Application and Lottery Information

Below is full information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning student for the 2019 – 2020 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 2019-2020 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal from November 30th at 12 p.m. to December 14th 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 14th 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 impact your lottery number.
  • 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 14th 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 14th.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued by December 18th, 2018 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 2019-2020. 
  • Lottery Numbers: All rising Sophomores are given a lottery number. 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: 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 100 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 (all ranges approximate)
    • 5th Year Seniors: 1 - 24 (number 1 is best possible number)
    • Rising Seniors: 25 - 350 (approximate range) 
    • Rising Juniors: 351 - 550  (approximate range) 
    • Rising Sophomores: 1001 - 2550 (1001 is best possible rising sophomore number)
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.  

On-Campus Housing Lottery Calendar 2019-2020

Housing Applications Available
  •   November 30 (10 a.m.) – December 14 (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
  • November 29th: All Special Theme Housing Applications Due. Students interested in living in a special themed house should visit that section of our website to review the options.

  • Students interested in Special Theme Housing MUST also complete an on-campus housing application between November 30th and December 14th at 5 p.m. to be eligible.

Sophia Gordon Selection (Seniors Only)
  • February 25, 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.: Group Formation Day (4-person groups).

  • February 25, 6 p.m.: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.

  • March 11 (10am - 1pm): Sophia Gordon Selection Day.

Community Housing (CoHo)
  • February 26, 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.: Group Formation Day (group sizes vary).

  • February 26, 6 p.m.: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.

  • March 11 (10am - 1pm): CoHo Selection Day.

Upper-class Apartment Selection (Juniors/Seniors)
  • February 27 & 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Group Formation Days for Upper-class Apartment Selection (3-4 person {February 27} and 6-person apartments {February 28}).

  • February 27 & 28: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups (3-4 person on February 27; 6 person on February 28).

  • March 13 (10am - 3pm): Upper-class Apartment Selection (Group Day). Students must completely FILL the apartment they are selecting.

  • March 13 (10am - 3pm): 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
  • March 1 - 7: Group Formation Days for Rising Sophomore Selection.
  • March 1 - 7: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 25 (10am - 3pm): Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Selection (Group Day). Student will completely FILL the suite/apartment they are selecting (10 person groups).
  • March 27 (9am-3pm): Rising Sophomore Singles Selection.
  • March 28 (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 25 (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 26 (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 27 (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 28 (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)
  • March 1 (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 4 (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 5 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for West or Lewis Quads 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 6 (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Stratton, Carpenter or West Hall Triples can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • March 7 (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Stratton, Carpenter, West, Lewis, 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)

  • Carpenter House (singles, doubles, triples)

  • 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)