Housing Lottery

Residence, the lottery and housing system is here:  Mount Holyoke Residence

In order to do administrative updates, access to the Room Selection processes will not be available from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of selection days, in which case the processes will be open between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Check out this video to help you figure out if you are eligible to participate in our Housing Lottery Process: Checking Your Clearance.  Students must be cleared by March 23, 2018 at 12 noon in order to be eligible to participate in the lottery.

Check out this step by step guide to our Housing Lottery Process: Housing Lottery Process.

You can also use Residence from your Smartphone so you dont have to be tied down to a laptop to select your room. If you are having trouble while you are selecting your room call the office at 413-538-2088. 

The tentative lottery phases for Fall 2018 selection will be:

Senior Suites & Apartment Lottery:

Lottery Date:  Tuesday, March 27th, beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process:  Begins March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends on Sunday, March 25th at 11:45 PM

Roommate groups:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends Monday, March 26th at 12 noon

Selection times released: Monday, March 26th

Mixed, Junior & Sophomore Suites & Apartment Lottery:

Lottery Date: Wednesday, March 28th, beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends on Monday, March 26th at 11:45 PM

Roommate groups:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends Tuesday, March 27th at 12 noon

Selection times released: Tuesday, March 27th

Livin' Learning Community Lottery:

Lottery Date:  Thursday, March 29th beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process: Students selected to live in a Livin' Learning Community will opted in by the Office of Residential Life. 

Selection times released:  Wednesday, March 28th

Seniors Singles Lottery:

Lottery Date:  Tuesday, April 3rd beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends on Sunday, April 1st at 11:45 PM

Selection times released:  Monday, April 2nd

Juniors Singles Lottery:

Lottery Date:  Thursday, April 5th beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends on Tuesday, April 3rd at 11:45 PM

Selection time released:  Wednesday, April 4th

Triples and Doubles Lottery:

Lottery Dates:  Tuesday, April 10th through Wednesday, April 11th. beginning at 12 noon

Opt in process: Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends on Sunday, April 8th at 11:45 PM

Roommate groups:  Begins Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12 noon, ends Monday, April 9th at 12 noon

Selection times released: Monday, April 9th

Each phase's selection time assignment will be based on seniority -- rising seniors will have the first selection times, then rising juniors, then rising sophomores.  Selection times will be randomly assigned within the class year.  No other factors will be involved in the assignment of time, it will be completely random within the class year.  Any rumors about it being based on credits earned or GPA are false and have never been a consideration.

Each lottery phase has an opt in process; students will need to opt in to each phase that they wish to participate in.  Students may only opt in to one phase at a time, after each phase if a student did not choose a room, the Office of Residential Life will change the student's status to opt out so that they may choose another process to opt in too.  For example, a rising junior may want to try for a suite with their friends and should they not get one, the Office will opt out the students so they can then opt in to the singles process.

You'll have the ability to make a list of "favorites" of the available rooms so you can start a list of all the options you'd like to consider when your selection time arrives.  You can also create a "roommate group" within the system to make sure you are sharing a room, suite or apartment with the people you wish to live with.  You'll need to have a roommate group the exact size of the space you are hoping for -- for example, you will need to have four people in your roommate group in order to select a suite in Creighton or three people in your group to choose the apartment in the Rockies.

Frequently Asked Housing Quesions 

We will be updating this page and emailing with additional information.  Please contact Residential Life at res-life@mtholyoke.edu if you have additional questions!