How NOT To Apply For Housing: A Cautionary Tale

Story time.

With the housing lottery in full swing for the fall, it’s time to revisit my adventures with housing last year. As the title of this blog might imply, please do not be like me. Learn from my mistakes.

So around this time last year, I was (like everyone else) getting a ton of emails from housing telling me to enter the housing lottery. I didn’t understand what that meant at the time, so I did what I always do when I don’t understand an email: I ignored it. This was obviously a bad move.

For clarity’s sake, the housing lottery allows you to go through as a single and they’ll either put you in a single room or toss you in to fill out another room. I didn’t realize this–I thought I had to have someone to live with to do the housing lottery. But, I didn’t understand, so I deleted the emails and pretended they didn’t exist.


Fast forward to a few weeks later. Welcome to the waitlist! Population: me.

The housing waitlist is not the worst place to be–as a 100% residential campus, you will be guaranteed housing somewhere. The only problem is that, when you’re on the waitlist, they won’t tell you where that somewhere is until July.

Yeah. July.


So while everyone else is able to shop for their dorms with their roommates and figure out how they’re going to decorate and all that jazz, I was sitting there with a weird twitch in my eye because What if I end up with a crazy person? What if I end up with someone who snores? What if I hate where I live?

Until July.

Things turned out really great for me, because someone dropped out of the Greenbelt Community at the last second and I was swooped into their spot. However, the months of not knowing was definitely not worth it. Even if you don’t know who you want to live with or where you want to live, talk to someone from housing and apply for the lottery. It is not worth the months of anxiety.



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