How Housing Assignments Are Made
We believe it’s important to share how the housing assignment process works, especially if you are wondering why you may not have been assigned to the top building and/or room type in your preference list. The main component of the assignment process involves availability versus demand. As an example, there are some specific buildings and room types that are incredibly popular and are listed as the top choice on many preference lists. While we wish we could assign every student and their roommate group to their #1 room preference, many times there are not enough actual rooms to assign every student their first choice. A great example is South Hall, the most popular building among application preference lists. About 750 rising 4th-year students applied for 2022-2023 housing and after the Room Renewal process there were a little over 200 South spaces available at the start of the 4th-Year & Friends period.
If a student’s first preferenced building/room is not available, rooms are then assigned based on availability (continuing to factor in building/room and roommate groups) based on the other preferences/choices on one’s list. If there is no availability based on the initial listed preferences, a student and their roommate group may be randomly assigned a room based on the class year of the roommate group’s leader, building availability, and size of the roommate group.
If you and your group were not assigned to one of your most preferred room types, it was because the room type was more popular than we had spaces for and the random selection from there didn’t work out in your favor.
Through the years, students have let us know that they care about who they live with and would rather be with their chosen roommate group in a building not at the top of their preference list than splitting up the roommate group so that some got their top choice room. We take this feedback into consideration and prioritize not splitting up roommate groups. During the 4th-Year & Friends process, we’re happy to say that we didn’t need to split up any successfully-created roommate groups.
Now that you have your assignment for 2022-2023, we realize that some of you may want to try to make changes/adjustments to a different building, room type, or even roommates. Get a sneak peak on how to participate below in the “Room Swap: Coming In July” section.