Junior housing selection moved up to November


Photo courtesy: Quinnipiac University Residential Life

Kassidy Berger

Current sophomores will now select their junior housing in November instead of March.

In an email sent to students, Melissa Karipidis, assistant director of Residential Life, said that rising juniors will have the choice to select any bedroom or select apartments as a group. This includes the option to live in a “deluxe single” in Crescent, which is a double room set up for a single occupant.

Map of QU-owned houses near the Mt. Carmel campus

For on-campus housing, juniors will have the choice between Crescent, Townhouses, Westview and Whitney Village. Quinnipiac-owned houses are also available for rent. These houses are available for interested juniors, seniors and graduate students. The Office of Residential Life has released an interactive map of these properties.

“We have invited both juniors and seniors to participate in a housing selection process in the fall,” Mark DeVilbiss, director of residential life, said. “We have done senior housing selection in November for many years and have received positive feedback from students and we have found that over time, students are planning further and further ahead for their housing needs.”

DeVilbiss pointed to student input from surveys sent out over the past few years.

“We’ve done a sophomore housing survey every year and we know from that experience that people are planning ahead, and we wanted to make sure QU housing is an option for them at this time of year when they’re considering what they’re doing for next year,” DeVilbiss said.

However, some students feel pressure to finalize housing decisions sooner than they had thought.

Available on-campus junior housing for the 2020-2021 academic year

“Instead of having a good amount of time to decide if I want to find a house off campus or live on campus, our time has been cut short. Now I have to worry within the next 4 weeks if I want to live on or off campus and if there are any houses available,” sophomore psychology major Rebecca Seigel said. “In the past juniors picked a few weeks before sophomores. By then most juniors know or have already decided to live off campus. Now with this change I seem pressured and panicked, which I believe others feel as well.”

Sophomore housing selection will still take place in March like years past.

Housing contracts will be available on MyHousing beginning on Oct. 21 and must be completed with a paid deposit before midnight on Nov. 10. Lottery selection numbers will be posted on Nov. 12, and selection will begin on Nov. 18. Medical accommodation forms must be submitted to the Office of Student Accessibility by Nov. 1.