Timeline for Room Selection for Housing for the 2018-19 Academic Year

20-22 Tues-Thurs Lottery Number Draw (optional); Kent Atrium;

11a-2p on Tues, 12p-3p on Wed, 1p-4p on Thurs.

23 Fri Theme House Applications due
26 Mon Lottery Numbers posted at Student Development
27 Tues Theme House interviews
28 Wed Theme House decisions communicated
14 Wed Room Selection Applications due for 2/3 person apartments, Squatting applications, Picken Floor Draw, Picken triples; process occurs over email
14 Wed Picken single applications due
14 Wed Due: Accessibility requests submitted to and reviewed by the Student Accessibility Coordinator
28 Wed Room Selection Applications due for 4 person apts, Buxton, Picken
5 Thurs Room Selection 7-9pm, Hubbell Hall


Housing Application for Buxton, Picken, and Apartments

Squatting Application

Substance-Free Agreement for Clinton East and Station Square

Information Overview by Class:

Room Selection Process

  1. Read about the details.  If you have questions or are unfamiliar with the process after reviewing material, ask your CA!  They can help answer questions about the options and process.
  2. Draw your lottery number!  If you don’t have time to stop to draw your own, we’ll generate one – there is no disadvantage to this.  These will be posted in Student Development on Feb. 26th.
  3. Decide who you’d like to live with and turn in a housing application.  For deadlines and application, see above. You can turn in a housing application by dropping it off at the front desk of Student Development or sending through campus mail addressed to “Housing.”
  4. Theme Housing interviews occur on Feb. 27 for those applicants.
  5. The process for 2 or 3 person apartments, squatting rooms, Picken singles, Picken triples, or Picken Floor Draw are handled over email on March 14.
  6. For other applications (2 person Picken, 2 or 4 person Buxton, and 4 person apartments), make sure at least one person per room attends housing selection on April 7 in the Great Hall to choose your housing for next year!

Applications Due on March 14:

Picken Floor Draw

We are encouraging groups of 12 people (4 triples) to apply to live in the lower level and share a community restroom. Applicants for this “floor draw” do not need a theme or purpose, just a desire to live together. Applications are available at Student Development and here. Applications must be single-gender and list an alternate person should a vacancy occur. Applications are due Wednesday, March 14.

Picken Singles

There will be 8 single rooms available in Picken Hall, and lottery numbers will be used to determine who is eligible for these.  Applications are due by March 14th, although these students will still come to room selection on April 5th to choose their room.  These rooms will be charged as the single room rate, and the rooms will have a double room worth of furniture for you to use.

Squatting Application

Do you like where you live and want to live there again next year? Then squat your room or apartment (unless you live in Barker, Kresge, or with a Residence Life staff member). The same two people can squat a 2-person space, 2 out of 3 roommates can squat a 3-person space, and 3 out of 4 roommates can squat a 4-person space.  If not applying with a full group (i.e. if you only have 3 of 4 people), you’ll need to find another person to fill the application. Fill out a squatting application and turn it in to Student Development or mail to ‘Housing’ via the Simpson Mailroom. Applications are due Wednesday, March 14.

2/3 person apartment/room applications

There are 13 two-person apartments and 2 three-person apartments on campus. Also, there are 4 triples available in Picken Hall which are not part of the Picken Floor Draw. To apply for these rooms/apartments, turn in a Room Application by Wednesday, March 14, to Student Development.  This selection will be done via email by the current Director, Luke Behaunek.  If your application is unsuccessful, you will have to turn in another application for a 4-person apartment by Wednesday, March 28.

Groups of 2 people can apply for Detroit 2-bedroom apartments, and there are 12 of those apartments available.  There is a premium of $500/semester for this due to the single bedroom options.  Please use the options at the top of the room application to indicate this preference.  Applications for this option are also due on Wed., March 14.

All of the 2/3 person apartments and Picken triple selection will be completed over email on the evening of March 14.

Participation in Room Selection is only for students registered full-time for Fall 2018 – students must be registered full-time by April 5, 2018, for the application to still be valid. Participation can be denied for those not registered full-time for the upcoming semester, having outstanding accounts at the Business Office, having an incomplete, invalid or fraudulent application, having successfully petitioned, or having already been housed in a Theme House, Greek House, or Picken Floor Draw. Each person may only be on one application. Fraudulent applications include signing up for a space knowing that someone on your application intends to live off-campus or withdraw. Students going abroad Fall Semester cannot be on any application. Students not registered full-time at the end of Spring Semester may have their housing assignment revoked at any time.

