Spring Housing for Returning Students

Housing requests for spring

Students are responsible for requesting housing for each semester of enrollment. This applies to both off-campus and on-campus housing. In particular, off-campus commuters must have written approval from Housing to reside (or continue residing) off-campus. The fact that a student may currently reside off-campus does not exempt that student from requesting and obtaining approval to reside off-campus for subsequent semesters. We must limit the number of students who reside off-campus, and when this limit is reached the Housing Director wil start a waitlist. See Requirements for Commuters.

A housing request is merely a request until it becomes a confirmed housing assignment by the Housing Office.

Overview for spring housing

While campus housing is usually quite full during the fall semester, there will be openings for incoming residents in the spring semester. Campus residents are surveyed in early November by RAs to determine if they will reserve their same space in the room, request a room change, or plan to vacate. Housing requests which are made by others (i.e. non-residents) are mostly handled by the Housing Office. In some cases, residents with an opening in their rooms may request (with their RDs) to have a specific student fill the opening. In the absence of a mutual-request to fill an opening, we would assign new, incoming transfers or students who are returning from away-abroad programs to openings. Returning students would be assigned according to class standing in the absence of mutual requests to fill openings. Completely open rooms are not available to current residents; they are held for groups of seniors who are returning from away-abroad.

Anticipate a full campus

It is normal for some to feel apprehensive about their spring housing assignment. This includes students who are returning to campus housing after being away-abroad in the fall, and current residents who have or will have openings in their rooms. We urge these two groups of students to fill openings in campus rooms by mutual request. If specific roommate groupings are not mutually requested by all involved, it is likely for new or returning students to be assigned by Housing to the open spaces.

As a general rule, current residents with openings should be prepared to for the room to be filled. Before leaving for Christmas holiday, current residents may need to re-arrange their room set-up. New students may arrive for spring semester before current residents return from Christmas holiday, so it is important for furniture and space to be equitably and readily available.

View your housing and meal plan information

Spring housing assignments for returning students are confirmed by being posted online at the Student Profile in late November or early December. Students who have requested off-campus would see one of the following codes on their profile:

  • OCL-C# (the "C" stands for "continuing commuter" assigned off-campus)
  • OCL-S# (the "S" stands for "senior" assigned off-campus)
  • OCL-J# (the "J" stands for "junior/soph" assigned off-campus)
  • OCL-A# (the "A" stands for "any student" assigned off-campus from the waitlist)
  • However, OCL-W# indicates a waitlisting; it is not an approved assignment.

See Meal Plans for more information.