Overview of the Room Selection Process

Attend an info Session

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Complete the Housing Application

Access the Housing Application by clicking the My ResLife link on the Agora Portal. Be sure to complete the Housing Intent and Residency Agreement pages within the application.

Care for each other and plan for various outcomes

Before housing selection begins, have conversations about Plan A, B, C, and D with your entire group.

Determine if you'll be part of a group

  • If you are part of a group, select a group leader who will register your group.
  • If you are not part of a group, sign up for Final Selection from March 26 - 29, 2021.  For Final Selection you will give your top 3 preferences on where you would like to live, and will have the opportunity to give specific information if you so wish.  In the middle of June, you will be informed of your assignment. 

Determine if you want to block

Blocking is a process where groups of students can request adjacent rooms. For example, a group of 16 students can "block" with the intent of living in two adjacent eight-person suites in Walsh Hall. 

Random Drawing

After registration closes, the computer system will randomly select the participants for each day. All members of the groups that participate in each drawing will receive an email informing them of their drawing results.

Room Pick

If your group is selected to pick a room, your group leader will receive an email with a scheduled "pick time" and other important details.

There is no waitlist to move to alternate spaces after your selection. After you have selected your space, your selection is final for the next academic year. 

Group Selection Day


Group Room Selection Dates

Group Registration and Selection Times:

  • Groups register from 9am-1pm EST on each room type day
  • Room selection begins at 4pm EST on each room type day

Group Selection Dates:

  • March 15, 2021: 6-Person Apartments 
  • March 16, 2021: 4-Person Apartments
  • March 17, 2021 2 & 3 Person Apartment Day
  • March 18, 2021: 6 Person Suite Day (Stayer Hall Only)
  • March 22, 2021: 8 Person Suite Day
  • March 23, 2021: 4 Person Suite Day
  • March 24, 2021: 6 & 9 Person (Triples) Suite Day
  • March 25, 2021: Traditional Style Housing Day
  • March 26 - March 29, 2021: Final Selection Sign-up

Registration times for each day are adjusted to begin at 9:00 am EST and end at 1:00 pm EST. Pick times will still begin at 4 PM EST. We understand that with many students in different time zones, there may be challenges or complications with registration and selection times. If you foresee having issues with any dates or times, please let us know and we will do our best to work with you and your group.


Group Leader Responsibilities

  1. The Group Leader is responsible for creating the group during group registration from 9am-1pm EST.
  2. The Group Leader then verifies the group. Verified groups cannot be changed.
  3. Groups will randomly be selected to participate in the group selection process.
  4. If your group is selected to pick a room, your Group Leader will receive an email with your group pick time.
  • If your group receives a pick time, your group must select housing on that day
  • If your group is not selected you will be able to form a new group for another selection day.
  • You do not have to register for a room type on every consecutive day

Helpful Hints

Don't register for housing you do not want.

Your social life will be what you make it, no matter where you live.

Pick one direct roommate and don't leave each other during the process.

Before housing selection begins, have conversations about Plan A, B, C, and D with your entire group.

Make plans where no one gets "cut out." Blocking can help with this.


Blocking allows several groups to select housing at the same time.

The number of blocked groups allowed is based on room type:

  • Two-person apartments: Four blocked groups
  • Three-person apartments: Three blocked groups
  • Four-person apartments: Three blocked groups
  • Six-person apartments: Two blocked groups
  • Eight-person suites: Two blocked groups
  • Nine-person suites: Two blocked groups
  • Six-person suites (Stayer): Two blocked groups
  • Six-person suites (Triple): Two blocked groups
  • Four-person Suites: Three blocked groups
  • Traditional style rooms: Eight blocked people

Groups must be the same size and apply for the same type of housing.

Blocked groups have one leader who registers for everyone.

Blocking does not improve or hurt your chances of housing.


Special Considerations

Living & Learning Communities

If you are interested in applying to one of our Living & Learning Communities be sure to complete the appropriate pages within the same Housing Application. 

Living & Learning Communities

Need-Based Housing Accommodations

If you have a medical condition, or psychological or physical disability that you would like to request specific accommodations for, you must follow all the instructions and submit all medical documentation as specified in the Need-Based Housing Accommodation page within the Housing Application. Applicants must also schedule an appointment to meet with the Assistant Dean for Disability Services, Rory Stein (617-552-3470) no later than Friday, February 5, 2021.

Disability Services



I missed the Housing Application deadline. What do I do?

Room selection is a deadline-driven process and students that miss a deadline may no longer be eligible for University housing. If you do not submit your housing application by the deadline and would still like to live in University housing, you must file a housing appeal via the MyResLife link on the Agora Portal.

What is the room selection process?

