Housing Lottery 2014

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Lottery Schedule


 * Available Spaces Subject to Change   *​ 
   Lottery Day
 Options Submit Request
 Results
Available
 Tues, Mar 18 The Vinings Lottery   7am to 1pm 7pm
 Mon, Mar 31
 North Village Co-Ed Blocks (A-F)
all private bedrooms
 7am to10am
 11:30am
 MonMar 31
 North Village Co-Ed Block (G-K)
all private bedrooms
12 noon to 3pm
7pm
 Tues, Apr 1
 North Village Blocks (A-F)
all private bedrooms
7am to 10am
11:30am
 Tues, Apr 1
 North Village Blocks (G-K)
all private bedrooms
12 noon to 3pm
7pm
 Wed, Apr 2
 North Village Private Bedrooms 7am to 1pm
7pm
 Thur, Apr 3
 North Village Shared Bedrooms 7am to 1pm
 7pm
 Mon, Apr 7
 Triples (residence halls)
7am to 10am
11:30am
 Mon, Apr 7
 Singles (residence halls)
12 noon to 3pm
 7pm
 Tues, Apr 8
 Ramsay Blocks of Four
7am-10am
11:30am
 Tues, Apr 8
 Ramsay Doubles
 12 noon to 3pm
7pm
 Wed, Apr 9
 South Housing Blocks of Four (residence halls)
7am-10am
11:30am
 Wed, Apr 9 
 Lakeside Housing Blocks of Four (residence halls)
12 noon to 3pm
7pm
 Thur, Apr 10
 Doubles (residence halls)
7am to 10am
 7pm

 

Declare your Intentions

Each Furman student is required to declare their intentions regarding campus housing for 2014-15 no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Simply enter your information under Select Housing Intention at MyFurman Portal and make a selection from the screen that follows. You may change your intentions as many times as you desire before the February 26th deadline.

Please note that declaring your intentions is only the first step in the room selection process, which includes requests to live off-campus. Declaring your intentions does not mean that a housing assignment has been made or that a request to live off-campus has been granted. All it means is that Housing & Residence Life will expect you to participate in the process below according to your selection.

Students who plan to study away fall or spring semester should enter the intent to "live in campus housing". Students who will graduate prior to Fall 2014 should enter the intent to "graduate".

Time and Place

All room requests for the 2014 fall semester will be submitted in MyFurman Portal under the Housing & Residence Life section on the dates and at the times provided.  Please be sure to carefully note the dates and times. Requests that are not submitted during the designated time CANNOT be considered.

Online Request: A step-by-step process

1. Read through this Website.

2. Check MyFurman Portal to make sure you are eligible.  Then Check Roommate Eligibility to make sure the students you are submitting your request with are eligible. You will need each roommate's housing code to check their eligibility.  Names will not be accepted in the housing request window if this statement appears - "You cannot participate in the Housing Lottery until you resolve the above problems".

3. On the appropriate day and time, go to MyFurman Portal under the Housing & Residence Life section's Enter Housing Lottery to enter the system.

SCREEN #1 - ENTER PARTICIPANTS' HOUSING CODE
4. Only one request can be made, so make sure the student entering the request(s) has each roommates' housing code.

5. Potential errors that may occur and will not let you progress in the lottery at this point are:

Has already requested a room

The student's name has been submitted on another room request and is no longer eligible for your request.

Has already been assigned a room

The student has been pre-assigned a room (i.e. RA, fraternity hall, etc.)

Appears more than once in the roommate list. The student has been listed more than once in your request.
Housing intentions not declared.
The student has not declared their intention to participate in the Housing lottery. The student whose intent is missing must call Housing & Residence Life immediately.

Account has a hold on it.

Contact Housing & Residence Life because the student's account has a hold on it, probably because of an overdue fine. The student must resolve before the hold will be released.

Has only been in college for 1 year.

The student is not a rising third-year or fourth-year student and cannot be assigned in North Village during this lottery window.

Gender mismatch with roommates.

All roommates must be of the same gender.

The housing code does not exist.

Please contact Housing & Residence Life immediately after you make sure you have the proper housing code.

** Each student in the group will receive an e-mail at their Furman e-mail address describing the error if you encounter an error while submitting your requests. **

SCREEN #2 - SELECT ROOMS
6. You must select the room(s) or apartment(s) where you are interested in living next year. It is advised that you know which rooms are available ahead of time so you can make informed requests.  


7. You cannot select the same room/apartment more than once, but you must select multiple requests if possible. The maximum selections you can make will vary with the rooms or apartments available on that day. When you participate during a certain lottery window, you must be willing to accept any assignment within the list of available rooms/apartments for that window.

