Groups of 8
Groups of 8 Housing Selection allows students to form their own residential experience by choosing a small block of individuals to live adjacent to them.
Group of 8 Housing Selection: 8-Person Blocks
|Monday, February 3, 2020||All On-Campus Housing Applications open via HouseCat|
|Friday, February 28, 2020||Applications close at 4:00 p.m|
|Tuesday, March 3, 2020||Groups of 8 selection start times released by 5:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 5, 2020||8 Person Blocks Room Selection|
|Selection Times Begin: 5:00 p.m.|
|Room Selection Closes: 7:00 p.m.|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an 8-person block? Is it a suite?
Rooms adjacent to each other are referred to as blocks. Groups of 8 Housing Selection allows students to form their own residential experience by choosing a small block of rooms. These individual rooms or spaces may not be shared, like a suite, but form a neighborhood of rooms. There are no 8-person suites on campus.
What are the group sizes for Groups of 8 Housing Selection?
Only groups of 8 students are eligible for this process.
Where on the HouseCat application do we select “Groups of 8 Housing Selection”?
You do not. If you are in a verified group of on the closing date of the process, your group will be automatically given a selection starting time.
How are Block Housing selection times calculated?
Only 8-person VERIFIED groups will be given a selection time. Time slots will be generated by averaging the individual time slots of the group members. Individual time slots are random by class year. Only the group leader can select the space and assign beds.
How do we actually pick a room online?
We highly suggest reading the How to Select a Room page for valuable information on applications and room selection. To watch a video showing you how choose a block (the same way as selecting a suite or triple room), click here.
How long will my group have to select a space?
We want to provide each group with as much time to select their housing as possible. The time slot you are given is your START time. You can take as much time as you want, but please be advised groups will continue picking. Once you click into a room, you will have two minutes to confirm beds.
What if my group does not like any of the available options?
Your group is not required to select housing during your time slot. If you do not want to live in any of the available spaces, do not select a space. You can disband your group and select an alternate type of housing during the Block or General Room Selection.
What if there are no available spaces for a group of my size?
If there are no spaces left for a group of your size, you are able to disband your group, re-form, and select a different type of space. This process must be managed via the roommate group area of the HouseCat Portal (step 6) and include all necessary steps from adding members to verification. To watch a video showing you how to manage and reform roommate group, click here.
Selecting Rooms in a Block
For Room Selection for 2019-2020, Block housing is going to be available on the HouseCat portal. It is no longer and assigned process.
During the Block Housing Room Selections, students will be able to sign into adjacent rooms with their intended roommates. The room selection will occur online through the HouseCat portal, and will be based on student’s HouseCat applications and roommate group size.
Important: Prior to the group housing room selection, be certain that your roommate group is the same size as the type of group housing you intend to join (e.g. four people for a four-person block.) and is VERIFIED.
|Room Selection Process|
|1. Group leaders create group and manage membership.
If an intended roommate has completed their application, the group leader can add them to the application.
If an intended roommate has not yet completed their application, that group member can add themselves to the group after they complete their application. Or, the intended roommates can add themselves to the group when they create their application. The group leader must share the group name and password to enter the group with their intended roommates so that they will be able to add themselves.
|2. Group leaders verify group.
As new members join, group leaders need to continually verify the group to be certain that membership is correct. If a group is not verified, the group leader will not be able to select housing during the room selection process.
|3. Group receives lottery number and room selection time slot.
After all groups are verified and the application window closes, groups will receive their room selection time slot. Time slots will be generated by averaging the individual time slots of the group members.
|4. Group selects housing during room selection time.
During their designated room selection time, the group leader (with consultation from group members) will select the group’s housing from available options on the HouseCat portal. It is the group leader’s responsibility to select housing for the group. If a group needs to change their group leader, they may do so in the same location where they manage group membership (HouseCat step 6). Groups will only to be able to select housing in spaces where their group size exactly matches the number of beds available.
|Note: Housing selection is binding. Once you have confirmed your selection on the HouseCat portal, you will not be able to change your housing.
To watch a video showing you how choose a block (the same way as selecting a suite or triple room), click here.
Block Housing Rooms
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Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If you have a diagnosed disability and need to pursue a housing accommodation, you should contact the Office of Accessible Education.