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Housing Options

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Knox College offers its students a multitude of residence hall options. Historic houses, apartments, suite-style residence halls and traditional residence halls make up one of the most diverse selections of any college. Listed below is each option, a description of the selection process that applies to it, and some information about what each residence offers.

Small House Lottery

Small Houses at Knox provide a very unique and "closer" atmosphere for students. Available options are:

  • Peterson House: 11 people (5 singles, 3 doubles) NOTE: Peterson is an all-senior residence hall
  • Additional Houses may be available if not selected during Special Interest Theme Housing.

Applications are available online now or on April 4th in the Campus Life Office and must be turned in by Monday, April 11. Your group must have the exact number for each house to which you apply (i.e. you must have 11 in your group (all Seniors) to apply for Peterson House). Your name can only be on one roster. Any student living in a single in a house WILL be charged the singles fee.

You will be contacted via e-mail on Tuesday, April 12, if your group receives a house.

The Houses

All houses feature full kitchens and living rooms. Individual room phone service is available in all houses, with campus computer connections in each room. Because these houses were all former private residences, the rooms may not be large enough to hold the standard residence hall desks and dressers, so alternate models may be used. Contact the Campus Life Office if you have any questions about a specific house before you apply.

See also: More information on Campus Houses

International House

If you have questions about International House please contact Rebecca Eckart, Assistant Director of International Student Services.

Casa Latina Cultural Center

If you have questions about Casa Latina please contact Cathy Walters, Co-Director of Multicultural Student Advisement.

ABLE House

If you have questions about ABLE House please contact Tianna Cervantez, Co-Director of Multicultural Student Advisement.

Asian Cultural Center

If you have questions about Asian Cultural Center please contact Tianna Cervantez, Co-Director of Multicultural Student Advisement.

Medical Singles

These rooms are for students with medical situations that require single room occupancy. Documentation from a doctor or other health care professional is required and must be provided to the Disability Support Services and the Campus Life Office for verification. This documentation must be provided by April 1, to be accommodated through the room lottery process. 

Fraternity Houses

Students wishing to live in housing provided by their Greek organization will conduct their own housing lottery. Once you have committed to live in a fraternity house, you will be ineligible to participate in the campus lottery process.


These rooms are available to the student body at large and are limited in quantity. They are located throughout campus. Singles are not available in the general lottery, so if you do not receive one, you should look for a roommate. If you would like to apply for a single, applications are due on Thursday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m.

You will receive an e-mail on Friday, April 8, notifying you whether or not you have been granted a single room based on your lottery number. If you receive a single room, you will select its location on Friday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the Alumni Hall room 115. A higher cost is applied to all single rooms.

Block Housing

Block Housing is an option available for a group of students who wish to live together in one residential area. Block Housing is available in the following residences:

    • Drew Hall
    • Griffith Hall
    • Longden Hall
    • Post Hall
    • Simonds Hall
    • Townhouses (251 S. West)
    • Williston Hall
    • 516 S. West (all female)

Groups must submit their applications to the Campus Life Office by Friday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. Recipients of block housing will be notified April 25 and will select rooms on  April 26.

Priority will be determined by averaging each group's lottery numbers. The group with the lowest average will be offered block housing first, followed by the group with the second-lowest average and so on. Each group will be able to indicate residence hall preferences on their application.

Each student may appear on only one (1) application. If an application is received containing the name of a student already on an application, both groups will be notified. If a solution cannot be found to remedy the situation, both group's applications will be considered null and void.

NOTE: Drew Hall, Griffith Hall, Simonds Hall, and Longden Hall have only one bathroom, so residents must make arrangements to share these facilities.

The remaining single rooms in these areas will be medical singles or granted through the singles lottery.

Descriptions of the available residences are also available.


For many students, the chance to live in one of Knox's three apartment buildings is a very important aspect of their junior or senior year. Students choosing to live in the apartments must remain on the board plan.

Apartment applications are available in the Campus Life Office. Knox College apartments are available at:

    • 284 West Tompkins: three or five residents
    • 240 West Tompkins: two or four residents
    • Hamblin Hall: two, three, four, or five residents

Apartments Offered

284 W. Tompkins

    • One bedroom plus sunroom (3 person) - 6 apartments
    • Two bedrooms plus sunroom (5 Person) - 5 apartments

Hamblin Hall

    • One bedroom (2 or 3 person) - 15 apartments
    • Two bedrooms (4 or 5 Person) - 17 apartments

240 W. Tompkins

    • One bedroom (2 Person) - 7 apartments
    • Two bedrooms (4 person) - 7 apartments

Apartments carry an additional cost. A complete schedule of all college costs will be posted for students later in Spring Term. Students may add an additional resident to their apartment to pay  the residence hall/house double room rate.

Applications for 2-Person apartments are due by Monday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. The selection for these 2-person apartments will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for 3-Person apartments are due by Wednesday, April 15 by 4:00 p.m. The selection for these 3-person apartments will be on Thursday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for 4-Person apartments are due by Friday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. The selection for these 4-person apartments will be held on Monday April 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for 5-Person apartments are due by Tuesday April 21 at 4:00 p.m. The selection for these 5-person apartments will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m.

At least one member of the group must be present during the selection to choose the apartment and bedrooms for members of your application. Late applications will not be accepted.

Also Available

Available Floor Plans

General Lottery

If you have not received a housing assignment through one of the special options, you must attend the General Lottery on Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.

During general lottery, lottery numbers are called, with roommates using the lower (better) lottery number of the two. When students are called, they meet with staff to choose a room for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Students are encouraged to come with choices in mind, and backup options should their first choice be taken. Residence Halls available in General Lottery are:   Longden Hall, Simonds Hall, Griffith Hall, Drew Hall, Post Hall, Williston Hall, and Townhouses. Availability is based on what is selected during block housing.  More information on these halls is available.

Off-Campus Living

For the 2015-2016 academic year, a special lottery was conducted during winter term to grant a small number of juniors and seniors off-campus status. This was done to accommodate our incoming student enrollment at Knox College.

General policies about off-campus living
To qualify for off-campus residence, you must: be 23 years or older by the approximate time Fall Term begins, complete four years of residency at Knox, guardian of a minor child, be married or in a documented domestic partnership. It is unlikely that requests for off-campus permission will be granted for other than the reasons above.

To inquire about off-campus permission, please visit the Campus Life Office. Students who go through Housing Lottery and then seek off campus permission may be denied.

If you currently do not live on campus, you will not be assigned a lottery number. If you wish to return to campus, please contact the Campus Life Office and you will be added at the bottom of your lottery category.

Further information regarding off-campus permission can be found in the Student Handbook.

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