Rounds Explained

Round 1: 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 Process by submitting an Online Housing Application by February 8, 2019. Only students that currently live in the Residential College can participate in the Residential College process for that Residential College. In this round, up to 60% of 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%.

Residential College Round Timeline

  • Friday, February 1, 2019 Housing Application and Group Formation Opens
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 Housing Application Closes
  • Friday, February 15, 2019 Group Formation for Residential College Closes
  • Monday, February 18, 2019 Approved Group Petitions will be notified of time slot after 5pm
  • February 20, 2019 Residential College Round Selection Night

Time Slot Notification

Monday, February 18, 2019
Approved Group Petitions will be notified of time slot after 5pm.

Round 2: General Housing Selection

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.

Learn more about Continuing Student Housing options on the Apply for Housing: Continuing Students page.

General Selection Timeline

  • Friday, February 1, 2019 Housing Application and Group Formation Opens
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 Housing Application Closes
  • Thursday, February 22, 2019 Group Formation for General Round Closes
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 Group Petitions approved will be notified by email. Group Petitions not approved will be notified by email to regroup to submit a new group petition. Group Formation will only reopen for petitions not approved.
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 Group Petitions approved will be notified by email. Group Petitions not approved will be notified by email to they will be  Administrative Assignment Process
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 Approved Group Petitions will be notified of time slot after 5pm
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Friday, March 8, 2019 General Round Housing Selection Night

Time Slot Notification

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 Group Petitions approved will be notified by email. Group Petitions not approved will be notified by email to regroup to submit a new group petition. Group Formation will only reopen for petitions not approved
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 Group Petitions approved will be notified by email. Group Petitions not approved will be notified by email to they will be  Administrative Assignment Process
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 Approved Group Petitions will be notified of time slot after 5pm

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.

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.

Only groups from which all students have submitted their housing application by the deadline of February 8, 2019, will be eligible for a time slot.

How Time Slots Are Assigned

In the Res College Process, suites from the upperclass 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.

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. Similarly, among groups with an equal quantity of semesters lived in Residential Life housing, time slots are randomly assigned.

Time Slot FAQ

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 (February 8, 2019) will be eligible for a time slot. For example, if your time slot is February 25, 2019 at 10am, your group leader will be able to log onto the WashU Housing Portal and select a bed space any time after that point.

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.

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.

Are time slots only during business hours?

During the Res College Process, time slots will be offered from 4-7pm. In the General Process, time slots will be offered from 10am to 4pm.

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, 2019 through June 1, 2019.