Q. When I Click on the Housing Sign-Up link, I'm getting a page that says "Not Eligible." What does that mean?
A. There could be multiple reasons for this but at this time the primary reason is probably that your deposit has not be paid or processed at the current time (remember that there can be delays between when you pay your deposit and when they post to your student account). Once your deposit is paid and credited to your account (and you have met the following conditions) you should be able to access the Housing Sign-Up site to form your group and find out your priority number. You must:
1) Be a current resident at UNH;
2) Have submitted an online housing reapplication (deadline of Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00pm)
3) Have paid a deposit or made arrangements with the Housing Office for a delay of payment of the deposit. The deadline is Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00pm.
Q. Where do I go for the Housing Sign-Up (for example, accept an invitation, join a group, find out my group's sign-up time, etc?
A. This part is easy 1) login in Blackboard 2) navigate to the Webcat/Services tab 3) scroll down the page and click continue at the Current Resident Housing Online button 4) Look at the horizontal blue menu bar, click on Housing Sign-Up. That's it -- you are at the stepping stone for all sign-up actions.
Q. What if I miss my sign-up pool time?
A. Just like with course registration, you can sign-up anytime after your sign-up time until the sign-up pool closes. It's just important to remember that more spaces will be have been taken (there will be less availability) the longer you wait. If you completely miss your sign-up window from the start time until after the sign-up pool closes, you must come by the Housing Office beginning on Wednesday, Feb 26 for groups who missed the Online Apartment Sign-Up and Wednesday, March 5 for groups who missed the Online Room Sign-Up to discuss what options you have.
Q. What do we do if we don’t get a suite?
A. If there aren’t any suites available to your group at your sign-up time, you will have to step back to Plan B. You do have a Plan B and a Plan C, right? You will likely need to consider disbanding your group (or removing members) and then try during a different sign-up pool for a different size room.
Q. What do we do if we don’t get an apartment?
A. If you were a full-group of residence halls students trying for an on-campus apartment and there weren't any apartments that matched your group's size at your group's sign-up time on Feb 25, your group will have to step back to Plan B. Your group did have a Plan B and a Plan C, right? You will likely need to consider disbanding your group (or removing members) and then trying for different apartment size. Additionally, should your group choose to disband, all members will be able to participate in the Room Sign-Up Process that were chosen as a back-up plans when each submitted your housing re-application.
Q. What do the numbers mean?
A. This question may be THE most frequently asked question so we think it deserves it's own page! Please check it out the answer.
Q. What if I don’t get the location I want?
A. Even if you are not happy with the options available to you during your sign-up time, it is required that you select a space if you plan to return to housing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Once you've done so, and if you wish to add your name to a wish list for a different hall, room type, or apartment, please email Sarah Taylor (Apartments) or Jody Hicking (Residence Halls) or come to the Housing Office beginning on Wednesday, Feb 26 for groups interested in putting their names on an Apartment Wishlist and Wednesday, March 5 for groups who are interested in Residence Halls wish lists. Spaces often open over the summer, and we will try to accommodate as many students as possible who have expressed an interest in changing their assignment.
Q. How will I know what rooms are available prior to Online Apartment Sign-Up?
A. By the evening of Feb 14, the list of apartments that will be open during the online Apartment Sign-Up process will be available to Group Captains via the Blackboard Housing Online site. Once the online Apartment Room Sign-Up gets underway, this list will automatically update every 15 minutes. While this will help to guide Captains, remember that the preview only reflects availability at "that moment in time" and availability may be different during your actual sign-up time.
Q. How will I know what rooms are available prior to Housing Sign-Up?
A. By the end of the day on Friday, February 28, a list of spaces that will be open during the online Between-Hall Room Sign-Up process will be available to Group Captains via the Blackboard Housing Online site. Once the online Between-Hall Room Sign-Up gets underway, this list will automatically update every 15 minutes. While this will help to guide Group Captains, remember that the preview only reflects availability at "that moment in time" and availability may be different during your actual sign-up time.
Q. Can I see where the rooms are located before I select one?
A. Floor plans for each hall/apartment are available for you viewing on the Housing web site at any time. A link will be available directly from the sign-up page should the Group Captain need to see them before finalizing the housing selection online.
Q. What if I change my mind after I picked my room?
A. CRITICAL INFORMATION - Once you have selected your apartment and/or room through the online system and have assigned the spaces online, it cannot be changed.
If you are not happy with your choice and if you wish to add your name to a wish list for a different hall, room type, or apartment, please email Sarah Taylor (Apartments) or Jody Hicking (Residence Halls) or come to the Housing Office beginning on Wednesday, February 26 for groups interested in putting their names on an Apartment Wishlist and Wednesday, March 5 for groups who are interested in Residence Halls wish lists. Spaces often open over the summer, and we will try to accommodate as many students as possible who have expressed an interest in changing assignments.
