Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Housing Selection?
  2. How do I do know if I have fulfilled the Two-Year Residency Requirement? 
  3. This is my first year, but I will have Junior class standing for the 2021-2022 year. Should I follow the sophomore process or the junior process?
  4. What happens if I miss the group application process or Self-Service process? 
  5. When am I bound to my Housing Contract?
  6. How can I get out of my Housing Contract?
  7. Can I fill out multiple applications for housing?
  8. I have a specific housing accommodation need. What do I do?
  9. What is homesteading?
  10. I missed the Group Application process and have a group of rising juniors and seniors. How do we apply for a house/flat/suite for the group? What do we do if our application is not approved?
  11. I am in a group of rising sophomores and juniors/seniors. How do we sign up for a space together?
  12. What happens if there is not a space that fits my group, or my group is not approved? 
  13. What is the ideal group size?
  14. What are my odds at getting a single if I am rising sophomore or junior?
  15. How do I sign up for an unaffiliated flat in Thomas Hall?
  16. What is Self-Service?
  17. What is a pull-in?
  18. I am currently abroad, on leave, or otherwise unable to attend Housing Selection. What do I do?
  19. Can I sign up for housing if I am going abroad next year?

 Do you have more questions about residential living policies and procedures? Read more information. 

 

What is the Housing Selection process?

Housing Selection is the process in which all current students may sign up for housing for the upcoming academic year. Unless you have signed up for Homesteading (not available to current first-year students)Group Housing, Themed Housingan SAA single room accommodation, or you will be living in a Greek House, you will be selecting your housing online via your MyPugetSound portal. More information about pre-Self-Service options is available here

Students who have not already procured housing will be assigned a random selection time that allows them to select on-campus housing using Self-Service. Self-Service opens in this order: rising seniors, rising juniors, then rising sophomores. You will receive more information by email closer to the availability of your Self-Service time.

Read our Housing Selection Guide for more information about completing the housing contract and selecting housing in myPugetSound.

How do I know if I have fulfilled the Two-Year Residency Requirement?

During the 2020-2021 years, all students received credit towards the 2-Year Residency Requirement, whether they lived on campus or not. If this is your first-year at Puget Sound, you have fulfilled one year and will need to live on campus the 2021-2022 year to complete the Residency Requirement. If you are currently in your second year and you lived on campus your first year, you have completed the Two-Year Residency Requirement and are not required to live on campus 2021-2022. All students are welcome to live on campus.

This is my first year, but I will have Junior class standing the 2021-2022 year. Should I follow the sophomore process or junior process? 

On-campus housing uses years versus class standing:  

  • If it is your first year at Puget Sound and you graduated from high school last year, please follow the “Sophomore” route. 
  • If you are in your second year at Puget Sound, please follow the “Junior” route.
  • If you are in your third year at Puget Sound, please follow the “Senior” route.
    If you are a transfer student, it is your first year at Puget Sound, and you spent at least one year at another college, please follow the “Junior” route.
  • If you still do not know which route to follow, please contact reslife@pugetsound.edu.

What happens if I miss the group application process or self-service processes?

The group application processes are first come-first served. You can email reslife@pugetsound and we will let you know if the process is over or if we can accommodate a late request. If you miss your self-service time, you can log-in any time before April 15, 2021. After April 15th, contract Residence Life directly. All students who are required to live on campus the 2021-2022 year and do not have housing by April 30, will be placed.

When am I bound to my Housing Contract?

A housing contract is much like a rental lease. Students are required to complete this contract in order to secure on-campus housing and are bound to the contract once a student has selected a specific housing assignment through self-service or are placed by Residence Life.

The contract is in place for the entire academic year. If a student is studying abroad through a Puget Sound program, they will not be required to live on campus for the semester they are abroad.

How can I get out of my Housing Contract?

Much like a rental lease, you are bound to the contract for the entire academic year once the contract has been signed. However on rare occasions, a student may need to appeal the housing contract for extreme financial reasons or health reasons.

Appeals to cancel a housing contract must be submitted to the Residence Life office via the On-Campus Housing Contract Appeal form. The deadline for fall semester housing appeals is August 1. The deadline for spring housing appeals is December 1. Appeals are only considered for current Puget Sound students and incoming students who have made their $500 advanced tuition deposit.

Can I fill out multiple applications for housing?

A student may fill out both the Homestead and the Group Housing applications. We ask that they note which one takes priority in both applications. If a student does not get their first choice, we will consider the second application.

I have a specific housing accommodation need. What do I do?

If you have a specific housing need such as a medical accommodation please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodation. You may email Accessibility and Accommodation at saa@pugetsound.edu to discuss your needs and questions. Students who have already been approved for a medical single will be notified by ResLife prior to the general selection process. For students who apply after the process begins, accommodations will be made on an as-available basis. 

What is Homesteading?

Homesteading refers to the process for keeping the room a student is currently living in for another year. Students who wish to keep their current housing assignment for next year should complete the Homestead Application available in February. All eligible students will be emailed a unique link to the application. The application is only open for a limited time.

I missed the Group Application process and have a group of rising juniors and seniors. How do we apply for a house/flat/suite for the group? What do we do if our application is not approved?

For rising juniors and seniors, the selection process is first-come, first-served starting at a predetermined time. Residence Life suggests one member of your group signs on at the earliest available time to select the house you’d like to live in. Each member of the group will need to select your specific room within that house individually, which you can do by logging in on separate devices at the same time, or one at a time once a house is selected. Residence Life will not be able to “hold” rooms though, so you’ll want to coordinate with your group timing. 

