Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Priority Housing for 2018-19

Priority Housing provides a pathway outside of the Room Registration process for returning students who feel that living off campus creates a significant hardship.

On-campus housing at Reed is a finite resource, and not all students who enter the room registration process will be able to secure a spot. However, we recognize that for some students, living off campus creates a significant hardship and has the potential to interfere with success at Reed. To try to ameliorate this situation, students may apply for “Priority Housing” outside of the normal room registration process.

Application Process

There are two opportunities to apply for Priority Housing: one in November and one in February. Students who are accepted into Priority Housing will receive a room selection time slot that will secure them on-campus housing, but they will still have to complete the room registration process in April to select an available space and sign a housing contract.

Please complete the following application if you would like to be considered for Priority Housing based on challenges that make living off-campus extraordinarily difficult.

Access the Priority Housing application

Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes Julie Maxfield (Associate Dean of Students), Dana Lawson (Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services), Jess Kelly (Financial Aid Counselor) and Kate Smith (Director of Health & Counseling; please note, NO INFORMATION contained in HCC records will be shared with the committee, unless you request it and provide written authorization to share HCC records. Please contact Kate if you have questions). As needed, the committee may consult with Residence Life, Disability Support Services, and Financial Aid. Although the application process was developed in collaboration with students, students will not be part of the reviewing committee to protect other students’ privacy.

If your primary reason for seeking Priority Housing is related to a documented disability, you are encouraged to work with Disability Support Services to explore whether housing accommodations (including guaranteed on-campus housing) might be more appropriate for you. Applications that argue for priority housing solely on the basis of a disability will be referred to Disability Support Services.

Note: Not all applicants for Priority Housing will be granted space on campus. Students who do not receive Priority Housing can still enter the general room registration process. If a student is not granted Priority Housing and does not receive a room selection time slot that results in securing on-campus housing, they should follow Residence Life’s instructions for placing themselves on the housing waitlist. They should also start to pursue off-campus options as well. See this page for resources related to living off campus.

Timeline for 2018-19 academic year housing

Students may apply for Priority Housing in November or February. The only advantage to applying earlier is finding out sooner.

Application Option #1

  • Applications available: Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Applications close: Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Decisions emailed: Monday, November 20, 2017

Application Option #2

  • Applications available: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Applications close: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Decisions emailed: Monday, March 12, 2018

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