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Room Selection: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does "My Housing" work?
A: Please review the "MyHousing" information available on the "Room Selection Details and Application Process" page

Q: Do I get a discount on my room rate if my room is smaller than someone else’s room
A: No. Size is just one factor influencing which rooms are more sought after than others. Our rates, however, are the same for similar room types (not rooms that are exactly the same in dimension) within a given building (there is a differential between first year and upper class housing rates). Room rates for singles, doubles, triples and larger rooms in each building are posted prior to room selection, and they are listed in the housing agreement, and they apply regardless of the dimensions of the room.

Q: What if I require Special Accommodations
A: Students who believe they require special housing accommodations for a non-medical reason are welcome to meet with the director of housing in advance of room selection to make that request. Students who have a medical need for special accommodations should utilize the medical accommodations process.

Q: What if I am late with my application or deposit?
A: Contact Keith Gorman & Stacey Butler immediately. Students who miss either the initial deposit or application deadlines may be referred to the Late Room Selection Process. Students who miss the deadlines for the late process and apply or deposit after May 1 will be placed on the NON-GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST.

Q: What if I deposit and apply, but don’t select a room online? What if I miss my appointment or the entire online room selection process?
A: You can participate in room selection any time AFTER your room selection appointment. The room selection processes will take place between the hours of 7PM and 9AM on Monday April 11th (Large Group Housing Selection), Tuesday April 12th (Theme Floor Selection) Wednesday April 13th and Thursday April 14th (General Housing Selection). The exact time of your appointment will depend on your room selection number and which lottery you participate in.

The "on time" process will be accessible every night from 7PM to 9AM starting on Monday April 11th through April 24th (It will not be accessible between the hours of 9AM and 7PM to allow the housing office access.  Students who are in the "on time" process but fail to select a room will automatically be rolled into the "LATE" process (and will receive a new room selection appointment for that process), which will extend from April 26 through May 2.

Students who do not select a room in either room selection and who do not contact Keith Gorman and Stacey Butler before the end of April will not be placed in housing. These students must complete a housing cancelation form to receive a refund of their deposit. If they later choose to pursue housing, they must contact the director of housing and have their application added to the NON-GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST.

Q: What is Roosting?

A: This year, some residents in 33 Beekman & 55 John Street, will be able to roost. Roosting allows students to stay in their same exact room for the next academic year. Roosting will take place on the first evening of housing selection, allowing “roosting” students to choose their room first. Please be aware that single rooms and room on designated themes floors will not be available for roosting. Students may bring another student (or students) to be their roommate(s) as long as the roommate(s) have also completed the application and deposit stage. All students wishing to room together must be present to complete the in person process. 

Q: I'm a rooster, can I leave my things in place all summer long?

A: No, students who roost must move all of their belongings out at the end of the spring 2016 term. You will return to the same room for the fall 2016 term. 

Q: What is Large Group Selection?

A: Large group selection is an online process for students who wish to live in 33 Beekman suites and triples as well as 55 John Street triples. All members in the group must be linked in order to placed in a suite or triple. Only one member of the group will need to long into MyHousing to select a suite/room.

Q: I received three different appointment times? What does this mean?

A: You will receive three different appointment times, giving you options of room selection process in which you may participate: Large Group, Theme Floor, and General Housing selection. You can only participate in one online room selection process, although you will receive appointment times for all three. Once you participate in one process and select your room, you are done with the process. 

Q: What if I don’t like the room I had to select?
A: Students who are not happy with the room assignment they select during online room selection may submit a room transfer request through between May 1 and June 1. These requests will be reviewed throughout the summer, and as preferred accommodations become available (through the attrition we normally experience during the summer) we will reassign students according to the preferences they indicate.

In the past, we have been able to grant between 70% and 85% of the reassignment requests we receive during the summer, but we CANNOT guarantee that we can meet all requests. It is especially difficult to accommodate very specific preferences (e.g. "single only", or "Beekman Double only with a specific roommate"). The broader the preferences a student indicates, the more likely we will be able to reassign them during the summer.

Q: What if no rooms are available when I pick?
A: If no spaces are available for you on your selected lottery time when it is your time to select, or if there are no options that you find acceptable, you have three choices:

  • For students signing in to the Large Group Selection Lottery, you may still sign in at a later date for the Theme Floor Selection Lottery or General Housing Selection Lottery.
  • Any student may simply not complete room selection. If a student does not select a room and wishes to cancel their application and receive a refund of their deposit, they must submit a housing cancelation form.
  • If you still need housing, select a space in the "GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST". This is a building option during room selection. It is not an actual building (obviously) but rather a place to indicate that you are signing up for housing, and you will allow us to place you in a space once we have openings. Signing up for the "GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST" DOES guarantee you housing. Please remember that roommate connections made through MyHousing do not transfer to the "GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST".  Students who sign up for the "GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST"will be asked to provide their preferences by submitting a room transfer request through "" before June 1.

