Housing Application, Deadlines/Timelines, and Lottery Information

Below is information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning student for the 2023-2024 academic year. Information for the 2024-2025 academic year will be sent out during the Fall 2023 semester.

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

Quick Notes!

Housing Applications for 2023-2024 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 2023-2024. 
  • 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 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 2900. Students living in the Hyatt Hotel have been granted lottery numbers between 1000 and 1099.  

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.
  • For the 2021-2022 academic year ONLY: Students who were remote for one or both semesters during the 2021-2022 academic year will have their remote status count towards their residency requirement. Students on leave for any part of the year will not have the leave semester(s) count towards their residency requirement. Students on leave for the full 2021-22 academic year will return to campus according to their class standing. (For Example: a student who took a gap year (leave) for their sophomore year would return to campus as a sophomore and thus be required to live on campus. A student who was remote for their sophomore year will have remote semesters count as a normal part of the residency requirement.)

 

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.

Webinars

Watch the recording of the November 1 webinar: On- and Off-Campus Housing for Rising Juniors and Seniors.

Watch the recording of the November 8 webinar: On-Campus Housing Applications & Selection for Rising Sophomores.

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.

General Information

Housing Application and Selection Process - New Changes for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Rising Juniors and Seniors who are interested in living on campus in the 2023-2024 academic year will need to apply for the chance to receive a lottery number between October 17, 2022, and November 6, 2022. 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 continue to do so until the application close deadline of January 20, 2023. Theme and Special Interest housing is a separate process from the lottery/ waitlist and will run slightly separately.
  • 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 at 12 p.m. through January 20, 2023, 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. 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 February in order to complete necessary placements for any students who are in need of particular housing accommodations.

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
  • 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 - 4 Apartments Available
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • 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(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for a reduced meal plan
  • 10 Winthrop (3-person apartments) two 3-Person Apartments Available
  • 9-11 Sunset (3-person apartments) 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, and Capen St 
    • 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
    • 2 eight-person units
    • 3 seven-person units
    • 1 six-person unit
    • 3 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 2023-2024 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal from October 17 at 12 p.m. to January 20, 2023, at 5 p.m. Students interested in Theme and Special Interest housing should be sure to apply from October 17 through January 20, 2023.
    • Rising Sophomores are required to live on campus for their sophomore year. All eligible rising Sophomores are required to complete an application.
    • Students who took leave from the University for one (1) semester 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 2023 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 2023 (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.
  • For the 2021-2022 academic year ONLY: Students who were remote for one or both semesters during the 2021-2022 academic year will have their remote status count towards their residency requirement. Students on leave for any part of the year will not have the leave semester(s) count towards their residency requirement. Students on leave for the full 2021-22 academic year will return to campus according to their class standing. (For Example: a student who took a gap year (leave) for their sophomore year would return to campus as a sophomore and thus be required to live on campus. A student who was remote for their sophomore year will have remote semesters count as a normal part of the residency requirement.)

On-Campus Housing Lottery Calendar 2023-24 

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 20, 2023, 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 February in order to complete necessary placements for any students who are in need of particular housing accommodations.

 

Residence Hall Options for Rising Sophomores

The following types of spaces are available per building:
*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
  • Wren Hall - Sophomore Residence Hall - No Elevator Access, Communal Bathrooms
    • 10-person suites (2 singles and 4 doubles) - 14 total 10-Person Suites
  • Haskell - Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • 10-person suites (4 doubles and 2 singles) - 11 total 10-Person Suites
    • Non-suite style triples
  • Hillside Apartments – Multiple class years (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)  - No elevator access, Students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
    • 6-person suites (4 singles and 1 double) - reserved for sophomores, 23 Apartments Available
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for a reduced meal plan
    • 10-person suites (6 singles and 2 doubles) - reserved for sophomores, 5 Apartments Available
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Not 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
    • 10-person suites ( Seven Apartments are 6 singles and 2 doubles, Three Apartments are 4 singles and 3 doubles) - reserved for sophomores
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Not eligible for a reduced meal plan
    • 6-person suite (4 singles and 1 double) - reserved for sophomores - 1 Apartment Available
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for a reduced meal plan
  • Stratton Hall – Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • Limited number of singles - 2 Singles
    • Triples - 13 Triples
    • Doubles - 41 Doubles
  • Lewis Hall - Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • Singles - 75 Singles
    • Doubles - 60 Doubles
    • Triples - 5 Triples
  • Harleston – Sophomore Residence Hall - Elevator access, single-use bathrooms (toilets and showers) throughout the residence hall
    • Singles - 56 Singles
    • Doubles - 161 Doubles
    • Triple - 1 Triple

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 11:59 PM 
  • November 14 – Rising junior and senior lottery numbers are distributed (This date was changed from Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day holiday)
  • 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 5 – Sophia Gordon housing selection 
  • December 6 – CoHo housing selection 
  • December 7 – 3- & 4-person housing selection 
  • December 8 – General housing selection 

*Housing applications for students who are interested in living in theme, special interest, or fraternity/sorority housing is still available to all students to apply, even those with a waitlist number. These applications will close on January 20, 2023.

Rising Sophomores

  • January 20 - Housing Application closes for Sophomores, Theme & Special Interest Communities, Greek Housing
  • February 27 – March 3 – Group Formation
    • February 27 – 10-person group formation
    • February 28 – 6-person group formation
    • March 1 – Singles group formation
    • March 2 – Triple & Quad group formations
    • March 3 Doubles group formation
  • March 6 – March 10 – Housing Selection
    • March 6 – 10-person housing selection
    • March 7 – 6-person housing selection
    • March 8 – Singles & Quad housing selection
    • March 9 – Triple & Double housing selection
    • March 10 – General housing selection (all remaining students)