Application and Lottery Information

Below is information about housing and options for living on campus as a returning student for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

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

Interested in learning more about Housing Selection?

Information sessions about the selection process will be available in mid-late February 2021. Check back for more information on the specific dates and zoom information.

*For information about Off-Campus Housing, be sure to visit our Off Campus housing page and contact offcampusinfo@tufts.edu for more information or assistance.

General Information

Housing Application & Selection Process
  • All students interested in living on campus in 2021-2022 will apply for housing via the Housing Portal from December 7th at 12 p.m. to January 29th 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 January 29th 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.
    • 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. 
    • For the 2020-2021 academic year ONLY: Students who were remote for one or both semesters during the 2020-2021 academic year will have their remote status count towards their residency requirement. 
  • 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 January 29th 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 January 29th.
  • Lottery numbers and waitlist numbers will be issued in early February 2021 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 March 15, 2021 - March 26, 2021 (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 housing assignment for 2021-2022. 
  • 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 housing to a number of students on the waitlist between April - July. If you are given a waitlist number, you will be updated regularly to your status/likelihood of receiving on-campus housing.
  • Lottery Number Ranges: In all of the ranges noted, the lowest number selects earliest in the process within each class year's group. Rising seniors (including fifth year seniors) have been assigned lottery numbers between 1 and 300. Rising juniors have been assigned lottery numbers between 500 and 2000. Rising sophomores have been assigned lottery numbers between 2500 and higher.  
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 full 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.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year ONLY: Students who were remote for one or both semesters during the 2020-2021 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 2020-21 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 2021-22

Housing Applications Available
  • Please complete a housing application to apply for a housing lottery number for Fall 2021-Spring 2022. The application will close on January 29th at 5 PM and all applications* received afterwards will be added to the wait-list. 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 December 7, 2020 through January 2, 2021. Students who are accepted will have their housing assignments finalized by January 29, 2021 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 & Juniors Only for 2021-2022)
  • March 14, 2021 9:00PM - March 15, 2021 4:00 pm): Group Formation Day (4 and 6-person groups).
  • March 15, 2021 (6 pm): Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 22, 2021 (10am - 1pm): Sophia Gordon Selection Day.
Community Housing (CoHo; Seniors and Juniors only)
  • March 15, 2021 9:00PM - March 16, 2021 4:00PM): Group Formation Day (group sizes vary).
  • March 16, 2021 (6:00PM): Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 23, 2021 (10:00AM - 1:00PM): CoHo Selection Day.
Rising Junior/Senior Apartment Selection
  • March 16, 2021 9:00PM - March 17, 2021 4:00PM): Group Formation Day (6 person apartments). Lottery timeslots will be emailed to students/groups on the evening of each group formation day.

  • March 17, 2021 9:00PM - March 18, 2021 4:00PM): Group Formation Day (3 & 4 person apartments). Lottery timeslots will be emailed to students/groups on the evening of each group formation day. 

  • March 18, 2021 9:00PM - March 19, 2021 4:00PM: Group Formation Day (6 person apartments). NEW - For Juniors pulling sophomores into groups. Hillsides Apartments

  • March 23, 2021: Upper-class Apartment Selection (6 person apartment groups). Students must completely FILL the apartment they are selecting.

  • March 24, 2021: Upper-class Apartment Selection (3 & 4 person apartment groups). Students must completely FULL the apartment they are selected. 

  • March 25, 2021: Upper-class General Selection Day. Students who are not in a group but have an assigned lottery number can select from any bed space available in the general selection period, even if this means partially filling a room. 

  • March 26, 2021: NEW Juniors pulling Sophomores into Apartment Selection (6 person apartment groups). Students must completely FILL the apartment they are selecting.

Rising Sophomore Selection
  • March 22 - 26, 2021: Group Formation Days for Rising Sophomore Selection.
  • March 22 - 26, 2021: Lottery Timeslots are emailed to students/groups.
  • March 29, 2021 (10am - 3pm): Rising Sophomore Suite/Apartment Selection (Group Day). Student will completely FILL the suite/apartment they are selecting (8 & 10 person groups).
  • March 30, 2021 (10am - 3pm): Rising Sophomore Singles Selection.
  • March 31, 2021 (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomore 6 & 4 person room selection.
  • April 1, 2021 (10am - 4pm): Rising Sophomore Triples and Doubles Selection.
  • April 2, 2021 (10am-4pm): Rising Sophomore General Selection.

