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Fall Housing Assigment Process

Non-Discrimination and Accommodations

In keeping with the College’s policy of non-discrimination, housing assignments are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, nationality or ethnicity, age, handicap or other factors irrelevant to participation in programs for the College. Student preferences for type of housing and choice of roommate may be honored, provided this will not result in discrimination in violation of Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Kalamazoo College’ Section 504 Coordinator and the Office of Disability Services will work with students who have special needs when completing housing assignments. The College will provide accessible housing to students with disabilities. Contact the College’s Section 504 Coordinator or the Office of Disability Services at (269) 337-7209.

Housing Requirement

Kalamazoo College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential undergraduate experience. Residential living is supportive of one’s academic preparation and plays an integral role in one’s experiential education, providing rich opportunities for involvement and development. Therefore, Kalamazoo College requires all students to reside within the College’s residential system and board with the College’s dining center through winter quarter of their junior year (starting with the Fall 2017 entering class).  Please see “Requirements” for more specific information about the College’s campus housing requirements.

New Students

Once a student makes a deposit to the College they are sent a letter that contains the link to the Entering Student Housing Application to fill out and submit electronically to the Office of Residential Life.  When they are received by Residential Life, each application is date-stamped and numbered.  During the summer new students are matched by hand with roommates based on living styles and preferences, and assigned to spaces. Students may request specific roommates, and we will do the best we can to accommodate roommate requests as long as the requests are mutual. Requests for multiple roommates, quad mates or specific neighbors cannot be honored.  We take into account all of the information students provide to us on their Entering Student Housing Applications.  That is why it is VERY important for students to be honest and thorough when filling out the Entering Student Housing Application. 

First-year students will be assigned to one of our first-year communities: Harmon and DeWaters (house both first-year and upper class students), or Hoben and Trowbridge (house exclusively first-years). Transfer students will be assigned to one of four upper-class residence halls: Crissey, DeWaters, Harmon (houses both first-year and upper class students), or Severn.  There are very few single rooms available and all single rooms do cost $350 more per quarter.  Singles are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you are interested in a single, it is highly advised that you turn in your Entering Student Housing Application as soon as possible.  Most first-year students will be housed in double rooms with community bathrooms. New students receive roommate and housing assignment information to their K College email account during the last week in July.

Returning Students

The Fall Housing Process takes place for returning students late spring quarter after fall class registration. A lottery is run for each class and students sign up on lottery number order per their class standing. Students must be registered as full-time students for fall in order to sign up for housing.  The assignment process is predicated upon students being knowledgeable about the process, its requirements, and making their own informed choices. It is the responsibility of returning students to locate their own compatible roommates. Any attempts at forgery misrepresentation, to advantage one student at the expense of others, or to circumvent the assignment process in any manner will result in the loss of assignment for all involved students, and referral to the Student Code of Conduct system.

Once the fall assignment process is over, space in partially occupied rooms (i.e. a double room with only one person) will be assigned by the Residential Life Office, which reserves the right to assign space or modify this policy to meet the needs of the College and its students.

How returning students sign up for Fall 2017 Housing

Frequently Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions of the Housing and Board Contract

Living Learning Houses

Questions may be directed to Stephen Sanney, Director of Residential Life, (269) 337-7210 or housing@kzoo.edu