Applying for Housing - Overview

Application Rounds & Deadlines

Application Round

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Summer

Draw/ Lottery^

Early May

Early May

Early May

Early May

Waiting Lists*

July

October

February

Late May

Continuous Assignments

August- October

December – February

March – May

June - July

Disability Draw

April

April

April

April

^ First-year graduate students and all summer housing applicants must apply by this deadline to maintain their guarantee of housing.

*Undergraduates must apply by this deadline to maintain their guarantee of housing.

See calendar for exact dates.

Applying for Housing - Overview

To receive a housing assignment at Stanford University, graduate students and upper-class undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) should submit an application by the appropriate deadline online through Axess each year. Incoming freshmen and transfer students follow a different assignment process and should visit the Freshmen and Transfer webpage for more information.

The assignments process for graduate and upper-class undergraduate students is broken up into various rounds. Because students leave and enter housing throughout the year, there are multiple assignment rounds for each quarter.

For students who need housing beginning Autumn Quarter

The Draw/ Lottery: The first round of assignments, called The Draw and Lottery, takes place in the spring preceding Autumn Quarter. In this round, students are randomly assigned application numbers and assigned spaces in housing based on these application numbers and the choices they list on their applications. Students who apply by the Draw/ Lottery deadline receive the best possible application numbers.

The Waiting List: The Waiting List round begins immediately after the Draw/ Lottery and results are announced in mid-Summer. Students who are not assigned during the Draw/ Lottery because there were not enough spaces available in housing or because they missed the application deadline should apply for the Waiting List round.

Continuous Assignments: Students unassigned during the Draw/ Lottery and Waiting List rounds should apply for the Continuous Assignments round. These assignments are made beginning late summer and continue through the fifth week of the Autumn Quarter.

For students who need housing beginning Winter Quarter

The Draw/ Lottery: Whenever possible, students who need housing beginning Winter Quarter should apply by the Draw/ Lottery deadline in early May in order to receive the best possible application number.

The Waiting List: Applications for the Winter Waiting List round are due by the end of the fifth week of Autumn Quarter and results are announced a few weeks later.

Continuous Assignments: Students unassigned during the Winter Waiting List round should apply for the Continuous Assignments round. These assignments are first made late into the Autumn Quarter and continue through the fifth week of Winter Quarter.

For students who need housing beginning Spring Quarter

The Draw/ Lottery : Whenever possible, students who need housing beginning Spring Quarter should apply by the Draw/ Lottery deadline in early May in order to receive the best possible application number.

The Waiting List: Applications for the Spring Waiting List round are due by the end of the fifth week of Winter Quarter and results are announced a few weeks later.

Continuous Assignments: Students unassigned during the Spring Waiting List round should apply for the Continuous Assignments round. These assignments are made beginning late in Winter Quarter and continue through the fifth week of Spring Quarter.

For more information about how to submit an application visit the applying page for Single Graduate Students, Single Upperclass Students, Freshmen and Transfers, Couples without Children, or Students with Children.

For students who need housing beginning Summer Quarter

The Summer Lottery: The Summer Lottery takes place in the spring preceding Summer Quarter and results are announced in late May. In this round, students are randomly assigned application numbers and assigned spaces in housing based on these application numbers and the choices they list on their applications. Students who apply by the Summer Lottery deadline receive the best possible application numbers.

The Summer Waiting List: The Waiting List round begins immediately after the Summer Lottery and results are announced in late May or early June. Students who are not assigned during the Summer Lottery because there were not enough spaces available in housing or because they missed the application deadline should apply for the Waiting List round.

Continuous Assignments: Students unassigned during the Summer Lottery and Waiting List rounds should apply for the Continuous Assignments round. These assignments are made beginning in early June and continue through the fourth week of the Summer Quarter.

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