Spring Housing Lottery

 Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: TBD


On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Residence Life will host its annual spring housing lottery.  The spring housing lottery is designed for current first-year students and any student who has yet to sign up for a room on campus for the 2014-15 academic year. Students may browse all available housing options on campus, select a space to live, and sign a housing contract. Please note that all Puget Sound students are required to live on campus their first two academic years with the university. Any student who is required to live on campus, and does not attend lottery, will have their housing assigment randomly assigned for them after the spring lottery process. 

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Glossary of Terms
Important Details about the Lottery
Special Notes about Studying Abroad
Special Notes about Themed Living Communities
Special Notes about Homesteading


Glossary of Terms

Contract – The housing contract is an official contract with the university that is binding for one full academic year.  Once it is signed, the student is obligated to live on campus and pay room and board fees (as applicable for their housing assignment) for the full year, although the location on campus may change if the student chose to move for any reason. 

Homesteading – Homesteading refers to the process for keeping the room a student is currently living in for another year.  Homesteading gives first priority to students choosing to remain in their current room. Students must submit an application to homestead. Students are not eligible to homestead in the following locations: Commencement Hall, Greek houses (including overflow), and theme houses.  See forms below.

Housing Lottery – The process all students may go through in order to select their housing space and sign their contract for next year. Several early decision housing placement processes will occur prior to the spring lottery. Students who have already signed housing contracts for next year, including theme houses, Greek houses, homesteading locations, Commencement Hall, or as Residence Life staff, will not be eligible to participate in spring lottery.

Proxy – This is a person who is given permission to sign up another student for a housing space.  If a student is unable to attend the lottery themselves for whatever reason, they may fill out a contract and a proxy form ahead of time, and the chosen proxy then has the ability to attend the lottery in their place. A student may designate a friend (fellow student) as their proxy, or the Residence Life office. See forms below


Important Details about the Lottery

  • All current on-campus students will receive a random lottery number based on class priority
  • Returning students that aren't currently living on campus, but want to live on campus next year, may still participate in the lottery.  Please contact reslife@pugetsound.edu to request a lottery number.
  • For those unable to attend the lottery, you may send a “proxy” in your place with a proxy form and a signed contract so the proxy is able to pick a space in your place. Proxy forms are available in the Residence Life office and at the bottom of this page.
  • If you are signing up for a room, suite, or house with one or up to 5 other students, you should all come together to the lottery to assure you each receive the space desired.  Residence Life is unable to “hold” spaces for students who may come through the lottery at a later time.  Your entire group is able to come to the lottery with the person who has the best (lowest) number. The whole group must sign sign a housing contract to secure a specific location.
  • With each assigned lottery number will come a scheduled time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when each number will be called.
  • Students will check-in at the Murray Board Room in Wheelock. When it is time for your number's group to sign up for housing, you will be ushered into the Rotunda where stations for all of the various housing options will be available and students can pick any space that is open.
  • With a space selected, the final step involves signing the 2015-16 housing contract. Once you have signed a contract for housing the next academic year, you are considered to have an active and valid contract with the university for a space in on-campus housing for the entire 2014-15 academic year.  In other words, you are bound to your contract upon signature. These contracts cannot be cancelled except by appeal to a housing appeals review board, unless the student is graduating; going away on a university-recognized study abroad program and has prearranged to swap rooms with another student at semester; or leaving the university.

Special Notes about Studying Abroad

The following resources and options are available for students planning to apply for a STUDY ABROAD program for either the fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester:

  • In order to participate in the spring housing lottery a student that anticipates studying abroad next year will need to pair up with a fellow student who is planning to go abroad in the opposite semester, pre-arranging to switch rooms at semester. The term of a Residence Life housing contract is one full academic year, thus students taking should arrange with a partner to create a full year's contract.
  • Please visit International Programs and/or Residence Life now to put your name on a list that indicates you plan to apply to study abroad next year. These lists will enable us to assist students in finding pairings. In February, International Programs will also be preparing a formal list of students who have applied to study abroad programs. Both International Programs and Residence Life can answer questions and will assist students as much as possible with identifying possible student pairings.
  • If study abroad students are interested in living in one of the Commencement Hall programs, such as the International District, they need only apply and faculty/staff will work to find a pairing on their behalf.
  • As emphasized in the previous two bullet points, we discourage study abroad students from contracting for a room during the housing lottery unless they are signing up for a room in Commencement, or signing up to trade rooms with another student at the semester. 
  • If a student is still interested in housing on campus and was unable to find a partner to trade rooms with (and we were unable to help identify a partner for the student) prior to the SPRING lottery, Residence Life will provide students with an opportunity after the SPRING lottery to sign a contract for a room for just one semester without penalty, based on availability.

Special Notes for Themed Communities

  • Theme House applications are available here.  
  • Greek housing contracts and fall 2015 Chapter live-in rosters are due to Residence Life at the end of February and will be arranged by each chapter's executive council. 
  • NOTE: If you are selected to live in any themed or Greek house, your lottery number will be void and you will not be eligible to participate in the lottery.

Special Notes for Homesteading

  • If you are hoping to homestead and stay in your same room on campus, you need to fill out an application and submit it to Residence Life. Applications are available now! Residence Life will review the applications and approve as many students as possible depending on the number of applications received, themed housing locations, etc. 
  • Please note that homesteading is not availble in Commencement Hall, Theme Houses, and Greek Housese (including overflow houses). 
  • If you are selected to homestead, your housing lottery number will be void and you will not be eligible to participate in the lottery.
  • If you are not selected to homestead or choose not to accept your placement, you will still be eligible to participate in the housing lottery at your designated time.