Housing Lottery FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Housing Lottery System

All returning students who apply and deposit by the announced deadline are guaranteed housing. New students who apply and deposit by May 1st are also guaranteed housing. Housing does include doubles and triples. Students who apply and deposit after that deadline are not guaranteed housing, but are placed on waitlists if options are full at the time of their deposits.

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

All first-year students must select a 15 or 19 meal plan. All other students living in SLR must have at least a 5 meal plan. Students in the Garden Apartments may select any resident or commuter meal plan, or may select to have no meal plan.

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.

Appointment times are assigned randomly according to each tier. The only ranking factor is the tiers. For instance, within a particular tier, students are assigned randomly, however all students in tier 8 will have times before those in tier 9.

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.

Yes, all students must be approved every year for a single through the Disabilities Services Office.

No. Holy Family University does not permit alcohol on campus or in the residence halls.

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. Please be advised that housing costs will vary for the next academic year and typically we see an increase in housing costs each 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 or semesters you have completed in residence.

If your contingency plans do not work, you may decide to split up your roommate arrangement. A few things occur: first depending on how you split, other housing may be available. Please note that the person with the best appointment time will always go ahead of the others in the group and that student will only be able to pull in the number of students the room accommodates. Therefore when a group splits, students may need to select at another time.

A limited number of singles are held for special needs students. Special needs include physical health, mental health, and academic need. See the housing or disabilities section of the Holy Family University Student Handbook for specific information. Permission for a single room must be granted by the Disabilities Office.

Most of the time, students will receive their first choice of building. We ask students to plan for at least three other contingencies, besides their first choice. There are times when students may select another building and, in some cases, split up from their intended roommate arrangement.

A proxy form is used when a student cannot attend the scheduled appointment for open room selection. Proxy forms are available online under the housing forms section of our website. A proxy form must be submitted, along with a signed housing contract, prior to your appointment time in order for others to select for you.

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.

Students will sign up for a meal plan during the housing selection process. We currently offer four meal plans; 19 meal plan (150 flex dollars), 15 meal plan ($150 flex dollars), 10 meal plan ($100 flex dollars) and a 5 meal plan ($50 flex dollars).

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. Deposits and applications will be accepted after this date, but students are not guaranteed housing and will be placed by our office.

Students can pull in their roommates, meaning that all students choosing to live together may select housing at the best available appointment. This may happen when a junior student in tier 2 would want to live with a roommate who is a freshman in tier 10. Both students would then select housing during the junior's tier 2 appointment.

Yes. The Tiers are a way to ensure individual times are assigned. Once students have their appointment times they are able to "pull-in" a friend to fill an apartment or suite no matter what Tier they are in.

All rooms will be available in the housing selection process. There will be no squatting. If the process permits and the student(s) are eligible for that type of housing, the student will be able to select the same residence they are in this year. Please be aware that due to maintenance updates some current housing options may not be available next year.


For more information, check your emails, stop by a housing information table, or ask a Res Life staff member (starting in January)!

We encourage you to attend an information session, and/or our tour, if you have other questions/concerns.