Housing Selection FAQs
We have created this page to help answer some of the more commonly asked questions about our online room selection process. We will regularly post updates to this page by category throughout the spring semester to better inform the campus community about how to navigate this process.
Students who wish to submit questions for posting on this page are welcome to call the Residence Life Office at 508-565-1290. Alternately, students may email their questions to Andy Anderson, Associate Director of Residence Life at email@example.com under the subject heading "Housing FAQs."
The Online Application
To apply online for housing, you will need to electronically sign your Room and Board contract and answer several specific questions ranging from study abroad plans to voluntary tripling. Here are the FAQs that have been submitted to us regarding the contract and application questions:
- Q: I already filled out the application, but I want to go back and change the answers to one of the 5 questions I had to answer. How do I do that?
A: Once you've completed the housing application, you won't be able to re-enter MyHousing to fill it out again or edit the answers to those questions. Instead, there are other ways that you can address this. If you've changed your mind about applying to live in New Hall or one of the sophomore villages, you can address this on your own by changing the number of roommates you've requested through MyHousing. Only those with enough people to fill a house will be entered into those lotteries. If you've changed your abroad plans, please email Andy Anderson, Associate Director of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you'd like to change your answer to the voluntary triple question, please visit the Residence Life Office in Duffy Hall so that we may update our records.
- Q: What happens if I request a roommate and they don't match my request?
A: All unmatched roommate requests will be deleted at 4:30 PM on Friday, March 22. All matched roommates will enter room selection together for one of the lotteries.
- Q: Can Rising Sophomores apply to quint a quad room?
A: Although we discourage it, we have allowed Rising Sophomores to quint selected quad rooms in Corr Hall and Villa Theresa.
- Q: How do merit points figure into the online room selection process?
A: Merit points are used to determine the order of selection on each lottery night. To put it a different way, merit points determine who gets earlier or later activation times for each of the lottery nights. Those groups/pairs with the highest merit point averages will be assigned earlier activation times than those with lower merit point averages. Ex: Jason (15 merit points) and Mike (15 merit points) have a merit point average of 15 (15+15/2 = 15). They will have an earlier actiavtion time than their friends Peter (13 merit points) and Paul (11 merit points) because their merit point average is less than theirs (13+11/2 = 12).
- Q: Is it possible to have more than 15 merit points?
A: No, the maximum number of points a student can have in any given year is 15. This cap is set by Residence Life and the members of the Lottery Committee.
- Q: I know that all students will be getting activation times to log into MyHousing to pick rooms, and that those activation times are separated in 1 minute intervals, but do we have to pick a room within 1 minute? That doesn't seem like enough time to look at options and pick.
A: The short answer to this question is no. Although new people will be logging into MyHousing in 1 minute apart, there's no requirement that students pick a rooms right away. In reality, all students will have until midnight on the night their lottery ends to pick rooms.
- Q: When I log into MyHousing during my assigned time to choose a room, will the list of available rooms update itself, or do I need to manually refresh my screen to see what rooms are still available?
A: Although room selection in MyHousing is live, you may want to refresh your screen every so often to monitor your options as they change (due to other students selecting) during your lottery night.
- Q: Do single rooms cost more to live in?
A: No, all students at Stonehill College pay the same amount for room and board - regardless of room type, room occupancy or building location.
- Q: If I'm going abroad for the fall, can I take part in one of the upcoming lotteries?
A: No, because they won't be living on campus this fall, students who will be studying abroad are not permitted to enter one of the lotteries.
- Q: Is New Hall only for Seniors?
A: Like the other upperclass residence halls, New Hall is open to both Rising Juniors and Rising Seniors.