Juniors now required to dorm

Landlords in Central Square and Allston may notice a little dip in their pool of prospective tenants.  Amanda Turnley, housing operations coordinator, announced that on campus housing will now be a requirement for rising juniors at an information session on Tuesday.

Rising juniors can apply to be removed from on-campus housing through the reverse housing application. Turnley said a lottery system will be used to determine which applicants can move off-campus. The number of accepted reverse housing applications depends on the number of combined incoming freshmen, rising sophomores, and wait-listed students not covered by residency requirement.

According to Turnly, rising juniors can now submit paper-only forms, available in the Office of Housing and Residence Life, due by Feb. 11.

Turnley said students seeking to move off campus for medical or financial reasons, or because they are 21 or over do not have to apply for reverse housing. Instead, those students should contact OHRL.

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Matt Noel, sophomore performing arts major, is among those hoping to move off-campus next semester. If his reverse housing application is approved, Noel said he looks forward to an apartment in Back Bay or Central where he can be more independent from the Emerson campus.

“I feel like I’ve been on campus long enough,” he said.

Turnley also announced the housing selection process will now be taking place through ECMobile. All current freshmen and sophomores are required to apply for housing. Those who do not submit a housing contract will not receive a lottery number, but will instead be assigned to a room after the housing selection process is complete.

When applying, students have the option to designate interest in a learning community, gender-neutral housing, or request specific roommates or suitemates. Students who are uninterested in any of those options and want to participate in open-room selection still have to fill out the online form, because the necessary housing contract is attached.

Turnley said she is confident the switch to online applications will make the process smoother and more convenient. The Northeastern University and Boston University housing selections are done online.

“There’s a lot of research out there that this system does work,” said Turnley. “Hopefully it will do well here.”