Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Housing selection for each academic year occurs during the spring term. The Residential Life team shares important dates with students and hosts information sessions to introduce housing options for each class year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing placement for new students is a different process than housing selection for returning students. As long as new students have completed their housing preference form there are no further action steps required.

First-year students will be housed in a commons with the rest of the students in their assigned First-Year Seminar (FSEM). Once FSEMs are sorted into commons, we will utilize the information you shared about yourself in the housing preference form to place you with a roommate(s) and in a room in your commons.

Commons Housing for Sophomores

The Commons Transfer process will open on April 1, and applications are due April 15. If you are interested in living in a commons building other than your own OR with students currently living in another commons, you will be required to request a transfer. 

All sophomores will be entered into a Commons Housing Selection process for their own current commons OR the commons for which their approved transfer application was accepted. As a reminder, the buildings within each commons where first-year and sophomore students live are as follows:

  • Ciccone Commons: Curtis Hall, Drake Hall, and 102 Broad Street
  • Hancock Commons: Bryan Complex, 113 Broad Street, and 94 Broad Street
  • Mabel Dart Colegrove Commons: Stillman Hall, West Hall, Jane Pinchin Hall, and 104 Broad Street
  • Brown Commons: Andrews Hall, East Hall, Burke Hall, Gate House, 100 Hamilton Streetc, and 110 Broad Street

The sophomore Commons housing selection process will take place on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Announcement of Housing Selection Times

Students who have already been assigned housing through a previous housing placement process (e.g. housing adjustment, theme and interest housing, etc. ) will not receive housing selection times. Their current housing assignment is final. 

Once students select a housing location during any selection option, their housing for the 2022–2023 academic year is final, and participation in any subsequent housing selection process will not be necessary or permitted.

You may select housing in your own commons with other students from your commons in the Commons housing selection. There is no need to submit a Commons transfer application. You will receive a housing selection time for that selection on the date in the table above. 

Students wishing to join another student in a different commons are required to submit a Commons transfer application. Residential Life will review all transfer applications and notify applicants of the status of their applications before housing selection times for the Commons lotteries are released. Students whose transfer applications are approved will be entered into the lottery for their new commons.

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On-Campus Housing

Most Colgate students reside in on-campus residential facilities. The on-campus housing process covers students who will reside in traditional residence halls and the Residential Commons, campus townhouses, campus apartments, and in the Broad Street Community.

On-campus housing process

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Off-Campus Housing

A limited number of rising seniors may participate in the Private Off-Campus Housing Program, signing leases to live in privately owned residences in the local area. Students interested in the program must enter the private off-campus housing lottery during the fall semester of their junior year.

Off-campus housing process

New Students

Information about housing assignments for new students, including incoming first-year students and transfer students, is available on the new student welcome site.