Applying for the Draw
The Online Application
Please note the following tips prior to accessing the application:
- When logging into the application, you should simply login with your net ID and password.
- Users should disable any pop-up blocker software for the web site.
- Be sure to check the browser requirements on the application login screen to ensure that the application will function properly.
ACCESS TO THE ROOM DRAW APPLICATION
In order to access the Room Draw application please click here and follow the appropriate link. Enter your Princeton Net ID and password.
The housing system welcomes page will be displayed. Please review this page carefully before starting your application. You can also refer back to this page at any time while you are completing your application. In the Housing Room Draw system every eligible student applies separately, listing his or her housing preferences in order.
Select graduate student, Room Draw, and then Applying for Room Draw. Read the information displayed here, click the box, and proceed to the next section.
PERSONAL INFORMATION (Applicant Information)
Your personal data (i.e. name, year of study, gender, local address, etc.) will be displayed for confirmation.
Please confirm that all information is correct. If any information is wrong, you can make changes by clicking on edit. Once information is confirmed/corrected please hit the next button.
Current Address: Your current address will only be displayed if you live on campus and have a University address.
If you have family status on record with the Housing Office it will be displayed on this screen. If you are seeking family status or you need to add an additional family member you can do so here. Pick from the drop down of names or click "name not found" to enter a name, then click add family member, and save changes.
Placement options allows the student to select specific options that Housing needs to consider when making an assignment. Keep in mind that this is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee placement into any specific housing unit/complex.
You will have the following options to select:
- The option to prioritize preferred move in date or preferred location.
- If you have a disability and/or medical need that may require a special housing assignment, please check the appropriate box.
- If you will have a pet on campus.
- If you would like to be assigned a Random Roommate. Click here for further details.
This is for information purposes only and does not guarantee placement into any specific housing unit/complex.
Your next step is to go to Housing Preferences. Here you will be asked to list your preferences for housing. List each preference in rank order from 1 (1 being your most desired preference). Please type preference number in the box next to the selection to re-order your preferences. Each preference consists of a unit type (apartment size) and a possible list of roommates. You will always be listed as roommate number one. Please enter additional roommate Net IDs if applicable, then click on “add a preference.” You will be able to edit or delete preferences until March 15.
For the purpose of the Draw, the Graduate Housing inventory is divided into five types:
- 1 Bed Room Apartments
- 2 Bed Room Apartments
- 3 Bed Room Apartments (Only families with more than one child are eligible)
- Graduate College/Annex rooms
You are encouraged to list at least four preferences. Please remember to only list those preferences which you are willing to accept. Consider the possible locations where such units are situated and if you would like to live there. Only the type of unit selected will be considered in the Draw (apartment assignments will be done by the Housing Office at a later date). If you are successful in the Draw it will be based on a housing type only; locations cannot be guaranteed.
Your Location Preferences are updated every time you add, delete, accept, reject, or change housing unit type or roommate information. The application contains one entry for each preference that you accepted, even if it is still pending (waiting for other roommates to accept – please check your application frequently prior to the deadline to be sure that all potential roommates have accepted preferences). Be sure that your application shows only complete preferences by the March 15 deadline. Only complete preferences are valid and will be considered for the Draw! Any pending preferences not accepted prior to the Draw, will not be considered.
Location Preferences allow you the opportunity to retain your current apartment or rank locations for each unit type/roommate preference you have entered. Within each entry, if you or any of your potential roommates currently live in that unit type, you will be able to choose which apartment you would like to retain. Remember, as a rule, if you are successful in obtaining housing of the same type as you currently occupy, you are required to retain and your contract will be renewed.
Below the retain options, where applicable and if the entry is for an apartment, you are asked to rank the various location preferences where that unit type is available. If you are successful for that preference (that unit type with those roommates), housing will assign an apartment to you based on this list. We cannot guarantee that your first choice will be available. This ranked list is not used if you are retaining your apartment. It only applies if the current apartment will be retained by someone else, when moving to a unit type that none of the roommates currently occupy, or if you have requested a transfer. If you are moving to a new apartment, select a preferred move-in date from the drop down list. This date is not guaranteed, but it serves as a guide during the assignment process.
Please be sure to hit the submit button when you are done.
If you are currently living in a GC/Annex room and wish to retain your room, you must apply for the GC/Annex Draw and indicate that you want to retain under Location Preferences. If you are successful in the GC/Annex Draw, your name will be placed on a successful GC/Annex retention list. You are not eligible to retain your room if you retained last year. If you are living in a double, triple, or quad room, the room may only be retained once by any roommate so that the room will not be withheld by retention for two or more consecutive years. You cannot retain a room that is being converted to lower occupancy for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. You cannot draw in roommates when retaining a room; they must draw into the suite separately. If you successfully retained, you must sign an electronic contract for that room and indicate the gender of the shared bathroom if applicable. Your name will only be listed on the retention list and not on the GC/Annex Draw list. Once your contract is signed, your room will be reserved for you. The room will then be removed from the GC/Annex available rooms list. If you do not sign by April 23, your room will be placed in the available rooms list. If you sign up for retention, you will not be allowed to draw. Therefore, be sure you want to retain your room.
CONFIRMING THE APPLICATION (application summary)
Please login and review your application as many times as you would like before March 15. Please be aware that you cannot delete preferences after March 15. There is an Application Summary section in the Housing menu - Make sure that all of your preferences have been accepted by all roommates, and are thus are complete and valid. Double check your rankings for the preferences, and your selections. The final application deadline is March 26.
PROXY FOR THE GC/ANNEX DRAW
If you will not be able to select your room online during your draw time, you can assign Housing as your proxy to act for you in the Room Draw selection process. If you select the Housing Office to act as your proxy, you must send an email to the Housing Office (email@example.com) to indicate your preferred features and type of room, so that the Housing Office will be able to make an appropriate selection for you.