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Undergraduate Housing Selection & Lottery

These webpages contain information pertaining to all areas of the 2016-2017 Housing Selection & Lottery process.  The information in these pages pertains to current undergraduate students who are interested in living in RLH Housing next year.  Incoming First Year and Transfer students, and Graduate Students have different selection processes and do not participate in these selection processes.  Housing Selection and Lottery has many exciting aspects to it, hopefully making the process easier, faster, and more transparent.  In addition to the online process of declaring your housing intentions, there will be programs to assist you with finding a roommate, real time updates of spaces that are still available and information sessions in the residence halls to discuss the process.

Changes for 2016-2017

There are some exciting housing changes that for housing selections. This site guides you through the those changes.

    Summer Room Change Process:
    Each student who selects that they would like on campus housing for the 2016-2017 academic year must pick a bed space during selection.  We understand that there are only so many bed spaces in each building and that students are not always able to select the spaces that they want during selection.  This year in an effort to increase student satisfaction a summer room change process will be put in place.  This will allow for students to be put on a waiting list for the buildings that they want to live in and as spaces open up over the summer RLH will contact these students regarding room change.  To help create equity in the process students will be offered room changes, based on vacancies in reverse lottery number order, by class. 

  • Register For On AND OFF Campus Housing: All current residential students are presumed to be remaining on-campus next year unless they indicate otherwise. Students who choose to move off-campus must register for Off-Campus Housing through the online form emailed from RLH. This process collects basic information about where you will be living which helps the University to meet the Missing Student Notification requirements of the Clery Act. Current resident students who do not submit a request for either on-campus or off-campus housing will be assumed to be staying in housing and will get a lottery number automatically.

  • Paperless Process: No more printing and signing forms, no more mailing applications in from abroad, it's all online. Students can simply sign on to their account and access all relevant applications.

You should also be sure to understand the following about the Housing Selection process:

  • It is important that all students applying for Housing Lottery understand that by selecting a room at Housing Lottery, you are committing to a one-year housing contract.  Students who are ASSIGNED a room at Lottery, and then go abroad for the fall will be charged a $300 contract cancellation fee.  Students who select a room and then elect to live off campus will be charged a $1000 contract cancellation fee.  Students who receive a Lottery Number but who do not select a room at all will be charged a $100 contract cancellation fee.  Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from Clark before the start of the Fall Semester will be charged a $100 contract cancellation fee.
  • Current undergraduate students participating in a 5th year or graduate study program can participate in the undergraduate room selection process for Apartment Lifestyle Housing only. These students will need to agree to the terms of the Undergraduate Housing Contract.  They may also choose to instead apply for Graduate Housing.  Graduate Housing Applications will be available in March.
  • Students who decide after Lottery to apply for housing will apply for the Housing Waitlist. The Housing Waitlist is different than the Summer room change process in that students on the Housing Waitlist are assigned after students in the Summer Assignment process. Unlike the guaranteed Summer Assignment list, Clark does not guarantee housing for the waitlist (but likely will be able to house everyone regardless). If you are concerned about having housing next year, be sure to apply on time!
  • Please remember that all students are required to live in housing for four semesters. All sophomores are required to live on-campus unless participating in a study abroad program. Your personal THD account will indicate whether you are permitted to live off campus by displaying the off-campus application option if you meet the necessary criteria.

Online Room Selection Video Tutorials

Starting Spring 2016 Clark students will be able to select from anywhere (with a stable internet connection). This web-based system is powered by The Housing Director a product created by Adirondack Solutions and managed by Clark’s Residential Life and Housing Office. This is a live process which allows students the ability to search and see what is available at that exact moment, find a roommate(s) and make roommate groups for the upcoming year all with a few clicks. One of the advantages to using this system is that students are able to select their own assignments and know where they will be living as soon as they select and confirmation is provided.

The video tutorials posted below are voiced by Adam Keyes, Interim Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life and Housing. The videos will take you step-by-step through the major elements of the online room selection process. Each step in the process has been posted as a separate video. You may click below to view only the step you need, or view all steps to get a better understanding of the entire process.

For more information, please contact the Residential Life and housing Office at (508) 793-7453, send us an email at or visit us at 151 Woodland Street (Formerly 22 Downing Street) Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

2016-2017 Housing Lottery Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Completing an application & retaining a room (4:18) ready for review

Forming a roommate group (:59) ready for review

Accepting or declining roommate group invitation (1:33) ready for review

Understanding my appointment (1:37) ready for review

Dissolving a roommate group (:58) ready for review

Searching and selecting a room (:43)ready for review


Housing Lottery Information Sessions

Coming to a Hall near you,
Meet face to face with Adam Keyes and Jessica Looney to review the selection process

Feb. 15th 5:30PM JSC 2nd Floor Center Lounge

Feb. 17th 6:00PM Bullock 3rd Floor Lounge

Feb. 23rd 6:30PM Maywood 1st Floor Lounge

Feb. 25th 7:00PM Wright 1st Floor Lounge

For more information contact or visit with your Hall or Assistant Director.
Did you know that housing updates can be followed live via social media?
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