FAQs

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Freshman Housing eLottery Process at Creighton University.

Q: At what point do I make a commitment for next year?
A: The Residence Hall and Food Service Agreement for 2013-14 that you submit is your official binding contract with the University. This includes Omaha-area students; thus once a student has signed their agreement, they will be legally expected to live on campus for the 2013-14 academic year.

Q.  Can I sign up to live with 2 friends?

A.  Our rooms/suites are designed to accommodate 2 or 4 students.  We are not planning on offering 3-person rooms during the lottery process.

Q: When do I begin to re-contract for living on campus next fall?
A: Housing information will be emailed to Freshman students on February 22, 2013. A schedule and further information to begin the process was included in this letter.

Q: Am I required to have a meal plan?
A: Yes. All sophomores living on campus must select a meal plan.  This can be done via the NEST. 

Q: Can I sign up for the E-Lottery with a friend who currently lives off-campus?
A: Yes, however there will be limited availability for off-campus students to be pulled into the sign-up process. The off-campus student must contact Carol Isham in the Department of Residence Life by Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by 4:30p.m.,  in order to be receive the necessary authorization and pay their $100 housing damage deposit.*  You and your friend may be assigned a space as designated by the Housing Assignments Office. All other off-campus students will be eligible to fill remaining spaces in the halls once the lottery process has concluded.

*Please be advised that your friend will not be able to go through the housing signup process without having completed the online steps.

Q: I am a current Freshman living on campus. Can I stay in my current hall and room for next year?
A: No.  All current Freshmen living on campus are required to move to the sophomore halls.

Q: I am a current Freshman living on campus with Sophomore standing. When do I recontract?
A: With the Freshman class. The system is designed to have individuals sign up with their class. This means that if you are in the middle of your first year at Creighton and you live in a Freshman hall, you must sign up with the Freshman class even if you have Sophomore standing. Any special circumstances must be pre-approved by the Housing Assignments office.

Q: I will still have Freshman standing as of next fall, even though it?ll be my second year of college. Do I get to live in Sophomore Housing next year?
A: Yes.  You get to stay with the class you entered Creighton with--thus, recontract with the other Freshman for the Sophomore Halls.

Q: I am a current Freshman and I want to live with a current sophomore; is this possible?
A: No.  All freshmen moving to the sophomore halls must live with current freshmen who will be sophomores next year.

Q: I'm in the lottery and am not returning to Creighton. Can I give my assigned E-Lottery time to someone else?
A: No. You are the only person who can use the time slot assigned to you.  If you are not returning to Creighton, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at cisham@creighton.edu.

Q: I have a scholarship. Do I still have to pay the $75.00 room reservation fee?
A: If you have a full-ride scholarship that includes room and board, your $75.00 room reservation fee may be waived.  Please contact Carol Isham at cisham@creighton.edu for further information and instructions.

Q. Is priority given to any individual(s) when assigning time slots?

A. No. Time slots are randomly assigned and no priority is given for any reason.

Q. I am planning to study abroad during the Fall but will return to campus housing in the Spring. Do I sign up for a room now?
A. No. Please contact the Housing Assignments Office at cisham@creighton.edu during the Fall semester to sign up for your Spring assignment. You will be able to select a room from any anticipated available space for the Spring semester.

Q. I am planning to study abroad during the Spring. Can I leave at semester?

A. Yes. We will not hold you to your contract for the full academic year if you are participating in a university-approved study abroad program.

Q: Can I get a private room in Swanson, McGloin, Kenefick or Heider?
A: Most likely, no. Private rooms are rarely given and only in the event that space allows or warranted due to medical need.  We currently expect to use every single bed.  If you have a documented medical need for a private room, please contact the Department of Residence Life at residencelife@creighton.edu

Q: How are time slots assigned?
A: Only students who live on campus are eligible to receive a lottery time slot unless other arrangements have been made in advance with the Housing Assignments Office. All slots are assigned randomly by a computer program.

Q: My friend is transferring to Creighton next year. Can I sign up with him/her?

A: Yes, but your friend must be an admitted and deposited student with the University, and he/she must contact Carol Isham in the Department of Residence Life by Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.  in order to be receive the necessary authorization.*  You and your friend may be assigned a space as designated by the Housing Assignments Office.  All other transfer students will be assigned housing over the summer months.

 

*Please be advised that your friend will not be able to go through the housing signup process without having completed the online steps.

 

Q: I have a late E-Lottery time slot. Will I get a space for next year?
A: Yes. All Sophomore students who wish to live on campus will be accommodated in the residence halls. In the event that space in Swanson, McGloin, Kenefick, and Heider fills up before all students have had an opportunity to sign up for housing, the Housing Assignments Office will be in touch with those students to make arrangements for housing.

Q. If my roommate decides to study abroad or not return to Creighton after we sign up for housing, what are my options?
A. You will be required to consolidate with another student who also has a vacancy or a student will be assigned to the vacancy in your room.

Q. If I don?t have a roommate to live with next year, what are my options?

A. Please check the Roommate Search Tool on your Blueline account.  We encourage you to not only post a listing, but check back frequently to view other listings.  To participate in the online housing sign-up process, you must have the appropriate number of roommates to fill the room/suite.  Students who don?t have roommates to sign up with will be manually assigned after the E-Lottery process concludes.