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Room Selection Frequently Asked Questions

General information regarding the Room Selection Process, including eligibility and the steps of the process, is available here. Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Room Selection Process. If you have a specific question that is not addressed, please contact Housing Services.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Cardinal Students?
  2. How do I participate in Room Selection?
  3. What is the $500 Housing Deposit? Is it refundable?
  4. Am I required to live on-campus?
  5. As a junior or senior am I guaranteed a room on-campus?
  6. Am I eligible to participate in Room Selection if I am a graduate, law, or non-traditional student?
  7. I missed the deadline to submit my Room Selection Intent and $500 housing deposit. What are my options?
  8. I am applying to be a Resident Assistant or Student Minister next year; should I submit my Room Selection materials?
  9. Which lottery will I be in?
  10. Will I be able to participate in Room Selection if I have a financial hold on my student account?
  11. How are lottery numbers assigned?
  12. Can I choose who my roommate will be?
  13. What else do I need to do in order to select a room during the lottery?
  14. What are the chances that I will get the room or hall that I want?
  15. Do I need to be on-campus to make my selection?
  16. I am away on Study Abroad or an Academic Leave. How can I participate in Room Selection?
  17. I am graduating in December 2016 or studying abroad in Spring 2017; am I still eligible for housing?
  18. I am a junior or senior. What happens if I am not able to select a space during my lottery but still want to live on campus?
 
1. What is Cardinal Students?
Cardinal Students is an online portal that enables students to apply for housing, participate in Room Selection, and access housing-related information and allows an individual to:
 
2. How do I participate in Room Selection?

In order to participate in Room Selection, individuals must be current degree-seeking students who anticipate full-time enrollment with the university for the 2017-2018 academic year. To participate you should submit the $500 Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent. The deadline for submission of materials is February 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. (EST).

3. What is the $500 housing deposit? Is it refundable?
The $500 Housing Deposit, along with the Room Selection Intent, indicates your commitment to reside on campus for the upcoming academic year and is therefore required to participate in Room Selection. The deposit is generally non-refundable unless you are not required to live in housing and do not select a space during the lottery or accept a waitlist offer. The deposit is applied toward your Fall semester housing charges. Requests to cancel housing will be approved as outlined in the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement. Approved requests may incur a Housing Cancellation Fee. For cancellations made before Fall 2015 room charges are accrued, the Housing Deposit will be applied to the Housing Cancellation Fee. For more information on the housing deposit, please visit the Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent page.
 
4. Am I required to live on-campus?
CUA strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our first and second year students in terms of academic success, personal development, and involvement within the CUA campus community. As such, CUA requires all freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing. Please refer to the Student Housing Policy for more information on this University policy. 
 
5. As a junior or senior am I guaranteed a room on-campus?
As is the case on most residential campuses, on-campus housing for junior and senior students is not automatically guaranteed. However, each year Housing Services reviews the demand for campus housing and initiates plans accordingly. During the Spring semester, a lottery is conducted where interested junior and senior students may select housing from available rooms for the next academic year. Housing Services also offers guidance to upperclass students seeking off-campus residence. Please refer to the Student Housing Policy for more information on this University policy. 
 
6. Am I eligible to participate in Room Selection if I am a graduate, law, or non-traditional student?
Per the University Student Housing Policy: On-campus housing generally is not available for graduate or non-traditional students, but may be provided on a case-by-case basis subject to the availability of suitable housing as determined by the University. 
 
For Academic Year 2016-2017 there may be space available in campus housing for graduate, law, and non-traditional students. This will be determined early in the Spring 2016 semester.  More information on graduate/law/non-traditional student housing options will be posted here as it is available.
 
7. I missed the deadline to submit the $500 Housing Deposit and/or the Room Selection Intent. What are my options?
The deadline for both the $500 Housing Deposit and for the Room Selection Intent is Friday February 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Options after this deadline depend on whether you will be required to live on campus next Fall.
 
  • If you will have less than 55 credits at the conclusion of the Spring semester and will not be 21 or older by the first day of classes in the Fall, you will be required to live on campus next year. The $500 Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent should still be submitted. Late submissions will receive a lottery number, but it will be generated after the lottery numbers for all sophomores who submitted their deposit and intent before the deadline. If the Sophomore Lottery has concluded you will be eligible for the Sophomore Waitlist.
  • If you will have 55 credits or more at the conclusion of the Spring semester or will be 21 or older by the first day of classes in the Fall, you are not required to live on campus. Late Room Selection Intents will generally not be accepted unless you have significant, uncontrollable, and unforseen circumstances that warrant an exception. If you have missed the deadline, you can participate in the Junior/Senior Waitlist or seek assistance finding off-campus housing.
8. I am applying to be a Resident Assistant or Student Minister next year; should I submit my Room Selection materials?
If you are interested in campus housing if you are not offered a student staff position, you should submit your Room Selection Intent by the February 5, 2016 deadline. The $500 Housing Deposit will be automatically deferred for participants in the RA or Student Minister selection processes. Once Housing Services has received the applicant lists from Residence Life and Campus Ministry the deferral will be processed. Then you will be notified via your CUA email account and instructed to complete the Room Selection Intent.
 
