Housing Application, Deadlines/Timelines, and Lottery Information

Below is information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning undergraduate student for the 2024-2025 academic year.

For more information about housing selection, contact studentservices@tufts.edu.

If you are a graduate student looking for information on housing options and housing selection, please visit the Graduate Student Housing page.

Quick Notes!

Housing Applications for 2024-2025 are now available via the Tufts University Housing Portal. To find the Housing Portal:

1)      Log into SIS.
2)      Click on “About Me,” then click on “Housing.”
3)      Once you have reached the Home Page, click on “Application” on the top left of the screen.

Rising Juniors and Seniors who are interested in learning more about the Off-Campus Housing process are encouraged to attend one of our webinars. For more information, please visit the off-campus housing page or contact offcampusinfo@tufts.edu.

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 five 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 housing assignment for 2024-2025. 
  • 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. 
    • Students are only allowed to utilize the lottery number assigned to them by the Office of Residential Life and Learning
  • 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 we have been able to offer to house a number of students on the waitlist between April - July. If you are given a waitlist number, you will be updated regularly regarding your status/likelihood of receiving on-campus housing.
  • Lottery Number Ranges: In all of the ranges noted, the lowest number selects the earliest in the process within each class year's group. Rising seniors (including fifth-year seniors) have been assigned lottery numbers between 1 and 400. Rising juniors have been assigned lottery numbers between 500 and 900. Rising sophomores have been assigned lottery numbers between 1000 and 3000.  

Two-Year Residency Requirement

  • First-Year students are required to live on campus for the equivalent of four semesters in University-sponsored housing.
  • Transfer students coming in as the equivalent of a sophomore or junior student are not guaranteed to live on-campus for their full first year at Tufts but may be offered space as available.
  • In the case of a student who studies abroad through a Tufts-approved program during their sophomore year, the equitable semesters spent abroad will count towards 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.

 

Upcoming Webinars

A series of webinars will be available to accommodate our varying communities and their families.

Rising Junior & Senior Webinars:

Rising Sophomore Webinars: 

  • Housing Lottery and Selection Process for Students: Monday, March 4, 2024  at 12pm | Click here to register for the webinar
    • Aimed specifically at rising sophomore students, this housing lottery and selection webinar will explain in detail the process in order to be successful during the group formation and housing selection periods. 

**All webinars will be recorded and available for students and families.

Rising Sophomore Housing Selection Office Hours

Meet with a staff member from Residential Life to ask questions about the group formation or housing selection process not answered through the selection webinar scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2024.

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Link coming soon
  • Friday, March 8, 2024 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Link coming soon

 

For more information about the off-campus housing process, rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend one of our webinars. Please visit the off-campus housing page or contact offcampusinfo@tufts.edu.

Rising Juniors and Seniors - Housing Application Process

The process for juniors and seniors has changed slightly. Please refer to the General Information below for details.

General Information

Housing Application and Selection Process - 2024-2025 Academic Year

  • Rising juniors and seniors who are interested in living on campus in the 2024-2025 academic year will need to apply for the chance to receive a lottery number between October 17, 2023 - November 6, 2023. General Housing Applications received after November 6 will be automatically added to the housing waitlist.
    • Those who are interested in the Theme and Special Interest housing may apply until the application close deadline on January 23, 2024. Theme and Special Interest housing is a separate process from the lottery/ waitlist and will run slightly separately.
    • Students with documented disabilities can apply for housing accommodations; the deadline for rising juniors and seniors is November 6, 2023. Please visit the StAAR Center for more information
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors who are submitting an intent to study abroad will not be eligible for a housing lottery number and will be placed on the housing waitlist.
  • 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 November 6 at 5 p.m. will ensure that all students in their group will either be issued a lottery number or a waitlist number.
    • Each student within a group must complete their own housing application by 5 p.m. on November 6.
    • If a student who has submitted an intent to study abroad form is a part of a group - they will be removed before the randomization process runs to determine lottery or waitlist numbers.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued just before the Thanksgiving Break and sent to students’ Tufts email accounts.

