Please note that new, incoming students for fall 2016 do NOT follow the process below. Click here for information for incoming students.
- Housing deposit: Every spring, continuing students must pay a nonrefundable $300 housing deposit in order to pick up their housing contract and select housing for the upcoming year. The housing deposit for the 2016-2017 year is due April 11, 2016. Click here for information on how to pay the housing deposit. A housing deposit hold is placed on your housing contract until the deposit has been paid. This hold DOES NOT impact class resgistration.
- Register for Classes: Students must be registered for their 2016-2017 classes in order to pick up their housing contract and participate in housing selection. Please note that there are designated registration times that will affect when you can register for classes. Also be sure that you do not have any holds on your account that would hinder you from doing this on time.
- Contract: You may pick up your contract during spring term from the Campus Life Office or at other locations as advertised. Please DO NOT arrive at housing selection without your contract. You CANNOT pick housing without it. Once you have submitted your housing contract at housing selection, that is your housing assignment, and the contract and lottery number cannot be used again.
- Timeline: Download a timeline of all important dates leading up to housing selection. Please review the timeline for your housing interests.
- Lottery Number: Computer generated lottery numbers are randomly assigned to all students by class standing. Class standing is generated based on terms completed at Lawrence** at the end of winter term. The completion of at least 7 terms is considered “senior” standing; at least 4 terms is considered “junior” standing; and less than 4 terms is considered “sophomore” standing. Lottery numbers appear on students' housing contracts. Lottery number ranges:
**Students who have transferred to Lawrence University from other colleges shall be counted as having been enrolled for three terms, plus all subsequent terms completed.
- Combination rule: In order to foster hall community, preference in housing selection is given to roommates who will fill the room for all three terms. This is what a room could look like if students are studying abroad or living in a group house for a term. To go through housing selection according to your number when you or a roommate are planning on being abroad or in a different room for one of the three terms, you must find someone to fill that spot for you. This is where the Combination Rule comes into play.
- Proxy form: Those who are unable to select their own housing must fill out a proxy form. This often is used when students are studying abroad spring term and are not on campus to pick up and fill out their contract. The proxy form allows a friend, roommate, or member of the Residence Life committee to do this for the absent student. At housing selection, the same rules apply: all forms, whether contract or proxy, must be signed and turned in.