Fall and Spring Application & Selection

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REquired Students

Undergraduates who enter as first-year students through fall admission to Boston and NUin are required to live in university housing unless approved for a residency waiver. 

Students joining campus from a specialized entry program, NU Immerse, or Foundation Year, should refer to the information for transfer students for their first year in Boston and to the information for Non-Required Students for future years. Students entering after completing Global Scholars or coming to Boston for their second year from London or Oakland Scholars, should refer to the Non-Required Students Information.

Timeline

Applications:

  • December 2023: Applications posted to your Housing Online.
  • January 19, 2024: Fall and Spring Applications Due – You must submit BOTH a Fall and a Spring Application. Required students who do not submit applications will receive higher (less desirable) selection numbers.
  • February 2, 2024: Selection numbers and information sent to your Northeastern Email.

Selection and Placement:

  • Group/Fill an Apartment Selection: June 4-12
  • General/Individual Selection: June 14* as needed
  • Placement Assistance With Staff (PAWS): Forms due July 1, assignments sent in late July/Early August

Selection

Traditional Rising Second Year Students are required to live in university housing for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 so your housing deposit is waived for you! Required Students have a separate selection process from Non-Required Students and choose from designated second year communities, with the best selection number starting at 10,001. Selection numbers are assigned to students and are non-transferrable. 

Students: if you would like your parents to receive reminders about deadlines they can do so with the Parent Email Opt-In.

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS & EVENTS

2023-2024 rates charts (rates for 2024-2025 will be posted in May)
Residence Hall and Dining License Agreement
Selection Schedule

PROGRAMMING & RESOURCES

  • Virtual Townhall: May 22, 2024 12PM-1PM EST A live Information Session will be hosted by Housing and Residential Life staff prior to selection. Link here!
  • An optional Roommate Search feature in Housing Online.
  • Virtual drop-in sessions: Details to come.
  • A practice tutorial in Housing Online that mirrors the actual selection process will be available.
  • Coming in Spring: A Vacancy Viewer and floor plans in Housing Online for you to review the specific spaces that will be available during your selection process.

Students who receive Fall 2024 selection numbers and have their deposit waived or submit their deposit by the deadline will select or be assigned to their Fall 2024 housing through one of the following two processes. Both processes may not be available for both the Non-Required Selection and Required Student Selection Processes. Specific information about the details for each process will be shared in the coming weeks, and all information is subject to change.

Required Student Selection

How will I select with a Group of Students: Group Selection 

In an effort to keep roommate sets together, we offer you first the opportunity to select as a group by filling any vacant apartment during Group Selection. To select during this time your group MUST fill every bed space available in an apartment. For example, 4-person sets will NOT be allowed to take a vacant 5-person apartment. Apartment capacities range from 1 to 8. Students participating in Group Selection may be:

  • An individual filling a vacant 1-person apartment
  • An individual filling an apartment that has 1 vacancy
  • A multi-person group filling a vacant apartment of the same size as the group
  • A multi-person group filling a larger apartment that has the number of vacancies of the group 

How to Prepare:

  1. Plan on your first three choices as follows: Keep an open mind; remember to develop several different buildings, room type, and group size scenarios.
    • Best case scenario of where you want to live
    • 2nd best case scenario of where you want to live
    • Something that you can make work with all or parts of your original group
  2. Assemble the selection information for all students in the group
    • Selection Number
    • Scheduled Selection Time
    • Roommate NUID
    • Roommate Group PIN
  3. Figure out who has the best selection number and selection time. Whoever has the best selection number (lowest number- closest to 1) will be the person selecting for the group. Make sure this person knows how the group wants to be placed!
  4. Login to Housing Online up to five days prior to your selection time to view vacancies on the Vacancy Viewer.
  5. Plan to FILL all of the bed spaces in the apartment as it is required during the Group Selection  Students may need to expand/decrease their group size during the process in order to fill each space in their selected apartment. For example: If you are in a roommate pair, you would not be able to select spaces in a six person apartment unless you had four other people to select with; your only choices would be two person apartments.

How will I select by myself: General Selection 

During General Selection you may select as an individual or as a group that will partially fill an apartment during Individual/General Selection. You are not required to fill every vacant space in the apartment/suite. Since Individual/General Selection takes place following Group Selection, the majority of locations and room types may not be available during Individual/General Selection.

How to Prepare

  1. Figure out what your selection time is based on your selection number.
  2. Login to Housing Online up to five days prior to that date and time to view vacancies.
  3. Login on your individual selection day at your selection time and pick from whatever is available.

How will I select if I am not available during my selection times?

