University students are in the process of choosing housing for the 2015-2016 school year.
Rising sophomores chose housing March 10. This year’s first-year class has more students than there are traditional sophomore beds, so some students were unable to get a housing assignment during the initial lottery process. However, Interim Director of Residence Life Brad Troy reassures these first-year students that they will receive housing next year.
“It (the rising sophomore housing lottery), overall, went very well. All rising sophomores, if they do not have an assignment, are on an active waitlist in our office and are guaranteed housing as sophomores,” Troy said.
Residence Life is working on placing rising sophomores on the waitlist in the Clay Avenue houses. These students may also have potential opportunities to move into Gavigan, Redington or Condron halls as spaces become available.
“It really becomes an issue of does a student prefer to live with their group of friends or do they prefer a single or double space in a desired building,” Troy said.
The rising junior and senior housing lottery is Monday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and lottery times were posted Wednesday. Lottery times are assigned randomly, but rising seniors traditionally receive earlier times than rising juniors. Juniors and seniors are allowed to live together, and housing groups will use the earliest time a group member has during the room selection process. Students must select a housing option that fits the size of their group — a group of four is not permitted to enter a five- or six-person apartment.
Rising juniors and seniors should form groups of three, four, five or six people to fit one of the various options available during the lottery. These students can choose to live in Montrone Hall, Pilarz Hall, the Madison Square Apartments, the Mulberry Plaza Apartments or the Linden Apartments (Dorothy Day, Katherine Drexel or Elizabeth Ann Seton). Most housing options in past years were chosen between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m..
“Our numbers work out that we will have available housing for any student who wishes to get housing,” Troy said.
Students who are unable to select a space during the lottery should contact Residence Life Tuesday so Residence Life can create a waitlist for upperclass students. Residence Life will work with students on a case-by-case basis to place them in housing.
Graduate students are not participating in the housing lottery this year. The University announced a project in December to create a new graduate housing facility. It provides 48 apartment-style beds to graduate students. The University is renovating an old elementary school on the 500 block of Quincy Avenue, and it is slated to open in August. The apartments are primarily two-person apartments, but there are some one-person or three-person options available. All apartments have single bedrooms and amenities will be similar in style to Montrone and Pilarz halls. Residence Life is working with those students individually to assign them to apartments in the new facility.
“Our goal is to create as strong of an experience for as many students as possible. Unfortunately we recognize that not every single student gets what he or she wants from the room selection process, but we also do feel that the random process provides the opportunity to be fairest to the most number of students,” Troy said.
March 27, 2015.