Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the most commonly asked questions regarding room selection, priority numbers, pull-ins and other aspects of the process. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us at dcl@brandeis.edu.

Room Selection Process

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Where can I get more information about off-campus housing options?

Students interested in living off-campus can consult Jumpoffcampus.com for off-campus housing listings. Information about living off-campus is also available on the off-campus section of our website.

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What if I've already applied for Room Selection, but now I don't need to get on-campus housing?

You should complete a Decline of Housing form online by March 14, 2017 in order to decline before receiving a lottery number.

Room Selection Numbers

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I heard someone is trying to auction off their "very good" Room Selection number. Is this allowed?

No — this is manipulating the system. If the student whose number is used to secure the suite/apartment withdraws from housing for any reason before move-in, everyone in the suite/apartment will be withdrawn from housing.

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Are room selection numbers transferable?

Numbers are not transferable, nor do we reassign unused numbers.

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How do the waitlist and pending assignment list work?

Students who are unable to select housing at room selection are automatically placed on the pending assignment list in lottery number order.  Students who did not sign up for room selection but wish to live on-campus can add themselves to a separate waitlist for housing that we work with on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students who are in groups who are guaranteed housing and who end up on the pending assignment list should expect that they will recieve an assignment and are expected to live in housing - if at any point prior to recieving an assignment you decide to not live on-campus, you should complete a Decline from Housing form. 

Once students on the pending assignment list have been accommodated, we will begin to contact students on the waitlist to offer them spaces. You may remove yourself from the wait list or pending assignment list by filling out the Decline from Housing form on our website. Students who withdraw from housing after receiving an assignment will be assessed a $500 fee if they do so after the deadline (May 1 for Fall assignments and November 15th for spring assignments). 

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Can transfer students receive housing through room selection?

Yes, transfer students who live on-campus and off-campus can participate in room selection. Transfer students will be counted as rising juniors or seniors, depending on their class standing.

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What room selection numbers will TYP students receive?

Students currently enrolled in the TYP program can participate in room selection. They will be treated as rising sophomores and will receive a random number within the sophomore number block. TYP alumni will receive numbers within the upperclass students block.

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I want to live in (insert quad here). Will I be able to select a suite/apartment/room there with my number?

It's difficult to say whether or not certain spaces will be available by the time your number is called. Every year selection runs a little bit differently. Some years apartments are more popular than suites, or doubles are more popular than singles. The best thing to do is create several plans for room selection. If your first or second choice is not available, go with your third option. To get a sense of when certain housing types were chosen in the past, you may visit the statistics page.

Pull-ins

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What options are available to juniors and seniors who do not want to be pulled into an apartment or suite?

Toward the end of room selection, bedrooms in two-person Charles River Apartments may be selected individually. Two suites in Ziv will also be available for students to select as single rooms. Students selecting these spaces will not be able to pull-in other students. Both suites will be designated as mixed-gender. Spaces in Village B and C House are fall semester only and reserved for students applying to study abroad in the spring semester.

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Who can pull in whom?

Students may pull in other students within their class year, however students going through the study abroad process may not pull in other students not studying abroad and students who are going through the sophomore process may not pull in juniors and seniors. If sophomores wish to be pulled in by juniors or seniors, they must go through the sophomore process without picking a room and then be pulled in by the junior or senior selecting housing during the upperclass room selection process. Students wishing to live in Foster Mods may not pull in any non-senior student to live with them.

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If I get pulled in, can I pull in other students when my lottery number comes up?

No. Once you are pulled in, your number is considered used and you will not be able to select housing again or pull in other students.

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If I pull in three friends to a hall or Rosenthal suite, can we pull in other friends to neighboring rooms or to fill in the suite?

No. One group cannot pull in another group. Suites in Rosenthal are composed of two groups of four. DCL cannot guarantee that two groups of friends will have the ability to select the same suite.

JBS

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If I apply for a JBS Spring program, can I live on-campus in the fall?

Yes. Since the application for a JBS spring program is not due until the next academic year, students interested in a JBS Spring program can participate in regular room selection. If you wish to live on campus in the fall and off-campus in the spring, you must withdraw from housing by November 15.

Study Abroad

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Students who are currently abroad - when are they getting their numbers?

Room selection numbers will be available in mid-March, typically on or before March 15, on MyHousing.

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How does room selection work for students who apply to study abroad?

All students who apply for housing through MyHousing and apply to study abroad will be assigned a regular room selection number. Students who apply to study abroad for fall semester or for the full academic year will not receive a number. Students who have applied to study abroad for the spring semester will receive a regular number but will be moved into a separate study abroad process. These students will participate in the separate study abroad room selection process. If a student is not approved to study abroad or withdraws from study abroad, he/she will retain their number but be moved into the regular room selection process.

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Students who are approved to Study Abroad for fall - what happens to them?

Students who have completed the Study Abroad Application and are approved to study abroad for the fall semester or for the full academic year are not eligible to participate in Room Selection. If they have indicated their intent to participate by February 15, they will still be assigned a lottery number. If their plans regarding study abroad change prior to room selection, then their number will be activated and released to them at that time. If their study abroad plans change after room selection occurs, they will be placed on the wait list in the order of their originally assigned room selection number. A deactivated room selection number will not be released to a student unless Study Abroad confirms that the student has withdrawn their application or was not accepted to study abroad.

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If I am applying to study abroad in the Fall should I still sign up for Room Selection since I won't find out until later? And then what do I do when I find out?

If you're applying to study abroad in the Fall but will want to live on-campus if you are not accepted, you should apply for Room Selection. This will ensure that you are assigned a number and are able to participate in Room Selection or be placed on the pending assignment list should you not study abroad.

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I'm hoping to study abroad for the fall semester.What housing might be available for me when I return?
Spaces will be available in Ziv from students who are studying abroad in the spring semester. We also predict that a number of students will graduate in December leaving scattered spots in other areas on campus.  In the past we have never had a problem finding spaces for students returning from abroad in the spring.
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How does studying abroad in the spring semester impact my housing options for the fall semester?

Students approved to study abroad for spring semester and who wish to live on-campus must participate in a separate room selection process. Housing for these students will be in the Village and one of the Ziv buildings.

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What if I decide not to go abroad and/or am not accepted to my program?

Students who received guaranteed fall housing who later withdraw their spring study abroad application or who are not approved to study abroad will be required to vacate the housing they selected at the conclusion of the fall semester. These students will receive priority for spring semester housing, but we cannot guarantee spring housing for students who remain on campus. Anyone who applies to study abroad for spring and then does not go abroad will have to change housing at the end of the fall semester.

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If I am applying to study abroad in the spring, can I be pulled into a non-study abroad suite in Ziv, Ridgewood, or Charles River? Can I pull in a student to the Village who is not applying to study abroad in the spring?

Students applying to study abroad in the spring who wish to live on-campus cannot be pulled into Ridgewood, Charles River, the Mods, or suites not designated for study abroad students. Only students applying to study abroad in the spring can participate in the separate room selection and be pulled into the Village.

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If I am studying abroad in the spring, how do I make arrangements for housing for the following fall?

All students on an approved study abroad program will receive a room selection number via MyHousing. Students can participate in Room Selection online or be pulled in by members of their friend group. They may also designate a friend or DCL as their proxy if they are unsure of their internet connectivity. 

 

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What if I have more questions you haven't answered here?

Email us at dcl@brandeis.edu. We will do our best to respond to your email within two business days. Or call us at 781-736-5060 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, or visit our office in Usdan during regular office hours.