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Applying

Where do I complete the steps for Room Draw?
All Room Draw steps are completed on students' MyHousing and Meal Plan page. This is found on MyBethel>Tools & Resources>MyHousing and Meals, or by clicking here.

If my application and roommate requests are in by the deadline, am I guaranteed the room type/hall requested?
No. Room preferences are based on availability at time of Room Draw and not guaranteed. Availability in the hall will depend on your individual or group's Room Draw number.

I missed the deadline for individual application. What do I do?
Complete the application. Your Room Draw time will be later than those who met the deadline.

Returning Student Room Draw Number

Is placement on a first come, first served basis?
No, the returning student process is based on years in housing. Students will be assigned Room Draw numbers randomly based on years in housing. All students with completed applications by the deadlines have equal opportunity.

How are Room Draw numbers assigned?
Priority application deadline for returning students is 10 a.m. on March 3. All students who meet this deadline are assigned Room Draw numbers randomly by the computer based on years in housing.

Do I want a high or low Room Draw number?
A low number means an earlier chance at choosing a room on Room Draw night.

What number do we use when our group is chosen?
At the close of roommate selection time, Room Draw numbers of the mutually chosen roommates will be averaged. The entire group will then be reassigned this new averaged Room Draw number. On the night of Room Draw, the group with the lowest number will be able to select a room first. A low number means your group will have many rooms to choose from. A higher number means more rooms will be chosen ahead of you.

Roommate Selection

When can I begin selecting roommates?
Once you have applied for housing, you may begin selecting your roommates to match with. However, keep in mind that the people you would like to roommate match with have to have also applied for housing for them to show up as roommate options.

How do I know if a roommate has requested me? Can I check this somewhere?
The system automatically generates an email every time a roommate is added or removed. Watch your email and your MyHousing Roommate/Suitemates page for activity. "Fall 2021 Roommate Requests" lists all matched roommate requests. "Accept/Decline Pending Roommate Requests" lists any roommate requests that do not match.

What happens if one of my roommates does not request everyone correctly?
In order for a roommate request to be valid, it must be a mutual request. The nonmutual requests will not be included. Each group is responsible to have all roommate requests entered into your MyHousing page by the deadline. The system will only display rooms that the matched roommates can fill.

Where can I check to ensure our group has completed all roommate requests?
Your MyHousing Roommate/Suitemates lists roommate request activity. "Fall 2021 Roommate Requests" lists all matched roommate requests. "Accept/Decline Pending Roommate Requests" lists any roommate requests that do not match.

We do not have a complete group for the location we are applying for. How is this going to affect us?
A complete group is essential in maximizing your chances for your housing choice. All complete groups have priority in opening Room Draw nights. After complete groups have chosen, Room Draw will open to incomplete groups.

We do not have a complete group. How can we find additional roommates?
Groups and/or individuals looking for additional roommates should sign up in the Open Groups Connection. This is an online listing of groups or individuals looking for roommates.

Can a friend that only has one year of housing join our group in the North Village Apartment Draw? 

No.  North Village Apartment Draw is for three-plus years in housing students only.

Can I appeal to participate in the North Village Apartment Draw?

Yes, please complete the appeal form.

Can a second-year in housing student live with a group of three-plus years in housing students in the Suite-Style Room Draw?

Yes, but the group's room draw number will be impacted. The longer a student has lived on campus, the lower their draw number will be. After the roommate deadline, the group number will be averaged based on all matched roommates. Draw times are assigned beginning with the lowest group number. 

Can we overload a room?
No. Overloading is not accepted in housing. No exceptions.

Room Selection

Which person in the group can actually pick the room?
Each group should assign one student to log in to select the room for the entire group. Be sure to discuss who will be in each bedroom as this student will be selecting bedroom placements in this step.

Should our group have a plan B or C if our first building choice is not available when picking a room?
Yes, this is particularly important if the group has a later draw time in the Suite-Style Room Draw. There are four building options in this draw.  Buildings will fill as the draw progresses.  

What do we do if there are no rooms that can accommodate our group size?
Your entire group will need to reduce or increase the students requested on your MyHousing page. After each student has reduced roommates, your group can then see what rooms are available for the new group size.

