Returning students select their room and roommate(s) for the upcoming year each spring through the housing lottery. Students will receive a lottery number for housing, and those with the lowest (best) lottery numbers choose first. Davidson's lottery is seniority based. Rising seniors are assured of the lowest numbers, followed by juniors then sophomores.
The Honor Code and Code of Responsibility govern the lottery process. Any attempt at cheating, lying or falsifying information will be treated as an Honor Code violation. The Residence Life Office treats each student with fairness, and expects students to treat their peers fairly.
The timeline includes important dates for application deadlines, room selection, and locations. Prompt arrival is essential. View the timeline (PDF).
Lottery numbers will no longer be provided to students. Learn more about lottery numbers and why the process has changed.
Students with medical or physical needs may request special housing accommodations during the lottery process by completing an application (DOC). This application must be submitted prior to the deadline stated in the Lottery Timeline. Please contact the Residence Life Office regarding any questions about special housing accommodations.
By completing a Lottery Absentee Form (PDF), a student who is unable to attend selection grants permission for another student (proxy) to act on his/her behalf during lottery. The proxy takes full responsibility for participating in selection night and securing a fall room assignment for that student. Residence Life will not be held responsible if the proxy fails to fulfill that responsibility. The designated proxy must bring the completed Absentee Form with him/herself to the selection night in order to act on that student's behalf.
Here are some helpful reminders to ensure a successful lottery process: