You’ve been through this process before, so you know the deal with the housing lottery. If you were lucky, you just spent a year in Broadway bliss, or maybe the LLC, or maybe even a Special Interest Community (SIC). At the very least, we’re hoping you avoided the McShaft.
Here’s what you can do. If you’re a senior, the campus is your oyster. We’ll come back to you later. If you are a junior, there are plenty of good options out there, even if you are planning on living in an all-junior group. But do not bank on Sophomore Pair-Up, because as juniors (and seniors), this option does not apply to you.
Juniors tend to live in Broadway, Claremont, Harmony, Nussbaum, Ruggles, Schapiro, Symposium, Watt, Wien, or Woodbridge. Some of you may get into EC. If your goal is to be in a suite, your best bet is to do In-Person Group Selection with an even numbered group. There are many options available to you as a group of 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8.
If you score a low number—say, 20/2934—and Ruggles is gone by the time you arrive, you can choose to do Junior Regroup. In Junior Regroup, groups choose to split into some permutation—say, four groups of 2, or one group of 7 and one single—and pick after all the rest of the juniors have picked. So, our hypothetical group from above could split into a 7-person group and a 1-person group. They would get a new appointment time that would fall sometime after the last junior group picks, and they could try for, say, a Claremont suite.
On the other hand, if you’re able to get a senior or two to join your suite, you are guaranteed a suite in Ruggles or even EC, if you get lucky. EC has 56 exclusion suites with 3 singles and 1 double and, if you’re willing to go into the double as a rising junior, your odds are good. Last year's cutoff for exclusion suites was 24/814, so we doubt any all-junior groups will be landing an ECX this year, and we don't recommend going in as an all-junior group of 5 for that reason.
As a rising senior, your options are nearly boundless. You can help out some of your underclassmen friends and score a great single in Ruggles, or if you want a single and quiet, you can choose the best Broadway has to offer. If you're still down for a double, you can pull a Putin and invade Crimea Watt.
If you are in a group of all seniors, you can try for Hogan, although these tend to go pretty quickly. 6-person, all single townhouses in EC are definitely doable: there are approximately 28 townhouses available for 6-person groups as well as 7 high-rise all-singles 6-person suites. Even with a poor number, you can still score a 6-person townhouse, although two of you will have to be in doubles. Stay tuned for more concrete numbers later this week.
Another point we'd like to expand upon is Online Selection vs In-Person Selection. Although we recommend registering as a group for In-Person Selection, as this will broaden your housing options, many juniors and seniors choose Online Selection. Students doing Online Selection will choose after In-Person groups choose and thus will probably miss out on suites in East Campus, Hogan, Ruggles, Woodbridge, Watt, and Claremont. However, you will be able to choose into Broadway, Harmony, Nussbaum, River, or Schapiro.
The benefit of Online selection is that you'll be able to change your group any way you want during the selection process. Seniors doing Online Selection tend to split up into adjacent singles in a corridor building like Broadway, or one like Nussbaum—where the option is technically "corridor" but really a suite.
Juniors doing Online Selection follow the same process and tend to pick into Broadway, Harmony, Nussbaum, River, Schapiro, or Wien.
Stay tuned for cutoffs from last year later this week.