Housing Lottery – November 5, 2014

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If you are a campus resident considering a change of room for Spring semester, you’ll want to consider the following information. Pick the scenario that most closely matches your situation and follow the instructions that are outlined.  Then refer to the Event Listing for the Housing Lottery to find out how it works.

Scenario #1: “I like my residence hall, but my current roommate(s) and I just aren’t hitting it off.” 

Contact your AD before Monday, November 3 to let him/her know that you would like to move to a different room within the hall for next semester. (Please remember that Stewart/Odell/Akin are separate halls.) It will be helpful to the AD if you have given some thought to where, and with whom, you might like to live. Please don’t let your move be a surprise to your roommate/s. It’s best to be up front about your plans and it might mean your roommate could find a better living situation as well.

Scenario #2: “My roommate and I get along well, but we’re not really thrilled about the hall we live in.” 

If you want to change halls, you and your roommate should both plan to participate in the Housing Lottery that is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th. Come to the Office of Campus Living, on the first floor of Templeton in Office Suite 110, between 9am – 4pm on that day. You’ll each be asked to complete a form and draw a lottery number. (We’ll average the numbers you draw.) The form basically asks where you currently live and where you want to move, so you will want to give some thought as to where you’d like to move. The lottery number you draw places you among the other on-campus students who participate in the lottery. NOTE: If you are hoping to move to a Living-Learning Community for Spring semester, you must complete a LLC Application in addition to applying for a move.

Scenario #3: “I like where I live now, but I would like to get a single.”

Let your AD know you’d like to be placed on a waiting list for a single in your hall. Singles are awarded based on seniority and special needs. If you are a first year student, your chances of getting a single are very slim unless you have some extenuating circumstances, so you may want to have a back-up plan. Your best chance of getting a single is to remain in the hall where you live now, unless of course you live in a hall that doesn’t have any singles, like Odell or Hartzfeld. Whether you decide to participate in the November 5th Lottery or not, it will be helpful if you complete the Mid-Year Single Request form and either give it to your AD or bring it to the Housing Lottery on November 5.  Completing this form does not guarantee that you will get a single room.

Scenario #4: “I haven’t really experienced community in my hall but I’ve met some great folks from another building and want to move there for next semester.”

Come to the Office of Campus Living reception desk, between 9am – 4pm on November 5th to participate in the Housing Lottery. You’ll be asked to complete a form and draw a lottery number. The form basically asks where you currently live and where you want to move. It is possible to be very specific on your form like, “I only want to move if I can live on the first floor of Manzanita.” The lottery number you draw places you among the other on-campus students who participated in the lottery.

Scenario #5: “I love my hall and my roommate, but my roommate is leaving the College at the end of semester. I have a friend who lives in another building who wants to move in with me for next semester.”

Inform your AD that there is someone with whom you would like to live and tell your friend to participate in the Housing Lottery on November 5th in the Campus Living Office. If there isn’t anyone with whom you want to live, it is possible that your roommate for Spring semester could be a student returning from an overseas program, a leave of absence or a new student to the institution. You should complete a Roommate Preference Sheet and give it to your AD.

Scenario #6: “I like my hall and my roommate, but my roommate is leaving the College at the end of Fall semester. I desperately want to pay to keep the room to myself as a double/single.”

Contact your AD and complete a Double/Single Application then, just wait! We won’t know whether or not we will be able to offer any double/singles for Spring semester until January.  DO NOT rearrange your room in anticipation of having the double/single as you may very well end up with a roommate.

Scenario #7: “I don’t care where I live, I just want a single room.”

Single rooms are awarded based on seniority in the hall or on special need. You may enter the lottery on November 7th, however, available singles will be awarded on factors other than the lottery number you choose. If you are a first year student, it is unlikely you will be awarded a single room. If you have an exceptional circumstance, it will be helpful if you complete the Mid-Year Single Room Request form and bring it to the lottery for submission.  Completing this form does not guarantee that you will get a single room.


For more information:

Sandi Bottemiller
Director of Housing & Orientation
Office of Campus Living
503-768-7183
sjb@lclark.edu

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