An overview of the room draw process
If you are interested in how Room Draw works, please join us at one of our Room Draw info sessions that will occur during the spring semester.
Visit the forms page for all room draw related forms.
Students select their rooms for the following school year through the room draw process. Students are assigned a number indicating the order in which they will select their room. Numbers are randomly generated and assigned.
When is Room Draw?
Students will select spaces over three days during the spring semester. Please see the table below for all important dates and deadlines for Room Draw.
|Room Draw DATES & DEADLINES|
Room Draw Numbers released
|March 17||Themed Living Community Acceptance Notifcations|
|March 21||Room Tour Hallspread|
Last day for rising seniors to cancel registration without fine
|April 3||Third Year Live Off Acceptance Notification|
Room Draw Night Two (number XX through number YY)
Room Draw Night Three (number YY through number ZZ)
Where is Room Draw?
Room draw takes place in the Berkus Hall courtyard and courtyard level classrooms.
What do I need to bring on room draw night?
You will need your Oxy ID card, your Room Draw card, your roommate(s) or their Proxy Form, and a good number of contingency plans, should you not get your first choice.
Selecting your room options
Open houses will be held for the upper-division halls (Bell-Young, Berkus Hall, Erdman, Haines, Stearns, and Wylie) on March 21, 2017.
Your Room Draw Number
When will I receive my Room Draw Number?
Room Draw Numbers will be available in early March. They will be posted on Facebook and an email with the link sent to the listservs.
How are room draw numbers assigned?
All students particpating in Room Draw will be entered into a computer program that will randonly generate a unique number for each student.
Room Draw Night
Room draw will occur over the course of three nights. Each night students will line up based upon their room draw number starting with the lowest number (1). Students will be called in grouops of 10 to the selection room, where they will pick the room of their choosing. Roommates will all select the room at the same time (NOTE: Unless you are selecting a single, you must have roommate(s) with you to fill the double or triple you select). In an effort to keep the process moving efficiently, students will have only 2 minutes to pick their room. Floor plans will be in the courtyard and will be updated in real time. Once you have selected a room and turned in your room draw card, you are free to leave room draw.
When will my number be called?
We will be updating the Oxy Housing Facebook page throughout the night with the numbers that have been called.
Whose number do we use when roommates are selecting a room?
You will use the lowest (best) number among your roommates. Please note that ALL people residing in the room must be present (with their Oxy ID card and Room Draw card) when the room is selected in order to get the room. If your roommate(s) is unavailable during Room Draw, they must complete a Proxy Form, listing you as their proxy, to ensure that you are able to sign up for a space.
What if I can't attend room draw?
You can have someone else act as your proxy. That person will use your Room Draw Number and select a room for you. In order to use a proxy, you must fill out the Proxy Form by March 22, 2017. If you do not fill out the form by this date, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request for a proxy. We will address late requests on a case-by-case basis.
Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to communicate your housing choices to your proxy. Be sure to give your proxy multiple options, ranked by preference (if possible), as your first choice for housing may not be available on Room Draw night.
If you do not show up for Room Draw and do not have a proxy select a room for you, REHS will assign you an open available space.
Am I guaranteed a space?
Rising sophomores and rising juniors are guaranteed a space on campus. Seniors will need to register to participate in room draw.
Can I keep my current room?
No, but you may attempt to get your room back through the Room Draw process.
What if I need to live in a triple room?
Students needing to live in a triple will be guaranteed that room type. We will hold a Triple Room Draw where students can select a triple of their choice.
I don't have a roommate(s) but I want to live in a double or triple?
Attend the “Find Your Roommate Social” [Date/Time/Location To Be Determined]. This social will provide you with the opportunity to meet other students who are also in need of a roommate. Keep in mind that if you plan on choosing a double or a triple, you will need to fill all of the spaces in the room at Room Draw in order to take the room. The college randomly places Upper Division students together only when there are no other options. Placing students together randomly has proven difficult for students and as a result, we encourage students to take the extra time to find someone with whom they are compatible. Plan ahead and complete the Find a roommate form to connect with others seeking roommates.
You can also apply to live with an incoming transfer or exchange student. If you are chosen to get a transfer or exchange roommate, you will fill out a roommate preference form and will have a roommate assigned to you based on this form. The Transfer/Exchange Roommate Application Form can be found here.
If I'm not going through room draw, can I give my number to someone else?
No. Trading, selling, or otherwise using another person's room draw number is NOT permitted. This process is designed to be as equitable as possible.
