Housing Lottery

Welcome to the Winthrop Housing Lottery for 2022-2023! We are excited about a new year with the opportunity to hold an in-person lottery process, and we want to make this experience as smooth as possible. Next year (Fall 2022-Spring 2023), we will have suites available in Winthrop (Beren, Gore, and Standish) and Fairfax (1306 Mass Ave).

The lottery process is designed to be as fair as possible to all Winthropians. Please read this information carefully BEFORE you ask questions. The House Administrator reserves the right to make clarifications (or corrections if there are typos/mistakes in the below rules) to the rules or changes in the interest of a fair process. Please send all questions to wi-ha@fas.harvard.edu.

The Winthrop Housing Lottery is just for rising Juniors and Seniors; housing assignements for incoming Sophomores is handled separately.

We appreciate that determining housing for next year may be a stressful process for some, and that—although we have spent a lot of time to ensure the process is as fair as we can make it—the outcomes will not be ideal for every single person or rooming group. We encourage you to prioritize friendships over floorplans. At the end of the day, it’s people, not facilities that matter most. While we have great facilities, most importantly we have a great community! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to wi-ha@fas.harvard.edu

 

Overview of Process

This is a brief overview of the lottery process. Full details can be found below.

  • Students form rooming groups.
  • Suites are designated as either "Senior Suites" or "Junior Suites". 
    • Rooming groups are eligible to take a Senior Suite if at least half of the rooming group are eligible for "Senior Status" (i.e., will be Seniors in Fall and have not previously used Senior Status).
  • On the Senior Suite Selection Day, for each size of suite in descending order (i.e., first 9-bed suites, then 8-bed suites, then 7-bed suites, etc), eligible  are given a random number and can choose a suite in that order.
    • Any unclaimed Senior Suites are converted into Junior Suites
  • Similarly, on the Junior Suite Selection Day, for each size of suite in descending order (i.e., first 8-bed suites, then 7-bed suites, etc), eligible rooming groups are given a random number and can choose a suite in that order.
  • On Single Room Selection Day, students and rooming groups of size 2 are given a random number and can choose single rooms in that order

 

Important Links

  • You can view the Winthrop floor plans online. The Fairfax floorplans will be available soon. (Harvard Key authentication is required.)
  • Link to rooming group submission (coming soon).

 

Schedule

April Floorplans and rooms released  

Thu Apr 14, 5pm–7pm

Q&A session with House Administrator Paris Sanders JCR
Fri Apr 15, 11:59pm Initial rooming group submissions due  
Mon Apr 18, 5:30pm- Senior Suite Selection JCR
Wed Apr 20, 5:30pm– Junior Suite Selection JCR
Fri Apr 22, 5:30pm– Single Room Selection (Seniors first, then Juniors) JCR

 

Suites and Rooms

Senior Suites

  • Information coming soon

Junior Suites

  • Information coming soon

Single Rooms

  • Information coming soon

 

