All resident students who are interested in returning to on-campus housing must participate in an "opt-in" process. The entire process is facilitated within CaneLink, the University’s web-based information portal. Resident students can indicate their interest in continuing to live on campus in either suite-style or apartment-style accommodations. The opt-in period for 2015-2016 housing will run from January 23 through February 6. Results of the opt-in process (and whether a lottery is necessary) will be announced in CaneLink on February 16. Residents selected via the opt-in process (and subsequent lottery if needed) would then proceed with the on-line sign-up via CaneLink in late March following spring break.

Current residents of University Village as well as private single rooms in Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson Colleges at the time of the opt-in period will be guaranteed selection in the lottery as long as they participate in the opt-in process to confirm their interest in returning to the same housing assignment for 2015-2016 and complete the sign-up process following spring break.

Students who recently left on-campus housing at the end of the fall 2014 semester to go on a study abroad experience during the spring 2015 semester do not participate in the opt-in or lottery process. Their housing arrangements to return to on-campus accommodations are facilitated on an individual basis with the assignments staff in the Department of Housing and Residential Life office.

Those not selected in the possible lottery may also apply for on-campus housing as early as February 16 and they will be placed on a waiting list with priority placement. As spaces become available later in the spring semester following the conclusion of housing sign-up, they will be contacted individually. Though each year is different, in prior years all resident students not selected in the lottery who applied to the housing waiting list were eventually assigned to on-campus housing…many prior to the end of the spring semester.

2015-2016 Housing Opt-In & Lottery Process Timeline

Resident students “opt in” via CaneLink...January 23-February 6

“Results” of Opt-in Process & Lottery (if needed) via CaneLink...February 16

Housing Sign-Up tutorial & appointment times made available via CaneLink...February 16

First day that the opt-in residents who were not selected in the lottery can apply for housing and go on the waiting list...February 16