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Residence Life

Room Selection

Room selection, an annual process, allows returning residents to select their rooms and choose roommates for the following academic year. Room selection for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin on April 4. The process is online.

Information below provides an overview of the room selection process. If you have additional questions, please contact your Residence Director or the Office of Residence Life at reslife@mx.lakeforest.edu.

Important Dates

Coming soon.

Roommate Selection & Matching

The roommate matching process begins on March 11. Students are able to request specific roommates or create an online profile to search for a compatible roommate based on living preferences. Click here to view the instructions for how to request a roommate. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be honored. 

Returning Student Application-Contract

Students who wish to participate in the room selection process for 2019-2020 must complete the online housing application-contract. The form is available in the housing module. After logging in using College computing credentials, click Applications on the top menu and select the Upperclass Student Housing Application. 

To participate in the online selection process, applications must be completed by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm CST. 

After a contract is signed, students may request a release from their contract due to a change in financial status or related to a medical or psychological condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. Contract release is subject to approval and is not guaranteed. Please carefully review the contract before signing. The contract is legally binding and covers the entire 2019-2020 academic year. 

Students participating in General Room Selection will receive their selection time via email. 

Room Types and Theme Housing

Returning students will have the option of selecting double, triple, and quad rooms in the following buildings:

  • Deerpath
  • Gregory
  • McClure
  • Moore 
  • Roberts

Returning students will also be able to select from singles available in all of our residence halls, except Moore Hall, which has no single rooms.

In addition to our regular room types of singles, doubles, triples, and quads, we have a limited number of super doubles. These are doubles housed in a former quad room in Roberts or McClure and, if space allows, Gregory.

We strongly encourage students to review the full list of room types to understand what rooms are available in which buildings. Please note that some our rooms were renamed to more clearly identify their design and capacity.

Hall Rights

Hall rights is an optional process that allows returning students to choose a room in their current building before the full room selection process begins. To be eligible for hall rights, students must have self-selected their room during the previous year’s room selection process and remained in that same room for both semesters. First year students, students who were abroad or off-campus in the fall, and students who have participated in the room change process are not eligible for hall rights. Please note that participating in hall rights does not guarantee the availability of a specific room or room type and students must be able to fill a room or suite in the hall rights process. For example, two students may choose a double room but will not be eligible to select a quad room. Students may select any other student as their roommate; only one student in the group needs to have hall rights for the building being selected. 

Students must opt into the process to be eligible to participate. Students who are eligible to opt in will see a Hall Rights Opt-In Form in the online housing portal after completing their application-contract. This must be completed in addition to the housing application-contract in order to be valid. The hall rights form will be available after March 25, 2019 and students who are eligible will be contacted directly. 

Hall rights will be held online on Thursday, April 4. Additional details, including specific selection times, will be sent to students who elect to participate in the process. 

Selection and Residency Requirement

Selection times are determined by credit hours with ties broken by cumulative grade point average. For example, all students with 12 credit hours are put into a group and then sorted by cumulative GPA, highest to lowest. Credit hours are based on the number of hours successfully completed. Credit hours in progress are not considered; however, credit hours that are transferred in do count toward the total. Selection times will be emailed to students directly. 

In 2014, the College implemented a three-year residency requirement. All first, second, and third year students are required to live on campus unless they meet the stated exemption requirements:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 road miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Active members of the armed forces; or
  • Have completed 24 credits or more (not including AP or IB credits).

If you wish to apply for exemption from the residency requirement, please the Office of Residence Life for details of the appeal process. The priority deadline for exemption appeals is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 4:00pm CST. Please be aware that the residency requirement may only be appealed before a housing contract is signed.

After a contract is signed, students may request a release from their contract due to a change in financial status or related to a medical or psychological condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. Contract release is subject to approval and is not guaranteed. 


Living Learning Communities

Students who are interested in the opportunity to participate in Cleveland Young International Center can find more information on the LLC website. A separate application is needed in addition to the general housing application-contract. Those applications are also due by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm CST. 


Students are permitted to pull other students into a room with them (see information below specific to suites). The group should plan to use the best selection time in the group (the earliest selection time is the best). Because room selection can be unpredictable in terms of what will fill up first, you are encouraged to make several plans before your selection time. This includes how a roommate group will divide if a particular space is not available. Information about selecting roommate groups online will be emailed on Monday, March 11, 2019. 

Gender inclusive housing is available to students through the room selection process. Roommate groups may be gender inclusive, which will allow mutually-selected groups to identify their preferred living space on campus. There are no additional steps required to request a gender inclusive housing situation. 

Special Needs Accommodation Process

Students requesting a special need accommodation must complete a Special Needs Request on my.lakeforest. Submission of this form does not guarantee the accommodation will be provided. Additional documentation may be required and a follow-up meeting with a member of the Accommodations Committee may be required. Students whose accommodation recommendations are granted will be assigned in advance of room selection and will not need to participate in the event.

The priority deadline for submitting a special needs request is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 CST. 

Students with existing approved accommodations do not need to complete this process again and will be contacted directly via email for their housing preferences.

Deerpath Super Suites

A limited number of five- and six-person suites are available on campus in Deerpath Hall. The rooms within these suites are not eligible to be selected in the hall rights process and must be applied for separately.

To be eligible for a five- or six-person suite, all members of the roommate group must have completed the housing contract, must be in good behavioral standing at the College (not on disciplinary probation), and must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. A roommate group must be able to fill the entire suite.

The average GPA and credit hours of the roommate groups will be used to determine priority order for placement in a Deerpath Super Suite.

Deerpath Super Suite applications are available online and are due by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 4:00pm CST. 

Differential Pricing

Lake Forest College uses differential pricing for housing costs. This means that your cost of living will more accurately reflect the room type in which you live. Click here to see the room rates for 2018-2019, which will be updated for 2019-2020. 

Room Changes

We know that room selection is unpredictable and potentially stressful. We offer an online room change process in the summer that allows students to see available rooms and request a move. Online room change requests will be available immediately following room selection and again from July 1 through July 12. Information about that process will be shared at the close of room selection and redistributed during the summer via email. 

Room Buyouts

The College discontinued room buyouts in January 2018. Students may not hold spaces in their room during room selection and no buyouts will be offered. 


>>Click here for room selection Frequently Asked Questions