If you are selecting by yourself and you are unable to select during your selection times, you may fill out a proxy form. More information about the proxy form will be provided closer to selection. If you are selecting in a group another member of your group may select for you.

Placement Assistance with Staff is a part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement process.  You are guaranteed housing for Fall 2024  Because so many Northeastern students participate in study abroad or co-op opportunities outside of the Boston area, or secure off-campus housing, we can anticipate a number of cancellations and manage available space through PAWS. If you do not select a room during the first selection process, you will participate in the PAWS process.

PAWS PLACEMENT FORM 

Placement Forms become available at the beginning of Selection.

If you do not select during Group or Individual/General Selection, you will participate in the Placement Assistance With Staff (PAWS) process. Housing and Residential Life will continue to receive cancellations for Fall 2024 over the summer and will manage the resulting available spaces through the PAWS process. However, if a space is available during your selection that meets your highest priority, such as your full group, we recommend selecting for yourself.

 

You can complete a PAWS Placement Form indicating your interests in Housing Online during or after your selection time(s). Housing and Residential Life staff will use your PAWS Placement Form to best assign you to a space that matches your interests. Approximately 25% of students will be placed via PAWS, which is a routine part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement Process. You are still guaranteed university housing for Fall 2024.

Once you have confirmed your space for Fall 2024, you cannot change your assignment via the online selection process.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a routine part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement process each year. Students who fill out the placement form but are placed during Selection will have their placement form automatically cancelled

Since First and Second Year students admitted through traditional fall admissions or the NUin Program are required to live in university housing, a number of spaces are held for Required Second Year Selection and are located in buildings that have regularly been chosen by rising second year’s in the past. If you had the best second year selection number (10,001), your choices might look like the options listed for Required Rising Second years. 

While this is a good place to start, the Vacancy Viewer on your Housing Online will be the best place to see what is available TO YOU, meaning it will show you the rooms for your class year, gender, etc. The Vacancy Viewer, is a live feed during selection, so as rooms are chosen they disappear from the viewer. On a selection day, the Vacancy Viewer is only available two hours prior to your selection time. If you are not selecting on that day, you will be able to see the updated viewer again at the conclusion of selection times for that day.

What if I want to select HONORS HOUSING?

Honors housing can be selected during your selection date and time. Honors housing is ONLY for students who are in the University Honors program, you cannot pull in a non-Honors student into Honors housing.

  • West Village C (select floors)

All Gender housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex or gender. In order to view All Gender Housing during your selection date and time, you must have applied for it through your application on Housing Online in February. If you selected "yes" on your application for All Gender Housing, you are able to view All Gender spaces during your scheduled selection date and time. If you would like to participate in the All Gender Housing process, but did not meet the deadline, you may contact our office after all selection times have ended to see if there are any additional All Gender Housing vacancies. Please note, if you are in an All Gender roommate group, all members of your roommate group will need to have selected "yes" to All Gender Housing on the application in order to select an All Gender room. 

Any medical accommodation must first be reviewed by the housing accommodation team. Please review the information on how to start that process here.

Additionally you will need to select "Yes" to the housing accommodation question on your housing applications prior to the application deadline in order to qualify for pre-selection.

Since you are required to live in university housing as a second year student, you can only cancel your housing if you are co-oping farther than 20 miles outside of the Boston area, studying abroad, taking a medical leave of absence or withdrawing from the University. If any of the those situations apply to you, please email housing@northeastern.edu with your name, NUID number, the semester you are looking to cancel, as well as the reason, and we will begin the cancellation process.

If you are requesting to live off campus in the Boston area you will need to apply and be approved for a Residency Waiver. You can read more on that process here.


Non-Required Students

Non-Required interested in securing university housing must submit an application and deposit for each semester by the deadlines provided.  The information below  is meant as an overview of our processes for Non-required Upperclassmen, including Second year Global Scholars, and Oakland Scholars or London Scholars coming to the Boston Campus.

Timeline

Application and Deposits:

  • December 2023: Applications Posted to your Housing Online.
  • January 19, 2024: Fall and Spring Applications Due – You must submit BOTH a Fall and a Spring Application if you would like the possibility of housing for the full year.
  • February 2, 2024: Selection/Waitlist numbers and information sent to your Northeastern Email.
  • February 12, 2024: Separate deposits due for BOTH Fall and Spring Terms. Students who do not pay a fall deposit by this date will not be eligible to participate in selection.

Selection and Placement:

  • Group Selection: March 12, 14, 15, 19. 20, 2024
  • General Selection: March 22, 2024
  • PAWS Placement: Forms due July 1, assignments sent in late July/Early August. 

