Housing Selection FAQ

General Housing Questions
How do I know which Housing Selection Night to attend?

Statuses are based solely on credits, not on whether you are graduating, or how many years you have been at Simmons. Transfer credits are included; however AP credits are not. Your credits/status will reflect current classes taken this current Spring semester. The class statuses are:

  • Status 1: 87 or more credits Rising Seniors
  • Status 2: 57-86 credits Rising Juniors
  • Status 3: 27-56 credits Rising Sophomores
  • Status 4: 26 or fewer credits 2nd Semester First-Years

How do my number of credits reflect my lottery number? Does a better GPA mean a better lottery number?

The lottery numbers are divided by class status. These statuses are determined by a specific number of credits. The number of credits you have will categorize everybody into four statuses: rising seniors, rising juniors, rising sophomores, and second semester first-years. Once you are fit into a status, the lottery numbers are assigned at random. For example, if the number of credits you have is on the higher end of the range it does not necessarily mean you will have a better lottery number. Higher GPAs are not reflective of better lottery numbers.


What if the credits emailed to me are not the actual number of credits I have?

If there are any discrepancies in the number of credits that were emailed to you, contact the Registrar's Office at 617-521-2111 as soon as possible to resolve the matter!


When will I receive my lottery card?

Your lottery card should be delivered to your campus mailbox during the first week of April. You will not receive a lottery card if you have a business hold on your account or if your deposit is below $250. The Office of Residence Life will contact you if you fall into one of those categories. Once you clear your hold, bring a receipt to the Office of Residence Life to receive your lottery card.


Who receives priority lottery numbers?

You will receive a priority lottery number if you fill out the Returning Student Housing Application by Sunday, March 26th, 2017. Students who miss the March 26th Priority Housing Application deadline will be placed on a waiting list and WILL NOT be guaranteed housing.


If my roommate (or suite-mate) has a better lottery card than I do, do I need to bring my lottery card to housing selection?

Yes, everyone participating in room selection will need to have their lottery card at the event. Groups of roommates and suite-mates can choose to use the lowest (best) number in their group to select a room. However, you should always be prepared to break into smaller groups if the suite you would like is no longer available. When a group breaks into smaller groups, each individual group will use the lowest (best) number within that group. For example, if everyone in your group were in status 2 and had the numbers 3, 27 (roommates) and 100, 256 (roommates) you would use 3 to select the four person suite you want. If there are no more suites and you decided to break up into two doubles, one double would use 3 and the other would use 100. Under no circumstances can you switch numbers with other people and after selecting on housing selection night roommate changes will not be considered until after the 2nd week of Fall semester.


How do I find a roommate?

Come to the Pair Fair on April 5th! There will be one in Simmons Hall from 7:00-8:00pm intended for second semester first-years and rising sophomores to find others to fill their room or suite. For upperclass students or students unable to attend the Pair Fair, you can also join the Roommate Matching Page on Facebook!


What if I want to see what the rooms in the other halls look like?

The Office of Residence Life has solicited students to provide short video tours of their rooms. We have collected video tours from every type of room and in every hall! Please visit our Stormy Shark YouTube Channel to check them out! Students interested in seeing potential rooms for next year should try to visit rooms during the day or early evening and asking residents politely for a peek.


How do I find out more about Special Interest Housing & Theme Communities?

Residence Staff members from the Office of Residence Life will be tabling in Bartol Hall every week from March 28th through Housing Selection. Each night of tabling, current and/or future RAs will be present to answer questions, and provide brochures that are specific to Theme Communities. If you're interested in Special Interest housing or a Theme Community, you must fill out an additional Special Interest Housing or a Theme Community Application by March 31st which will be sent to all students who complete the Priority Housing Application. Currently we are only able to fill 50% of Special Interest and Theme communities with returning students in order to guarantee space for incoming first-year students.


What does my Housing Selection number mean?

Your Housing Selection number will contain two very important numbers: your status number and your number within your status group. For example, students will be assigned a status (1-4), and an actual lottery number, both of which will be indicated on your lottery card.


If I have lottery card number 27 in Status 2 does it mean I am the #27 person in line on Junior Housing Selection Night?

Having lottery card 27 doesn't necessarily mean that you will be 27th person in line. There are several reasons that this is not a "hard number." You can never predict how many students will be "pulled up" to other room selection nights. Some junior students will attend senior selection with their friends and be pulled up into rooms and suites. Some students have also already chosen rooms in Special Interest or Theme Communities, or were assigned rooms through the Special Housing Accommodations. So in the end, it is too hard to predict exactly where you will fall in the line until you are actually here that night. Just plan ahead and be prepared for anything!