Applications for March 28 Deadline:

Buxton Hall

If you are planning to live in Buxton, you can apply as either a group of 2 or a group of 4.  Each group will be in one room in Buxton, and you can join your application with another application of friends to form a suite. Suites will have their applications ranked higher than rooms which do not combine with another application. This is because each room in a suite has access the other room in it through a bathroom, so we prioritize the joining of applications. You can affiliate your application with another one on the Room Application – use the field at the top.

If applying as a group of 2 in Buxton, each of the two students in that room will pay the single room rate, which is an extra $500/semester above the standard Buxton rate.  If we do not have enough suites for all that apply for the 2-person rooms, we will use lottery numbers to prioritize who is eligible.  If you choose to apply as a group of 2 and are successful, you are not able to increase the occupancy of the room after room selection or during the year.

Picken Doubles

While Picken has the single room option for 8 students and some triples, most rooms are doubles.  2-person or single Picken room applications can join with other Picken room applications into groups of 2, 3, or 4 rooms if desired.  The advantage to this is that you may choose your rooms at the same time, but larger groups are not given priority over one-room applications. The lottery numbers of all students on joined applications will be averages to determine priority.

4-Person Apartments

While we have some 2- and 3-person apartments, the majority of our apartments are 4-person spaces.  Please see below for more information about housing locations.

Need a roommate(s)? 
If you don’t have a roommate and need one (or more), feel free to post on our Simpson Residence Life Facebook page or on your respective class pages.


More specific details of each building are located on our Housing Options page.

Barker and Kresge
Barker and Kresge will house only first-year students and Residence Life staff.

Picken will continue to be co-ed by suite and substance-free and will be for upper-division students. Picken Hall has 30 doubles and 8 triple rooms with suite-style accommodations, except for the lower level (4 triples) which share a community restroom. Picken Hall also has a large basement lounge area as well as study area and a computer lab on the first floor. (Lottery numbers are not used when applying for the basement floor draw, but will be used when assigning the rest of Picken Hall.) See information and link to the Picken Floor Draw application above.

When selecting rooms in Picken, single and double applications can be combined to form groups of 1 to 4 rooms.  Unlike Buxton, larger groups will not have preference over smaller groups, but any rooms combining applications will be able to select together.

Buxton will continue to be co-ed by suite and substance-free. Buxton houses up to 134 upper-division students in suite-style accommodations. Each unit features a large room and a separate sleeping room. The units share the restroom with an adjoining room. Priority will be given to groups who sign up as suites. Suites will select their rooms first, followed by rooms not attached to another application.

The Apartments
In all, the seven apartment buildings (Clinton, Colonial, Washington, Station Square, Hamilton, Detroit, and Weinman) are primarily 4-person apartments, but 2- and 3-person apartments do exist. (2/3- person applications are due earlier than other applications, see above.) Station Square and Clinton East (101-106, 201-206, 301-304) will both be quiet and substance-free buildings. Students wishing and eligible to live in Station Square or Clinton East must sign a“Substance-Free Agreement” outlining your willingness to live in a Substance Free and 24-Hour Quiet Hour environment. This agreement outlines your responsibilities as well as the consequences for violating this agreement. The “Substance-Free Agreement” must be signed and turned in by each resident at Room Selection. There is no GPA requirement for living in the apartments. Students on Disciplinary Probation are not eligible to participate in Room Selection for an apartment space.

Planning to live off-campus?
All full-time unmarried students are required to live on campus until or unless they petition to live off-campus and are approved. Petitions are automatically granted to those living at home with parents or guardians, those living with a dependent child, veterans, or those who have attained 23 years of age.  Seniors graduating during the Spring 2019 semester or before are also automatically approved.  Permission to live off-campus for other unique circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Students. Petitions are available at Student Development in paper form or electronically through your SC Connect under the “My Forms” tab. Living off-campus does lessen your “need” for financial aid reasons and could affect your financial aid. Please check with the Financial Assistance office about how living off-campus will affect you. Those who appear to “lend” their lottery number to an application knowing they intend to live off campus will be fined a minimum of $100.

How Many Apartments Are There and Where Are They?
There are a total of 119 apartments generally available at Room Selection:
25 two-person, 2 three-person, and 92 four-person apartments
(9 apartments are occupied by CAs (Community Advisors) and their roommates)

Clinton Colonial Washington Weinman Hamilton Detroit Station Square
4-person 28 8 11 11 12 22
3-person 2
2-person 6 4 1 1 12 1

College-owned Greek Houses include Alpha Tau Omega (ATO), Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG), Kappa Theta Psi (KTP), Lambda Chi Alpha (LXA), and Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). All Greek chapters generally expect members to live in their chapter house (college-owned or not).

Any questions can be directed to your Residence Life student or professional staff member!