Housing Lottery General Info


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 you are receiving up-to-date information, please check your MassArt email daily as we rely heavily on students' MassArt e-mail addresses to communicate information.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life encourages students and parents/guardians to talk about this information and assess students' on campus housing needs for next year.

ELIGIBILITY
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.
* Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@massart.edu if you are uncertain of your status 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Individual housing lottery applications will be available online on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. If you wish to participate in the housing lottery for the 2016-2017 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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The optional group housing lottery application (also online and available only for guaranteed students) will also need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
  • Attend Room Selection with your $240 housing deposit or online deposit receipt. The deposit is required in order to reserve a space in housing.

ROOM SELECTION
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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - DMC Lecture Hall (1st Fl, Design and Media Center) from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Time Slots To Be Determined

HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN COSTS
The housing and meal plan costs for the 2016-2017 academic year have not yet been finalized. The preliminary charges for the 2016-2017 academic year may be found on the cost of housing page after January 13, 2016. Please use these figures as guidelines for your planning.

CONTRACTS
All contracts are for the full academic year (September 2016 to May 2017). Unfortunately, we are not able to offer housing for just one semester. Students who are not going to be here for the full year should pursue off-campus housing options.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Please review the cancellation policy carefully. All students who receive housing will be responsible for the deadlines and conditions listed in this schedule. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at housing@massart.edu or (617) 879 - 7750.

MEDICAL REQUESTS
If you have a disability or condition that requires special living arrangements or special consideration for on-campus housing, you must submit a medical request to the Department of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  A response to all requests will be communicated through MassArt email on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Please see the medical request page for more information.

MEAL PLAN WAIVERS
Meal plans cannot be waived unless a student has sufficient documented medical needs or other extenuating circumstances that Chartwells cannot accommodate (Chartwells can prepare foods to meet vegetarian and most allergy needs). To petition for areduction or waiver of the required meal plan, students must submit their request in writing for review by a committee that includes Dining Services, Housing and Residence Life, and the Department of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity.  This petition must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  Please see the meal plan waiver request page for more information.

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 https://www.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.

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 proxy form is available online and in the student development office. The designated proxy will bring the proxy form and the student's housing deposit or deposit receipt to room selection at the appoionted 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.

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