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Housing Lottery

Returning students select their room and roommate(s) each spring for the upcoming year through the housing lottery. Students will receive a lottery number for housing and those with the lowest (best) lottery numbers choose first. The lottery is seniority based. Rising seniors are assured 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.

Lottery Timeline

The Housing Lottery Timeline 2019 (PDF) includes important dates for application deadlines, room selection, and locations.

Lottery Numbers and Process

The Residence Life Office uses a lottery number system to determine the order that students get to choose their assignment. The lottery process is based on seniority, meaning rising seniors are the first to select housing each year. Lottery numbers are assigned to each student. Groups of students use an average of their lottery numbers. Lottery numbers are not shared with students. This change was made because lottery number was the focus behind many conversations about future housing options. This change encourages students to focus on who they want to live with and where they want to live instead of trying to match with the lowest lottery number.

If students wish to cluster, they must provide the names of their desired roommates on their application. Aside from Armfield, a cluster cannot be any larger than four. Applications are processed by the Residence Life Office and groups are put in order by lottery number average. Groups are notified with either a time to make a selection (e.g., 7:15 p.m.) or the order they will be selecting in (e.g., fifth group to choose), depending on the process.

How to Navigate the Online Process

All applications are submitted online, links to applications are sent out by Dean Jason Shaffer on a timely basis, approximately two weeks before they are due, via davidson.edu emails. Roommate matching and room selection happen online through the MyHousing system. Instructions for roommate matching are available online (PDF) and will be in Dean Shaffer's emails.

Accommodations and Adjustments

Students with documented medical or physical needs will need to contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources (AADR) with requests for housing accommodations or questions about the process before lottery begins. Accommodation requests must be renewed each year with the AADR office, they do not roll over. The request and accompanying necessary documentation need to be submitted by Jan. 21.

Helpful tips and reminders

The following will help ensure a successful lottery process:

  • Turn in applications on time. Late applications will be placed at the back of the stack, regardless of the applicant's lottery number. 
  • Be mindful of your assigned lottery selection time that is available in MyHousing. You may select later than your assigned time but those in line behind you will be allowed to make their selections at their assigned times, they do not have to wait upon your selection.
  • You must have a roommate to be eligible to sign up for a double room; four roommates to sign up for an Armfield apartment; and three roommates for the remainder of Martin Court.
  • If you have questions about the lottery process, please ask before room selection on your respective night. College officials may not be available to answer all individual questions that night.