While moving out day for this semester is still months away, the time for students to choose their housing for next year is quickly approaching. New this year, everything related to housing selection is online – no more paper applications or housing agreements.
“We’ve moved everything online so it’s easier for students to find all the information they need, including applications, forms and agreements, all in one place,” explains Brandon Barile, assistant director of housing operations . “We are also hosting a number of information sessions and will feature video tutorials online.”
Also new this year will be the ability to select a meal plan online, at the time housing is assigned. Students will be able to choose from a variety of meal plans based on residence and changes to the meal plan can be made online until Sept. 8.
Students should already have received the first e-mail from the Office of Residential Education (or Barile) reminding them to check the website [http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/resed.aspx] for important dates and information.
Res Ed will begin tabling in the Scandling Campus Center from Feb. 16 – 18. At that time, applications will be available for students looking to move off campus. Barile anticipates between 150 and 200 openings for off-campus residency this year and both off-campus and on-campus housing will once again operate via a lottery and class year priority.
Students will be assigned randomly-selected lottery numbers. The number, used in conjunction with class year as determined by the Registrar’s Office (credits earned by Feb. 14) will be used to prioritize housing.
The deadline for disability housing accommodation requests to be submitted directly to Disability Services is Feb. 28.
Specialty housing applications will be made available on March 7. General housing applications can be accessed as of March 21. The Office of Residential Education will also table in the Scandling Campus Center from March 22 – 25.
For the 380 South Main Street apartments, Emerson Suites and the Village at Odell’s, students must also be of good social standing to be eligible to room there. South Main and Odell’s are available only to rising juniors (i.e., current sophomores) and rising seniors, while the suites at Emerson will be open to rising sophomores through seniors.
Right now, Barile advises students begin to choose with whom they want to live and where, and plan to attend an information session. There will be live demos at the information sessions as well as details about special housing options, such as off-campus and themed housing. The sessions will also provide a clear understanding of the process for first-years, who have not yet participated in housing selection.
Students who choose not to participate in the housing selection process will be placed on a waiting list for their preferred type of bedroom and will be assigned by Residential Education after all other students have selected housing. While Res Ed will work to match students to their preferences, there will be fewer options after the deadline has passed. Students who do not select housing will be assigned to on-campus housing.
For more information and forms, visit the Office of Residential Education [http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/resed.aspx] or login to “My Res Ed.” [housing.hws.edu]