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Selection Process

25-27 Mon-Wed Lottery Number Draw (optional); Kent Atrium; 11a-2p on Monday, 11a-2p on Tuesday, 12p-3p on Wednesday.
4 Mon Theme House Applications due
5 Tues Theme House Interviews
5 Tues Lottery Numbers Posted in Student Development
6 Wed Theme House decisions communicated
20 Wed Room Selection Applications due for 2/3 person apartments, Squatting applications, Picken Floor Draw, Picken triples; process occurs over email
20 Wed Due: Accessibility requests submitted to and reviewed by the Student Accessibility Coordinator
3 Wed Room Selections Applications due for 4 person apartments, Buxton rooms, Picken rooms
11 Thurs Room Selection 7-9pm, Hubbell Hall


Housing Application for Buxton, Picken and Apartments (Word, PDF)

Squatting Application

Substance-Free Agreement for Station Square

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 March 5th.
  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 March 5th for those applicants.
  5. The process for 2- or 3- person apartments, squatting rooms, Picken triples, or Picken Floor Draw are handled over email on March 20.
  6. For other applications (2-person Picken, 4-person Buxton, and 4 person apartments), make sure at least one person per room attends housing selection on April 11 in the Great Hall to choose your housing for next year!

Applications Due on March 20:

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 should be preferably single-gender and list an alternate person should a vacancy occur. Applications are due Wednesday, March 20.

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 20.

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 that are not part of the Picken Floor Draw. To apply for these rooms/apartments, turn in a Room Application by Wednesday, March 20, 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, April 3.

Groups of 2 people can apply for Weinman or Detroit 2-bedroom apartments, and there are up to 21 of those apartments available (11 in Detroit and up to 9 in Weinman).  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 20.

All of the 2/3 person apartments and Picken triple selection will be completed over email on the evening of March 20.

Participation in Room Selection is only for students registered full-time for Fall 2019 – students must be registered full-time by April 11, 2019, 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 April 3 Deadline:

Buxton Hall

If you are planning to live in Buxton, you can apply as 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.

Picken Doubles

2-person Picken applications can join with other Picken room applications into groups of 2, 3, or 4 rooms if desired.  Use the field at the top of the application to indicate which applications you would like to be joined with, if any. 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.  Applications are due on March 20th.

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 alcohol-free and will be for upper-division students (sophomores, juniors, or seniors). Picken Hall has 32 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.

Buxton will continue to be co-ed by suite and alcohol-free. Buxton houses up to 134 upper-division students in suite-style accommodations. Each unit features a large living room and a smaller, 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.

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 will both be a 24-hour quiet hour building and alcohol-free. Students wishing and eligible to live in Station Square must sign a “Substance-Free Agreement” outlining your willingness to live in an alcohol-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. 

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.  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?
For 2019-2020:

Clinton Apartments: 13 4-person apartments, 3 2-person apartments

Colonial Apartments: 8 4-person apartments, 2 3-person apartments, 4 2-person apartments

Detroit Apartments: 12 2-person apartments*

Hamilton Apartments: 12 4-person apartments

Station Square Apartments: 22 4-person apartments, 1 2-person apartment

Washington Apartments: 11 4-person apartments, 1 2-person apartment

Weinman Apartments: 11 apartments that are either 2-* or 4-person apartments, 1 2 person apartment

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

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).