Study Abroad/Off-Campus

If you study abroad or off-campus during the fall semester...

Your Housing Intent Form will serve as your housing preference form for the Spring 2015 semester.  Because we realize plans become more concrete over the course of the semester, you may make any necessary changes to your preferences at any time prior to December 5, 2014, by emailing Sharon Fissel, Assistant Director of Residential & First-Year Programs for Housing, at Please know that any Housing Intent/Preference Forms received after Friday, April 25, 2014, will be placed in date received order and housed after those who submitted on-time Housing Intent/Preference forms.

Housing Intent Forms are then placed in class year/lottery number order for housing placement for the spring semester. Please note that the PLACEMENT process will begin December 2014.

To provide the greatest possible chance of matching your preferences with available housing, we wait to assess TOTAL vacancies including withdrawals, transfers, and academic dismissals (which are not decided until the week of January 5, 2015). Therefore, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will not complete housing assignments until the the week of January 12, 2015. Once assignments are completed, students will be emailed at which time they can view their spring housing assignment via MyHousing in CNAV.

Please note the following:

  • Due to space limitations, requests for groups of three or more are not usually granted. It is more likely that we will place students in pairs.
  • Gettysburg College is a residential college. By policy (see page 19-20 of the Handbook of Student Rights & Responsibilities), all of our undergraduate students are required to live on campus, or in a College-related fraternity house, unless they receive approval from the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs to reside off-campus. Permission to live off-campus is determined through the Off-Campus Housing Application Lottery held every February for the following academic year. Only those students who have prior approval from the Housing Selection process last February have permission to live off-campus for the spring semester.
  • All students will be billed "Plan 2 - Apartment Rate" for the spring semester prior to January. If your placement is anything other than an apartment, you will receive an adjusted statement in January.
  • Students will not be permitted to arrive on campus for the Spring 2015 semester prior to noon on Saturday, January 17th. However, if you are part of an organization that requires your arrival before this time, you will be on a roster for early arrival. Please check with your respective organization, coach or Faculty/Administrative Leader to make sure you are on this roster.
  • Keys can be picked up in the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs (CUB 250) on both Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th (exact times are to be determined).  Keys may also be picked up during regular business hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19th. Meal plans begin on Saturday, January 17th.  Classes begin on Monday, January 19th. Please see the College Calendar for other important dates for the Spring Semester. 

Hours for the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs during winter break:

 December 15-19  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *
 December 20 - December 21  CLOSED
 December 22-23  TBD
 December 24-January 4  CLOSED
 January 5-9  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *
 January 10-11  CLOSED
 January 12-16  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *
 January 17-18  TBD
  *The office closes for lunch between noon and 1:00 p.m.


If you study abroad or off-campus during the spring semester...

Every spring, Housing Selection occurs for the following academic year. Housing selection processes for 2014-2015 will begin February 2014. Current juniors can participate in theme housing selection or the off-campus housing application process during the months of February and March and the online line selection process March and April. Sophomores can participate in theme Housing selection during the months of February and March and online housing selection process April. Students who are abroad during the spring semester must have a proxy for all selection processes.

If you are studying abroad you will be able to select your OWN housing online (if you are not applying to live in theme housing or off-campus housing).  With the online housing system, students will need to select each other as roommates prior to selecting a room or apartment. (Instructions regarding this part of the process will be distributed with lottery numbers and lottery times March 2014.) When doing so, the online housing system will confirm that all roommates have selected one another--and students now become a group. Only the student with the lowest (best) lottery number and earliest lottery time will need to select housing for the group via the Online Housing Selection system.

If you are studying abroad during this process and your lottery number will carry a group to select housing, you can select for your group via "MyHousing" in CNAV, or you may select a proxy here on campus to select housing for your group. Lottery numbers are not transferable, and in the event where you need to choose a proxy because you cannot select housing for your group at the appointed time, you must email Sharon Fissel.

As mentioned previously, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will be publishing additional information about the Online Housing Selection process in March 2014. When you receive this information via your campus email, you will also be able to log unto CNAV/MyHousing to view your lottery number AND a lottery time. You will be able to log on and look at the available housing and feel connected to the process even if you are halfway around the world. Of course, your lottery time will be on Gettysburg time and you will have to adjust to your location.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sharon Fissel, Assistant Director of Residential & First-Year Programs for Housing.