Finding on-campus living arrangements is surprisingly simple. Colleges often go the extra mile to encourage students to stay in their housing system and live on campus. However, there are a few things you can do to facilitate the process.
- Contact the student housing office. If you’re interested in learning more about available on-campus living arrangements, go right to the source. Call or email the office in charge of on-campus housing, or visit their website to see the array of dorms, rooms, and apartments.
Upperclassmen looking for on-campus living arrangements will find a mix of seniority-based decisions, lottery-based systems and first-come, first-served sign-ups. Some housing systems have staggered sign-ups, with students first having a chance to reserve their current room, then another room on the same floor, and finally any room in the same dorm. Then, available spaces are opened up to students currently living in other dorms. Knowing the system employed by your university can help you make informed decisions while keeping your options open for on-campus living arrangements.
However, there can be ways to work around restrictions. If you are friends with an older student, you may be able to get into a traditionally upperclassman dorm by signing up as his or her roommate. Find a roommate who is graduating in December or studying abroad in the spring semester, and the housing office may let you keep the room as a single for the rest of the school year.