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Housing Lottery FAQ

It’s the process through which MassArt helps students select their room for their second (or possibly third/fourth) year in on-campus housing.

MassArt utilizes a housing management software called THD (The Housing Director) for our processes and assignment information, including the housing lottery process for current students to select housing for next year. Students can access THD through their MassArt email account

All first-time college students who are housed on campus for their entire first year are guaranteed housing for their second year, provided they meet published deadlines

Non-guaranteed students are those who:

  • are first-time college students but did not live on campus for their entire first year 
  • transferred into MassArt after taking classes at another institution
  • will be in their 3rd or 4th year at MassArt
  • did not complete the application process within the established deadlines

Students may still participate in the lottery even if they’re not guaranteed housing. However, space in campus housing for non-guaranteed students will be very limited. For this reason, we are encouraging non-guaranteed students to begin exploring off-campus housing options in addition to participating in the lottery.

Guaranteed students who submit their lottery application by the February 27 deadline will be able to login to THD and select a space during room selection on Sunday, March 17. A $240 housing deposit will then be assigned to those who select a space and will be due by April 2. A student’s selected space will only be confirmed upon receipt of the housing deposit.

Please see the Housing and Meal Plan Costs page to find the housing and meal plan charges for the current academic year, 2023 - 2024. These charges will be updated for next year as soon as this information is available

The housing deposit is required in order for a student to finalize their on-campus housing for next year. Students will be billed for the $240 housing deposit within a few days after selecting their room and payment will be due by April 2. Unless a student cancels their housing, the deposit will be applied to their fall semester MassArt tuition and housing bill.

Yes, both in person and online. In person opportunities have been scheduled and are listed here on the Housing Lottery Calendar webpage. For more information about upcoming virtual sessions, please reach out to us at

If a student has a disability or condition that requires special living arrangements or that requires a meal plan accommodation, they must submit a completed Accommodation Request to Student Accessibility Services by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2023. For further information about this documentation, please visit the Student Accessibility Services webpage. Requests received after the deadline may not be eligible for consideration.

Students with approved housing accommodations for the current academic year should reach out to Student Accessibility Services at for information about requesting to renew for next year.

Both the lottery application and room selection process will happen online in the THD housing portal. Tutorials will be available the week before room selection to help students navigate the process of selecting a space. Recordings of these sessions will also be made available to students.

Room selection will be happening on Sunday, March 17 between Noon and 7:00 p.m. Specific room selection start times will be assigned to eligible students and posted in THD at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11.

No, the lottery will be done entirely online through THD. Students will be assigned a specific start time to select their space for next year. They can log in anytime at or after their start time, but it’s encouraged that they log in as close to this time as possible. For students who are on campus during room selection, the Housing Office will be available to assist them with their selection if needed.

The housing lottery application will become available in THD on January 18, 2024

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life maintains an off-campus website that provides information for residents seeking off-campus housing. There are listings for apartments/roommates and educational information on the site. The website is:

We’re happy to assist. Send us an email at or give us a call at 617.879.7750.