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Undergraduate Housing Selection & Lottery

These webpages contain information pertaining to all areas of the 2015-2016 Housing Selection & Lottery process.  The information in these pages pertains to current undergraduate students who are interested in living in RLH Housing next year.  Incoming First Year and Transfer students, and Graduate Students have different selection processes and do not participate in these selection processes.  Housing Selection and Lottery has many exciting aspects to it, hopefully making the process easier, faster, and more transparent.  In addition to the online process of declaring your housing intentions, there will be programs to assist you with finding a roommater, real time updates of spaces that are still available and information sessions in the residence halls to discuss the process.

Changes for 2015-2016

There are some exciting housing changes that you need to be aware of for next year.

NEW for 2015!

There are some exciting housing changes that you need to be aware of for next year.

    New! Smaller, More Hands On Selection:
    Housing Selection has been held in several places over the past years, each year trying to improve students experience with the process.  For 2015, Housing Selection will be held in Tilton, and only one Selection Group will be invited in at a time. You will be notified of your Selection Group in advance and will know when it is your time slot to select your room for next year.  Students will be able to select and see available spaces on floor plans when their number is called in addition to seeing available spaces on our website.  We have made these modifications to Housing Selection to minimize confusion and ensure that the process is as smooth and transparent as it can be!

    New! Summer Room Change Process:
    For Selection 2015 we will no longer be allowing students to select to be placed in a bed space by RLH staff over the summer.  Each student who selects that they would like on campus housing for the 2015-2016 academic year must pick a bed space during selection.  We understand that there are only so many bed spaces in each building and that students are not always able to select the spaces that they want during selection.  This year in an effort to increase student satisfaction a summer room change process will be put in place.  This will allow for students to be put on a waiting list for the buildings that they want to live in and as spaces open up over the summer RLH will contact these students regarding room change.  To help create equity in the process students will be offered room changes, based on vacancies in reverse lottery number order, by class. 

  • Register For On AND OFF Campus Housing: All current residential students are presumed to be remaining on-campus next year unless they indicate otherwise. Students who choose to move off-campus must register for Off-Campus Housing through the online form emailed from RLH. This process collects basic information about where you will be living which helps the University to meet the Missing Student Notification requirements of the Clery Act. Current resident students who do not submit a request for either on-campus or off-campus housing will be assumed to be staying in housing and will get a lottery number automatically.

  • Paperles Process: No more printing and signing forms, no more mailing applications in from abroad, it's all online. Students receive an email with a form designed specifically for their options and current housing accommodations.

You should also be sure to understand the following about the Housing Selection process:

  • It is important that all students applying for Housing Lottery understand that by selecting a room at Housing Lottery, you are committing to a one-year housing contract.  Students who are ASSIGNED a room at Lottery, and then go abroad for the fall will be charged a $300 contract cancellation fee.  Students who select a room and then elect to live off campus will be charged a $1000 contract cancellation fee.  Students who receive a Lottery Number but who do not select a room at all will be charged a $100 contract cancellation fee.  Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from Clark before the start of the Fall Semester will be charged a $100 contract cancellation fee.
  • Current undergraduate students participating in a 5th year or graduate study program can participate in the undergraduate room selection process for Apartment Lifestyle Housing only. These students will need to agree to the terms of the Undergraduate Housing Contract.  They may also choose to instead apply for Graduate Housing.  Graduate Housing Applications will be available in March.
  • Students who decide after Lottery to apply for housing will apply for the Housing Waitlist. The Housing Waitlist is different than the Summer room change process in that students on the Housing Waitlist are assigned after students in the Summer Assignment process. Unlike the guaranteed Summer Assignment list, Clark does not guarantee housing for the waitlist (but likely will be able to house everyone regardless). If you are concerned about having housing next year, be sure to apply on time!
  • Please remember that all students are required to live in housing for four semesters. All sophomores are required to live on-campus unless participating in a study abroad program. Your custome form will indicate whether you are permitted to live off campus by displaying the off-campus application option if you meet the necessary criteria.

If you have questions about the room selection process, please contact Residential Life and Housing at 508-793-7453.