Important Information

Who Can Participate in Room Selection

Eligibility to Participate in Room Selection

Graduating seniors, students intending to withdraw, students planning to take a leave of absence during Fall Semester 2020, or students approved for an Off-Campus Study Program for the Fall Semester 2020 may not participate in Room Selection. Room Selection is ONLY for those students currently enrolled for Spring Semester 2020 classes. Students who are not enrolled (transfer students, first year students, and students being readmitted to the College) will be placed in available housing during the summer and their assignments will be sent to their Albion College email address. Students approved to be on a Leave of Absence for the Spring 2020 are eligible to participate in the room selection process. In addition, members of fraternities are required to live in their designated house. Fraternity room selection will occur internally and separately from the other phases of Room Selection. Fraternity Presidents will have information regarding fraternity room selection.

Class Registration for Fall Semester 2020

Any Student who is assigned to a room during Room Selection but is not registered for Fall 2020 classes by May 1, 2020 may be removed from their selected room and placed on a wait list. The remaining roommate(s) will subsequently be assigned a new roommate by the Office of Residential Life.

New Incoming Students (Fall 2020 Transfer Students & First Year Students):

Once a new student has made their deposit, they will complete a Housing Request Form on their Student Portal, Briton Bound. The completion of this form is required to receive a housing assignment. It is also required for students that have been approved to commute. For more details on where to get this link, students should contact their Admissions Counselor.

Understanding Room Selection

General Procedures

Albion College's Room Selection is primarily based on the individual's lottery number. Students will receive an email with their assigned lottery number in late February 2020. This lottery number will be used no matter which process within Room Selection the student is participating in.

Lottery numbers are randomly assigned and are based on the cumulative number of units earned (as of the end of Fall Semester 2019, reported from the Registrar's Office) with lower numbers having priority. Lottery numbers range from 0 through 1750. ALL currently enrolled students for Spring Semester 2020 receive lottery numbers. This includes graduating seniors and fraternity men. Please take this into consideration when looking at the number assigned.

For most phases of Room Selection, individuals trying to live together will have their lottery numbers added together in order to create one lottery number, their Group Lottery Number:

Example: 4 individuals are applying for a SUITE in Whitehouse. The first person's lottery number is 900, second is 975, third is 1003 and the other person's number is 1101. The lottery number for this group is 3979. This combined number will be used during the selection process. In order to sign-up for a room during Room Selection, the number of people signing up MUST equal the capacity of the room (Example: double room = 2 people).

If a group encounters problems and is unable to fill the room or apartment to required capacity or in need of a roommate, the Office of Residential Life will keep an active list of students who are looking for a roommate. The Office of Residential Life staff will do their best to assist students with identifying individuals who may be possible roommate options.

General Room Selection

The General Room Selection phase of Room Selection is the final phase of the process. The rooms available for selection during this phase are determined at the completion of all other phases and are based on the remaining students' need for housing assignments balanced with the need for space to assign housing to the incoming first-year class. General Room Selection applications are able to select rooms in Seaton Hall or Wesley Hall.

Fraternity Housing

Male students with active membership in an Albion College Fraternity are required to reside in their respective Fraternity House. The Office of Residential Life will work with the Associate Director for Greek Life and Student Organizations and the Presidents of each Fraternity House to determine room assignments in each Fraternity House. All rooms in fraternity houses are double occupancy and assignments are made by room, not by suite.

Fraternities must abide by the Statement of Relationship Appendix 16 Fall Semester Housing Clause #2 when submitting their housing roster.

**Note: Students approved to be on a Leave of Absence for the Spring of 2020 are eligible to participate in the room selection process.

Room Selection Timeline

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Date Day Event Who is Involved?
JANUARY
January 29 Wednesday Special Interest Housing Applications available on Res. Life website including Sophomore Living Learning Community (SY LLC), Munger Living Learning Community (LLC), Fiske, Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH), and Special Accommodation Petitions All Current Students
FEBRUARY
February 4 Tuesday Room Selection Assembly I @ 8:30 p.m. in Upper Baldwin
(see flyer for more details)
All Current Students
February 24 Monday Special Interest Housing Applications including Second Year Living Learning Community (SY LLC), Munger Living Learning Community (LLC), Fiske, Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH), and Special Accommodation Petitions DUE no later than 4:00 p.m. to the Residential Life Office All Current Students
February 26 Wednesday Lottery Numbers Emailed to Students
All Room Selection Applications & Petitions available on Res. Life website
All Current Students
February 28 Friday Email Notifications of Decisions for LLCs & GIH LLC & GIH Applicants
February 29–March 8 Saturday–Sunday SPRING BREAK All Current Students
MARCH
March 9 Monday Petition Notification Decisions emailed to applicants Petition Applicants
March 16 Monday Apartment & Ingham electronic Applications
DUE no later than 4:00 p.m.
***electronic submission***
Apartment & Ingham Applicants
March 18 Wednesday Room Selection Assembly II:
Seaton @ 7:30 p.m. – Wesley @ 9:00 p.m.
All Current Students
March 19 Thursday Room Selection Assembly III:
Wesley @ 7:30 p.m. – Seaton @ 9:00 p.m.
All Current Students
March 23 Monday Apartment & Ingham Decision & Placement Notifications emailed to applicants Apartment & Ingham Applicants
March 23–27 Monday–Friday Tabling in the KC (1st Floor) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All Current Students
APRIL
April 3 Friday Suite electronic Applications DUE no later than 4:00 p.m.
***electronic submission***
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
April 10 Friday Suite Decisions & Placement Notifications emailed to applicants Suite Applicants
April 14 Tuesday General Room Selection electronic Applications DUE no later than 4:00 p.m.
***electronic submission***
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
April 13 Monday General Room Selection Decisions & Placements Notifications emailed to applicants General Room Selection Applicants
All dates & information are subject to change.

