Housing agreements for all returning residents will operate on a lottery system for the 2018-19 year. It is important to read the details below completely.

You must choose only one of the 4 lottery options when you apply. For example, you may not apply for a space in the Towers lottery and then switch to the NorthView lottery after the lottery application closes. It is important to understand the differences in each type of housing. Make sure to read the information under Choices for each.

All lottery applications will open on January 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM (EST) and will close on January 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EST).

Apply and submit your prepayment during this window in order to be entered into the lottery for the type of housing you have selected. See details by housing area below for additional information. More information is also available in the FAQs section.

The Towers @ Knights Plaza (3-Semester)

  1. Apply & Pay Prepayment: Apply and submit your prepayment during the lottery application window: January 10th – 22nd, 2018.

  2. Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation: Lottery results will be announced via email on January 31, 2018.

    • Students who receive a confirmation date in Phase 1 will be eligible to participate in all types of Towers Room Signup.

    • Students who apply for the lottery but do not receive a Phase 1 confirmation date will have the opportunity to remain in the Phase 2 Lottery Pool and may wait to receive a lottery confirmation for spaces that become available at a later date. Students not confirmed in Phase 1 will also have the opportunity to cancel and receive a full refund of their prepayment.

  3. Room Signup: Students who received a confirmation date in Phase 1 will be eligible to participate in Towers Room Signup. Details and instructions will be sent via Knights email.

    • Same Room Signup: Current Towers residents who receive a Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation will have the opportunity to claim their same rooms for the 2018-2019 year. Note that Towers residents staying in the same room from year to year are able to stay during the Summer to Fall break.

    • Same Room Roommate Pull-In: Current Towers residents who have completed Same Room Sign-Up will have the opportunity to pull roommates who received a Phase 1 lottery confirmation into any open bedrooms in their apartment. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled in if they were confirmed for a Towers agreement during Phase 1.

    • General Room Signup: Current Towers residents confirmed during Phase 1, but who did not participate in Same Room Sign-Up will be able to select a room through General Room Sign Up. Note that current Towers residents who do not select the same room for the 2018-2019 year will need to move out during the Summer-to-Fall break.

      1. Roommates: Roommate groups of up to four will be able to designate one person to complete sign-up for the group. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled into the group if they were confirmed for a Towers agreement during Phase 1. The first day of general room sign-up will be exclusively for groups of 3-4.

    • Tower III Honors Living Learning Community: Anyone currently living in Tower III will be able to participate in Same Room Signup to keep their same room if they are confirmed in Phase 1, regardless of whether they are in Honors. However, roommates pulled in to Tower III during Same Room Roommate Pull-In must be in the Honors College, and anyone participating in General Room Signup must be in the Honors College to select Tower III.

NorthView (3-Semester)

  1. Apply & Pay Prepayment: Apply and submit your prepayment during the lottery application window: January 10th – 22nd, 2018.

  2. Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation: Lottery results will be announced via email on January 31, 2018.

    • Students who receive a confirmation date in Phase 1 will be eligible to participate in all types of NorthView Room Signup.

    • Students who apply for the lottery but do not receive a Phase 1 confirmation date will have the opportunity to remain in the Phase 2 Lottery Pool and may wait to receive a lottery confirmation for spaces that become available at a later date. Students not confirmed in Phase 1 will also have the opportunity to cancel and receive a full refund of their prepayment.

  3. Room Signup: Students who received a confirmation date in Phase 1 will be eligible to participate in NorthView Room Signup. Details and instructions will be sent via Knights email.

    • Same Room Signup: Current NorthView residents who receive a Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation will have the opportunity to claim their same rooms for the 2018-2019 year. Note that NorthView residents staying in the same room from year to year are able to stay during the Summer to Fall break.

    • Same Room Roommate Pull-In: Current NorthView residents who have completed Same Room Sign-Up will have the opportunity to pull roommates who received a Phase 1 lottery confirmation into any open bedrooms in their apartment. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled in if they were confirmed for a NorthView agreement during Phase 1.

    • General Room Signup: Current NorthView residents confirmed during Phase 1, but who did not participate in Same Room Sign-Up will be able to select a room through General Room Sign Up. Note that current NorthView residents who do not select the same room for the 2018-2019 year will need to move out during the Summer-to-Fall break.

      1. Roommates: Roommate groups of up to four will be able to designate one person to complete sign-up for the group. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled into the group if they were confirmed for a NorthView agreement during Phase 1. The first day of general room sign-up will be exclusively for groups of 3-4.

