Housing Lottery

Keep your current room, or look for a new one.

The Housing Lottery is held every spring semester and is the method by which students can keep or change what rooms they have between academic years. The system is made to be fair and equitable, allowing you to choose a room closest to your preferences from those that are available.

General Process

  1. Each student draws a random number from those assigned to their class.
  2. Students who want to keep their current room, regardless of their number, notifies the Residential Life office before any new rooms are chosen.
  3. Students with disabilities documented before the lottery have first choice of rooms not already being kept.
  4. Over the course of a few days, ranges of numbers will be called in order.  The student with #1 will pick their room, then #2 will pick theirs, etc.

Dates & Times

Drawing Lottery Numbers

  • Time: 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30-4:00pm
  • Location: Office of Residence Life, Whitney Hall
  • Days: To Be Determined

Keep Your Current Room and Special Accommodations

  • Time: 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-4:00pm
  • Location: Office of Residence Life, Whitney Hall
  • Days: To Be Determined

New Room Selection

  • Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Location: DKs, Pearsons Hall
  • Days: To Be Determined

Details for 2019-2020

  • All-Female Hall will be Porter Hall.
  • Gender-Inclusive Hall will be Whitney Hall.
  • Quiet Floor will be the 4th floor of Bushnell.
  • Alcohol/Substance Free Spaces will be 609 and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of Bushnell.

More Information

Drawing Lottery Numbers

Keeping Your Room

All students, regardless of class year or lottery number, can choose to keep their current room.  Choosing to keep your current room is final; you cannot switch to another room later during the lottery.

Details for Specific Housing Options


If you are unable to draw your number or choose your room, you may ask Residential Life to do so for you.

Waiting List

If you are dissatisfied with the room you chose in Lottery, you may elect to participate in the waiting list procedure. If you participate, you will then choose up to two (2) other residence halls in which you would rather live. As vacancies develop, and after transfer/exchange students are placed, individuals on the list will be assigned rooms. Ranking on the list is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you sign the waiting list, you agree to be moved to any open space that matches your request. You will be notified of any such change over the summer.

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