Room Selection Eligibility

Who can apply for what?

Seniors

21.50 Units or more (earned by start of Fall 2020 semester)

  • 416 Erie Street Apartments
  • 507 Erie Street Apartment
  • Briton House Apartments
  • Burns Street Apartments
  • Ingham Hall
  • The Mae Harrison Karro Residential Village
  • Mitchell Towers
  • Munger House
  • Dean Hall
  • Fiske House
  • Whitehouse Hall
  • General Room Selection

Juniors

14.00 – 21.49 Units (earned by start of Fall 2020 semester)

  • Burns Street Apartments (automatic waitlist)
  • Ingham Hall
  • Mitchell Towers
  • Dean Hall
  • Fiske House
  • Whitehouse Hall
  • General Room Selection

Sophomores

6.00 – 13.99 Units (earned by start of Fall 2020 semester)

  • Mitchell Towers
  • Dean Hall
  • Fiske House
  • Whitehouse Hall
  • Wesley Hall - 3rd Floor Suites
  • General Room Selection

Residency Requirement and Residency Exemption

Albion College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential aspect of the undergraduate experience, and as such requires all students to reside and board within the College residential system. As a residential campus, students are expected to reside in College housing for the duration of their enrollment. The Office of Residential Life is committed to helping students make a housing decision that will best meet their individual needs. Albion College's housing options are designed for students to have the opportunity during their 4 years to progress from a traditional housing option as first and second year students to housing options which provide opportunities for greater responsibility and independence to their assigned residential community as seniors.

Student Residence and Board Policies

Exemptions to the residence policy are granted to students who fall under one or more of the following categories:

  1. Commuters, defined as students who reside with their parents or legal guardians not more than 25 miles from the Albion College campus. The residence must be with parents or guardians, not other relatives. The application must be accompanied by evidence that the address given is the bona fide principal residence* of the parents or guardians and has been for at least five years. That should include, at a minimum, a copy of an assessment notice showing that the property is assessed as the principal residence of the owner, and evidence of ownership for the required time. If parents or guardians have changed their principal residence within the five-year period, there must also be evidence of sale of the previous residence. If the parents or guardians rent, and do not own their residence, copies of leases reflecting the necessary continuous period of occupancy must be provided. Further corroborating information may be required at the discretion of the Residential Life staff.
  2. Married students.
  3. Students with legal dependents currently living with them.
  4. Students age 23 or older (housing can be provided if desired).
  5. United States military veterans.

Application to apply for one of the exemptions must be made on a form available at the Office of Residential Life, with supporting documentation as required in the instructions with that form.

*"Principal residence" means the one place where an owner of the property has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return and that shall continue as a principal residence until another principal residence is established.

Automatic exemptions to the board policy are granted to students who fall under one of the following categories:

  1. Apartment residents (Briton House Apartments, Burns Street Apartments, Erie Street Apartments, Mae Harrison Karro Residential Village, and Munger Apartments).
  2. Fraternity members.
  3. Students not residing in College owned housing.
    1. Students who do not qualify for the exemption listed above may submit a Petition for Special Housing Accommodation or Board Exemption Petition based on extreme or unusual circumstances. Petitions should be submitted to the Director for Residential Life during the room selection process for the following academic year. These petitions will be reviewed by the Residential Life Petitions Review Committee. Board petitions are usually granted for medical purposes only. Such petitions must be supported by the Residential Life Petitions Review Committee.

There will be no refund of the room fee once the semester begins, including the room fee charged to students who are granted an exemption to the residence policy.

To Petition for Residency Exemption, students must complete a Petition through the Office of Residential Life and submit it no later than by TMonday, February 24, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. These students must fall into one or more of the 5 categories listed above. Petitions can be obtained online as well as from the Office of Residential Life (Ferguson 124).