Group Formation Days

Sophia Gordon
  • March 14, 2021 9:00PM - March 15, 2021 4:00PM): 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.
Community Housing (CoHo)
  • March 15, 2021 9:00PM - March 16, 2021 4:00PM): 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.
  • Unfilled CoHo spaces will be open during General Housing Selection for Juniors and Seniors. (For example, if no groups form for a particular CoHo size available, that CoHo space will be opened during General Selection. Groups who formed for other sized CoHo units will have their groups removed and will be able to re-form groups for different spaces available, or select during General Selection.)
3, 4, & 6 Person Groups (Rising Juniors & Seniors)
  • March 16, 2021 9:00PM - March 17, 2021 4:00PM): Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in forming 4 person groups for Latin Way or 6 person groups for Hillside Apartments can log into the Housing Portal and form their group.
  • MArch 17, 2021 9:00PM - March 18, 2021 4:00PM): Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in forming 3 person groups for 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.
8 & 10 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • March 21, 2021 9:00PM - March 22, 2021 9:00PM: Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for Wren, Haskell, Latin Way or Hillsides 8-person and 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.

Sophomore Singles Lottery
  • March 22, 2021 9:00PM - March 23, 2021 4:00PM: 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. Studentshave the entire 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify their group of 1.
4 & 6 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • March 23, 2021 9:00PM - March 24, 2021 4:00PM: Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for four and six person rooms and 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.

2 & 3 Person Groups (Rising Sophomores)
  • March 24, 2021 9:00PM - March 25, 2021 4:00PM): Rising Sophomores interested in forming groups for triples or 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 9:00PM to 4:00PM window to form/verify.

Residence Hall Options by Class Year

Rising Sophomores 

The following types of spaces are available per building:

  • Special Interest and Theme Houses
  • Wren Hall - Sophomore Residence Hall - No Elevator Access, Communal Bathrooms
    • 10-person suites (2 singles and 4 doubles)
  • Haskell - Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • 10-person suites (4 doubles and 2 singles)
    • 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
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for reduced meal plan
    • 10-person suites (6 singles and 2 doubles) - reserved for sophomores
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Not eligible for 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 ( most are 6 singles and 2 doubles, one is 4 singles and 3 doubles) - reserved for sophomores
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Not eligible for reduced meal plan
    • 8-person suite (4 singles and 2 doubles) - reserved for sophomores
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Not eligible for reduced meal plan
    • 6-person suite (4 singles and 1 double) - reserved for sophomores
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for reduced meal plan
  • Stratton Hall – Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • Limited number of singles
    • Triples
    • Doubles
  • West Hall - Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • Limited number of Singles
    • Doubles
    • Triples
    • Quads (two doubles with adjoining common space)
  • Lewis Hall - Sophomore Residence Hall - No elevator access, communal bathrooms
    • Singles
    • Doubles
    • Triples
    • Two 3-person apartments (6 total beds) -  students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • Kitchen
        • Eligible for reduced meal plan
  • Harleston – Sophomore Residence Hall - Elevator access, single-use bathrooms (toilets and showers) throughout the residence hall
    • Singles
    • Doubles
    • Triple
Rising Juniors and Seniors
  • Special Interest and Theme Houses
  • Sophia Gordon Apartments (Seniors Only) – Elevator access,  Students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
    • 4-person apartments
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • Kitchen
        • Eligible for reduced meal plan
    • 6-person apartments
      • In-apartment bathroom
      • Kitchen
        • Eligible for reduced meal plan
  • Hillside Apartments – Multiple Class Years (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) - No elevator access, Students responsible for cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and common space
    • 6-person apartments (4 singles and 1 double)
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for 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)
      • In-apartment bathroom(s)
      • Kitchen - Eligible for reduced meal plan
  • Harleston – Multiple Class Years (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) – Elevator access, single-use bathrooms (toilets and showers) throughout the residence hall
    • Singles for juniors/seniors
  • 10 Winthrop (3-person apartments)
  • 9-11 Sunset (3-person apartments)
  • CoHo - Various configurations (please see CoHo page for more details)
    • All units are single occupancy rooms with Full-size mattress, shared common space, kitchen, and single-use bathrooms
    • Community laundry located in the basements of 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 units
    • 3 five-person units
    • 6 four-person units
    • 4 three-person units