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Current 2nd Year + Students

This page will contain information regarding:

Fall 2015 Selection Timeline

Received a lottery number

Received a waitlist number


The Selection Process

Spring  2016 Housing

Summer I + II 2015 Housing

Housing Accommodation Request

Gender Neutral Housing

Honors Housing Selection


If you have any questions at any point, please call or stop into our office at 4 Speare Commons. Staff will be available to assist you during our normal business hours Monday-Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm and Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. Please call 617-373-2814 (voice), 1-800-240-7666 / 1-800-240-ROOM (voice) or 617-373-4019 (TTY) if you would like to speak with a staff member.

Fall 2015 Selection Timeline:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015: Lottery/Waitlist notification emails sent out

Tuesday, February 17, 2015: Deposits due for students who received lottery numbers

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4+ Selection

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - "Fill Apartments" Selection

Friday, February 27, 2015 - "Fill Apartments" Selection

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - "Fill Apartments" Selection

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - "General" or PAWS* for upperclassmen

*PAWS – Placement Assistance with Staff


Housing Selection Schedule

Housing Fact Sheet

General Selection Guide

Gender Neutral Selection Guide

Honors Selection Guide

Forming Roommate Sets

Received a lottery number

If you are offered a lottery number you can only secure your space by depositing through your MyNEU portal prior to Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Noon. If you wish to secure housing for Spring 2016, you can also make a deposit at this time. Please note, although it is not required, space will become limited for Spring 2016. When you place a deposit please be aware of the cancellation schedule as you will be held to it once you place a deposit for any semester.

Deposit Instructions: To deposit, log onto the myNEU Portal and click on NUPay. At the top of your screen, click on Make Payment and select Undergraduate Fall 2015 Dorm Deposit.

The housing deposits are $200 for each semester. Students must deposit for each semester in which they wish to live on campus during the 2015-2016 academic year. Please note that if you contract with an outside vendor to pay University bills (i.e., AMS Payment Plan), this payment plan will not cover housing deposits, so you will be responsible for paying these deposits for the semesters you request. 

Deposits must be paid and cannot be added to a bill.

Students who are in the University Scholars program are guaranteed housing, however they must deposit or request a deposit waiver by the 2/17/15 deadline to secure a space in housing for the 2015-2016 academic year. Student whose scholarship covers housing costs, if you received a lottery number, you must deposit or request a deposit waiver by the 2/17/15 deadline to secure a space in housing for the 2015-2016 academic year. You can request a deposit waiver by emailing your name, NUID number, the semester(s) you wish to have waived, and the name of your scholarship.

Received a waitlist number

If you received a waitlist number you are not eligible to deposit for the Fall 2015 semester at this time and you are not guaranteed housing. If you have received a wait list number, you will receive information in the notification mailing about the wait list process and off-campus housing alternatives.

We are not currently on a waitlist for the Summer I 2015, Summer II 2015, or Spring 2016 semesters. If you wish to live on campus during any of those semesters you just need to place a deposit through your MyNEU portal.

The Selection Process

In order to be a part of the selection process for the Fall 2015 semester, you must have a lottery number and a deposit on file for the Fall 2015 semester. You will have the opportunity to select housing during either group or general selection time. In an effort to keep roommate sets together, we are offering students the opportunity to fill apartments (studio single to 6-person apartment) during "Fill Apartments" selection. Individual or smaller roommate sets will particiate in "General" selection or PAWS (Placement Assistance With Staff).

If you have a group of students you intend to live with, here is what you should do step by step:

  1. Assemble the lottery information for all students in the group

  • Lottery Number

  • Scheduled Selection Time

  • Roommate Registration Code

  • Roommate Password

  1. Figure out who has the best lottery number and selection date and time

  2. Login to Housing Online up to 5 days prior to that date and time to view vacancies

  3. Plan to fill an entire apartment as you are required to completely fill an apartment to select it on the first selection night for your lottery number

  4. Plan on your first three choices as follows:

  • 100% best case scenario of where you want to live

  • 50% best case scenario of where you want to live

  • Something that you can make work with all or parts of your original group

  • A plan of what you would like to do if you cannot live with your roommate choices

Whoever has the best lottery number (closest to 1) will be the person selecting for the group. Make sure this person knows how the group wants to be placed!

If you want to select housing on your own, here is what you should do step by step:

  1. Figure out what your selection time is based on your lottery number

  2. Login to Housing Online up to 5 days prior to that date and time to view vacancies

  3. Login on your selection day at your selection time and pick from whatever is available or use PAWS

PAWS – Placement Assistance with Staff

´╗┐For students who do not like what is available during their selection time, we offer PAWS. This is a routine part of our assignment process and it is important to remember that you are still guaranteed housing (if you received a lottery number and placed a deposit) and you will receive an assignment in an upperclass building. Only one form is needed per group if you are requesting housing with a group of friends. Once you submit your placement form and we assign you, we will notify you when your assignment is available. Please be patient and check your myNEU e-mail regularly for updates as your assignment could be available anytime from May-August.

