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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 2018-2019 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.
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 first-time college 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 Wednesday, January 10, 2018. If you wish to participate in the housing lottery for the 2018-2019 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 14, 2018. The optional group housing lottery application (also online and available only for guaranteed students) will also need to be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
- Attend Room Selection with your $240 housing deposit or online deposit receipt. The deposit is required in order to reserve a space in housing. At this time, only guaranteed students should submit their deposit.
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. At this time, only guaranteed students should submit their deposit.
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.
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 2018 to May 2019). 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 paybill.com/massart 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.
If accepted for housing, you will be responsible for the following deadlines and conditions. All cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by the Office of Housing and Residence Life by the deadlines listed below.
Cancellation received prior to august 1 for academic year assignments and january 2 for new spring assignments
The $240 non-refundable deposit will be credited to the student’s account.
Cancellation is received on/after august 1 / january 2 for new spring assignments and before day of occupancy
Occupancy is considered the day of Fall check-in or Spring check-in. Date is established by Housing. Student will be billed $1,400 if the vacancy cannot be rented.
termination of contract (cancellation) received on after day of accupancy and by the end of add/drop
Student will be billed $1,400.
termination of contract received after add/drop and before october 31 / march 16
Student will be billed $2,700.
termination of contract received after the october 31 / march 16 and prior to the end of the current semester enrolled
Student will be billed for 100% of the rent for that semester.
mid-year termination of contract
Termination of Contract received for the subsequent semester: If a student cancels appropriately with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and vacates room by the last day of the preceding semester, the student will be billed a $1,400 termination fee.
Please speak with the Business Office in Tower 8 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.879.7900 if you have questions regarding your account information.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, If the last day of the month lands on a Saturday or Sunday, the cancellation deadline for that month will be the preceding Friday before 5:00pm.
Cancellations sent by mail or fax must be received by the Office of Housing and Residence Life by the deadline or they will be placed in the next cancellation period and subject to those conditions.