Gordon College logo

FAQ: On-campus Housing

When will new students receive their housing assignments and information?
Housing assignments will be made in late May-early June and emailed out in mid-late June.

Can I request a roommate?
Yes. Simply write their name in the requested roommate space in your Housing Questionnaire and have them do the same. Please note that in order for the Housing office to honor your preference, both roommates must request each other. Please also note that roommate requests must be made before May 11, 2018 for the Fall 2018 semester. 

Can I request a specific residence hall?
You may request a specific hall, but there is not a guarantee you will receive your preference. Preferences are honored based on deposit date and available space.

I am a new transfer student, how will I be assigned to housing?
You will be placed in housing with either another new transfer or a returning student roommate. Transfers are not assigned freshman roommates unless they specifically request it. If you will be either a junior or 20 years old by September 1 and you would like to live in an apartment on campus, please note that on your Housing Questionnaire, or email



Can I reserve my current room if I don't have a roommate?
No. You must have a roommate selected in order to reserve your current room or request a different room in your hall. You must have the correct number of people to reserve a room (i.e. two for a double, three for a triple, etc.)

Can I reserve both rooms of a suite for me and three friends?
No. You may only reserve one room of a suite

What is "Reserve and Appeal"?
After you and your roommate(s) have reserved your current room, you may submit an appeal to your RD for another room or floor in your building, or a space in another hall. Appeals will be granted at the discretion of your RD and the housing office and are not guaranteed.

If I submit an appeal and it isn't approved, what happens?
You will simply stay in the room you reserved.

During the lottery, do I have to have a roommate to sign up for a room?
No. You may sign up on your own for any available space. Please note that any empty spaces may be filled at the discretion of the Housing office. 


Can I reserve my apartment?
You may not reserve your current room if you live in Bromley or Tavilla apartments.

How do we apply if my friends are away on off-campus programs this semester?
Write their names on the application and indicate their current program on the signature line. They will need to email the Director of Housing to submit their housing preferences.

How are apartments awarded?
Apartments are awarded in order of point total for each type of apartment (4-person, 6-person, etc.). Points are determined by age as of September 1, 2018 and current class standing. Each individual on an application will be given points using the following scale:
Eligible (20+ or junior/senior)                1 point
Current Sophomore                                2 points
Current Junior                                         3 points
Current Senior                                         4 points
23+ years old                                           1 point
Full-time, off-campus program credit    1 point
Example: An application for a 4-person apartment (17 total points):
Student 1 (20, junior) – 4 pts.             Student 3 (20, sophomore) – 3 pts.
Student 2 (24, junior) – 5 pts.             Student 4 (19, junior, student teacher) – 5 pts.

How many points do we need to get an apartment?
It's all relative—there is no "magical number" of points that will guarantee you an apartment. Every year, the number of points needed is different because the groups applying are different. In general, the older and more upperclassmen students you have on your application, the better your chances are of qualifying. Over the past several years, it has been very difficult for an application with all current sophomores (juniors next year) to qualify. If this is true of your group, you can still apply but should be thinking of your other options as well.

What is a plus-one apartment and will priority be given to those groups?
A plus-one apartment is an apartment with an extra person (five people in a four-person apartment, etc.). Students who choose to live in plus-one apartments will receive a discount on their housing cost. There is no priority given to plus one apartments, as plus-one apartments are designated at the start of the Housing Process. 

What is the discount for plus-one apartments?
For the 2018-2019 school year, the discount is as follows:

  • 10% reduction for the entire apartment
  • Additional 5% discount for the specific room that houses the extra person (ex. If the extra person lives in a double with two other people, those three roommates will receive the additional discount).

What housing choices do I have if I don't get an apartment?
All traditional residence hall choices are still available to you if you don't get an apartment. You also may still be able to apply for spaces in the Village if there are still spaces available. You definitely can still reserve your current room, submit an appeal for another room or floor in your current hall, or simply show up on lottery night and take your pick of any open spot on campus (except for apartments and the Village).

We don't have a whole group for an application. Can we leave spaces open and request that transfer or consortium students be placed with us?
No. Applications must be complete (6 people for a 6-person apartment, 4 for a 4-person, etc.). Please note that each application must have the correct number of people for the Fall semester. If you are looking for people with whom to apply, check out the "Gordon Roommate Search 2017" Facebook page for listings of people looking for apartment groups. You may also post a listing yourself if you are looking for a group with whom to apply.


Can I live off-campus?
Gordon College requires all full-time students to live on-campus. We do realize that living on campus is not possible for all students due to various life circumstances. To address these specific needs, students who are 23 or older, married, or living at home qualify to be commuters. These students must submit an application to the Director of Housing each year that they intend to live off campus. No student should commit to a lease before being approved. Gordon College is not responsible for leases signed or money paid before being approved by the Director of Housing. Once approved to live off-campus, students may not participate in any other part of the housing process.

What if I do not qualify to live off campus?
If you do not qualify to live off campus, you will need to find housing on campus. We will review cases of significant hardship on a case by case basis. If you think that you need to live off campus due to a significant hardship, please email the Housing department.  

Do I have to know exactly where I will be living off-campus?
No. In fact, you should not sign a lease until after you are approved to live off-campus. If you are approved, you are required to submit your off-campus address to Student Life by September 15, 2017.

If I am applying to live off-campus, do I need to pay a housing deposit?
If you do not qualify to live off campus you are required to pay a housing deposit so that you will be eligible for on-campus housing. If your case of hardship is considered extraordinary and you are approved to live off campus, your housing deposit will be refunded.