Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Housing Selection?
  2. What is self service?
  3. What is the importance of my lottery number and what are the housing selection times?
  4. What happens if there is not a space that fits my group, or my group is not approved? 
  5. I have a group of rising juniors and seniors how do we secure a house/flat/suite for the group?
  6. I am in a group of sophomores and juniors/seniors. How do we sign up for a space?
  7. What is the ideal group size?
  8. I submitted a group application, but the group membership has changed. What do I do?
  9. What are my odds at getting a single if I am rising sophomore or junior?
  10.  How do I sign up for an unaffiliated flat in Commencement?
  11. What is homesteading?
  12. What's a pull in?
  13. I am currently abroad, on leave, or otherwise unable to attend Housing Selection. What do I do?
  14.  Can I sign up for housing if I am going abroad next year?
  15. I have a specific housing accommodation need. What do I do?

 More questions about residential living policies and produces? Read more information. 

 

What is Housing Selection?

Housing Selection is the process in which all current students may sign up for housing for the upcoming academic year. Unless you have been selected for themed housing, or are studying abroad and working with Residence Life on a housing placement, you will be selecting your housing online via myPugetSound. Students will be able to pick an assignment in the following order:

Rising juniors and seniors: Individuals will be able to pick their housing out of all available housing on a fist-come first-serve basis. Students will be able to pull in roommates up to the capacity of the room (i.e. double, triple, or quad) NOT the building or suite (i.e house or Trimble suite). Groups comprised of rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to set up a time to self-select housing on individual devices at the same time. For example, a group of rising sophomores that are interested in a specific house can log in to myPugetSound while on separate operating devices in Diversions and choose their own room in that house at that time. 

Group Registration: Group registration is designed for groups containing rising sophomores. Any group of all juniors and seniors could apply for a group, however, by the time group registration self-service is turned on mid February all members of that group would already be able to select their individual space is an agreed up location. Approved groups will be granted access to their designated suite or house, with individual members able to choose their specific room within that space. Groups will be placed in suites houses left vacant after juniors and seniors pick their housing. 

Residence Life strongly recommended selecting as many suitable housing options from the housing application as possible, as juniors and seniors may fill highly desirable locations before becoming available to groups. Additionally, groups may submit more than one application as a back up to their priority. Please note in the housing application the priority application. For example, a group interested in the one 8-person house on campus may submit a group application for that space, and an additional two 4-person group applications as a contingency if the 8-person house is filled. 

Rising Sophomores: Sophomores who have not already selected housing via group registration, are not a part of a Greek chapter house, or are not a part of a themed living area, will be able to select their housing after spring break via myPugetSound. More details on this process will be posted early spring semester. 

 

What is self service?

Self Service refers to the process of self selecting a housing assignment. Rising juniors and seniors who have completed their housing contract at least 12 hours in advance will have access via myPugetSound to housing self-service starting February 15 at 9am for rising seniors, and February 16 at 9am for rising juniors. 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 on March 24. 

Rising sophomores whose group application is approved will also use self-service to self a housing assignment within the approved location. For instance, each member of a five-person group approved for a 5-person house will sign on to myPugetSound and select the specific room in that house they will live in the upcoming year. Approved groups will only have access to their approved housing location in self-service and will be unable to view other housing options. 

Rising sophomores who are not members of an approved group will have access to self-services late March. 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. 

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

 

What is the importance of my lottery number and what are the housing selection times?

Lottery numbers are randomly generated in the housing management system and are irrelevant to a housing selection time. The housing selection time is what drives the priority in which a student can choose their own specific housing assignment. There are only the following selection times:

  1. Feb 15 – March 24, 2017: All rising seniors starting at 9am
  2. Feb 16 – March 24, 2017: All rising juniors starting at 9am
  3. March 20 at 9am – Group 1 of remaining rising sophomores
  4. March 21 at 9am – Group 2 of remaining rising sophomores
  5. March 22 at 9am – Group 3 remaining rising sophomores
  6. March 23 at 9am – Group 4 remaining rising sophomores

The four groups of remaining rising sophomores are randomly assigned. Sophomore groups that are approved will self select their assignment in that suite or house March 20-24.

 

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. Groups may submit more than one application as a back up to their priority. Please note in the housing application the priority application. For example, a group interested in the one 8-person house on campus may submit a group application for that space, and an additional two 4-person group applications as a contingency if the 8-person house is filled.  Residence Life will contact the group coordinator if any clarification is needed. 

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 recommended selecting as many suitable housing options from the housing application as possible, as juniors and seniors may fill highly desirable locations before becoming available to groups. 

 

 

I have a group of rising juniors and seniors, how do we secure a house/flat/suite for the group?

For rising juniors and seniors, the selection process is first-come, first-served starting at 9am on February 15, there is not a group registration process for juniors and seniors. Residence Life suggests one member of your group signs on right at 9am 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 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. Residence Life will do the best we can 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 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 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 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 Housing Application for Continuing Students available December 1 - January 27. All eligible students will be emailed a unique link to the application. 


What is a pull in?

A pull in refers to a student who is "pulled-in" to housing assignment by a peer. Students are only able to pull in another student to fill the capacity of a room, NOT a suite, flat, or house. In other words, a student may only pull in one other student into a double room, two students into a triple room, or four 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 on March 6. 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 Assistant Director of Residence Life Operations, Jenni Chadick; or submit a housing application. Finding a partner to swap housing with the opposite semester you are abroad is not required. 

 

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. Residence Life will work directly with this office to process and approve requests. You may email Accessibility and Accommodation at saa@pugetsound.edu. Most students with an approved medical single are approved for that accommodation as long as they are a student. If you have any specific questions about your accommodation, please contact saa@pugetsoud.edu. Students have already been approved for a medical single may work with SAA to be housed prior to selection beginning February 15th. After February 15th, accommodations will be made on an as available basis.