On Sunday, the first upperclassmen lottery since the beginning of the Clustered Learning Advocacy and Support for Students initiative concluded. Since this is the first year sophomores will be required to live on campus, fewer rooms were left for juniors and seniors, and many students awaited the results with anxiety. However, the preliminary numbers provided by the Office of Residence Life indicate that the lottery went smoothly. “I understand that no one who wanted to live on campus was turned away,” said Acting Assistant Vice President for Student Life Tom Tarantelli.
While we’re still waiting to hear the final report, The Poly is thrilled that all participating students appear to have been successfully placed in on-campus housing. Residence Life is still in the process of assigning housing to some sophomores, a matter complicated by the uncertain number of sophomores living in greek houses that have signed the Greek Life Commons Agreement. After watching all the work done by ResLife during the lottery, we have confidence that they will make every effort to find housing for every individual that needs it.
Even though housing was provided to everyone who wanted it, some students are likely to be unsatisfied with their housing arrangement due to cost, location, roommates, etc. The Poly encourages any dissatisfied students considering moving off campus to use the multitude of resources available to them. The Rensselaer Union pays $34,067.28 a year to provide lawyers to the students, so use them! Have them read through your lease before you sign it. Be diligent about your apartment search; as they are going fast and finding your ideal apartment will probably take some patience. Consider browsing the posters in the Union, newspaper classifieds, and RPI’s off-campus housing website. (That can be found at http://offcampus.union.rpi.edu/). By all means look for a decent price, but don’t sacrifice quality. Make sure the area you’ve chosen to live in is safe and try to find out all you can about your landlord before committing to a lease. Be sensible and responsible about the apartment search.