It is already that time of year again when housing deposits for next year are due. So for people who are not familiar with Fordham’s housing process, I thought I’d provide a little insight.
For incoming freshman in June, you fill out a lifestyle survey and rank your preferences of which of the freshman dorms you would want to live in . Residential Life pretty much takes over
from there and notifies you of where you will be living in August.
|Finlay Hall, where I live now|
After your freshman year, you have much more say over where you live; you can literally pick the exact room you’ll have for the next year. The basic format for room selection is a lottery process, where students are randomly assigned a time slot on a certain day. Groups are formed with people who wish to room together, and the person with the best time slot becomes the group leader. The group leader is in charge of going online during the designated time and selecting a room for the group. Seniors choose on the first set of days, juniors the next, and finally sophomores. If students do not select a room during this time, whether because they chose not to select a room, there were no empty rooms available, or there were no rooms large enough to accommodate a group, these students are placed in Post Lotto. If you are in Post Lotto, you are guaranteed campus housing; however, you are not guaranteed where you will be. Residential Life makes every attempt to fulfill the requests of the survey you fill out with you building and roommate preferences, but you do not find out where you will be living until at least the middle of the summer.
|A panorama of my single in Finlay|