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Special-Interest Housing Lottery

In addition to offering traditional houses, Smith has a variety of special-interest housing.


The only special-interest housing option available for first-year students is substance-free housing. The other housing options are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

For information about these special-interest houses, please visit Special-Interest Housing.

Chase Substance-Free Housing

Students currently living on the substance-free floors in Chase House will need to reapply and be accepted to remain on the floor. New students applying for the substance-free floor must apply and be accepted. All students accepted for the substance-free floor will pick their room during the special Chase substance-free lottery.If you wish to remain in the house but not live within the Substance Free community, you will need to go to the house decision form and click on "remain in house." You (or your proxy) will then pick your room during room draw in April.

The application to live on the substance-free floor is available on the Forms & Applications page.

Food Cooperatives

If you are interested in moving houses and want to enter the lottery for either co-op, please follow all steps below:

Waiting Lists

Both co-ops will still have waiting lists (comprising students who tried to get into either co-op, but didn't), and we will fill spaces, replacing the vacating class year students with those from the same class year, in addition to honoring room change forms during the academic year. Those students on the waiting list will be contacted in September to verify that they're still interested in living in a co-op.

Friedman Apartments

Friedman has 12 apartments: 11 four-person apartments and one six-person apartment (for a total capacity of 50). Only juniors and seniors are eligible to enter the Friedman lottery, and priority will be given to groups with more seniority.

Each group will have one member draw a lottery number for the group. The group with the lowest number will select an apartment first.

Only groups of two, four, or six students may participate in the Friedman lottery. Every student must complete the Friedman application form and list the students they want to room with on that form. Residence Life will verify all class years, confirm groups, and randomly assign lottery numbers. Groups will be notified via email if their lottery number is good enough to get an apartment. Only one member of the group needs to be present at the lottery night to choose the apartment except the 2-person and 6-person groups will not need to show up for lottery night as there is only one apartment. Class years are based on the information in Banner on the first day of classes for spring semester.

The application to live in the Friedman Apartments is available on the Forms & Applications page. You must complete this form prior to lottery night.