Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Priority Housing for 2019-20

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

Application Review

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), David Ochoa (Interim Director of the Health & Counseling Center), and Jess Kelly (Assistant Director of Financial Aid); 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 the HCC 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 priority room selection time slot) 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.

The committee understands that there are a variety of reasons why a student would apply for for priority housing, and the term "significant hardship" can mean something different to each applicant. As the committee evaluates applicants for priority housing, please note that the following reasons, in isolation, are not reasons they would grant priority housing to an applicant:
    • Anxiety or uncertainty about one’s ability to find off-campus housing
    • Lack of knowledge about how to find off-campus housing
    • Not having enough time for commuting to and from campus or transportation concerns
    • Arguments that living on campus would be more convenient or preferred
    • An applicant's status as an international student
In general, they are evaluating applications on the basis that the reasons provided are exceptional, and do not consider the above as significant hardships within the context of the priority housing application process.


Applications will not be accepted from current first-year students/rising sophomore as sophomores will be guaranteed on-campus housing starting with the 2019-20 academic year. 

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 2019-20 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

Nov 5: Applications available
Nov 12: Applications close
Nov 19: Decisions emailed

Application Option #2

Feb 25: Applications available
March 4: Applications close
March 11: Decisions emailed

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res.life@reed.edu
503/777-7536
Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.