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Room Draw

Please review the videos below. While the dates may reflect last year’s process, our Spring 2023 process is very similar.


The Three Steps

Step 1 – Complete Housing Contract (March 1- March 31)

  • Go to > My Housing and Dining > Housing and Dining Self Service. Select Applications from the side menu bar and then Housing and Dining Agreement 2023-2024. Your application is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please revisit your application and complete all questions.
  • Rising juniors and rising seniors: Accepting the Housing and Dining Agreement 2023-2023 indicates your interest in living on campus. It does not commit you to selecting a space or guarantee a space on campus. Selecting a space during the draw invokes the Housing and Dining Agreement and commits you to live on campus and pay the associated room and board costs. Accepting a space in a language house or specialty living area also commits you to that space and to pay the associated room and board costs.
  • All applications are due at noon on March 31, 2023.
  • Rising sophomores are required to live on campus, accept the Housing and Dining Agreement, and pay the associated room and board costs.

Step 2 – Roommate Matching (Starting March 1)

  • Go to > My Housing and Dining > Housing and Dining Self Service. Select Room Selection and click Select Roommates.
  • Juniors and seniors can select roommates 24 hours after they submit an application.
  • A matched roommate group is all members of the group accepting each other on their individual Self-Service page.
  • Students in the draw may match with any gender roommates and groups. Mixed gender apartments, suites, quads, triples, and doubles are permitted except in a few areas. Please see the help text of the Roommate Selection portal for additional information.
  • Rising Junior and Rising Seniors may only match with juniors and seniors.
  • Matching will remain open throughout each Draw so students may match and remove matches to meet the required number of students for a particular room, suite, or apartment. You will only see spaces that align with the number of people you are matched with.
  • Contact [email protected] at least one business day before the draw if you need help in completing your matches.

Step 3 – Select a Room (One Person Per Group) (Sophomores -April 4 and Juniors & Seniors- April 6 )

  • Designate ONE person from your group should select the space and assign individuals to the rooms within a suite.
  • At the start of the draw or anytime during the draw, go to > My Housing and Dining > Housing and Dining Self Service. Select Room Selection from the left side bar and then click Select a Room/Suite.
  • Only spaces that equal the number in your matched group will appear.
  • Suites, quads, and triples that match the number in your group will appear during the groups draw,  Double rooms will appear during the Doubles Draw for students with one roommate match.
  • For students with no roommate matches, only single rooms will appear.
  • Language and specialty housing assignments are filled before Room Draw. Students interested in living in a Language or Specialty House should apply directly to the sponsoring department on the Specialty Housing webpage.
  • Mixed gender doubles, triples, quads, and suites are permitted.

Room Draw Schedule

All draws are first-come-first-served. For the best options, you must complete 1 and 2 before the draw begins.

  • Draw Type: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: Specialty Housing
    1. Apply By: Determined by the date of each Specialty Area Application
    2. Match By: Determined based on each Specialty Area Application
    3. Select ON: Determined based on each Specialty Area Application
    Additional Information: All students who are placed in Specialty Housing will be informed by Monday, April 3rd
  • Draw Type: Rising Sophomores: Singles, Doubles, and Group Draw
    1. Sign Contract By: Thursday, March 30th
    2. Match By: Before Tuesday, April 4th
    3. Select ON: Tuesday, April 4th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Additional Information: Possible rooms included in draw: GDD suites, Kirk, Bigelow, Wallace, 30 Mac triples, doubles and singles. Limited availability on the top floor of Dupre. Cottages 53 & 57 Mac
  • Draw Type: Rising Juniors & Seniors: New Spaces Draw
    1. Sign Contract By: Thursday, March 30th
    2. Match By: Thursday, April 6th
    3. Select ON: Thursday, April 6th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Additional Information: Possible rooms included in draw:
    Singles, doubles, and triples in 30 Mac, Bigelow, Kirk, Wallace, Groups in GDD suites and GCA suites

Students requesting housing accommodations should contact Disability Services by March 15, 2023.

Language and Specialty Houses

Language and Specialty Houses information are available on our website. This information will aid in you knowing available options for the next academic year.

Fall 2023 Housing & Waitlist

Fall 2023

Students who are planning to study away during Fall 2023 are not eligible for room draw to select a space for the fall semester. If you are interested in living on campus for Spring 2024, please visit the Summit House Website.


If you are interested in being put on the waitlist, please place your information on this spreadsheet. As we move through housing assignments, we may contact you (via email) with more information about the waitlist or about housing assignments.


Hall Pages

All of our Residence Halls have a dedicated webpage where you can learn more about the hall, view blueprints, and see who the Residence Hall Director is.

Room Tours

There are no in-person room tours available. Please watch our Virtual Room Tour Video to see a variety of rooms available and further details about each.

Roommate Quest

Some students have reached out seeking support and assistance in finding a roommate for the upcoming year. We have designed the Roommate Quest as a supportive tool to assist students in seeking potential roommates for the upcoming year. Please fill out this Roommate Quest Form if you are looking for a roommate. You will receive access to see everyone’s responses and can contact other students who are looking for a roommate. Additionally, Residential Life will be offering opportunities for those seeking roommates to connect virtually through the Roommate Quest Mixer. These opportunities will be updated here and posted via Mac Daily.

Contact Residential Life at [email protected] if you have any further questions.

Off Campus Living

Living off campus is a popular option for many Macalester juniors and seniors. Our St. Paul neighborhood provides a wealth of rental opportunities within a short walk of campus.As with many decisions, living off campus brings a host of freedoms and responsibilities. The college is committed to educating students to make informed choices, and be accountable for themselves as they interact in the surrounding neighborhood.

Find more information about Off Campus Living here