Housing Selection FAQ

Frequently Asked Housing Selection Questions

Where will applications be available for the different steps of the process?

All applications for the various processes will be available online on the Residence Life website at the following link.

Will my financial aid package be affected by the housing option I select?

Students who receive Financial Aid are strongly encouraged to speak with their Financial Aid counselor prior to selecting housing in a single room, Senior Townhouses, or off-campus to see if their financial aid package will be impacted.

What if the student I want to live with has a higher lottery number?

During multiples room draw, lottery numbers are averaged for a group of students.  During doubles room draw, the student with the lowest lottery number of a roommate pair will select housing.   Thus, if a member of the class of 2016 is planning to room with a member of the class of 2015, they would use the rising senior’s lottery number.

What do I do if I do not have someone to be my roommate?

Students without roommates should list their name and contact information as well as their housing preferences on a sheet in the Residence Life Office (Student Center 230).  They should then check back regularly and contact any other students on the list who seem like they might be a compatible roommates.   (Please note: in order to select a room during room draw, one must be able to fill a room (e.g. two eligible students for a double room; three eligible students for a triple room)

What happens if I "lose" my roommate after the housing assignments process?

If you lose the roommate you selected during housing selection, one of the following will happen:

1. you may select another student to live with you (who is not already in a room)

2. another student is assigned into the room with you

3. you are moved to another room with a vacancy

What happens if I do not participate in room selection?

Students who do not participate in the housing assignment process will be assigned to a space by the Office of Residence Life during July.

How do I apply to live off-campus?

St. Lawrence University is a residential campus for undergraduate students.  All students are assigned housing except those on off-campus study programs or those with permission to live off-campus through the commuter status process or the senior off campus selection process.  

If I receive written permission to live off-campus, will my financial aid be affected?

Each student’s financial aid situation is unique.  Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office for specific information prior to signing an off-campus lease.

If I receive written permission to live off campus, am I required to eat on the campus meal plan?

Students who have written permission to live off-campus are not required to purchase the campus meal plan.  Students interested in a meal plan should contact Student Financial Services for more information about their options.

What costs do I incur if I live off-campus without permission?

Students who live off-campus without written permission from the Office of Residence Life will be responsible for the room and board costs for the housing space to which they were assigned.