8. When entering each student's housing code, be sure to enter in the preferred bedroom order for North Village (for example: the first name listed will be assigned to bedroom 1, the second name listed will be assigned to bedroom 2, etc.).

9. You must choose a preference which will aid the computer in making the most suitable assignment in the event you do not get one of your choices:

North Village Preference Choices

A

Buildings A, B, E, F

C

Buildings C, D, J

G

Buildings G, H, I, K

Residence Hall Preference Choices

B

Basement level

1

100 level

2

200 level

3

300 level

4

400 level


10. Finally, you can provide any written comments in the comments section at the bottom of Screen #2.

  • For those of you studying away the entire fall semester and someone is living in your space while away, their housing code and name must be entered in Screen #1. Your name should be entered in the comments section telling us that you will return to that assignment for the spring semester.  Also, tell us whose space you will be taking upon your return.

SCREEN #3 - CONFIRMATION
11. This screen will confirm that your requests have been submitted. At this time, your request will be randomly assigned a lottery number by a computer-generated program and it will be used to make your assignment within the prioritized groups.

12. Each student will receive an e-mail informing them that their name was submitted on a room request. If this is not correct, you MUST contact Housing & Residence Life at x2092 immediately.

13. Once the results for each window are available, you may check to see if you received an assignment in MyFurman Portal under Verify Assignment Status. If you did not receive an assignment, you will want to participate on another day.

14. North Village only - between April 9-14, students who would like to change bedroom assignments in North Village MUST log into MyFurman Portal under North Village Bedroom Select to assign each roommate the appropriate room in the apartment. The last entry made prior to the deadline will serve as the final request. Please be sure all roommates are in agreement with any requested changes.

15. When you check your Lottery Results, you will be prompted to update your meal plan for 2014-15.  This is important because ALL resident students will be defaulted to a meal plan for next year.  Please refer to the Meal Plan selection of the Student Business Center's website for more information about the meal plan default, meal plan costs and how to change your meal plan.


 

Residency Requirement

All students are required to reside in campus housing, which includes The Vinings, unless they are eligible and approved for an Off-Campus Exemption.


Determination of Priority

Priority for students who submit requests for housing will be based on the year each person entered college for the first time.  For example, groups consisting of four students who entered college in the fall of 2010 will have the most priority for North Village.  Groups consisting of a mixture of those who entered in the fall of 2010 and the fall of 2011 will be next on the priority list. To further determine a group's priority, a random number will be computer generated when the group submits their request online. One's official classification through the Academic Records office and the number of academic hours one has earned will have no bearing on your housing assignment.  Students who entered college earlier than the fall of 2010 will not provide additional priority for a group. They, too, will be treated as fourth-year students or seniors.


Disability & Health-Related Accommodations

NOTE:  Any special accommodation must be requested through this process. This includes requests such as a student with back problems who would like to bring a different mattress.


Students who need to be assigned to a specific housing space due to a disability or health-related accommodation MUST submit the appropriate documentation at Disability & Health-Related Accommodations no later than Monday, February 17, 2014.


Study Away or Leave of Absence

Students who are studying away or taking a leave of absence should carefully review their Study Away Options.

If you are eligible and plan to pay to reserve fall or guarantee your spring assignment, you MUST inform Housing & Residence Life of your intentions by completing the Reserve Fall/Guarantee Spring Assignment Request no later than Friday, March 7, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Students will not be able to pursue this option after this deadline.

Students living at The Vinings must pay 100% of the housing cost to reserve their space while studying away and do not have the option to have a student fill-in for them.

Completing and Submitting your Request

On-line requests must be submitted on the correct day and during the time span indicated on this site. A request will not be accepted during any other time. Assignments will not be made immediately; only one person can submit the request.  Duplicate entries will result in error messages. 

The number of names on the on-line request form must coincide exactly with the capacity of the living area(s). Students applying for North Village must have a group of four students in order to request an apartment. An entry with less than room capacity will NOT process.

Listing Your Choices

The maximum number of choices (eight in most cases) should be listed so that you will more likely be assigned to a preferred space. You must also provide us with a preference to aid in the assignment process.

North Village Preference Choices

A

Buildings A, B, E, F

C

Buildings C, D, J

G

Buildings G, H, I, K

Residence Hall Preference Choices

B

Basement level

1

100 level

2

200 level

3

300 level

4

400 level

North Village

While we are responsible for filling all campus housing, it is our goal that third-year students and fourth-year students who request North Village will be able to live in North Village.  However, we cannot guarantee that all third-year students or fourth-year students will be assigned to North Village.  We also cannot guarantee that all third-year students or fourth-year students will be assigned to a private bedroom apartment.  There are a number of shared bedroom apartments that will also be assigned.