Lottery Process

  1. Rooming groups.
    1. A rooming group with n people is eligible to enter a lottery for suites with n-beds.
    2. A rooming group is eligible to take a Senior Suite if at least half of the rooming group are eligible for "Senior Status." See below for information about Senior Status eligibility.
    3. If a rooming group with n people is unsuccessful in getting a suite with n-beds, the rooming group can reconfigure and enter lotteries for smaller suites. Because random numbers are assigned for each size of suite immediately before selection for those suites, these reconfigured rooming groups are not at a disadvantage.
    4. Rooming groups must provide an initial rooming group submission by the deadline. The initial submission allows the House Administrator to understand demand for various sized suites.
    5. Rooming groups should contain only rising Juniors and Seniors. (Housing for incoming Sophomores is handled separately.)
  2. Suites.
    1. Some of Winthrop's suite are designated as "Senior Suites" and some are designated as "Junior Suites".
      1. After the initial rooming group submission deadline, the designation of some suites may change, based on demand.
    2. A rooming group is eligible to take a Senior Suite if at least half of the rooming group are eligible for "Senior Status". See below for information about Senior Status eligibility.
    3. Any unclaimed Senior Suites will be re-designated as Junior Suites.
  3. Suite Selection and Single Room Selection.
    1. There are separate days for Senior Suite Selection, Junior Suite Selection, and Single Room Selection. See the schedule for the dates.
    2. Suite Selection
      1. There is a separate lottery for each size of suites, starting with the largest size of suites first, and proceeding in descending order. That is, first there is a lottery for the 9-bed suite, then for the 8-bed suite, then for the 7-bed suite, then for the 6-bed suites, etc.
      2. The lottery for n-bed suites proceeds as follows.
        1. Numbers are randomly assigned to each eligible rooming group immediately before the selection starts. 
          1. Selling or trading of random numbers is not permitted.
        2. Each rooming group, in ascending order, may take any of the available n-bed suites. 
          1. A representative of the rooming group must be present.
          2. A rooming group can choose to not take any suite (e.g., if they are not interested in any of the remaining suites with n-beds).
        3. A rooming group with n-people that does not take a suite with n-beds can reconfigure and enter lotteries for smaller suites. 
      3. At the end of Senior Suite Selection, any unclaimed Senior Suites will be redesignated as Junior Suites and will be available during the Junior Suite Selection
    3. Single Room Selection
      1. Single Room Selection is for all students that are not in a rooming group that has taken a suite.
        1. Students can enter the Single Room Selection either individually or in a rooming group of size 2.
      2. A subset of Winthrop's rooms are available for the Single Room Selection process.
      3. The lottery for single rooms proceeds as follows.
        1. Numbers are randomly assigned to students/rooming groups that are eligible for Senior Status.
        2. Each student/rooming groups that is eligible for Senior Status, in ascending order, may take any of the available single rooms.
          1. Rooming groups must choose single rooms that are near each other in the same entryway.
        3. Numbers are randomly assigned to remaining students/rooming groups.
        4. Each student/rooming groups, in ascending order, may take any of the available single rooms.
          1. Rooming groups must choose single rooms that are near each other in the same entryway.

 

Senior Status Eligibility

  1. A rooming group is eligible to lottery for Senior Suites (or the Senior phase of Single Room Selection) if at least half of the rooming group members are eligible for Senior Status.
  2. A student is eligible for Senior Status if (1) in the Fall semester they will be in their last or second-to-last semester (i.e., typically a first- or second-semester Senior) and (2) they have not previously used Senior Status.
  3. If a rooming group successfully lotteries into a Senior Suite, then all members of the rooming group have used their Senior Status. This means that all members of the rooming group will not be eligible for Senior Status in the following year.
  4. For any exceptional cases, the House Administrator makes the final decision for whether a student is eligible for Senior Status.

 

Notes

Eligibility for the lottery: Most continuing students in the House are automatically eligible for housing next year, as are Round I Inter-house Transfers. However, students returning from a leave of absence (LOA) or from off-campus housing must have already filed a Returning Student Application (RSA) with the Office of Student Life by the February 6th deadline. If you missed the OSL deadline, you can be added to the space available waiting list, but you are not guaranteed on-campus housing and are therefore not eligible to participate in the lottery.

AEO Housing Accommodations: Some students receive accommodations from the Office of Accessible Education that limit the rooms or suites that student may live in. If you have housing accommodations, please reach out to the House Administrator for more information about suitable rooms and suites and how that affects the housing lottery process.

 

FAQs

 

Q: What happens if I'm going to be off-campus in the fall?

You can still join a rooming group, but, due to the fluid nature of housing demands (i.e. medical accommodations, returning students, etc.), we cannot guarantee that your preferred room will be held.


Q: I will be a second semester Junior in the Fall; am I eligible for Senior Status in the Housing lottery? 

You are eligible for Senior Status if you have not already used your Senior Status and have only one or two semesters remaining in College. Thus, students that will be first- or second-semester Seniors in the Fall are eligible; rising Juniors that are graduating in 6 semesters are eligible. Students that will be second-semester Juniors in the Fall are not eligible; rising Juniors that will live off campus in their Senior year are not eligible; rising Juniors that will be studying abroad in their Senior year are not eligible.