Special Theme Housing

  • Students wishing to reside in a special interest, theme, or identity-based house should apply through the housing portal between October 17 through January 23, 2024, at 5 p.m. Students who are accepted will have their housing assignments finalized before the sophomore housing selection process and will have completed the housing lottery process. Students who have had a lottery number who are offered a placement in theme and special interest housing will have the opportunity to accept the new placement or retain their originally selected placement. Those students who are waitlisted for our general housing application will still have the opportunity to participate in the theme housing communities unless noted as a student intending to study abroad in the following year. For more information on special interest and theme housing, please visit that section of our website to review the options.
  • Students who have been accepted into Theme/Special Interest (TSI) and Fraternity/Sorority (FSL) communities will be placed in available housing in early spring in order to complete necessary placements for any students who are in need of particular housing accommodations.
  • Students will receive their results letter on February 26, 2024; acceptances for these offers are due March 1, 2024. Accepting a placement in theme housing or special interest housing completes the housing process for these students. Students that accept theme offers are assigned rooms and will not participate in group formation or selection. These students will have their lottery numbers nullified.
    • While rising sophomores may receive a lottery number, it will not be utilized in the event the student accepts a placement in theme or special interest housing.

Fraternity & Sorority Housing

  • Fraternity & Sorority Housing is only available to rising juniors and seniors who are affiliated with the organization.
  • Students who are selecting to live in Fraternity and Sorority housing will select into their housing placements the week of February 26, 2024 - March 1, 2024.

Residence Hall Options for Rising Juniors and Seniors

Please note that the information below is subject to change dependent on particular needs per University policies and processes such as approved housing accommodations, theme, and special interest communities, RA placements, etc.

  • Special Interest and Theme Houses pending acceptance
  • Sophia Gordon Apartments (Juniors and Seniors Only) – Elevator access,  Students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
    • 4-person apartments - 23 Apartments Available
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • Kitchen
        • Eligible for a reduced meal plan
    • 6-person apartments - Four (4) Apartments Available
      • In-apartment bathroom (2)
      • Kitchen
        • Eligible for a reduced meal plan
  • Latin Way – Multiple Class Years (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) - No elevator access, Students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
    • 4-person apartments (4 singles) - 16 total 4-person apartments available.
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • Kitchen - Eligible for a reduced meal plan
  • 10 Winthrop - two 3-Person Apartments Available
  • 9-11 Sunset - two 3-Person Apartments Available (one in 9 Sunset, one in 11 Sunset).
  • CoHo - Various configurations on University Ave, Fairmount St, Bellevue St, Winthrop St, Capen St and Sawyer Ave
    • All units are single occupancy rooms with Full-size mattress, shared common space, kitchen, and single-use bathrooms
    • Community laundry is located in the basements of 12 Bellevue, 22 Bellevue, and 23 Bellevue St.
    • 2 ten-person units
    • 2 nine-person units
    • 4 eight-person units
    • 3 seven-person units
    • 1 six-person unit
    • 4 five-person units
    • 6 four-person units
    • 4 three-person units

 

Rising Sophomores - Housing Application Process

General Information

Housing Application and Selection Process

  • All students interested in living on campus in 2024-2025 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal between October 17, 2023, noon -  January 23, 2024, 5 p.m. 
  • Students interested in Theme and Special Interest housing should apply between October 17, 2023 - January 23, 2024.
  • Students with documented disabilities can apply for housing accommodations; the deadline for rising sophomores is January 23, 2024. Please visit the StAAR Center for more information 
    • Rising sophomores are required to live on campus for their sophomore year. All eligible rising sophomores are required to complete an application.
    • Sophomore students whose fourth semester of their housing residency requirement is in the Fall of 2024, and who took leave from the University, will be offered the option to apply to campus housing for the full academic year or live off-campus.
    • Students who took leave from the University for a full year will be considered to be their appropriately associated class year per their re-entry to the University. 
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued in mid-February 2024 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 in late February- early March 2024 (based on their group formation day). See below for more details.
  • Selection dates will be based on the On-Campus Housing Selection Calendar.