As a rising senior, how do I register for room draw?
Rising Seniors can register for room draw through the following link: Rising Senior Room Draw Registration Form.
- If you cancel your registration by March 31, 2017 there is no fee.
- If you cancel your registration/housing assignment between April 1, 2017 and and May 5, 2017 you will be responsible for a $750 fee.
- If you cancel after May 5, 2017, you will be responsible for the cost of housing for the full fall semester.
Why do seniors have to pay a cancellation fee?
In the past, a large number of seniors (about 200) would select a room, and half would subsequently cancel their housing after finding an off-campus space. These vacancies then had to be distributed to rising sophomores who were not able to choose a space of their own during Room Draw. Seniors who have trouble securing off-campus housing after Room Draw are welcome to re-apply for housing during the summer and fall semester. These past 5 summers all seniors who did not participate in Room Draw and applied later for housing were able to receive campus housing.
When will I have to pay the $750 fee if I cancel?
The $750 fee will be placed on your student account for Fall semester during the summer.
How can I avoid a cancellation fee?
As a rising senior, the only way to avoid a cancellation fee is to cancel your registration by March 31, 2017. If you cancel your housing between April 1, 2017 and May 5, 2017, you will be subject to a $750 fee. If you cancel after May 5, 2017, you will be responsible for the cost of housing for the entire semester.
*Rising juniors and sophomores may NOT cancel their housing*
As a senior, if I do not cancel my housing, how much do I pay?
You will pay the normal cost of housing for your specific room type.
What if I want to live off campus?
It depends on your class year. Rising seniors do not have to do anything to live off campus.
NOTE: Living off campus will most likely affect your financial aid package. Before deciding whether to move off campus, please read this important information from the Financial Aid office.
What is the likelihood of REHS approving my Live-Off Application?
It depends on the applicant pool, which varies from year to year. Students with higher GPAs and/or no conduct history will be ranked higher than those with a lower GPA and/or conduct history. The statistics from past years are below.
# of Seniors living on campus
# of Juniors that applied for housing exemption
# of Juniors offered housing exemption
GPA cut-off of juniors offered housing exemption
- These numbers are listed to give you an idea of how things have gone over the past few years. We have no way of predicting numbers for future application periods.
- Past conduct history plays a role in our determination for housing exemptions. So, although your GPA may be higher than others, if you have past conduct someone with a lower GPA but no conduct could be ranked higher than you.
- There is a correlation between the number of seniors living on campus and the number of juniors offered a housing exemption.
- The number of juniors studying abroad in the Fall semester also affects the number of juniors offered a housing exemption.
If I am approved to live off campus for my third year, can I still select housing during Room Draw?
Yes. Once REHS has approved your live off application, we will send a notification email to your Oxy email account, with instructions on how to let REHS know whether you accept your Live-Off Approval. If you inform us that you would like to remain on campus, you may participate in Room Draw. If you do not respond to REHS, your Third Year Live-Off Approval status will be withdrawn and you will be required to live on campus.
NOTE: You must inform REHS if you wish to accept your live-off approval. If you do not email REHS with an acceptance, your Third Year Live-Off Approval status will be revoked.
If I am approved to live off campus for my third year but choose to live on campus for the fall semester, can I move off campus in the spring?
No. The Third Year Live-Off Application is for the entire academic year. If you wish to live off campus next year, you must accept your live-off approval by the deadline and not participate in Room Draw.
If I am approved to live off campus, but study abroad during the Fall semester, will I be required to return to on-campus housing for the Spring semester?
No. If you accept your Live-Off Approval by the deadline, your approval status will be active upon your return. If you do not respond to REHS by the deadline, your Third Year Live-Off Approval status will be withdrawn and you will be required to live on campus.
If I am approved to live off campus, but study abroad during the Fall semester, can I apply to return to housing for the Spring semester?
Yes. All students abroad for the Fall semester will be able to complete the Spring Return to Housing form. Students abroad in the fall will be contacted by REHS with information regarding the Return to Housing process.
If I am abroad in the Fall semester, and did not apply (or was not approved) to live off campus, will I be required to live on campus upon my return in Spring?
I'm studying abroad in the fall. Do I participate in room draw?
You will not participate in Room Draw. You will be given the opportunity to fill out a Return to Housing Request in early November.
I'm currently studying abroad. How do I participate in room draw?
You will need to fill out the Senior Registration Form, found here. You will also need to ask someone to be your proxy, and fill out the Proxy Form, found here. Please be sure to give your proxy detailed information on your room choice, including multiple contingency plans, should your first choice be unavailable.
