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Frequently Asked Questions: Room Selection Process

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I missed the deadline for the housing intent form. What do I do?
What is the room selection process?
Where is the room selection process held?
I have been accepted to BC as an incoming first year students. Do I have to go through room selection?
Who is eligible to participate in the room selection process?
How do I find out if I am eligible?
What if I am not eligible for housing next year,but I have a group of friends who are eligible?
Can they pull me into their group to enter room selection?
How does the room selection process work?
What if I don't select a room in the room selection process?
I am studying abroad right now. How do I enter the room selection process?
We do not have a complete group but would like to enter the drawing. Can you just randomly assign someone to that space?
What if I need an extra roommate(s)?
  What if I do not have anyone with whom I am interested in entering the room selection process?
How do I apply for a single?
What are the chances of receiving the accommodation I want?
What is blocking? Will it increase my chances?
I will be a sophomore next year. If I do not receive an 8-person or 4-person suite, do I automatically get put onto College Road?
I am a sophomore. What are the chances of sophomores living on Lower Campus?
I have three years of housing. Can I live off campus my sophomore year and on campus my junior year?
How do I apply for special interest housing?
I am going abroad in the fall and have been granted housing for the spring semester. Do I have to go through room selection?
I have a medical need that may require me to live in a certain type of accommodation.
I might transfer, live off campus, or participate in a study-abroad program. Should I still go through room selection?

I missed the deadline for the housing intent form. What do I do?
You must send an email to placement@bc.edu with the following information: Full name, Eagle ID number and your housing intent (whether or not you plan on participating in the room selection process to live on campus). Room selection is a mandatory, deadline-driven process and there is a possibility that you will no longer be eligible to participate in the process and you will instead have to appeal for housing via the Agora Portal. top

What is the room selection process?
During the spring semester, eligible students will secure on-campus housing for the next academic year through the room selection process. In order to live on campus next year, students must go through the room selection process. If you do not go through the room selection process, you will not have a housing assignment on-campus next year. top

Where is the room selection process held?
The entire room selection process is done online, through the "My ResLife" area of the Agora portal. top

I have been accepted to BC as an incoming first year student. Do I have to go through room selection?
Incoming first year students are not assigned on-campus housing through this process.  If you are an incoming first year student, your housing assignment and roommate information will be communicated during the first week in August. top

Who is eligible to participate in the room selection process?             

All students who are entering into a guaranteed year of housing are eligible providing they:

  • are free of any sanctions from the Office of Residential Life and the Office of the Dean of Students  -AND-
  • are a full-time matriculating day student. College of Advancing Studies students who are presently living on campus are not eligible to participate -AND-
  • are free of any outstanding obligations on their student account top

How do I find out if I am eligible?
To find out how many years of guaranteed housing you have, you can check through the Agora Portal, by clicking on the "My Services" tab > "My ResLife," Web Forms > Assignment History.

Students who have received a specific sanction barring them from room selection will be administratively placed over the summer.  Additionally, students suspended from housing or the University are not eligible to participate in the room selection process.

To clear up any outstanding balances on your student account, contact Student Services at 617-552-3300; to inquire about your conduct status, contact your conduct officer or Residential Life at 617-552-3060.  top

What if I am not eligible for housing next year, but I have a group of friends who are eligible? Can they pull me into their group to enter room selection?
No. Only housing eligible students may participate in the room selection process.  If you are not eligible for to participate in the room selection process, you can submit a housing appeal through the Agora Portal. top

How does the Room Selection Process work?

There are four main parts to the room selection process:

  • Housing Intent Form: In order to begin the room selection process, eligible students must indicate their housing intent within the returning student housing application via "My ResLife" on the Agora Portal.
  • Group Registration: The Group Leader registers the group for a particular accommodation type via "My ResLife." Room registrations take place between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Room Draw: Following the close of registration, a computer-driven random drawing will select the participants of each selection. All members of the groups that participate in each drawing will receive an email regarding their drawing results.
  • Room Pick: If a group is selected to pick a room, each member will receive an email with the scheduled time at which the group leader will select next year's room assignment online. The selection will take place later that same day.

After a group has picked the room, the process is over. If a group was not drawn for a particular accommodation type, that group will have to continue through the process for the next available selection. top

What if I don't select a room in the room selection process?
In order to reside on campus next academic year, students must participate in the room selection process. Any eligible student who does not select a room or participate in final selection by the end of the room selection process will no longer be eligible to live on campus and may forfeit all future claims to on-campus housing.

Important Note: Declaring your intent to live on campus is not enough to receive a housing assignment on campus. Each student must also either pick a room with a group or participate as an individual in the final selection process. top

I am studying abroad right now. How do I enter the room selection process?
As room selection is conducted online via Agora, students who currently live on-campus, are studying abroad, or are living off-campus can all equally participate in the process.

We do not have a complete group but would like to enter the drawing. Can you just randomly assign someone to that space?
No. You must have a complete group in order to enter a drawing. top

What if I need an extra roommate(s)?
You will have the opportunity to search for roommates using the returning student housing application available through "My ResLife" on the Agora Portal. Please see the previous and next questions and answers as well. top

What if I do not have anyone with whom I am interested in entering the room selection process?
If you would like to find roommates with whom you can enter the room selection process, you will have the opportunity to search for roommates using the returning student housing application, available through "My ResLife" on the Agora Portal. This is the same application used for declaring intent and registering a group.