I'm in a group of rising sophomores and juniors/seniors. How do we sign up for a space together?

All seniors/juniors in the group should plan to sign up for the same housing location during their self-service time. Once one student has selected a space, they may contact Residence Life to hold the remaining spaces for their group. Please be sure you have the names and Puget Sound ID numbers for the sophomores you'd like to include. Residence Life will do its best to accommodate the group, however priority will be given to houses comprised of all seniors, then all juniors, and then a mix of seniors and juniors. 

This means it is incumbent on the rising juniors and seniors in the group to find a space for the group as soon as they are able after self-service starts. Once the rising upper-division students have secured a suite/house, any member of the group may email reslife@pugetsound.edu to request that the sophomores in the group are manually assigned to the chosen location. Residence Life is unable to hold a space prior to self-service for the group. Note: Thomas Hall is not available for rising sophomores. 

What happens if there is not a space that fits my group, or my group is not approved?

If there are no available locations that that accommodate your group size, then you may reduce your group size, either by removing members or forming two smaller groups.

Please keep in mind that not all houses and suites will be available after rising juniors and seniors have made their selections. All available options are included in the housing application to rank a groups preference, this does not indicate those options are necessarily available at the time of submission. Residence Life strongly recommends that rising sophomores should select as many suitable housing options from the housing application as possible.

What is the ideal group size?

Group living communities such as campus houses, Trimble suits, and Thomas flats vary in size from 4-person suites, to 7-person houses, to 14-person Thomas flats. The majority of group housing options range between 4-6 persons, in both Trimble and Campus Houses. The diversity of ratio of singles to doubles in an on-campus house makes it difficult to determine the ideal group size and gender make-up for campus houses. Groups are encouraged to sign up for a space that exactly accommodates their group, however smaller groups are able to sign up for housing in any location that accommodates their size. Because of this, smaller groups often have a better chance of finding housing that meets their goals. Large groups have more limited housing options. 

Students are strongly encouraged to review all available photos, floor plans, and information on each of our residence halls and houses to make the best decision for them.  

What are my odds at getting a single if I am rising sophomore or junior?

There is no concrete way to determine your chances of selecting any specific room or type of housing. Historically, certain housing such as single rooms, have been filled early during selection while other housing has gone much later. As a rising junior, students likely have a better chance of finding a single room available in their preferred type of housing (campus house, Trimble, etc). Rising sophomores have a lower chance of finding a single room, especially in their preferred housing type.  Students are encouraged to think about what housing options would best fit their needs and interests and have multiple options to choose from.

How do I sign up for an unaffiliated flat in Thomas Hall? 

Rooms in unaffiliated flats will be available in self-service. Thomas is only available for juniors and seniors, and therefore is not an option for sophomore group applications. Groups of rising juniors and seniors can review the floor plans and details for Thomas to determine which flat all members of the group would like to live in. 

What is Self-Service?

Self-Service refers to the process of self-selecting a housing assignment. Rising juniors and seniors who are not members of an approved group, or are not already placed, will have access to Self-Services mid-February (see Important Dates). Those who have completed their housing contract at least 12 hours in advance will have access via myPugetSound to housing Self-Service starting at predetermined times based on students' class standing.  Students will be able to see what housing is available, potential roommates/housemates/suitemates, and select a specific housing assignment such as "Trimble 125A." Availability of options will be updated in real time. Once a selection is made, a confirmation screen will appear asking if the user is sure they want to submit their selection. Once a confirmation is made, the housing contract is binding for the full academic year. The self-service window will close about a month later.

Rising sophomores who are not members of an approved group or are not already placed will have access to self-service in late March/early April. Several rooms will be available for sophomores not in groups to choose from, including rooms in RCC houses and suites, and all remaining openings in Residence Halls not filled by rising juniors and seniors. 

What is a pull-in?

A pull-in refers to a student who is "pulled in" to a housing assignment by a peer.

In Homesteading and Group Housing applications, students are able to pull in one or more students to fill the capacity of a house, suite, flat, or room.

During the Self-Service process, students are only able to pull in another student to fill the capacity of a room, NOT a suite, flat, or house. For example, a student may only pull in one other student into a double room, two students into a triple room, or three students into a quad. A student is not able to pull in a group of friends to fill a house or suite. Rising sophomores interested in group housing should complete the group housing application emailed to all eligible students in mid-March; homesteading is not available for rising sophomores. Groups of juniors and seniors, see question above. 

I am currently abroad, on leave, or otherwise unable to attend Housing Selection. What do I do?

Since housing selection will largely be done online over an extended period of time, Residence Life hopes students abroad or stateside are able to sign up for housing from any internet capable device. If you have concerns about being unable to connect during your self-selection time, please contact Residence Life

Can I sign up for housing if I plan to go abroad next year?

Yes! Residence Life hopes to make signing up for housing the term you are on campus as easy as possible. If you are studying abroad spring semester, simply sign up for housing like any other continuing student. International Programs will inform Residence Life who has been accepted to a program for the spring term and will cancel your spring contract upon verification. If your plans to study abroad fall through, please contact Residence Life as soon as possible so we can make spring arrangements for you. Please note the housing contract is binding for the full year, and if your study abroad plans do fall through you will be expected to live on campus the full year. 

If you are planning on studying abroad in the fall, please contact  the Residence Life; or submit a housing application. Finding a partner to swap housing with the opposite semester you are abroad is not required.