Graduate Housing Application Process
Room Draw is the process used by current Graduate students to apply for Graduate Housing for the following academic year. Understanding the process and knowing the rules and your options will result in the best possible Room Draw experience.
Eligibility for Room Draw
Any graduate student enrolled for the next academic year is eligible to apply for Room Draw.
Preparing for Room Draw
It is important to be an informed participant. Here are the tools you need to make informed choices and complete the process successfully.
- Graduate Housing Room Draw Guide
The Housing Department Graduate Room Draw Guide is the authority for all Room Draw regulations. Contained in the guide are detailed instructions for applying for the draw, selecting a room in the Graduate College or the Graduate College Annex or selecting a graduate apartment. Special instructions for applying to live with a domestic partner, spouse, and or family members, as well as pre-draw retention policies and procedures, in addition to many more regulations and policies are contained in the guide. The Guide is available on the Graduate Housing section of the Housing Department Web site in mid-February.
- Housing and the Cost of Living Guide
Available on the Housing Department Web site this guide provides useful information about your housing options, the application procedure, terms of occupancy, meals plans and fees and expenses for the academic year.
Room Draw Application
Application to participate in Room Draw is made online. You will receive an e-mail with a link to the application located on the Housing and Real Estate Services, Graduate Office Web site in early March. You will need your Princeton NetID to access the application. Once you have submitted your application you will receive an e-mail confirming your application.
Room Draw Application Deadline
All students interested in graduate housing must apply prior to the deadline specified in the Graduate Housing Room Draw Guide. Failure to do so will result in your exclusion from the draw.
Your application will be ranked according to the policies set forth in the Graduate Housing Room Draw Guide.
The Selection Process
You will be given a housing assignment based on your rank and the preferences indicated in your application.
- Selecting a room in the Graduate College or an Annex
You will be required to select a room in the Graduate College or in the Graduate College Annexes. You will only be able to select available rooms during the draw.
- Selecting an Apartment
You may select an apartment during room draw. You will not be able to select a particular apartment, rather an apartment complex and an apartment type, i.e. one or two bedroom unit.
Consult the Graduate Housing Guide for greater detail.
Notification of a Successful Draw and Your Housing Contract
During the online room draw process applicants drawing into the Graduate College or into a Graduate College Annex will be prompted to accept their Housing Contract electronically after the successful acceptance of their room selection. This contract serves as notification of a successful draw.
Students selecting an apartment during room draw are assigned to an apartment on a rolling basis. If you have been successfull in drawing into an apartment you will receive your contract by e-mail.
Viewing Your Contract
Students may view the terms of their housing contract at any time by logging into the Housing Office Website Housing/Dining Contract page. Your Princeton NetID is required.