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:
Fall Lottery (possible move-in dates of July through September)
June 15th through June 30th: Lottery application open for fall housing (link to application below)
July 1: Lottery Numbers are emailed to students
July 2-6: Housing offers are sent to students emails
July 7: Waiting List is posted
Winter/Spring Lottery (move-in dates of December through February)
November 1st - 15th Lottery application opens for winter/spring housing
November 16: Lottery Numbers are emailed to students
November 17-20: Housing offers are sent to students emails
November 23: Waiting List is posted
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.
Graduate Housing Application:
Click Here to Apply
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.