- Overview & Timeline
- Pre-Lottery To-Do List
- Forming Groups
- Lottery Numbers & Selection Times
- Proxies for Selection Times
- Available Spaces to Select
- Preparing for your Selection Time
- 4, 5, and 6 Lottery (Selecting 4, 5, and 6-person suites)
- 123 Lottery (Individuals or groups of 2- or 3-people)
- Guaranteed List
The Housing Lottery is an opportunity for students to pick rooms for next year. Students pick in random order prioritized by Class Year.
Participating in the Housing Lottery does not guarantee the ability to pick a specific room or to be able to live with specific students, but it does guarantees that campus housing will be available for the upcoming academic year if students meet all the required deadlines.
The Housing Lottery takes part in four parts following the order below: (see also graphic calendar)
|Lottery||What Can be Picked||Deadline to Form Groups (EST)||Lottery Numbers Posted (EST)||Selection Times (EST)|
|4 Lottery||4-person suites||10am Mon, Mar 22||5pm Mon, Mar 22||9am-5pm Tues, Mar 23|
|5 Lottery||5-person suites||10am Thur, Mar 25||5pm Thur, Mar 25||9am-5pm Friday, Mar 26|
|6 Lottery||6-person suites||10am Tues, Mar 30||5pm Tues, Mar 30||9am-5pm Wed & Thur, Mar 31 - Apr 1|
|123 Lottery||Studios, Corridor-style rooms, and remaining suite-style rooms||10am Mon, Apr 5||5pm Mon, Apr 5||9am-5pm Apr 6-9, 12-13|
- Register for Room Selection before the deadline -- you may not participate in the Housing Lottery otherwise!
- Attend an Information Session to learn more about the Housing Lottery.
- Check out information about each of the residence halls.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions page if you have questions.
- Form a Group (optional).
- Do you anticipate applying for Winter Break Housing next year? Plimpton Hall is the only residence hall that will be open for approved students during Winter Break.
Note: students must apply for Winter Break housing and approval is not guaranteed.
Students who want to take part in the Housing Lottery must Register for Room Selection (between 1pm EST on Wednesday, March 10, and 1pm EST on Wednesday, March 17, 2021).
Students who do not register for Room Selection will not receive lottery numbers, will not be able to take part in the Housing Lottery, and will lose their guarantee of housing for next academic year.
Students who want to pick as an individual do not need to form a group on the Portal.
Groups will share ONE Lottery Number & Selection Time. After each Lottery's deadline, groups cannot be modified for that Lottery (to add or change members). If a group does not pick during a Lottery, it will be unlocked after the Lottery is over so they add or change group members for later Lottery.
For the 123 Lottery, students are encouraged to form 2-person groups (so they can pick into a double if there are no singles available to pick).
Note: Rising-Seniors registered for the Columbia Lottery may only pick their back-up room at Barnard as an individual during the 123 Lottery or sign up for the Guaranteed List. They may not select during the 4, 5, or 6 Lotteries (or as part of a group for the 123 Lottery).
Groups with Columbia Students should also read:
Each 4-, 5-, or 6-person group will need to designate a Group Leader on the Housing Portal. The Group Leader will be responsible for logging into the Portal to pick when the group's Selection Time starts.
If the Group Leader is not free to pick during the Selection Time, they will need to pass leadership to another group member on the Portal. If no one in a group is free to pick for the group at the Selection Time, they will need to designate a Proxy.
- To see a list of this year's (and previous year's) Lottery Numbers and Selection Times, CLICK HERE.
There will be different Lottery Numbers & Selection Times for each Lottery. These are generated in random order by class year seniority.
- 4, 5, and 6 Lottery -- Each group will share one Lottery Number & Selection Time (based on the Group Point Average). If a group does not pick and reforms for a later Lottery, they will be generated a new Lottery Number & Selection Time. For example, a 4-person Group that doesn't pick during the 4 Lottery and then adds another member will be generated a new Lottery Number & Selection Time for the 5 Lottery, etc.
- 123 Lottery -- Lottery Numbers & Selection Times will run in random order by Class Year seniority for all students, regardless if they are an individual or in a 2- or 3-person Group (i.e. order is not determined by group size or if in a group). Each group will share one Lottery Number & Selection Time (based on the Group Point Average).
When your Selection Time starts, you may select from the spaces available on the Housing Portal. A new group or individual's Selection Time starts approximately every 5 minutes. Students are encouraged to log into the Portal as soon as their Selection Time starts so they don't miss out on options to pick.
Lottery Numbers & Selection Times are non-transferable and cannot be traded between students.
Class Year standing is determined by the anticipated graduation year (*with some exceptions), as recorded by the Registrar's Office.
|Class Year Standing||Anticipated Graduation Date|
|Rising-Seniors*||February or May 2022|
|Rising-Juniors*||February or May 2023|
|Rising-Sophomores*||February or May 2024|
- Students who enrolled as First Year students in Fall of 2020 will be automatically considered rising-Sophomores. Transferred credits (AP, IB, other colleges, etc) may not be used to classify current First Years as rising-Juniors for the Lottery.
- Spring Transfer students who do not yet have an anticipated anticipated graduation year will be classified as rising-Juniors.
- Students who graduate mid-year are classified by the Registrar's office as February Graduates. This means that a student who plans to graduate after the Fall 2022 semester would be classified as a February 2023 graduate and would be considered a rising-Junior (not a rising-Senior) for the Housing Lottery.
- Registering as a rising-Senior is intended to give students priority for Room Selection for their final year or semester only. Students may only participate as a rising-Senior *ONCE* during their Barnard career. If your anticipated graduation year is 2022, but you anticipate needing to be in housing for Fall 2022 (or longer), please correct your anticipated graduation date with the Registrar and contact Residential Life & Housing ASAP. Students who participate as a rising-Senior and then continue to attend Barnard past the 2021-2022 academic year will not be permitted to take part in the Housing Lottery again and would need to sign up for the Guaranteed List in order to receive campus housing for 2022-2023.
