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 19, 14, or 10 meal plan. All other students living in SLR 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. The only exceptions are 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.

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 in the residence halls for students.

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.

All requests must be made and approved by the disAbility Services Office. Please contact kmilbourne@holyfamily.edu

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

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.

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 can be placed together for the next year. Items will still need to be removed for cleaning over the summer. We cannot guarantee the exact location will remain the same.


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