Rising Junior Housing Options

Important Dates:

  • Substance-Free, Strath-Haven, & Intent to Live Off-Campus Applications Due: Monday, April 11, 12:00pm EST

  • Housing Blocking Applications Available: Tuesday, April 5

  • Housing Blocking Applications Due: Monday, April 11, 12:00pm EST

  • Blocking Results Live: Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17

  • Lottery Numbers Available for View: Thursday, April 14

  • Junior Housing Lottery: Tuesday, April 19, 6:00pm, 3rd Floor Matchbox (Tarble Commons)

Access to Floor Plans

For the 2016-2017 year, the following housing options are available to rising juniors:

NOTE: To be eligible for campus housing, all student accounts must show a $0.00 balance. Please communicate with the Student Accounts Office with any questions regarding your student account.

Junior Housing Lottery:

If you are interested in obtaining a room for 2016-2017, you can select a room in the housing lottery.  The order is determined by your lottery number.  This year's Junior Lottery is being held on Tuesday, April 19, 6:00pm, in 3rd Floor Matchbox (Tarble Commons).  We advise that you come early, so you can view floor plans as well as ask any questions you might have to Office of Student Engagement professional staff.  Beginning this year, rising sophomores who are not on track to complete the College's P.E. Requirement will NOT have their lottery number penalized.  However, all rising sophomores need to ensure that they meet the P.E. Requirement as it is necessary for graduation.  Please visit the Requirements page in the Swarthmore Advising Handbook for more details about the P.E. Requirement.  Information regarding study abroad and leaves from the college are listed below on this page.   

Junior Blocking Process:

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 2 students to 8 students. All rising juniors may apply for block housing.  If you "win" your block, you are not required nor eligible to participate in the housing lottery.  The full details of the blocking process and application are available here: Blocking Process

Intent To Live Off-Campus:

Rising juniors have the option to live in non-College owned housing for the 2016-2017 academic year.  If you are an enrolled, on-campus student, who is planning to live in non-College owned housing for the Fall 2016 semester, you must give formal notice (via submitting an online form) to the Office of Student Engagement by Monday, April 11 at 12:00pm. All "Intent to Live Off-Campus" forms should all be submitted electronically--no paper forms or emails will be accepted.  More information regarding living off-campus, as well as the "Intent to Live Off-Campus" form can be found here: Intent To Live Off-Campus

Strath Haven Housing Process:

The Strath Haven Condominium is home to students in a mix of apartment-style rooms (two-room doubles) with kitchenettes and single rooms. The condos are approximately a 15-20 minute walk from classes and are served by the campus shuttle. Laundry facilities are provided in the building, and students who choose to live here will have the option to opt out of the College's board plan.  More information, including the Strath-Haven Housing Form can be found on the following page: Strath-Haven Housing Selection

Substance-Free Housing Process:

Based on student feedback, The Office of Student Engagement will be continuing to provide Substance-Free communities as an option for upperclass students for 2016-2017. In Substance-Free communities, the possession or use of alcohol, controlled substances and tobacco products by residents or their guests is prohibited in student rooms and public spaces.  If residents or their guests choose to use such substances outside of the Substance-Free community, the results of that choice must not have a negative impact upon residents or property upon return to the community. For Fall 2016, 3rd Hallowell Hall will be designated Substance-Free.  More information, including the Substance-Free Housing Form can be found on the following page: Substance-Free Housing

Information for students who may need housing accommodations:

The Student Disability Service and Office of Student Engagement are happy to work with students with documented disabilities to identify appropriate accommodations. Special housing accommodations require advanced planning and documentation. Students wishing to apply for housing accommodations should be in contact with the Office of Student Engagement no later than Friday, April 8th, 2016, in order for consideration prior to the Spring Housing Lotteries. More detailed information on special housing accommodations can be found on the Disability Accommodations page.

Information for students who are studying abroad:

If you are currently abroad or intending to study abroad, and you want to seek housing for the upcoming semester, please visit the following page: Seeking Campus Housing from Study Abroad

Information for students who are leaving or returning the college from a leave:

If you are currently taking a leave from the college or intending to take a leave, and you want to seek housing for the upcoming semester, please visit the following page: Seeking Campus Housing from a Leave