How do I appeal my room rating?
Students can email their appeal letter to Please do not send appeals to the Office of the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community. The SGA Housing Committee will return the results of the appeal to the sender via email.

Who decides the room ratings?
The SGA – Housing Committee.

Is The Fred and the Cross Cultural Living Community (CCLC) exempt from this year’s ratings?
No. Residents of The Fred and CCLC will have their ratings included in their history the same as every other resident on campus.

What if I feel my rating was unfair last year?
You cannot appeal the ratings from previous years. You can only appeal the current year. Unfortunately it is too late to change your history.

How does my lottery number get assigned to me?
Your lottery number is based on your housing history at Trinity College. The lottery numbers also reflect your class year.

What if I lived off campus for a year?
Students who lived off campus for the prior academic year will not be penalized. However, there is no room rating for off-campus housing. This includes students who studied away for a semester/year.

What if I am a returning student?
If you have not been here for an entire year, a lottery number will not be automatically generated. If you wish to participate in the housing lottery this year, please contact Susan Salisbury at and request that a lottery number be generated for you. You will be notified when your lottery number has been generated.
BE ADVISED: Students wishing to participate in the April Housing selection process must be formally readmitted by April 1. Students who are readmitted AFTER April 1st will be assigned fall housing during the summer.

What if I don’t think my lottery number is fair?
The opportunity to appeal room ratings is offered. Lottery numbers are based on the room ratings. Lottery numbers CANNOT be appealed. If you believe the number is incorrect, we will recalculate the number and check to see if there was an error in your particular history. This does take some time. Please be patient and we will get back to you.

What do the rooms look like?
You can get information about the neighborhoods and individual communities, including  the floor plans, here.

How do I participate in Housing Selection?
Please review the information located here.

Why would I be unable to participate?
There are many people who have already been assigned a room. Examples are PRIDE leaders, RAs, and students with medical reasons.
Also, students on financial hold, students who have not registered for fall classes, students who have not had their meningitis shots, and anyone who has applied to study abroad during the fall semester will not participate in the lottery.

Why don’t I have a lottery number?

  • Did you register for classes? If not, you must do so prior to the lottery or you may not participate.
  • Do you have a financial hold on your account? If so, you must speak with someone in Student Accounts.
  • You already received a housing assignment (ex: you have been hired as an RA)
  • If you were readmitted after the April 1st deadline, be sure to contact Susan Salisbury.
  • If you were not enrolled at Trinity during the Spring Semester, contact Susan Salisbury.
  • If you have never lived on campus before, then you will not have a housing history and won’t have a number. Contact Susan Salisbury.

If my financial hold is cleared, will my lottery number be dropped to the bottom of the list?
No. Your number was generated but just withdrawn until you were cleared to participate. It is the same number that would have been posted regardless of the hold.

If I am planning to choose a double whose lottery number is used?
After you have registered at the lottery, you and your roommates will proceed to the lottery number averaging table. There, your numbers will be averaged and that number is the one you will use.

What if I am a junior and my roommate is a senior? When will my number be processed?
Average your lottery numbers; your group number will be processed according to the posted schedule located here.

What if I don’t know anyone to room with and there are no singles available?
There will be others in your same situation. Please contact Susan Salisbury at

What is summer placement?
Summer placement will occur after May 31 and continue throughout the summer. Be forewarned that there is no guarantee what rooms will open up after May.

How do I qualify for a single based on medical need?
You must submit an application along with documentation from your physician. Submit the application and documents here (see last sentence in the “documentation guide” page section). Contact Lori Clapis, Student Accessibility Coordinator, with any questions about the process. The Student Accessibility Council, which reviews these applications, will pass on their recommendations to the Office of the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community and you will be assigned accordingly. The deadline to apply for a single based on medical need is March 7th.

I will be abroad in the fall. How does this affect my housing?
Students who are going abroad in the fall will have a lottery number generated in the spring semester. This lottery number will be used when placement is done in January. In September, students who are abroad will be notified and asked to submit their housing preferences. Please make sure the Office of Study Away has your email address abroad.

What if I am thinking of living off campus but not sure yet?
There is a maximum number of students who can be released from housing. This number is based on enrollment and may change year-to-year. You can find information about this process here. If you did not apply, or applied and were not released, and you choose to withdraw from housing, you may be assessed the full housing fee.