Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Room Selection Process.
If you have a specific question that is not addressed below, please contact Housing Services.
What is MyHousing?
MyHousing is the online housing portal accessible through Cardinal Students where students to apply for housing, participate in Room Selection, and access housing-related information and allows an individual to:
- View current room assignment
- View current dining plan
- Accept the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement
- Complete the Room Selection Intent Form
- Search for and select roommates for next year
- Select a dining plan
- View lottery number and selection time
- Select a room assignment for next year
How do I participate in Room Selection?
In order to participate in Room Selection, individuals must be currently enrolled, degree-seeking students who anticipate full-time enrollment with the University for the 2021-2022 academic year. To participate you should submit the Room Selection Intent Form in MyHousing by March 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. (EST).
Am I required to live on-campus?
Catholic University strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our students in terms of academic success, personal development, and involvement within the campus community. As such, Catholic University currently requires undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing through the completion of their junior year. Please refer to the Student Housing Policy for more information on this University policy.
What is the Room Selection Intent Form?
The Room Selection Intent Form is the online housing application for the Room Selection Process. This online application conveys a student's intent to participate in the lottery and live on-campus for the upcoming academic year (Fall and Spring semester). Therefore, students who plan to participate in the Room Selection process are required to submit the Room Selection Intent Form. The Intent Form is accessed in MyHousing via Cardinal Students. If a student has not submitted the Intent Form, they will not be able to participate in the lottery.
As a Senior, am I guaranteed a room on-campus?
As is the case on most residential campuses, on-campus housing for Senior students is not automatically guaranteed. However, each year Housing Services reviews the demand for campus housing and initiates plans accordingly. During the Spring semester, a lottery is conducted where interested Senior students may select housing from available rooms for the next academic year. Housing Services also offers guidance to upperclass students seeking off-campus residence. Please refer to the Student Housing Policy for more information on this University policy.
Am I eligible to participate in Room Selection if I am a Graduate, Law, or Non-traditional student?
Per the University Student Housing Policy: on-campus housing generally is not available for Graduate, Law, or Non-traditional students, but may be provided on a case-by-case basis subject to the availability of suitable housing as determined by the University. Space available in campus housing for Graduate, Law, and Non-traditional students is generally determined later in the Spring semester or during the summer months. More information on Graduate, Law, Non-traditional student housing options will be posted here as it is available.
I missed the deadline to submit the Room Selection Intent. What are my options?
The deadline for the Room Selection Intent is March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Options after this deadline depend on whether you will be required to live on-campus next Fall.
- If you are a student required to reside on-campus per the Student Housing Policy, you will be required to live on-campus for the 2021-22 academic year. If you missed the deadline to submit the Room Selection Intent Form, please log into MyHousing and submit the Housing Waitlist Application. Late submissions may receive a lottery number to participate in selection, but it will be generated after the lottery numbers for all students who submitted the Intent Form by the deadline.
- If you are a student not required to reside on-campus per the Student Housing Policy and you missed the deadline to submit the Intent Form, you may still submit the Housing Waitlist Application. Late submissions will generally not be accepted to participate in the lottery process and will be added to the Senior Housing Waitlist.
I am applying to be a Resident Assistant or Student Minister next year; should I submit my Room Selection materials?
You should still submit your Room Selection Intent Form by March 15, 2021. Any student applying for the Resident Assistant or Student Minister position should participate fully in the Room Selection Process until they have been offered and accepted the position. Should the position be accepted, at that time, you will be removed from the Room Selection process.
Which lottery will I be in?
Lottery assignments are based on credits and class year for the Fall semester. Students will be assigned to either the Rising Junior or RIsing Sophomore lottery designation. Seniors who are not required to live on-campus but submit the Intent Form will be assigned to the RIsing Senior lottery. At times, a students admit date will also be considered in their lottery designation. Your credit information/enrollment status is maintained by Enrollment Services. When you submit your Room Selection Intent Form, Housing Services will confirm your class standing based upon in-progress credits for the Spring semester and earned credits. If you have taken a class for non-credit, these classes are not included in your earned credits. If you believe you should be in a different lottery, you should contact Housing Services before lottery numbers are assigned.
Will I be able to participate in Room Selection if I have a financial hold on my student account?
