Returning Student Housing Selection Tutorial:

Disclaimer: You may see old dates in the video or PowerPoint, however, the information still applies to 2022-2023. 

The AIC Residency Requirement Is In Effect for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Many of our students say that living on our campus is one of the best parts of their college experience. We work hard to make each residence hall feel like its own community, and to make sure you feel like family. This is much more than where you sleep. It’s a place to hang out with friends. To finish your term paper, grab a tasty meal or throw on sweats and watch a movie. It’s a place to feel comfortable and safe.

This is home. Living on campus is a great way to get to know the college and other students. That’s why all of our full-time undergrads live on campus during freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

We do allow for some exceptions. If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior (by credit as of the first day of classes in the fall), you may live off-campus if you meet one of these requirements and complete the Off-Campus Residency Application:

  • You are 23 years of age or older
  • You live with your parent(s) or guardian(s) within 30 miles of AIC
  • You are a legally responsible party for dependent children or other family members
  • You live with your spouse
  • You need special housing due to a physical disability that AIC cannot reasonably accommodate

If you need to request a Residency Requirement Waiver, please complete the form and the Waivers and Accommodations Committee will connect with you.

Returning Student Housing Selection Is Here!

Housing selection can seem like a big task, however we’ve broken it down into three easy steps for you:

1.) Apply for housing (click here for information and instructions)

2.) Match with roommates (click here for information and instructions)

3.) Choose your room for next year (click here for information and instructions)

Please read the following carefully, and explore the information provided. You’ll find simple directions on how to apply for housing, match with roommates, and choose your room for next year.

All current AIC students, commuters, and residents are eligible to live on campus and participate in the Returning Student Housing Selection Process. A student may still apply for housing, choose their roommates, and select their room even if they have a hold on their account (except for BU10 holds), or if they aren’t yet registered for Fall 2022 courses.

For students to retain their 2022-2023 housing assignment, they must be registered for courses no later than July 1, 2022. 

Review the AIC Housing Agreement

The AIC Housing Agreement works much like a lease agreement for an apartment, or a service contract. Before applying for housing, students will need to review and understand the terms, policies, and procedures in the 2022-2023 AIC Housing Agreement. When you apply for housing, you are agreeing to the agreement period (a full academic year that includes the fall AND spring semesters), the terms, policies, and procedures outlined in the 2022-2023 AIC Housing Agreement which includes but is not limited to:

  • The Cancellation Policy
  • Housing and Meal Plan Rates
  • Drug and Alcohol Policies
  • Prohibited items list

After you apply for housing, a copy of the 2022-2023 AIC Housing Agreement will be sent to the student's AIC email address, however, it can also be seen HERE




Items to Consider

It's always best to go into the Housing Selection Process knowing what your options for housing are. Maybe you're seeking a certain amenity a hall could offer, or you need to plan financially what hall would best fit your needs. 

Our Residence Halls:
To view details about each residence hall, including photos and/or floor plans, please visit the Our Residence Halls page.

Housing and Meal Plan Rates:
To view rates for housing and meal plans, please visit our 2022-2023 Housing and Meal Plan Rates page. It's also best to coordinate with Financial Aid how living on campus, or how living in a certain area of campus could affect the financial aid you are receiving. To schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, please call: 413-205-3259 or visit their website.

Priority Numbers:
To best establish a fair order in which students can select their housing, each student earns a priority number. Priority numbers are a culmination of the student's: grade point average, credits earned, class standing, age, and when a student applies for housing. The closer a student's priority number is to "1", the earlier their pick time will be. 
When a student matches with another student, their priority numbers will be averaged together to create a joint pick time. 

Make a Back-Up Plan:
While you'll be able to list your residence hall preference in your housing application, that does not guarantee that you will be able to select a room in that area. It's possible that a residence hall fills before you're able to select a room there. If this is the case, you will still be able to select from other available rooms, and the Office of Residence Life will gladly add you to the waitlist for the area you prefer. 

Coordinate With Your Roommate(s):
Before selecting your room, it's best to communicate with your future roommate(s) to:
Make sure you are both in agreement on where you'd like to live next year. You may have different needs from your residence hall be it in amenities, room types, or rates. Have the conversation early to make sure you are both in agreement on where you'd like to live.


If you require special accommodations, you will be able to dictate those in your housing application. The Office of Residence Life is committed to ensuring that accommodations are met in a fair, equitable, and reasonable manner while working with the Center for Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations.

We encourage students with accommodation needs for housing to work with the Center for Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations to have their request reviewed and possibly approved. It’s suggested that students begin this process no later than April 1, 2022, to best secure accommodation housing for the following year.

To begin an accommodation request, please schedule an appointment with the Center Accessibility Services, located in the lower level of the Dining Commons, or can be reached at 413-205-3810.

Dates(s) Event
February 23rd Housing Application is Live in the MyHousing Portal Cancellation fee of $100
March 1st Roommate Matching Opens
March 28th Fall 2022 Class Registration Starts Cancellation fee of $500
March 29th Priority Application Deadline
April 1st Priority Numbers Generated
April 4th Roommate Pairing Deadline
April 8th Selection Times Generated and Released
April 11th Full Acorn Apartments Selections (Acorn Undergraduate Apartments AND Acorn Graduate Apartments)  
April 12th Single By Design AND Single Buyout Selections
April 13th Full Edgewood/Broadhurst Suites Selection
April 14th Traditional Double & Triple Room/PARTIAL Apartment Selections
April 15th Unmatched Student Room Placement
April 19th Housing Confirmation Notification

STUDENTS WITH ACCOUNT HOLDS: Students with Student Account holds will be able to apply for housing but they may not be able to participate in selecting a room. If a hold is lifted after housing selection week, the student will be placed in a housing assignment that best matches their building preference. 

This is the first step to securing housing
for the 2022-2023 year!

This phase MUST be completed by all roommates
BEFORE moving to the roommate pairing or room selection phases.


Step 2: Match With Your Roommates 
This is the second step in securing housing for the 2022-2023 year!

You cannot move onto this phase until ALL intended roommates
have completed and submitted their application (as outlined in Step 1).


Step 3: Select Your Room
This is the final step in securing housing for the 2022-2023 year!

You cannot select a room/apartment/suite until you have paired with all intended roommates.

NOTE: If 3 people are paired together, the group will ONLY see triples.