Housing Selection

Welcome to Residence Life's Guide to Housing Selection. Below you will find general information about returning student housing selection, supplemented by the links to the left which include all of the information and resources you need prior to Housing Selection. 

Returning students interested in housing for the 2019-2020 academic year, please familiarize yourself with our process and make sure to meet all dates and deadlines (listed in process and timeline) to be eligible for a priority lottery number.

In the event that there are more students that want housing than available spaces, we will issue lottery cards based on class status and random lottery number generation. Students who did not receive a lottery number will be placed on a waitlist to be housed pending availability.

If you are a new student, the Incoming Student Housing Application is now live! Students who choose Simmons after April will be sent the application from Admissions as part of their welcome information.

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Need Help Finding a Roommate?

To find a roommate, come to the Pair Fair on March 13th! This will be in Simmons Hall from 7:00 to 8:00pm intended for rising sophomores and second semester first-years to find others to fill their room or suite. You can also join the Roommate Matching Page on Facebook!

If you do not find a roommate prior to Housing Selection, do not worry! Residence Life sets up a “Meet and Greet” table in Alumnae during Housing Selection to help those without a roommate match with someone.

Guide to Housing Selection

1. Review the Timeline, Application, and Process

Be sure to review the housing selection timeline, process, and application so you know what to do when, and you can be sure you've got everything you need when the time comes.

2. Check out the hall descriptions, photos, and room floor plans

With nine halls on the residence campus, over 350 rooms, and a variety of theme floors, there's a lot to choose from! You can check out the hall descriptions, facilities, photos, and room layouts and read more about theme communities.

Theme communities, special interest housing, and special needs accommodations are limited to certain floors and halls, so be sure to learn about all your options.

You can also drop by the Office of Residence Life on the second floor of the Health Center (94 Pilgrim Road) to view the full floor plans.

3. Find a Roommate (or two! or three!)

Those participating in room selection events without a roommate will choose a room only after paired occupants have already selected their spaces. This means it is to your advantage to come into room selection night with a roommate already chosen!

If you are looking for roommates, you can go to the Campus Life Facebook and join the Simmons University Roommate Matching Facebook group, or you can attend the Pair Fair. If you still don't have a roommate on room selection night, go to the "Meet and Greet" area for students still wanting to find roommates.

4. Attend a Housing Selection Event

Residence Life arranges several housing events in the spring to help you navigate housing selections, find a roommate or suite-mate, and view the halls and rooms.

Check the timeline and process for more information.

5. Fill out your application and submit it by the deadline

2019-2020 Housing Application

Wellness Theme Community Application

Arts and Activism Theme Community Application

6. Attend Housing Selection

There are several housing selection times and dates. Your time and date will depend on the number of credits you will have by the end of the spring semester. The class statuses for room selection 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 1st Years

Statuses are based solely on credits, not on whether you are graduating, or how many years you have been at Simmons or GPA. Transfer Credits are included; however, AP credits are not. Your credits/status will reflect current classes taken in Spring.

Lottery Card Statuses:

We find that it is helpful for students to determine where they stand within their class status by listing the number of cards in each status. Visit the availability page to see how many students are in each status.

Curious about what happens on Selection Night? Check out the Selection Night page to see a breakdown of the process

7. Move in!