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Room Selection Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Room Selection Process.  If you have a specific questions 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. Am I required to live on-campus?
  4. What is the Room Selection Intent Form?
  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. 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. How can I participate in Room Selection?
  17. I am graduating in December 2019 or studying abroad in Spring 2020; 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?
  19. I would like to request a housing accommodation because of a medical need.  What steps do I need to take to complete the request process?
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:
  • View current room assignment
  • View current dining plan
  • Accept the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement 
  • Complete the Room Selection Intent Form
  • Search for and select roommates for next year 
  • Select a dining plan
  • View lottery number and selection time 
  • Select a rom assignment for next year
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 2019-2020 academic year. To participate you should submit the Room Selection Intent. The deadline for submission of materials is February 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. (EST).

3. Am I required to live on-campus?
Catholic University strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our students in terms of academic success, personal development, and involvement within the campus community. As such, Catholic University currently 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.  
 
4. What is the Room Selection Intent Form?
The Room Selection Intent Form is the online application for the Room Selection Process. This online application conveys a student's intent to participate in the lottery and live on campus for the upcoming academic year (Fall and Spring semester).  Therefore, students who plan to participate in the Room Selection process are required to submit the Room Selection Intent Form.  The Intent Form is accessed by navigating to Cardinal Students>Student Self-Service>MyHousing.  If a student has not submitted  the Intent Form, they will not be able to participate in the lottery. 
 
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, Law, 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. 
 
Space available in campus housing for Graduate, Law, and Non-traditional students is generally determined later in the Spring 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 Room Selection Intent. What are my options?
The deadline for the Room Selection Intent is Friday February 8, 2019 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 54 credits or less 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 Room Selection Intent should still be submitted if you missed the deadline. Late submissions will receive a lottery number, but it will be generated after the lottery numbers for all sophomores who submitted their 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 semesrer 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 unforeseen circumstances that warrant an exception.  If you 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?
You should still submit your Room Selection Intent by the February 8, 2019 deadline. Any student applying for the Resident Assistant or Student Minister position should participate fully in the Room Selection Process until they have accepted the position. 
 
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 2019 semester determines your class standing for your lottery assignment. Students with 54 credits or less will be placed in the Sophomore Lottery; students with 55 credits or more 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 11, 2019, Housing Services will notify those who have submitted Room Selection Intent Form and have a financial hold on their student account.

  • If the financial hold is resolved by February 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. you will be entered into the lottery and you will receive a randomly generated lottery number on February 22, 2019.
  • If the financial hold is resolved after February 20, 2019, 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 22, 2019, in My Housing via Cardinal Students. 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 Availabilitypage 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.  How can I participate in Room Selection?
You can participate in Room Selection by submitting the Room Selection Intent online any time prior to the February 8, 2019, 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 Catholic University email in the weeks leading up to your lottery to keep you informed.  
 
17. I am graduating in December 2019 or studying abroad in Spring 2020. Am I still eligible for housing? 
Yes, you should submit your Room Selection Intent by the February 8, 2019 deadline. If you select or otherwise receive a space on-campus you will need to cancel your Spring 2020 assignment prior to November 15, 2019.
 
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.
 
19.  I would like to request a housing accommodation because of a medical need.  What steps do I need to take to complete the request process?
If interested in requesting a housing accommodation for a medical need, you will need to submit the Room Selection Intent Form AND the Disability Support Services (DSS) Housing Accommodation Request Form by February 8, 2019.  Additionally, all supporting documentation for the request should be submitted to DSS in a timely manner.