Fall 2024 Housing Selection

Fall Housing Selection

Housing Selection for Fall 2024 starts in February 2024 and will continue throughout the Spring and Summer. 

Options for Fall 2024 Housing include:

Cluster Housing 

  • For groups of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 individuals who want to live together

Interest & Identity Housing

  • Theme-based community options for students to live with people who share similar identities, backgrounds, interests and passions

Housing Lottery Participation

  • Participate in the general Housing Lottery held on specific days for the Class of 2025, 2026, and 2027.

Event Space Housing Options

  • Main Street Village Event House 
  • Reimert Lottery

Suite/Apartment House Options

  • New Suite & Apartment Lottery
  • North Suite & Apartment Lottery
  • Richter Suite & 201 Apartment Lottery

Medical Accommodations Housing

Lottery Numbers

Class year and lottery numbers are used in each process to determine the order in which students select or are assigned to rooms. All students should confirm their lottery number below:

Lottery Numbers

  • Class year and lottery numbers are key factors in housing selection.
  • Class year is determined by the student’s college entry year, not course credits.
  • Lottery numbers are randomly computer-generated.
  • Lottery numbers are non-transferable; they cannot be traded, sold, exchanged, or given to other students.
  • Students with holds may be unable to participate in the housing lottery and should consult with Student Financial Services
  • The combination of class year and lottery number dictates the selection order in each housing process.
    • Example - A student in the class of 2025 with lottery number 870 has priority of a student in the class of 2026 with lottery number 46. 

Roommates and Anchors

There are a very limited number of single rooms in upperclass housing, and students should be prepared to have a roommate. Students are responsible for finding potential roommates prior to housing selection and general lottery. 

Anchor Selection and Roommate Groups:

  • The Anchor (sometimes known as Group Leader) is the individual within a roommate group, suite, or apartment application with the highest class year and the lowest lottery number.

  • The Anchor assumes the responsibility of selecting housing for the entire group. Once the roommate group is set up, the Anchor/Group Leader will have the authority to assign all members to their respective beds within the room, suite, or apartment.

  • All students are required to login to StarRez to complete their contact and ensure they are accepted into their intended roommate group.
  • To ensure acceptance into their intended roommate group, all students must log in to StarRez, complete emergency contact information, and sign their housing contract. 

Room Occupancy

  • All rooms chosen in the housing process must be occupied to full capacity. Students cannot select a double or triple occupancy room without having a roommate group matching that size space (two roommates for double, or three roommates for triple).

  • A student without a roommate cannot choose a double occupancy room. Double and triple rooms will not be shown or available on StarRez unless students have a confirmed roommate group.

  • Students who do not have a roommate prior and cannot fill a room will be placed on the wait list.

  • Residence Life reserves the right to adjust room capacities and other restrictions as needed throughout the process.

  • Unless a designated single room is selected, all students should anticipate having a roommate.


StarRez Housing Software

All housing selection processes will be facilitated through the StarRez platform. StarRez is an online housing database where students will apply for housing using their Ursinus Single Sign-On credentials.

Click here to visit the StarRez site now!

Students seeking housing can log into StarRez at any time to review their personal details and emergency/missing contact information. Any updates to this information should be made via the Student Portal which will be reflected in StarRez. Once that information is verified, students will have access to each housing selection application. 

Roommate Information for StarRez:

  • In order to select housing on behalf of yourself and your roommates and suitemates, students must be part of a Roommate Group in StarRez.
  • The designated Anchor of the group (also referred to as the “Group Leader” in StarRez) should initiate the creation of the roommate group in StarRez.
  • Anchor is the person in your group with the highest class year and lowest lottery number. 
  • All other students should accept the invitation to join this roommate group. The Group Leader will generate a unique username and password, which must be shared with all group members for enrollment.

  • Once the roommate group is established, the Anchor/Group Leader will have the authority to assign all members to their respective beds within the room, suite, or apartment.

Time Slots:

  • Time slots are assigned through StarRez go in class year and lottery order. 
  • Students will be assigned a designated time slot to select their housing assignment, which will be available to view under the Housing Application Selection page in StarRez. See below for an  example:

Assigned Time Slots in StarRez will appear at the top of the Housing Application page.Assigned Time Slots in StarRez will appear at the top of the Housing Application page.

Where to Learn More and Ask Questions

RA Hall Meetings 

RA Hall Meetings are happening between February 25-March 1. Your RA will reach out with more information on when and where your hall meeting is happening.

