2015-16 Housing Selection Guide For Continuing Students

*Please note that housing selection information for incoming students will be available on this page in June.* 


Housing selection at Manhattan is done via a housing lottery which will now be online. To qualify for the online housing lottery, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Pay your $400 housing reservation deposit online

  2. Register for Fall 2015 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.

Housing Reservation Deposits

You must pay a $400 housing 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 housing reservation deposit by Wednesday, April 15. You can do this now by clicking here or by logging on to Self-Service and clicking on Residence Life.

Payment method is online only via the secure, Self-Service portal which can process credit card/debit card transactions or ACH from checking/savings accounts.

If you pay the deposit and your plans to live on-campus ultimately change, the $400 payment can be repurposed toward Fall 2015 tuition and fee charges if you let us know in writing by 4pm on Tuesday May 5th (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 2015-2016 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.


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 housing deposits, registering for Fall 2015 classes, and filling out their online housing applications.

Can't find a roommate? Not a problem. We can help. Please join us on Monday, April 20 at 9pm in the Jasper Hall first-floor lounge for a roommate mixer where you can meet other students who are looking for a roommate. 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 2015 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.


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 housing deposit

  4. Each student must be registered for Fall 2015 classes

  5. Each student  must complete 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 21.

Paid Single Rooms

The College offers a limited amount of paid single rooms in Horan Hall. Paid single rooms will cost an additional $4,525 next year. 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 24. 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 of $3,150 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, May 1 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 Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 30. 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 housing reservation deposit, register for Fall 2015 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 Monday, April 27. Lottery times are based on cumulative credits earned. The most important thing to remember is to pay your housing 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 Info Sessions on Thursday, April 16 and Monday, April 20 at 8pm 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 housing deposit on Self-Service

  2. Register for Fall 2015 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.

2015-16 Housing Selection Timeline

Monday, April 13 Online Housing Application Available 
Wednesday, April 15 Deadline to pay $400 Housing Reservation Deposit
Thursday, April 16 Housing Info Session (8pm in Jasper Lounge)
Monday, April 20 Housing Info Session & Roommate Social (8pm in Jasper Lounge)
Tuesday, April 21 Homesteading Signups in Thomas Hall 502
Friday, April 24 Single Room Applications Due
Tuesday, April 28 Online Housing Lottery Begins
Friday, May 1 12-Month Housing Signups in Thomas Hall 502

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