Application and Lottery Information

Below is full information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning student for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continuing undergraduate students may select a room with a roommate or a single assignment, and they have the opportunity to select housing within our 16 specialized theme houses or various residence halls across campus. 

In order to prepare for selecting a room for the upcoming academic year, please read this information thoroughly and attend a housing information session. Info sessions will be held in early December and again in February.

General Information

Housing Application & Selection Process
  • All students interested in living on campus in 2018-2019 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal from December 1st at 12 p.m. to December 15th at 5 p.m.
    • Rising Seniors must apply for housing to activate the lottery number they have been given.
      • All applications submitted after 5 p.m. on December 15th will be automatically waitlisted.
    • Rising Juniors must apply for housing to be eligible for a lottery number.
      • All applications submitted after 5 p.m. on December 15th will be automatically waitlisted.
    • Rising Sophomores are required to live on-campus for their sophomore year, but are also required to apply for housing. Failure to apply for housing will adversely affect your lottery number.
  • Students 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 15th 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 15th.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued by December 20th, 2017 and sent to students’ Tufts email accounts.
  • Students with lottery numbers will be able to form/re-form their group based on their desired room/suite/apartment size until Monday, February 26th at 5 p.m, at which time the groups are locked.
    • Once groups are locked, you will be issued a timeslot to choose a space during the proper selection date.
  • Selection dates will be based on the On-Campus Housing Selection Calendar.
  • If the room/suite/apartment size for your group is not available during your selection time, you will need to re-form your group to fit in a room/suite/apartment that is available.
  • Once you sign up for housing, you have completed the lottery process and cannot change or cancel your housing assignment to participate in other lotteries.
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.
  • 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.
  • You will be able to view where your group stands in relation to other groups prior to the group formation deadline. This allows you to re-form a group if your group number is lower than the amount of desired rooms/suites/apartments available.
  • Attend a Lottery Information Session on Wednesday, November 29, 6-7 p.m. or Thursday, November 30, 6-7 p.m.
    • Info Session Week: Tuesday, February 20 – Friday, February 23
  • 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!
Two-Year Residency Requirement

There are a wide variety of housing options available to enrolled returning undergraduates. All returning first-years (rising sophomores) are required to live in University housing.  There is only one exception to the two-year Residency Requirement:

  • You are a rising Sophomore accepted to live in a Fraternity/Sorority house. Once accepted, you cannot participate in the housing lottery.

All Students that apply for housing before the 5 p.m. December 15th deadline and activate/receive a lottery number are eligible to participate in housing selection.

If a student receives a waitlist number, they are not eligible to participate in housing selection – including being pulled into a room/suite/apartment by a student with a lottery number.

On-Campus Housing Lottery Calendar 2018-2019

Housing Applications Available
  •   December 1 (10 a.m.) – December 15 (5 p.m. EST): All students that are interested in participating in the housing selection process must apply for housing during this time.
Special Theme Housing
  • January 15 – February 15: All Special Theme Housing Application Period. Students interested in living in a special themed house should visit that section of our website to review the options and find their desired application.

  • Students interested in Special Theme Housing MUST have applied for housing between December 1st and December 15th at 5 p.m. to be eligible.

Sophia Gordon Selection (Seniors Only)
  • February 26, 5 p.m.: Deadline to form & finalize a group for Sophia Gordon selection (4-person groups only).

  • February 28: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.

  • March 5: Sophia Gordon Selection Day.

Upper-class Apartment Selection (Juniors/Seniors)
  • February 26, 5 p.m.: Deadline to form & finalize a group for Upper-class Apartment Selection.

  • February 28: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.

  • March 7: Upper-class Apartment Selection (Group Day). Students must completely FILL the apartment they are selecting.

  • March 9: 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 26, 5 p.m.: Deadline to form & finalize a group for Rising Sophomore Selection.
  • February 28: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 12: Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Selection (Group Day). Student must completely FILL the suite/apartment they are selecting (10 person groups).
  • March 13: Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Selection (General Selection Day). Students may partially fill a suite/apartment or select a space within an apartment as an individual, subject to availability.
  • March 15: Rising Sophomore Singles Selection.
  • March 16: Rising Sophomore General Selection. Students can select into all available doubles, triples or quads. 

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)

  • Carmichael Hall 

  • Carpenter House

  • Stratton Hall

  • West Hall

  • Lewis Hall

  • Harleston Hall (mix of first-year and sophomore students)

  • 1025 Beacon Street (SMFA Students)

Rising Juniors and Seniors
  • 16 Small Theme Houses    
  • Sophia Gordon Apartments (Seniors only)
  • Hillside Apartments      
  • Latin Way Apartments
  • 10 Winthrop
  • 9-11 Sunset
  • 1025 Beacon Street (SMFA Students)