Fall Housing Information Sessions

Wednesday, February 28
7:15 & 8:15 PM in Olin Aud
Mandatory Event Housing Meeting and Cluster Info

Tuesday, March 12
4:30 p.m. in TBA
General Info Session

Wednesday, April 10
12:00 p.m. in TBA
Class of 2027 Lottery Info Session

Residence Life Housing Office Hours

Day of the Week Time Staff Member
Monday 12:30 - 1:30 PM Alyssa Caffarelli Murphy
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 AM Leyna Gilleland
Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 PM Rose Roberts
Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 PM  Brittany Coy
Housing Office Hours will take place in the Student Affairs Suite in Upper Wismer. 

Housing Applications for Fall 2024

Event Space Lotteries

Application Opens Application Due Reimert Lottery & MSV Houses Confirmed
March 1, 2024 March 11, 2024 March 13, 2024
  • All Main Street Village and Reimert event spaces will be allocated through the Event Space Lottery.

  • Main Street Village Event Lottery and Reimert Lottery are distinct selection processes, but both use the same application within StarRez.
  • Groups participating in the Event Space Lotteries must complete the Event Space Application by Monday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m. Application acceptance will be determined based on anchor lottery number, and groups will be notified the same day if they are accepted. 
  • Students in accepted groups commit to residing in their Event Spaces for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Students who participate in Event Space Lotteries will forfeit the opportunity to participate in any other Housing Selection process.

Event Space APPLICATION

 

Main Street Village Event Space:

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance on Monday, March 11. 
  • The Anchor has until Tuesday, March 12, at 9:00 a.m. to select rooms for their roommate group in the approved house.
  • Once an application is accepted, the Main Street Village Event Space group assignment is final.

Reimert Suite Lottery:

  • Anchors will be notified of acceptance on Monday, March 11.

  • The Anchor will select a suite on behalf of the roommate group through StarRez on Wednesday, March 13, during their designated time slot. 

  • Once accepted, the Reimert Event Space group assignment is final.

  • Reimert groups must consist of 8 students who will live in 4 double rooms as well as two alternates who commit to relocating to Reimert if the suite cannot remain filled. 

  • Suites must remain occupied throughout the academic year; failure to do so results in ineligibility for the Event Space Lottery the following year.

  • Full details, requirements, and procedures are outlined in the application.

Suite & Apartment Lottery 

Application Opens Application Due Suite/Apartment Lottery
March 1, 2024 March 11, 2024 March 13, 2024

Suite & Apartment Lottery

The Suite & Apartment Lottery is ideal for students who are specifically interested in residing in a suite in New, North, or Richter Hall, or living in an apartment at 201 9th Avenue. Students will apply as a group for either a suite or an apartment, depending on the number of students in their roommate group.

  • Suite & Apartment Lottery Applications are due by Monday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Application acceptance will be determined based on anchor lottery number, and groups will be notified the same day if they are accepted.
  • Students in accepted groups commit to residing in their Suites/Apartments the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Students who participate in the Suite/Apartment Lotteries will forfeit the opportunity to participate in any other Housing Selection process.

SUITE/APARTMENT APPLICATION

The chart below shows the number and type of suites or apartments available in each building, including the breakdown of bedrooms in each:

Location Name Groups of 2 (2 single rooms) Groups of 4 (2 single rooms, 1 double room) Groups of 5 (1 single room, 2 double rooms)
New Hall 0 0 4 (104, 204, 304, 404)
North Hall 0 4 (037, 137, 237, 337) 0
Richter Hall 0 3 (105, 205, 305) 1 (002)
201 9th Ave Apartments 1 (apartment 2) 2 (apartment 3 & apartment 4) 0

Cluster Housing 

Application Opens Application Due Assignments Sent Out
March 11, 2024 March 18, 2024 March 25, 2024

Cluster housing application

This popular option is best for students looking to live in close proximity, where who you live near is more important than location or specific building.

Eligible groups of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 students can apply.

  • Only groups with Anchors in the Class of 2025 OR students with approved medical accommodations for a single are eligible to apply for cluster groups of 3, 5, and 7.
  • Applications with requests for more than one single room will not be accepted.
  • Space for groups of 7 and 8 is extremely limited.
  • Groups of 8 will be placed in Reimert if there are still open suites after the Reimert lottery.
  • Applications cannot request room configurations outside the provided options.

Cluster Applications must include:

  • Roommate pairs indicated.
  • Designation of who will live with each other.
  • Clarification of who is living in a single room if applicable.

While preferences are considered, they are not guaranteed. It is recommended that applicants maximize all possible communities and houses they would consider living in to optimize their chance of acceptance.

Accepted cluster groups will be manually assigned rooms by the Office of Residence Life staff based on class year, lottery number, and housing availability. Placement is not guaranteed, and cluster applicants not accepted or with limited preferences on where they would live may be released back into the general housing lottery. Applications are due Monday March 18 at 1p.m.