SElection And PLacement 

All Non-Required students who receive a selection number are required to pay a deposit for the Fall Semester. As you are required to provide a selection number to pay your deposit, the deposit is not available until after selection numbers are sent. Students who receive a waitlist numbers cannot deposit, or be pulled in because they are not eligible to participate in selection. Filling out your housing application does NOT guarantee your space in university housing.

Deposits must be submitted between February 2 – 12, 2024 at 11:59pm. Students who fail to submit the required deposit will have their application(s) and selection numbers cancelled and will not be eligible to continue through the process.

How to Deposit (Student): To deposit, log into the Student Hub, click “Resources”, click “Financial Services”, and click on “Student Account and E-Bill Information”. If prompted, enter your login credentials. In the drop-down menu, select “Payment & Other Information” and then click “Make Payment with NUpay.” In the left menu, select “Make Payment”. Select Undergraduate Fall 2024 Housing Deposit and/or Undergraduate Spring 2025 Housing Deposit, if applicable, and follow prompts to pay. The Fall 2024 deposit code is your selection number. Housing deposits are not a bill and as such will not show up as a fee to be paid on your Billing Statements or Account Summary/Detail by Term. Deposits can only be made by following these steps in NUPAY.

How to Deposit (Parents via myNortheastern Family Portal): To deposit, log onto your parent myNortheastern Portal, Click “Services & Links”, Click “Student Account, Payment and E-bill Information”, click on “Make a Payment through NUPAY”, and click on “Make a Payment”. Select Undergraduate Fall 2024 Housing Deposit and/or Undergraduate Spring 2025 Housing Deposit, if applicable, and follow prompts to pay. The Fall 2024 deposit code is your student’s selection number: 10001. Housing deposits are not a bill and as such will not show up as a fee to be paid on your Billing Statements or Account Summary/Detail by Term. Deposits can only be made by following these steps in NUPAY.

you would like your parents to receive reminders about deposit deadlines they can do so with the Parent Email Opt-In.

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS & EVENTS

2023-2024 rates charts (rates for 2024-2025 will be posted in May)
Residence Hall and Dining License Agreement

PROGRAMMING & RESOURCES

  • Selection Webinar: March 4, 2024 1pm EST Recorded link HERE.
  • An optional Roommate Search feature in Housing Online.
  • Virtual drop-in sessions: Details provided via Northeastern email. 
  • A practice tutorial in Housing Online that mirrors the actual selection process will be available.
  • Available now: A Vacancy Viewer and floor plans in Housing Online for you to review the specific spaces that will be available during your selection process.

Students who receive Fall 2024  selection numbers and submit their deposit by the deadline will select or be assigned to their Fall 2024 housing through one of the following three processes. All three processes may not be available for both the Non-Required Selection and Required Student Selection Processes. Specific information about the details for each process will be shared in the coming weeks, and all information is subject to change.

Non-Required Selection

How will I select with a Group of Students: Group Selection 

In an effort to keep roommate sets together, we offer you first the opportunity to select as a group by filling any vacant apartment during Group Selection. To select during this time your group MUST fill every bed space available in an apartment. For example, 4-person sets will NOT be allowed to take a vacant 5-person apartment. Apartment capacities range from 1 to 5. Students participating in Group Selection may be:

  • An individual filling a vacant 1-person apartment
  • An individual filling an apartment that has 1 vacancy
  • A multi-person group filling a vacant apartment of the same size as the group
  • A multi-person group filling a larger apartment that has the number of vacancies of the group 

How to Prepare:

  1. Plan on your first three choices as follows: Keep an open mind; remember to develop several different building, room type, and group size scenarios.
    • Best case scenario of where you want to live
    • 2nd best case scenario of where you want to live
    • Something that you can make work with all or parts of your original group
  2. Assemble the selection information for all students in the group
    • Selection Number
    • Scheduled Selection Time
    • Roommate NUID
    • Roommate Group PIN
  3. Figure out who has the best selection number and selection time. Whoever has the best selection number (lowest number- closest to 1) will be the person selecting for the group. Make sure this person knows how the group wants to be placed!
  4. Login to Housing Online up to five days prior to your selection time to view vacancies on the Vacancy Viewer.
  5. Plan to FILL all of the bed spaces in the apartment as it is required during the Group Selection  Students may need to expand/decrease their group size during the process in order to fill each space in their selected apartment. For example: If you are in a roommate pair, you would not be able to select spaces in a six person apartment unless you had four other people to select with; your only choices would be two person apartments.

