Lottery FAQs for Student Houses & Apartments
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What Is the Witten'Burbs Lottery?
This portion of the Housing Lottery is for current students who have junior standing and are entering their last two years of undergrad. These students have the opportunity to live in a more independent housing arrangement in one of our university owned apartments or houses. Although Juniors and Seniors are eligible to live in a student rental property, they can choose to live in a residence hall room instead if they wish.
The only students who would not be required to participate in any part of the housing lottery are students previously approved to: Commute; Live privately; Live in the Campus Ministries House, Eco House, Fraternity or Sorority House or students who have renewed a Wittenberg rental property, and Non-returning RA's.
Can I Stay In My Current Residence Next Year?
Students who wish to stay in their current house or apartment may have the opportunity to renew their property for next year. Properties can only be renewed a maximum of 2 times (i.e. 3 consecutive years of occupancy) before it is placed back into the general lottery. Residence Life will notify current occupants each spring whether or not they have the opportunity to renew. Property eligibility for renewal can also be restricted due to facility, departmental, and university needs.
If a student has a current housemate graduating or moving to another rental property, the remaining student(s) has the right to add other qualified student(s) through the renewal process. Properties requesting renewal must be able to fill all beds in the space (no vacancies permitted) during the renewal process. Please note renewal requests can be denied based on property treatment and conduct concerns.
How Does The Housing Lottery Process Work?
- Students organize into housing groups of 1-5 people according to the size of the unit in which they want to live.
- One student creates a housing group on the system and invites the others to join it.
- Individual students accept or deny their membership and confirm their eligibility to continue in the process by removing any holds that might be on their accounts.
- Once all members have accepted, the primary member creates a rank-order list of the units they prefer to live in, choosing from among the houses/apartments that are available. We recommend that you preference as many units as possible, as this will increase the likelihood of a match between your preference and housing availability.
- Only the primary member is empowered to create the preference list, but the other members may view it on the system at any time.
- On the assigned date, the on-line system matches groups with the units they prefer.
- 5 bedroom houses - March 14
- 4 bedroom houses/apartments - March 16
- 3 bedroom houses/apartments - March 21
- 2 bedroom houses/apartments - March 23
- 1 bedroom apartments - March 27
- In the event that groups of 5, 4, or 3 are unable to be matched with a unit they preferenced, those groups can re-organize into 4's, 3's and 2's and try again on the later dates.
- Students who fail to participate in the on-line process will be assigned to any open units that remain at the end.
- You will receive messages to your Wittenberg e-mail account confirming details and asking you to take certain actions. It is essential that you check your e-mail frequently.
Does the my class standing matter for my group?
Somewhat. Housing assignments are made in order according to computer-generated random numbers. These computer-generated random numbers are generated in three pools - seniors, juniors and sophomores. For the purposes of the Housing Lottery, current students with fewer than 60 credits are sophomores; 60-92 credits are juniors; and 93+ credits are seniors.Seniors are assigned before juniors and juniors are assigned before sophomores.
Groups are assigned together based on the individual whose random number comes up first (e.g. a group with one senior and three juniors will be assigned when it is the senior's turn because seniors go before juniors). One senior would not have any better chance than another senior though as the numbers are randomly generated within the class. However a group could increase their odds by increasing the number of seniors in their group - please note this is not a guarantee of first choice though.
Where Can I Find the Available Housing List?
The list of Available Rental Properties can be found on the Housing Lottery web site and on the Student Rental Properties website. The complete list will not be available until after the Renewal/RA Selection process is complete (late February).
How can I find out what the properties look like?
Some information is available on the Student Rental Properties website. You can also come to a tour of properties in late February - more details to come.
Are there any additional charges or savings for living in the Witten'Burbs?
Student living in the Witten'Burbs have the ability to drop to the two lowest meal plans or drop the meal plan all together. This can be a cost saving over living int he residence hall depending on your shopping and cooking habits.
Some properties have utilities (gas, electric, water/sewage, trash) included; some do not; some are a mixture. You can find the full list on the Student Rentals webpage. You can estimate possible expenses by speaking with the local utility providers or by contacting Angie Kettler. You will want to come to an agreement with roommates about the utility usage and cost prior to move in, including who's name the bill will be under and how the responsibility between roommates will be shared. You will also want to discuss other amenities such as cable tv, internet, and phone service if desired as these would have to be arranged by individual units.
Keller and Sprecher are fully furnished. Most other properties require students to bring thier own furniture. There are laundry facilities for Keller and Sprecher residents. None of the other properties have university provided laundry machines although some may have hook-ups available. Keller and Sprecher are temperature controlled; most other units do not have central air. All units have equipped kitchens with fridge, stove/oven, and sink; some have dishwashers.
If residents want to bring in other appliances not already present in their unit (a/c units, laundry machines, etc.), they must request permission in advance and get approval from Residence Life and Physical Plant prior to bringing the appliance. The resident is responsible for appropriate, safe, and complete installation and removal.
If I Have A Question Or Concern About Housing Lottery That Hasn’t Been Addressed, Whom Should I Contact?
You should come to an Information Session or one of the tour nights if at all possible. If none of the times work for your schedule, please feel free to contact Residence Life 937-327-7800 for assistance.