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The Orient’s guide to the 2018 housing lottery

April 12, 2018

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PINE ST. APARTMENTS

Lottery Block:
12 Quads (2 singles, 1 double)

Pro Tips:

  • Far from campus
  • Close to science/language buildings
  • Has parking
  • Great Safe Ride visibility from inside
  • No neighbors
  • No laundry
SMITH HOUSE
(Chem Free)8 Singles
1 DoublePro Tips:

  • Close to athletic complexes
  • Feels more like a house
  • Full kitchen
  • Has parking

HARPSWELL APARTMENTS

Lottery Blocks:
12 Quads (2 singles, 1 double)

Pro Tips:

  • Mostly seniors
  • Good party space
  • Far from campus
  • Has parking
  • No laundry
52 HARPSWELL
(Chem Free)7 Singles
12 Doubles
1 QuadPro Tips:

  • Used to be a retirement home
  • Far from campus
  • Lots of shared living space (kitchen, living room, porch)
  • Really nice kitchen
  • Across the street from a convenience store
  • Next to the Bowdoin Organic Garden

STOWE HALL

11 Two Bedroom Quints

Pro Tips:

  • Have to clean your own bathroom
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator
  • Huge rooms
  • Three laundry rooms
  • Good location
  • Mostly sophomores
  • Window seats
HOWARD
(Chem Free)11 Two Bedroom Quads
3 Two Bedroom QuintsPro Tips:

  • Good location
  • Window Seats
  • Large rooms
  • Have to clean your own bathrooms

COLES TOWER

16 Singles
2 Triples
49 Quads

Pro Tips:

  • All single bedrooms (except in the triples)
  • Mostly seniors; some juniors
  • Don’t have to go outside to go to Thorne in the winter
  • Just had 50 year anniversary; looks like it
  • All floors recently renovated
  • Beware of fire alarms
  • Apartments A and B see the sunset
  • Apartments B and C have quad view

CHAMBERLAIN

46 Singles
29 Doubles
8 Quads

Pro Tips:

  • Great location
  • Nice, spacious rooms (quads have private living rooms)
  • Less social than Brunswick, Tower, Harpswell
  • Shared bathrooms

BRUNSWICK APARTMENTS

64 One Bedroom Doubles
25 Two Bedroom Triples

Pro Tips:

  • Kitchens
  • Easy shortcut to Farley and Harpswell
  • Thin walls
  • Ivies Brunswick Quad
MAYFLOWER APARTMENTS
(Chem Free)4 One Bedroom Doubles
8 Two Bedroom TriplesPro Tips:

  • Quiet
  • Similar layout to Brunswick
  • Far from campus
  • In a neighborhood

STOWE INN

22 Singles
12 Triples
2 Quints

Pro Tips:

  • Good location for a group of friends
  • Close to Maine St.
  • Has parking
  • Far from campus

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About the Lottery

Lottery Schedule

The Housing Lottery is actually divided into six separate lotteries based on housing types. The Quints lottery occurs immediately before the Quads lottery on April 17 followed by the Chem Free lottery on April 19. On April 23, the Triples lottery is immediately followed by the Singles lottery. Doubles and Open Rooms occur in a unified lottery on April 25.

Students may enter as many lotteries as they wish; however, they may have no more than one entry in each lottery and they must withdraw their applications for later lotteries upon accepting a room.

Housing Priority

Each block is awarded “points” based on the class rank of the students within. Each senior is awarded three points, each junior awarded two and each sophomore awarded one. Further, when students enter the chem-free lottery, an additional one-tenth of a point is awarded to each student in the block who lived in chem-free housing the previous year. This additional 0.1 points is only applicable for blocks in the chem-free lottery. Then, the total is divided by the number of people in the block to yield a score. For example, a triple with two seniors who were chem free their first year and a sophomore who was not would have a score of (3.1 + 3.1 + 1)/3 = 2.4.

Within each lottery, students are awarded numbers based on this score; within each score numbers are awarded randomly. For example, blocks with a score of 2.05 are ordered randomly amongst each other, but all of them choose before the blocks with a score of 2.

A block with a score of 2.05 would always choose before a block with a score of 2.00. Blocks may send a proxy to choose their room if they are unable to attend the lottery. In the event neither a member of a block nor their proxy attend the lottery, the number is forfeited and the students must enter a later lottery.

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