The Room Lottery is a system designed to provide eligible students with a fair and equal opportunity to request their preferred space in one of Gallaudet University's residence halls.
Information contained in these pages is designed to answer questions pertaining to the Room Lottery and provide a step-by-step explanation of how the process works. Students are responsible for reading, understanding, and following important instructions, key dates and policies regarding the Room Lottery process. Failure to comply with all outlined procedures will render you ineligible to participate in the Room Lottery. We hope that you will find most of the answers to your questions in this packet but we invite you to contact any Residence Life staff if you have any additional questions.
All students are reminded that housing charges reflect the type of room the student chooses during the Room Lottery. Room rates vary based on room types; e.g., single, double, house, etc. Room rates and housing assignments are subject to change without notice. Cancellations after securing a room on campus will result in a $500.00 Cancellation Fee. To obtain more information on cancellations, visit the Terms of Occupancy page.
We also recommend that you create a backup plan in case your first choice of housing is not available at your selection time. The spaces that are available at the time of your selection will change as your time gets closer. You should be prepared to be placed on the Waiting List if you do not get your first choice of housing.
Students who do not participate in the Room Lottery should inquire regarding availability for fall campus housing during the summer. However, please note that this may not guarantee you a room assignment on campus.
Most importantly, room deposits will not be required to participate in the Room Lottery. Please visit the Terms of Occupancy page to retrieve more information on the requirements of living on campus.
You may download a copy of the Room Lottery Guide here (requires Adobe Reader).
You may view a video playlist of related Room Lottery videos.
To be eligible to participate in the Room Lottery process, you must be a current student (Term 1143) and a student for Fall 2015 (Term 1151). You must also complete your Course Registration via BISON prior to participating in the Room Lottery.
To see a video outlining the eligibility requirements, please view the video, Two Things Before Room Lottery.
Re-admitted students may participate in the Room Lottery when their Fall 2015 term is activated and they complete their Course Registration. If they wish to participate in the Room Lottery, the Housing Operations Manager must be notified prior to the deadline.
Incoming (new) freshmen students, transfer students, graduate students, and ELI students do not participate in the Room Lottery. Their room assignments will be determined by the Housing Operations Manager.
Please visit the Timeline page to see the Room Lottery Timeline.
HOUSING CONTRACT AND TERMS OF OCCUPANCY
When completing your Housing Application online via BISON, you will be directed to review the Housing Contract and Terms of Occupancy before you are able to save your Housing Application. Please be sure to review it and understand the changes outlined in the contract before you save your Housing Application. When you save your Housing Application, you are agreeing to the contract and electronically "signing" the contract, in which case is legally binding.
The most current Housing Contract and Terms of Occupancy can be found here.
ROOM RATES FOR FALL 2015 AND SPRING 2016
Next year, we will continue to have variable room rates. Some residence halls/rooms will be cheaper or more expensive than the other. Please review the new room rates below to help you decide which option/residence hall you would like to apply for in the Lottery Application. You can only choose one option in the Lottery Application.
Please review the Room Rates here.
ROOM LOTTERY GENERAL INFORMATION
To ensure you are all set to begin your Room Lottery Application process, here are some points to keep in mind.
- We no longer require room deposits to accompany your housing assignment on campus.
- You will be doing the Room Lottery ONLINE ONLY, including the application process and the selection process.
- All rooms/suites must be occupied by the same gender.
- All second-year students will be housed in LLRH6.
- Graduate Community is for graduate students only.
- Any student can sign up for single rooms or one of the Faculty Row houses. There are no required qualifications for them except the ranking of Lottery Points.
- You will be selecting your meal plan during the Room Lottery process. Please read the Meal Plan section for more information.
Please view a short video on Changes in Room Lottery.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Those who have not participated in the Lottery process or missed the application deadline will be placed on the Waiting List. The Housing Operation Manager reserves the right to assign students to vacant spaces.
ROOM LOTTERY OPTIONS
Please visit the Room Lottery Options page to review your room options.
Please visit the Lottery Points page to understand how this process works.
HOUSING PRIORITY POINTS
Please visit the Housing Priority Points page to understand the impact it has on your Lottery Points.
Please visit the OSWD page.
FIRST- AND SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS
Please visit the First- and Second-Year Students page.
UNDERGRADUATES AND ELI STUDENTS
Please visit the Undergraduates and ELI page.
Please visit the Graduates page.
Please visit the Waiting List page.
Please visit the Meal Plans page.
Please visit the Cancellations page.
Please visit the Not Returning page.
Please visit the Exemptions page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have created a Room Lottery Frequently Asked Questions page. Please feel free to visit.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask your residence hall staff, Graduate Assistant, Coordinator of Residence Education, or come by Residence Life Office at Ely 132 to get answers to your questions. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROOM LOTTERY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Students who participate in the Room Lottery process must complete their Course Registration online prior to completing the Housing Application Form via their BISON account.
Please visit the Room Lottery Application Requirements page for more information.