Residential Life and Housing

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Living without Housing Deposits...

In past years, all students were required to pay a housing deposit fee in order to participate in any facet of the Housing Selection Process.  This meant that students needed to come up with the deposit amount and submit it with their Housing Registration Forms.  If you were paying with cash or credit you needed to take your forms to the Cashier's office before dropping them off at RLH, and if you didn't pay your deposit you were unable to participate in Lottery and could end up on the waitlist.  What a nightmare!

RLH no longer collects Housing Deposits.  In order to ensure that students take the Housing Selection process seriously students agree to the terms of the Housing Contract when applying for Housing Selection processes.  Housing Contracts may be cancelled / suspended for the following reasons for the fees indicated:

  • Without Charge: Contracts are cancelled without fee for students who complete their degree requirements at mid-year, students who withdraw from or take an official leave of absence from the University mid-semester or mid-year, and for students who apply for and subsequently notify the RLH Office that they do not wish to participate in the Housing Selection process BEFORE being issued a Lottery Number or being assigned a room.
  • $100 Fee: Contracts are cancelled for $100 for students who apply for and receive a Housing Lottery Number, and subsequently elect not to select a room at Housing Lottery, and for students who withdraw from or take an official leave of absence from the University PRIOR to the start of the Fall Semester. Note that students who apply only for the Summer Housing Assignment List are not charged a fee unless they leave that list to live off-campus. If you apply for the Summer Assignment List and then take a leave, go abroad, etc. there is no cancellation fee.
  • $300 Fee: Contracts are cancelled for $300 for students who attend a Clark University approved “study abroad” program for the Fall Semester after selecting a space at Lottery.  Students who apply to go abroad are encouraged not to select a room through Housing Lottery. If you may be going abroad, and want to apply early for My Lottery incase you don't get into your abroad program, you can cancel at any time prior to Lottery Numbers coming out without any charge.
  • $1,000 Fee: Contracts are cancelled for $1,000 for students who select a room on campus, and subsequently appeal to move off campus.  The $1,000 contract cancellation fee is also applied to students who are granted an appeal for any reason to move off campus or to commute from home after being assigned to housing.