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Room Draw and Lottery

The online housing application in the Mills Portal allows continuing students to complete the Room Draw process online from any computer.

For detailed information about the Room Draw process please see the 2014–15 Room Draw Guide.

For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the online housing application process please see the 2014–15 Housing Application Guide for Continuing Students.

Lottery Process

Between Tuesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 17, 2014, all students who plan to participate in Room Draw must complete the online housing application (available here beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014). Continuing students, including students on Study Abroad, are eligible to participate in Room Draw (see details below), but entering students and students on leaves of absence will be assigned rooms after the Room Draw process.

Lottery numbers are assigned to students who complete the online housing application by 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014, based on projected class standing. Lottery numbers are used to determine Room Draw priority, and on Friday, April 18, 2014, students who completed the online housing application process by the deadline will receive emails informing them of the time at which they will be eligible to start the Room Draw Process.

All continuing graduate students are in the same priority category. For undergraduate students, projected class standing is calculated by summing students’ completed credits and the credits in which they are enrolled as of 8:30 am on Friday, April 18, 2014. This information can be found in the Mills Portal: in the myMILLS Resources section is a link to Student Records, where there is an Academic Transcript link. Earned Hours (under Transcript Totals) can be added to Credit Hours (under Courses in Progress) to determine total potential credits. Class standing requirements are as follow:

  • First-Year Student: less than 8.5 credits
  • Sophomore: at least 8.5 and less than 17 credits
  • Junior: at least 17 and less than 25.5 credits
  • Senior: 25.5 credits or more

Room Draw priority is as follows:

  • Graduate students
  • Seniors
  • Juniors
  • Sophomores who attended all sessions of Mills Life 101
  • Sophomores
  • First-Year Students

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Room Draw

Room Draw is the process through which continuing students select their specific room assignments. Students may complete the Room Draw process any time between the start of their assigned time slots (to be distributed by email on Friday, April 18, 2014) and the end of Room Draw. Online Room Draw will begin on Monday, April 21, 2014, and will be open through 12:00 noon on Friday, April 25, 2014. Please plan to be at a computer to choose your room; the online housing application system will not work properly on smart phones.

For additional information about the Residence Application/License Agreement and related policies, please see here.

Additional information may be posted on this Room Draw and Lottery page as Room Draw approaches.

Students on Study Abroad

Students on Study Abroad may complete the same online application and Room Draw process as all other continuing students.

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Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities requiring specific housing accommodations (including accommodations involving service animals or emotional support animals) will be assigned rooms in advance of Room Draw, regardless of their Lottery numbers. Students requiring housing-related accommodations for disabilities must contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) by Wednesday, March 26, 2014, to make arrangements and choose their rooms. SSD can be reached at 510.430.2264 or at, and is located in the Cowell Building.

Specialty Area Applications

Continuing students wishing to live in the Prospect Hill Apartments, Ross House, or Larsen House must complete an additional application. Applications are linked to below, and should be submitted to the Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS) Office in Sage Hall 138, by email to, or by fax to 510.430.2155. The Speciality Area application deadline is March 31, 2014.

Larsen House Co-op Application
Ross House Application
Prospect Hill Apartments Application

Students interested in the 12-Hour Quiet Area can email to request placement in this area.

Students with families may apply for the waiting list for the Underwood Apartments. For more information please see the Family Housing Info and Waiting List Application.



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Housing Management & Dining Services (HMDS)
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P: 510.430.2127
F: 510.430.2155
Last Updated: 3/26/14