Q: What if I am in class when my room selection appointment occurs?
A: You can participate in room selection any time AFTER one of three room selection appointments. It will be accessible every night from 7PM to 9AM starting on Monday April 11th through April 24th (It will not be accessible between the hours of 9AM and 7PM to allow the housing office access.

Also, if you are part of a pair or larger group of students who have linked housing applications, one of the others in your group can select for you at the appointed time.

Q: I am graduating in May 2016 and I received a Room Selection Number, was I suppose to?
A: Yes, ALL current residents in housing received a Room Selection Number, regardless if you are graduating or not. The Office of Housing and Residential Life wants to ensure that anyone that is currently placed in the residents halls will have the opportunity to go through the process if wanted. Some students will go on to graduate school or additional undergraduate work in the fall, and they remain eligible for housing. If you do not plan to be enrolled at Pace in the fall, you can simply disregard the selection process.

Q: I am a new student at Pace and transferred just this semester (Spring 2016) my credits haven’t been accepted from my other institution, can they?
A: Yes, they can. You make an appeal to Keith Gorman and Stacey Butler (by email, or by visiting theme in the housing office) in order to have your outside credits count toward the calculation of your RSN (room selection number). It is useful to bring an academic transcript so that credits can be determined.  The deadline for this appeal is March 30th.

Q: I noticed that my credits I am taking for Spring 2016 don’t count towards my class standing, why?
A: Since you have not completed those courses and need a passing grade for those credits to count towards your class standing we only use credits acquired through Fall 2015.

Q: I live on the Pleasantville campus; can I select a room during the NYC process?
A: Yes, you may. You would go through the process like any one of our NYC residents. Once you submit your deposit at OSA, contact Keith Gorman and Stacey Butler in the NYC campus (212.346.1295) to alert them that you intend to apply for NYC housing. You may then complete the online application, and you can indicate NYC as your campus of choice. From that point on, you will receive emails and directions for how to complete the process just like all the other students participating in room selection.

Q: I currently don’t live in a residence hall at Pace, NYC or Pleasantville; can I go through Room Selection Process?
A: You may only go through the "LATE" room selection process.  The "on time" process is ONLY for those students that live on campus during the Spring 2016 semester. If you are a current Pace Student but you are not currently in housing, please follow the application and deposit process, and you will be entered into the "LATE" room selection process, through which you WILL be able to receive guaranteed housing on campus in NYC for the 2016-2017 academic year. After May 1 all remaining housing is reserved for new first-year and transfer students. For this reason, new housing applications received from current Pace students after May 1 will be placed on the NON-GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST.

Q: I have a medical need and I told someone in the Office of Housing and Residential Life, is that good enough?
A: No, you must complete the medical accommodations application process as outlined in the medical accommodations process.

Q: My class standing is higher than what the Office of Housing and Residential Life has listed, how do I go about changing that?
A: You must have some form of official documentation from Pace University that states you have a higher class standing or more credits that are not’t currently listed as part of your Room Selection Number. You make an appeal to Keith Gorman and Stacey Butler (by email, or by visiting them in the housing office) in order to your RSN (room selection number) recalculated.  The deadline for this appeal is March 30th.

Q: Which semester are cumulative GPAs generated from in order to create my Room Selection Number?
A: All cumulative GPAs have been taken as of the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

Q: If I am not in good financial standing with the Office of Student Assistants and/or the Financial Aid Office can I go through Room Selection Process?
A: No, you must be in good standing with both offices. Please contact and work with those offices directly to bring your account(s) up to par.

Q: What are my chances of getting a single? A double? 
A: We do not make predictions about the odds of any one student (or group of students) being able to select the kind or room they want and/or the building of their choice. That being said, certain types of premium rooms (singles, doubles, etc.) tend to be selected early by those with the highest room selection numbers, and are therefore less likely to be available later in the process.

Q: If I pick my room during Room Selection Process but then change my mind, how do I cancel my housing application?
A: You need to submit a Housing Cancellation Form. The Cancellation Form is available through the housing website, and through the housing office. The amount of your pre-payment (deposit) that is refunded to you (if any) is based on WHEN you submit this form. The earlier housing is cancelled, the greater a percentage of the deposit will be refunded.  Please note that the housing office will begin processing cancellations on June 1; students who cancel will not receive refunds of their deposits until after that date

Q: If I am in the Honors Program, is there special consideration for my placement?
A: Yes.  Honors students will select their room on April 5th, 6th, and 7th in the Honors Office. The 3rd and 4th floors of 33 Beekman have been reserved for honors students. Honors students are not required to live on these floors but will have the option to select their room in person through this special process. Only honors students will be eligible to reserve rooms on these floors. These floor will be supported programmatically by the honors program, just as the honors floor in Maria’s Tower is.

Q: How do I connect to a roommate for the room selection process?
A: Please review the "MyHousing" information on the Room Selection Details and Application Process Section of the Room Selection webpage.

Q: What if I require medical Accommodations
A: Please review the medical accommodations process section of the Room Selection webpage.

Q: What theme floor options are available to returning students?
A: Please review the "Theme Floors" information on the Housing Options Section of the Room Selection webpage.