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For Current Students

The housing lottery takes place each year during the spring semester. On these pages you will find updated information on the lottery process for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The housing lottery information presented on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. To make sure that students are receiving up-to-date information, please check MassArt email daily as the Office relies heavily on students' MassArt email addresses to communicate information.

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All students must meet all deadlines and have no outstanding obligations to the college and/or Capstone Management. This includes all residence hall damage fees. Students must also be in good academic/disciplinary standing.

To Be Guaranteed Housing

Current foundation year students who spend their (entire) first year in college housing will be guaranteed a second consecutive year in housing. All published deadlines must be met in order to be guaranteed housing.

How to Participate

Individual housing lottery applications will be available online on Thursday, January 16, 2020. If you wish to participate in the housing lottery for the 2020-2021 academic year, you must do the following:

  • Complete an individual housing lottery application (even if you are applying in a group) and submit it online by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The optional group housing lottery application (also online) will also need to be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Attend Room Selection with your $240 housing deposit or online deposit receipt. The deposit is required in order to reserve a space in housing

Room Selection

Students will be assigned time slots for this process and line up in order by their group or individual lottery number to select from the available spaces. In order to select a space, students must turn in their $240 nonrefundable housing deposit at their room selection time slot.

Unable to Attend Room Selection

Students who cannot attend room selection will need to have a proxy attend in their place. The proxy will need to submit a completed proxy form along with the housing deposit or deposit receipt for the student they are representing. The proxy form is available online and in the Student Development Office.

Download the Proxy Form

What is a Proxy?

Students who cannot attend room selection can have another student act on the absent student's behalf by filling out a proxy form. The designated proxy will bring the proxy form and the student's housing deposit or deposit receipt to room selection at the appointed time slot for the student they are representing. If your assigned proxy fails to show up for room selection, the College will not act in the absence of that proxy to offer you a space in on-campus housing. You will be placed on a waitlist until you contact the Housing Office. Also, by choosing a proxy, you are accepting the room choice your proxy makes in your absence.


All contracts are for the full academic year (September 2020 to May 2021). Unfortunately, the Office is not able to offer housing for just one semester. Students who are not at MassArt for the full academic year should pursue off-campus housing options.

Paying the Deposit 

The $240 housing deposit must be submitted at room selection by check or money order payable to MassArt. Be sure to include your name and MassArt ID on your check or money order. Credit cards and cash will not be accepted at room selection. Students may also pay with a credit card online at and bring their emailed deposit receipt to room selection. Any student who does not have their deposit or deposit receipt at room selection will not be allowed to choose a space.