Away-Abroad Students (Returning for Spring)

Make Spring housing plans in advance

Students who are, or will be, away-abroad during the Fall semester (through programs coordinated by the Off Campus Programs Office) should consider their Spring housing plans for their anticipated return as early as possible. For those returning to college housing in the Spring (i.e. campus and Ocean View), most available spaces are likely to be scattered among the residence halls.

Students away-abroad may be apprehensive about returning to a relatively full campus at mid-year. This is understandable because most residents remain in their same room for the entire year, and few completely-open rooms become available for incoming groupings. For this reason, we urge current residents and students returning from away-abroad to fill any openings by mutual request. When a completely-open room is available, it is usually assigned to away-abroad groups (according to class standing) which can fill the room. In other words, a group with seniors returning from abroad would be assigned to an open room before a group of juniors would be considered, or any group of students who already in campus housing. See also Fall-To-Spring (Transitioning to Spring) for more information that pertains to both Fall residents and students returning from away-abroad.

How and when to request housing

Away-abroad students who do not have a confirmed off-campus housing assignment for Spring (housing code: LCSB) or a confirmed flex-triple should submit their online housing request for housing by November 1.

  • Away-abroad students have until November 1, 2017 to submit one of the two online forms below.
  • Students in college housing also have until November 1, 2017 to complete any new Spring housing request with one of the online forms below.
Online Request Forms (due by November 1)
  1. Request to Fill Opening with a Resident Who Will Stay in that Same Room. This is an "in-fill" group request. We call these "slam dunks" if all the parts align for a placement. Use this to fill an opening by mutual request with a current and continuing Fall semester resident who will stay in that same room. It may be used for different group sizes in that room (e.g. one student may join another in a designated triple room, even if the third space is not part of the request). In order to succeed, each participant in the group request must agree to the group request by ACCEPTING it before the November 1 deadline AND the opening in the room must be confirmed by Housing by the time we make placements in mid-November.
  2. Request for Specific Location. This is for a specific location as an individual request OR as a mutually-requesting group. This form allows other preferences and even a specific suite, section, or apartment as a primary request. However, this form also allows other preferences beyond the specific and primary location. For example, if Ocean View is the primary request, other preferences could be included like this: Other Preferences: [VK, AR, CL, EM]. Since few completely-open rooms become available at mid-year, it is prudent to supplement a specific, primary request with ample other preferences in the event we cannot grant the primary request. Note: the class standing of the away-abroad student is used to determine how requests are prioritized. If away-abroad students have less than senior standing, the chances are slimmer for getting a group into one of the few completely-open rooms at mid-year. The chances for current campus residents to move to a completely-open room are slim at best, since students who are returning from away-abroad have priority for completely-open rooms.

Submissions after November 1 are not likely to be considered until after others are already assigned. If away-abroad students are trying to fill an opening in a room by mutual request with a campus resident (which is highly recommended), the current campus resident must ACCEPT the grouping with the appropriate online request form.

If a student submits both request form #1 and #2 above, The Request to Fill Opening ... will be considered primrary and final. If it is not achievable, the Request for Specific Location will be referred to for making a placement.

View your housing and meal plan information

Spring housing assignments for away-abroad students are confirmed by being posted online at the Student Profile in late November or December. See Meal Plans for more information.