Housing lottery information

The information contained on this page is for current students only. Incoming first-year or transfer students will receive specific instructions via email before their respective housing processes begin.

We are excited to implement a new software program (eRezLife) that will give students greater control over their housing assignment! This page will provide current students with a timeline of the 2021 Housing Lottery and relevant information as we begin this important process.


March 15

$500 reservation deposits due

March 31

Housing agreement form opens

April 7

Housing agreement form is due

April 20

Recommended deadline for finalizing roommate groups

April 22

Lottery opens for rising seniors

April 27

Lottery opens for rising juniors

April 29

Lottery opens for rising sophomores

May 2

Lottery closes at midnight



Reservation Deposit

The reservation deposit (sometimes called the housing deposit) is your way of telling the College that you’re planning to return as a student for the following year. By paying the $500 reservation deposit, you also communicate to the Business Office and our office that you’re planning to live on campus. The reservation deposit is due annually on March 15. Questions regarding reservation deposits should be directed to the Business Office.

Housing Agreement

The first step in the process is completing the Housing Agreement Form which will be available to you through our online housing portal beginning on March 31. At this stage, you’ll be asked to confirm your choice to live on campus, review the contact information we have on file, and acknowledge the residence life policies of the College.

Students will receive instructions to login to the housing portal on March 31 to complete this form. Your placement in the housing lottery will not be affected based on when you submit the form, as long as it is completed by April 7. Completion of the housing agreement registers students for the next steps of the lottery process and should take no more than five-ten minutes.

Formation of Roommate Groups

Once you have completed your Housing Agreement you will be able to begin building your roommate and/or suitemate groups. Students must complete the Housing Agreement before they are able to be placed in a roommate group.

A few important notes regarding roommate groups:

  • We encourage you to form groups of two or four. The lottery system will not allow groups to partially fill rooms or suites, so odd number groups will not initially be able to select housing.
  • Carlisle, Lesesne, and Wightman halls are the only “suite-style” residence halls on campus. Shipp and Dupre halls are considered “hall bath” residence halls, as such, we cannot guarantee that groups of four will be placed together or that groups of four will share a bathroom in these halls. 
  • Only groups of four rising seniors are guaranteed housing in the Village (which includes MSBVC). Groups including one or more non-seniors are not guaranteed housing in the Village.
  • As in previous years, class status for housing is determined by the year a student began college, not by credit hours.
  • Roommate selection will remain open until the housing lottery begins, we recommend finalizing your groups by April 20.

The Lottery/Housing Selection

eRezLife uses a lottery style system to randomly assign each student a housing selection time. The housing selection time will be done by class status (determined by college entry cohort). Only one member of each roommate group needs to participate in the lottery selection. Your assigned timeslot is simply the starting point for your lottery participation. You may participate any time after your designated timeslot until registration closes on May 2.

 Individuals will be assigned times based on their cohort in the following order:


April 22

Rising seniors 

April 27

Rising juniors

April 29

Rising sophomores 


A few reminders:

  • Individuals with holds on their account will prevent their entire group from participating in the selection portion until the hold has been cleared.
  • Groups will be able to choose the specific room they wish to live in and will be able to preview a list of potentially available rooms before their designated start time.
  • First-year housing (Greene, Marsh and Richardson Halls) will not be available for selection during the lottery.
  • Groups with rising sophomores will not be able to select housing options in Lesesne or Wightman Halls in the initial stages of the lottery.
  • Selection of Village options, including MSBVC, in the initial stages of the lottery will be restricted to groups of only rising seniors. Groups with rising juniors and/or rising sophomores will not be able to select Village options. If there are spaces available in the Village after all groups of four rising seniors have been placed, groups that include rising seniors will be weighted based on their class make-up and administratively moved as space allows.
  • Housing assignments selected during the lottery process will be finalized and confirmed to students by the Office of Residence Life in May.


Study Abroad

Students who are registered to study abroad for the fall term will not be able to participate in the lottery selection process. If you are registered to study abroad, you will not participate in the housing lottery as you have an active application for off-campus study. If you change your mind about studying off-campus or your program is suspended before June 1, the College can guarantee you access to campus-affiliated housing. Should your plans to study off-campus change after June 1, the College will be unable to guarantee access to campus-affiliated housing and you will be placed on a waitlist.


Housing Accommodations

The Office of Residence Life assigns housing to students approved for housing accommodations through the Office of Accessibility Services. Students with a diagnosed disability that impacts their housing needs may request housing accommodations through the myWofford “Student” menu.  For details about this process, please visit the Wellness Center’s accessibility hub. All requests for housing accommodations for returning students for Fall 2021 were due to be submitted and finalized by March 15. Any requests finalized after March 15 may impact or delay housing assignments and accommodations for Fall 2021.  Please direct questions regarding housing accommodations to accessibilityservices@wofford.edu.


Questions? We’re here to help! 

We know there will be questions and even potential issues that arise. Our office is here to help! We will work diligently to answer any questions or concerns that arise, but please be patient. We receive a deluge of emails and calls during the lottery process and it takes time to respond. Even so, we will respond to each email, call or message as quickly as we are able.

Please remember that this is a new system for all of us and we are appreciative of your patience as we work to provide you with greater control over your housing selection and as we continue to work together to provide a positive experience for all of our students.

You can email any questions to ResLife@wofford.edu or call our office at (864) 597-5100. We look forward to working with you through this new and exciting process!


Wofford College reserves the right of final approval of all room and residence hall assignments. The College reserves the right to reassign a student from one room or residence hall to another during the year.