Polina Dyadyk, psychology junior, had conflicts with housing sign-up last year. She planned to live in Warren Apartments, but as the year went on, one of her roommates decided to live off campus. Another one transferred. Dyadyk had to find new roommates, in a short amount of time.
This year, housing sign-up will occur later in the semester, and give students more time to sort out their housing plans. Housing sign-up is being pushed back this year because it will take place online. There will be no long waiting lines in the cafeteria.
“I remember last year was a big hassle to get together with your roommates and find a room,” said Dyadyk. “There was a big crowd. It will be easier to be online.”
Last year students had to meet up with their roommates and crowd into the cafeteria to sign-up for where they wanted to live on campus. This year housing sign-up will be available through Self-Service.
“Before last year, we did do online housing,” said Sarah Hallinan, director of residence life. “But there was a form you had to fill out. Last year was more of an instant gratification. We’re kind of merging the two.”
Housing sign-up will take place April 12 – 14, though students have to have their housing contracts turned in April 9, by 5 p.m. Students who have not turned their contracts in will not be able to sign-up for housing, which occurs later this year than last year.
“It’s later because it takes less time to finalize everything,” said Hallinan. “It’s nice in case things change. If you sign up for housing in February, before Spring Break, then you might have a big fight or someone might transfer. The later in the school year, the more final it will be.”
Hallinan is hopeful that there will be fewer students trying to change their housing sign-ups if it occurs later in the school year. She said the process is similar to online shopping. If several students have a selected room in their basket, the first person who clicks submit will receive the room. The Self-Service program will also only show students where they are able to live. For example, sophomores will not be able to view available rooms in Warren Apartments, because only juniors and seniors can live there. The program calculates a student priority score using a student’s year in school, hours taken and GPA. The higher the student’s score, the more likely they are to have first pick on rooms, which will cost more next school year.
“One thing I’m trying to have students think about too is the financial part of housing,” said Hallinan. “The system will show what you currently pay and what you will pay next year. For freshmen there can be a large difference because many are moving into apartments.” Hallinan encourages students to talk to financial aid.
Overall, the online process will avoid unneeded paperwork.
“I think it’s a great idea to reduce the amount of paperwork because we are going green,” said Albert Ong, biology senior. “And secondly I think it’s an improvement every year. We try to improve and we want to get better. I think we should appreciate the time, effort, diligence and refining of this system to make life better for the students.”