Some well-known off-campus residences may not house Bates students during the next academic year.
125 spaces are allotted for off-campus living, meaning 125 students can live off-campus during one academic year. If more than 125 apply, a random lottery process will determine which groups of students are permitted to reside off-campus.
“We have long used 125 as it is a number that seems to work with students changing interest in off -campus housing,” Molly Newton ’11, Associate Director of Residence Life and Health Education said. “While some years we have many more than 125 students interested in living off -campus, other years there has been considerably less interest.”
A total of 173 students applied to live off campus for the 2016-2017 academic year. The final number of students actually living off campus is not certain, said Newton, but will be around the target of 125.*
“Should movements occur within the group of student living off campus, we will continue to offer available spaces to students on the off campus waitlist,” said Newton.
Residence Life told the Student that in part because of space-related pressures from a large first-year class in previous years, the Office had approved a larger group of students to live off campus—something they do not predict will happen in the future due to the opening of both 55 and 65 Campus Avenue dorms, in addition to block housing in Smith.*
Permission to live off-campus is granted in a lottery process, similar to the housing lottery for students opting to live on campus.
“To apply for off-campus living, students must submit the application for off campus housing via Garnet Gateway,” Newton said. “The purpose of the application is to allow us to run the off-campus lottery using the same Garnet Gateway based procedures we use to run other lotteries.”
Only the students names are needed to complete the application. An application based lottery is run, with each group treated as a unit and assigned one lottery number. The groups are randomized and 125 students are approved to live off campus.
“The off-campus process is a true lottery based on randomization,” Newton said. “We do not review applications or approve some applications and reject others, and instead use the application as a way to communicate important information to students considering off campus living. Any complete application will be included in the off campus lottery. Every student is able to submit themselves for the off campus lottery, and has an equal chance at placement within the 125 students who will be approved to live off campus.”
In rare cases, students who have had conduct issues in the past may be ineligible for off campus housing, “but these restrictions would originate from conduct procedures rather than the application process.”
While Residence Life does not work with landlords or help students find housing in the community, they do provide assistance on a case by case basis if off campus housing falls through and there are no available rooms on campus.
Despite the impending opening of 55/65 Campus Ave in the fall of 2016, there are no plans to decrease or increase the 125 spaces allotted for off-campus housing. While Housing values the mentoring relationship and leadership qualities offered by seniors who live on campus, “we also acknowledge students consistent request to have the option to live off-campus. We recognize the interest in this option, and have no plans to remove it completely,” Newton said.
*This information was initially unavailable for the print deadline, but the Student felt it was important to include.