Room Selection & Lottery Q&A

Who may participate in Room Selection?
All returning undergraduate students, including commuters, who pay their $200 housing deposit by March 1st.

How can I pay my deposit?

  • Online: MyRider/Student Information/Ipay
    • Select Deposit
    • Select Fall 2014
    • Select Fall Room Deposit
  • Mail
    • Rider University
      Attn: Cashier's Office
      2083 Lawrenceville Road
      Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099
  • In Person
    • At the Cashier's Office, top floor of the BLC
  • Phone
    • Call Cashier's office at 609-896-5390

What do I need to do to participate in Room Selection?
Students that have paid the $200 housing deposit by the March 1st deadline will have access to the housing portal.  On the portal students will be able to complete their application, form groups for premium housing, search for roommates or create roommate pairings for standard housing and select their housing and meal plans.

What is the portal and how do I access it?
The housing portal is the online housing system that allows students the opportunity to manage all phases of the housing selection process.

Students that have paid the $200 housing deposit by the March 1st deadline will be able to log on to their myRider accounts and click the Housing Portal link that appears under the Campus Contacts channel.

What if I do not pay the housing deposit by March 1?
Deposits and housing applications will continue to be accepted however you may have limited residence hall choices and will not be eligible to participate in premium room selection.

Is the deposit refundable?
Once you have selected a room assignment, the deposit is not refundable. Students may request a refund before they have selected a standard room assignment.

How am I assigned a lottery number?
Numbers will be assigned according to class year.

WCC Student Only (regardless of class year designation):  All first and second year Westminster students are required to live in housing on the Princeton campus.

  • Freshmen: 0 – 23 credits completed
  • Sophomore: 24 – 53 credits completed
  • Junior: 54 – 89 credits completed
  • Senior: 90+ credits completed

What lottery will I be assigned based on my class year?
A random number will be given to each student after they pay their deposit. Students will be grouped by their class year. Higher numbers will be allowed to room select first.

  • Senior: numbers between 2500 and 2999
  • Junior: numbers between 1300 and 1999
  • Sophomore: numbers between 0000 and 0999

When will I get my lottery number?
Individual lottery numbers will be emailed to your Rider email account on March 3.  Students that have formed a group for premium room selection will receive their group lottery number and timeslot on March 7. Students may also find the information on the housing portal.

How do I know when my standard room selection time slot is?
Individual time slots will be emailed to your Rider email account by March 3.  Students will also be able to find their lottery numbers and timeslots on the housing portal.

Can lottery numbers be sold or traded with another resident?
No. Each number is specific to each student.

Are double singles available next Fall?
Yes. Students that wish to be considered for a double single room will be able to indicate interest on their online housing application.  Please note that there is an additional charge for this type of room.

I missed the deadline but still wish to apply for a double/single.
Applications will be accepted on the housing portal through the end of Spring semester. We will contact you via email during the summer if we are able to accommodate your request for a double single.

Can three students pick a triple room?
No.  Some rooms have been identified as standard triples and a group of students may put their names on a waiting list but you cannot select a triple room at room selection.  There will be no room rebates issued to students who triple voluntarily.

What if I cannot attend standard room selection?
All of room selection will be completed via the online housing portal.  Students will be able to log on to their myRider accounts and click the Housing Portal link that appears under the Campus Contacts channel.

Do I have to have a roommate to select a room?
No.  As part of the housing process each student is required to complete a roommate matching questionnaire.  This questionnaire is designed to provide students with the opportunity to search for potential roommates based on their online profile.

If you wish not to pair yourself with someone prior to room selection, you may select the space of your choice and the next person looking for a space will have the option select the open bed in the space that you have chosen.

RHA will sponsor a program on February 12, 2014 in the Mercer Room at 9pm:
“FIND YOUR ROOMMATE MATCH”, ROOMMATE MINGLE & MATCH

This applies only to standard room selections.  Students participating in premium room selection will be required to have a complete group that is able to fill the unit type, i.e. 4 person pod, that they are requesting.

What if I want to request an air conditioner?
Air conditioners are not permitted in student rooms unless approved by the Housing Accommodations committee. Students that have been approved in the past may have to reapply.  Please refer to your approval email for more information. All new requests must be submitted via the Rider Housing Accommodations form by March 1st. The Housing Accommodations form can be found on the Students with Disability Services website.

What is the cancellation policy?
Housing contracts are issued for a full academic year. When you sign your agreement to live in Campus Housing, you are committing to the terms of that agreement, including length of agreement and room rate. When you move out early, you are breaking the terms of the agreement.

If you are considering canceling your housing agreement, please review the following information before making a final decision.

Cancellation Requests

Students wishing to cancel housing who have started the online housing application must complete the cancel application step on the housing portal.

Students wishing to cancel housing who have made a housing deposit but have not started the online housing application must complete the Off Campus Housing form which can be found on the Residence Life website.

Room Deposit

The room deposit is non-refundable. The amount of the room deposit is applied towards the student’s account for the semester that the student is applying for housing.

