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Returning 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.

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 the Deposits tab
    • Select Fall 2019
    • Select Fall 2019 – Housing Only $200
  • 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 apartment and suite 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 Apartment and suite 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.

What is the room selection process timeline?

  • March 1: Housing Deposit Deadline
  • March 10-12: Greek Room Selection
  • March 15: Application Deadline
  • March 19: Individual Lottery Numbers Emailed to Students
  • March 21-26: Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) Group Formation
  • March 27: GIH timeslots emailed to students
  • March 28: GIH Room Selection
  • April 1-5: Apts and Suites Room Group Formation
  • April 8: Group Lottery Numbers/timeslot emailed to Group Leader
  • April 10-11: Apt & Suite Room Selection
  • April 12: Single Room Selection timeslot emailed
  • April 15: Single Room Selection
  • April 17-22: Roommate Matching
  • April 19: Standard Room Selection timeslot emailed to students
  • April 24-26: Standard Room Selection

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

  • 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 2600 and 2999
  • Junior: numbers between 1900 and 2499
  • Sophomore: numbers between 1100 and 1799
  • Returning Freshmen: numbers between 000 and 999

When will I get my lottery number?
Students are required to complete an application by March 15th.  Individual lottery numbers will be emailed to your Rider email account on March 19th.  Students that have formed a group for Apartment and suite selection will receive their group lottery number and timeslot on April 8th. This lottery number will be emailed to the Group Leader.  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 on April 19th.  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?
Based on our projected occupancy needs for Fall 2019 double singles will not be offered during this room selection process. Students that wish to be considered for a double single if they become available should select they are interested in a single room on their housing application.

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.

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?

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. Students participating in Apartment and suite Room Selection will be required to have a complete group that is able to fill the unit type, i.e. 4 person suite, which they are requesting on the first day of selection. If there are any spaces remaining on the second day of Apartment and Suite room selection groups will be allowed to select from whatever spaces remain, regardless of group size.

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.

This applies only to standard room selections.  Students participating in Apartment and suite Room Selection  will be required to have a complete group that is able to fill the unit type, i.e. 4 person suite, 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 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.

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

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 2018, when should I make a deposit?
Students studying abroad for the Fall 2018 semester should deposit for Spring 2019 in October 2018 and should NOT participate in Fall 2018 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 March 10-12.

What are the apartment and suite 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: Moore Hall: 103, 104, 203, 204, 208, 303, 304, 306 and 308.
    APARTMENTS: Gee A Apt, Switlik B 2nd Floor Apt, Wright A Apt (Must Be Female), Hill C Apt, Switlik B 3rd Floor Apt, Moore Hall Apt. 310
  • 3 person options
    Suites: West Village Commons: A 211, A 311, B211, B311
    Suite: C Suite, Olson A Suite, Olson C Suite
  • 4 person options
    Apartments: Moore 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: Moore 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
    Suite: Gee B Suite, Wright B Suite, Ziegler, Hill
  • 6 person options
    Lincoln Hall Suites

How do I apply for Apartment and suite Room Selection?
Students who are interested in living in an apartment or suite must complete an online group application between April 1-5. Students wishing to participate in the group process must be in good judicial standing and financial standing with the University. The lottery numbers of each applicant will be averaged to get the group lottery numbers. Students will be notified of their Apartment and suite Room Selection group lottery number and timeslot on April 8th.  The Group Leader will receive the Group Lottery number as well as the timeslot.

What would disqualify me from Apartment and suite Room Selection?

  • Judicial Holds
    • Level 1 Violations – Not eligible for Apartment and suite Housing
      Level 2 Violations – Not eligible for Apartment and suite Housing
    • Tier 2 Alcohol Violations – Any Tier 2 violation - Restricted for 3 full semesters after incident occurred
    • Tier 1 Alcohol Violations – Multiple (2 or more) Tier 1 violation - Restricted for 3 full semesters after incident occurred
    • Level 3 Violations – Multiple (2 or more) violations – Restricted for 3 full semesters after incident occurred
  • Financial Holds
    • Outstanding balance to the institution of $500 or more

When does Apartment and suite Selection occur?
Apartment and suite Room Selection will occur on April 10-11th. Students will see all eligible spaces for selection during their allotted timeslot.​

Are any of the suites or apartments co-ed?

No. There are gender inclusive housing options to those students that wish to participate.

What happens if after Apartment and Suite Room Selection, either I or one of my roommates decides to cancel?  What options are there for the remaining people living in the space?
Once a space has been selected, all students are bound to the cancellation policy.  This means for anyone cancelling their assignment after they have already selected or been placed there is a financial penalty.  A student leaving a group after an assignment has already been selected, impacts the ability of the group to remain in that apartment and suite housing assignment.

What happens to the assignments of the remaining group members is dependent upon when the group member cancel?

The group could be removed from their apartment and suite housing assignment and placed in standard housing where available, the group could potentially fill the space with another student so long as that student has a comparable lottery number to the student that backed out or the group would be subject to have the space filled by the Residence Life office.

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 file for a Housing/Dining Accommodations. Students who qualify for an accommodation based on a disability can be exempt from the meal plan. The Housing/Dining Accommodations form can be found on the Students Accessibility and Support Services website. All requests should be submitted on or before March 1st to ensure a timely review prior to the start of room selection.

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.