Seton Hall University
Roommates in a dorm room.

Housing Information

Returning Student Housing Process

Housing and Residence Life recognizes that after a year of COVID-19 restrictions, our process of “priority points” would potentially exclude students that opted to go remote this year. This year, HRL is excited to use a random lottery system for room selection.

  • Students who are registered for Fall classes, have paid a housing deposit and completed a housing application will be RANDOMLY assigned to a lottery group number.
  • Group numbers are associated with a selection time slot, and students will be able to select their room at their groups starting time, continuing until 4pm on May 27th.
  • Priority will be given to roommate matches that can fill a suite. For example, four people would need to be matched in order to fill and select a four-person suite.
    • The student who has the lowest group number will select for the entire group.

If you are unable to find enough suitemates to fill an apartment or suite you must wait until May 27, 2021 at 9 a.m. to select your room assignement.

Eligibility for Housing Lottery

To be eligible for Housing Lottery, you must complete three steps by May 14:

  • Register for classes.
  • Pay your housing deposit.
  • Complete the Housing Application located in eRezLife.

Taking each step individually

  • Register for classes – see your Academic Adviser and register for classes before May 14.
  • Pay your Housing Deposit – the Deposit is $325 and is non-refundable. Pay the deposit here any time before May 14.
  • Complete the Housing Application in eRezLife. The Housing Application will open on April 28 and must be completed by May 14. You will only be able to complete the Housing Application IF you are registered for classes.

Students who complete all 3 steps by 5 p.m., May 14, will receive a randomly generated Lottery Number and Assigned Selection Date and Time on May 20.

Room Selection will be from 9 a.m. on May 24 until 5 p.m. on May 27.

Roommate Matching

Roommate Selection will start on April 28 at 9 a.m. and remain open through the housing selection process, you will be able to select roommates/suitemate on your eRezLife Profile. Students may only select other students who are eligible for housing selection as roommates/suitemates.

If your friend(s) is on the waitlist or did not apply for housing or pay the deposit prior to May 14, you will NOT be able to select him/her/them.

You must be able to fill an apartment or a suite and have a fully match roommate group.

For example: If you want a four-person suite in Xavier, you must pair with three additional eligible people. For more information on roommate matching, click here.

Lottery Group Selection Timeline:

Below is the lottery group breakdown by date of selection.

Lottery Groups 1 – 14: May 24- May 27 will be eligible to select housing with Group 1 starting at 9 am on May 24 and continuing in 30-minute intervals by group number.

Lottery Groups 15- 28: May 25- May 27 will be eligible to select housing with Group 15 starting at 9 am on May 25 and continuing in 30-minute intervals by group number.

Lottery Groups 29 - 42: May 26- May 27 will be eligible to select housing with Group 29 starting at 9 am on May 26 and continuing in 30-minute intervals by group number.

Lottery Groups 43-56: May 27 will be eligible to select housing with Group 43 starting at 9 am on May 27 and continuing in 30-minute intervals by group number.

Sample Day for May 24:

Selection Start Time Group Number

9 a.m.-May 27 at 4 p.m.

Group 1  

9:30 a.m.-May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Group 1 and Group 2 

10 a.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1, 2, 3  

10:30 a.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups, 1, 2, 3, 4  

11 a.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups 1-5  

11:30 a.m.- May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1-6  

12 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups 1-7  

12:30 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups 1-8  

1 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups 1-9  

1:30 p.m.- May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1-10  

2 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m. 

Groups 1-11 

2:30 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1-12  

3 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1-13  

3:30 p.m. - May 27 at 4 p.m.  

Groups 1-14  

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers Housing Process

To live in University Housing, you must complete three steps by May 1:

Students who complete all 3 steps by 5 p.m., May 1, will receive an email with instructions on how to select roommate/suitemates.

Roommate/Suitemate selection will be open after New Student Orientation.

Assignments will go out in mid-July.

Fall Semester

New (incoming freshmen and transfer) students do not select their housing assignments. The Housing and Residence Life office places new students in housing. New students, who are eligible for fall housing, may select their roommate/suitemates. Students who do not choose a roommate will be match based on their responses to the roommate questions on the housing application. The housing application for new student will open at the beginning of the spring semester.  Returning students select their housing through an annual online housing selection process that allows eligible students to search and select roommates/suitemates, and their housing assignment. Fall semester housing assignments roll over from the fall to the spring unless a student submits a Housing Cancellation Form.

Spring Semester

Students seeking housing for the spring semester must complete a housing application and pay a housing deposit. The Housing and Residence Life office places students in vacant spaces available in housing.

Important Housing Dates

Returning Students

Now through May 14 Register for classes & pay your non-refundable housing deposit
April 28 - May 14 Complete the Housing Application in eRezLife
May 20 Lottery Numbers and Selection Dates/Times Assigned
May 24 - May 27 Room Selection
After May 27 Room Selection continues for anyone eligible for Housing but who did not participate in the Lottery, on a space available basis.
August 2021 Fall 2021 Move-In

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

Now through May 1 Complete the Housing Application in eRezLife, pay your non-refundable housing deposit and tuition deposit.
June 2021 Roommate/Suitemate Selection
July 2021 Housing Assignements will be sent out
August 2021 Fall 2021 Move-In

Housing Accommodations

Student who have a documented need for a housing accommodation, must follow the procedures outlined by the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) to be considered for a housing accommodation.

Returning students must complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form and submit to DSS in the spring by March 6. New (incoming first-year and transfer) students must complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form and submit to DSS by May 1.

Things to Remember

  • Students must complete the DSS Housing Accommodation Request each year if they wish to continue receiving housing accommodations.
  • Requests for accommodations are considered based on need and availability.
  • Determinations are made by a committee of appropriate University Officials. 
  • Students will be notified directly after a decision has been reached.
  • Questions about costs and fees should be directed to The Housing and Residence Life Office.
  • Students who wish to live on campus must be registered for a full-time course load of 12 credits, unless alternative arrangements have been made through DSS.
  • Students will be contacted by an administrator from the Housing and Residence Life office (HRL) to discuss the implementation of the requested housing accommodation. This meeting will occur after the DSS Housing Accommodation Request online form has been completed by the student and documentation has been received and reviewed by DSS staff.