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Graduate/family housing applications process is not yet available.

Continuing Student Housing Selection Overview | 2023-2024

Current Rutgers students re-apply for on-campus housing through an annual housing selection process that allows students to search and select a room or apartment online. During housing selection, students must first apply for a housing selection number. Completion of the initial housing selection application is required for participation in the process to select any housing space on-campus. Obtaining the housing selection number is not binding until you select your space.

This year’s housing selection application will be available January 23, 2023 until February 7, 2023.

Housing Selection General Information and Policies

Who May Participate

  • Full-time, matriculated students currently attending classes on the New Brunswick campus (living on or off campus)
  • Students currently in a Rutgers sponsored study abroad program

How to Obtain a Housing Selection Number

  1. All eligible students who wish to live on-campus are required to apply for a housing selection number between Monday, January 23 through Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
  2. All applicants will receive notification of their housing selection number via email on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
  3. Once you receive a housing selection number, please be sure to review the housing selection options to know when to participate in each process:

Housing Selection Timelines

Application 

Sign Up Dates 

Notification 

Selection 

Spaces 

Apartments

Feb 9 – Feb 20

Feb 22

Feb 23 – Mar 7

Livingston Campus – Livingston Apartments 

College Ave Campus  Sojourner Truth & Easton Ave Apartments 

Busch Campus – Buell, Nichols, Richardson, & Silvers Apartments 
Cook/Douglass Campus – Newell & Starkey Apartments
 

Suites 

Feb 9 – Feb 20

March 8

March 9 

Crosby, Judson, McCormick, Morrow, Thomas, Winkler  

Traditional Residence Halls (Singles & Double Rooms)

Feb 9 – Feb 20

March 21

March 22 – 30 

All Campuses 

Types of housing

  • Apartments: Groups of up to 4 interested in single or double bedroom apartments should apply within this process. ALL campus apartments will be offered in this selection.
  • Suites: Groups of six students interested in a Crosby, Judson, Morrow, Thomas, or Winkler Suite on the Busch Campus should review the application procedures and apply by the deadline.
  • Traditional Residence Halls: Individual students or a group of two interested in living in an upper-class residence hall.  Both single and double occupancy rooms will be offered in this process.  Groups of 2 may not select single-occupancy rooms.

Special Housing Timelines

You may be a part of a special housing program which is coordinated along with another academic department. Below are some of the other special housing timelines that students may be a part of.

Application

Sign Up Dates

Notification

Selection

Spaces

Housing Selection Application

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 8

Mason Gross

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 9

Feb 10

New Gibbons

SAS Honors Program (SASHP)

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 10

Feb 13

Brett, Lynton Towers, McCormick, Jameson H

Engineering Honors

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 10

Feb 13

McCormick

Honors College

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 15

Feb 16

Honors College, Thomas Suites, B.E.S.T. Hall

DRC – Douglass Residential College

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 14

Feb 15

Henderson, Jameson, Woodbury

B.E.S.T Hall

Jan 23 – Feb 7

Feb 16

Feb 17

B.E.S.T. Hall

  •  General Douglass Housing Options (Women Only): If you are interested in becoming a member of the Douglass Residential College and live in Jameson Hall, Henderson Apartments, or Woodbury Hall students must apply for a housing selection number, then submit a General Douglass Residential College Housing Application available from January 23 – February 7
  • Living-Learning Douglass Housing Options (Women Only): If you are interested in becoming a member of the Douglass Residential College and live in one of the following communities: Bunting Cobb, Global Village, or Honors, please visit the Douglass Residential College website for further information and the application.
  • For more information on living-learning, thematic, and other community options, please visit our special living options page.

Seniority Explanation

A seniority/reverse seniority system is used within the housing selection process. Each student will receive points based on their class year. Class year will be determined by what is listed via your school affiliation on February 7, 2023.

