Housing Selection Process

Senior Housing Options

Off Campus - For fall 2010, 40 seniors will have the opportunity to live off campus. Students interested in this option will need to apply using the Senior Off Campus Application. A judicial check will also be done to determine eligibility. This process is separate from the commuter application process. The 40 selected seniors will not be charged for on campus housing and will be responsible for finding their own housing off campus. Off Campus Applications are due to Residence Life by 4pm on Monday, December 7, 2009. Off Campus decisions will be sent via email by Wednesday, December 16, 2009. Approved students must accept or decline this option by Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

Senior Townhouses - The Steiner Residences offer an exciting, transitional living opportunity for 144 rising seniors. Each Townhouse features 4 single bedrooms, 1 double bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room space. Shared laundry facilities are located in each grouping of townhouses. Students selected for residence in the townhouses participate in one of the campus board plans.

Assignments to the Senior Townhouses are made through an application process and lottery. Criteria for eligibility is based on citizenship displayed on campus during their previous years. Students interested in living in the townhouses will form groups of 6. Each group of 6 will complete the Townhouse Application in which they answer essay questions addressing the contributions they have made to the SLU community and what they would contribute to the townhouse community. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 by 4:00 pm. Students will be notified by email of their eligibility for the townhouse room draw on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

A committee of current seniors and administrators will select the top 24 groups to live in the Townhouses. These groups will then be invited to a townhouse room draw where they can confirm their acceptance of a townhouse, choose the particular townhouse they will live in, and designate who will live in each room of the townhouse. The 24 groups will be called in averaged lottery number order starting with the lowest. The townhouse room draw will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3:00pm in Eben Holden. During Townhouse Room Draw at least one member of each group of 6 must be present to choose their Townhouse and must have the green Housing Lottery Card for each member of the group.

(Please note: The committee will review student conduct history for each applicant, looking particularly at frequency and severity of violations. If one student in the group is denied based on conduct history, the entire group will be denied.)

Senior Apartments - Seniors will also have the option to participate in a room draw for apartments at 48 Park, 38 E. Main, and 40 E. Main. Seniors interested in this option will need to fill out the Senior Apartments Application in groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 and a judicial check will be done to determine eligibility. Applications are due to Residence Life by 4pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Most apartments offer a mix of single and double rooms. Each groups’ lottery numbers will be averaged (as in block housing). Decisions will be sent via email on Friday, February 26, 2010. They will then attend a senior apartments room draw on Sunday, February, 28, 2010, at 4:00pm in Eben Holden to choose apartments in order of lottery number.

During senior apartment room draw at least one member of each group must be present to choose their Apartment and must have the green Housing Lottery Card for each member of the group.

Theme Houses and Floors

A theme community is a recognized group of students living in a university house or residence hall with a common interest, vision, or goal that will benefit students, the university, or the Canton community. This common interest can center on a particular academic area (e.g. political awareness or foreign language), a specific issue (e.g. low impact living, women's issues), or a hobby or skill (e.g. the arts, technology). A few theme communities serve mainly as a safe space while others focus more on programming; some are a combination of the two.

Students interested in continuing a current theme or proposing a new programmatic theme community should make note of the following:

· Theme Proposals are due by 4:00pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010 to the Residence Life Office (this applies to both houses and floors).

· Groups must include a green Housing Lottery Card for each member living in the community with their proposal.

· New groups must submit at least 10 Housing Lottery Cards to demonstrate sufficient interest in their group.

· A committee will select and notify applicants of their status by e-mail on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Each theme house/floor will recruit and select members during February. Students should apply individually to theme cottages which interest them. Students selected for residence in a theme house or floor will submit their Housing Lottery Card to the theme coordinator who will then give it to Residence Life along with the theme proposal. Ultimately you can only submit your Housing Lottery Card for one theme and you cannot be on the alternate list for another theme. If a group is denied, students should pick up their Housing Lottery Card from the Residence Life Office and continue in the housing process.

On Campus Greek Housing - Students from two of the six Greek organizations live in university-owned housing (Kappa Delta Sigma, Alpha Tau Omega). Those organizations that live in university-owned housing must submit a housing roster and green Housing Lottery Cards for each person by 4pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Groups will be notified of their housing status by email on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Off Campus Sorority Housing - Members from three of the four sororities (Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma) live in privately-owned housing. Each Greek letter organization must submit a complete housing roster with a green Housing Lottery Card for each student. Greek organizations are expected to fill all housing spaces with Greek letter members. As it states in the handbook, houses must be filled before members are eligible for other housing options. Newly activated members will remain on the campus meal plan until the semester after they join the organization. Members who live in privately-owned housing must submit their roster and green Housing Lottery Cards for each student by 4pm on Friday, March 26, 2010.