If you need to update your anticipated graduation date, you must submit the Registar form linked below by Thursday, March 4, 2021. Requests to change your graduation date must be supported by the number of credits you have earned.
Requests for the Registrar to change your graduation date must be supported by the number of credits you have earned. Changes to class year standing may take several days before showing up on the Housing Portal (after graduation dates have been updated).
All groups will have a Group Point Average, which represents the averaged class year standing of the group.
- Rising-Seniors = 300 points each
- Rising-Juniors = 200 points each
- Rising-Sophomores = 100 points each.
The Group Point Average is the A) total number of points added together B) divided by the number of students.
A group made up of students with the same class standing will have a Group Point Average that equals the same as the individual's class year standing. For example, 4 rising Seniors would have a Group Point Average of 300 points (i.e. 300 + 300 + 300 + 300 = 1200 divided by 4 = 300 points).
A group made up of students with mixed-class year standings will have a Group Point Average that comes "in-between" those of groups that are all the same class year. For example, a group with 3 Rising-Seniors and 2 Rising-Juniors will be averaged as 260 points (300 + 300 + 300 + 200 + 200 = 1300 divided by 5 = 260 points).
Groups are prioritized for Lottery Numbers and Selection Times by descending order of the Group Point Average (i.e. 300 point Groups go first). This means that a mixed-class year group with 260 points like above would be prioritized for a better Lottery Number and Selection Time than a group with 2 Rising-Seniors and 3 Rising-Juniors (240 point average).
Important! Any group that has rising-Sophomores in it will automatically be prioritized for a Lottery Number that would come *after* those of Groups made up of all rising-Juniors. For example, a Group made up of 2 rising-Seniors, a rising-Junior, and a rising-Sophomore would have a point average of 225, but would receive a Lottery Number that comes *after* that of Groups made up of all rising-Juniors (200 points). This ensures that rising-Juniors are able to pick before groups with rising-Sophomores start to pick.
Columbia Students: the Class Year standing of any Columbia students in your group will be calculated in the Group Point Average.
Students are discouraged from giving their passwords to another student to log in & pick on the Portal for them.
If you are unavailable to pick a room when your Selection Time starts, you can log in later to pick if there are still rooms available.
If you are in a group, only 1 student needs to log in during your Selection Time to pick for the group. However, if the other student(s) if your group want to sign up for the Guaranteed List instead of picking a room, they would not be able to pick a room just for you on the Portal (i.e. students can only pick for another group member if they are also picking a room for themselves).
In order to have another student be able to select for you (or your entire group) if you are unavailable when your Selection Time starts, you will need to fill out and submit the form linked below:
- Proxy Form (PDF)
The form must be emailed to email@example.com at least 24 hours before your scheduled Selection Time, so that the Res Life office can schedule a Zoom meeting with your Proxy.
In order to help your Proxy have an idea of what to select for you, you can fill out and send to them the Proxy Worksheet (this is just for your Proxy, not to turn in to the Res Life office).
- Proxy Worksheet (PDF)
For a list of spaces available to select in the Lottery, visit barnard.edu/reslife/room-selection/available.
- Watch the videos about how to pick rooms (see below)
- Look at the information about each residence hall (including floor plans!) and list of the available rooms & suites.
- Prepare a ranked list of buildings / suites / rooms you'd like to live in, in case your top choices are not available when your Selection Time starts.
- If you're in a group:
- Discuss your preferences as a group in advance (so you're not scrambling when your Selection Time starts). Discuss who wants to live with whom within doubles in a suite, etc. Discuss what you will do if your top preferences are not available (pick something else or not pick so you can regroup for a later Lottery stage, etc).
- Schedule a Zoom meeting, etc. to start 15 minutes before your Selection Time. Review which spaces are still available to select. The Group Leader can share their screen for the others to see them logged into the Portal when picking.
Groups may only pick suites that match the size of their Group (ex. a 4-person Group cannot pick a 5-person Suite).
Reminder: Only the Group Leader can log in to pick for the group during the Selection Time.
If your Group does not pick a suite, it will be unlocked after the end of that Lottery so you may form a larger Group (ex. add another member to a 4-person Group to then take part in the 5-Person Lottery, etc). Students who do not pick during the 4, 5, or 6 Lottery (or were not part of a 4-, 5-, or 6-person Group) will then take part in the 123 Lottery.
During the 123 Lottery, students must completely fill any room they wish to pick. That means that individuals cannot pick into a double (or triple) by themselves.
Students are encouraged to form 2-person groups to provide more flexibility for picking (so they can pick into a double if no singles are available). Groups can also pick singles if available at their Selection Time (and the singles do not have to be on the same floor or in the same building).
Once all spaces have been picked, the remaining students will sign up for the Guaranteed List, to be placed over the summer. Students may also decide to sign up for the Guaranteed List if they do not want to pick from the rooms available at their Selection Time.
IF YOU ARE IN A GROUP:
Only one member of the group should log into the Portal to pick during your group's Selection Time (if multiple group members log in, it may keep your group from being able to pick).
If a group member plans to sign up for the Guaranteed List instead of picking a room but the other(s) wants to pick a room, the student wanting to pick a room must be the one to log into the Housing Portal at your Selection Time (students cannot pick a room for another group member without also picking for themselves at the same time).
Students who do not pick a room during any of the Lotteries will sign up for the Guaranteed List to be placed over the summer.
For more information (including deadlines), visit barnard.edu/reslife/room-selection/guaranteed-list.