Room draw schedule

Neufeld HallMonday, March 11, through Friday, March 15, 10 p.m. 
A mandatory hall meeting for all returning students will be held. Look for announcement of time/location from your RA. Commuters wishing to live on campus can contact the student life office for information at Studentlife@bluffton.edu. Below is some information regarding the process please attend your all hall meeting for a full overview.  

Riley Court apartment draw

Monday, March 18, 11:59 p.m.
Preference for Riley Court apartments will be given to groups who sign up with six people, with upperclassman being given priority within those groups.  If any apartments are left after these groups of six register, there will be a room draw for any available apartments in groups of two.

If you are interested in signing up for an apartment, you must email studentlife@bluffton.edu and housing@bluffton.edu by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 18.  Please include in the email the complete names of the six students interested in the apartment, their email address and indicate a lead person for the group.  The lead person will be contacted to attend an apartment room draw some time between March 20 and 22. 

Please note:

  • Seniors will be given priority with the total number of group points tallied for final decisions. Class status will be determined by current credit hours completed. 
  • To determine priority, seniors will be given 4 points and juniors 3. These numbers are combined and divided by 6 (number of students in the apartment) to rank order with the higher number choosing first. Students who try for an apartment and do not receive it will be able to nest.
  • Please also fill out the “nesting” room form in case you do not receive an apartment placement. The process will be completed in time for you to delete the nesting request or sign up for the other room draws beginning March 25 if needed.  
  • If you receive an apartment assignment for next year and any member of your group does not return to Bluffton, the group will be responsible to find a new student to take their place or pay for their portion of the room charge. If you do not find a replacement or accept the extra charge, you will lose your apartment and a group from the waitlist will be moved into your place.
  • You must have at least the Apartment 70 block plan when living in the apartments. You may also have a 10, 15 or 20 meal plan for an additional cost. More information available on the Riley Court Apartment
  • Individual rooms within each apartment will be decided by the apartment members themselves.

 

  Room nesting

aka keeping your current room for next year

Saturday, March 16 – March 21, 11:59 p.m.  Residents who want to stay in their present rooms (including singles, triples and Neufeld rooms) for next fall have first priority for those rooms. However, a resident must have a roommate for next year to keep his/her room. Deadline for both roommates to submit the Returning Student Housing Form  is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 21. If you want to keep your current room, both roommates need to list the other as their roommate in order to reserve the room. If roommate names do not match or the deadline is missed, the room will be forfeited. If everything is completed and you are nesting, you do not need to attend room draw.

Singles, Triples & Seniors

Monday, March 25, 9:30 p.m. 
Stutzman Lecture Hall (rolling schedule)

We will hold an in-person room draw for students that did not nest to fill singles and triples and for seniors who did not nest. All roommates must be present at room draw. The room will be forfeited if both roommates do not submit the Returning Student Housing Form agreement form at room draw.

Singles 9:30- 10 p.m.
There are a limited number of single rooms available on campus. Single rooms are smaller rooms that are designed to house only one individual. Because of a limited number of single rooms on campus, it is likely that all individuals seeking a single room will not be accommodated.

Triples 10-10:30 p.m.
There are a limited number of triple rooms that can house three individuals. Once you have chosen a triple, all three residents will need to fill out the housing agreement.

Rooms will be decided by class seniority (like the other room draw processes).  Students are strongly encouraged to have a backup plan in the event they do not receive a single or triple room.

5th year seniors 10:30-11 p.m.
4th year seniors 11 p.m.
Online forms must be completed after the room is picked or the room will be forfeited. The forms will open March 16 and you can fill everything out except your building and room before the night of room draw and save it, so that is all that will need to be completed after you select a room.

There will be laptops available or you can bring your own to room draw to complete your forms, which must be completed before you leave.

 

Juniors, Sophomores & Super Singles

Tuesday, March 26, 9:30 p.m.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Juniors 9:30-10 p.m.
Super singles in Neufeld for Seniors & Juniors 10-10:30 p.m.
Sophomores 10:30-11 p.m.
Super singles in other residence halls (starting with seniors) 11 p.m.

In-person room draw for students changing halls and/or rooms. Both roommates must be present. 

If you plan to room with an incoming student you need to have that student email Studentlife@Bluffton.edu to indicate this desire. To do this the student must be accepted and plan to attend Bluffton University. The room will be forfeited if both roommates do not submit the Returning Student Housing Form agreement form.

Online forms must be completed after the room is picked or the room will be forfeited. The forms will open March 16 and you can fill everything out except your building and room before the night of room draw and save it, so that is all that will need to be completed after you select a room.

There will be laptops available or you can bring your own to room draw to complete your forms, which must be complete before you leave.

Super single 
A super single is a standard size room that has only one person living in it. The price for super singles has been cut significantly and there will be more of them available next year. Each floor in each hall will have an option to designate a super single room. The cost is $700 a semester in addition to the regular room rate.

 

No roommate?

Students without a roommate should contact their RA/HD to aid them in finding a roommate. If a roommate is not found by the start of room draw please email studentlife@bluffton.edu.

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