Yearly housing process begins with upper class

The room selection process for the 2013-2014 academic year began on Tuesday, February 12. As of Wednesday, the only portions of the selection process that have started are the Current Room Retention process and the Group Commons/Gender Neutral Housing process.

Only students who are currently juniors or seniors are eligible to apply for the CR2 process. The Office of Residence Life has already contacted students about the opportunity, and they are expected to apply by 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 13. Only residents of Blitman Residence Commons, Colonie Apartments, North Hall, E-Complex, the Rensselaer Apartment Housing Projects, Polytech Apartments, and Bryckwyck Apartments may participate.

This year, ResLife has decided to offer group housing and gender neutral housing, allowing both male and female students to live in the same apartment. To qualify for this type of housing, students must form a group of at least four, and no more than 16, students. ResLife will accept applications until 5 pm on Friday, February 15. According ResLife’s website, “The purpose of [gender neutral housing] is to accommodate students who wish to room with someone of another gender, not to promote couples living together. Rensselaer strongly discourages dating couples from selecting to room together; relationship challenges or breakups can pose significant roommate conflicts.”

For current sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to live elsewhere or are moving back on campus, RPI also offers an upper class general lottery. Students that sign up for this process are assigned a random number. These students will then be able to register for housing based on these numbers. Students interested in the lottery will be able to register between Tuesday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 26. The actually lottery will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 9 am–6 pm in Russell Sage Dining Hall. The residences available are Blitman, Colonie, North, E-Complex, RAHPs, Bryckwyck, Stacwyck, Quadrangle Residence Complex, and Polytech.

Current freshmen will participate in the sophomore housing lottery, which will occur from Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22 in the East Campus Athletic Village. For freshmen who plan to live in greek housing, lottery waivers are available on ResLife’s website. The apartments available for these students are Quad, Warren Hall, Nugent Hall, Davison Hall, Sharp Hall, Blitman, RAHPs, and Stacwyck.

For more information, students can visit ResLife’s office, which is located in the same building as Commons Dining Hall. Information and applications are also available on ResLife’s website at