Based upon current enrollment projections, we do not expect to house second-year students in North Village for 2014-15. Rising second-year students should plan to participate in the lottery for a residence hall assignment April 7-10.

When groups of four students request North Village, the four names submitted must be rising third-year or fourth-year students.  Again, fifth-year students may also participate, but only if they can commit to living on-campus for both semesters.  This will help ensure that most third-year students have the opportunity to reside at North Village.

On March 31 and April 1, rising third-year and fourth-year students will have the opportunity to request a two-apartment North Village block.  A "block" means two NV apartments next door to each other. Groups requesting blocks at North Village must be rising third-year students or fourth-year students. 

Groups of eight rising third-year students and fourth-year students, or combinations of third-year students and fourth-year students, may request certain blocks in North Village that are predetermined.  Per student requests, we will again offer coed blocks this year on March 31 (this means that four males live in one apartment and four females live in the other).   Same gender blocks will be on April 1.  April 2 is for North Village Private Bedroom Apartments and April 3 is for North Village Shared Bedroom Apartments.

Squatters at North Village

Current third- and fourth-year students living in North Village are given the opportunity to retain their current apartment for the upcoming year if the following conditions are met prior to the Housing Lottery:

  • Names of four eligible students are submitted on the request form by the designated deadline.
  • At least two residents currently live in the apartment for spring semester.
  • All four residents must be rising third- or fourth-year students.
  • All four residents must submit their Housing Intentions in MyFurman Portal under Select Housing Intention by February 27 (submit "live in campus housing").
  • No student listed on the request is studying away fall semester unless he/she agrees to pay 100% of the cost for the reserved space by submitting the Reserve Fall/Guarantee Spring Assignment Request form by March 12.
  • The apartment being requested is NOT the Resident Assistant's apartment.
  • None of the students on the request are second-year students currently residing in North Village.

If you want to squat your apartment, you MUST submit the North Village Squatter Form no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Please note that we cannot allow students to leave their belongings in the apartment over the summer because these buildings are used for summer camps and conferences and summer students.  Please be aware that students cannot request to block with students who squat their apartment.

Can't find a roommate?

Utilize the Roommate Finder Discussion Board on OrgSync to find a roommate.  Be sure to "join now". You can then simply "log in", select "Communications" and "Discussion" to post a message or review messages. Roommate Finder has proven to be a helpful tool in the past; therefore, it is recommended that students utilize it to secure roommates for the lottery process.

If you cannot find a roommate by the last room selection day (April 12), you will not be able to participate in the on-line housing lottery and you will be contacted by Housing & Residence Life after the lottery is completed.  You will be placed on the waiting list or placed in a room that is available.

Waiting List

In support of the University's budgetary goals, Housing & Residence Life must make every effort to see that residence halls are filled to capacity in the fall. This goal cannot be achieved if everyone is assigned housing during the regular assignment process. Otherwise, those who decide (between May and August) to withdraw from the University will leave empty spaces. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 men and 30 and 40 women will be placed on a waiting list and assigned campus housing once attrition and the consolidation of those left without roommates has occurred. In most cases, Housing & Residence Life will make waiting list assignments in early August. By waiting until most activity has occurred, Housing & Residence Life can try to keep waiting list students in roommate pairs and assign them in preferred areas.

A meeting for those placed on the waiting list will occur on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Thomas Room, Trone Student Center.

The Housing & Residence Life staff reserves the right to cancel an assignment if the staff has reason to believe that individuals or groups have manipulated the system by: 1) including names of students on request forms who are not planning to live on campus, 2) including names of students on request forms who do not plan to live in the specific apartment or room being requested, or 3) manipulating the system in other ways that lead to an unfair advantage in the assignment process.

May Experience & Summer Housing

Details about May Experience housing are available at http://www2.furman.edu/studentlife/housing/Selection/Pages/MayExperience.aspx.  Details about Summer housing are available at http://www2.furman.edu/studentlife/housing/Selection/Pages/Summer.aspx.  Summer housing will be in North Village Buildings A, B, C, D and E.  Applications for both terms will be made available online February 19 and will be due by April 11.

 

Students planning to be on campus during Summer Session II might want to request one of these summer buildings as a 2013-14 assignment. Housing & Residence Life makes every attempt to coordinate summer and fall assignments in order to eliminate student moves.



 

If you have any questions about the Housing Lottery, please call 294-2092 or e-mail Housing Lottery.

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