Homesteading

Homesteading in Monroe Hall | Homesteading in Suites
Homesteading in Corridor-Style Rooms | Homesteading Logistics


What is Homesteading? 
Homesteading is a process through which you can choose a room or suite in your current residence hall for next year before students who live in other residence halls are permitted to select housing in your current residence hall.  If you currently live in Steuben Hall, for example, and appreciate your experience there so much that you wish to return for another year, you can select your room in Steuben Hall several days before most other students choose their rooms through the Homesteading process.  (Note: Homesteading is permitted in any non first-year experience residence hall.)  Continue reading to learn more information about the Homesteading process.





Homesteading in Monroe Hall:
We anticipate that around 75 spaces in Monroe Hall will be available for current students in 2013 - 2014.  Some current Monroe residents will be approved to Homestead, but this means that some current Monroe residents will need to plan to live in other residence halls next year.  In early March, we distributed a Homesteading interest survey to all current Monroe residents.  The deadline for the completion of this survey was Friday, March 15.  We will randomly select 38 students from those who affirmed their desire to Homestead in Monroe; each of these 38 students will be permitted to Homestead in Monroe with another student of their choice.

If you want to read a detailed description of the Monroe Hall Homesteading process, visit http://go.geneseo.edu/monroehomesteading. 





Homesteading in Suite-Style Residence Halls:
In order for you to be eligible to Homestead in a suite-style residence hall, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. All members of your suite group must pay housing deposits by the deadline of Monday, 3/25.
  2. All members of your suite group must complete Residential License Agreement Forms by the deadline of Thursday, 3/28.
  3. You must form your suite group in the Symplicity housing software by 4:00pm on Thursday, 3/28.
  4. You -- or any member of your group -- must indicate a desire to Homestead through the Residential License Agreement Form by Thursday, 3/28.  (A question about Homesteading is asked in the application, within the "Where are you hoping to live?" section.)
  5. You must fill your suite completely.  This means that, for example, if you wish to Homestead in a 6-person suite, your group must consist of 6 students.
  6. At least 50% of the spaces in your suite group must be filled by students currently living in the residence hall in which you want to Homestead (e.g., 2 for a 4-person suite, 3 for a 5-person suite, 3 for a 6-person suite, or 4 for an 8-person suite).





Homesteading in Corridor-Style Residence Halls:
In order for you to be eligible to Homestead in a corridor-style residence hall (excluding Monroe Hall), you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. You must pay your housing deposit by the deadline of Monday, 3/25.
  2. You must complete your Residential License Agreement Form by the deadline of Thursday, 3/28.
  3. Either you or your prospective roommate -- or both -- must presently live in the residence hall in which you want to Homestead.
  4. You or your prospective roommate must indicate a desire to Homestead through the Residential License Agreement Form by Thursday, 3/28.  (A question about Homesteading is asked in the application, within the "Where are you hoping to live?" section.)
  5. You must form your roommate pairing in the Symplicity housing software by 4:00pm on Thursday, 3/28.

 

In corridor-style residence halls, you can also Homestead by yourself, provided that you presently live in the residence hall in which you want to Homestead.  Although Homesteading is not permitted in Dante House, Onondaga Hall, and Jones Hall, students who live in these residence halls can still be included in Homesteading suite groups or roommate pairs for other residence halls.



 

Homesteading Logistics:
With the introduction of our new Symplicity housing software, the logistics of our Homesteading process will change slightly this year.

  1. As mentioned above, you -- or any member of your suite group or roommate pairing -- must indicate a desire to Homestead through the Residential License Agreement Form by Thursday, 3/28.
  2. If you qualify for Homesteading, you, your roommate pairing, or your suite group will be added to a special Homesteading Housing Selection Lottery, which will happen during the week of Monday, April 8.  This is before all other students will choose their rooms through the General Housing Selection Lottery.
  3. After the Homesteading Lottery is configured, you will be notified about your Housing Selection date and time through the Symplicity system.  This information should appear in a blue box on your Symplicity home screen.
  4. At your designated Housing Selection date and time, you or your group leader will be able to access the Symplicity system, view available spaces in the residence hall in which you wish to Homestead, and choose your suite or room.
  5. You might notice that spaces in other residence halls are available for Homesteading Housing Selection, too (e.g., you might be approved to Homestead in Allegany Hall and notice available suites in Erie Hall).  If you choose a room or suite in a residence hall for which you were not approved to Homestead, such as choosing a suite in Erie Hall in the preceding example, you will be removed from this space, and you will be asked to choose a room or suite in the appropriate residence hall.