if you consult previous results scrupulously, the lottery changes every year.

If the lottery gives you lemons, make lemonade.
If you get a worse number than you hoped, consult past results carefully to see what choices are available. There are good choices available at almost every number.

Don't put all your eggs in one room.
The lottery is unpredictable. Have at least 5-7 ranked choices ready so you make sure to pick a room you know and want.

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.
Picking a room without researching it is risky. The more rooms you research, the less likely it is you will be forced to pick blindly, and the greater the chance you will be happy with your pick.

There's no time like the present.
It is better to pick at lottery than enter the Summer Assignment Process. If you pick at lottery you will decide where and with whom you're living in April. Otherwise, you will find out in July or August and have far less control over the result.

The lottery waits for no man (or woman).
If you're not present when your lottery number is called, you will not be allowed to pick housing through the lottery. You must then go through the Summer Assignment Process.

Never put off until the summer what you can do today.
If your group was able to pick at lottery and chose not to (or did not show up), you will be placed at the end of the Summer Assignment Process, so always pick rooms if you can. The exceptions to this rule are one-room triples and quads.

If you can't beat 'em (or the lottery), join 'em.
When your number is called, you can opt to "drop down" to join a group with a higher (later) number and pick with that group. For example, a group of one could drop down to a group of four to pick a five-person suite.

As you make your bed, so must you lie in it.
Lottery selections are final.

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