Application and Lottery Information

Below is full information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning student for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

For more information about housing selection, contact the Assistant Director for Housing Services.

General Information

Housing Application & Selection Process
  • All students interested in living on campus in 2020-2021 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal from October 17th at 12 p.m. to December 6th at 5 p.m.
    • Rising Juniors and Seniors must apply for housing to be eligible for a lottery number.
      • All applications submitted after 5 p.m. on December 6th will be automatically waitlisted.
    • Rising first semester Sophomores are required to live on-campus for their sophomore year. All eligible rising Sophomores are required to complete an application.
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to form a housing group during the application process. Students will not be bound to these students but forming a group by December 6th at 5 p.m. will ensure that all students in their group will either be issued a lottery number or a waitlist number.
    • Groups are not limited to a specific size.
    • Each student within a group must complete their own housing application by 5 p.m. on December 6th.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued by December 18th, 2019 and sent to students’ Tufts email accounts.
  • Students with lottery numbers will be able to form their group based on their desired room/suite/apartment size between February 24th and March 7th (based on their group formation day). See below for more details.
  • Selection dates will be based on the On-Campus Housing Selection Calendar.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued by December 18th, 2019 and sent to students’ Tufts email accounts.
  • Students with lottery numbers will be able to form their group based on their desired room/suite/apartment size between February 25th and March 7th  (based on their group formation day). See below for more details.
  • Selection dates will be based on the On-Campus Housing Selection Calendar.
General Tips for the Lottery
  • When signing up as a group, make sure the group leader is available to make the final selections for others in the group. If the group leader is not available, re-form your group by the deadline with another group leader or contact Residential Life to change your group leader.
  • Have up to 5 options in mind for your housing preferences.
  • Review all of the options for room/suite/apartment sizes available to you. Your group size may change during the process – so have a backup plan in mind before you begin.
  • Attend a Lottery Information Session!
  • If you have questions - please ask! We are partners with you in helping navigate the housing process. We welcome all questions - so please stop by, call or email us!
Lottery Numbers vs Waitlist Numbers
  • Students who are given a lottery number are guaranteed a space on-campus for 2020-2021. 
  • Lottery Numbers: All eligible rising Sophomores are given a lottery number. Rising Juniors/Seniors need to apply for housing to be eligible to receive a lottery number. The junior/senior housing supply determines how many lottery numbers are assigned to applicants. 
  • Waitlist Numbers: Rising Juniors/Seniors that apply for housing and do not receive a lottery number will receive a waitlist number. Being on the waitlist means you are not guaranteed housing, however in previous years over 150 students have been offered a space in on-campus housing off the waitlist in the months of April - June. If you are given a waitlist number, you will be updated monthly to your status/likelihood of receiving on-campus housing.
  • Lottery Number Ranges – TBD after applications close when we know the number of applications received
Two-Year Residency Requirement
  • First-Year students are required to live on for the equivalent of four semesters in University sponsored housing.
  • Transfer students coming in as the equivalent of a sophomore student are required and guaranteed to live on-campus for their first year at Tufts.
  • In the case of a student who studies abroad through a Tufts approved program during their sophomore year, that semester counts as semester on-campus for the four-semester residence requirement
  • A student who would start their fall semester as a second semester sophomore may continue to be guaranteed housing for the entire academic year, however, as they would be a Junior in their second/spring semester of that academic year, they would participate in the housing selection process with the other Juniors who received lottery numbers.

