Housing Lottery is the series of online events during the Spring semester when eligible students who have not already received an assignment choose a room for the following year. Lottery is structured by seniority between class years and randomly assigned start times within each class year. If you do not secure an assignment through an application process or living group membership, you will receive a start time in MyHousing for the appropriate lottery.


What are the specific lottery events?

1) Priority College-owned Off-campus Lottery is the first lottery event.  It is an option only for pre-determined eligible rising seniors and their eligible roommates
2) Senior Only Lottery is the second lottery event.  It is an option only for un-assigned rising seniors who want to live with other rising seniors or in a single
3) General Lotteries are the processes for all other un-assigned students.  The start times for groups in each of these lotteries will be assigned by seniority. These are the only lotteries that upper-level students can “pull-up” students from younger class years. The General Lotteries are structured by housing type and occur in the following order:

  • 4-person Lottery- this lottery is available for matched roommate groups of four people.
  • 3-person Lottery- this lottery is available for matched roommate groups of three people.
  • Single Lottery- this lottery is available for those seeking a single
  • Doubles Lottery- this lottery is available for those matched roommate pairs seeking a double.

On the day of your lottery start time you are able to log in to view the available spaces once more. When your start time arrives you will be able to select from the list of available spaces. Once your time starts you will have until that event is closed to finish your selection. Other roommate groups will continue to be added to the process at established intervals.

If you are unable to choose with your intended group in a lottery event you should reorganize roommate matches before the next event starts. You will be assigned a new start time and placed in the lottery event that matches your roommate group.

Watch our video to see how it works!



How do I match with my roommate(s)?

If you are looking to live with a roommate or group of people you will need to go through the roommate matching process for your lottery event.  Only fully matched roommate groups will be able to choose as a group in any lottery event. Groups need to be fully matched by the posted deadline (typically the day before the Lottery event) to receive a lottery start time. Roommate matching is done through MyHousingWatch this video for instructions (note: video shows previous version of MyHousing but the process remains the same)

What are lottery start times?

Lottery start times are assigned randomly within each class year for each lottery event. You will be prompted by email to view your start time in MyHousing the day before your lottery event. Fully matched roommate groups will use the earliest start date/time of the group and any roommate can choose housing for the group.

If you believe you/your group will be unable to choose housing at your start time please contact Residence Life in advance of the start of the Lottery event.

How do I view the available spaces for each lottery?

The list of available spaces is based on the gender breakdown of the students who are eligible to select in the Lottery (those who are not already assigned). A preview of available spaces will be accessible in MyHousing the day before each lottery event.  You will only be able to view the available spaces for your group size. For instance four person spaces will not show if your group is made up of three people.  To give you an idea of where rooms exist, you can review this document containing room configurations by building.

What is the timeline for the 2022-2023 Housing Lottery?

Week of March 21

College-owned off-campus 2-person Lottery (for priority-eligible in Class of 2022)

College-owned off-campus 3-person Lottery (for priority-eligible in Class of 2022)

April 20

Senior-only Lottery (for Class of 2023)

April 22

4-person Lottery

April 26

3-person Lottery

April 28

Singles Lottery

May 2

Doubles Lottery

Prior to each Lottery event, the  event start time will be announced in MyHousing.

What is the Waitlist?

The Waitlist is the final phase of the housing assignment process. Each year, there are students who are not able to select their rooms through Lottery.  Instead, they are assigned over the summer as rooms become available.  Any eligible student who doesn’t select a room through Lottery is automatically placed on the Waitlist and will be prompted to register assignment preferences.

The Waitlist also provides an opportunity for students who selected a room through lottery to request a different assignment, should that space become available.