By Molly Dalton and Kurt Mason, Contributing Writers

UMF's Director of Housing Kelsey Champagne (Photo by Kurt Mason)

UMF’s Director of Housing Kelsey Champagne (Photo by Kurt Mason)

In the coming weeks, the Department of Student Life will be hosting events to ensure that on-campus housing applications are in place and secured for next fall.

The new Director of Housing, Kelsey Champagne, has made minor alterations to the housing process from last year in order to make things run in a smoother and more organized fashion.

“One of the big things is that we are not doing night sessions for Same Room – Same Roommate and Same Room – Different Roommate,” said Champagne. “It is going to be Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5,  from 11:00am-1:00pm outside of the Student Life office,”

For those students who wish to stay on campus but do not fall into the categories previously mentioned, the housing lottery night will take place Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Lottery night is clearly the Hunger Games,” said Champagne jokingly. “You will get assigned a number based off of your class standing and, once you get your number—which will be posted online—you’ll just show up on lottery night during the corresponding time block.” Students are advised to arrive early, as lottery numbers could move up due to people pulling in potential roommates.   

An exciting feature of the housing process that students should be aware of is the Early Bird Special. The Early Bird Special is a promotional feature of the housing process that rewards students for completing both the House Application and the Room and Board License.

When asked about the Early Bird Special, Champagne said, “if both of the forms are completed by Friday, March 25, students are eligible for getting $200 off of housing for the fall semester.” This promotion is available for all students, except those who are choosing to live in Lockwood.   

Though some fret the housing process and fear they will be placed in an undesired dorm, sophomore and CA Margaret Fogerty stressed to students that housing is truly is a seamless procedure.

“Students should definitely not be nervous for housing because there are plenty of rooms available across campus that they can choose from,” Fogerty said. “Some may not get their very first choice but they will be placed somewhere, which is all that matters.”

Besides the changes to the housing process itself, there will also be changes to the themed communities within the residence halls at UMF. One of the biggest changes will be to the third floor of Scott South.

South, traditionally an exclusively female community, will be transforming its third floor into an LGBTQ+ community. Any student is welcome to live here, but, “this is by request only—we will not place anyone here who does not specifically ask to be placed in this community,” stated Champagne.

 As these dates draw nearer, keep an eye out for any additional information regarding the housing process.

Champagne hopes that the changes that have been implemented will help make this years housing process a success. “I’m not worried at all,” said Champagne, “[The staff and CA’s] are all working as a team.”


Molly Dalton and Kurt Mason are Community Assistants in Scott Hall, writing on behalf of all residence halls at UMF.