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Housing Selection Process Frequently Asked Questions

I. Am I eligible for this process?        
II. Where and when will the process take place?
III. When does the application process begin?
IV. What happens if I complete the application process but I do not draw a number?
V. Do I have to pay the Housing Processing Fee?
VI. How can I pay the Housing Processing Fee?
VII. What happens to my $400 Housing Processing Fee if I do not receive housing?
VIII. If I am in a group of two, when can I find out who my apartment/suitemates are?
IX. What if I do not know if I am returning to LMU next fall?
X. Can I just be housed for one semester?
XI. How do I get a designed single, private double or small private double?
XII. What if I am a sophomore and I want to live with a friend who is a junior or senior?
XIII. What if we want a six-person apartment in O'Malley or a six-person suite in Rains?
XIV. What if I do not know with whom to live?
XV. I am an athlete who must be here during winter break. Where should I live?
XVI. If I live in an apartment, do I have to buy a meal plan?
XVII. What if after selecting my room, my roommates and I decide we want to change?
XVIII. What do I do if I want to live in one of the Theme Housing Communities?
XIX. Will there be a tour of the Student Housing Facilities?
XX. If I have questions, who can I contact?

I. Am I eligible for this process?  
All current undergraduate students who will be at full time status (registered in a minimum of 12 semester units for undergraduate and 6 semester units for graduate) during the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for this process. You must also be in good standing with the Office of Judicial Affairs.
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II. Where and when will the process take place?         
  • Complete the Online Application: February 14 - March 6, 2012 
  • Electronically acknowledge the terms and conditions of the License Agreement in the online application: February 14 - March 6, 2012 
  • Pay the Processing Fee: February 14 - March 6, 2012: Student Accounts or on the 2nd floor of the Charles Von Der Ahe Building
  • Draw a Priority Number: March 12 - 13, 2012
  • Select Building and Room: March 20 - 23, 2012

III. When does the application process begin?             
The online application will be available beginning Tuesday, February 14, 2012. The application, license agreement, and Housing Processing Fee must be completed by March 6, 2012. Students who do not complete the entire application process by Tuesday, March 6, 2012 will not be able to participate in the Housing Selection Process.

IV. What happens if I complete the application process but I don’t draw a number?   
If you complete the application process and do not draw a number by the time the drawing ends, the Student Housing Office will assign you a number higher than those used in the priority drawing. Depending on the number, you will either be assigned an appointment time or you will be placed on the waitlist. If you decide that you do not want to live on-campus after you have been given an appointment time, you will need to notify the Student Housing Office by completing the "Request to Cancel Housing" form via Student Housing Online Services and you will forfeit the $400 Housing Processing Fee.

V. Do I have to pay the Housing Processing Fee?           
All students must pay the $400 Housing Processing Fee in order to participate in the Housing Selection Process. Under no circumstances will the Housing Processing Fee be waived. However, you may request to defer the fee until the fall if you are experiencing severe financial hardship. To submit a request for deferment, fill out a Deferment Request Form at the Student Housing Office. You will be required to attach supporting documentation to this form, which clearly defines your current financial situation and legitimizes your claim of financial hardship. Our office will review your request, and you will be notified by email of the outcome within one week.

VI. How can I pay the Housing Processing Fee?     
You have two options to pay your housing processing fee. First, you may go online to Student Accounts and pay by electronic check or you can go to the Student Accounts Office located on the 2nd floor of the Charles Von Der Ahe Building. We recommend that you pay your processing fee by March 2, 2012 at the latest as it may take up to two business days to receive record of your payment.

VII. What happens to my $400 Housing Processing Fee if I don’t receive housing?      
Students who are not offered housing based on the results of the priority drawing will be placed on a waitlist. Once space becomes available, you will be assigned to housing according to your number on the waitlist. If you cancel from the waitlist by completing the "Request to Cancel Housing" form found in Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU before the Student Housing Office is able to assign you, the $400 Housing Processing Fee will be credited to your student account. You will automatically be on the waitlist  after Priority Drawing and will remain on the waitlist unless you complete the "Request to Cancel Housing" form.