How do we re-form our group if our room choice is not an option?
Each student will need to add or reduce roommates on their individual MyHousing pages. After roommate adjustments are revised, "Select a Room/Suite" lists available room choices for the new group.

Off Campus

I lived off campus for this current year. Do I get to keep the frozen rate I had before I left campus?
No. Frozen rates are guaranteed only as long as you live on campus. This rate is canceled as soon as you leave campus. Upon return to campus housing, the new rate is put on your account and you are guaranteed this new rate until you graduate.

Additional things students should consider when thinking about moving off campus:

  • Frozen housing rate is lost. If you plan to return to campus housing the following year, your rate will be higher.
  • Room Draw numbers are based on years in housing. If you were to return to campus housing next year, your Room Draw number would be the same as now.
  • Utilities are all inclusive in campus housing. These are extra costs at most off-campus options (electric, gas, water, garbage, internet, laundry).
  • You'll no longer have easy access to your room between classes.
  • Finding a parking spot each time you come to campus can be challenging.
  • You'll be farther away from Bethel friends.
  • No 24/7 support from Facilities Management and Security when problems arise.

A great option to consider: Move "UP NORTH" to live in North Village for independent, apartment-style living. It offers the benefits of independent living while still in a Bethel community.

ARD, RA and BUILD Housing Mentors

I was hired to be an RA/BUILD Housing Mentor. What do I need to do?
Apply for housing, submit roommate requests and select your assigned room.

What Room Draw do my roommates and I select on the housing application?
All roommates should select the Suite-Style Room Draw.  North Village RA and RA roommates should select the North Village Apartment Draw.   The key is everyone must select the same draw. 

I am trying to request a friend that was hired as an RA/BUILD Housing Mentor or is planning to live with our group, but cannot find them. What do I need to do?
Contact the friend to confirm they have submitted housing application.  Confirm you both selected the same Room Draw.  Adjust as needed using the Room Draw Change form on MyHousing.

When do we request roommates and select the room?
Begin as soon as the student hired as an RA has been notified.  Complete this as soon as possible or by March 3, at the very latest.  

What Room Draw do my roommates and I select on the housing application?
Upperclass Room Draw must be selected.

I am trying to request a friend that was hired as an RA/BUILD Housing Mentor or is planning to live with our group, but cannot find them. What do I need to do?
Contact the friend to remind them to submit a housing application.

When do we request roommates and select the room?
Please complete the process as soon as possible or by Friday, March 6, at the very latest.  

Who selects the room for our group?
The student hired for the RA or BUILD Housing Mentor role selects the assigned room for the matched roommate group. Roommate group must be able to completely fill the assigned room before the room can be selected. 

Study Abroad

I will be a study abroad student this fall. Should I apply?
All fall 2021 study abroad students should participate in the spring 2021 Bethel Room Draw. Please apply for Bethel housing as you normally would. The Study Abroad Office will notify Residence Life near the end of the spring semester with a final list of confirmed students, and Residence Life will utilize that list of names to waive the $150 housing cancellation fee in the event that the study abroad programs run like normal. 

How will you know where I want to live when I return?
Later this spring, your MyHousing page will have a form for you to complete outlining your housing needs and requests for when you return from abroad. An information sheet will be given out at your information meeting with the Office of International Studies.

I have been asked by a friend who is currently studying abroad this spring to apply for housing for them. How do I do this?
First, check to see if they have access to the internet. If so, they will be able to complete this step themselves. If not, stop by the Student Life Office for assistance in completing an application. All deadline dates apply.

I was gone for one term on a Bethel study abroad program. Do I count this as a full year in housing?
Yes. On the application you are asked to give the location you lived in for the past years. Choose the location you live at for the semester you were on the Bethel campus.

Can you hold or reserve a spot for me while I am abroad in the fall?
No, a spot cannot be held or reserved for the semester while you are gone. Each semester 40-80 students study abroad. The beds are needed for students that are on campus that semester. 

I plan to be abroad in the fall and my friend will be abroad in the spring. Can we swap spots in a room?
Yes, often students talk amongst themselves and make these type of plans. Students abroad for the fall will note the room location on their application in November.
I plan to be abroad in the fall but don't know of a friend to swap places with.  Is there a place to make this connection?
Feel free to use the Open Groups Connection for this.