Rounds Explained

Residential College Round

Current residents wishing to live with students from their current Residential College will have the opportunity to participate in the Residential College Round. Only students that currently live in a Residential College can participate in this round.

In this round, up to 60% of each suite type for upper-class suites in the Residential College will be available for assignment to groups of students who all currently reside in that college.

Note: Student staff members and those with accommodations are assigned to rooms prior to the beginning of this round. Student staff suites that are comprised solely of students who currently reside in that Residential College will be counted in the 60% referenced above. Suites of students who are not all currently from that Residential College will not be counted in the 60%.

Please see housing selection dates here for Residential College Round.

General Selection Round

In the General Selection Process, time slots are assigned using the number of semesters each group member has lived in Residential Life housing. Students who have studied abroad are not penalized for not living in Residential Life housing while they were abroad.

For groups seeking apartments, earlier time slots are given to groups with students who have lived in Residential Life housing the longest, e.g., rising seniors who’ve consistently lived with Residential Life will receive the earliest time slots. Among groups with an equal quantity of semesters lived in Residential Life housing, time slots are randomly assigned.

For groups seeking suites (including Lopata and Village Houses), earlier time slots are given to groups with students who have lived in Residential Life housing the shortest, e.g., rising sophomores will receive the earliest time slots.

During this round, the following spaces will be  available:

  • Millbrook, Village East, Rosedale Court, Greenway Place, University Drive, The Lofts, 520 Kingsland, 6665 Washington, and 6678 Washington
  • The South 40 and Village & Lopata Houses.

Please see housing selection dates here for General Selection Round.

Lottery and Time Slot Explained

A time slot is the date and time at which the group leader is able to select a suite or apartment for their group. For example, if your time slot is February 25, 2019 at 10am, your group leader is able to log onto the WashU Housing Portal to select a suite or apartment and assign group members to bed spaces at or after the time slot. All group members must have their application in by the deadline to be eligible for a time slot. 

In the Res College Process, suites from the upper-class buildings within the Res College are available for selection. Only 60% of the suites from each suite type are available for selection during the Res College Process. All members of a group participating in the Res College Process must currently reside in the Res College for which they are participating. Time slots are randomly generated for all groups participating. Groups who do not receive a time slot due to the 60% cap are invited to participate in the General Selection Process.

Time Slot Frequently Asked Questions

What is a time slot and how does it work?

A time slot is a randomly generated date and time that allows the students to select a room based on their housing level. Transfer students and those who have studied abroad will have their housing level adjusted. Only students who apply by the deadline will be eligible for a time slot.

How are time slots assigned?

In the Res College Process, time slots are randomly assigned to members of the Res College. Not all groups will receive a time slot due to the fact that only 60% of beds can be filled in this process.

In the General Selection Process, time slots are assigned using housing levels. For those seeking apartments, the earliest time slots will be given randomly to those who have lived with Residential Life the longest. For example, rising seniors who’ve consistently lived with Residential Life will receive the earliest time slots. For those seeking suites including Lopata and Village Houses, the earliest time slots will be given randomly to those who have lived with Residential Life the shortest. For example, rising sophomores will receive the earliest time slots.

What if I don’t want to select during my assigned time slot?  

If you are assigned a time slot, you must select a room during that time slot.  You will not be allowed to jump rounds or not make a selection.

How many groups are assigned to each time slot?

The number of groups assigned to each time slot will vary based on process. The number depends on how many groups apply for housing. For example, in the Res College Process each Res College will have an assigned day and time to log in and select a room. All groups applying for the same Res College will have the same times slot. In the General Selection Process, there will be between 20-25 groups in each time slot.

How frequent are time slots?

Students will have approximately 10 minutes to select their rooms before the next time slot opens.

What if I have class during my time slot?

During the Res College and General Selection Processes, if you are the group leader but will not be available at the start of your time slot you may assign another member to be the group leader.

Administrative Assignments

The administrative assignment process is designed to place students who may not have been able to form a group for any reason; for students who did not receive a time slot; or for students who choose to participate in the process as an individual.

Being administratively assigned means you will be placed in a housing assignment by our office. For individuals hoping to remain with their groups, every effort will be made to keep groups of students together.

The administrative assignment process will begin April 1.