Block Housing

If a student applies for a 'block' housing option, they apply for a number of room configurations along with a group of friends.  Blocks range in size from 3 students to 8 students.  All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are otherwise eligible for the Housing Lottery may apply for block housing.

We expect that ~500 students will select rooms during the Blocking Housing process.  Approximately 350 students will select rooms during the three Spring Housing Lotteries, and the remaining students will have their rooms assigned (new students) or live off-campus.

Students "WIN" their block applications once the average of the lottery numbers of the applicants is determined. All students who apply for blocks will not "win" their blocks.  Many students who apply will not be able to secure a room through block housing and should then pick a room during the regular Housing Lottery.

Students do NOT find out their housing lottery numbers prior to submitting their block application. The spirit behind this process is that we hope students choose to pick groups of rooms based on who will be living around them, and not based on who has the 'best' number.

Blocks are non-transferrable and cannot be declined. If you apply for a block and 'win' that block, you MUST live in that block for the Fall and Spring terms.  "Breaking Block" will result in a financial penalty, a lottery number penalty during the next lottery, and a move to the bottom of the housing waitlist.

Do not apply for a block you do not want.  Do not apply for a block you are ineligible for (check class-year rules for singles and building restrictions).  Do not apply for a block that does meet your needs (if you are eligible for disability accommodations).  Many blocks can support students with special needs. Ask before applying if you have any room questions.

Students who do not apply for block housing or do not 'win' one of their blocks will automatically be forwarded to the Spring Housing Lottery.

Instructions for Blocking:

  1. We encourage all students to apply for blocks. Applying for a block gives you the best chances at securing a location with friends and/or room-type you prefer.
  2. you may apply for up to 10 blocks
  3. you may preference your blocks, but you must apply for your LARGEST block first, followed by smaller blocks.  For example: a group of 8 friends may apply for an 8-person block, followed by a smaller 6-person block, followed by 2 5-person blocks (as their 3rd and 4th choices)
  4. Sophomores are NOT eligible for any blocks that include singles WITH THE EXCEPTION OF multi-room PPR blocks and Mary Lyons blocks.
  5. Sophomores are NOT eligible for any blocks in Mertz or Worth residence hall, or Wharton CD
  6. You must 'fill' a block in order to apply. For example, you must have 6 people to apply for a 6-person block; 3 people to fill a 3-person block, etc.
  7. Blocking applications may ONLY be submitted once.  Once submitted, applications cannot be changed or withdrawn
  8. Blocking applications are reviewed by the Housing Committee to determine eligibility
  9. The Housing Committee and/or the Dean's Office reserves the right to change blocks or substitute rooms numbers, after applications have been submitted, for comparable rooms, if an error in calculations occurs or the overall occupancy needs of the College change
  10. Blocking Applications will be available on or about April 1, 2014
  11. 2013-2014 blocks (please note, these are only given as a courtesy for planning purposes...blocks may change)