Upper-Division Housing Selection Overview

Washington and Lee University requires three years of on-campus residency. Returning students select their room and roommate(s) late Winter Term for the following academic year through the housing lottery. Prior to the housing lottery, each student must register online through eRezLife. The procedural fairness of the lottery is ensured through a random selection process in which students receive computer-generated timeslots. Priority is determined by each student's class year as follows:

• Rising junior: anticipated graduation before June 1, 2021
• Rising sophomore: anticipated graduation before June 1, 2022
• Rising senior: anticipated graduation before June 1, 2020

Upper Division Room Selection Dates and Times for Fall 2019 Room Selection

Students should check the web directory to confirm their class year is consistent with university designation.

Study Abroad: Students participating in fall study abroad are NOT eligible to participate in the housing lottery. These students will be assigned housing through a separate process during fall term. Students participating in winter term 2020 study abroad should participate in the lottery.

2019-2020 Housing Lottery/Room Selection Timeline

  • Thursday, February 28 - Theme House Applications Due
  • Monday, March 4 - Greek House Assignments Due from Chapter Leadership
  • Tuesday, March 12 - Theme House Assignments Announced
  • Thursday, March 14 - Registration for Housing Lottery Opens (Village and Woods Creek)
    • *All students eligible to participate will receive an email when lottery registration opens.
  • Monday, March 18 - Theme House offer decisions due to creid@wlu.edu
  • Tuesday, March 19 - Lottery Information Session #1 - 5pm - Hillel Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, March 20 - Lottery Information Session #2 - 5pm - Hillel Multipurpose Room
  • Sunday, March 27 - Lottery Registration Deadline
  • April 1- 4 - Online Room Selection for the Village and Woods Creek Apartments

          Updated: 2/20/19

The Village Apartment/Townhouse Selection:

1. Each apartment has 4 single bedrooms. Each townhouse has 6 single bedrooms with the exception of Townhouse O3 which has 7 single bedrooms. A group must fill the unit to capacity to reserve it during the lottery.

2. During the lottery, the person in the group with the earliest (best) timeslot will login online during his/her designated time to select a unit and request roommates and bed assignments to fill the unit. Each roommate will receive an email notification and login to accept the request. If a roommate does not accept a request within the given time, the unit is no longer filled, and the system will release the unit reservation. This means the group will need to start the process over, so BE PREPARED with your roommate groups!

3. Groups of rising juniors will receive priority timeslots. Intentions to live with all juniors in a unit will provide the greatest opportunity to live in your unit of choice.

4. Assigned timeslots are random within each class year.

Woods Creek Apartment Selection: 

1. Each apartment has 3-4 single bedrooms or 3 single bedrooms and 1 double bedroom. See floor plans here. A group is not required to fill the unit to capacity to reserve it during the lottery, but an unfilled unit may result in random housing assignments.

2. During the lottery, the person in the group with the earliest (best) timeslot will login during his/her designated time to select a unit and request roommates and bed assignments to fill the unit. Each roommate will receive an email notification and must login to eRezLife to accept the request. If a roommate does not accept a request and the unit is no longer filled, the unfilled beds will be available to others.

3. Groups of rising juniors will receive priority timeslots. Intentions to live with all juniors will provide the greatest opportunity to live in your unit of choice. Rising sophomores select Woods Creek Apartments after rising juniors.

4. Assigned timeslots are random within each class year.

Theme House Selection:

1. Theme house offerings are available on the Residential Life website and require an application.

2. The application/selection process takes place prior to the apartment/townhouse lottery.

3. Students who accept their theme house offering are bound to the room they select and are not eligible to participate in the lottery.

4. Students required to live on-campus who decline their theme house offering must participate in the lottery.

Greek House Selection:

1. Greek house room selection is determined by individual chapters prior to the lottery.

2. Each Greek house must be filled to capacity. Sophomore and junior placements must take priority over senior placements.

3. If a chapter fails to fill the house, Student Affairs reserves the right to randomly assign chapter members until the house is filled. The chapter is responsible for covering the cost of unfilled beds.

4. Students who are assigned to Greek houses are not eligible to participate in the lottery.