Special Interest Housing (Themed Living Communities, Transfer/Exchange Roommates, and Gender Inclusive Housing)
What if I don't want to go through Room Draw?
You have several options. You can apply for themed housing in Create Your Own Theme (Norris), Multicultural Hall (Pauley), Berkus House, Substance Free Living (Wylie), Gender Inclusive (Haines) or Food Justice House. Information regarding Themed Living Communities can be found here. If you are accepted into a Themed Living Community, you will go through a separate Room Draw process.
You can also apply for a transfer or exchange roommate. The application can be found here, it is due February 26th. If your application is approved, you are guaranteed a double, though you will only be able to choose from those rooms that are preselected for transfer and exchange students. To select your room, you will go through a separate Room Draw process. The date will be indicated in your acceptance information.
If you do not participate in Room Draw in any way, you will be placed in a room by REHS.
How can I live with a transfer or exchange student next year?
In order to live with a transfer or exchange student, you must fill out the Transfer or Exchange Roommate Application. Your application will then be reviewed and REHS will determine whether your application should be approved. If your application is approved, you will participate in Transfer/Exchange Room Draw (Date TBD). Room selection will be limited to those rooms (all doubles) set aside for transfer and exchange students.
What is the process for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Returning students are given multiple options to live in gender inclusive housing. Returning students can complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Application, apply to live in our Multicultural Hall, apply for a Create Your Own Theme, or select a room in Berkus Hall or Haines Hall during the traditional Room Draw process. Students have the ability to select a roommate of any gender through these housing options. If living in a gender inclusive residence hall is an absolute necessity for you, please make sure that you complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Application. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about gender inclusive housing at Occidental College.
What will the rooms cost next year?
Costs for next year are not available at the moment. We can, however, provide pricing information from the past Academic Year:
Single Room and Berkus Hall Suite Singles: $5,540/semester; $11,080/year
Small Singles (Stearns and select Wylie rooms ONLY): $5,130/semester; $10,260/year
Doubles: $4,115/semester; $8,230/year
Food Justice House and Theta House: $4,115/semester; $8,230/year
Triples: $3,425/semester; $6,850/year
Berkus House Quad: $3,425/semester; $6,850/year
Is alcohol allowed in halls that house both Upper Division and First Year students?
No. All halls that house First Year students are dry halls--alcohol is not permitted, even for students who are of age. The halls in which alcohol is prohibited are: Braun, Chilcott, Bell Young, Pauley, and Stewie.
Will I have to consolidate my room if my roommate leaves?
Yes. After the cancellation deadline, all student rooms with open spaces will be consolidated, meaning the students with open spaces in their rooms will be asked to move in with each other. This allows students from the wait list to move into housing. If you are concerned about being placed with someone you didn't pick, please be sure to speak with your roommate(s) ahead of time, to ensure that they don't plan on cancelling their housing. Please do not select a room with a roommate(s) who is planning on cancelling in the hope that you will be able to keep the room at less than full occupancy, as this will not be the case.
What are the Berkus Hall "Suites" like? How much do they cost?
The singles in Berkus Hall, often referred to as "Suites," are three single rooms that have an adjoining full bathroom and hallway, which they share suite-style. The rooms are the same size and the same cost as large single rooms across campus. There is an exterior door for the suite and each interior single room locks individually. Each suite is equipped with one Micro-Fridge. Students are responsible for cleaning the bathroom.
How do I select a Berkus Hall Suite during Room Draw?
You have two options for selecting a Berkus Hall Suite. You may either select an individual room within a suite or select a complete suite. If you wish to select a complete suite, you must have a group of three people. You will use the lowest Room Draw number of the three suite-mates. Remember: all three suite-mates must be present at Room Draw (or complete a Proxy Form) in order to select the suite. If you select an individual suite, REHS will fill the remaining suites with indviduals of the same gender.
What if I require a medical accommodation?
Please visit the Disability Services website to determine what documentation you will need to submit. The Disability Services Office will review your documentation and determine what type of living space will support your needs. Please feel free to contact the Disability Services Office at (323) 259-2969 with any questions.
NOTE: A preference for a room type is not a medical accommodation. The College will provide approved housing accommodations based on availability. Students who have been approved to receive housing accommodations are responsible for attending the appropriate room draw date to select their room for next year. Accommodations and priority selection are solely for the approved student and not the desired roommate.