Process and Timeline

In order to participate in the selection, you will need to have a $250 housing deposit on file in Student Financial Services. This deposit should already be on file if you currently live on campus; however, it is used to pay for charges associated with lost or unreturned keys, or damages to your room. If this deposit falls below $250, repayment of the difference will be necessary to participate in the housing selection. 

Students returning from study abroad or a leave of absence (LOA) most likely have a deposit on file, while students that withdrew to live off campus will most likely need to submit a new deposit. However, due to the fewer number of available spaces on campus for 2019-2020, commuter students who have been placed on the housing waitlist will not need to place a housing deposit unless they have been assigned and accepted a space on campus. Please contact SFS at 617-521-2001 if you are unsure of your deposit amount.

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.

The class statuses for housing selection are:

Status 187 or more creditsRising Seniors
Status 257-86 creditsRising Juniors
Status 327-56 creditsRising Sophomores
Status 426 or fewer credits2nd Semester 1st years

Please note: Residents that are seeking to live in Theme Communities must complete the Theme Community Application by Friday, March 20th at 11:59pm. All applicants will be notified no later than March 31st of the status in the community. All selected members must attend Theme Community Housing Selection on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:00pm.

It is important to remember that statuses correspond to your Selection night. Statuses are based solely on credits and 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 Spring 2020. Once a student has been placed in a status level, all numbers within that status are assigned at random. Students who fill out the undergraduate housing application by March 17th will be issued lottery numbers for selection. 

Updates of open rooms will be posted online after each housing selection night. For example, all available rooms left after rising senior housing selection will be posted online the next day.

Please note that the Housing Application 2020-2021, Request to Withdraw from Housing 2020-2021, and Theme Community Applications, and Proxy Application will go live by March 2, 2020.

Housing Selection Deadlines

  • March 17, 2020 at 11:59pm — Deadline to submit application in order to receive a priority lottery number for 2020-2021 Housing Selection. If you are planning to study abroad for the Fall 2020 semester, but have not yet been accepted into a program, you may select housing as usual with the expectation that   you will promptly inform the Office of Residence Life of your acceptance into a program for the fall. 
  • March 17, 2020 at 11:59pm — Deadline for requesting withdrawal from housing for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you are planning to apply to study abroad for the Fall 2020 semester, please submit a housing withdrawal form with "Pending Study Abroad" as your reason; a withdrawal will not be processed until you confirm with the Office of Residence Life that you will definitely be abroad in the fall
  • March 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm — Deadline for requesting an special accommodation for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • March 20th, 2020 at 11:59pm — Deadline to submit application in order to participate in Theme Community Selection Night: Wellness Community Application and Arts and Activism Application 
  • May 1, 2020 at 11:59pm — Deadline to inform the Office of Residence Life that your "Pending Study Abroad" has been confirmed and you will be withdrawing from housing in the fall

Please note: Students interested in Theme Communities must also complete the Returning Student Housing Selection application by March 17, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Information Sessions for Students

Especially for students new to the process!

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 — Quadside, Smith Hall, 7:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 — 1st Floor Lounge, Simmons Hall, 7:00-8:00pm

Information & Floor Plan Tabling

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Monday, April 6, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Monday, April 13, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 — Bartol Hall, 5:30-7:30pm

Pair Fair

Designed for second semester first-years and rising sophomores to find a roommate

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — Simmons Hall Lounge, 7:00-8:00pm

Housing Selection

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 — Alumnae Hall, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Theme Community - 6:00-7:00pm
  • Rising Seniors - 7:30-9:00pm

Thursday, April 16, 2020 — Alumnae Hall, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Rising Juniors - 6:00-7:00pm
  • Rising Sophomores/2nd Semester First-Years - 7:30-9:00 pm