Campus Life

Housing Selection FAQs

North Hall

Lottery

Sign Backs

  

I’m a first-year student. Is my housing guaranteed for next year?

As long as you complete your housing application by April 22, are not on a financial hold, and have registered for Fall 2015 classes, you are guaranteed housing for next year. Otherwise you will be placed on a waitlist and assigned housing as space becomes available.

How do I select my roommate?

We are not conducting electronic roommate selection this year – talk amongst your friends to select your roommate(s) and then come to the lottery together! Each of you will receive a different lottery number, but you will come as a group to the best lottery number/time for your group.

Can I live with someone who is a different class year than me?

Yes! If you are going to be a junior or senior but want to room with someone who is going to be a sophomore, you are allowed to be his or her roommate and attend the Class of 2018 lottery with them.

My roommate already filled out a housing application. Do I have to do one as well?

Yes! Part of the housing application is agreeing to the 2015-2016 housing contract. Additionally, you will not receive a lottery number and will not be allowed to select a room during the lottery unless you fill out an application

What happens if I don't come to the lottery?

If you do not attend the lottery, you will not receive a housing assignment. Any current freshman who does not attend the lottery will be placed on a waiting list and assigned housing as space becomes available. Any upperclassman who does not attend the lottery but is still interested in housing will have to contact Residential Life to be placed on a waiting list.

I don't see Krause Hall as an option. Are upperclassmen able to live in Krause next year?

Krause will be a first-year hall for the 2015-2016 school year.

I'm graduating in December. Am I able to live on campus for my last semester?

All full-time students are eligible to live on campus. At some point during the fall semester, please be sure to let the Residential Life office know that you are graduating so you do not get billed for the spring semester!

Why are there fewer preferences on the application this year?

Last year we had a different lottery for each type of room in each building. As you can imagine, this was incredibly time-consuming! This year we have condensed the lotteries into three days. Everything is grouped under general housing with the exception of single rooms. Also, residents wishing to sign back their apartments will be doing so prior to the general housing lotteries.

I'm currently on a financial hold so I can't fill out my application. How will I get housing?

You can still fill out the application if you are on a hold; however, you will not receive a lottery number if your hold has not cleared by April 22. Please note that if you pay on April 22, it might not clear in time for you to receive a lottery number. If you clear your hold by April 22, you will receive a lottery number and be able to select a room. If you do not clear your hold and have a completed application, you will be placed on a wait list and assigned housing when your hold is cleared and space becomes available.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be returning to Albright next fall. What should I do about housing selection?

You should still fill out an application! You don't select an actual room until the end of April, so you still have some time, and we want to make sure you are eligible to go through housing selection should you decide to stay. If you still don’t know by the end of April, but do know that you will want housing should you decide to stay at Albright, you should go through the lottery. You have until August 6 to cancel your assignment without penalty.

What happens if I select a room for next year and then decide that I am not returning to campus?

Once you learn that you will not be returning to Albright, please contact our office ASAP so that we can cancel your housing assignment. You can cancel penalty-free until August 6. After August 6, there is a $300 cancellation fee for your housing assignment and a $200 fee for your meal plan.

I'm currently a first-year student and want to commute from home next year. Is there anything I need to do?

Albright College has a two-year residency requirement – all students who enter as residential students are required to live on campus for their first two years. If you wish to move off campus or commute from home, you will need to submit a Petition to Live Off Campus through the Dean of Students’ office. You should do this sooner rather than later so you have a decision prior to the end of housing selection.

Can I sign back my room?

The only area of campus eligible for sign backs is the Albright Woods Apartments. Only one current resident needs to be returning to sign back, but he or she must be able to fill the remaining three spaces. Only the current resident will receive an invitation to the sign back lottery.

I am studying abroad for Fall 2015. How do I sign up for housing for when I return?

Spring 2016 will have a separate housing application opening in November. The Residential Life office works with Experiential Learning so that all students away for Fall 2015 will receive communication regarding Spring 2016 housing assignments.

My friend is studying abroad for Fall 2015, but I really want to live with them when they return for Spring 2016. Can I hold their space?

No, you cannot “hold” an empty space in your room for Fall 2015. Students are required to fill a room/apartment in order to select that room/apartment in the lottery. Due to increased enrollment at Albright, students have not had the option to “buy out” the empty space in their room since 2011.

Why don't seniors get priority anymore?

Seniors still do get priority for single rooms, but for general housing selection we have to let soon-to-be sophomores select first because they are required to live on campus.

I heard that seniors will not be able to get on-campus housing. Should I even bother applying?

This year changed the process to give sophomores priority for general housing selection due to the sophomore-residency requirement. However, seniors will still receive priority for the singles lottery. Also, seniors are still eligible to participate in apartment sign backs. If you are not participating in either of these options, you should still attend the general housing lottery, as we cannot predict what will be available when your lottery number is called.

What if I don't have a roommate to live with next year and don't want to live in a single room?

