STUDENT RENTAL PROPERTIES HOUSING LOTTERY 2014– GENERAL INFORMATION
Housing Lottery is the process by which our current registered students select Student Rental Property housing for the next academic year. Students are required to reside in Wittenberg housing the entire time they are enrolled. Typically, that means that the first two years are spent in the residence halls and the remaining years (after earning 60 credit hours) in a Wittenberg-owned rental house or apartment.
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 housing lottery are students previously approved to: Commute; Live privately; Live in the Campus Ministries House, Eco House, Geek House, Fraternity or Sorority House or students who have renewed a Wittenberg rental property, and Non-returning RA's.
Our on-line system uses computer-generated random numbers to determine housing assignments, but these lottery numbers are not assigned until near the end of the process, so they will not be announced. Students organize into groups and submit housing preferences first. Then, on lottery day, the system sorts all participating students into three pools - seniors, juniors and sophomores - and randomly assigns lottery numbers to each person in each pool. Finally, the system moves through each pool in lottery number order, matching housing preferences with the properties that are available when each number comes up. The system assigns groups together based on the person it encounters first, i.e., the person with the "best" lottery number.
Yes. Holds: Log onto the WittLink portal and click on "Register/Student Holds". If you have any type of restriction, such as an unpaid balance on your student account, Dean of Students hold, library fine, etc., you must contact the appropriate office to correct the restriction(s) before proceeding through the housing lottery module. You will not be allowed to proceed if any holds or restrictions exist. If you want to be included in a group of 2, 3, 4, or 5, a hold will prohibit your group from entering preferences. All balances must be cleared by March 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. in order to participate.
Students who wish to stay in their current house or apartment have the opportunity to renew their contract for next year. 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. Starting Friday, February 14, 2014, the Renewal process will begin on the Lottery web site. All assignments need to be complete and contracts signed by Monday, March 3, 2014.
How Does The Housing Lottery Process Work?
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. At important stages in the Housing Lottery process, 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.
The list of Available Rental Properties can be found on the Housing Lottery web site and on the Student Rental Properties web site. The complete list will not be available until after the Renewal/RA Selection process is complete.
If a housemate withdraws before June 15, 2014 you and any other housemates will split the entire cost for the unit, or find another student to take their place. If a housemate withdraws after June 15, 2014 the housing office may contact you during the year to meet with a student needing a place to live. Placing another person in your rental would have to be a mutual agreement between all students involved.
Be sure that you keep your options open. Remember that people are most likely choosing open units before you. When you preference your choice of housing, we strongly recommend that you include as many units in your list as possible. This will increase the likelihood of finding a match between your preferences and the units that are available when your group's turn comes.
Once you have received notification that your housing has been assigned, you will be directed to the on-line contract. Once your contract is electronically signed, your Off-Campus housing for 2014-2015 will be complete.
Please feel free to contact Jeanne Riedel, Coordinator of Off-Campus Housing at 327-7802 for assistance.