Room draw schedule

Neufeld HallMonday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 2
A mandatory hall meeting for all returning students will be held. Look for announcement of time/location from your hall staff. Commuters wishing to live on campus can contact the student life office for information at Below is information regarding the process. Please attend your all hall meeting for a full overview.  

Tuesday, Feb. 14
The Returning Student House Form opened on It is located under the student life tab.

Room nesting

Nesting is when you wish to keep your current room with your current roommate for the next academic year.

For doubles and triples, a resident must have all current roommates to nest for the next year to keep their room. If you wish to nest and keep your current room, all 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 your current roommate will not be returning to campus for the next academic year, you cannot nest in your current room. If you have completed your nesting documentation before the deadline, you do not need to complete any further documentation for room draw.

Super singles are not eligible for nesting, except for rising seniors currently living in Neufeld Hall. (More information can be found in the super-single policy)

Nesting deadline: Friday, March 3, 11:45 p.m.
Deadline for all roommates to submit the Returning Student Housing Form is 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 3. If you want to keep your current room, both/all roommates need to list the other as their roommate(s) 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.

Riley Court Apartment draw

Wednesday, March 1, 11:59 p.m.
Deadline for apartment applications
If you are interested in signing up for an apartment, you must email and by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. 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.

Preference for Riley Court apartments will be given to groups who sign up with six people, with upperclassmen being given priority within these 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.

Six residents live in each apartment which includes three double rooms, a kitchen, living room, two bathrooms and laundry facilities. A meal plan is required to live in the apartments.
More information on Riley Creek Apartments >

Please note:

  • ONLY students who will be attending classes on the Bluffton campus for the entire 2023-24 academic year will be considered.
  • 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. Cumulative average GPA will also be calculated for the group and considered when making final selection decisions.
  • 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 nest or participate in another room draw option.
  • Please also fill out the Returning Student Housing Form to “nest” or to participate in the in-person room draw in case you do not receive an apartment placement. The apartment selection process will be completed by March 8.  
  • 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. 
  • Individual rooms within each apartment will be decided by the apartment members themselves.

Room Draw Order and Instructions

Sunday, March 26, in Sommer Center
Room draw will begin at 1:30 p.m. Individual appointment times will be emailed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.

An in-person room draw to fill all available rooms will be held for students who did not nest or receive an apartment assignment. 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.

Appointment times will be set based on class year, credit hours and career GPA (to break ties for credit hours.)

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 unlikely that all individuals seeking a single room will be accommodated.

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 all room draw processes).  Students are strongly encouraged to have a backup plan in the event they do not receive a single or triple room.

Online forms must be completed after the room is picked or the room will be forfeited. The forms open Feb. 14. 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.

Students who will not be able to attend room draw on Sunday, March 26, should email by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, to indicate who will attend IN PERSON on their behalf.

Rooming with an incoming student
If you plan to room with an incoming student you will not be able to select a room during room draw. You need to complete the Returning Student Housing Form and indicate the name of the incoming student who wish to room with. The incoming student must email to indicate this roommate pairing desire. To do this, the student must be accepted, deposited and plan to attend Bluffton University.

After we receive the accepted incoming student's housing form, we will assign the two of you as roommates in a room set aside for incoming student housing. Your housing assignment information will be emailed to you in July.

Super single
A super single is a standard size room that has only one person living in it. There is an additional approximate $770 fee per semester for a super single. For the 2023-24 academic year there will be a limited number of super singles available, due to a large incoming class.

Juniors and seniors will be able to choose a super single room in Neufeld Hall. There will be a wait list for juniors and sophomores interested in super singles in other halls. A residence life representative will contact you in August if there is space available.

Please don't email asking if there is a single available. The waitlist will be reviewed when/if any single options come open and will be made available based on seniority. An email will be sent to your account to make an offer. You will be given a limited amount of time to respond, so please check your email frequently over the summer.

No roommate?

Students without a roommate should contact their RA/HD to aid them in finding a roommate. Students need to find a roommate they can be compatible with and not “plan” for a single room to be offered. If a roommate is not found by Thursday, March 23, please email All returning students MUST submit their Returning Student Housing Request form through, under the student life tab.