Campus / News / May 3, 2012

How to survive housing lottery

The housing lottery can be a confusing and stressful process, especially now with many of the deadlines coming up in the next week or so. Fortunately Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Learning Craig Southern has some tips for students going through the lottery.

First and foremost, he suggests, be on time.

“The toughest thing is if you miss a deadline, it’s really hard to get it back,” Southern said. He recommends that students know when all of their forms are due (see dates and descriptions below), and turn them into the Campus Life Office on time.

Second, know about the different housing options available.

A small apartment is an apartment for two or three people, while a large apartment is for four or five. The lotteries after the application due date are for people to choose the actual apartments in which they want to live.

Groups can choose to apply for multiple apartments. For example, one group of four could apply for both a three-person apartment in Hamblin and a four-person apartment in Hamblin. The housing lottery is where they decide which to take, assuming they get into one.

Block housing is for the dorms (Post, Williston, some areas of the Quads, etc.) and the townhouses. Groups of people who want to sign up to live together use block housing.

The general lottery is for people who did not get a housing assignment through block housing or the apartment lotteries.

Southern also suggests being flexible because not everyone will receive their first choice.

“Everyone would love to have a single room in Hamblin, but you also need to have some backup options and sometimes two or three backup options that you feel okay with,” Southern said.

Southern also suggested asking questions. Whether they are questions about dates, forms or the dorms themselves, Southern is willing to answer them. His office is located in the Campus Life Office, across from Founders Lab.

“Where you live every year is very important. So even if I look stressed, the answers are important. … I do not get tired of answering questions,” Southern said.

Housing lottery schedule

– Thursday, May 3 — small apartment lottery, 7 p.m.

– Friday, May 4 — large apartment applications due by 4 p.m.

– Monday, May 7 — large apartment lottery, 7 p.m.

– Wednesday, May 9 — block housing applications due by 4 p.m.

– May 10-23 — block housing notifications

– Thursday, May 24 — general lottery, 7 p.m.

Olivia Louko


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