Housing Lottery FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Housing Lottery System

Due to COVID-19, housing will only contain double and single rooms. All students who apply and deposit by June 26th are placed into the first round of housing draw. Housing will be assigned based availability, but is not guaranteed.

Due to Pennsylvania law, all residence halls and University-owned buildings are smoke free.

All first-year students must select a 19, 14, or 10 meal plan. All other students living in SLR or SJH must select one of the offered options. Students in the Garden Apartments may select any meal plan, or choose not to have a meal plan due to the full kitchens provided. Meal plan exemptions are only made through Disability Services.

All residence halls provide free laundry machines. The Garden Apartments have full kitchens in every apartment, while Stevenson Lane offers stoves/ovens/microwaves in lounges on every floor. SJH offers a main floor kitchen that is shared with all residents of that building.

As a commuter, the tier system has provided a way for you to live on campus and choose housing the same way as if you were a resident student. As a commuter student you need to follow the same process as all other students and apply and deposit by the listed deadline.

Yes, all students must be approved every year through the disAbility Services Office. You can select renew on your housing application.

No. Holy Family University does not permit alcohol in the residence halls for students, regardless of age.

The cost of each housing area will be available prior to the beginning of the housing selection process. Please reference the Residence Life section of our website for the current costs in the Room and Board section. Please be advised that housing costs may vary year to year.

Tiers are a way to ensure students who have dedicated their time to the University and living in residence will be able to select their housing assignment before a student who has not been at the University for as long. The Tier you are placed in is determined by your credit status (credits completed) and the amount of semesters you have completed in residence. First year (traditional new students) will be placed by our office and do not participate in the housing selection process with current students.

All requests must be made and approved by the disAbility Services Office. Please contact kmilbourne@holyfamily.edu. You should select that option on your housing application.

For new students, the $300 is held until the end of the academic year, where any housing charges will be deducted. If there are no housing charges, the deposit will be refunded (in full) after the academic year. Any student who leaves prior to the end of spring semester will not be eligible for the deposit refund.

For current students, the $100 deposit is non-refundable until the end of the year, minus any room damages. This includes if a student changes from resident to commuter or leaves the university.

The deadline for the housing deposit will be posted online and emailed to all students beginning in January. All payments must go through the Business Office or be paid in a student’s Self-Service account. Deposits and applications will be accepted after this date, but students are not guaranteed housing and will be placed by our office. New students should deposit through Admissions and not on Self-Service.

Yes. Current students who have applied and deposited may choose to live together. All requests should be listed on the housing application.

If all students within an apartment or suite wish to remain together for the next year (and all have applied and deposited by the deadline) then they should request to remain together on their housing applications. No items are permitted to be left in rooms for the summer.


For more information, please contact Residence Life at reslife@holyfamily.edu.