  1. Eligibility order will be determined first by the total number of points the group has, then the lowest housing selection number within the group.
  2. The more total points a group has, the higher they will be on the eligibility list.
  3. The point system is reversed for residence halls and suites, making that process “reverse seniority.”
  4. Single rooms will use total earned credits to determine eligibility, rather than class year.

Apartments 

Suites/Residence Halls

Class Year 

Points 

Class Year 

Points 

2023

4 

2023

1 

2024

4 

2024

1 

2025

3 

2025

2 

2026

2 

2026

3 

2027+

1 

2027+

4 

 

  • Residence Life guarantees housing to all rising sophomores.
  • While Sojourner Truth & Livingston Apartments will be available in the Apartments Selection Process, it is expected that only Juniors & Seniors will be eligible to select spaces there.
  • Pharmacy students should subtract two years from the class year, since they are in a six-year program. This will ensure pharmacy students have the proper points. For example, 2026 pharmacy students will actually be counted as having a 2024 class year.

Sign Up for a Housing Option

  1. Each housing option process has specific eligibility requirements and deadlines to apply.
  2. Complete and submit the required application according to the instructions for the particular housing you prefer.
  3. All students in a group will be required to complete an application for each housing option and indicate their requested roommates’ RUID numbers and full names.
  4. Once you commit to a space through a housing selection process, you are bound to your housing agreement and cannot participate in any other selection process. Take this into serious consideration before committing as your housing agreement cannot be cancelled unless you are withdrawing from the university.

Notification of Eligibility

  1. Once students sign up for a housing option, groups will be notified of their eligibility status on the day specified within the housing selection calendar.
  2. If the group is eligible to choose a room during the process, the website will indicate the specific date and time they may log in and choose a room.

Select a Space Online

If deemed eligible to select a space online, one person in the group (or yourself, if in a single) will be required to log into the application website and select a space for the group.

Please note: Only one member of the group is required to log into the system and select a space. All roommates within the group will receive a confirmation email once a space has been selected.

FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students must be fully compliant with the COVID-19 Vaccine requirement to move in to on-campus housing. A student is fully compliant when they have received an initial vaccination and a booster shot, when eligible to receive a booster. Rutgers students must upload their vaccination and booster documentation on the Rutgers Student Immunization Portal for verification. A NetID and password are required. Please see the Rutgers COVID-19 Vaccine Information site for more information regarding the requirement. Students with waivers or exemptions are not eligible to live on-campus.

Students who do not apply during that time will not be eligible to participate in the housing selection process and must sign up for the Late Housing Selection Process which begins after the final doubles selection, anticipated the first week of April.

No. The date and time you apply does not affect your housing selection number.

If a student’s class year changes, our office will continue to use the original class year as of February 7, 2023 for housing selection purposes.

Recent studies indicate that students who reside on campus for the first two years of their academic career maintain higher overall GPAs than students who live off campus, higher levels of social support among their student peers, as well as display increased persistence towards graduation. Recognizing these positive effects, Residence Life guarantees housing to all rising sophomores. 

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining your first choice of housing, please review the housing selection calendar to participate in future processes.

No. Once you commit to a space through digital signature, you are bound to your housing agreement and cannot participate in any other selection process. Take this into serious consideration before committing as your housing agreement cannot be cancelled unless you are withdrawing from the university.

No. Students may not sign back to their current space.

While Sojourner Truth & Livingston Apartments will be available in the Apartments Selection Process, it is expected that only Juniors & Seniors will be eligible to select spaces there.

Single rooms will use total earned credits to determine eligibility, rather than class year. This means a majority of singles are selected by seniors. This year, single room selection will take place as part of the Residence Hall Selection Process, but still use earned credits to determine eligibility.

Special programs will be assigned in separate processes which will be specifically outlined by the community coordinators.

Yes. Students currently living off campus can take part in the housing selection process. 

You can reach out to our Student Support team via ruoncampus.rutgers.edu/support.