You will be allowed to submit the Room Selection Intent Form; however, you will not be able to participate in a lottery until you pay your outstanding balance and have your financial hold resolved. Housing Services will notify those who have submitted the Room Selection Intent Form and have a financial hold on their student account.
- If the financial hold is resolved by March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. you will be entered into the lottery and you will receive a randomly generated lottery number on March 19, 2021.
- If the financial hold is resolved after March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. but before selection for your designation concludes, you will receive the next highest available lottery number.
- If you are unable to resolve your financial hold until after selection for your lottery designation is complete, Housing Services will contact you to determine further action and place you on the appropriate Waitlist.
You can view information regarding your existing balance and make a payment through Cardinal Station. Enrollment Services is available via phone at (202) 319-5300 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance in making a payment.
How are lottery numbers assigned?
Lottery numbers will be assigned randomly. Lottery numbers will be available on March 19, 2021, in MyHousing via Cardinal Students. At that time students will be able to select roommates within their lottery designation and begin developing room preferences and selection plans prior to the lottery.
Can I choose who my roommate will be?
Yes, you can search for and select other students participating in your lottery designation to be your roommate(s). Students wishing to be roommates must be in the same lottery designation and will need to preselect and accept one another as roommates in MyHousing before selection. Once the group is confirmed, the group's lottery number will be the lowest individual lottery number within the group. The student with the lowest selection lottery number is the selector while the other student(s) in the roommate group are considered pull-in(s).
For selection in suites and apartments, groups will need to select an entire suite or apartment together by completely filling the unit. However, if a suite or apartment is not available to accommodate the whole group, the group will need to reconfigure and select an available unit based on the new group size and the lowest lottery number of the new group.
What else do I need to do in order to select a room during the lottery?
In order for your roommate group to be eligible to select a room in the lottery, it is important that each group member accept all other group members and withdraw any outstanding roommate invitations, if applicable. If any roommate invitations are still pending, the group will not be able to select. Once each member of the group has confirmed each roommate, the person from your group with the lowest lottery number is responsible for selecting the room on behalf of the group. An Instructional Guide for this process is available here.
What are the chances that I will get the room or hall that I want?
There are various factors involved including how many students are participating in your lottery designation, community designations, and the desirability of the room or hall. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to select his/her first preference. Housing Services recommends that you and/or your group have a plan that includes several housing options. Housing Services will also be updating the Space Availability page as each lottery progresses; this page will provide information regarding what room types are still available in the lottery.
Do I need to be on-campus to make my selection?
Because Room Selection is held online, you do not need to be on-campus. You will be able to select from anywhere there is internet access such that you are able to log into MyHousing via Cardinal Students. All selection times go live according to Eastern Standard Time. Housing Services recommends testing your internet connection prior to the start of selection.
I am away on Study Abroad. How can I participate in Room Selection?
You can participate in Room Selection by submitting the Room Selection Intent Form in MyHousing by the March 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (EST) deadline. You will be able to access the form online through Cardinal Students and can also select your roommates, room, and dining plan according to your assigned lottery number and time. Housing Services will communicate with you through your Catholic University email in the weeks leading up to your lottery to keep you informed. Keep in mind that all Room Selection deadlines and process dates are based on Eastern Standard Time.
I am graduating in December 2021 or studying abroad in Spring 2022. Am I still eligible for housing?
Yes, you should submit your Room Selection Intent Form in MyHousing by the March 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (EST) deadline. If you select or otherwise receive a space on-campus you will need to cancel your Spring 2022 assignment by November 15, 2021.
I am a Senior. What happens if I am not able to select a space during my lottery but still want to live on campus?
If you are not able to make a selection during the lottery you can submit a request to add your name to the Waitlist. Throughout the spring and summer months, Housing Services will extend offers to those on the Waitlist as spaces become available. Housing Services also offers guidance and support to assist students in finding off-campus housing.
I would like to request a housing accommodation because of a medical need. What steps do I need to take to complete the request process?
If interested in requesting a housing accommodation for a medical need, you will need to submit the Room Selection Intent Form AND the Disability Support Services (DSS) Housing Accommodation Request Form by March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Additionally, all supporting documentation for the request should be submitted to DSS by March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).