We will have an area at the lottery for students without roommates to meet other students without roommates. If even after then you are still without a roommate, you will be able to select a room, but please know that the empty space in your room will be filled. Please still come to the lottery – if you do not come to the lottery, you will be placed on a waiting list.


North Hall

I heard that you need more than 15 people to fill a suite in North Hall. Is this true?

Suites in North Hall can hold 15 to 19 students. However, groups of students are NOT required to “fill the suite” and have not been since the 2012-2013 school year. If you and your friends are interested in a North suite, you can select rooms together in a suite, but please know that other students will be filling in the remaining spaces. Also, depending on your lottery number, there might not be enough openings in one suite to fill your entire group, and you may need to split up. As a reminder, you do need to fill a room to select a room.

How will my friends and I live together in North Hall if our lottery numbers are so different?

In North Hall, groups of friends are able to select a group of rooms together – simply go to the lottery at the best time in your roommate group. Please work out the individual rooming arrangements prior to arriving at the lottery. If your group is particularly large, you may have to split into different pods depending on selection. You do not have to fill the suite, but you must be able to fill the room in order to select.


Lottery

I'm unavailable during my assigned lottery time. How will I select a room?

Proxy forms will be available in the Residential Life office during the month of April. You will need to pick up one of these forms, fill it out, and designate someone to go to the lottery and select your room for you. This person will need your proxy form, your Fall 2015 class schedule, and any other required lottery materials. This person can be your roommate or a friend. If you cannot find a proxy, please let our office know.

Do I have to be at the lottery if my roommate is going to be at the lottery?

Yes – all roommates need to be present at the lottery. If someone cannot be present due to class, work, sports practice, or another reason, he or she will need to pick up a proxy form from the Residential Life office.

My roommate and I have different lottery numbers. When do we go to select our room?

Numbers are based on credits and GPA – no two students will have the same number for the same lottery. Go to the best lottery time available for your roommate group.

What are the chances of getting the room I want with my lottery number?

The odds of getting into a specific building or room type are based on so many factors that it’s simply impossible to answer that question. You may have lottery number 50, but there’s no guarantee that all 50 people in front of you are going to want the same room as you.

My friend is signing back his Woods apartment and I'm going to be one of his new roommates. Why wasn’t I invited back to the sign back lottery?

Only the current Woods residents will be sent the invitation. Their new roommates will need to go to the lottery with them. In the past, we’ve had residents try to sign back apartments that are not theirs, and we’re hoping this eliminates that issue!

What do I need to bring with me to the lottery?

On the day of your lottery, please bring your student ID, proof of your lottery number/time, and proof of your Fall 2015 class schedule. You can show us your lottery email and class schedule on your smartphone. Please be prepared to select a meal plan at the lottery! If you are interested in living in Mohn Hall, you will also need to show us proof that you have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. If you cannot attend the lottery in person, you must pick up a proxy form at the Residential Life office. You will need to give this completed form along with a print-out of your lottery number/time and class schedule to a designated individual who can attend the lottery in your place and make your room selection on your behalf.

What happens if I don't come to the lottery?

If you do not attend the lottery, you will not receive a housing assignment. Any current freshman who does not attend the lottery will be placed on a waiting list and assigned housing as space becomes available. Any upperclassman who does not attend the lottery but is still interested in housing will have to contact Residential Life to be placed on a waiting list.

How will my friends and I live together in North Hall if our lottery numbers are so different?

In North Hall, groups of friends are able to select a group of rooms together – simply go to the lottery at the best time in your roommate group. Please work out the individual rooming arrangements prior to arriving at the lottery. If your group is particularly large, you may have to split into different pods depending on selection. You do not have to fill the suite, but you must be able to fill the room in order to select.

I received my invite to the sign back lottery, but there’s no number, only a time. Am I missing something?

Because you are signing back your own apartment, there is no need to prioritize current Woods residents. We do have times so that not all Woods residents are arriving to the lottery at once. Each building will be given an arrival time, and all residents interested in signing back (and their roommates) should arrive at that time.


Sign Backs

Can I sign back my room?

The only area of campus eligible for sign backs is the Albright Woods Apartments. Only one current resident needs to be returning to sign back, but he or she must be able to fill the remaining three spaces. Only the current resident will receive an invitation to the sign back lottery.

We want to sign back our apartment but don't have enough people. Can there be only three of us in the apartment?

You do need to be able to fill the apartment in order to sign it back. If do not have four roommates present (or their proxy forms) at the lottery, you will not be allowed to sign back your apartment.

My friend is signing back her Woods apartment, and I’m going to be one of her new roommates. Why wasn't I invited back to the sign back lottery?

Only the current Woods residents will be sent the invitation. Their new roommates will need to go to the lottery with them. In the past, we’ve had residents try to sign back apartments who are not theirs, and we’re hoping this eliminates that issue!

I received my invite to the sign back lottery, but there’s no number, only a time. Am I missing something?

Because you are signing back your own apartment, there is no need to prioritize current Woods residents. We do have times so that not all Woods residents are arriving to the lottery at once. Each building will be given an arrival time, and all residents interested in signing back (and their roommates) should arrive at that time.