Wondering how your lottery number has been assigned to you?
Current second, third and fourth year students are randomly selected to receive either a lottery number or a wait list number. If you apply with a mutual roommate set, all members of the group will receive an individual lottery number OR all will receive an individual wait list number. Lottery numbers are randomly computer generated based on year of attendance.  Randomly selected current 4th+ year students will receive the "best" lottery numbers, followed by current 3rd years, and current 2nd years.

Unsure about your 2015-2016 plans regarding housing or co-op or study abroad?
If you are unsure as to whether or not you will be living on campus for Fall 2015, Housing & Residential Life recommends that you apply and deposit anyway. Fall housing is limited and you may not be guaranteed a space if you do not apply and deposit on time. If you are unsure of your co-op or study abroad plans for next year, apply for all semesters for which you may require housing.  You will not be penalized if you leave the Boston area (beyond Rt. 128) for co-op for a specific term as long as you cancel in writing and submit documentation from your co-op advisor. If you are accepted into a study abroad you will just need your study abroad advisor to email us confirmation when canceling your housing. Please note if you do deposit, you are held to the cancellation schedule if you do decide to cancel. If your plans change you can cancel your housing with no penalty by May 15, 2015.

Have a hold on your account?
Students who currently have a financial block, and/or are not in good standing with the University, will not be permitted to participate in the Room Selection Process.  Stop by Student Accounts in 120 Hayden Hall to clear any blocks so that you may participate.  If you are unable to clear your block, please contact Housing & Residential Life for assistance. 

Spring 2016 Housing

Spring 2016 housing is available. To secure a space, you may make a deposit on myNEU. Deposits will be accepted until capacity is reached.

Summer I + II Housing

We strongly encourage you to place your housing deposit prior to March 1, 2015 in order for you to have a say in your Summer I housing selection, or by April 15, 2015 in order for you to have a say in your Summer II selection. A list of buildings that will be open for the summer semesters as well as rates and further information can be found here.

If you have a 100% scholarship please contact us via e-mail at waive your deposit(s). It is important to understand that once your deposit has been waived the cancellation fee schedule applies to you.

Housing for Summer I and II 2015 can be secured now by placing a deposit on the myNEU Portal. The deposit for Summer I is $200 and Summer II is $200 a total of $400 would be required to secure both sessions. It is important to understand that once you deposit the cancellation fee schedule applies to you.

Housing Accommodation Requests

Please view the Housing Accommodation Information and form here.

Gender Neutral Housing Selection

Gender Neutral Housing can be selected during your selection date and time. Gender Neutral housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex or gender. Once you sign the Gender Neutral Housing Agreement online, you are able to view Gender Neutral apartment spaces during your scheduled lottery selection appointment. If you are interested in signing a Gender Neutral Housing Agreement and did not already indicate this on your initial application, please email to request the link.

Honors Housing Selection

Honors housing can be selected  during your selection date and time. Honors housing is ONLY for students who are in the University Honors program, you cannot pull in a non-Honors student into Honors housing.

Honors Housing is located in the following Buildings:

West Village C - Entire Building (Second year students only)

West Village F - Select Apartments (Second year students only)

West Village G - Select Apartments (3rd year students and beyond only)

Cancellation Information

If you are cancelling your housing prior to the deadline for the semester you are looking to cancel, please email with your name, NUID number, and the semester you are looking to cancel and we will begin the cancellation process.

You can cancel your housing at any time if you are co-oping outside of the Boston area, studying abroad, taking a medical leave of absence, or withdrawing from the university. If any of the those situations apply to you, please email with your name, NUID number, the semester you are looking to cancel, as well as the reason, and we will begin the cancellation process. If you are looking to cancel your on campus housing and none of the above situations apply to you please be aware that by placing a deposit you are held to the cancellation schedule and are, therefore, held to all cancellation dates.

Failure to respond or to provide timely written notification of cancellation will result in a charge for your assigned space (i.e., if you are assigned to a room with a rate of $5,240 and you cancel your housing on 6/20/15, you will be assessed 50% of your room rate, which is $2,620.00 along with a loss of your deposit for that semester. If the cancellation deadline has passed, students who can demonstrate a significant change in academic, co-op, financial, or personal circumstances may petition to have this fee waived.

To view the 2015-2016 Cancellation Schedule, click here.

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