View a glossary of commonly used Mason housing terms.
Each student’s seniority is determined by the number of Mason credits you have earned as of the beginning of Spring 2013. During the group selection process, each group’s seniority will be determined by averaging the credit hours of the members of the group. Groups whose average is higher will select before groups with a lower average. For example, members of a group of four may have 80, 75, 70, and 40 credits, for a total of 265 credits. Their average seniority is 265 divided by 4, or 66.25 credits. A group whose average is 65 would select after the group whose average is 66.25.
Each suite has one, two, three, or four bedrooms. The bedrooms are where beds, dressers, and desks for the residents are. Bedrooms can be single, double, or triple occupancy. The bathroom (and living room and kitchen, where applicable) are considered common space.
A bedspace refers to the count of people who can live in a bedroom or suite. For example, a single bedroom has one bedspace, a double bedroom has two bedspaces, and a suite with two double bedrooms has four bedspaces.
A $300 non-refundable housing deposit is due shortly after your space is selected. This deposit confirms that you are accepting your selected space. If you do not pay your deposit by your deadline, your assignment will be cancelled and another student will be able to select that space. Deposit deadlines. [link to deposit element]
Doubles (or double bedrooms)
A double is a bedroom for two students. Almost all double bedrooms are within suites for four or six students, so students seeking doubles should join a group to increase their chances of being able to select a double bedroom. We anticipate that some spaces in double bedrooms will also be available during individual selection, after group selection has occurred.
Students are encouraged to enter the selection process with one or more other students to form a group. Groups should have six, four, three, or two students in them. Groups will have the highest priority to select a suite with the same number of bedspaces as there are people in their group. A group of six students will be entered in the lottery to select a suite for six people, a group of four students will be entered in the lottery to select a suite for four people, etc. Groups must have a group leader (which will be indicated on your application). The majority of available space is in suites for four people.
Each group of six, four, three or two students will identify one student to be the group leader. The group leader will be the student responsible for logging into the selection software and selecting the suite for all members of the group. The other members of the group do not log-in during selection. All students in the group will indicate their group leader’s name and G# on their housing application. The group leader does not have to be the person with the most seniority in the group. If the group leader is unavailable at the assigned selection time, they may designate another member of the group to be the group leader, instead.
Groups of six, four, three, or two students will select earlier in the process than individual students. Groups will select suites that have the same number of available bedspaces as there are students in the group. During group selection, the group must fill the suite in order to be able to select it. You will indicate your group size on your housing application. Groups will select from their desired suite size (six, four, three, two) in order of the average seniority of the group members. Groups with higher average seniority select earlier than groups with lower average seniority
Group selection will occur in two phases. First, groups of four students will be able to select from available suites with four empty bedspaces. Then, groups of six, three, and two will be able to select from appropriate sized suites. During group selection, the group must fill the suite in order to be able to select it. You will indicate your group size on your housing application. Groups will select from their desired suite size (six, four, three, two) in order of the average seniority of the group members.
Housing Selection is the process by which eligible undergraduate students have the opportunity to select their bedspace for the following academic year. Housing Selection is designed to allow the most students the greatest ability to select their desired space. Depending on demand for housing, there is no guarantee that all students will have the opportunity to select their own space.
Housing Selection will happen in two phases. Groups will have the first opportunity to select from available spaces. After group selection, remaining students (both those who originally applied as individuals, and those who did not select during group selection) will enter individual selection, when they may select a space for themselves or may pull-in as many suitemates as they choose. During individual selection, there will be no requirement to fill a suite in order to select it. We anticipate that most space available during individual selection will be in double bedrooms. Some singles bedrooms will be available earlier in the process for students with higher seniority.
A student who does not join a group is referred to as an individual. Students who are individuals in the process will select after all groups have had an opportunity to select. Individuals will be able to select from remaining bedspaces, which will likely be one space in a double room. We anticipate any remaining singles will be selected early in individual selection.
The number of credits earned at Mason. Mason Credits will be used to determine seniority. Credits earned from high school etc, will not count towards seniority.
Priority implies that a group or individual will have an increased chance at selecting their desired suite/space. It does not guarantee the ability to select this desired suite/space.
"Pull-in” refers to the act of selecting for another resident by pulling them into the space. A student may pull another student in during individual selection by using that student’s pull-in password. We do not anticipate there being much opportunity to pull-in during individual selection.
Each student will have a pull-in password randomly assigned to them during selection. This password is needed to complete selection for anyone other than the person who is doing the selecting. During group selection, group leaders will be given the pull-in password for members of their group. During individual selection, students may share their pull-in password with another student if they give that student permission to select their space for them. Do not give your pull-in password to someone unless you approve of them selecting your space for you.
The housing rates [link to My Housing -> Rates/Billing page] are the cost to live in a given room type for the academic year. The rates vary by room and suite type, so it is important you review the rates and only select a space you can afford. Assignments will not be cancelled due to inability to pay for the room selected. Be sure that your group leader understands where you can afford to live. The rates for the following year are available late in the Spring. The current year rates are a good estimate of how expensive different room types are relative to each other
The student with whom you share a bedroom. If you live in a double, you have one roommate.
The order of selection is determined by the seniority of the members of a group. Mason credit hours earned as of the beginning of Spring 2013 will determine seniority – more credit hours equals more seniority, which equals an earlier selection time. Selection time for groups will be determined by using the average seniority of all group members.
Singles (or single bedrooms)
A single is a bedroom for one student. All single bedrooms are within suites for two or more students, so students seeking singles should join a group to increase their chances of being able to select a single bedroom. We do not anticipate many single bedrooms being available during individual selection.
All upperclass bedrooms are part of suites or suites with kitchens. A suite refers to a living unit where a small number of residents share a private bathroom. Over 70% of available upperclass beds are in four-person suites (or suites with kitchens). Suites have a combination of single and double bedrooms.
This refers to the various combinations of singles and doubles in suites. Some examples of suite types would be three-bedroom suites with two singles and a double, or two bedroom suites with two doubles, or four bedroom suites with four singles. Review the full listing of available suite-types. [link to room type element]
Suite with Kitchen
All upperclass bedrooms are part of suites or suites with kitchens. A suite refers to a living unit where a small number of residents share a private bathroom. A suite with kitchen is similar to an apartment – it will have one or more single or double bedrooms, a bathroom (and in some cases two bathrooms), a kitchen, and a living room. Over 70% of available upperclass beds are in four-person suites or suites with kitchens.
The student(s) with whom you share a multiple room suite. You do not share a bedroom with your suitemates. You do share a bathroom, and, in some cases a kitchen and living room, with them.
Triples (or triple bedroom)
A triple is a bedroom for three students. There are only four triple bedrooms for upperclass students. (Note: There are suites with three bedspaces available – these are generally suites with either two double bedrooms or a double bedroom and two single bedrooms where one bedspace is for the RA or is being held for a participant in a special program.)
Demand for housing is greater than supply, so some students do not get to select a room during Housing Selection, but still have priority to receive a space. These students may apply for housing April 1-5, 2013. Additionally, students who are not eligible for Housing Selection may wish to live on-campus. They may apply to the Waitlist beginning in May. They will receive housing offers as space becomes available, after all of the students remaining from Housing Selection have been placed. Assignments will be offered throughout the summer. Students who apply in May or later are encouraged to have other housing options in the event that space does not become available for them.