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Information About Housing Process for Returning Students

Salem State undergraduate students returning to housing are able to participate in a room selection process. Students are able to select their room location and their roommate for the approaching academic year. Students who wish to live on campus must first pay a housing deposit online through their Navigator account by March 1.

Housing Selection 2020: Important Dates and Deadlines for Returning Students

Process Location Deadline

Housing Deposits

Students interested in living on campus in for the following academic year must pay their housing deposit through their Navigator account.

Due to Student Accounts via your Navigator account

March 1

Housing Application and License Agreement

All students who wish to live on campus for the next academic year are required to complete the online housing application and sign the online license agreement on Salem State's Housing Portal ( The housing application and license agreement will be available March 1. 

Students who wish you live with students of different sex must also complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Application via the Salem State Housing Portal by March 30.

Please note: You must pay your $300 housing deposit in order to participate in the housing selection process. 

Online via Salem State Housing Portal March 30

Lottery Numbers

Lottery numbers will be sent to all residents first- year, sophomore and junior students who have paid their housing deposit by March 1.

*If you have paid after March 1 and before March 15 – You will receive a lottery number, but it will be in the second subset of numbers (after those that have paid on time). 

Lottery numbers will be sent out via Salem State email April 6

Room Selection*
Students who receive a lottery number will be invited to participate in room selection, which will take place April 14, 15 and 16. Your specific date and time to select will be sent to you.

Online via Salem State Housing Portal

April 14, 15 and 16

*The order of room selection is based on the year of the student, Credit Hours Earned, and a randomly generated lottery number distributed to all students prior to room selection.

Students currently away for the spring semester can participate in room selection via Salem State's Housing Portal, by following the steps above, just as if they were here on campus. 

Students who will be away for the fall 2020 semester (such as study abroad, leave of absence, etc.) cannot participate in room selection. Please contact for housing when you plan to return to campus. 

Access and Accommodations

Students in need of a housing accommodation for 2020-21 should contact Disability Services with appropriate documentation by March 2, 2020.

Additional Information

Room selection is your opportunity to select a living space for the upcoming academic year. In order to have priority in the selection process, students should form roommate groups that match the number of beds in the space you desire to live (students looking to live in Atlantic should create a group of 4 or 5 students, for instance. 

Roommate groups are formed on the “Roommate” portion of the Room Selection page on your housing portal. Priority is given in selection to students who completely fill an apartment or suite. You are strongly urged to make every attempt to choose a room and a roommate. In the event that you do not have a roommate, you may still participate in room selection and will be notified when the selection process is open to students who are going through as individuals or in smaller groups. If you choose not to select a space, you will be randomly assigned based on availability. 

Lottery numbers are randomly assigned by computer and will be sent to you via email. Lottery numbers will be sent to residents who have paid their housing deposit before March 1. Additionally, each member of the group must be registered with 12 or more credits for the fall semester to participate in room selection. In order to receive a date and time for room selection, you must complete a housing application online and electronically sign your license agreement.

If you are currently commuting or are on a leave and you wish to participate, please deposit via your navigator and then reach out to our central office.

Two or more students who choose to live together in a double, triple, quad, or apartment may make their selection according to the best lottery number of the group.

If your roommate cancels during the academic year or during the summer, you will be assigned a new roommate or be reassigned to another room and roommate. It is wise, therefore, to discuss with your prospective roommates their plans for the upcoming academic year. Residence life reserves the right to consolidate vacancies. You will not be able to maintain your double as a double-single.


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