9. Which lottery will I be in?
Lottery assignments are based on class standing for the Fall semester. For undergraduates, the number of anticipated credits you will have earned by the end of the Spring 2016 semester determines your class standing for your lottery assignment. Students with 54 credits or less will be placed in the Sophomore lottery; students with more than 54 credits will be placed in the Junior/Senior lottery. Your credit information/enrollment status is maintained by Enrollment Services. When you submit your Room Selection Intent, Housing Services will confirm your class standing based upon in-progress credits for Spring and earned credits. If you have taken a class for non-credit, these classes are not included in your earned credits. If you believe you should be in a different lottery, you should contact Housing Services before lottery numbers are assigned.
 
10. Will I be able to participate in Room Selection if I have a financial hold on my student account?

You will be allowed to submit materials for the Room Selection process; however, you will not be able to participate in a lottery until you pay your outstanding balance and have your financial hold resolved. Beginning February 8, 2016 Housing Services will notify those who have submitted Room Selection materials and have a financial hold on their student account.

  • If the financial hold is resolved by February 18th at 5:00 p.m. you will be entered into the lottery and you will receive a randomly generated lottery number on February 19th.
  • If the financial hold is resolved after February 18th at 5:00 p.m. but before your lottery concludes, you will receive the next highest available lottery number.
  • If you are unable to resolve your financial hold until after your lottery is complete, you will either be assigned to an available space (if required to live on campus) or added to the appropriate waitlist

You can view information regarding your existing balance and make a payment through Cardinal Station. Enrollment Services is available via phone at (202) 319-5300 or via email at cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu if you need assistance in making a payment. 

11. How are lottery numbers assigned? 

Lottery numbers will be assigned randomly such that numbers are generated at random and separately for each sex within each lottery. Lottery numbers will be available on February 19, 2017 in myhousing.cua.edu. At that time students will be able to select roommates and begin developing room preferences and selection plans prior to the lottery.   

12. Can I choose who my roommate will be? 
Yes, you can search for and select other students participating in your lottery to be your roommate(s). Students wishing to be roommates must be participating in the same lottery and will need to preselect and accept one another as roommates. Once the group is confirmed, the group's lottery number will be the lowest individual lottery number within the group. The student with the lowest selection lottery number is the selector while the other student(s) in the roommate group are considered pull-in(s). 
 
For selection in suites and apartments, groups will need to select an entire suite or apartment together by completely filling the unit. However, if a suite or apartment is not available to accommodate the whole group, the group will need to reconfigure and select an available unit based on the new group size and the lowest lottery number of the new group.  
 
13. What else do I need to do in order to select a room during the lottery? 

In order for your roommate group to be eligible to select a room in the lottery, it is important that each group member accept all other group members and withdraw any outstanding roommate invitations if applicable. If any roommate invitations are still pending, the group will not be able to select. Once each member of the group has confirmed each roommate, the person from your group with the lowest lottery number is responsible for selecting the room on behalf of the group. He or she will not be able to select until the group selection time becomes active. All selection times are based on the lottery clock seen in the left hand column in MyHousing. An Instructional Guide for this process is available here

14. What are the chances that I will get the room or hall that I want?  
There are various factors involved including how many students are participating in your lottery, community designations, and the desirability of the room or hall. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to select his/her first preference. Housing Services recommends that you and/or your group have a plan that includes several housing options. Housing Services will also be updating the Space Availability page as each lottery progresses; this page will provide information regarding what room types are still avaiable in the lottery.  
 
15. Do I need to be on-campus to make my selection?
Because Room Selection is held online, you do not need to be on-campus. You will be able to select from anywhere there is internet access such that you are able to log into Cardinal Station>MyHousing. All selection times go live according to Eastern Standard Time.
 
16. I am away on Study Abroad or an Academic Leave.  How can I participate in Room Selection?
You can participate in Room Selection by submitting the $500 Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent online any time prior to the February 5, 2016 5:00 p.m. (EST) deadline. You will be able to access online through Cardinal Students and can also select your roommates, room, and dining plan according to your assigned lottery number and time. Housing Services will communicate with you through your CUA email in the weeks leading up to your lottery to keep you informed.  Also, you can contact Housing Services and request assistance via phone, g-chat or Skype if you desire personal communication while you away from CUA. 
 
17. I am graduating in December 2016 or studying abroad in Spring 2017. Am I still eligible for housing? 
Yes, you should submit your $500 Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent by the February 5, 2016 deadline. If you select or otherwise receive a space on-campus you will need to cancel your Spring 2017 assignment prior to November 15, 2016.
 
18. I am a junior or senior.  What happens if I am not able to select a space during my lottery but still want to live on campus? 
If you are not able to make a selection during the Lottery you can submit a request to add your name to the Junior/Senior Waitlist. Throughout the spring and summer months, Housing Services will extend offers to those on the Waitlists as spaces become available. Housing Services also offers guidance and support to assist students in finding off-campus housing.