2-Semester Options
Nike/Hercules Apartments or Lake Claire LLCs

  1. Apply & Pay Prepayment: Apply and submit your prepayment during the lottery application window: January 10th – 22nd, 2018.

  2. Optional - Request a Living Learning Community at the time you apply for the lottery: Students have the opportunity to request to participate in one of the special groups listed below. Follow the instructions to express your interest in joining:

    • Canine Companions Program (Lake Claire): If you are applying to be a puppy raiser with the Canine Companions for Independence program, OR if you would like to live in one of the apartments in Lake Claire with a puppy and puppy raiser, you can indicate your interest by completing the Living Learning application for Canine Companions in myUCF, after completing your housing application and prepayment. Navigate to Student Self Service > Housing > Living Learning.

    • Social Justice LLC (Hercules): If you are interested in being part of this program, complete the Living Learning application for Social Justice in myUCF, after completing your housing application and prepayment. Navigate to Student Self Service > Housing > Living Learning.

  3. Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation: Lottery results will be announced via email on January 31, 2018.

    • Students who receive a confirmation date in Phase 1 will either be placed in their requested LLC or will be eligible to participate in all types of Nike/Hercules Room Signup.

    • Students who apply for the lottery but do not receive a Phase 1 confirmation date will have the opportunity to remain in the Phase 2 Lottery Pool and may wait to receive a lottery confirmation for spaces that become available at a later date. Students not confirmed in Phase 1 will also have the opportunity to cancel and receive a full refund of their prepayment.

  4. General Room Signup: Current residents confirmed for a 2-Semester agreement during Phase 1, will be able to select a room in the Nike/Hercules apartments.

    • Roommates: Roommate groups of up to four will be able to designate one person to complete sign-up for the group. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled into the group if they were confirmed for a 2-Semester agreement during Phase 1. The first day of general room sign-up will be exclusively for groups of 3-4.

Rosen College Apartments Lottery

Located at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Campus- 45 minutes from Orlando campus

  1. Apply & Pay Prepayment: Apply and submit your prepayment during the lottery application window: January 10th – 22nd, 2018.

    • If you are staying for Summer 2018 A, B, or C housing, you may apply for it at the same time as the lottery, or skip the summer housing page if you do not require summer housing. There is no lottery for summer housing.

  2. Phase 1 Lottery Confirmation: Lottery results will be announced via email on January 31, 2018.

    • Students who receive a confirmation date in Phase 1 will be eligible to participate in all types of Rosen Room Signup.

    • Students who apply for the lottery but do not receive a Phase 1 confirmation date will have the opportunity to remain in the Phase 2 Lottery Pool and may wait to receive a lottery confirmation for spaces that become available at a later date. Students not confirmed in Phase 1 will also have the opportunity to cancel and receive a full refund of their prepayment.

  3. Summer/Fall Room Signup: For current 904 (all floors), 905-3rd floor, and 905-4th floor residents - Depending on what summer session you apply for and whether or not you apply for fall housing, you will have the following options for same room signup if you were confirmed for Rosen housing during Phase 1:

    • Summer A: You will have the opportunity to select your same room for summer so that you can continue to live in the same space. You will not be able to keep your same room for fall, as you will be required to move out of your summer room at the end of the Summer A session.

    • Summer B: You will not be eligible for same room sign up to stay in your spring room, as you will be required to move out of your room at the end of the spring semester. However, if you’ve also been confirmed for fall Rosen housing during Phase 1, you will be able to keep your same Summer B room for fall as well.

    • Summer C: You will have the opportunity to select your same room for summer AND fall as long as you’ve been confirmed for both during Phase 1.

    * 905 (1st and 2nd floor) residents – The 1st and 2nd floors of 905 will not be available for current residents in summer or fall. If you wish to live in 905 in the summer or fall, you will have the opportunity to pick a 3rd or 4th floor 905 room during General Room Signup.

  4. General Fall Room Signup: Current residents confirmed for a Rosen agreement during Phase 1, who did not participate in Summer to Fall Room Sign Up, or opted to pick a different room for fall, will be able to select a Rosen room through General Fall Room Sign Up.

    • Roommates: Roommate groups of up to four will be able to designate one person to complete sign-up for the group. Roommates are only eligible to be pulled into the group if they were confirmed for a Rosen agreement during Phase 1. The first day of general room sign-up will be exclusively for groups of 3-4.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Log in to myUCF and navigate to Student Self Service > Housing > Apply. Follow the on screen instructions. You can find detailed instructions here.

