The Office of Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services will soon host the 2017-18 Housing Lottery for on-campus housing options. This process begins immediately following spring break. As a parent or supportive family member, below are some things you need to know:
Eligible students are those who reside on campus for the spring 2017 semester; spring 2017 participants in SU Abroad/COOP/Internship programs who resided in University housing in the semester preceding their SU Abroad/COOP/Internship experience; or, new students anticipated to enroll in fall 2017 that are identified as your student’s roommate preference.
To participate, your student must do two things
- Submit an advance housing payment of $450 or apply for a waiver via MySlice. The waiver is an instant approval process that waives the $450 payment for students who are funded over 70 percent by financial aid and/or scholarships. The payment or waiver must be processed and posted to your student’s account by March 21, 2017. This can take 5-7 days.
- Accept the Terms & Conditions of Student Housing by March 21, 2017.
Learn About the Process
Encourage your student to visit information tables in the dining centers or visit the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services in 206 Steele Hall. Remind them to ask questions themselves. We are here to help!
Identify a Roommate
Suggest to your student that they consider the type of roommate that they want to have for a compatible living experience. If your student doesn’t have someone to live with, Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services will have a Facebook page for students that are eligible to participate in the lottery. Your student can join and look for a roommate once they meet the eligibility requirements for participation in the lottery.
Have a Lottery Plan
Start with their ideal location to live and which roommate(s) to live with and regroup if that 4 person suite in Watson isn’t available at their selection time. Know in advance what to do if all 4 person suites are already full. Having a plan reduces the stress for your student—and for you.
Chances are good that your student will select a South Campus apartment or residence hall for their sophomore year since over 2,000 students can be housed there. Please help your student understand that, due to the nature of the Housing Lottery, South Campus may be where they will live next year. Riding a shuttle bus is a reality of living on South Campus, but thousands of students make this work on a daily basis. While it requires some advance planning to make it to class on time, buses run nearly 24 hours per day and on a very frequent schedule during prime hours.
Students have easy access to the Goldstein Student Center and Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. In addition, the student-run organization S.C.O.P.E. (South Campus Organization for Programming Excellence) does an excellent job of organizing events for the South Campus residents. Learn more on their website: http://orl.syr.edu/current-students/south-campus/scope/index.html.
Students will know their fall assignment immediately after they make a housing selection during the Housing Lottery. It is important for students to focus on the assignment they receive during the lottery and begin learning about their new living environment. In the event that a returning student’s plans change, a summer waiting list is available. While any student with a fall assignment can place their name on the waiting list, there are no guarantees that a move will happen.
For more information about the Housing Lottery, please click here.