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Housing gamble? Ohio State upperclassmen can enter lottery to live on campus after sophomore year

The amount of space available in dorms — such as in Nosker House pictured above — varies from year to year based on factors such as incoming class size and the number of third- and fourth-year students hoping to secure space in a dorm. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo Editor

If you’re a second-year not quite ready to leave the dorm life, there’s a solution, but it will require a little luck.

For third- and fourth-year students who want to continue living on campus, the Office of Student Life offers a lottery system for available dorm space.

Dave Isaacs, spokesperson for the Office of Student Life, said third- and fourth-year students are asked via email to inform the university of their interest in continuing to live on campus.

The amount of space available in dorms varies from year to year, based on factors such as incoming class size and the number of third- and fourth-year students hoping to secure space in a dorm.

“Some years we have a great many students interested, other years not as many,” Isaacs said.

At this time, Isaacs said each student who entered into the lottery could potentially be accommodated because 600 people have applied for 750 available spaces.

The process is designed to be as efficient as possible and keep applicants up-to-date, especially because there will be years in which not everyone who wants a room will get one.

“We try to work through the process as fast as we possibly can so we can let students know so they can make plans for living on campus or off campus next year,” Isaacs said.

Students had until Jan. 31 to let Student Life know of their interest in living in a dorm. By Friday, interested students will be informed of the situation, as in how many rooms are available versus how many students are seeking a room.

Student Life hopes to inform students in a timely manner of the housing outcome in order to give them enough time should they need to find other arrangements.

The lottery will be held in early February and afterward students will be informed of their housing situation.

3 comments

  1. Hard to believe that more upperclassmen do not want to live on-campus after the STEP program made these students so much more involved in campus life!

  2. Lantern Commenter

    i don’t quite understand this “lottery” but teaching the millenials to gamble (more than their already doing) sounds like a VERY bad idea!! my generation had too EARN our housing by putting in 10 hour days at the plant

  3. They are cramming underclassmen in crowded dorm rooms already to get more money out of them. If they were to properly house the underclassmen, they don’t have room for even Freshman and Sophomores to live on campus. It’s all about the dollar!

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