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Housing Selection & Lottery

Here you will find information about the undergraduate housing selection process for the 2020-2021 school year. Incoming First-Year and Transfer students, as well as Graduate Students have different selection processes and do not participate in these selection processes. Housing Selection and Lottery have many exciting aspects, which we hope makes the process easier, faster, and more transparent. In addition to the online process of declaring your housing intentions, there will be opportunities to assist you with finding a roommate, real time updates of spaces that are still available, and information sessions in the residence halls to discuss the process.

Check Out The Housing Options
Review the 2020-2021 Housing Contract

Current Student Housing Selection Process

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30PM in Wright Hall, 2nd Floor Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 18th at 6PM in the University Center, The Grind
  • Wednesday, February 19th at 8PM in Hughes Hall, basement lounge
  • Tuesday, February 25th at 6PM in Johnson Sanford Center, 1st floor lounge

Roommate Mix & Mingle
Are you looking for new roommates for next year? Not sure who you want to live with? Join us on Wednesday, March 11th from 7-8:30PM or on Tuesday, March 24th from 7-8:30PM in the 3rd floor of the University Center to meet new people and prospective roommates.

Timeline: Here is the timeline of the Housing Selection Process for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that some dates may change as deemed necessary by RLH.

February 13th: Applications open on your Housing & Dining Self Service
February 5th-28th: Information Sessions
March 11th: Roommate Mix & Mingle event
March 15th: Applications close
March 23rd: Same Room notifications
March 23rd: Lottery number notifications
March 24th: Roommate Mix & Mingle event
March 23rd-April 2nd: Group with roommates online
March 30th-April 2nd: Housing Selection

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 available on the housing & dining self-service page. 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. We will assume that current resident students who do not submit a request for either on-campus or off-campus housing will be staying in housing and they will receive a lottery number automatically. Please submit the form regardless of where you will be living!

All undergraduate students are required to live on-campus for 4 semesters. All sophomores are required to live on-campus unless participating in a study abroad program. Your personal THD account will indicate whether you are permitted to live off campus by displaying the off-campus application option if you meet the necessary criteria. Students wishing to be released from the residency requirement before they have completed 4 semesters on campus will need to submit a Housing Appeal. Please email our office (ResLife@clarku.edu) if you’d like to learn more about Housing Appeals.

Clark students are able to select from anywhere (with a stable internet connection). This live process allows students the ability to search and see what is available at that exact moment, find a roommate, and make roommate groups for the upcoming year all with a few clicks. One of the advantages to using this system is that students are able to select their own assignments and know where they will be living as soon as they select and confirmation is provided at the completion of the process

Upperclassmen students who wish to remain in their current room assignment for the following year are able to indicate the “Return to my assignment and fill my unit” option on their housing application. Those who choose this must make sure to communicate with current roommates, suitemates or apartment-mates about their intentions and with those they plan to pull-in. All same room and pull-in assignments must be fully matched and fill entire units with no vacancies or overcapacities. Students who do not communicate and organize their group correctly will be sent to the lottery selection process.

Current first year students and students who do not wish to request the same room for the following school year will apply to enter the housing lottery. After applying, students will receive their lottery number which indicates the date and time that they will be able to begin their process of choosing their housing for the 2019-2020 school year. The assignment of lottery number is based on a student’s class year, and those within the same class year will be randomly assigned a number.

Students who are in need of accommodations in their on campus housing are invited to submit a supplemental application in order to request those accommodations. After the application is submitted, a representative from our office and one from Student Accessibility Services will reach out to you to set up a meeting regarding your request. You can also visit the Student Accessibility Services website here.

Room Style 2020-2021 Room Rate 2020-2021 Full Meal Plan 2020-2021 Total Housing and Meal Plan
Traditional Triple Spaces $5,150 $4,000* $9,150
Traditional Double Spaces $5,800 $4,000* $9,800
Traditional Single Spaces $7,800 $4,000* $11,800
Suite Double Spaces $6,100 $4,000* $10,100
Suite Single Spaces $8,200 $4,000* $12,200
House Apartment Double Spaces $6,400 * $6,400
House Apartment Single Spaces $8,800 * $8,800
Blackstone Double Spaces $6,650 * $6,650
Blackstone Single Spaces $9,150 * $9,150

* Meal Plan price reflects one of the “full meal plans”.  Students in apartment-style housing can add optional meal plans but are not required to enroll.

Some Important Things to Note:

  • Students living in “Traditional Lifestyle” or “Suite Lifestyle” housing are required to be on a full meal plan.  Students who live in “Apartment Lifestyle” housing (where they have access to kitchen facilities shared only by a small population of students) may choose from any undergraduate meal plan or choose to not have any version of a meal plan.
  • Students who change from “Traditional Lifestyle” or “Suite Lifestyle” housing to “Apartment Style” after the first four weeks of the semester will be required to keep their full meal plan for the remainder of the semester.
  • Students are required to live on campus for four semesters.  Students who reach junior status or complete their four semester requirement mid-year remain bound to the contact as it is a full year agreement.

Each student who selects that they would like on campus housing for the 2020-2021 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. Knowing this, we will allow students to request a room change over the summer. Students will be placed on a waiting list for the buildings that they want to live in. If spaces open up over the summer, RLH will contact these students regarding their room change request. To help create equity in the process students will be offered room changes, based on vacancies in reverse lottery number order, by class. The form for summer room changes will be open from June 15 – July 15, 2020 on your Housing & Dining Self Service.

  • Students ASSIGNED a room at Lottery who 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 $1,500 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 graduate housing selection. Graduate Housing Applications will be available in mid-March.

Students who decide after Lottery to apply for housing will apply for the Housing Waitlist. The Housing Waitlist is different from 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. If you are concerned about having housing next year, be sure to apply on time!

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