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Study Abroad and the Lottery

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Before you leave Bowdoin, fill out a Housing Application Form and return it to the Office of Residential Life in Moulton Union. Complete the form even if you do not plan to live in College housing, in order to avoid incorrect billing.

If you are away in the spring, you will participate via proxy in the regular lottery process that takes place in April to secure your housing for the fall.  If you will have access to the internet, you can participate in the lottery registration process on-line in April and have your proxy attend the lottery to choose on your behalf.  If you will be away for the fall only, your Housing Application Form will be used as your request for spring housing and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Sometimes students with opposite study away plans (fall v. spring) will plan to swap into rooms that are not totally vacated (i.e., one student in a triple is here for the entire year; two students are fall only and two students are returning in the spring to take their place). If a room/suite/apartment is totally vacated mid-year you may not “reserve” that room/apt. for yourself or your group as it will be available to all returning students with that configuration (i.e., all vacant triples will be available to all returning triple groups). You can certainly indicate your location preferences if you know of totally vacant spaces but there is no guarantee you will be assigned there. Please indicate your preferences on your Housing Application Form. Spring housing assignments are made in early December and sent to students via e-mail.  Rising Juniors looking for a student with opposite semester Abroad plans may use the Juniors Trading Spaces site to post their information or look for a match.

The Office of Residential life does its best to accommodate these requests, but there is no guarantee a specific assignment can be made. If you have questions about your housing assignment please contact Lisa Rendall (lrendall@bowdoin.edu).