What do I need to bring to housing selection?

You need to bring your lottery card and your Simmons ID. If you are a proxy for someone, you will also need to have their lottery card.


What if I can't come to housing selection on the set date for my status level?

Complete a proxy form and give your lottery card to your proxy, who will be attending the Housing Selection Night. They can then pick a room for you. (Please see below for more questions regarding being a proxy.)


What if I am a current student at Simmons and want to live with an incoming first year student?

The Housing Selection process is only for current Simmons College students; therefore if you want to live with a incoming first-year student, you will select your room as if you are a student without a roommate. During the summer when housing assignments are completed for first year students, we can place that student in the extra space in your room. Because during the room process you will be seen as a student without a roommate, you will have to go to the "back of the line" in your class status. This means you choose after everyone else in your status, but before the next status. Buildings in which you can choose to live with a first-year roommate include: Simmons, Mesick, Morse, or South. Please note that the student you want to live with must also note on their housing application that they want to room with you.


What if I can't fill an entire room or suite?

If you do not have enough people to complete a room or suite, you will have to go to the end of the line during your status' selection time. Any students that can completely fill the room or suite will have priority over those that cannot. Once you pick a room, anybody can choose to fill that vacancy thereafter without your consent.


How does it work if I want to live with someone with a lower (or higher) status than me?

For rising juniors and sophomores, you may still pull up any student you wish to be your roommate and use your lottery number. For rising seniors, please read below for additional details.


How does Senior Selection policy work?

While it is still possible for seniors to pull up someone a class year or more below them, the order of selection will be determined by the class level of both roommates or suitemates:

  • 1st Rising Seniors + Rising Seniors
  • 2nd Rising Seniors + Rising Juniors
  • 3rd Rising Seniors + Rising Sophomores
  • 4th Rising Seniors + 2nd sem. First Years
  • 5th Rising Senior Partial Fills
Proxy and Study Abroad Housing Questions

What if I have work, am abroad, or have class during my Housing Selection Night?

In this situation, you must find someone you trust to act as a proxy for you. In addition to filling out the Housing Application by the priority deadline, you must fill out a Proxy Application, which can be found on our website at simmons.edu/housingselection (applications will be available around Spring Break). The person you select as a proxy will attend Housing Selection for you - you will need to make sure that they have your lottery card as well as a list of your housing preferences. If you are abroad and cannot pick up your lottery card yourself, please have your proxy pick it up at the Office of Residence Life. If you do not designate a proxy, the Office of Residence Life will place you in a room after Housing Selection based on the preferences you outline in your Housing Application.


What happens if I don't fill out a proxy form before the selection night? What if my proxy doesn't have my lottery card?

Without the proxy application AND lottery card, the individual you selected will not be able to participate for you. They will only be able to participate for themselves. After Housing Selection, the Office of Residence Life would select a room on your behalf. As you can see, it is very important for you to fill out the proxy form before housing selection, and that your lottery card gets picked up by your proxy prior to Selection Night.


What if I am a "proxy" for a student who currently lives on campus?

The person you will be a proxy for must first fill out an online proxy form, which you can find on our website. Once they fill this out, you will need to bring your friend's lottery card to the proper Selection Night. If the person is currently living on campus and simply cannot attend selection, you should pick it up from them directly. If the person is currently abroad, their lottery card will be available at the Office of Residence Life.


How do room assignments work if I am or plan to be abroad during the fall? Do I participate in Housing Selection?

If you are studying abroad during the fall semester, you will not participate in housing selection. Instead, you will state your intent to withdraw from housing for the fall semester (see below). You can coordinate housing options with friends if there will be a vacancy in their room following your return to campus (see below). If you go abroad in the fall and do not have a room in mind to move into when you return, then the Office of Residence Life will match you up based on the preferences listed on your housing application.


Why do I have to withdraw from housing?

We ask you to withdraw from housing so that we can put your housing deposit of $250 on hold. You must fill out the online withdrawal form by the deadline, or your deposit will be forfeited. If you plans change and you need to have on-campus housing, the hold will be removed and you can fill out an application for fall housing.


Can my roommate hold my space in my room for me while I am abroad?

Rooms cannot be held for roommates studying abroad, so you will have to find a roommate for the semester you come back. For instance, if Amari is living on campus all year, and Jaden is studying abroad in the fall but wants live with Amari when they return to campus in the spring, Jaden and Amari could find someone who is studying abroad in the spring or graduating early. That way, Jaden knows there will be an empty bed in Amari's room in the spring, and Amari can request that Jaden fill that space.


Can I still go through Housing Selection if I have not been accepted to my program yet?