Cluster Housing Application Form

Breakdown of Clusters by Room Types:

  • Clusters of 3: One double room and one single room.

    • Anchor must be a member of the Class of 2025 OR a group member must have an approved single room accommodation.
  • Clusters of 4: Two double rooms.

  • Clusters of 5: Two double rooms and one single room.

    • Anchor must be a member of the Class of 2025 OR a group member must have an approved single room accommodation.
  • Clusters of 6: Three double rooms.

  • Clusters of 7: Three double rooms and one single room.

    • Anchor must be a member of the Class of 2025 OR a group member must have an approved single room accommodation.
    • Limited space available.
  • Clusters of 8: One Reimert suite of four double rooms.

    • Limited space for this option.

The Cluster Housing Application should be completed by the entire group, with the Anchor/Group Leader submitting the final application through StarRez. Applicants are encouraged to consider a variety of communities and houses to enhance their chances of acceptance.

Applicants will receive confirmations on Monday, March 25. Students who are successfully placed in housing via the Cluster Housing process forfeit their ability to participate in any other selection processes. This process completes a student’s housing selection for Fall 2024.

Review the residence hall floor plans to learn more about the specific room configuration options in the Main Street Village, Reimert, Richter/North, and New Hall.

Interest/Identity Housing 

Application Opens Application Due Suite/Apartment Lottery
March 11, 2024 March 18, 2024 March 20, 2024

interest/identity

Interest Housing

Interest housing provides a theme-based, vibrant community option for students to live with people who share their interests and passions. Interest communities receive funds for events related to the community theme. All Interest Housing rooms and restrooms are gender inclusive.

  • Communities for 2024-2025 include Writing & Arts House, International House, Clubs and Intermural Sports House
  • Complete the Interest Housing Application Applications open on Monday, March 11 and are due Monday, March 18 at 1 p.m.
  • Only students accepted to live in a Interest Housing community will be able to participate in the Interest & Identity Lottery. Students will be notified of their acceptance on Monday, March 18. 
  • Accepted applicants will select their housing during Interest & Identity Lottery on Wednesday, March 20. Students who participate in the Interest & Identity Lottery forfeit their ability to participate in any other selection processes. This process completes a student’s housing selection for Fall 2024.

Identity Housing

Identity Housing offers students the opportunity to live in community with peers who self-identify with a unique cultural group on campus. Identity House communities receive funds for events related to the community identity. All Affinity rooms and restrooms are gender inclusive.

  • Communities for 2024-2025 are Hillel House, Queer House, the Community of Diverse Excellence (CODE House), and AAPI House. 
  • Complete the Identity Housing Application Applications open on Monday, March 11 and are due Monday, March 28 at 1 p.m.
  • Only students accepted to live in a Identity Housing community will be able to participate in the Interest & Identity Lottery. Students will be notified of their acceptance on Monday, March 18.
  • Accepted applicants will select their housing during Interest & Identity Lottery on Wednesday, March 20. Students who participate in the Interest & Identity Lottery forfeit their ability to participate in any other selection processes. This process completes a student’s housing selection for Fall 2024.

General Lottery

DATE

LOTTERY PARTICIPANTS

Monday, April 8

Class of 2025

Thursday, April 11

Class of 2026

Wednesday, April 17

Class of 2027

General LotteriesLottery is the event during which students who have not participated in another housing selection process will choose rooms. Lottery processes will feature a mixture of available rooms that remain in upperclassmen residence halls.

Lottery Numbers

Students must fill a room to select a room at lottery. Students can also use the Roommate Match feature on the StarRez website to help solidify a roommate pair for the academic year! 

Before your lottery:

  • Tour Main Street Village to learn more about the Residential Village. If you aren’t sure what buildings you prefer or haven’t seen the houses, now is your chance! Residence Life staff will provide opportunities to see select houses and rooms during Main Street Village Tours. Houses have a variety of features, gender designations, and other amenity information which is also viewable on the Residential Village page. Please continue to check your Ursinus email for more updates on tour information. 
  • Open rooms will be available to view on StarRez prior to selection being open. 
  • Select a proxy if you cannot attend your lottery. A proxy either be another person in your roommate group, and you can change who the Group Leader in through StarRez while still keeping your same Time Slot. If you are selecting for a single and need a proxy, please reach out to Residence Life at 
  • A proxy chooses your room for you, and their choice is final. Your proxy must receive permission from you via your Ursinus e-mail, and be CCed in that message to Residence Life (residencelife@ursinus.edu). Residence Life will need this as proof of proxy before a proxy can select a room. 
  • Students can view their specific date and time to select a room in accordance with the timeline of their housing selection process via StarRez. For application-based processes, students must follow all timeline details and be accepted to that process in order to participate. This will also determine the date and time of students’ housing selection.
  • Ensure your eligibility to participate in lottery by taking care of holds on your student account now.