What are my chances of receiving a space in the lottery?

This depends greatly on how many students apply. UCF has utilized a lottery system for returning residents in the past, although not in the last 4 years. Because we have significantly more housing now than in past lotteries, we cannot provide relevant historical data on chances in the lottery for this year.

How long will the Phase 2 Lottery Pool be considered?

We will continue to draw applicants from the Phase 2 Lottery Pool for spaces that become available throughout the spring and summer, and through the opening weekend of fall. Applicants waiting in the Phase 2 Lottery Pool may choose to cancel and receive their prepayment back at any time.

What if I get a lottery space, but my preferred roommates do not?

Students who receive a Phase 1 lottery confirmation but no longer need their space will have a very limited window during which they may cancel their housing at no penalty. This information will be included in the lottery notification email on January 31st. Spaces forfeited by lottery recipients will be randomly distributed to students who choose to wait in the Phase 2 Lottery pool.

What happens if I do not apply on time?

If you did not apply and make your prepayment during the lottery application window, you may contact us to put your name on the Standby List. It is not guaranteed that space will become available.

Why a lottery? How is this process fair?

We wish that we had enough UCF housing for every student who wanted it. The returning resident lottery process is not new to UCF although it has not been used for several years.

To provide some historical context: In 2013, UCF added 2 more housing communities and we were able to change from a lottery process to first-come, first-served application for returning residents. This process was easier to navigate and included more housing options for our returning residents. Over the last 4 years, spaces for returning residents have filled faster each year. In 2013-2015, returner applications remained open for several months each year. In the 2015-16 year, returning resident spaces were filled in approximately 2 weeks. Last year, all spaces for returning residents were filled in less than 40 hours after the application was opened online.

A return to a lottery process in for the 2018-19 year gives each person a chance to apply for returner housing during a reasonable window of time, and gives each applicant an equal chance of being selected for the area for which they have applied.

Why do returning students not get priority for on-campus housing?

Priority for on-campus housing goes to incoming first-year students. First year students need the greatest amount of assistance when coming to a university and living on campus is one of the best ways to help them be successful.

What if I cannot afford to live off-campus?

Off-campus housing is not more expensive than on-campus housing. There are many quality choices that range in price. You can find a wide selection of off-campus housing options online at ucf.offcampuspartners.com.

What if I do not have a car?

Most off-campus student apartment complexes are serviced by the UCF Shuttle. A listing of those complexes can be found at parking.ucf.edu/shuttles/off-campus-shuttles

How will room sign-up work?

Room sign-up will be done online via the Housing Portal in myUCF, and those participating will be able to choose their exact building, apartment, and bedroom. Residents who have confirmed Phase 1 applications will receive detailed instructions on how to complete room sign-up online, so it will be important to read the email communication regarding the process.

How do I request a roommate?

For residents participating in same room sign-up in Towers and NorthView, you will have the opportunity to pull in roommates into any open spaces in your apartment after the same room sign-up period is over.

For residents participating in General Room Sign-Up, you will be able to pick a room with a group of up to 4 confirmed residents with your same agreement type.

Make sure that your roommate request completes their housing agreement and makes their prepayment on time so that you are eligible to sign-up together. Only those confirmed during Phase 1 will be eligible to be pulled in as roommates.

There is no need to complete the Roommate Preference section of the housing application in myUCF. All roommate groupings will be done during the room signup process in the Housing Portal.

How do I request a 2/1 or 1/1 in Nike, Hercules, Rosen or the Towers?

At the end of the online room sign-up process, you will have the opportunity to enter your name in the 2/1 and 1/1 Lottery. Confirmed Towers applicants will be able to enter for a chance for a space in a 1/1 at the Towers. Confirmed Nike, Hercules, and Rosen applicants will be able to enter for a chance for a space in a 2/1 in Nike, Hercules and Rosen.

Spaces in 2/1s and 1/1s are very limited, so not every student in the lottery will receive a space in a 2/1 or 1/1. Therefore, you must first select a space in a 4 bedroom apartment through room sign up even if you plan on entering the 2/1 and 1/1 Lottery.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Email us at housing@ucf.edu including your name and UCFID, or call us at the Housing Administration Building at (407) 823-4663 to speak with an assignments team member.


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