Room Reclaim and Room Selection for 2015-2016

Room Reclaim / Room selection is the process in which currently enrolled students sign up for an on campus housing space for the 2015-2016 academic year. We will hold our annual room selection process mid-February to mid-March. The process will be conducted online through the housing portal, but we will also be available in the Housing and Residence Life Office during business hours to assist students with the online process.

Important Points / Overview

  • No rate increases: In fact, Housing rates will be reduced for 2015-2016.  Subject to board approval, rates will be .35% - 11% less than this academic year.
  • Halls available for upperclassmen - Centennial Hall, Converse Hall, Hopper Hall, and selected spaces in Georgia Hall.
  • Reclaim and Room Selection will both be online through the housing portal.
  • Reclaim (Centennial and Converse only if certain stipulations are met) - February 9-11, 2015
  • Room Selection (All 9-month halls and Centennial and Converse residents who did not reclaim) - February 16 - March 20, 2015 - It is a two-step process. 

Step 1 - Room Selection Interest Process - February 16-20, 2015 - Let's us know you are interested in living on campus.

Step 2 - Room Selection Process - March 9-20, 2015 - From the number of students interested, invitations to participate will be sent out via email for students to begin selecting a space. 

In order to secure a space for Fall 2015, both steps must be completed.  If step 2 is not offered, the wait list will be an option.

  • Contract Update for Returning students – Once the contract is completed, students are locked in.  

Not sure of your plans - DO NOT go through reclaim / room selection unless you know you want a space. Once a contract is signed, you are locked in for housing for the 2015-2016 academic year. No buyouts and no cancellations permitted.

  

Please read the more detailed information below if you are interested in securing a space on campus for 2015-2016.

 

Online Reclaim Process - February 9-11, 2015

Students who currently live in Centennial Hall or Converse Hall will be able to reclaim their same space only if both students in a two-bedroom or half of the current students in a four-person apartment want to reclaim it. Students who live in an efficiency (1-person unit) will be able to reclaim as well. This process will be held one week before the room selection interest process. If students reclaim their same space, they will not be eligible to participate in room selection. Students who are not able to reclaim or do not wish to reclaim their same space may participate in room selection and try for a new housing space for Fall 2015.

All other students in Centennial Hall and Converse Hall who are not assigned to the same unit for 2015-2016 must move out of their current room assignment at the end of the contract period, which is July 31, 2015, for cleaning and maintenance purposes. All returning students are permitted to move into their new assignment on August 14, 2015 — move-in day for upperclassmen. Students assigned to the same apartment for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 will not be asked to move out July 31. They may stay during the two-week interim period between contracts at no charge as a courtesy.

Note: If a student has a hold on his or her account, they will not be able to participate in the reclaim process until the hold is removed.

The reclaim process will be held online February 9-11.

We will also be available in the Housing and Residence Life Office during business hours to assist students and answer questions.

 

Room Selection Process - February 16 - March 20, 2015

We will hold our annual room selection process February 16 - March 20.  It is a 2-step process.  Students must complete step 1 in order to be eligible for step 2.  But, everyone that completes step 1 may not be invited to participate in step 2 depending on space availability.  So, in order to secure a space for 2015-2016, both steps must be completed.  If step 2 is not offered, the wait list will be an option.

Room selection is an online process, but we will also be available in the Housing and Residence Life Office during business hours to assist students with the process.

The timeline for the online process is listed below.

Step 1 - Online Room Selection Interest Process - February 16 - 20, 2015

Current students who did not reclaim a space and want to participate in room selection must go online to let us know they want to participate in room selection.  During the interest process students will be able to mutually select a roommate(s).

If a student fails to complete this step he or she will not be able to participate in room selection and must wait to be placed on the waitlist after room selection concludes. 

Step 2 - Online Room Selection Process - March 9 – 20, 2015

If students participated in the interest process and are invited to participate in room selection, they will be sent an email invitation to participate based on the number of credit hours completed and cumulative GPA. The invitation will include a date and time that the student will be able to begin the online room selection process. Note: Not every student will be sent an invitation. Invitations will be sent out based on the number of spaces available. If a student does not receive an invitation, he or she will have the opportunity to be placed on the waitlist.

Please note that Housing gives priority to upperclassmen in descending order (seniors-sophomores) but holds the largest number of spaces in ascending order (sophomores-seniors) due to socialization, academic success, and personal growth needs.

Beginning on their assigned date and time, invited students must log in and complete the online room selection process. Roommate pairs or groups will be linked together based on mutual acceptance during the interest process, and one person in the pair or group will log in and select one space for the pair or group. However, all students in the pair or group must go in and complete the online process to confirm the selected space.

Once a space has been selected and the process is completed, the selection is final. Students will not be able to log back in and make changes to their selection. It’s very important that students decide ahead of time the type of space(s) they prefer so they are prepared when going through the process.

 

Any hold on a student's account (student conduct violations, parking tickets, library overdue book fines, etc.) must be paid first to participate in room reclaim or room selection.

Wait List

Please read this carefully...

Because of limited space for returning students, please be aware that not all returning students are guaranteed to receive a space on campus during the room selection process. If a student does not receive a space, he or she will have the opportunity to be placed on the waitlist. The waitlist is for the first available space, not a particular residence hall. Students placed on the waitlist will be able to find out their status beginning Friday, March 27. However, Housing will work through the summer to fill all spaces for students on the waitlist who still desire a placement for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Note that waitlist priority numbers are based on a weighted average of housing more sophomores, then juniors, then seniors and graduate students. There is no guarantee that being on the waitlist will ultimately result in an offer to move on campus. Priority for vacant upper-class spaces is given to residents remaining from the March 2015 waitlist signup. Waitlist room offers will be made via phone call and/or e-mail sent to the student's valdosta.edu e-mail address. Students will only have 24 hours to accept an offer from the time it is sent, so the student needs to make sure to check messages and/or email frequently. If a student declines a space offered, he or she will forfeit their space on campus and will not be able to remain on the waitlist.   

Comparing the Options

Options

Centennial

Converse

Georgia / Hopper

Length of Contract

12-month contract

12-month contract

9-month contract

Building Style

Apartment

Apartment

Suite-style

Layout

2 or 4 private bedrooms, living room, and fully equipped kitchen, semi-private bathrooms

1 efficiency room or 1 bedroom (shared by two people) with separate living room, fully equipped kitchen, semi-private bathroom

2 private bedrooms with a shared bathroom or 2 semi-private rooms (2 beds in each bedroom) with a shared bathroom

Rent Reduction from 2014-15 (Subject to board approval)

 3.45% to 7.96%

Decrease

4.76% to 10.64%

Decrease

.35% to .79%

Decrease

 

If you have questions, please contact your Complex Director / Residence Hall Director or the Housing and Residence Life Office via phone – 229-333-5920 or via email – housing@valdosta.edu.