Why is Boise State switching to a housing lottery system for the upcoming application cycle?
In the past, the housing application process was based on a first come, first serve model, which created stress and access challenges for students. This change is in response to direct feedback from applicants and aims to reduce the competitive nature of the process.
When can I apply for housing as a Sophomore and Above student for Fall 2024 - Spring 2025?
Sophomore and Above students are invited to apply before 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on February 23 to be included in the housing lottery. The housing lottery form opens the week of February 19.
How will the housing lottery process work for early applicants?
Early applicants who submit their application before the lottery deadline will be included in the lottery pool. After the lottery deadline passes, housing assignments will be determined through a random lottery draw. This means that being among the first to apply does not guarantee a housing assignment.
What happens if I'm a Sophomore and Above student and apply early through the housing lottery process?
Historically, early applicants among sophomore and above students do receive housing assignment. However, when lottery announcements are made on March 1, some students may receive a “you’ve got a spot” email, while others may be placed on the waitlist based on their lottery ranking. Our team works to assign students from the waitlist as assignment openings occur throughout the summer.
What should I consider when applying through the housing lottery process?
With the housing lottery process, you’ll have more time to carefully consider important details, such as your preferred on-campus living location. Take advantage of this opportunity to make an informed decision about where you want to live during the upcoming academic year.
Can I apply for housing after the lottery is announced?
Yes, students applying after the lottery is announced will still be able to submit housing applications. They will be added to the waitlist, following early applicants, in the order they apply. However, it’s advisable to apply during the designated application window to increase your chances of securing housing.
How will I be notified of my housing assignment or lottery results?
Housing assignments and lottery results will be communicated to you through official Boise State communication channels, so be sure to regularly check your Boise State email and the housing portal for updates.
How can I increase my chances of getting on-campus housing?
Apply before the lottery deadline on February 23 at 11:59 p.m. (MDT).
What happens if I apply after the lottery deadline?
Depending on housing availability, you will either receive a housing assignment or a number on our waitlist. Updates will be sent every Thursday to your Boise State email.
Is on-campus housing guaranteed?
Due to limited availability, we cannot guarantee on-campus housing to everyone who applies. The Boise State Off-Campus Marketplace is a resource that will help students, faculty, and staff with their search for apartments near campus if you are on the waitlist or want to secure housing now.