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Lottery Night & After

At the Lottery.

The housing lottery is an easy process. Here is our guide to surviving the lottery.

  1. Preparation. In order to give your(self) or your group an smooth process download the Lottery Housing Preference List Here (To be released soon). Be sure also to watch the tutorials that will be sent out for a step-by-step guide of how to select your room(s) online.
  2. Selecting Your Room(s) Online. Your group representative will select the room(s) and suite(s) for your entire group through a form on ResLife's website during your assigned selection time. Only the designated group leader has access to the selection of the room(s), and you will be allocated 3 minutes until the lottery opens up for the next group. Thus, you can select your room(s) after your group's assigned time, but note that the lottery will be open to other groups with later times, too. It's in your best interest to choose a room as soon as possible.
  3. Passing and Dropping Down. When it's your group's time, your group may elect to "pass," which automatically moves your group to the Summer Assignment Process. Your group may also elect to "drop down" and select housing with a higher-numbered group -- that is, a group with a later time than yours.
    • Dropping down is especially helpful when your group's size or configuration prevents your group from selecting housing. Groups may not drop down if they have been declared No Shows or if they have passed.
    • Everyone in your group must pass or drop down togethere. If you are dropping down, you must have the permission of the group you are joining. Email that group's leader to ask if your group can drop down to theirs.

Following Lottery — For Those Who Selected Housing During the Lottery.

Room Assignment Forms. [This form is not yet available.] When this form opens, your group representative will assign members of your housing group to the specific room they will be living in. If you do not complete the form by the deadline, your group members will be randomly assigned to your group's selected rooms.

Housing Contracts. When you return to campus in the fall, you will be required to sign a housing contract before picking up your keys and moving into your room.


Following Lottery — For Those Who Didn't (or Couldn't) Select Housing During the Lottery.

If you do not or cannot select a room during the lottery, there are two options available to you:

Secondary Selection Process. If any rooms remain unselected at the conclusion of the lottery, you may form a new group and pick one of these rooms during the Secondary Selection Process. This group does not have to be the same as your original lottery group, but it must contain enough individuals to fill the number of beds in the room you are selecting. Selection will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. The date and time for Secondary Selection may be found here.

Summer Assignment Process. If you did not pick housing at the lottery and do not participate in Secondary Selection, you will be included in the Summer Assignment Process. Rooms will be assigned to students over the summer based on a list of location and roommate preferences that you will submit to ResLife. While ResLife does its best to honor these preferences, no guarantees are made. During the Summer Assignment Process, priority is given to groups who had no available options left at their assigned time or whose only options were one-room triples or quads. Lower priority is given to No Shows and groups who elected not to pick housing when options were available.