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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the most commonly asked questions regarding room selection, lottery 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.

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Room Selection Process

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 10, 2016 in order to decline before receiving a lottery number.
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.

Room Selection Numbers

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secure the suite/apartment withdraws from housing for any reason before move-in everyone in the suite/apartment will be withdrawn from housing.

Are room selection numbers transferable?
Numbers are not transferable, nor do we reassign unused numbers.
How does the wait list work?
Students who are unable to select housing at room selection are automatically placed on the housing wait list in lottery number order.  Students who did not sign up for room selection but wish to live on-campus will be added to the end of the wait list on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Students' status on the wait list will be confirmed soon after room selection through email. We will begin to contact students to offer them housing after May 1. You may remove yourself from the wait list or decline housing offered to you without financial penalty before August 15.  Although housing is not guaranteed to juniors and seniors on the wait list, we have always offered housing to everyone on the waitlist.
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. They will receive a random room selection number between 1001 and 3000.
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 between 1 and 1000. TYP alumni, however, will receive numbers between 1001 and 3000.
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.


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.
Who can pull in whom?
Sophomores may only be pulled in by other sophomores. Juniors or Seniors may not pull in sophomores. Juniors may pull in Seniors or vice versa (with the exception of the Mods, which is Seniors only).
I got a really good number, but am being pulled into a suite by a friend with an even better number. Can I give my good number to someone who has a higher number?
No, numbers cannot be transferred to another person.
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.
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. Community Living cannot guarantee that two groups of friends will have the ability to select the same suite.


If I apply for a JBS Summer program, can I live on-campus?

 Yes.  Some JBS Summer programs allow for students to live on-campus.

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

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

Room selection numbers will be available March 11 on MyHousing.

How does room selection work for students who apply to study abroad for 2016-2017?
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 study abroad room selection number.  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, they will be issued their regular room selection number.
Students who are approved to Study Abroad for Fall 2016 - what happens to them?
Students who have completed the Study Abroad Application and are approved to study abroad for Fall 2016 or the Academic Year 2016-2017 are not eligible to participate in Room Selection. If they have indicated their intent to participate by February 12, 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.
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 wait list should you not study abroad.

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.
How does studying abroad in the spring semester impact my housing options for the fall semester?
Students approved to study abroad for spring semester 2017 and 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.
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 2017 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 2017 and then does not go abroad will have to change housing at the end of the fall semester.
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.
Who will live in the Village Spring Semester 2017 after Study Abroad students move out after the Fall semester?
Midyears will be assigned to live in the Village for Spring Semester 2017.
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 selectionnumber via MyHousing.  Students can participate in Room Selection on line 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. 


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.