VIII. If I am in a group of two, when can I find out who my apartment/suitemates are?         
A printed confirmation will be sent to you during the summer. You may also log in to Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU at that time to view your housing assignment and roommates.

IX. What if I do not know if I am returning to LMU next fall?       
It is recommended that you enter the process if there is a chance that you will be returning to LMU. If you do not go through the process, you may request to be added to the waitlist for housing and you will be assigned after all the students who went through the process, if vacancies are available. Note: If you do go through the process and later choose not to return to LMU, you will need to cancel your housing assignment and forfeit the $400 housing processing fee.

X. Can I just be housed for one semester?              
No, your license agreement is a contract that binds you to housing for the entire academic year. However, if you plan to Study Abroad in the spring or are graduating in December, you will be allowed to cancel your housing assignment at the end of the Fall semester. You should contact the Student Housing Office in November for more information on how to process your cancelation.

XI. How do I get a designed single, private double or small private double?      
If you are interested in living in one of these special rooms you can choose from whatever is available during your appointment time. Please note: (1) a limited number of these rooms are available, (2) groups may not split up to take these rooms, (3) these rooms are available in Del Rey North, Del Rey South, Rains, & McCarthy, (4) and these rooms may be offered at a higher cost.

XII. What if I am a sophomore and I want to live with a friend who is a junior or senior?    
Rising Sophomores who currently live on-campus are guaranteed to receive housing; therefore they must join groups with other guaranteed students. Since Juniors/Seniors may not receive housing, groups must be formed with similar type students (i.e., students that are guaranteed can only form groups with other students that are guaranteed). If the non-guaranteed group that you are interested in living with receives an appointment time, all students must make an appointment to meet with the Assignment Coordinator at the Student Housing Office at the later of the appointment times. You will be assigned to a limited amount of housing options, if available. However, if the non-guaranteed group is placed on the waitlist, then living with them is not an option.

XIII. What if we want a six-person apartment in O’Malley or a six-person suite in Rains?   
The six people who want to live together should enter as two groups, a group of two and a group of four. If you want to make sure all six people are together, the group leaders must schedule a meeting with the Assignment Coordinator at the earliest appointment time. If the space is available at the earliest appointment time, the Assignment Coordinator will assign all students to the desired space.

XIV. What if I don’t know with whom to live?    
To help students find roommates, the Student Housing Office sponsors a Roommate Pairing Social. The social will be held on February 22, 2012 in the Rains back lobby from 8pm-9pm.

XV. I am an athlete who must be here during winter break. Where should I live?    
Athletes required to live on campus during winter break are advised to select an apartment, Del Rey North, Del Rey South, or McKay since they are the only buildings open during winter break. Students who choose a building that will be closed over winter break may apply to move to temporary housing over break.

XVI. If I live in an apartment, do I have to buy a meal plan?   
No, meal plans are not required in apartments because apartments provide an area for you to prepare your own meals.

XVII. What if after selecting my room, my roommates and I decide we want to change?       
Since you chose your room during Room Selection, you may request a change until after the Housing Selection Process is over. Room changes take place from April 9 – July 31, 2012. You will need to fill out the Change of Assignment form found in Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU. Please note that these requests are not guaranteed, but will be processed if available.  

XVIII. What do I do if I want to live in one of the Theme Housing Communities?      
Please refer to the housing website and click on the Theme Housing link to learn more about what theme housing programs Student Housing has to offer. All students interested in a theme community must fill out the appropriate theme application and complete the online housing application, electronically acknowledge the  License Agreement on the online application, and pay the $400 processing fee from February 14th - March 6th.

XIX. Will there be a tour of the Student Housing Facilities?    
The Student Housing Office will be hosting open houses and building tours on February 22, 2012 from 6pm-8pm. Please go to the building you are interested in to learn more. For more information, please contact the Student Housing Office at 310-338-2963 or
housing@lmu.edu.

XX. If I have questions, who can I contact?   
For further information regarding the Housing Selection Process, please see your Resident Advisor, Resident Director, email housing@lmu.edu or visit us in Leavey 6 Suite 101. For further information regarding the payment process, please contact the Student Accounts Office at (310) 338-2711 or studacct@lmu.edu or visit them on the 2nd floor of the Charles Von Der Ahe Building.