How will I select by myself: General Selection 

During General Selection you may select as an individual or as a group that will partially fill an apartment during Individual/General Selection. You are not required to fill every vacant space in the apartment/suite. Since Individual/General Selection takes place following Group Selection, the majority of locations and room types may not be available during Individual/General Selection.

How to Prepare

  1. Figure out what your selection time is based on your selection number.
  2. Login to Housing Online up to five days prior to that date and time to view vacancies.
  3. Login on your individual selection day at your selection time and pick from whatever is available.

How will I select if I am not available during my selection times?

If you are selecting by yourself and you are unable to select during your selection times, you may fill out a proxy form. More information about the proxy form will be provided closer to selection. If you are selecting in a group another member of your group may select for you.

Placement Assistance with Staff is a part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement process.  You are guaranteed housing for Fall 2024.  Because so many Northeastern students participate in study abroad or co-op opportunities outside of the Boston area, or secure off-campus housing, we can anticipate a number of cancellations and manage available space through PAWS. If you do not select a room during the first selection process, you will participate in the PAWS process.

PAWS PLACEMENT FORM 

Placement Forms become available at the beginning of Selection.

If you do not select during Group or Individual/General Selection, you will participate in the Placement Assistance With Staff (PAWS) process. Housing and Residential Life will continue to receive cancellations for Fall 2023 over the summer and will manage the resulting available spaces through the PAWS process. However, if a space is available during your selection that meets your highest priority, such as your full group, we recommend selecting for yourself.

You can complete a PAWS Placement Form indicating your interests in Housing Online during or after your selection time(s). Housing and Residential Life staff will use your PAWS Placement Form to best assign you to a space that matches your interests. Approximately 25% of students will be placed via PAWS, which is a routine part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement Process. You are still guaranteed university housing for Fall 2024.

Once you have confirmed your space for Fall 2024, you cannot change your assignment via the online selection process.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a routine part of Northeastern’s Housing Selection & Placement process each year. Students who fill out the placement form but are placed during Selection will have their placement form automatically cancelled

If you had the best non-required/upperclassmen selection number (1), your choices might look like the options listed for non-required/upperclassmen.

While this is a good place to start, the Vacancy Viewer on your Housing Online will be the best place to see what is available TO YOU, meaning it will show you the rooms for your class year, gender, etc. The Vacancy Viewer, is a live feed during selection, so as rooms are chosen they disappear from the viewer. On a selection day, the Vacancy Viewer is only available two hours prior to your selection time. If you are not selecting on that day, you will be able to see the updated viewer again at the conclusion of selection times for that day. 

What if I want to select HONORS HOUSING?

Honors housing can be selected during your selection date and time. Honors housing is ONLY for students who are in the University Honors program, you cannot pull in a non-Honors student into Honors housing.

  • East Village Apartments will be designated Honors for non-required.

All Gender housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex or gender. In order to view All Gender Housing during your selection date and time, you must have applied for it through your application on Housing Online in February. If you selected "yes" on your application for All Gender Housing, you are able to view All Gender spaces during your scheduled selection date and time. If you would like to participate in the All Gender Housing process, but did not meet the deadline, you may contact our office after all selection times have ended to see if there are any additional All Gender Housing vacancies. Please note, if you are in an All Gender roommate group, all members of your roommate group will need to have selected "yes" to All Gender Housing on the application in order to select an All Gender room. 

Any medical accommodation must first be reviewed by the housing accommodation team. Please review the information on how to start that process here.

Additionally you will need to select "Yes" to the housing accommodation question on your housing applications prior to the application deadline in order to qualify for pre-selection.

GEneral FAQs

Unsure about your co-op plans or study abroad?

Regardless of your co-op or study abroad schedule for the 2023-2024 academic year go through the selection process, as you are a required student. Should you need to cancel housing for a semester due to a co-op outside the Boston area (beyond Route 128) or a study abroad, you can cancel your university housing by emailing housing@northeastern.edu your name, NUID number and the semester you are canceling. You must also have your co-op adviser e-mail confirmation to Housing, as well, to confirm your co-op location or your study abroad adviser e-mail to confirm your study abroad. As you are a required student, if your co-op is located in the Boston area you are required to live in university housing.

Have a hold on your account?

Students who currently have a financial block, and/or are not in good standing with the University, will not be permitted to participate in the Room Selection Process. You will need to speak with Student Financial Services to clear your hold prior to Selection in order to participate. 

Wondering how your selection number has been assigned to you?

Selection numbers are randomly computer generated with in your year of entry. Current 4th+ year students will receive the “best” selection numbers, followed by current 3rd year, current 2nd year. All guaranteed/required 1st year students are in their own selection process.