Q. What if there’s nothing left that I want?
A. Even if you are not happy with the options available to you during your group's sign-up time, it is required that you select a space if you plan to return to housing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Once you've done so, and if you wish to add your name to a wish list for a different hall or room type, please e-mail or come to the Housing Office beginning on Wednesday, March 5. Spaces often open over the summer, and we will try to accommodate as many students as possible who have expressed an interest in changing their assignment.
Q. Will I be able to see who’s already in a partial room?
A. Yes, if you select a space in a partially filled room, you will be able to see who the occupant of that room is before you commit to the room.
Q.When do I sign-up for a residence hall room?
A. Withing 24 hours after forming your group, your group captain can find out your group's assigned time (i.e., when your window opens) for selecting a room on March 3 and/or March 4.
Q. What if I have to take a class during my sign-up time?
A. If the Captain of the group is not available during the group's designated sign-up time, the Captain can transfer "captainship" to another member of their group or set up a proxy who would then make assignment decisions for the group.
Q. What if I want to pull-in a transfer student?
A. Current on-campus residents select their housing during one process. Transferring students have an entirely different process and usually the two do not overlap.
However, during the Apartment Selection Process ONLY, off-campus/transfer students may be pulled into your housing group. Students pulled into the process from off-campus must already be current students or, by Feb 12, be officially accepted for Fall semester attendance at UNH to be eligible to participate in the apartment selection process. Those students who meet the eligibility requirements, will be given a sign-up code that allows them to be added to a housing group. If you have specific questions regarding the pull-in process, please contact our office prior to Feb 12 to discuss the options.
For residence hall sign-ups, the assignments are made in three "waves" so to speak. We have a housing assignment process for our current residents, then we have a process to assign new first year students (whom we guarantee housing if they apply and pay by the deadline), and then, IF we have space we turn to our waitlist students to offer them housing. Since much of the housing process is time sensitive, we cannot predict what vacancies we'll have for our waitlisted students until we we have completed the housing process for our current residents, and have gotten a firm grasp on the numbers of incoming freshmen (again whom we guarantee housing).
Because we make a commitment to our current residents and our new first year student to house them, until those processes are underway or complete we usually do not offer housing to students on the waitlist.
Don't despair! We do understand the want and desire to live with your friends who are transferring here. So what we suggest is that the transfer student let us know via his/her application that they know a student who currently lives on-campus that tthey are wanting live with. IF we are able to make them an offer during the waitlist process, we will work with that student to see IF we can help get you two together.
Much of this is contigent upon the IFs. We will try our very best to help each and every student to whom we make an offer of housing. But at this time we just don't know what offers we will be making. We have a great Waitlist web site, and we encourage all waitlist students and friends of waitlist students to read all about it!
Q. What if I want to pull-in an incoming first-year student?
A. If you wish to pull-in an incoming first-year student, you MUST contact Jody Hicking, 862-3408, at the Housing Office by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, Feb 25. We will gather some information about the first-year students and will then guide you through the process.
Q. What if I want to pull-in a returning study abroad/exchange student?
A. Study abroad students participate online, just as if they lived on campus. The study abroad student must reapply and pay the deposit by the deadlines. If they do so, the group captain can then add them to their housing group.
Q. What if I have computer problems during the online Housing Sign-Up?
A. Our first suggestion if you experience computer problems is to find out whether it's only on your computer or the problem affects others students as well. If it is isolated to your computer, you can find many other computers to use in on-campus labs at The MUB, Kingsbuy Hall, Dimond Library. Since the Online Housing Sign-Up process is a web based application, any computer that has internet access can be used during the sign-up process. If you believe it is a UNH network problem, check the Housing Office's home page (www.unh.edu/housing) for a current system status and information about what's next when the network availability is restored.
Q. Can I get a randomly assigned residence hall roommate, like when I was a first year student? How does that work?
A. Well as a matter of fact, you can get a random roommate! To get started, you need to go ahead and create a group -- but for you it would be a group of one-- you!
Basically what will happen is you create your "group of 1" in the online sign-up site. Then check when the between hall sign-up pools are published and find out when your sign-up time is. Make sure you have a Plan A, B and C regarding possible different locations.
During your sign-up time, you'll go back to Housing Sign-Up to see what spaces are available in the hall where you want to live. If a partially filled room already exists in the hall you have selected, you must either fill that specific room or choose a different hall. As a note, you CAN see the name of the student who is partially filling that room before you commit to the assignment.
If during your sign-up time there are no partially filled rooms in the hall where you’d like to live, and assuming that doubles are still available, you will be allowed to create a partially filled double. The next individual who requests a partially filled room in that same hall will be assigned as your roommate.
In either scenario it is unlikely that you will know that person, thus resulting in a “randomly assigned roommate.”