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Moravian College
Residence Life and Housing

Housing Selection & Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions

Am I expected to live on campus?

Moravian College guarantees housing during a student’s undergraduate years. However, students can choose to commute. Commuters are defined as those residing with a parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile radius of campus.  Depending on enrollment, the College may permit eligible students to apply for off-campus release. Off-campus releases are not guaranteed.

Can I earn extra housing points?

Students earn Housing Points based on the number of semesters they have been a full-time student, with a maximum of 6 points. There is no opportunity to earn additional points. In previous years, an extra point per semester was awarded for the junior year (fifth and sixth semesters as a full time student). This change does not impact General Housing Selection order.

What do I do if I believe I received the incorrect number of housing points or should have received a lottery number?

Stop by the Student Life office (lower level of the HUB) to complete an appeal on or before Friday, April 3 to allow time to review your appeal and print a new ticket (if applicable).

Can I retain my room?

Room retention is no longer an option and was discontinued in Spring 2016.

Does my entire group need to be present for my General Selection day?

Ideally everyone in the group will attend. However, at the very least, one person must represent the group. The group representative must have the Admission Tickets for all absent group members to select housing. Be sure to have determined who is going to live in which room beforehand.

How does the College decide the order students select?

Groups with higher housing points and lower lottery numbers will select before groups with the same/fewer housing points and higher lottery numbers.

How will housing points & lottery numbers be called at General Selection?

The script that is utilized to call lottery numbers is typically:

  • “We are now serving GROUPS of students who have a combined point total of # points.”
  • “Among those with # points, who has a lottery number less than #?”

What if I do not select a room at General Selection?

Students who do not select a room during the Pre-Selection Process or General Selection will added to the Housing Waitlist.

What if I do not like to room I selected?

At General Selection, students have the opportunity to add their name to the Housing Waitlist.

    What is the Housing Waitlist?

    The College anticipates a number of returning students may not select their preferred housing option or will not be able to select a room during General Selection. If students find themselves in this position, they will have the opportunity to add their name(s) to the Housing Waitlist.

    How do I get added the Housing Waitlist?

    Returning residents who do not select a room and commuters seeking resident status will be automatically added to the Housing Waitlist.

    Students who select a housing assignment at General Selection, but prefer to live elsewhere can elect to add their name to the Housing Waitlist at General Selection. These students will retain their selected assignment.

    What do I do after I add my name to the Housing Waitlist?

    Students on the Housing Waitlist will be emailed an electronic form to identify their building and roommate preferences the week after General Selection. Students should complete the form by the provided deadline in order for the Office of Housing to work with them on potential housing options.

    What meal plan should I choose if I am on the waitlist?

    All current residents on the housing waitlist are defaulted to the Silver meal plan. Current commuters on the Housing Waitlist will not be assigned a meal plan.

    Once a student is offered and accepts an room assignment they will be able to change their meal plan based on their housing assignment.  

    When will I find out where I am living?

    Students on the Housing Waitlist will be contacted throughout the spring semester and during the summer as space becomes available. The College guarantees that all residential students will be assigned by early August, if not sooner.

    The Office of Housing will email students placement offers, which they must accept or decline. If a student does not respond to the offer email within the timeframe outlined, the room may be offered to another student.  Offers are generally sent via email midweek and require a written response before the start of business on Monday.

    Should I accept an offer?

    Students, especially those without a room assignment, are highly encouraged to accept an offer.  Students can elect to remain on the Housing Waitlist even after they accept an assignment. 

    What are my options if my preferred building/room does not become available?

    Once students return there are opportunities for room changes. Pull-In and Move Weeks are the second and third week of each semester, more information will be sent to students when they arrive to campus.  After Move Week, students can request a meeting with a member of the Office of Housing to discuss room change options.

    What should I do if I am confused?

    • Contact
    • Attend a Housing Selection Information Session: Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 at 6pm in Snyder Room.