During the spring semester, eligible returning students will secure University housing for the next academic year through the room selection process. Students must go through the room selection process in order to secure University housing for the following year.

Where is the room selection process held?

The entire room selection process is held online, in the MyResLife area on the Agora portal. 

How does the room selection process work?

Students can choose to participate in room selection as a group (Group Selection) or as an individual (Final Selection).

There are four main parts to the Group Selection process:

Housing Application: In order to begin the room selection process, eligible students must indicate their housing intent within the returning student housing application via the MyResLife link on the Agora Portal.

Group Registration: The Group Leader registers the group for a particular accommodation type via MyResLife. Room registrations take place between 8am and 12pm.

Room Draw: Following the close of registration, a computer-driven random drawing will select the participants for each day. 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, the Group Leader will receive an email with the scheduled time at which he/she will select next year's room assignment online. The selection will take place later that same day. If your group receives a pick time, your group must select housing on that day

After a group has picked a 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 day. 

If a student decides to participate in Final Selection instead of Group Selection, he/she must complete the Final Selection document, located on Agora under MyResLife.

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.

How do I apply for a Living & Learning Community?

Applications for Living & Learning Communities (LLC) are made available within the Housing Application. Students should answer all required questions regarding Living & Learning Communities within the Housing Application. The upperclassmen LLC options are: Sustainability, Honors, and Healthy Living Community. To learn more, please visit the Living & Learning Programs page. 

Eligibility Codes & Categories

Individual Eligibility Codes

Each eligible student is given a number code based on their class year. Note that a student with one semester left to complete their degree is coded as a junior, even though their current class year is senior.

Juniors = 1
Sophomores = 2
First-Year = 3

Categories and Blocking

Students can form groups and combine their individual eligibility codes to make a group total. The totals then fall into the categories below. Groups of students can then block together with other groups so as to share the same pick time to choose their separate rooms. Groups can only block within their own category, meaning a group that falls into category 1 can only block with another group from category 1, category 2 can only block with category 2, and so on.

2-Person Apartments

Category 1 = 2 or 3
Category 2 = 4 or 5
Category 3 = 6

6-Person Suites

(2 triple bedrooms in Vanderslice or 90 STM)
Category 1 = 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 13
Category 2 = 14, 15, or 16
Category 3 = 17 or 18

3-Person Apartments

Category 1 = 3 or 4
Category 2 = 5, 6, or 7
Category 3 = 8 or 9

8-Person Suites

Category 1 = 8 or 9
Category 2 = 10, 11, 12, or 13
Category 3 = 14, 15, 16, or 17
Category 4 = 18, 19, 20, 21, or 22
Category 5 = 23 or 24

4-Person Suites and Apartments

Category 1 = 4 or 5
Category 2 = 6 or 7
Category 3 = 8 or 9
Category 4 = 10
Category 5 = 11 or 12

9 Person Suites

(3 triple bedrooms in Vanderslice or 90 STM)
Category 1 = 9, through 19
Category 2 = 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 or 25
Category 3 = 26 or 27

6-Person Suites and Apartments

Category 1 = 6 or 7
Category 2 = 8, 9, 10, or 11
Category 3 = 12 or 13
Category 4 = 14 or 15
Category 5 = 16, 17, or 18

2, 3, & 4-Person Traditional Style Rooms

Category 1 = code average 1.0
Category 2 = code average between 1.01 – 1.5
Category 3 = code average between 1.51 – 2.0
Category 4 = code average between 2.01 – 2.5
Category 5 = code average between 2.51 – 3.0


Historical Data

The information listed below is a snapshot of the 2019 housing selection results. Outcomes of room selection may change year to year based on class sizes, student choices and preferences, and other variables.  The room selection process is a random process, with collective class year of groups as the only factor that influences priority.  The below numbers reflect the end results of room selection and do not necessarily predict individual outcomes or chances of receiving specific housing.

Sophomore Housing

  • Approximately 25% of the class live in College Road
  • Approximately 35% of the class live in Walsh
  • Approximately 30% of the class live in traditional style housing (College Road, 66 Comm Ave, Greycliff)
  • Approximately 45% of the class live in 8-person suites

Junior Housing

  • Approximately 40% of juniors live on campus
  • Of those on-campus, approximately 55% live in apartment style housing, 40% in suite style housing, and 5% in traditional style
  • Of those on-campus, approximately 40% live in Reservoir, 25% live in Stayer, and 12% live in Vanderslice and 90

Senior Housing

  • Almost all seniors (98%) live in apartment style housing
  • About 20% of seniors live in the Mods, 20% in Thomas More Apartments, 38% in Ignacio and Rubenstein, and 13% in Gabelli and Voute.
  • Approximately 76% of seniors live in 6-person apartments
  • Approximately 21% of seniors live in 4-person apartments