Housing Lottery

Preparing for Lottery Night

If you’ve paid your housing deposit by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 19, 2018, 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 2018–2019 Academic Year. Floor plans will be available to review before you select your room.

This year’s Housing Lottery took place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018; Wednesday, April 11, 2018; and Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 23, 2018: 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 27, 2018: 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 4, 2018: Open Houses

    Visit Doble and Brattle Campus residence halls from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm to see options for housing for next year.

  • Friday, March 9, 2018: 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 19, 2018: Housing Deposits and Forms Due

    All students who are planning to live on-campus must submit their $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit and Room Lottery Housing Form by 5 pm through the online deposit form.  The link will be e-mailed to all students.  Housing deposits will only be accepted in the form of a credit card or through the router number on your check.  Student Accounts will not accept cash.

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018: 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.

  • Monday, March 26, 2018: 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, Student Center, and Lawrence Hall Lounge by this date.

  • Sunday, March 25 - Thursday, March 29, 2018: CA Hall Meetings

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

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018: Proxy Forms Due

    If you have class during your assigned Housing Lottery night, you may have someone else sign you up for a room on your behalf. Proxy Forms, indicating who will be choosing your 2018–2019 room, are due in the Office of Residence Life by 4:00 pm.

  • Tuesday, April 10; Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2018: 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. In order to select a room, all students are required to sign a Room, Meal Plan, and Health Services contract that is binding for the entire 2018–2019 Academic Year.

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 5:00 pm on Monday, March 19, 2018.  Housing deposits will only be accepted in the form of a credit card or through the router number of your check using the online deposit form (link e-mailed to all students).

    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 2018–2019 Room, Meal Plan & Health Services Contract during the Housing Lottery. If you’re not present at the Housing Lottery but have a Proxy select on your behalf, 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 2018–2019 Academic Year. You’ll be responsible for full payment.

Contact Residence Life