Housing Lottery

Preparing for Lottery Night

If you’ve paid your housing deposit by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 20, 2017, you’ll be randomly assigned a “lottery” number based on your class standing. Each class will have a designated date and time to participate in the Housing Lottery where you’ll select a residence hall room for the 2017–2018 Academic Year. Floor plans will be available to review before you select your room.

This year’s Housing Lottery took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017; Wednesday, April 5, 2017; and Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 24, 2017: On-campus Housing Fair

    Residence Life Staff will be available 12:00–2:00 pm on the first floor of the McKenna Student Center to answer any questions, provide additional forms, and show floor plans for all the residence halls. Refreshments will be served. 

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017: On-campus Housing Fair

    Residence Life Staff will be available 5:00–7:00 pm at White Dining Hall to answer any questions, provide additional forms, and show floor plans for all the residence halls. Refreshments will be served.

  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: Open Houses

    Visit Doble and Brattle Campus residence halls from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm to see your options in these living areas for next year.

  • Friday, March 10, 2017: Medical-related Housing Requests Due

    Ruth Bork, Director of Access Services for Students with Disabilities, will be available to answer any questions about medical-related housing requests, and distribute any necessary forms. Contact Ruth at rbork@lesley.edu prior to this deadline to make sure you have time to complete the necessary paperwork. All completed requests are due by 12:00 pm to the Office of Access Services for Students with Disabilities at 11 Mellen Street.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017: Housing Deposits and Forms Due

    Your $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit and Housing Deposit Forms are due by 5:00 pm to the Student Accounts Office on the 3rd floor of University Hall in Porter Square. Housing deposits will only be accepted in the form of a check or credit card. No cash will be accepted.

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Residence Life Open Office Hours

    Residence Life Staff will hold Open Office Hours from 2:00 pm–4:00 pm to answer your questions about the room selection process. Call to schedule an appointment if these times do not work for you.

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017: Lottery Numbers Posted

    Randomly assigned selection numbers and a copy of the housing contract will be posted at the Office of Residence Life (9 Mellen St.), White Hall Dining Commons, and the Student Center.

  • Sunday, March 26 - Thursday, March 30, 2017: CA Hall Meetings

    Community Advisors will go over the Housing Selection process and answer any remaining questions.

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Proxy Forms Due

    If you have class during your assigned Housing Lottery night, you may have someone else sign you up for a room. Proxy Forms, indicating who will be choosing your 2017–2018 room are due in the Office of Residence Life by 4:00 pm.

  • Tuesday, April 4; Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 2017: Housing Lottery Nights

    Housing Lottery will take place in the McKenna Student Center. You’ll be assigned to one of these three nights based on your class standing. Everyone is expected to sign a Room, Meal Plan, and Health Services contract that is binding for the entire 2016–2017 Academic Year. You’ll be responsible for full payment.

Preparing for Lottery Night

See below for additional information that will help prepare you for a successful Housing Lottery.

  • Helpful Tips
    • Find a roommate (or roommates) before lottery night.
      • At lottery night, you and your roommate(s) will select a room at the time of the lowest number in your group. For example, if you’re number 399 and your roommate is 278, then you’ll both go when number 278 is called.
      • If you don’t have a roommate and select a multiple-occupancy room during Housing Lottery, a roommate will be assigned to you.
    • Attend the Open Houses to see where you would like to live.
    • Come prepared with at least six potential choices in various buildings.
    • Be flexible and realistic because not everyone will be able to get their first choice.
    • Keep in mind that single rooms are limited and are often taken by upperclassmen.
    • If you don’t get what you want, you can always sign up for the waiting lists.
  • Housing Deposits

    In order to participate in the Housing Lottery, any outstanding balance on your student account must be cleared and the $300 non-refundable housing deposit must be paid by 5:oo pm on Monday, March 20, 2017. The housing deposit can be paid by credit card, check, or ACH payment.

    If you cannot afford the housing deposit, Residence Life suggests that you speak with a representative from the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Deposit waivers are available at Financial Aid; however, there are strict criteria followed in order to qualify for the waiver.

  • Room, Meal Plan, & Health Services Contract

    You’ll be required to sign a 2017–2018 Room, Meal Plan & Health Services Contract during the Housing Lottery. If you’re not participating in the Housing Lottery, you’ll need to sign the contract before your room assignment is confirmed. This contract is a binding agreement between the resident and the university that extends throughout the entire 2017–2018 Academic Year. You’ll be responsible for full payment.

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