Co-eds in dorm room

When to Apply

At the beginning of spring semester, the Undergraduate Student Housing Office will send an email to rising students, with dates when room draw guidelines will be posted to the Housing and Real Estate Services website. In mid-February the Undergraduate Student Housing Office will send another email to let you know when to apply for room draw.

  • January: Apply for special needs housing
  • Mid-February: Apply for the Residential College and the Upperclass Room Draws
  • March/April: Select your room and meal plan
  • Early-May (deadline): Wait-list applicants

How to Apply

  • Decide whether to participate in room draw as an individual or with a group.
  • Log in to Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH) to complete and submit your application.
  • POSH will generate a summary of your application.
  • You will receive confirmation of your application in email. If you do not receive confirmation, you have not submitted your application properly.
  • Draw times are posted in mid-March.

Princeton One Stop Housing (POSH)


Apply as an Individual

  • You apply alone.
  • You are not a member of a group.
  • You may be an Independent (juniors and seniors only).
  • Single room availability is not guaranteed at your room selection time. You may need to use the drop down feature to add yourself to a group during room draw. 

Apply as an Independent

  • Your group may include from two to eight students, and gender may be mixed.
  • Rooms and suites are gender neutral.
  • At least 50% of each room must be Independent.
  • Juniors and seniors only.

Apply as a Group

  • Your group may include from two to eight students, and gender may be mixed.
  • Rooms and suites are gender neutral.
  • Sophomore groups applying to Wilson College may include up to ten students. If you apply in a 10 person group it indicates your desire to select the 10 person suite and if it's available you will be required to select this room.
  • Your group may include Independents (juniors and seniors in the Independent and Spelman Hall Room Draws).
  • A group leader will initiate your application.
  • Each group member will receive an email asking for confirmation of his/her acceptance to membership in the group. Confirmation from all members is required to complete the application and generate a draw time. Only students with completed applications will be able to participate in room selection.
  • If a member rejects membership in the group, the application will be invalid. A new application must be submitted before the deadline.

Apply as a Mixed Class Group in the Four-year Residential College, Regular Upperclass and Independent Room Draws

  • Your group may include up to four students of mixed class.
  • At least one member of the older class in your group must reside in each room.
  • If the upperclass limit is met before your draw, all underclass members will be assigned new draw times within their class.
  • If the sole upperclassman in a room or suite cancels his/her contract before the first day of classes, the underclass members will be moved to a new room or suite.

Apply as a Mixed Class Group in the Spelman Hall Room Draw

  • Your group may include four or eight students of mixed class.
  • Older group members are not required to live in each suite.

How Your Application is Weighted

Your application for each draw is weighted with points based on your class year and whether you apply as an individual, an Independent or as a member of a group. A higher weight allows you an earlier room selection date and time. Applications with equal weights are randomly ordered by a computer program.

Individual applications:

  • All rising sophomore applications: 1 point
  • Individual or group applications:
    • Rising juniors: 2 points
    • Rising seniors: 3 points
  • Independent, individual or group applications for the Independent and Spelman Hall Room Draws:
    • Rising juniors: 4 points
    • Rising seniors: 5 points

Group applications
A weighted average is calculated by adding the points for each member and dividing by the number of members in the group. Group members who apply to their current Residential College add 0.1 point for each year of residence in that college or its paired college.