Every senior hits jackpot in housing lottery

A renovated Albright room.

A total of 134 seniors and 65 juniors have opted to live off the Queens campus for Fall 2018, meaning those who want to stay on campus can stay.

Those who will live off campus were selected through a lottery. Because of the lack of adequate housing, juniors  were eligible to be released from the three-year residency requirement. Lottery applications were received between March 12 and March 22.

Had not enough students applied to live off campus, senior spots would have been limited and there would have been the possibility of some being forced off campus. Decisions were announced March 26.

“Well I’m happy I’m not getting kicked off!” rising senior Katie Farrell chuckled.

Farrell said it felt great to have the housing she wanted. She’ll be living in Hayes, a two-story suite-style residence hall dedicated to honors students. She said one level will be for freshmen honors students, and upperclassmen get the other floor.

Before she received her good news, her housing wasn’t guaranteed. Farrell filled out the senior housing request form and honors housing form. She wrote on her forms that her current financial state wouldn’t allow her to live off campus and she didn’t have a car. Still, she wasn’t sure if they would take that information into consideration.

“I was a little worried. It was stress on top of everything else,” she said. “There was this constant underlying fear.”

Now, all is well for Farrell, who said getting chosen to live in Hayes is a huge weight off her shoulders.

Others were lucky for a different reason.

A group of rising juniors and seniors who were planning on getting a house off-campus together initially weren’t picked for the lottery. That derailed the hopes of Alyssa Pacheco, Alex Choate, Rebecca Carlo and Katie Lanford.

By Thursday, however, several seniors decided not to live off campus after all. The group was then notified that they had been at the top of the waiting list and were now approved to live off-campus.

“The housing price increase combined with the new parking fee was just way too much,” Pacheco said.

She said she was surprised that they weren’t initially picked for the lottery since they were under the impression that Queens was trying to get as many students off campus as possible.

If you like the room you’re in, you should have “squatted” by Wednesday, March 28. If you want to change, your room housing contracts and preferences are due on April 3, for current seniors and juniors, by April 5, for current sophomores, and April 8 for current freshmen.

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