Two-Year Residency Requirement

  • First-Year students are required to live on campus for the equivalent of four semesters in University-sponsored housing.
  • Transfer students coming in as the equivalent of a sophomore student are not guaranteed to live on-campus for their full first year at Tufts but may be offered space as available.
  • In the case of a student who studies abroad through a Tufts-approved program during their sophomore year, that semester counts as a 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 2024-25 

Housing Applications Available

  • Rising Sophomore students are required to remain on campus to comply with the residency requirement. Rising sophomores who fail to complete their application prior to this deadline will be issued a housing application via the Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Special Theme Housing

  • Students wishing to reside in a special interest, theme, or identity-based house should apply through the housing portal between October 17 at 12 p.m. through January 23, 2024, at 5 p.m. Students who are accepted will have their housing assignments finalized by early February and will have completed the housing lottery process. For more information on special interest and theme housing, please visit that section of our website to review the options.
  • Students who have been accepted into Theme/Special Interest (TSI) will be placed in available housing in March in order to complete necessary placements for any students who are in need of particular housing accommodations.

Options for Rising Sophomores

Buildings for rising sophomores are subject to change, however, the below breakdown of room types will be available during housing selection.
 
Sophomore residence hall locations will be determined in the coming months and updated on this page. Please check back for more information.
 
  • 10-person suites (2 singles and 4 doubles)
  • 10-person apartments (4 singles and 2 doubles)*
  • 6-person apartments (4 singles and 1 double)
  • Quads*
  • Triples
  • Doubles
  • Singles

*Not all 10-person apartments or quad spaces are set up in the same way throughout the buildings.

Housing Application & Selection Timelines

Rising Juniors/Seniors

  • October 17 – Housing applications open for general and theme communities 
  • November 6 – Housing applications close for juniors and seniors at 5:00 p.m.
  • November 6 - Deadline for rising juniors and seniors with documented disabilities to apply for housing accommodations (visit the StAAR Center for more information)
  • November 15 – Rising junior and senior lottery numbers are distributed
  • November 15 - 22 - Accommodation Assignments 
  • November 28 – Sophia Gordon group formation – 4-person and 6-person groups 
  • November 29 & 30 – CoHo group formation – various sizes 
  • December 1 – 3- & 4-person group formation 
  • December 4 – Sophia Gordon housing selection 
  • December 5 – CoHo housing selection 
  • December 6 – 3- & 4-person housing selection 
  • December 7 – General housing selection 
  • December 8 - Priority Deadline to join the housing waitlist
  • December 13 - Waitlist Numbers issued

 

Theme/Special Interest Communities, FSL Housing & RA Applicants

The following information applies to all undergraduate continuing students.

  • January 23, 2024 - Housing Application Closes including Theme/Special Interest Communities and Greek Housing
  • February 16 - RA positions offered to qualified candidates
  • February 21 - RA acceptances due
  • February 26 - Theme/Special Interest Community Placement offers distributed
  • February 26 - March 1 - Fraternity and Sorority Housing Selection
  • March 1 - Theme/Special Interest Community Acceptances due by 5 p.m.
  • March 4- 8 - Theme/Special Interest Community Accommodation Placements
  • March 11 - 15 - Theme/Special Interest Community Housing Selection

*Housing applications for students who are interested in living in theme, special interest, or fraternity/sorority housing is available to all students to apply, even those with a waitlist number. 

Students who elect to live in a theme/special interest community or in Greek housing will have completed the process and will no longer need to participate in the housing selection process. Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers for those who have accepted placement will be nullified.

Rising Sophomores

  • January 23 - Housing Application closes for Sophomores, Theme & Special Interest Communities, Greek Housing
  • January 23  – Deadline for rising sophomores with documented disabilities to apply for housing accommodations (visit the StAAR Center for more information)
  • February 9 - Rising Sophomore Lottery Numbers distributed
  • February 9 – March 22 – Housing Accommodation meetings for rising sophomores
  • March 24 - March 29 - Sophomore housing group formation
    • March 24 at 9 p.m. - March 25 at 3 p.m.  – 10-person group formation
    • March 25 at 9 p.m. - March 26 at 3 p.m. – 6-person group formation
    • March 26 at 9 p.m. - March 27 at 3 p.m. – Singles group formation
    • March 27 at 9 p.m. - March 28 at 3 p.m. – Triple & Quad group formations
    • March 28 at 9 p.m. - March 29 at 3 p.m. Doubles group formation

Housing selection hours begin depending on your confirmed lottery placement (if you were approved for a group) and/or lottery number. 

Estimated Housing Selection Timeline

  • April 1 - 10-person housing selection
  • April 2 - 6-person housing selection
  • April 3 - Quads & Singles housing selection
  • April 4 - Triples & Doubles housing selection
  • April 5 - General housing selection