Off-Campus and Commuter Status

All students are guaranteed housing for all four years of their time at Ursinus. Since Fall 2018, Ursinus adopted on-campus residency requirement, meaning students must live on-campus for all four years. Off-Campus status is for students living independently off-campus, not in the residence halls. Commuter Status is for students living at and commuting from their parent and/or legal guardian’s home.

  • Apply for Off-Campus or Commuter status
  • Meet with Financial Aid to determine how a change of residency status may impact your aid package.
  • Understand that off-campus and commuter students are not eligible for an on-campus mailbox.
  • Notify Residence Life of your intent to live off-campus or commute.
  • Students with a residency status of off-campus or commuter may not participate in housing selection.

Important Policies

  • Air Conditioners: Reimert, Richter/North Hall, New Hall, 777 Main, Cloake, Elliott, Musser, and Wicks have central air. Window units are prohibited in these halls. If you require a window unit, you must choose another housing option.
  • All Selections are Final: Once you select a room/suite during the housing selection process, you may not participate in any other part of these processes and your selection is final. This includes Event Space Lottery, Suite/Apartment Lottery, Interest/Identity Lottery, Cluster Housing, and all other lottery processes. Students may not make changes during or after a lottery process, or during the first two weeks of a semester. .
  • Communication of Intent: Students who have not selected a room or confirmed an intention to live on campus in writing by April 30 will be administratively housed during the summer after the incoming class.
  • Consolidation: Residence Life reserves the right to reassign and/or consolidate students to address housing needs. Students in rooms with vacancies may be relocated or assigned a roommate at any time. 
  • Floor Plans: Floor plans are available on the website.  Students should consider room types, sizes, locations, and configurations prior to lottery. 
  • Gender Inclusive Housing: Gender inclusive housing means that students of any gender identity or expression may occupy the same room and use any restroom. Interest and Identity communities, Todd Hall, Zwingli Hall, Reimert Hall, Richter/North Hall, & New Hall are designated as gender inclusive for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students seeking other gender inclusive accommodations may contact Residence Life staff for assistance.
  • Housing Accommodation Requests: Students seeking housing accommodations for the first time should 
  •  Medical Accommodations: Students with existing medical accommodations who want to utilize them for the 2024-2025 academic year, must fill out the form sent to them from ODA by Monday, February 27.
    • Student approved for a medical accommodation may participate in special housing selection processes (Event Space, Suite & Apartment, Interest and Identity, Cluster). Students with medical accommodations will be accepted to these special housing selection process based on (1) the requirements of each process, and (2) the class year & lottery number of their group anchor.
    • All other students with medical accommodations may participate in the Medical Accommodations Lottery on Wednesday April 3. More details about this process will be sent to students with approved medical accommodations.
  • Non-Event Floors and Houses: Students who choose non-event floors/houses commit to 24-hour courtesy hours. These locations may not register social events.
  • Room Cancellation Fee: Students who choose a room during this process and later decide not to live on campus may be charged a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Room Occupancy Requirements: All rooms/suites selected in the housing process must be filled to full occupancy. Students should expect to have a roommate unless they select a designated single. Residence Life reserves the right to change room capacities and other restrictions throughout the process based on needs. Students who do not select a roommate prior to lottery and cannot fill a room will be placed on the wait list.
  • Student Handbook Policies: All students living in residence halls must abide by Student Handbook policies.
  • Students Studying Abroad/Away in Fall 2024: Students who plan to study abroad or away for the Fall 2024 semester are not eligible to select housing at this time. Students returning to campus for the Spring semester will have their housing confirmed in January prior to their return to campus. 
  • Unauthorized Room Changes and misrepresentation during housing selection: Any student involved in an unauthorized room change or violation of housing selection processes may forfeit their lottery selection, be fined $100, or administratively relocated. A second offense may result in a $500 fine, relocation, and the inability to participate in next year’s Lottery Process. Any room change made without the written permission of Residence Life staff will be considered an unauthorized room change.  

Wait List

It is possible that some students may not secure a room during housing lottery. Students who have not selected housing during housing selection will be placed on a wait list. Students may not opt into the wait list. The College guarantees housing for all students for all four years, and students on the wait list will have assignments in August prior to their arrival to campus with efforts made to accommodate roommate requests. Additional details will be provided to affected students in May following Commencement.