Another option is to enter into final selection, which is the last event for room selection. On the designated days for final selection, students may register themselves into this process via the housing application on "My ResLife" in the Agora Portal. Over the summer, we will place the students from final selection into housing assignments, doing our best to work with any preferences indicated within a student's housing application. top

How do I apply for a single room?
The limited number of single rooms are reserved for medical placements.  If you have a medical condition, psychological or physical disability that you would like to request specific accommodations for, you must contact our office via e-mail at placement@bc.edu or set up an appointment via telephone at 617-552-3060 no later than Friday, February 8, 2013.  Each situation will be evaluated and responded to separately.

If you do not have a medical condition that would warrant a single room, you can request one by participating in final selection. Please note that in order to register for final selection, you cannot have selected a room in the group portion of the room selection process. Requesting a single in final selection does not guarantee you will receive one. If singles are not available at that time, we will assign you to a room with a roommate using your second or third preference from final selection. When assigning students from final selection to single rooms, we will give preference to rising seniors, then rising juniors and then rising sophomores.

Our single rooms are located in 66 Commonwealth Avenue and Greycliff Halls, with the majority of these rooms being in Greycliff. top

What are the chances of receiving the accommodation I want?
Many students ask the probability of receiving a certain living accommodation. The demand for every accommodation on campus varies from year to year. There is no way to predict how many students will enter each drawing each year, so there is no way that we can estimate your probability of receiving the accommodation you want. top

What is blocking? Will it increase my chances?
Blocking provides groups with the opportunity to select rooms one after the other. When groups wish to block, both groups must fall into the same room selection category. The groups who are blocking will have 1 group leader and register once. Groups are not allowed to split up and select at different times. For the 4-person apartment & suite registration, students may block up to three groups. For 2, 3 & 4-person traditional style rooms, up to 8 names may be blocked, in groups of 2, 3, or 4.  For all other processes, two groups may block together. Blocking does not increase or decrease your chances of getting selected. top

I'll be a sophomore next year. If I do not receive a suite, do I automatically get put onto College Road?
If your group does not get selected for an accommodation in a suite on Lower Campus, you will not automatically be placed into a room on College Road. Your group will have to enter the drawing for 2-, 3-, or 4-person traditional-style rooms. Such rooms are located on College Road, 66 Commonwealth Avenue and Greycliff Halls. top

I'll be a sophomore next year. What are the chances of sophomores living on Lower Campus?
Lower Campus Housing Capacity = 4,456
Approximate number of upperclassmen who will live on campus = 5,200
Approximate number of rising sophomores who will live on College Road = 547

Depending on the number of students who participate in the room selection process, it may be necessary to open Fitzpatrick and Gonzaga Halls for rising sophomore students. top

I have three years of housing. Can I live off campus my sophomore year and live on-campus my junior year?
If a student was granted three years of housing, the mandatory year off-campus is junior year. Students are not permitted to change this. If a rising sophomore student with three years of housing chooses to move off-campus, he/she will have to remain off-campus for both sophomore and junior years; but will be eligible to move back on-campus senior year. top

How do I apply for Special Interest Housing (SIH)?
Applications for special interest housing are made available during the early stages of the room selection process. Students can complete the application by logging in to "My ResLife" via the Agora Portal or via a paper-based application (depending on the community a student is interested in). The upperclassmen SIH options are: 66 Honors, Gabelli Honors, Romance Language, and Healthy Alternatives Lifestyle (HAL)  More information about each of these options may be found on our website. top

I am going abroad in the fall and have been granted housing for the spring semester. Do I have to go through room selection?
No. You do not have to go through the full room selection process. You do, however, still need to declare your housing intent, and you should indicate that you do not intend to live on campus because you will be abroad. This does not affect your spring semester housing eligibility. You will be contacted by our department in November to begin the housing application process for the spring semester. You will have the ability to indicate room type preferences, roommate requests or a specific room that you know will be available in the spring. Please keep in mind these are requests and are not guaranteed.  We will do our best to fulfill any requests to the best of our ability.

Over winter break, we will complete spring semester housing assignments and once your assignment is ready to be viewed, you will receive a communication from us. top

I have a medical need that may require me to live in a certain type of accommodation.
If you have a medical condition, psychological or physical disability that you would like to request specific accommodations for, you must contact our office via e-mail at placement@bc.edu or set up an appointment via telephone at 617-552-3060 no later than Friday, February 14, 2014.  Each situation will be evaluated and responded to separately. top

I might transfer, live off-campus, or participate in a study abroad program. Should I still go through room selection?
Yes.  Any housing eligible student unsure of their future plans should go through the room selection process. Any eligible student who does not select a room or participate in final selection by the end of the room selection process will no longer be eligible to live on-campus and may forfeit all future claims to on-campus housing.

If you do go through room selection and then decide at a later date that you will not need to live on-campus anymore, you can fill out a housing Leave of Absence form within the Agora Portal and your room assignment will be cancelled. Depending on when the leave of absence form is submitted, you will either not be charged for room and board (if applicable) at all or you will receive a full refund. Students are entitled to a 100% refund for room and board as long as they fill out the form by the end of first week of classes of a semester. top

If you have any questions that were not answered here, please call us at (617) 552-8582 or email placement@bc.edu.