Guidelines

  • Only Rising Seniors are eligible for Northfield Option. Class status is determined by the Registrar. A change in class year will result in a new lottery number coinciding with the class year being issued.
  • Northfield Option will be offered based on lottery number with number 1001 being the best number.
  • The total number of Northfield Option spaces available is determined by the overall college occupancy and may vary each year.
  • A rising senior may apply for Northfield Option for themselves and up to four other rising seniors which will constitute a Group Northfield Option Request. There may not be more than five members in a group without prior approval from the Director of Residential Life.
  • All members of a group approved must live together at the same address and in the same rental unit or apartment.
  • A lottery number may be used only once. Rising seniors may apply individually or they may use their lottery number to apply for one Group Northfield Option Request.
  • The rising senior whose number is used to draw a Group Northfield Option must remain in Northfield housing for at least one term. Only if all members of the Group Northfield Option Request agree to return to campus housing and, if there is space available in College-owned housing, will that person(s) be readmitted to on campus housing.
  • A student included on the Group Northfield Option Request may decline to take Northfield Option. If a member of your Northfield Option group leaves the space for any reason (i.e. term abroad, early graduation, etc.) it is unlikely that another student will be granted Northfield Option to fill their space unless this has been preciously arranged with the Office of Residential Life.  Students who sign the original lease are responsible for that lease, so any changes (including financial) will be up to those students to figure out.
  • Students/Groups approved for Northfield Option will be given two weeks from the date of offer to accept or decline Northfield Option. No student will be given an extension. Students who miss the deadline will be required to add their name to the wait list if they still wish to have Northfield Option.
  • Groups accepting Northfield Option are required to submit a copy of their Lease Agreement, with all resident names listed along with their letters accepting Northfield Option.
  • Students accepting Northfield Option are required by the College to provide the address at which they will be living and a phone number they can be contacted with. A directory suppress can be arranged by contacting the Dean of Students Office.
  • Students not initially approved for Northfield Option will be wait listed by lottery number. Students applying after the deadline will be wait-listed by time and date of submission. Students on the wait list will only receive Northfield Option offers if and when it is determined that additional space is required in College-owned housing.
  • Students are not approved to live off-campus until an offer is made and an acceptance letter is submitted.