Graduate Housing Application Information

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To participate in the graduate housing lottery, all eligibility requirements must be met by the student.

  1. Must be a FULL-TIME graduate student or a married undergraduate student.
  2. Must not be a visiting researcher or scholar.
  3. Must be working towards a matriculating, degree-earning program.

Lottery Timeline:

There are three housing lotteries throughout the year. Below are the dates during which a student must submit their housing application to have full consideration for housing. The dates are the same every year and listed below:

Summer Lottery (move-in dates of May 1st through June 18th)   Limited Openings***     

March 1st through March 15th: Lottery application open for summer housing. 

March 16: Lottery numbers are emailed to students

March 17-22: Housing offers are sent to student's Lehigh email


There will not be a waiting list for the summer lottery. 

***Please note: This lottery is not open to current residents who are living on-campus unless the leaseholder in their apartment is graduating. Students who plan to move into apartments in the summer are required to sign a contract that includes a minimum of the summer and fall semesters but can include longer. Summer only contracts are not available at this time. 

Fall Lottery (move-in dates of June 26th through September)

June 1st through June 15th: Lottery application open for fall housing 

June 16-18: Lottery Numbers are emailed to students

June 19-23: Housing offers are sent to student's Lehigh email

June 26: Waiting List

Winter/Spring Housing (move-in dates of January and February)

November 16-30: Lottery application open for winter/spring housing

December 1: Lottery Numbers are emailed to students

December 4-8: Housing offers are sent to student's Lehigh email

December 11: Waiting List is posted

Graduate Housing Lottery:

The way the lottery works is that, after applying, a student is randomly assigned a number by a computer generated program. This is their lottery number, and will determine the order in which students are considered for offers.

On their application, students are asked to select their preferences for housing (ie: Packer vs Saucon Village, one bedroom vs three bedroom). The fewer housing options a student puts on their application, the more they limit themselves. Students with very specific requests could possibly not receive an offer despite a good lottery number.

 A student is more likely to receive an offer if they are flexible and include a first and second choice. Keep in mind though, that a student should only apply for the types of housing they are willing to accept because if an offer is declined their application will be closed.

Accepting an Offer for an Apartment

All apartment offers are sent to the student’s Lehigh email account. Students have 48 hours to respond and accept an offer for housing.  Student need to read their offer details and if accepting an offer return the paperwork to the Office of Housing Services and pay a housing deposit on-line.

Signing your lease

At least a week prior to move-in, students will receive an email requesting information on their move-in details and be asked to schedule a lease signing via zoom. During the lease signing students will be given an orientation to living in on-campus housing at Lehigh. After your lease signing, students will be able to obtain a parking permit if they have a vehicle. Students should come prepared to their lease signing with questions they have and we encourage all family and roommates to attend the appointment with the leaseholder.