Returning Residents Housing and Residence Life Furman

Returning residents have the option to live in upperclassman housing, learning communities or their Greek community. We also occasionally utilize overflow housing for seniors in our off-campus apartments. Each spring, we determine the number of seniors who will live in overflow housing to accommodate the rest of our undergraduate student population. The number of apartments designated for senior overflow housing varies each year, depending on the numbers of students enrolled in the university.

Room assignments are determined by our housing lottery, a computer-based system that aims to accommodate the preferences of each student. Priority is given to seniors, juniors and then sophomores.

As a returning resident, you'll have the option to choose your roommate in the housing application. We honor mutual roommate requests, assuming space is available to accommodate each student.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2016

Deadline to submit request for disability and medical accommodations Deadline Passed
Deadline to submit a request for an off-campus exemption Deadline Passed
Deadline to state Housing Intentions Deadline Passed

Housing Lottery Schedule for 2016

Date Housing option Request Housing Lottery Results
Application Closed The Vinings Renewal Now Closed Sent Out 
​Application Closed ​The Vinings Prospective Student Now Closed Sent Out
Application Closed Housing Retention Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed Rising Senior Individual Lottery
Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed North Village Block Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed North Village Private Bedroom Lottery Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed Rising Junior Individual Lottery Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed North Village Shared Bedroom Lottery Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed Rising Sophomore Individual Lottery Now Closed Sent Out
Lottery Window Closed Residence Hall Doubles Lottery Now Closed Sent Out

The Housing lottery in four easy steps

  • Step 1: State your Housing Intentions

      To state your housing intentions, go to the MyFurman portal and click "Housing Intention Selection." From there, choose the appropriate intention. Keep in mind that this is the initial step and does not assign you to a room.

      You have three Housing Intention options:

      1. Live on-campus: If you select to live on-campus, you will receive a housing code that you will use to enter into the housing lottery. If you do not have a housing code, you will not be able to participate in the lottery. It is important that you keep your housing code on hand to reference when you enter the lottery.
      2. Apply for a Housing Exemption: If you select to apply for a housing exemption, you will be directed to an exemption application form. As you know, Furman has a four-year residency requirement and students must be approved to live off-campus. The exemption application is the first step to that process.
      3. Indicate that you are transferring from Furman: If you have decided not to return to Furman next year, we would like to know so that we can help you in your transition.
  • Step 2: Determine which lottery (or lotteries) you plan to participate

      There are three questions that you should consider when determining which lottery (or lotteries) you plan to participate:

      1. Am I eligible? Some lotteries are only open to certain classes. Examine the table below to see which lotteries your class is eligible to participate.
      2. Lottery Rising Senior Rising Junior Rising Sophomore
        Rising Senior Individual X
        North Village Block X X
        North Village Private Bedroom X X
        Rising Junior Individual X
        North Village Shared Bedroom X X
        Rising Sophomore Individual X
        Residence Hall Doubles X X X

      3. What size group do I need? You must have an appropriate group size in order to participate in a particular lottery. If your group is too big or too small, you will not be able to enter into a specific lottery.
      4. Lottery Group of 8 Group of Four Group of Two Single Person
        Rising Senior Individual X
        North Village Block X
        North Village Private Bedroom X
        Rising Junior Individual X
        North Village Shared Bedroom X
        Rising Sophomore Individual X

        Residence Hall Doubles

        X
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      5. What are the differences between the lotteries? While some lotteries are designated for specific classes and group sizes, they also offer differences in the types of spaces or locations that are available.
      6. ​​
        Lottery Description
        Rising Senior Individual This lottery is designated only for rising seniors who wish to participate by themselves. This means that rising seniors who do not want to go through the lottery in a group can opt to participate as a single person. Students who participate in this lottery will have the opportunity to be placed in a North Village apartment with other rising seniors who also are going through the lottery individually.
        North Village Block​​ Every year there are a few adjoining North Village apartments made available for rising senior and rising junior groups of eight to block together. This can be a group of eight men or eight women or a group of four men who partner with a group of four women. Blocks are very limited; however, they are a great opportunity for larger groups of classmates to build a year-long community.
        North Village Private Bedroom This lottery is open to rising senior and rising junior groups of four. Any other size group or academic class are not eligible to participate in this lottery. All private bedroom North Village apartments will be available in this lottery.
        Rising Junior Individual Similar to the North Village rising senior individual lottery, this lottery is only open to rising juniors who want to participate as a single person. Students who participate in this lottery will have the opportunity to be placed in a residence hall apartment, residence hall suite, or North Village apartment with other students who are also going through the lottery individually.
        North Village Shared Bedroom This lottery is open to rising senior and rising junior groups of four. Any other size group or academic class are not eligible to participate in this lottery. All shared bedroom North Village apartments will be available in this lottery.
        Rising Sophomore Individual Similar to the rising senior individual and rising junior individual lotteries, this lottery is only open to rising sophomores who want to participate as a single person. Students who participate in this lottery will have the opportunity to be placed in a residence double or suite with other students who are also going through the lottery individually.
        Residence Hall Doubles This lottery is open to all students in groups of two. All residence hall double spaces in Lakeside Housing and South Housing will be available in this lottery.​​​
  • Step 3: Enter the Housing Lottery

      Now that you know which lottery (or lotteries) you plan to participate in, you need to know how to correctly enter your information to participate. There are three steps to this process.

      1. Once you have determined which lottery you will participate in, on the appropriate date/time go to your MyFurman portal and enter the system through the "Housing Lottery" section.
      2. Enter your and your potential roommates' housing codes to begin the application. You received your housing code when you stated your housing intention. If you are in a group of eight, four, or two only one of you needs to enter the lottery for the group. If an error occurs, each student in the group will receive an email describing the error. Also, make sure there are no restrictions on your account, and that you are eligible to participate in the housing lottery. You should also check the status of your roommates. You can find this information under "Check Lottery Eligibility" and "Check Roommate Eligibility" in MyFurman. You will need your and your potential roommates' housing code to check each status. Visit MyFurman to check your eligibility.
      3. Choose the rooms or apartments that you are interested in. Keep in mind that you cannot select the same room more than once. While you will be able to preference multiple rooms or apartments, you might not be assigned to one of those spaces. However, if other rooms or apartments are available within the lottery that you apply, we will place you in one of those spaces depending upon availability.
  • Step 4: Confirm your assignment.

      Once you have completed the previous steps, you should receive a confirmation of submission. This does not mean that you have received an assignment in this lottery, simply that we received your information.

      However, before the next lottery is run you will receive an email from Courtney Firman that states if you received a housing assignment or if you did not receive a housing assignment in that particular lottery. If you did not receive an assignment, you should enter into another lottery. You will find out what your specific placement is on March 31st.

      In the event that the housing lottery process is complete and you did not receive a housing assignment, do not panic. You will be placed on the housing waitlist and we will work with you to assign you to a space later in the summer.

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