Office of Residential Education

How Selection Works

The current housing selection process includes an off-campus and an on-campus selection phases.

On Campus

ADA Housing Accommodations

The Returner Housing Application will be available mid-February with a  Priority Deadline of March 3, 2023. Themed and ILBC Housing will be processed in mid-March. Students can register as individuals, in which case they will be assigned an individual housing selection time, or as a group, in which case the group will be given a group housing selection time. Students are required to be registered for classes before they are allowed to select housing.

Additional details will be shared in February 2023. 

Important Points to Note

  • Priority for housing selection is based on a student’s semesters at Oberlin.
  • The semesters at Oberlin projection is based on the number of semesters you have completed at Oberlin, including being enrolled but not in residence (ENR), and any approved academic leaves of absence and verified semesters at previous institutions for transfer students.
  • Personal Leaves of Absence and Medical Leaves of Absence does not count toward your total semesters at Oberlin.
  • Housing selection will be first sorted by the individual’s or the group’s averaged semesters at Oberlin and then by a random lottery number assignment within these average semesters at Oberlin.

  • Students may enter the process as an individual or as a group.
  • Students will select housing online from the available rooms list during their designated lottery time slot. 
  • If you register for housing as a group, you are not obligated to room with the other members of the group. All members of the group will have the same housing selection appointment time but at that appointment time the group members are able to split up and select from the available housing for which they are eligible.
  • If you registered for housing as an individual, but decided to join a group or form a group, all the members involved will be assigned a different housing appointment time. All the members involved must visit the ResEd Office at the latest of the assigned appointment times to have your new group put into the system by a ResEd Administrator.
  • Students who wish to live in Village Housing must have four or more semesters in residence.

  • If an individual applies late, they will be moved just below their average semesters at Oberlin before having the random number assigned.
  • If a member of a group applies late, the group will be moved just below their average semesters at Oberlin prior to having their random number assigned.
  • If a student does not complete the online General Housing and Dining Registration, then they will be moved to the very end of housing selection and will not be included in other students' requested groupings.
  • Please Note: Supplemental Identity-Based, Language, Living-Learning, and Theme applications or the OSCA Lottery are not a substitute for completing the General Application. 

  • Students who wish to live in a Identity-Based, Language, Living Learning, or Theme Community must complete the supplemental application for the community of interest to be considered for a space.
  • Selections will occur after Village Housing Selection. If a student selects a space in Village Housing, they will be assigned to that space and will forego selection for these communities. 
  • Students with less than five semesters in residence who accept their offer are removed from the General Housing Lottery and the space they accept is their assignment for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

  • Students who wish to live off-campus must have been selected for off-campus housing through the process in the fall and must have accepted the offer. Otherwise students need to request and qualify for an exemption or are welcome to indicate their interest in off-campus housing on the summer housing waitlist once it opens up after housing selection.
  • Village Housing candidates must complete an orientation session within the first three weeks of the start of the semester in order to maintain eligibility.

  1. It allows students to select from the widest range of inventory available to them at the time of their appointment.
  2. It requires that the majority of students complete their housing selection during a single appointment time.
  3. It allows for the majority of students to leave their appointment with a specified assignment.