2016-17 Housing Selection Guide For Continuing Students

Housing selection at Manhattan College is done via an online housing lottery. To qualify for the online housing lottery, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Pay your $400 room reservation deposit online

  2. Register for Fall 2016 classes

  3. Fill out an online housing application

More information on these three steps, plus other important information on items like roommates, homesteading, single rooms, etc., can be found below.

Room Reservation Deposits

You must pay a $400 room reservation deposit to participate in the lottery. This is a deposit towards your room and board for next year. To qualify to participate in the online housing lottery you must pay your room reservation deposit by Friday, April 1. More details on how and where to make the payment will follow soon.

If you pay the deposit and your plans to live on-campus ultimately change, the $400 payment is nonrefundable but can be repurposed toward Fall 2016 tuition and fee charges if you let us know by filling out an online withdrawal form by 4pm on Tuesday May 10th (last day of classes). After that date, any change in your plans for any reason will result in the forfeiture of the $400 payment.

Online Housing Application

You will need to fill out a 2016-2017 housing application online before you can participate in the housing selection process. Click myHousing below to fill out your application. The housing application is separate from the online lottery. You can (and should) fill out the housing application now.

See a tutorial about how to submit the online housing application. 


If you haven't yet, you should start thinking about who you want to live with. Remember that in order to reserve a space you must be able to fill that space with other students who have all qualified by paying their $400 room reservation deposits, registering for Fall 2016 classes, and filling out their online housing applications.

Can't find a roommate? Not a problem. We can help. Please join us for a roommate mixer, date to be determined, where you can meet other students who are looking for a roommate. We are also having housing information sessions on March 30th and April 12th, another opportunity to possibly meet students. Additionally, If you live on-campus currently, talk to your RA about finding a roommate as they can give you good advice and ideas.

You will receive an email from Residence Life once you are qualified to select roommates and housing. Once you receive this email you will be able to return to myHousing to electronically match with your roommates. Only students who have fulfilled the three qualifying requirements will be searchable. Remember that the three requirements are 1) pay your deposit, 2) register for Fall 2016 classes, and 3) fill out your online housing application.

Lastly, all roommate matches must be mutual. In addition to searching for your desired roommate and sending them a request, you must log on to myHousing to accept a similar request from them. 

See a tutorial about how to submit your roommate selection. 


Do you like the room, suite, or apartment that you have now? Then keep it by "homesteading" it. Homesteading means keeping the same space you currently have. Here are the requirements: 

  1. You need to be able to fill the entire space

  2. At least half of the current occupants must return to that space

  3. Each student must have paid their $400 room reservation deposit

  4. Each student must have registered for Fall 2016 classes

  5. Each student must have completed the online housing application

So, if you currently live in a double room in Jasper then you already meet the 50% requirement (yay!). You need to identify a roommate for next year in order to reserve your same room again. Likewise, if you currently live in a four-person suite in Horan or Lee, then at least two of you (50%) need to stay, and you need to identify two new roommates in order to reserve your same room again. In the case of a 5-person suite in Horan or Lee, or a 5-person apartment in Overlook, at least three of you would have to be returning in order to meet the 50% requirement and reserve your same space.

"On the spot" signups for homesteading will take place in Residence Life (Thomas Hall 502) on Tuesday, April 19.

Paid Single Rooms

The College offers a limited amount of paid single rooms in Horan Hall. Paid single rooms will have an additional cost. When filling out your online housing application there will be a place to indicate your interest in a paid single room. We will then send you a separate single room application. Paid single rooms will be assigned and communicated to you on Friday, April 22. Paid single rooms are not guaranteed. They are based on availability.

12-Month Housing

Did you know that we offer 12-month housing in Overlook Manor? It is a great option for upperclassmen with nearby summer jobs, internships, student teaching positions, etc. It allows you to live in your Overlook apartment for 12 months starting in June. There is a one-time additional fee for 12-month housing. This option is for upperclassmen only as Overlook is reserved for juniors and seniors.

12-month housing signup will be on Friday, April 29 in Residence Life (Thomas Hall 504). You must first participate in the online lottery and secure a space in Overlook Manor.  AJ Goodman (Assistant Director of Residence Life) will be available to go over 12-month housing and summer housing options to help you decide what is best for you.

A modified 12-month housing option will also be available for residents who are unable to secure housing in Overlook.

Housing Lottery

The online housing lottery will run from Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27. You will receive correspondence from Residence Life beforehand to inform you when you are qualified to participate. Remember, to qualify you need to pay your room reservation deposit, register for Fall 2016 courses, and fill out your online housing application.

Also remember that you must be able to fill the entire space you want to reserve. All students filling the space must be qualified to participate in the lottery. Do yourself and your friends a favor and make sure everybody has paid their deposit, registered for courses, and filled out their online housing application.  

The online lottery will be based on times rather than lottery numbers. Students who are qualified to participate will receive their lottery time on Friday, April 22. Lottery times are based on cumulative credits earned. The most important thing to remember is to pay your room reservation deposit, register for courses, and fill out your online housing application so that you can get a lottery time!  

Room/Apartment Types

We offer the following types of spaces. Note that "suite" means that the space offers a private bathroom.

Jasper Hall 

  • 2-person rooms 
  • 4-person suites 

Horan Hall 

  • 2-person suites 
  • 3-person suites 
  • 4-person suites 
  • 5-person suites 
  • 10-person suites 

Lee Hall

  • 2-person suites 
  • 3-person suites 
  • 4-person suites 
  • 5-person suites 
  • 6-person suites 


  • 3-person apartments 
  • 4-person apartments 
  • 5-person apartments 
  • 6-person apartments 


You may still have questions. Email us at residencelife@manhattan.edu, follow us on Twitter @ResLife_MC, or stop in our office any time. We are here to help. We tend to get a lot of emails around this time so please excuse us if we don't reply instantly.

Join us for one of two Housing Information Sessions on Wednesday, March 30 at 8pm and Tuesday, April 12 at noon in the Jasper Hall first floor lounge.

Don’t Stress!

This may seem like a lot of information. DON'T worry. It's not that bad. We're here to help. All you really need to do right now is this:

  1. Pay your room reservation deposit on Self-Service

  2. Register for Fall 2016 classes

  3. Fill out your housing application online

  4. Figure out who you want to live with and make sure they have all completed these important steps.

2016-17 Housing Selection Timeline

Tuesday, March 1 Online Housing Application Available 
Wednesday, March 30 Housing Info Session (8pm in Jasper Lounge)
Friday,  April 1 Deadline to pay $400 nonrefundable Room Reservation Deposit and submit online housing application
Tuesday, April 12 Housing Info Session (noon in Jasper Lounge)
Friday,  April 15 Deadline to register for Fall 2016 classes
Monday, April 18 Housing selection qualification date
Tuesday, April 19 Homesteading Signups in Thomas Hall 502
Friday,  April 22 Single Room applications due and deadline to select roommate(s) online
Monday, April 25 Online Housing Lottery Begins
Friday,  April 29 12-Month Housing Signups in Thomas Hall 504

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