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Housing Lottery FAQ

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What if I can't be there?

We know your schedule is busy! So, if you can't make it for housing lottery, it's OK! the process is online.  

I'm leaving on an off-campus program or have a friend who is already gone. What do I do?

They will still be able to apply online.  

Do I have to find a roommate?

If you want to apply for an Apartment or Block Housing, you do need a roommate.  However, you do not have to have a roommate to sign up for a room through general selection. Any other student, however, may sign up for the remaining spot in the room. All spaces are filled at the end of room selection or shortly after, so you will receive a roommate.   

Why can't I add my roommate/suitemate.

In order to add someone as your roommate- They must complete the housing application first.  You will be unable to request anyone who has not completed the application.  

Can I go off board?

If you would like to go off board, you must complete an application from the Campus Life Office. In general, off-board requests are not granted. However, in extreme cases, the Campus Life Office will consider exemptions on an individual basis. Usually, the only requests for off-board permission that are granted are for those with well-documented medical and religious dietary needs that cannot be resolved after a trial period with Dining Services. Off-board permission may affect your financial aid package, and off-board applications take at least a few weeks to process.

Can I live with someone who's not in my lottery category?

Yes! You simply attend the General Lottery and sign up with the person with the best lottery number if you would like to room together. Any students can sign up together for one of the "best average" lottery spaces, like block housing or the apartments.

Does everyone get a lottery number?

Not everyone will get a number. Only students who we expect to be on campus and live in the residence halls during this academic year will receive numbers. Examples of students who will not receive numbers are:

  • Students on full-year off-campus programs for 2017-18
  • Resident Advisors
  • Students who may graduate by the end of Spring 2017
  • Students who are currently on a leave of absence
  • Students who have indicated intent to transfer or take leave next year
  • Students granted off campus housing through the Off-Campus lottery
  • Students who have already been housed in Greek, Theme, or Cultural Houses.

If you need a lottery number, you must check during the category generation stage to make sure that you have been assigned a category. You will have a couple of days to notify us that you will need a number. For more information, check out the priority number explanation page.

I'm thinking about transferring, should I go through room selection?

You should go through room selection if you conceivably think you will be on campus next year. You should communicate with your roommate about your plans, however. Any student who is without a roommate at any point during the summer will be assigned a new roommate (either a current Knox student or a transfer student). Two students who are living alone in a double somewhere in the same building may be consolidated into the same room at the end of room selection or over the summer.

What if there is an open space in my room, apartment, or block?

All spaces must be filled to submit an application.  But if for some reason, there is a space that becomes open in your room, apartment, or block (for example, if someone does not return next year), this space will be filled by the Campus Life Office. This also may apply to spaces left open temporarily because a student is studying off-campus, if space is needed. We encourage all students who think they will live on campus next year to go through room selection, but also to communicate with roommates and suitemates about their likelihood of returning or studying off-campus. Students who go through room selection with no intention of living on campus next year might think they're helping a roommate get a double room as a single, but what they're really doing is opening up their roommate or apartment-mates to living with a student, not of their choosing. Please contact the Campus Life Office if you have any questions or need help in making a decision.

For those of you who just can't get enough of Knox...

If you have been granted post-baccalaureate study, you will not be eligible for on-campus housing.

I want an apartment! What's my best strategy?

First, don't be picky. If you have a group of two or three people, consider combining with another group and tendering an application for a large apartment in addition to a small apartment.  Being a part of multiple apartment selections is very important; people lose out on a chance for an apartment every year because they hang all their chances on only one of the selection options.

I want to live with my friends! What's my best strategy?

Your best bet is in the Block Housing process. This strategy works every year for students who want to live together in groups. These groups can be 4, 6 or 8 students.   If all else fails, attend General Room Selection together, pick a floor in a hall, and sign up as your numbers are called.

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Printed on Monday, January 22, 2018

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