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Housing Selection (Formerly Known As Room Draw)

Housing is still available for 2024-2025!

While Housing Selection has ended we still have space for rising juniors and seniors on campus. If you are looking for housing for the entire year or just one semester, please reach out to [email protected] so we can secure housing for you.

Housing Selection information for academic year 2025-2026 will be updated during fall semester, 2024.

Spring 2025 Housing

Housing Selection is only available to students living on campus for the full academic year (Fall – Spring) or for folks needing housing for the fall semester. If you are looking for housing for the Spring 25 semester, please reach out to Residential Life.

If you’re unsure about housing on-campus, but interested being put on the waitlist to hear about the spaces we have available, please place your information on this spreadsheet. As we move through housing assignments, we may contact you (via Macalester email) with more information about the waitlist or about housing assignments.


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.

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

Please watch our Virtual Room Tour Video to see a variety of rooms available and further details about each. We also have 360 degree virtual tours of many types of our residence hall rooms.

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

Housing Selection, 2024

February 15th, 11:30am-1:00pm  What’s the Buzz with CDR Accommodations?

Informal Q&A about the Center for Disability Resources’s Housing Accommodations with the Director of the Center for Disability Resources, Shammah Bermudez. 

Location: Library 309 (Barbara B. Davis Space)

March 5th, 11:00am-1:30pm What’s the Buzz with CSRL Accommodations? 

Informal Q&A with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life about Religious Accommodations, with Associate Dean for Institutional Equity and College Chaplain, Kelly Stone and Associate Director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Muslim Chaplain, Dr. Rahimjon Abdugafurov

Location: Library 309 (Barbara B. Davis Space)

March 6th, noon- 1:00pm AND  5:00pm-6:00pmDon’t Get Stung. Know the Housing Selection Timeline AND March 6th

Know the Housing Selection Timeline with an in-person Q&A session with RSM, Priscilla Perez Umphress

Session Locations: Library 133 (Harmon Room)

March 7th, 5:00pm-7:00pm Roommate Pairing Can Be Sweet- Roommate Mixer

Join us for a way to mix and mingle with residents across campus! 

Feel free to fill out our Roommate Mixer form!

Location: Kagain 202 (Ballroom)

Please review the videos below. While the dates may reflect last year’s process, our Spring 2024 process is very similar! Feel free to also check out our new info sessions! This year’s Housing Selection theme: Find Your Hive!


The Three Steps

Step 1 – Complete Housing Contract (goes lives March 1st – March 21st)

  • Go to > My Housing and Dining > Housing and Dining Self Service. Select Applications from the side menu bar and then Housing and Dining Agreement 2024-2025. 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 2024-2025 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 21st 2024.
  • 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 selection 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) (March 26th for Rising Juniors & Seniors and March 28 for Rising Sophomores )

  • 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 Housing Selection. 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.

Housing Selection Schedule

All selections are first-come-first-served! Look at the rooms that are available for Housing Selection, here.

Selection Type: Specialty Housing and Accommodations (both CDR & CSRL)
Apply By: Determined by the date of each Specialty Area Application and Language House Coordinators. RL Specialty Housing 2/19/24 and CDR & CSRL Accommodations prior to 3/6/24.
Placement: All students who are placed in Specialty Housing will be informed prior to March 26th.

Selection Type: Rising Juniors & Seniors (Including Returning from Leave of Absence & Study Away Spring 25)
Apply By: Sign contract prior to March 21, 2024.
Placement: Selection Date is March 26, 2024 from 11:30am-2:30pm (Central time)

Selection Type: Rising Sophomores (Including Returning from Leave of Absence & Study Away Spring 25)
Apply By: Sign contract prior to March 21, 2024.
Placement: Selection Date is March 28, 2024 from 11:30am-2:30pm (Central time)