Three-Step Process to Live Off Campus

Step 1: Applying to Enter the Housing Lottery

  • Open November 8, 2017, thru January 2, 2018.
  • Eligible students will receive an email from the director of housing operations in early November 2017, outlining the process for the upcoming off-campus housing lottery. 
  • Students wishing to live off campus for the 2018-2019 academic year must first submit an application to enter the off-campus housing lottery before January 2, 2018.  
  • On November 28, 2017, the first round of emails will be sent to students informing them if their application to enter the off-campus housing lottery was accepted. Subsequent notifications will be sent every two weeks.
  • This step is necessary to be eligible to enter the off-campus housing lottery. It does not obligate a student to live off campus nor guarantee their approval to live off campus. 

Note: The Office of Residential Life, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students, reserves the right to deny any application to enter the off-campus housing lottery if it is deemed that living off campus is not the best option for the student or the local-area community.

Step 2: Off-Campus Housing Lottery

  • Open November 28, 2017, thru 12:00 noon, January 5, 2018. 
  • Rising juniors and seniors whose application to enter the off-campus housing lottery was accepted by the Office of Residential Life may block in groups ranging in size from one to six. 
  • Students wanting to live with groups of people larger than six will need to create more than one lottery application.
  • Similar to the on-campus lottery, seniors will be given priority. 
  • If more than 185 students enter the lottery, each group will be assigned a random number and the 185 spots will be allotted to the groups with the best lottery numbers. 
  • On January 6, 2018, all students who entered the lottery will be notified of the results.
  • Students who are not allotted a spot through this process should plan to enter the on-campus housing lottery in April. These students will automatically be placed on a waitlist and notified if space becomes available.
  • Students who are allotted an off-campus housing spot through this process are considered approved to live off campus and may sign a one-year lease.

Step 3: Signing the Off-Campus Housing Contract

  • Any student who has successfully secured approval to live off campus must complete this final step by signing the Off-Campus Housing Contract and submitting it to the Office of Residential Life by February 15, 2018. This contract is binding and once signed, students will no longer be eligible to participate in the on-campus housing lottery in April.
  • After submission of the completed contract, if the student’s off-campus plans change and the student needs to live on campus instead, regardless of the reason for the change of plans, the student is not eligible to enter any on-campus housing lotteries. The student can apply for on-campus housing after the housing lottery has concluded and will be assigned housing over the summer—if on-campus housing is available. On-campus housing is not guaranteed for juniors and seniors who submit a completed contract.
  • Students who have been given permission to live off campus through the housing lottery are expected to live off campus for the entire academic year.
  • Approval for living off campus is not automatically renewed each year; students must participate in all three steps of this process each academic year and should sign only one-year off-campus leases.

Off-Campus Housing Agreement and Commitments

If a student receives permission to live off campus, the student will be required to submit to the Office of Residential Life a signed and completed Off-Campus Housing Contract by February 15, 2018. The contract will include the following acknowledgements:

  • Living off campus is a privilege and not a right.
  • Permission to live off campus can be revoked by the Office of Residential Life or the Office of the Dean of Students at any time.
  • Permission to live off campus will be revoked by the Office of Residential Life should the student not complete all of the prerequisites listed below. If permission is revoked for failure to comply, students will be assigned on-campus housing over the summer.
  • The College will not be held responsible for any financial commitments or losses related to a student’s off-campus rental.
  • The student will abide by all applicable laws (local, state, and federal), especially those regarding noise and alcohol, and by the Bowdoin College Academic Honor Code and Social Code, which holds students accountable for their behavior on and off College premises.
  • The student will attend all mandatory meetings sponsored by the College and/or law enforcement agencies regarding living off campus.
  • If the student’s off-campus location changes, the student must, in a timely manner, notify the director of housing operations in the Office of Residential Life.
  • By choosing to live off campus, it is understood that Bowdoin Safety and Security, or other campus officials, will not respond to off-campus residences unless requested to do so by the Brunswick Police Department. In the case of an emergency, students must call 911.
  • In choosing to live off campus, the student acknowledges that the College has no responsibility for the condition or safety of their off-campus dwelling or for any other conditions or events occurring at their off-campus dwelling. The student explicitly assumes any and all risks associated with living off campus.

 As a prerequisite to living off campus, a student must do the following:

  • Attend the Off-Campus Living Presentation.
  • Sign the Off-Campus Housing Contract. 
  • Provide the Office of Residential Life with their local address and cell phone number no later than February 15, 2018.