Below you will find answers to some common questions about room selection. For more complete information please refer to the Residence Selection Information Page (click to go there) and use the menu items on the left. You should not rely soley on the FAQs below.
Yes, any current sophomore or junior (rising junior or senior) is eligible to be "pulled in" to College Row, College Hill, or James Street Property units during the lease renewal phase of room selection.
Most first-year students participate in a room selection lottery within their College House. That takes place after the online room selection preocess for current sophomores and juniors. You will receive plenty of information abotu this from your Prefect. In addition, first-year students can apply to live in theme houses (see below).
Watch for an email announcement that we are accepting theme house applications. Applications can be completed online and a link will be provided in that email. Typically, sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) are given priority in theme house applications but some first-year students (rising sophomores) are accepted into theme houses every year.
If you are planning to study off campus in the fall (even if you have not been formally accepted into a program) you should not participate in the online room selection process. To secure housing for the spring there are two ways for you to proceed. First, you can pair up with a student who is planning to study off campus in the spring. The student who will be at F&M in the fall (your partner) can choose housing during the online room selection event. You then notify Lori Foust (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you would like to take over that student's lease for the spring semester. Second, you can simply contact Ms. Foust during the fall semester and she will work with you to find available housing for the spring semester. Either way, do not participate in room selection if you plan to study off campus in the fall.
I'm a sophomore and I have been accepted to the Washington Semester Program at American University for the fall of 2013, so I won't be living here at F&M during that semester. Any information you have about how to secure housing for when I return in the spring of 2014 would be greatly appreciated.
There are two ways for you to proceed if you will be studying off campus in the fall. First, you can pair up with a student who is planning to study off campus in the spring. The student who will be at F&M in the fall (your partner) can choose housing during the online room selection event. You then notify Lori Foust (email@example.com) that you would like to take over that student's lease for the spring semester. Second, you can simply contact Ms. Foust during the fall semester and she will work with you to find available housing for the spring semester. Either way, do not participate in room selection if you plan to study off campus in the fall.
I am planning on going abroad in the fall, although I have not submitted all of the paperwork yet (it is due on the first of May). I want to live in a College Hill apartment that has already been set up with one rising senior and three other rising juniors. One of these rising juniors will be going abroad in the spring, so we could essentially share the room, with me living in it in the spring and him living in it in the fall. Is this OK?
Yes, this is OK and is ideal. The students who will occupy the apartment in the fall should participate in the room selection process and you should notify Lori Foust (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your plan. Please keep in mind that if the student who was planning to study abroad in the spring has his/her plans fall through, you might have to find another arrangement. If that happens, contact Ms. Foust.
You can participate in the online room selection process along with everyone else. Please pay attention to the time difference between Lancaster and your location so you are participating at the correct time (Eastern Time).
No, you need to choose one or the other. Students who renew leases, are pull in to leases, join a theme house, become HAs, plan to live in Greek housing, or otherwise secure housing for the fall will not be issued a lottery number and are ineligible for the online room selection event.
There are not many 5-person options (very limits 5-person units in James Street Properties) so make sure you have a back-up plan. Make sure that plan includes everyone (i.e. how will the group divide if all 5-person units are taken by the time the person with the lowest lottery number selects).
Prices for the fall semester have not been set, but you can see the current prices by clicking here. This chart will be updated with the prices for the fall semester when they are set.
When the online room selection web site is up and running you will be able to see, in real time, what is available within the various housing options. You will also be able to search the available options by location (e.g. College Row, College Hill, James Street Properties, etc.) and by number of beds in the unit (e.g. to find a place for a group of four). The website will be available "read only" to student at least 48 hours before the first day of online room selection and will be available to all students with lottery numbers for the duration of room selection.
You have a few options. First, you can be pulled into a College Hill apartment by someone with a more favorable lottery number or by someone who is currently living in College Hill and is renewing their lease. Second, you can participate in the online room selection process and choose a College Hill apartment if one is available when it is time for you to choose (or be pulled in to one by someone in your group when he/she chooses). Finally, if none are available when it is time for you to choose, you can put your name on the wait list for College Hill. If you do that I recommend that you also choose housing from what is available. Students on the wait list will be placed in openings as they become available in lottery number order.