Overview of the Room Selection Process

Attend an info Session

  • We will host a number of info sessions during the months leading up to selection. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming dates.

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.  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. 

Final Selection

Any student that is eligible for housing during room selection, but does not wish to form a group and select a space, is welcome to participate in Final Selection. Final Selection Sign-Up will be available for students to complete for several days after the group process.

In the sign-up students may rank their room type preference (traditional, suite or apartment) and provide any roommate preference, if applicable. Students will be assigned to available spaces starting in June. 

Group Selection Day


Group Room Selection Dates

Group Registration and Selection Times:

  • Room selection will start on Monday, March 13, and continue through Monday, March 27.
  • Groups register from 10am-1pm EST on each room type day.
  • Room selection begins at 4pm EST the day after groups register.
  • Group registration and pick times are different than previous academic years. If you have questions, please contact placement@bc.edu.

Group Selection Process:

Room TypeGroup FormationRoom Selection Pick Times
6 Person Apartments

10am-1pm Mon March 13th

Starts at 4pm Tues March 14th
4 Person Apartments

10am-1pm Tues March 14th

Starts at 4pm Wed March 15th
2 or 3 Person Apartments

10am-1pm Wed March 15th

Starts at 4pm Thurs March 16th
6 Person Suites (Stayer)

10am-1pm Thurs March 16th

Starts at 4pm Fri March 17th

8 Person Suites10am-1pm Fri March 17thStarts at 4pm Mon March 20th
4 Person Suites (Walsh)

10am-1pm Mon March 20th

Starts at 4pm Tues March 21st

6 & 9 Person Suites (Triple bedrooms)

10am-1pm Tues March 21st

Starts at 4pm Wed March 22nd
Traditional Rooms10am-1pm Wed March 22ndStarts at 4pm Thurs March 23rd
Final Selection Sign-UpOpens: 9am Friday March 24thCloses: 11:59pm Mon March 27th


Registration times for each day will begin at 10:00 am EST and end at 1:00 pm EST. Room selection pick times will begin at 4 PM EST the day after you register your group. 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 10am-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

Sophomore Living Experience

For the 2023-24 academic year, we are establishing a new living community in Walsh for sophomore students. If you are interested in selecting one roommate, developing relationships with new students, and confirming your housing assignment prior to room selection, this option might be good for you. If you are interested in this opportunity, please make sure that you complete that section of your housing application by Friday, February 3rd.

Housing Accommodations

Any student requesting a housing assignment based on a medical condition, psychological or physical disability must register or re-register with the Disability Services Office by the priority deadlines established for each semester.

To be considered for needs based housing accommodations, students should:

1. Complete the Disability Services Registration Form online.

2. Submit documentation (either attach it with your online registration, or email/fax it to the Disability Services email disabsrv@bc.edu). Please review Documentation requirements on their website.

3. Make an initial registration meeting with Disability Services staff. Your meeting will take place via phone/Google Hangout. To schedule a meeting please use their online scheduling calendar. If you encounter issues, please call (617) 552-3434. (Please note that both the registration and documentation steps must be complete prior to your meeting.)

4. Documentation will be reviewed by the Office of Disability Services on a rolling basis. Students will be notified via their BC email account once their request(s) have been reviewed and a decision has been made.



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.

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 room type via MyResLife. Group registrations take place between 9am and 1pm.

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 portion of the housing application, 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 & Seniors = 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 previous 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 20% 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, juniors typically live in Reservoir, Stayer, Vanderslice, and other on-campus apartment options.

Senior Housing

  • Most seniors live in apartment style housing
  • About 20% of seniors live in the Mods, 20% in Thomas More Apartments, 35% in Ignacio and Rubenstein, and 15% in Gabelli and Voute.
  • Approximately 75% of seniors live in 6-person apartments
  • Approximately 20% of seniors live in 4-person apartments