Yes, you may. In order to do this, you must fill out the Housing Application AND the withdrawal application. You must select "pending study abroad." If you do both of these things before the advertised priority deadline, you will be given the same lottery number that you would have received if you had not indicated a desire to withdraw from housing in the fall. If you do then get accepted to your program, please contact our office immediately. Please note that, in that case, your roommate would be left with a vacancy in their room, to which the Office of Residence Life would assign someone.


If I am returning from a Leave of Absence (LOA), where do I fall in the housing selection process? How do I get my lottery number?

All LOA and study abroad students should fill out an electronic application, send in a $250 housing deposit (unless they already have one on file), and complete the online proxy form indicating who will be their proxy. All study abroad and LOA students will be assigned a lottery number at random within the status they belong to based on credits. Your proxy should pick up your lottery number at the Office of Residence Life before the night of the selection.


What happens if I don't fill out a proxy form before the selection night or don't have the lottery card for a student who is not present at Housing Selection?

Without the proxy application you cannot select a room for that person. This means that you will be asked to go to the back of the line within your status to choose with other students who cannot fill an entire room. As you can see, it is VERY important for you to fill out the correct proxy forms before housing selection!

Graduate Housing Questions
I am a graduating senior interested in living on campus as a graduate student. Which housing selection process do I participate in?

At this time, we are not offering housing for any incoming graduate students.  We encourage incoming graduate students to look for housing off-campus as soon as you have accepted admission to Simmons.

If you are a part of the 3 + 1 program and have only lived on campus for 3 years, you will be considered a rising senior and will be able to select housing during rising senior selection.

Senior Housing Selection

Senior Selection is changed to better serve our seniors on campus. The new process is explained below. Please feel free to send any questions about this process to reslife@simmons.edu and we will make sure to add to our FAQ so that others can receive information as well.

SENIOR SELECTION FAQ

Why did Senior Selection change in 2015-2016?

Rising seniors shared concerns that housing options were limited for them because many other rising seniors were pulling up sophomores and juniors into Evans & Smith suites. Spring 2014 survey results and conversations with rising seniors (current juniors) have encouraged us to reconsider how senior selection runs. In March 2015 we surveyed rising seniors and asked them how we should change selection. The majority of respondents told us they wanted seniors who live with seniors to get preference in the selection process.


How does Senior Selection work?

While it is still possible for seniors to pull up someone a class year or more below them, the order of selection will be determined by the class level of both roommates or suitemates:

  • 1st Rising Seniors + Rising Seniors
  • 2nd Rising Seniors + Rising Juniors
  • 3rd Rising Seniors + Rising Sophomores
  • 4th Rising Seniors + 2nd sem. First Years
  • 5th Rising Senior Partial Fills

Will there be any changes to the process of the other housing selection nights?

No. At this point in time we are only changing the rising senior selection night. For rising juniors and rising sophomores, you will be able to “pull up” any student as your roommate regardless of class year.


For rising seniors, if I have a low lottery number and I decide to pull in a junior, how will I be affected by the new process?

When you arrive at housing selection, we will line up rising seniors who are pulling up rising seniors first. The students in that group will be lined up based on the best (lowest) number. So if you are a rising senior who has lottery card #1 and choose to “pull up”a rising junior, you will be first in line when we call up all rising seniors with rising junior roommates. All students who are pulling up rising senior roommate, or who are choosing single rooms will select before you.


How does it work if I want to live with someone with a lower (or higher) status than me in a room or suite?

You will attend the housing selection night for the person in your group who has the lowest lottery number of the highest status. If, for example, you are a rising senior and want to room with three rising juniors in a suite, all four of you will attend the rising senior Housing Selection and select with the rising senior's lottery number. In this scenario, the senior would select in the 2nd group on rising senior selection night (Rising Seniors + Rising Juniors). Please remember that even if you aren't using the other three lottery cards to select the room you must have all three cards with you at room selection night.


What if I can't fill an entire room or suite?

Any students that can completely fill the room or suite will have priority over those that cannot. If you do not have enough people to complete a room or suite, you will have to go to the end of the line at room selection. This means you will choose your room after all of the rising seniors that will pull up rising seniors, rising juniors, and rising sophomores and can fill a room or suite. Once you pick a room, anybody can choose to fill that vacancy thereafter without your consent, although you can let us know if you have someone in mind for the room or want someone to fill the space randomly. We’ll mark the room to let other people who select after you know your hopes, however, the room or suite is free to be chosen by anyone during the returning housing selection nights


What if I can't come to housing selection on the set date for my status level?

Complete a proxy form and give your lottery card to your proxy, who will be attending the Housing Selection Night. They can then pick a room for you.