On-Campus Housing Lottery Calendar 2020-21

Housing Applications Available
  •   All Applications available October 17, 2019 and are due December 6, 2019.
Special Theme Housing
  • Students wishing to reside in a special interest, theme, or identity-based house should apply through the housing portal by October 28, 2019. Students who are accepted will have their housing assignments finalized by November 18, 2019 and will have completed the housing lottery process. Students who apply but are not accepted will still be able to apply for the general housing lottery and form groups. For more information on special interest and theme housing, please visit that section of our website to review the options

Sophia Gordon Selection (Seniors Only)
  • February 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Group Formation Day (4-person groups).
  • February 24, 6 p.m.: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 9 (10am - 1pm): Sophia Gordon Selection Day.
Community Housing (CoHo)
  • February 25, 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.: Group Formation Day (group sizes vary).
  • February 25, 6 p.m.: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 9 (10am - 1pm): CoHo Selection Day.
Rising Junior/Senior Apartment Selection
  • Group Formation Days for Junior/Senior Apartment Selection: 3-4 person apartments (February 26), 6 person apartments (February 27). Lottery timeslots will be emailed to students/groups on the evening of each group formation day.

  • March 11: Upper-class Apartment Selection (Group Day). Students must completely FILL the apartment they are selecting.

  • March 12: Upper-class Apartment Selection (General Selection Day). Students may partially fill an apartment or select a space within an apartment as an individual. 

Rising Sophomore Selection
  • February 28 - March 6: Group Formation Days for Rising Sophomore Selection.
  • February 28 - March 6: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 30 (10am - 3pm): Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Selection (Group Day). Student will completely FILL the suite/apartment they are selecting (10 person groups).
  • April 1 (9am-3pm): Rising Sophomore Singles Selection.
  • April 2 (9am-4pm): Rising Sophomore General Selection. Students qualified for 2, 3, and 4-person groups will fill doubles, triples and quads respectively. Students who do not form a group will be assigned a selection time later in the day to fill all available spaces left. 

Group Formation Days

Sophia Gordon
  • February 24 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Seniors interested in forming groups for Sophia Gordon can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.
Community Housing (CoHo)
  • February 25 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in forming groups for CoHo can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.
3 & 4 Person Groups (Rising Juniors & Seniors)
  • February 26 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in forming groups for Latin Way, 9-11 Sunset and 10 Winthrop can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.
6 Person Groups (Rising Juniors & Seniors)
  • February 27 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in forming groups for Latin Way & Hillsides 6-person apartments can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.

  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.

10 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • February 28 (10 a.m. -  4 p.m.): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Wren, Haskell, Latin Way or Hillsides 10-person suites/apartments can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.

  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.

Sophomore Singles Lottery
  • March 2 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Sophomores interested in applying for the single room lottery can log into the Housing Portal and form their group (of 1) to enter into the singles lottery.
  • Note: No preference is given to students that verify first. Students have the entire 6 hour window to form their group of 1 and verify the "group".
4 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • March 3 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for West Quads, as well as 4-person Latin Way Apartments, can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.

  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.

3 & 2 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • March 4 – Triples (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Stratton, Haskell, Lewis or West Hall Triples can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • March 5 – Doubles (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Stratton, West, Lewis or Harleston Doubles can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • Note: No preference is given to groups that verify first. Groups have the entire 6 hour window to form/verify.

Residence Hall Options by Class Year

Rising Sophomores 
  • 16 Small Theme Houses
  • Wren Hall (select in 10 person groups)

  • Haskell Hall (select in 10 person groups)

  • Hillside Apartments (select in 10 person groups)

  • Latin Way Apartments (select in 10 person groups)

  • Stratton Hall (singles, doubles, triples)

  • West Hall (doubles, triples, quads)

  • Lewis Hall (singles, doubles)

  • Harleston Hall (singles, doubles)

  • Stratton Hall (singles, doubles, triples)

  • West Hall (doubles, triples, quads)

  • Lewis Hall (singles, doubles, quads)

  • Harleston Hall (singles and doubles)

Rising Juniors and Seniors
  • 16 Small Theme Houses    
  • Sophia Gordon Apartments (Seniors only)
  • Hillside Apartments (6-person apartments)     
  • Latin Way Apartments (4 and 6-person apartments)
  • 10 Winthrop (3-person apartments)
  • 9-11 Sunset (3-person apartments)