Residential Life

Residential Life

Housing Lottery

Important Off-Campus Housing Information

The Office of Residential Life offers the opportunity for members of the Class of 2015 to sign-up for the Off-Campus Housing Lottery for the 2014-2015 academic year. In order to give you time to locate and secure housing off-campus, this is the first lottery process that takes place. Approximately 40 rising seniors will be given the chance to live off-campus. If you are interested please read ALL the following information carefully.


  • You must pre-register for Fall 2014 term classes. (Pre-registration period is in mid-April).  Your off-campus status will be revoked and you will not be able to participate in any other housing lottery if you are NOT registered for classes.
  • You must be a rising senior according to the records in the Registrar's Office. If they tell us you are, in fact, a member of the Class of 2015, you are eligible to participate in the Off-Campus Lottery Process.



  1. An off-campus lottery sign-up sheet will be available in the Office of Residential Life beginning Monday, February 3rd through Tuesday February 25 at 4 p.m. Please be sure to sign-up by February 25th. If you are abroad please have your proxy sign you up in ResLife. Anyone who signs up after February 25th will be placed on the wait list and will not participate in the initial Off-Campus Lottery process.
  2. You will have the option to "pull-in" one other rising senior but there is not a requirement that you use this pull. If you intend to pull someone please include their name on the sign-up sheet as well, in the same row as your own name. Be sure that person is aware that they are taking part in the off-campus lottery. Both names will be entered in the lottery and both of you will receive lottery numbers. Whoever has the better lottery number will be able to pull the other student off-campus. Please be aware that we stop allowing students to go off-campus when the total number of allowed students is reached.
  3. You will be notified of the Off-Campus Lottery results around February 27th. Those granted permission to move off-campus can then begin to look for apartments and sign leases. Do NOT sign any leases until Residential Life has confirmed that you have been selected in the Off-Campus Housing Lottery and that you have permission to live off-campus. You will not be released from campus or your room and board charges just because you have signed a lease elsewhere. Only students granted off-campus status will be released from their campus room and board charges.
  4. If you are selected to live off-campus you must accept or decline this offer by March 28 at 4 p.m., in the Office of Residential Life. If you have decided to live off-campus with your "pulled-in" person, both of you must accept this status by the deadline. If either you or your "pulled-in person" declines the offer to live off-campus, the off-campus option will be given to someone on the wait list. Any student who is offered and declines the off-campus option will still be eligible for all other lottery processes (sub-free, co-op, blocking and the General Lottery).

If you have questions about living off-campus or would like to know more about the Off-Campus Housing Lottery, please feel free to call the Residential Life Office.


This is the most important part of this message.  You may be hearing from Landlords, friends, and classmates that you have to sign a lease immediately if you want an apartment off-campus with your friends.  Again, please do NOT sign anything or put a deposit down on an apartment until you have participated in the off-campus housing lottery and you know for sure that you have been given permission to live off-campus.


**NOTE** 2014-2015 is the last academic year that Off-Campus housing will be an option.  No Off-Campus housing will be offered beyond the Spring of 2015.