Current Rutgers students re-apply for on-campus housing through an annual lottery that allows students to search and select a room or apartment online. The lottery is held every year in late January, after students return from Winter Break. During the lottery period, students apply for a lottery number; participating in the lottery is required in order for a student to apply to any housing type or to special communities (e.g., Douglass Residential College, SAS Honors).
At the end of the lottery process, students are emailed their lottery numbers. These numbers are used to prioritize the students’ selection of on-campus housing options. Students access the online housing application in the order of their lottery numbers to find available rooms.
Through this selection process, students have the opportunity to live in any housing type on any campus. Students may apply together with specific roommates or individually.
Each year, Residence Life conducts a major marketing campaign using posters in residence halls, social media, and this website to communicate lottery information and respond to student questions. Students will see lottery information updated on this website and promoted in the halls every January.