Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Get informed about relevant housing selection processes for current students who will be returning to campus in the coming academic year.

Housing Selection 2020

Adjusted Housing Selection Timeline

Dates Event
July 7 Release housing selection times for Commons Lotteries and Junior and Senior Lottery
July 13–15 Commons Lotteries active, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. daily
July 15–24 Junior/Senior Lottery active, 4:00pm - 9:00p.m. daily (excluding Saturday and Sunday)
July 17 Release housing selection times for Sophomore General Lottery
July 20–24 Sophomore General Lottery active, 4:00-9:00p.m. daily
Around August 3 New students will receive their housing assignment from Residential Life.


Housing placement for new students (first-year students in the Class of 2024 and transfers) is a different process than housing selection for returning students. As long as new students have completed their housing preference form (which was due on June 24, 2020), there are no further action steps required.

We are doing everything we can to be announce housing and Commons placements on or about Monday, August 3, 2020. 

Commons Lottery

The Inter-Commons Transfer process has been temporarily eliminated from the overall housing selection process for this year only. Any applications that were submitted already to Residential Life will be disregarded.

All sophomores will be entered into a Commons Lottery for their own current Commons. This first phase in the lottery will be for rising sophomores to select housing in their own Commons with friends from that Commons. The buildings included in the Commons Lottery are as follows:

  • Ciccone Commons Lottery: Curtis and Drake
  • Hancock Commons Lottery: Bryan Complex
  • Mabel Dart Colegrove Commons Lottery: Stillman and Jane Pinchin
  • Brown Commons Lottery: Andrews and Burke

The Commons Lotteries will run from July 13–15 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sophomore General Lottery

The second and final opportunity for rising sophomores to secure their housing is the General Lottery for Sophomores. Any students who do not select housing in their Commons Lottery will be entered into the General Lottery for Sophomores. If you wish to select a housing option with students from a different Commons, this is the process. The buildings in the General Lottery are as follows: 

  • 113 Broad Street
  • 76 Broad Street
  • Any rooms that are not selected by participants in the Commons Lotteries

The Sophomores General Lottery will run from July 20-24 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Announcement of Housing Selection Times

  • The Housing Selection Times for the Commons Lotteries will be sent on July 7. 
  • Students who do not select housing during the Commons Lotteries will receive their Housing Selection Time for the General Lottery for Sophomores later in the day on Friday, July 17.

Students who have already been assigned housing through a previous housing placement process will not receive housing selection times. Their current housing assignment is final. 

Once students select a housing location during any lottery, their housing for the ’20-’21 academic year is final, and participation in any subsequent housing selection process will not be necessary or permitted.

All rising juniors and seniors who have not yet been assigned housing will be entered into the junior and senior housing lottery. Several housing selection processes have already been completed including:

  • Accessible accommodations
  • Block and interest housing
  • Commons social house placement
  • Fraternity and sorority house placement
  • CL placement
  • Private off-campus housing (more about this process below).

If you were not already assigned housing as a result of these applications or affiliations, you will receive a housing selection time to participate in the Junior and Senior General Lottery.

Available in the junior and senior housing lottery will be: 

  • Rooms in a number of Broad Street houses (singles, doubles, and rooms designed as triples)
  • Townhouses
  • Newell Apartments
  • University Courts
  • Parker Apartments

Announcement of Housing Selection Times

Housing Selection times for the Junior/Senior Lottery will be sent on July 7.

The Junior and Senior General Lottery will run from July 15–24 (excluding Saturday and Sunday) from 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Once students select a housing location during any lottery, their housing for the ’20-’21 academic year is final, and participation in any subsequent housing selection process will not be necessary or permitted.

The Inter-Commons Transfer Applications submitted before housing selection was delayed have been disregarded, and this step in the housing selection process has been removed. We have made this change due to the delayed housing process this year.

You will be able to select housing with students from a different Commons than your own in the General Sophomore Lottery.

You may select housing in your own Commons with other students from your Commons in the Commons Lottery. You will receive Housing Selection Times for that lottery on Tuesday, July 7. The Commons Lotteries will take place from Monday, July 13–Wednesday, July 15 from 4:00–9:00p.m.

Once you select a housing location during the Commons Lottery, your housing for the ’20-’21 academic year is final, and participation in any subsequent housing selection process will not be necessary or permitted. 

You may select housing with someone from a different Commons during the Sophomore General Lottery. 

There are a number of rooms in the first-year inventory that fluctuate between 2–3 residents as needed in a given year. These rooms are located in East and West Halls. The task force’s recommendation pertains to these specific rooms that serve as triple rooms on occasion, and will not be used as triples this year. There are rooms across campus designed for three residents, and they will stay as such (e.g. Drake, 100 Hamilton, Broad Street Houses, and others).

The Task Force has provided its support for this step to be taken, if needed. At this time, no additional students have been approved to move into private off-campus housing.

If this step is taken, students on the off-campus housing waitlist will be notified via their Colgate e-mail. If waitlisted students are granted permission by Residential Life to move off campus, we ask that they make their decision quickly.

This recommendation in the task force’s report does not grant permission for students who have not been given permission from the Office of Residential Life to live in private off-campus housing in Hamilton. 

There are a couple of options for students with these concerns. Students may opt to remain at their primary residence for the fall semester and take the remote learning option outlined in the June 30, 2020 communication from the University.

If students choose to return to campus and wish to pursue a housing accommodation, they may contact Lynn Waldman in the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services at lwaldman@colgate.edu

Due to the ever-evolving nature of travel at this time, if you are still enrolled in a fall off-campus study program, you will still be entered into the housing lottery for which you are eligible (most likely, the junior/senior lottery). While you are not required to select housing due to your current plans, we encourage you to participate if there is any reasonable doubt your program will not move forward.

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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.