Room Draw

A vacant two student dorm room

Bucknell's residential living-learning environment is one of its most distinctive features. It is a source of intellectual stimulation, social interaction, friendship and personal support. Bucknell is committed to a residential learning environment and guarantees housing for all undergraduate students for all four years.

Room draw is the mechanism Bucknell uses to make residential room assignments, based on the preferences of our students. You can tell us about your preferences, along with your living style and habits, in the application in myHOME.

Please understand that many variables affect roommate and room assignments and we can't meet every preference. Contact if you have questions about your options.

First-year Housing Assignments

The University assigns first-year students to rooms in first-year residence halls. If students choose to live in a Residential College, they will be assigned a room in the same residence hall as other students in the college.

As a first-year student, you will live in one of two types of floor or hall group:

  • Coed by alternating room (men in one room, women in the next, with separate bathrooms).
  • Single-gender halls (men and women on distinct floors or wings, with separate bathrooms).

First-Year Student Timeline

Residence hall assignments are made randomly within each class of students, except for those students participating in a special residential program such as an Affinity House. Housing assignments follow this timeline: 

  1. ASAP by early June: If you are requesting housing accommodations, fill out the appropriate forms and return them to the Office of Accessibility Resources. Learn more about accommodations.
  2. By June 15: Complete the housing questionnaire in myHome. Complete your course registration if you have not already done so. You will not receive a room assignment until both your residence hall questionnaire and your course selection are complete. 
  3. By mid-July to early August: Your housing assignment will be posted in myHome.

If you have concerns being placed in a housing assignment as described above and wish to discuss options, please contact:

Bill McCoy, director, Office of LGBT*Q Resources 

Students from the same high school or hometown are not allowed to be first-year roommates. This is because Bucknell believes learning to live with new acquaintances is an essential part of the residential learning experience.

In order to be considered for a specific housing assignment, please contact us by June 9.

Room Draw for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Timeslots will be released on Monday, March 16

Rising Seniors: Week of March 23 - 26
Rising Juniors: Week of March 30 - April 2
Rising Sophomores: Week of April 6-9

Info sessions:

February 26 at 5:00 p.m. in Academic West 112
March 2 at 9:00 a.m. in ELC 241
March 16 at 9:00 p.m. in the ELC Gallery Theater
March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Coleman 221

Housing Options by Class Year

Housing Accommodation and Gender Neutral Housing Requests

Housing accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. A gender neutral housing option is also available in apartment-style living areas. Gender neutral housing allows students, in mutual agreement, to share a living area, regardless of their sex or gender. Please note that certain deadlines must be met in order for the University to best meet your needs. 

Learn more about housing accommodations 

Housing Services


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