UNH Announces Housing Lottery for Fall 2001
By Kim Billings
UNH News Bureau
Contact: Anthony Zizos
Editors and News Directors:
December 7, 2000
DURHAM, N.H. -- Effective for the Fall 2001 residence hall assignment process, the University of New Hampshire is beginning the process now to implement a housing lottery in order to keep overcrowding in the residence halls at a more reasonable level for the coming academic year.
University officials explain the lottery is necessary because they can foresee demand by upperclass students for housing on campus next year is growing -- in part because the off-campus housing market is unusually tight, and in part because the university is in the process of restoring enrollment to its mid-1990s level.
According to Candace Corvey, vice president for finance and administration, freshman classes of approximately 2,600 per year will gradually return UNH to the proper enrollments, given its scope of academic offerings.
"This past fall we opened the year with about 5,750 students living on campus," says Corvey. "We expect total demand for next year to be closer to 5,800, and the lottery will be used to reduce that number to approximately 5,600." Corvey adds that plans are well along for a new residence hall and some renovations of existing halls that will add 375 beds to the on-campus inventory beginning in academic year 2003-2004.
UNH Student Affairs has assigned additional funding to support a more aggressive effort to locate affordable off-campus housing for students. The effort will include contacting area landlords and rental agents; developing new listings; expanding the publicity for the existing lists; and providing additional hours of staff time to work with individual students seeking housing. Student affairs staff also will work with Wildcat Transit to develop additional bus routes from off campus sites, in accord with student demand.
The lottery will affect students who will be juniors or seniors in Fall 2001 and who wish to continue living in the residence halls. Students presently living in Woodside or The Gables apartments are not included in the lottery. Students who will be considered sophomores in Fall 2001 will not be part of the lottery, as the university has pledged four consecutive semesters of housing to them.
"We realize that we cannot alleviate all of the overcrowded conditions in the halls because to do so would place many more students into the untenable position of having to find a place to live off campus. Hopefully this effort will strike the right balance between our desire not to overcrowd and our concern about the tight housing market off campus," says Leila Moore, vice president for student affairs.
Students now living in residence halls and who will be considered juniors or seniors in Fall 2001 soon will receive a letter explaining the lottery and notifying them of their randomly assigned lottery number. Notices will be sent to students at their Granite Square Station addresses. V"By letting students know their lottery numbers now, those with lower numbers will be able to start looking for off campus housing right away when they still have a chance of finding accommodations," explains Barbara Paiton, UNH director of housing.
Paiton says that about 1,600 rising juniors and seniors now live in the halls and will receive lottery letters. In a typical year, she notes about 800 would actually want to return to campus. "Our current projections suggest that we will have to use the lottery to exclude about 200 housing applicants," she says.
The lottery numbers assigned to students will be used during the regular housing sign-up process that takes place in the spring. The total number of students who will be excluded will depend on the number of spaces available after spaces are reserved for new freshmen and applications are received from rising sophomores. The lower the lottery number, the greater the chance of being excluded from on-campus housing. Students who are excluded will be given priority for any vacancies that may occur in the residence halls, Woodside or The Gables, after new students are housed and until the first day of classes. After this date, all residence hall vacancies will be used to reduce the occupancy of existing built-up triples.
Other changes include:
Regarding Housing 2001 and Lottery
Q. Why are we running a lottery?
Q. Who will be in the lottery pool?
Q. Are undergraduate students now living in Gables or Woodside included in the lottery? If not, why not?
Q. If I apply for housing in The Gables or Woodside and get offered an apartment space, can I change my mind and be eligible to live in the regular halls?
Q. If I apply for housing in Woodside or The Gables and do not get an offer for an apartment space, am I still eligible to live in the regular halls?
Q. What happens if I get lotteried out, but still want to be considered for housing in the regular halls if space becomes available?
Q. Can I be exempt from the lottery if I choose to sign up for a built-up triple?
Q. How and when do I sign up to live in a built-up triple?
Q. Will I be exempt from the lottery if I want to live in a designed triple instead of a built-up triple?
Q. Will I be exempt from the lottery if I want to live in a special interest/theme house?
Q. Is it possible for a group of four to sign up now for housing in a hall lounge?
Q. When is the new residence hall opening? How does that affect lotteries for the future?
Q. What do I do if I believe I received a lottery number by mistake?
Q. What if I get lotteried out of housing and really think I have a valid reason for remaining in on-campus housing?
Q. Will you house students on an exchange program from another campus?
Q. Will you house UNH students returning from a study abroad program?
Q. Is there any circumstance under which the lottery would be called off?
Q. What is being done to help students find off-campus housing?