All decisions being rendered are for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Therefore, if a student is interested in Petitioning for Residency Exemption for Spring 2021, they should submit their Petition during the Spring 2020 Room Selection Process. Students should plan accordingly.

Petition for Special Housing Accommodation

While the classroom is at the heart of the educational mission of Albion College, as a residential college, Albion also believes strongly in the personal growth and learning that comes when students share living space with roommates on campus. Therefore, most student rooms are double occupancy. Living in a single occupancy room or living in housing not owned by Albion College is an exception to the expectations of Albion College.

Medical Single Room Petitions

A limited number of rooms (27) have been designated as single occupancy (based on square footage) and these single rooms are only available in Ingham (3), Seaton (8), Wesley (4 for first-year students, 10 for returning students), Dean (1), and Whitehouse (1) Halls. Approval of petitions for these rooms will be based on the Medical Single Room Petition Committee's ruling on the establishment of need. Priority is given to students who need a room based on a medical condition, an emotional or psychological reason, and/or a learning disability.

***If requests exceed the number of available rooms designated as medical singles, students will be wait-listed based on need priority deemed by the Medical Room Petition Committee. These singles, if available, will not be awarded until late summer and some may be offered following the 10th day of the fall semester.***

Students who were approved for a medical single room for the 2019-2020 academic year in the form of a single occupancy (based on square footage) room are not guaranteed approval for a special housing accommodation from one academic year to the next. Students must reapply every year for a medical single. Students who regularly participate in Albion College's support services may sign a release of information form with the appropriate department in which the student is a regular client (for example, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Learning Support Services) so that the College staff who serve on the Petition Committee may discuss the applicant's request with the support service Director familiar with a student's situation.

There may be an additional cost per semester for a medical single. Because of the limited number of single occupancy rooms (27), students are strongly encouraged to find a roommate(s) and participate in Room Selection while waiting to learn if they will be assigned a medical single room. Applicants will be notified of decisions by email.

To obtain a Petition for a Special Housing Accommodation, please visit the Documents Page. Petitions including required documentation for Medical Single rooms are due no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Petitions received after the deadline will be automatically waitlisted.

If a student is interested in Petitioning for a Special Housing Accommodation for Fall 2020, they should submit their Petition during the Spring 2020 Room Selection Process. Students should plan accordingly.

Petition to Reside in Non-College Owned Housing

If a student has specific conditions that require a special housing accommodation that cannot be met by the College, the student must complete a Petition to Reside in Non-College Owned Housing. Through this petition process, students must describe the specific details for the type of housing accommodation the student needs and the reasons for the special housing accommodation. Students who regularly participate in Albion College's support services may sign a release of information form with the appropriate department in which the student is a regular client (i.e. Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Learning Support Services) so that the College staff who service on the Petitions Committee may discuss the applicant's request with the support service Director familiar with a student's situation.

Please Note: Students who were approved for a special housing accommodation for 2019-2020 to reside in Non-College Owned housing are not guaranteed approval from one academic year to the next. A petition to reside in Non-College Owned housing must be reviewed through the Office of Residential Life on an annual basis.

The opportunity to live in housing not owned by Albion College is an exception to the requirement that all students reside in College housing. Students are advised not to enter into a lease agreement unless they first receive notification that their petition has been approved.

Students are strongly encouraged to find a roommate(s) and participate in another phase of Room Selection while waiting to learn if their petition has been approved. Applicants will be notified of decisions by email.

To obtain a petition, please visit the Documents Page.

Petitions including required documentation to reside in Non-College Owned housing are due no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Petitions received after the deadline will be automatically waitlisted.

If a student is interested in Petitioning for a Special Housing Accommodation for Fall 2020, they should submit their Petition during the Spring 2019 Room Selection Process. Students should plan accordingly.

Special Interest Housing

Fiske House

Fiske House is the living-learning component of the Modern Languages and Cultures curriculum. Language students have the opportunity to hone their language skills by residing with native speakers and other students in their major or minor. Residents also participate in cultural activities open to the campus community. Residents of the Fiske House are required to be on the College Board Plan.

Special Interest Housing Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2020 by 4:00 p.m..

For more information and to access the application, visit the Fiske House page.

Munger Place Apartments LLC

Munger Place Apartments houses our Living-Learning Communities for students of sophomore through senior-level classification. Groups of 4-10 students can submit a proposal for an LLC experience by residing with other students who have a similar interest or academic major.

Second Year Experience LLC

The Second Year Experience LLC is a brand new Living Learning Community (LLC) housing option for Rising Sophomore in Mitchell Towers (South Tower). It will be an exclusive LLC for second-year students only and will have resources, programs, and education activities that are designed to help second-year students be more successful at Albion College.

