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New Student Room Selection Process

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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.

First-Year or Transfer College Students
Two-year residence requirement effective for the Freshman Class entering in September 2019

Fall 2019 Housing Portal opens on February 15
You are a first-year college student who will be attending a college or university for the first time OR you are a transfer student having attended a college or university after having taken at least one semester of classes at another institution and you're looking for housing.

To apply for housing as a first-time or transfer student you must follow the steps and requirements below.
Steps to Apply for Housing

  1. Logon to MyRider
  2. Click on the Student Information tab and then click the iPay link under the Finances channel.  Submit a $200 housing deposit by May 1.
    Note: We do not guarantee housing for any students that submit deposits after May 1st.
  3. Complete the other phases of your housing process in the MyRider Student Information Tab by clicking on the Housing Portal link located under the Campus Contacts channel.

Housing Requirements
To qualify for housing, you must:

  1. Have paid all your deposits by the deadline
  2. Be a full time student
  3. Be registered for classes

Am I required to live on campus?
Effective for the Freshman Class entering in September 2019

Rider University has a two-year residency requirement which supports our deep commitment to the academic success, professional preparation and personal development of all our students. Our distinctive focus on engaged learning is designed to have an impact on everything you do as a Rider student, both in and out of the classroom. That includes contributing your time and energy to become an active and involved member of our campus community.

Rider students who live on campus have a higher degree of campus involvement in student organizations and campus activities. National studies indicate that these factors contribute to student persistence and timely graduation. Additional benefits to living on campus include the ability to meet people and live in a community, readily access faculty and campus resources, focus fully on your learning without barriers of commuting long distances, and added opportunities to take advantage of the full Rider experience. Living on campus supports the vision for the engaged learning experience at Rider, both in and out of the classroom.

Students who are living within 30 miles from campus with their parent(s)/legal guardians are exempt from the residency requirement, but are strongly encouraged to live on campus for the reasons described above. Browse the list of zip codes within the 30-mile radius. Other students also may be exempt for select other reasons outlined in our Residency Requirement Exemption criteria below.

What if I do not want to live on campus?

Rider University Residency Exemption Policy
The following will be considered as possible reasons for exemption from the Rider University residency requirement that all full-time undergraduates live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years. Appropriate documentation may be required for consideration.

  • Demonstration of a financial hardship that would otherwise prevent the student from attending. Determination for financial hardship exemptions will be made based upon a submitted FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • The student has been out of high school for three or more years.
  • The student has served in the military as verified by a discharge certificate.
  • The student is married or part of a legal domestic partnership.
  • The credits the student is enrolled in are at least 50% online.
  • The student demonstrates a documented medical or psychological condition that clearly shows living in on-campus student housing would have a detrimental effect on the student's physical health and/or emotional well-being.
  • Demonstrated caregiving role for a child or family member.
  • Additional exceptions may be made at the discretion of Residence Life based on extenuating circumstances.

Students wishing to apply for an exemption should complete the exemption application.

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 May 1st deadline will be able to log on to their myRider accounts and click the Housing Portal link.

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

What is the room selection process timeline?

  • February 15: Housing application opens to students with deposits in place
  • February 15: May 29 – Roommate Matching
  • May 1: Housing deposit deadline
  • May 1: Housing accommodations paperwork deadline
  • May 15: Housing application deadline
  • May 29: Lottery numbers and timeslots emailed to students
  • June 3 & 4: LLC Room Selection
  • June 6-14: Standard Room Selection

What if I do not pay the housing deposit by May 1?
Deposits and housing applications will continue to be accepted however you may have limited residence hall choices.

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.  Refund requests are not process until after room selection has concluded.

How am I assigned a lottery number?
Lottery numbers are based on deposit date.

When will I get my lottery number?
Students are required to complete an application by May 15th.  Individual lottery numbers will be emailed to your Rider email account on May 29th.

How do I know when my standard room selection time slot is?
Individual time slots will be emailed to your Rider email account on May 29th.  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 single rooms available in the Fall?
No.  If students need a single room as an accommodation, all requests must be submitted to the Student Accessibility and Support Services website by May 1st.  The form can be found on their website ADD LINK.

I missed the deadline but still wish to apply for housing.
Applications will be accepted on the housing portal at anytime.  Housing options become limited the longer you wait to apply.

Can three students pick a triple room?
No.  Some rooms have been identified as standard triples in the event that we need to place students in temporary triples.  Those spaces are typically used as standard doubles, provided we are not over capacity.

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.

Do I have to have a roommate to select a room?
Students participating in standard room selection are not required to designate a roommate. 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 to select the open bed in the space that you have chosen.

What if I want to request an air conditioner?
Students seeking an air conditioner based on a severe medical condition or disability must complete the form Housing/Dining Request for Students with Disabilities or Severe Medical Problems which can be found on the Students Accessibility and Support Services website.

All requests should be submitted on or before May 1st to ensure a timely review prior to the start of room selection.

What is the cancellation policy?
Housing contracts are issued for a full academic year. When you sign your agreement to live on campus, 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 cancellation policy before making a final decision.

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.

May I select a roommate with a current student?
Incoming students are not able to pair with current students.

Am I required to have a meal plan?
All residential students are required to participate in one of the University’s full meal plans.

What if I need to be off the meal plan for medical reasons?
Students seeking to be exempt from the meal plan based on a severe medical condition or disability must complete the form Housing/Dining Request for Students with Disabilities or Severe Medical Problems which can be found on the Students Accessibility and Support Services website.

All requests should be submitted on or before May 1st to ensure a timely review prior to the start of room selection.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Office of Residence Life at [email protected] or 609-896-5057.