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Residence Life

Housing Selection

This page is for incoming first-year and transfer students enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year who will be selecting housing for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

Incoming first-year and transfer students arriving in fall 2018 should check the New Students page for information regarding housing placements.

Returning Students

The housing-selection process will now be conducted exclusively online and will begin with a housing intention and preference form. All students will be required to fill out this form to indicate their intent to commute from home, live off campus or live in college-provided housing. Students electing to live in college-provided housing will be able to list their preferred locations and roommates. The form will only need to be submitted once.

Important Dates

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Housing deposit portal opens and housing preference form available on MyMack.

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
$500 housing deposit and housing preference form are due.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Assignments released.

The Office of Residence Life will communicate via e-mail prior to these dates to remind students of the actions they need to take in order to participate in the housing-selection process. Please remember to check your Merrimack College email often.

Housing Deposits

All students who are planning to live on campus are required to pay a $500 housing deposit by Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Housing deposits will be accepted in person at the bursar’s office or online.

Selection Form

All students not graduating will be required to fill out the housing selection form in order to indicate their intent to commute from home, live off campus through a personal lease or live in college-provided housing. Students electing to live in college-provided housing will be able to rank their preferred locations and roommates on this form.

This form will be accessible through Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The form can only be submitted once, and the date of submission has no impact on your housing assignment. Therefore, the Office of Residence Life encourages you to take your time, discuss your housing plans with your peers and submit the form when you are ready to begin the housing selection process.

Students who have applied to be an RA or to study abroad are encouraged to submit a form to prevent any housing challenges should they not be selected for an RA position or accepted into a study abroad program.  

The housing selection form will recognize students who were impacted by the moves during summer 2017 and prioritize them accordingly.

Selecting a Group

Students can submit their form as an individual or in groups ranging in size of up to eight people. Groups can be composed of students from any class year. Order of selection will be based solely on the cohort year of group members. This means that students will generally be placed with the class year in which they identify. Credit hours will have no bearing on housing assignment decisions.

Ranking Building Preferences

As part of the housing selection form, students will rank by building. The building preferences you see will be based on the member of your group with the lowest cohort year.  Please see below for further explanation:

Groups that have a sophomore as the lowest cohort year can rank the following:

  • Monican Centre
  • The Townhouses
  • Merrimack Apartments at Royal Crest
  • O’Brien Hall

Groups that have a junior as the lowest cohort year can rank the following:

  • The Townhouses
  • Merrimack Apartments at Royal Crest
  • O’Brien Hall
  • North Residential Village
  • South Residential Village 

Groups that are exclusively seniors can rank the following:

  • Merrimack Apartments at Royal Crest
  • O’Brien Hall
  • North Residential Village
  • South Residential Village
  • St. Thomas Apartments (A-F)
  • St. Ann Apartments (G-M)

Living Learning Communities

Students who are planning to live in a Living Learning Community for the 2018-19 academic year will be able to indicate this on the housing selection form, after a student selects that they intend to live in college-provided housing. Please see below for the three different living learning communities.

Austin Scholars
The Austin Scholars Living Learning Community is open to upperclassmen residential students who have shown exemplary leadership and service in their community. This Living Learning Community combines traditional learning, reflection, and weekly service in Merrimack’s neighboring communities. This program is only open to current freshmen and sophomores who are already participating in the Austin Scholars LLC.

Honors
The honors program offers a Living Learning Community for upperclassmen honors students. Inspired by St. Augustine, the honors program believes that students learn best in the company of friends, and can become leaders while engaged in all of the social and co-curricular opportunities that arise while living together with a common purpose.

Wellness Integrated Living and Learning
The Wellness Integrated Living and Learning Community, known as WILL, approaches wellness from a holistic perspective. Whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, this community is designed to provide you with an environment designed to help you maintain your well-being. A substance free environment, each member of WILL House must agree to keep alcohol and other drugs outside of this residential area.

Medical Accommodations

All medical housing accommodation requests must go through the Office of Accessibility Services. Students interested in pursuing an accommodation should follow the Non-Academic Accommodation Request outlined on the accessibility services website. Students must submit their online request and a completed Medical Provider Form no later than Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Students who currently have a medical housing accommodation with the accessibility services office must reapply with an updated Medical Provider Form if they are looking for an accommodation for the 2018-19 academic year.

Open Office Hours

The Office of Residence Life will designtae time each week to answer students’ questions regarding the 2018- 19 housing selection process. Students are welcome to stop by anytime, but these office hours ensure someone will be available, or shortly after a student arrives at the office. Please see times below:

  • Monday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Info Sessions

For more information regarding housing selection stop by one of the following information sessions.

AREA

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Deegan

Jan. 31

8 p.m.

Deegan Classroom

Ash

Jan. 31

4 p.m.

Ash Lobby

Monican

Jan. 31

7:30 p.m.

Monican Lobby

Townhouses

Jan. 31

7:30 p.m.

Monican Lobby

Apartments

Jan. 31 

4 p.m.

St. Thomas Community Room

O’Brien

Feb. 1

2 p.m.

O’Brien second-floor classroom

Royal Crest

Feb. 2

3 p.m.

Royal Crest Clubhouse

North

Feb. 5

6 p.m.

The Sanctuary

South

Feb. 5

7 p.m.

House 5 Common Room