Room Selection Process 2020-2021
Online Room Selection
Lottery participation times will be sent via F&M email on 4/15/2020 along with more detailed housing lottery information.
- Students will begin matching roommates on 4/15/2020 at 4 p.m.
Housing Lottery will be held on the following dates:
Thursday, 4/30, 7 p.m. through 11 p.m.
Friday, 5/1, 7 p.m. through 11 p.m.
Saturday, 5/2, 4 p.m. through 10 p.m.
Sunday, 5/3, 4 p.m. through 10 p.m.
Students will be able to VIEW available properties Wednesday, 4/29, beginning at 7 p.m.
If you cannot log in to participate at your scheduled time, please email Lori Foust to appoint a proxy or to discuss alternatives.
All first-year students are required to live in their assigned College House. Second year students may choose to live in their College House, in theme housing or in one of the residential quad annex buildings Thomas or Schnader. Juniors and Seniors may select to live in their College House, in theme housing, in an annex building on the residential quad or in an approved off campus housing apartment within the college's portfolio. The College House system seeks to build community among residents of the houses by promoting the idea of continuous membership. Student housing is reserved for currently enrolled students only. Franklin & Marshall has a 4-year residency policy requiring all enrolled students to live within the college's portfolio of housing all four years.
On campus and theme house options are a 9-month academic year commitment and all utilities are included in the semester cost. Off campus apartment spaces are 12-month lease options with additional utility expenses.
Options for Juniors and Seniors
There are now 246 James Street Property (JSP) beds available to our students. These locations all have a 12 month occupancy agreement. All apartments are fully furnished and each single bedroom has a full sized XL bed (mattress size = 54"X 80"). Students share the cost of the utilities to include gas, electric, cable (if desired) and internet paid directly to the utility companies. There is a washer and dryer in each apartment. You will be billed by Franklin & Marshall College on a semester basis for housing. The Fall semester includes June through December. The Spring semester includes January through mid May. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renter's insurance to ensure the safety of their personal property. See the above link for more information. A $500 security deposit per student is charged to the student account and is held for the entire lease term for potential damages. Spaces are available only in the annual housing lottery.
In the College owned West James Apartments, at 534 W. James Street, all utilities are included and each student receives a fully furnished apartment with furniture similar to the residence halls including a twin XL bed. This location is a 9 month housing commitment with the same housing dates as on campus housing. We encourage all students to consider and purchase a renter's insurance policy for personal property protection. Spaces are available only in the annual housing lottery.
All College Hill rooms are fully furnished and each bedroom has a full sized bed. This location is a 12 month lease occupancy. Tenants are responsible for their portion of gas and electric utilities and are responsible for setting up their own cable service, if desired. Water, sewer and trash are included in the rent. Each apartment is equipped with F&M wireless service included in the cost of the rent. Laundry facilities are available to students at no additional cost. This location is managed by Susquehanna Realty Management. Rent, gas and electric are paid monthly directly to Susquehanna Realty Management and not to Franklin & Marshall. TV cable service, if desired, is paid directly to the cable company (Comcast). Proof of renter's insurance is required at this location. A security deposit of $950 per student is collected at lease signing and held until the end of the lease term for potential damages. A lease application fee is required at this location. These spaces are available prior to the annual lottery. The property manager, Angela White, can be reached at 717.393.8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Crossings at College Row comprises two buildings along Harrisburg Avenue and offers fully furnished one-bedroom, one-bedroom studio, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom student apartments, all designed with the latest safety and communications technologies. This location is a 12 month lease occupancy. All rooms are fully furnished and the bedroom has a full sized XL bed (mattress size = 54"X 80"). Basic cable, internet and laundry are included in the monthly rental cost. Students share the cost of electric with their roommates and pay directly to the utility company. Assigned parking spaces are available to each resident, if desired, for an additional cost. This location is managed by Campus Apartments. Rent is paid monthly to Campus Apartments and not to Franklin & Marshall. Proof of renter's insurance is required at this location. A $350 security deposit is collected at lease signing from each new resident and will be held for the entire lease term for potential damages. A lease application fee is required at this location. These spaces are available prior to the annual lottery. The property manager, Shannon Mahoney, can be reached at 717.291.9333 or email@example.com.
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
Updated On Campus Rates:
Single Room - $4730 per semester
Double Room - $4361 per semester
Suite room - $4904 per semester
534 W. James apartment - $5008 per semester
Arts House apartment - $5118 per semester (plus $500 security deposit)
New College House Apt - $5120 per semester
If a student moves mid semester to a more expensive housing option the rate will be prorated daily based on the date of the move.
NOTE: If a student changes their housing status to commuter it will affect their financial aid.
Information about Off Campus Housing and Financial Aid can be found here.
Please visit Office of Student Accessibility Services for a Housing or Dining Accommodation. The deadline for incoming Fall Admission Students is May 1st. The deadline for Returning Students is February 27th for Fall and November 1st for Spring.
The Housing Application will be available for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year beginning Monday, February 3rd through Saturday, February 29, 2020. Please complete prior to February 29, 2020. Students that do not complete the Housing Application will risk not being included in the annual Housing Lottery. They will not receive a lottery participation time. If the student completes the Housing Application after February 29, 2020 (extended to March 18th), they will be issued a lottery participation time at the end of their class year.
NOTE: IF YOU PLAN TO GO ABROAD FALL 2020, PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE A HOUSING APPLICATION. You will work with the Housing Office to secure housing when you return from abroad in Spring of 2021.
All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors must complete a Housing Application (unless they plan to be abroad Fall 2020) in order to secure housing for the 2020-2021 academic year. You should complete even if you are living in an off campus location and plan to renew in the same apartment/room or if you are pulled into an apartment with a friend for the 2020-2021 academic year. Beginning February 3, 2020, please log in to Inside F&M, click on the "My Info" tab then "My Housing Self Service". Click on "Applications". Select and complete the Housing Application for 2020-2021.
DEADLINE to complete application is February 29, 2020.
If you plan to go abroad for the Fall semester 2020, do not complete a Housing Application or participate in the housing lottery in April, 2020 to select a Fall 2020 assignment. If the student is undecided about pursuing off-campus study at the time of the lottery, they should participate, but notify Ms. Foust if you later decide to be away. Students SHOULD NOT sign a lease at College Row or College Hill with a start date of June 1, 2020 if there is any chance that they will go abroad in the Fall semester. Subletting is not permitted during the academic year (only in the summer months). Students are not permitted to "pass down" a unit if they are going abroad and moving out. If there is any chance that you may EXTEND your abroad experience into the Spring 2021 semester, please do not sign a Spring 2021 only lease at College Row or College Hill. We will help you secure housing on your return if your plans change.
It is recommended that you apply to a program as early as possible and make arrangements for your housing at F&M. If your plans change and you decide to stay on campus, please notify Lori Foust, Director of Housing, and she will work with you to provide options for suitable and appropriate housing for the semester. If you are planning to live in College Hill or College Row and need to find a semester replacement, post your vacancy on the campus F&M Bulletin Board - Student Housing, [requires F&M NetID login].
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many students pre-arrange housing prior to going abroad with friends that are going abroad the opposite semester. If students do not pre-arrange housing they will work with the Director of Housing to secure housing for their return. Vacancies are based solely on the spaces created by students going abroad Spring 2021. The College does not promise or guarantee that students will be able to secure housing with one, two or three student friends on their return. The returning student and the Director of Housing look at available options to determine the best fit for the returning student.