Who is eligible? Any student who is a Rising Sophomore at Albion College can apply to be part of the Second Year Experience LLC which will be housed in the Mitchell South Tower. Placement and acceptance into the SYE LLC will be based on each student's lottery number.

There will be a sophomore survey that will go out to each resident that will ask students about their wants, needs, and goals for the upcoming academic year. Some of the programming opportunities will include: Helping students discover and further explore career paths and majors to gear up for Declare A Major Day, a focus on student involvement and how it connects to your vocation and dreams post-graduation, opportunities for involvement and events that exclusive to sophomores, a better connection to faculty and staff throughout campus and in the community, and additional support after completing the First Year Experience to seize opportunities that will directly connect second-year students to their career interests as they head towards their junior year.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing is located in Whitehouse Hall and is open to sophomores through seniors of all gender identities. Unlike other housing options on campus, students are not required to share a room or a suite with someone of the same sex or gender identity. For the safety and comfort of students living in Gender Inclusive Housing, it is imperative that students apply in groups of four on the Gender Inclusive Housing application form. If a student is unable to apply in a group of 4, Residential Life will attempt to place students together in suites with their consent to best meet the needs of those students. Students are expected to comply with all policies set forth in the Student Handbook including visitation and guest policies.

In order to encourage a safe community, individuals who choose to live in Gender Inclusive Housing should agree with the general statements below.

In choosing to live in Gender Inclusive Housing at Albion College, residents agree to:

  • Respect everyone's gender and sexuality,
  • Value all identities and the intersection of those identities,
  • Respect and use desired names and pronouns,
  • Recognize that how and when someone chooses to share pieces of their identity is their choice, and
  • Value each individual's experiences.

If you are interested in Gender Inclusive Housing, please complete the Gender Inclusive Housing application. If you have any questions about Gender Inclusive Housing, please email Residential Life at and talk with your Residential Life staff.

Internships & Student Teachers

Housing Requirement When Students are on Internships

Students participating in an Internship required by an academic program of study or for academic credit when the Internship site is within the United States must abide by the following residency requirements:

  1. If the Internship site is located within a 50 mile radius of Albion College, the student must reside in a residential facility owned by Albion College.
  2. If the Internship will occur during the Fall 2020 Semester, the student must participate in the Office of Residential Life's Room Selection Process in order to secure a room assignment for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  3. When the student has secured a confirmed Internship site, and the Internship site is greater than a 50 mile radius from Albion College, the Office of Residential Life will remove the student's name from the room assignment and re-assign the space to another student.
  4. If a student's Internship assignment begins after the start of an Albion College Semester, the student registered for the Internship cannot reside in College owned housing prior to the start of the Internship assignment.
  5. If a student completes an Internship assignment prior to the completion of the semester at Albion College, the student cannot return to College owned housing during that academic term.
  6. Students cannot store personal belongings on College property during any academic semester if the student is not residing in College housing during that academic semester.

Housing Requirement for Education Majors when Student Teaching

Students completing Student Teaching requirements in the Education Department must abide by the following residency requirements.

  1. If the Student Teaching site is located within a 50 mile radius of Albion College, the student must reside in a residential facility owned by Albion College.
  2. If the Student Teaching will occur during the Fall Semester, the student must participate in the Office of Residential Life's Room Selection in order to secure a room assignment for the Fall Semester.
  3. Students cannot store personal belongings on College property during any academic semester if the student is not residing in College housing during that academic semester.

Student Built Lofts

Student built lofts are NOT permitted in any College-owned residential unit.

For further information about Room Personalization, please see the Albion College Student Handbook.

Smoke-Free Housing Options

The following buildings will be Smoke Free Buildings during the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Dean Hall
  • Fiske House
  • Ingham Hall
  • Mitchell Towers
  • Seaton Hall
  • Wesley Hall
  • Whitehouse Hall

For more information on the Use of Tobacco Products, please see the Albion College Student Handbook.

Window Air - Conditioners

Students should note the following information before deciding which phase of Room Selection to participate in. Due to safety restrictions and electrical load limitations, student provided window air-conditioners (A/C units) are permitted on a limited basis, and must be approved by the Petition Committee prior to installation. Students must complete a Window Air-Conditioner Petition. Petitions are available through the Office of Residential Life.

Air-conditioned residences are:

  • 416 Erie Street Apartments
  • 507 Erie Street Apartment
  • The Mae Apartments
  • Munger Apartments
  • Munger House

Approved A/C units are permitted in the following residential units if a student has received approval from the Petition Committee:

  • Burns Street Apartments
  • Fraternities
  • Mitchell Towers
  • Seaton Hall
  • Wesley Hall
  • Whitehouse Hall

A/C units are not permitted in the following residential units:

  • Briton House Apartments
  • Dean Hall
  • Fiske House
  • Ingham Hall

For more information on Window Air Conditioner Approval, please see the Albion College Student Handbook.