Here are some helpful tips on navigating our Room Selection Process
- Step 1: Do Your Research
You should start by thinking about where you want to live and what you need to do to live there. Do you want to live in a Theme House, a Suite or Apartment, Special Interest Housing, or Beard Hall? All of these options are unique accommodations with unique selection requirements. Talk to your friends, your RA, and go to an Info Session or drop into the Residential Life office during open hours.
- Step 2: Register for Lottery (if applicable)
Registering for lottery is only required for Suites, Special Interest Housing, and Beard Hall (Beard has an application). They will all have special Room Selection days which require advanced registration to obtain a lottery number. More information can be found on the pages linked above.
Everyone is automatically registered for the General Room Selection Lottery. If you will be attending classes at Wheaton in the Fall and you are eligible for lottery, there is nothing else you need to do. Note: If you are Currently on a Leave of Absence, and are definitely returning for the fall, you must contact Todd Brelsford prior to March 15th to be a part of Room Selection.
- Step 3: Get Your Lottery Number
Lottery numbers will be assigned at random (though completed credits and class year are taken into account) and sent to your Wheaton e-mail address (when depends on which lottery you are talking about). The only factor that determines lottery number is seniority. Each number comes with a date and an estimated selection time. If you are not present at that time, your number will be skipped. Numbers are non-transferable.
If you plan on living with another person(s) you and your preferred roommate(s) will use the best number between you. You will all be able to pick a room to live in together, using the best lottery time (the exception being Connected Singles).
If you did not receive an e-mail with a number or you lost it, please contact us.
- Step 4: Develop a Plan
This can be the most challenging step. Things you should consider: Who do I want to live with?, How many people do I want to live with?, Where are we looking to live?
When it comes to size of room and specific buildings, it is important to have multiple options. If you come to Room Selection with one thing in mind, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed. Always have a back up plan if you are not able to get your first choice. To help, floor plans will be available for viewing in Balfour-Hood during the days leading up to Selection.
- Step 5: Choose a Room
The e-mail with your lottery number will have the date, time, and place you need to be. We suggest coming at least 15-20 minutes early to view the floor plans again and see what is currently available.
When it is your turn you and your roommate(s) will be called to check-in. To check-in you must have your Student ID with you. If you do not have your ID, or it has been lost or stolen, you will have to leave to find it or get a new one. You will not be permitted to select a room without presenting your ID. If you cannot be at your selection time, you will need to select a Proxy. Once checked-in you will be able to briefly look at floor plans again and officially select a room. In order to select a room or suite, you must be able to fill the room/suite to its capacity.
Before you leave will be given a receipt and sign a Housing Contract.
A Note about Vacancies
Inevitably some students who select rooms through lottery will end up leaving Wheaton over the summer. If that happens in your room you should expect that space to be filled and in most cases you will have the opportunity to request a new roommate. In a case where you are unwilling to accept a new roommate, you will be reassigned to a different room.