Cancellation Fees

  1. Students who have received a housing assignment; who request release from housing between the beginning of Room Selection and May 31 will be assessed a $200 Housing Cancellation fee.
  2. Students who have received a housing assignment; who request release from housing on or after June 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester will be assessed a $700 Housing Cancellation fee.
  3. Students who have received a housing assignment; who request release from housing on or after July 1st for the Fall semester and December 1st for the Spring semester will be assessed a $950 Housing Cancellation fee.
  4. Students who have received a housing assignment; who request release from housing after the semester has started will be subject to the University refund schedule as indicated in the “The Source Student Handbook".
  5. Students who have received a housing assignment; who withdraw from the institution without notifying the Residence Life Office will be assessed a late cancellation fee as indicated in the schedule above.

WCC Students Only

All full-time first and second year undergraduate students who do not live within a twenty mile radius of the campus with their family or spouse must reside on campus. All first and second year Westminster students are required to live in housing on the Princeton campus. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student being charged the full room and board that is applicable at the time.

Study Abroad

If you are studying abroad through Rider University, you can suspend your housing for the semester you will be studying abroad without penalty. You will need to notify Residence Life in writing with verification from the Center for International Education stating that you are studying abroad.

December Graduates

December Graduates who complete a proper check-out by the end of the fall semester will not be penalized for cancelling the yearlong housing contract.

Can I select a roommate who is in the Study Abroad program?
Yes, provided he or she has paid the $200 room deposit by March 1st and completed their online housing application by the appropriate deadline for selection.

I am in the Study Abroad program in the Fall 2014, when should I make a deposit?
Students studying abroad for the Fall 2014 semester should deposit for Spring 2015 in October 2014 and should NOT participate in Fall 2014 room selection.

May I select a roommate with a different start term?
Yes, the individual with the higher lottery number will determine time slot to select.

May I reserve the room I presently live in?
No. Every student must go through the process and choose from the rooms that are available at their time slot.

What if I want to live with a specific new student?
We cannot guarantee that your request can be accommodated.  Housing is set aside for incoming first year and transfer students.  These beds are specifically designated and cannot be allotted for returning students.  If the additional bed space in the room that you have selected is available at the time of new student selection, they may select it.

I joined a Greek organization this year, how do I get a room in the house?
The Greek Room Selection process will be on March 10.

What are the premium spaces?

  • 2 person options
    DOUBLE ROOM WITH BATH: West Village Commons: A 103, A 105, A108, A 209, A213, A 313, B 104, B105, B 108, B 213, B 309, B 313
    SUITES: The New Residence Hall: 103, 104, 203, 204, 208, 303, 304, 306 and 308.
    APARTMENTS: Gee A Apt, Kroner B Apt, Switlik B 2nd Floor Apt, Wright A Apt (Must Be Female), Hill C Apt, Kroner C Apt, Switlik B 3rd Floor Apt, The New Residence Hall Apt. 310
  • 3 person options
    Suites: West Village Commons: A 211, A 311, B211, B311
    Pods: Kroner A Pod, Kroner C Pod, Olson A Pod, Olson C Pod
  • 4 person options
    Apartments: The New Residence Hall Apartments: 102, 105, 106, 301, 302, 305 and 306. West Village Commons: A 102, A 106, A 202, A 207, A 301, A 302, A 307, A 308, B 102, B 106, B 202, B 207, B 301, B 302, B 307, B 308
    Suites: The New Residence Hall Suites: 201, 202, 205 and 206. West Village Commons: A 101, A 107, A 201, A 205, A 208, A 305, B 101, B 107, B 201, B 205, B 208, B 305
    Pods: Gee B Pod, Wright B Pod, Ziegler, Hill
  • 6 person options
    Lincoln Hall Suites

How do I apply for Premium Room Selection?
Students who are interested in living in an apartment or suite must complete a group application online between March 3rd – 5th. Students wishing to participate in the group process must be in good judicial standing and financial standing with the University. Students will be notified of their Premium Room Selection group lottery number and timeslot on March 7.

What would disqualify me from Premium Room Selection?

  • Judicial Holds
  • Tier 2 Alcohol Violations – Any Tier 2 violation that occurred between January 2012 & the end of the current semester
  • Tier 1 Alcohol Violations – Multiple (2 or more) Tier 1 violation that occurred between January 2012 & the end of the current semester
  • Level 1 Violations – Any offense between August 2010 & the end of the current semester (Expellable Offenses)
  • Level 2 Violations – Any offense between August 2010 & the end of the current semester (Suspended or Removed from housing)
  • Level 3 Violations – Multiple (2 or more) violations that occur between January 2012 and the end of the current semester.
  • Financial Holds
  • Outstanding balance to the institution of $500 or more

When does Premium Room Selection occur?
Premium Room Selection will occur on March 12

  • Students will see all eligible spaces for selection during their allotted timeslot.

The lottery numbers of each applicant will be averaged to get the group lottery numbers.

Are any of the suites or apartments co-ed?
No

Will moving off campus impact my financial aid?
You must notify the Office of Financial Aid whenever your housing status changes. Students who reside off campus, but not at home, are also required to provide a signed copy of their lease for review by a financial aid counselor.

Students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and respect at all times during the Room Selection Process. Any attempted manipulation of the Room Selection Process results in fewer housing options for all students and a more stressful experience overall. Students are invited to report any manipulation of the system to the Residence Life Office.