Q: How is residential living changing at Bucknell?

A: Our approach to room assignments will create clusters that bring students within the same class year together in communities. First- and second-year students will typically live in traditional-style residential communities that promote interaction with peers, faculty and staff, while third- and fourth-year students will typically live in independent-style residential communities that continue to facilitate your contact with peers beyond your roommates.

Q: How did Bucknell decide which classes would live in which buildings?

A: We created our residential living model with the developmental considerations of the intended populations in mind. Due to the historic nature of many of our campus buildings, the format and layout of each varies. For instance, the South Campus Apartments were designed and intended as an independent living option for fourth-year students. Roberts Hall is designed for second-year students.

Q: When and why did the residential living model change?

A: Bucknell shifted to a by-year housing model for the 2015-16 academic year. This model strengthens the Bucknell community and provides students with programming that contributes to each class year's particular developmental and social needs and interests.

For example, in second-year communities, programs focus on declaring a major, leadership development and continued integration into the campus community. Third-year residential communities take into account the divergent paths juniors often take (studying abroad, living in a fraternity/sorority, achieving upper level leadership positions on campus, etc.). Fourth-year communities focus on independent living, career and graduate-school preparation and life-skills development (signing a mortgage, buying a car, financial planning to help manage student loans, negotiating salary and more).

Q: Why are there geographic separations within class assignments?

A: Because Bucknell's student residences are spread all over campus, it is impossible to bring entire classes together into one spot. So instead, we have created multiple options for each class.

Affinity communities will remain open to all non-first-year students. Due to the complexity of the room selection process, some areas of campus will continue to house a mix of non-first-year students.

Q: What are my chances of getting a South Campus Apartment?

A: It's hard to say. This grid outlines the options available for each class year. This space will be limited to seniors only. Successful numbers can pull in other seniors but not sophomores or juniors.

Q: How do I select a room so that I can live with my friends?

A: Block booking will still be available as a part of Room Draw or through application to join an Affinity community. Please refer to the grid for specific options.

Fourth-year students that wish to live with third-year students can do so in the Gateway Apartments, Bucknell West, or in an Affinity Community.

For fourth and third-years interested in living with second-years, your options are Bucknell West or Affinity communities.

Q: I have a medical issue or other accommodations need. How do these changes affect me?

A: Bucknell accommodates students with approved residential needs. To request specific accommodations, complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form available through the Office of Accessibility Resources, which asks you to describe your need and provide medical documentation. Do note there are timelines associated with this process. Missing deadlines reduces the ability to meet the specific need. Housing Services will collaborate with the Office of Accessibility Resources to make your room assignment. Note that you may not select a specific building or pull in roommates. 

Q: What privilege do I get as a rising senior in the room selection process? Will I be assured a better room than a rising junior?

A: Rising fourth-year students will select rooms in the Room Draw process before rising third-year students, who will select before rising second-year students. However, within each class year, randomly assigned priority numbers will determine the order of selection within the class.

Students are able to live with students in different class years. Please refer to the grid for specific options.

Q: Are singles available for all class years?

A: Yes. Rising fourth-year students can select single rooms in Swartz Hall, fraternity/sorority living and Affinity communities in addition to single-occupancy rooms within an apartment in the Gateways and the South Campus Apartments. Rising third-year students can select in in Swartz Hall, fraternity/sorority living and Affinity communities in addition to single-occupancy rooms within an apartment in the Gateways. Rising second-year students can select single rooms in Larison, Harris, Roberts, Trax and Kress Halls, and Affinity communities.

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