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Housing Selection

St. John's students can self-select their residential community, room, or apartment and roommates for the upcoming semester/academic year housing.

To secure housing a student must complete three steps:

  1. Satisfy housing deposit ($400 for newly admitted undergraduate or graduate students; $500 for Law and continuing undergraduate and graduate students)
  2. Complete housing application/agreement (via Housing Portal); How To Complete Your Housing Application
  3. Self-select room space (or choose to be assigned by the Office of Residence Life)
Fall 2020 Self-Selection ProcessContinuing StudentsLaw StudentsNew Freshmen, Transfer, and Graduate Students
Deposit DueMarch 6, 2020April 15, 2020
Incoming (1L) Law students receive priority when they deposit before April 1, 2020.
June 1, 2020
Applications DueMarch 13, 2020April 15, 2020May 15, 2020
Medical Accommodation Requests Due to Student Disability ServicesMarch 15, 2020April 15, 2020May 8, 2020
Deposit Refund Deadline (submit form via Housing Portal)March 20, 2020
  • Continuing Law Students: April 21, 2020
  • New Law Students (1L): May 15, 2020
Non-Refundable
Appointment E-mails Sent Out to St. John’s E-mail accountApril 3, 2020April 16, 2020May 19, 2020
On-Line Self-Selection Period
  • April 23, 2020: Staten Island Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • April 24, 2020: Queens Graduate Students
  • April 27-May 1, 2020: Queens Continuing Students
April 22, 2020June 1-4, 2020
Housing Intent Process OpensApril 24, 2020April 24, 2020Rolling Placements
Spring 2020 Housing Selection Dates
Class YearDeposit DeadlineApplication DeadlineSelf-Selection Time Frame
All StudentsNovember 15, 2019November 22, 2019December 3-4, 2019
  • Pre-Fall Room Swap Process: April 20–August 1, 2020
  • Housing Intent Process: April 20–August 1, 2020

Housing Selection Process

When applying for housing, there are five different processes to select from. Please select the one that applies to you.


New Student Housing (Fall and Spring)

For newly admitted undergrads, transfer students, and graduate students entering housing for the upcoming academic year.​

Please refer to the Living at St. John’s Guide (PDF) for instructions for participating in the New Student Housing process.

Please refer to the Housing Selection Tutorial (PDF) for instructions on applying to housing.

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Spring Term Housing (Spring Only)

For newly admitted and continuing undergrads and grad students interested in housing for the Spring.

Step 1: Submit Spring New or Continuing Housing Selection Deposit

Submit Spring New or Continuing Housing Selection Deposit

Housing deposits will be accepted starting Monday, October 14, 2020 until 3 p.m. (EDT) on Friday  November 15, 2019.

To make the online payment, log in to UIS. You can make a credit card deposit over the phone to our customer service center at 718-990-2000.

Mailed checks must be made payable to "St. John's University." Please include the student ID number and "Spring Housing Selection Deposit" in the memo line. Do not mail checks to the Massachusetts address.

Your account will be reviewed for eligibility at the time of receipt by Student Financial Services.

Please mail your check to:

St. John's University
Office of Student Financial Services
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Important Note: Any prior financial obligations to St. John's must be satisfied in order for a housing deposit to be accepted. Credits on student accounts from current or past semesters may not be used to satisfy a housing deposit for the Spring 2020 process. Please note that a housing deposit does not guarantee participation in the Housing Selection Process.

Step 2: Online Application

Apply and Sign Agreement via Housing Portal

The application may only be submitted online via the SJU Housing Portal. The completed application will be due by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 22, 2019.

If you have an active Spring 2019 housing deposit, you will receive access to the online housing application. During this step you will be required to complete your Housing Application, Housing Agreement, and Student Profile. The University requires any continuing students to have a 1.95 GPA or higher, enrolled full-time, and pass the student conduct review to participate in the housing selection process.

Important Note: Completion of Steps 1 and 2 does not guarantee a housing selection appointment or a housing assignment. Housing selection appointments and housing assignments are based on available spaces.

Step 3: Selection Days

Select Your Room, Roommates, and Meal Plan via Housing Portal

On Monday, November 25, 2019, you will receive your Housing Portal Lottery Appointment date and time. You must login to the Housing Portal on your scheduled appointment date and time to review the room search wizard for available spaces, select your room, and choose a meal plan (if applicable). We anticipate selection days to occur the week of December 2, 2019.

Important Note: Community living options are clustered by student classification and compatibility (Freshmen buildings, Sophomore buildings, Junior/Senior buildings, Transfer buildings, Graduate apartments, and Law apartments).

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Summer Housing (Summer Sessions)

For continuing students attending classes during an upcoming summer session.

Summer Housing is available for St. John’s students who are registered for summer classes. For more information, please visit Summer Housing.

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