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Room Selection 2019-2020

Every student planning to live in a residence hall who does not have an assignment (in a suite, apartment or house) or who does not have off-campus approval for the coming academic year must draw a number and choose a room through the general numbers draw and room draw process. Students who are unable to draw a number may designate a proxy to draw a number. The proxy must have the ID (or a photocopy) of the student for whom they are drawing.

Numbers draw

General numbers draw

During numbers draw, you need to:

  • Step 1: Arrive at either of the designated times for numbers draw.
    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)
    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)
  • Step 2: Present your Student ID.
  • Step 3: Draw a number according to your room selection status (refer to the information on room selection status for details on how that is determined).
  • Step 4: Receive a Room Selection Pass with your name, classification, and number.

Be sure you and your roommate(s) keep your Room Selection Pass. You and your roommate(s) will not be able to select a room at numbers draw without all passes.

Late numbers draw

Students who miss Numbers Draw may participate in Late Draw by stopping by the Residence Life Office beginning at 8 a.m. the day after numbers draw. Students participating in late draw may not select a room, NOR MAY THEIR ROOMMATE(S) SELECT A ROOM, until all other students have selected a roomRefer to the important dates for the time and location of late room draw.

Lottery number “carryover”

Because each lottery is separate, numbers do not transfer from one lottery to another and “expire” at the conclusion of that lottery. This means that a Wilch Lottery number is void at the end of the Wilch Lottery and cannot be used in the Suites and 10th Avenue Apartments Lottery. All previous lottery numbers are void and cannot be used in the general numbers draw lottery.

Between the conclusion of Room Selection and the end of the academic year, general room draw numbers do carry over to the singles wait list for those who did not secure a single room during room selection.  Beginning with the summer, the waitlist is populated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Floor plans & Available Rooms

Floor plans are provided online to assist students in determining the location of a room within a residence hall. Diagrams are not necessarily drawn to scale and certain building renovations and/or improvements may not be included.  Available rooms will be posted online on Friday, March 29, 2019 (watch your Cornell e-mail for details)

Room selection process

  • Step 1: Draw a number in Numbers Draw (refer to the numbers draw information above for complete details).
  • Step 2: Arrive at room draw at the time listed for the type of room that interests you, and if appropriate, your classification (see complete schedule below).
  • Step 3: When your number is called, show your ID(s) and Room Selection Pass(es) to the checker at the door. You must have your student ID as well as those of your roommate(s) to participate in Room Selection.
  • Step 4: Proceed to the table of the building you prefer.
  • Step 5: Select a room and present your Room Selection Pass(es) to the person at the table. If your preference is taken, select another room or go to the table of your second choice building.
  • Step 6: Proceed to the final check out station. Your selection will be recorded and the Room Selection Pass(es) collected. It is very important that you stop at the check-out station; your room assignment is not secured until you stop at the check-out station.

Room selection timeline

Room selection for singles, triples and quads (see detailed schedule below)

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 starting at 7 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Room selection for doubles (see detailed schedule below)

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Late room draw

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Singles Room Waitlist

  • Monday, April 8, 2019 through the end of the academic year in the Residence Life Office

Room selection for singles, triples and quads (specific date is listed above)

Note: any Junior or Senior student who elects to live on in alcohol-free community is expected to abide by that expectation (refer to our information on alcohol-free communities for a list of those floors).

  • 7 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Triples and quads (all classes)
  • 7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Singles (all classes)

Room selection for doubles (specific date is listed above)

Note: any Junior or Senior student who elects to live on in alcohol-free community is expected to abide by that expectation (refer to our information on alcohol-free communities for a list of those floors).

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Senior doubles
  • 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.: Junior doubles
  • 7:45 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Sophomore doubles
  • 8:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Students without roommates
  • 8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.: Late room selection

Frequently asked questions

Refer to our frequently asked questions or contact Residence Life  with questions.  Or stop by the Room Selection Information Table on Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Main Level by the Info Desk (Thomas Commons)

Room Selection Information

Every student planning to live in a residence hall who does not have an assignment (in a suite, apartment or house) or who does not have off-campus approval for the coming academic year must draw a number and choose a room through the general numbers draw and room draw process. Students who are unable to draw a number may designate a proxy to draw a number. The proxy must have the ID (or a photocopy) of the student for whom he or she is drawing.

Numbers draw

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)

Available rooms posted online

  • Friday, March 30, 2018 (watch your Cornell e-mail for details)

Room selection for singles, triples and quads (see detailed schedule below)

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Room selection for doubles (see detailed schedule below)

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Late room draw

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Singles Room Waitlist

  • Monday, April 9, 2018 through the end of the academic year in the Residence Life Office

General numbers draw

During numbers draw, you need to:

  • Step 1: Arrive at either of the designated times for numbers draw.
  • Step 2: Present your Student ID.
  • Step 3: Draw a number according to your room selection status (refer to the information on room selection status for details on how that is determined).
  • Step 4: Receive a Room Selection Pass with your name, classification, and number.

Be sure you and your roommate(s) keep your Room Selection Pass. You and your roommate(s) will not be able to select a room at numbers draw without all passes.

Late numbers draw

Students who miss Numbers Draw may participate in Late Draw by stopping by the Residence Life Office beginning at 8 a.m. the day after numbers draw. Students participating in late draw may not select a room, NOR MAY THEIR ROOMMATE(S) SELECT A ROOM, until all other students have selected a roomRefer to the important dates for the time and location of late room draw.

Questions?  Stop by the Residence Life Office in Old Sem or check out their resources online.

Residence Halls Close for Winter Break

All residence halls and houses will close at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st and will remain closed until 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 14th.

Access to student rooms will not be possible during this time. Students should make their travel plans accordingly.

See the Residence Life Winter Break Information webpage for more information or contact Residence Life.

Questions?  JGoetschius

Residence Halls Close for the Summer

Be sure to check out Residence Life’s page on Spring Closing Info to prepare for leaving campus at the end of the semester!

Here are important residence hall dates to know:

Residence Halls Close for Non-Graduates

Thursday, May 11th – Check out with your RA by 11 a.m.

Residence Halls Close for Graduates

Sunday, May 14th – Check out by 6 p.m.

Residence Halls Open for 2017-2018

Saturday, September 2nd at 9 a.m.

Housing Lotteries

From the Residence Life Office, here are the important dates to keep in mind for housing lotteries for the next academic year:

Important dates (subject to change)

Numbers draw

All students planning to live on campus for 2017-2018, who do not have a fall  housing assignment, should draw a number during one of these two sessions: 

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)

Available rooms posted online

  • Friday, March 31, 2017 (watch your Cornell e-mail for details)

Room selection for singles, triples and quads (see detailed schedule below)

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 starting at 7 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Room selection for doubles (see detailed schedule below)

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Late room draw

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine Conference Room

Singles Room Waitlist

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 through the end of the academic year in the Residence Life Office

5th Annual Living and Learning Community Expo

5th Annual Living & Learning Community Expo

November 16 ~ OC ~ 12p(noon)

Join or create your own LLC for 17-18!

Residence Life offers living spaces for you and up to 8 of your friends!  Center your community around a specific topic like a hobby or cause.

Live with your friends! Engage deeply with a topic! Create a house legacy!
Leadership opportunities!
Connect with an Advisor!
Enhance the Cornell community!

Sponsor: Residence Life
Learn more: dchou@cornellcollege.edu