Apartment Selection Information

Below are instructions for the Apartment Selection process.  Be sure to note all deadlines and requirements, including paying damage charges, requesting to be off the meal plan, and applying for a studio apartment. 

Important Dates

ADA Housing Accommodation Request Deadline Monday, March 4, 12:00 p.m.
Apartment Applications Due                                                     Monday, March 25, 12:00 p.m.
Request to Live Off Campus Deadline:                                                 Friday, March 29, 12:00 p.m.
Apartment Acceptances & Lottery Numbers Sent:                Monday, April 1
Apartment Selection:                                                                    Wednesday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Apartment Applications

All CMC students are eligible to apply for residence in the Student Apartments regardless of class standing.  Applications (in Google Form format) must be submitted by Monday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m.  

The following links include the online forms to apply for a specific type of apartment:

Apartment Selection lotteries for four-person apartments and studio apartments are separate.  Students cannot apply for both a four-person and a studio apartment at the same time. Students applying as a group for a double studio or four-person apartment only need to submit one application.  Each group will be assigned a lottery number to determine which groups will be accepted to live at the Student Apartments (see below).  Each group will be notified by email if they will be living in the apartments and the order in which they will select their apartment.

There are 33 four-person apartments that come with four single rooms, two private bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.  A 34th four-person apartment – 651 A – has two single rooms and one double room; the residents of 651 A are all charged the standard four-person apartment rate. 

There are four double studios and two single studios.  The double studio is a large double room with an attached kitchen and private bathroom.  The single studio is a single room with an attached kitchen and private bathroom. (Note: One of the double studios and one of the single studios are RA-designated meaning that the residents of such studios must move out prior to Spring Break 2020.)

The common furniture provided includes a couch, a loveseat, a coffee table, a kitchen table, and kitchen chairs.  The appliances provided include a refrigerator, a stove, an oven, and a dishwasher.  The apartments do not receive custodial services.  Laundry is available and residents may setup cable television service.  Parking at the student apartments is available for apartment residents only. 

Any apartment not selected during Apartment Selection will become available in Room Draw.  A group of four students may draw into the apartment.  The highest lottery number among the group of four will be used.

Lottery Numbers

Each applicant group will be assigned a group score. Group scores are the sum total of all group members' priority points. Individual members receive priority points based on their matriculation class designation (see below). Rising sophomores receive 2 points, rising juniors receive 3 points, and rising seniors receive 4 points. The matriculation class designation for transfer students is based on projected graduation date. The highest possible group score is 16.

Group lottery numbers will be randomly assigned to each group by computer based on group scores.  All 16 point groups will have higher lottery numbers than 15 point groups, 15’s will be higher than 14’s, etc.  There are 34 total four-person apartments but 3 of these apartments are RA-designated, so there are 31 apartments available at Apartment Selection.  If there are more all-senior groups than the 31 four-person apartments available, only groups assigned lottery numbers 1-31 will be accepted and participate in Apartment Selection; the same logic applies to the studio lottery process.

All groups will be notified whether or not they were accepted to live in the apartments as well as their group’s lottery number on Monday, April 1. Members of groups who are not accepted to live in the apartments will automatically be entered in the residence hall room draw lottery.

Apartment Selection is a Privilege

Exchange of lottery numbers, falsifying documents, tampering with charts, harassing, threatening, or coercing another student into either leaving their chosen apartment or altering their Apartment Selection will result in disciplinary action, loss of right to campus housing, and/or loss of the privilege to participate in the Apartment Selection process. In such a case, the offending student’s apartment will be assigned by Residential Life.

Apartment Selection

Groups will select apartments one group at a time on Wednesday evening, April 3, in Curb Conference Room in Heggblade.  Your group will be given instructions on where and when to check-in prior to Apartment Selection.  Apartment availability will be updated periodically as your group is waiting to select an apartment.

Gender Designations

There are no gender designations for any of the apartments.   

ADA Housing Accommodation

Students in need of a housing accommodation for medical reasons should provide documentation to the Dean of Students Office by Monday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. by email to Kari Rood (disabilityservices@cmc.edu), the Assistant Dean of Students for Health, Wellness, and Case Management. Documentation must provide the medical rationale as to why it is a medical necessity for a student to have a certain room type, be on signed letterhead from an appropriate and ongoing treating provider, and cannot be from a relative (see Documentation Guidelines). Students must renew their housing accommodation with updated documentation every spring in advance of Room Draw. After documentation has been reviewed, if approved, students must meet with the Residential Life staff to discuss housing options. For more information about accommodations and documentation, please refer to the Disability Support Services website.

Meal Plans

Students living at the Student Apartments have the option of selecting a meal plan, but are not required to have a meal plan. Meal plan options are: 16 meals per week ($200 board plus), 14 meals per week ($140 board plus), 12 meals per week ($120 board plus), or 8 meals per week ($80 board plus).  

Off-Campus Living Option

To request permission to live off-campus, please email Lyn Hughes at lhughes@cmc.edu by Friday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. DO NOT sign a lease until you have been notified that you are approved to live off campus. If granted permission, you will be removed from the lottery process and may not participate in Room Draw. There is a $100 campus use fee per semester for students living off campus. This fee will be applied to your student account. Married students and students with dependent children are automatically granted off-campus status and do not need to participate in Room Draw. Students who are denied permission to live off-campus may be granted permission at a later date under the following conditions: 1) a student on the off-campus list wishes to move into the space to be vacated on campus, and/or 2) the move is approved by the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life. Students who move off campus without permission may be charged the full 2019-2020 double room rate and face disciplinary action.


We cannot answer questions about the odds of obtaining a certain apartment because this is a process that involves human behavior and there are upwards of 146 humans participating in Apartment Selection.  Historically, there have been approximately 40 all-senior groups applying for 31 available apartments.  We cannot guarantee that this number of all-senior applicant groups will remain constant this year.  Please let us know if you have any other questions.