Frosh-cessities: Everything you ever needed to know about the housing lottery

ResLife recommends you study hundreds of floor plans. Because that is the level of insanity the lottery requires.

ResLife recommends you study hundreds of floor plans. Because that is the level of insanity the lottery requires.

This is an incredibly important PSA reminding everyone that lottery applications are due this Friday, March 22 at noon. Do not miss this deadline! If you do, you and your tragic housing group will be automatically entered in the Summer Housing Process. ResLife provides a step-by-step account of that process, but it can be summarized as being officially fucked over for housing. So again, submit your housing lottery application by FRIDAY!

As you’ve probably heard, there have been significant changes to the housing options available for rising sophomores, who are now part of a separate lottery from rising juniors and seniors. As you have also probably heard, no one actually seems to know how exactly this will affect the lottery; some will tell you the Class of 2016 has been saved from the brutality that would have been, while others offer the opinion that they have been royally screwed over (Perkins as a sophomore, anyone?). It doesn’t help that ResLife is intent on sending out very confusing emails and maintaining several different webpages that offer different sets of information. Example: the initial lottery information email told students to check the “front desk in North Wayland” to verify their semester levels. Um, ResLife has been located in Grad Center E since the beginning of this school year. You would think that they would know…

We do our best to provide useful lottery information and links after the jump:

Here is the official list of available housing based on your year:

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Lottery numbers will be released by March 27th, and you can schedule in an anxiety attack the actually lottery for either April 10th or April 16th, depending on when you’re called (i.e. those with good/low numbers will probably go on the 10th; those with high/bad numbers will go on the 16th).

For freshman who literally have no idea what will happen come the Ides of April: your lottery number determines when you will pick your housing, with lowest numbers starting first. It will all take place in Sayles, and you can watch as rooms get chosen and blacked out on a projection of available housing. When your number is called, the name of whomever you chose to be your group representative will be called, and he/she – or any member of your housing group – will go up and make your selections. Hopefully you thoroughly trust the person that walks up there for you, because the fate of where you live next year is literally in his/her hands. (That is a lot of power in my opinion, like the kind of power your hairdresser has when you say “just a trim” and they can literally hack off whatever they want.) Also, you will have about 30 seconds between the time the name is called and when you must select your room. Public stress crying is totally acceptable in my book.

Again, entering the lottery with people does not guarantee that you will end up living with or even near them! It just means you will pick rooms at the same time.

A full housing process summary can be found here and also here. ResLife has a lot of different webpages and websites. Classic Internet.

Room information can be found here. There is an Excel document listing every room in every dorm, its capacity, and whether it is an apartment/suite, but ignore the notes on whether the room is “sophomore-only” – the document is based on last year’s room availability. There’s also a link to floor plans for all dorms. While I appreciate that some people might call me crazy, I fully intend to spend copious amounts of quality time looking over all of these resources. This is not a joke, people — this is real estate. If listening in on grown-up conversations has taught me anything, it is that real estate is apparently super important. In other words, consider this time an investment, and entering the Housing Lottery a venture into adult life. Best of luck!

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