To participate in the graduate housing lottery, all eligibility requirements must be met by the student.
- Must be a FULL-TIME graduate student or a married undergraduate student.
- Must not be a visiting researcher or scholar.
- Must be working towards a matriculating, degree-earning program.
There are three housing lotteries throughout the year. Below are the dates during which a student must submit their housing application to have full consideration for housing. The dates are the same every year and listed below:
Winter/Spring Housing (move-in dates of December through February)
November 1: Housing application is open for winter/spring housing (link to application below)
Lehigh's graduate housing is currently open and will continue to remain open. Our housing lottery will proceed as scheduled for students who need housing. Students should only submit an application once their plans have been finalized for the upcoming semester. Students whose arrival dates or travel plans may change based on the university's operations (remote or in person) should wait until their personal schedule is finalized prior to submitting a housing application.
Students should take note that on the housing application some apartment types are listed as “waiting lists only.” This means that we do not have any openings for these apartments and students will most likely not receive a housing offer if this is the only type of housing selected. If a “waiting list only” apartment opens up, we will contact students on the waiting list with an offer. If students are looking for immediate housing offers for December/January/February move-in’s, they should select an apartment that does not have a waiting list. Apartment offers are being made regularly in open apartments so students can secure housing and make travel plans for the upcoming semester.
Summer Lottery (move-in dates of May 1st through July 15th) Limited Openings***
March 1st through March 15th: Lottery application open for summer housing
March 16: Lottery numbers are emailed to students
March 17-20: Housing offers are sent to students' emails
No Waiting List for summer lottery
***Please note: This lottery is not open to current graduate students who are living on-campus unless the leaseholder in their apartment is graduating. Students who plan to move into apartments in the summer are required to sign a contract that includes a minimum of the summer and fall semesters but can include longer. Summer only contracts are not available at this time.
Fall Lottery (possible move-in dates of July through October)
June 15th through June 30th: Lottery application open for fall housing
July 1: Lottery Numbers are emailed to students
July 2-6: Housing offers are sent to students emails
July 7: Waiting List is posted
Graduate Housing Lottery:
The way the lottery works is that, after applying, a student is randomly assigned a number by a computer generated program. This is their lottery number, and will determine the order in which students are considered for offers.
On their application, students are asked to select their preferences for housing (ie: Packer vs Saucon Village, one bedroom vs three bedroom). The fewer housing options a student puts on their application, the more they limit themselves. Students with very specific requests could possibly not receive an offer despite a good lottery number.
A student is more likely to receive an offer if they are flexible and include a first and second choice. Keep in mind though, that a student should only apply for the types of housing they are willing to accept because if an offer is declined their application will be closed.
Accepting an Offer for an Apartment
All apartment offers are sent to the student’s email account. Students have 48 hours to respond and accept an offer for housing. Student need to read their offer details and if accepting an offer return the paperwork to the Office of Housing Services and pay a housing deposit on-line.
Signing your lease
At least a week prior to move-in, students should call the Office of Housing Services at 610-758-3500 to schedule an hour lease signing. On the day of your lease signing, the student should come to Housing Services Office (63 University Drive- Rathbone Hall) to sign all the lease paperwork, receive your key, swipe access, and set up your PPL electric account (if applicable). During the lease signing students will be given an orientation to living in on-campus housing at Lehigh. After your lease signing, students will be able to obtain a parking permit if they have a vehicle. Students should come prepared to their lease signing with questions they have and we encourage all family and roommates to attend the appointment with the leaseholder.