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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 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.

For questions regarding the lottery process please contact the Residence Life Assignments Office at or call 848-445-0750.

2017-18 Lottery Process

Residence Life is excited to offer students the ability to search and select a room/apartment online. Since there have been changes to the policies and procedures from previous lottery processes, it is extremely important to review the lottery information and calendar below as you will not be eligible to participate in a process if not completed during the indicated time-frame.

In order to apply for a lottery number, please click here.

**PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to apply for a lottery number has been extended to Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 11:59pm**

Attention New Students!
Lottery information is only for continuing Rutgers students and incoming Spring 2017 transfer students. New Fall 2017 incoming students do not apply for housing through this lottery process. Please wait for your online housing application, which will be delivered to you via e-mail.

Lottery Resources

Important General Information and Policies
Please be sure to review the general lottery guidelines and policies to ensure proper completion of each step in the process.

Apply for Lottery (Step-by-Step)
To participate in the 2017-2018 lottery process, all students must apply for a lottery number beginning Monday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 24. Residents may not participate in any sign up process (including Douglass Residential College, SAS Honors, and other special programs) without a lottery number.

Housing Options
Click on the Housing Options link above to review the various housing options and special programs available during the lottery. To apply, simply follow the detailed instructions for the housing process you choose, within the time-frames posted. In the meantime, explore our campuses, view floorplans, photos and 3D-room renderings while you learn about our residence halls, apartments, and suites. 

Use the link above to review the seniority information for the 2017-2018 year.

Rising Sophomore Preference
The sophomore housing guarantee has been phased in to minimize the impact on any individual class year by gradually increasing the number of on-campus spaces reserved for sophomores. For the 2017-2018 lottery process, all rising sophomores who apply for housing will be guaranteed housing. 

Lottery Calendar
Refer to the calendar for important dates, times and deadlines. You will not be able to participate in a process if you do not complete the necessary steps within the indicated timelines.