Here’s how the neighborhood allocation process actually works
After Stanford announced its implementation plan for neighborhoods – the hallmark of the University ResX initiative that seeks to reinvent the residential experience – many students have found themselves with lingering questions about how the system works. As the April 25 application deadline quickly approaches, The Daily has sought to answer the community’s most pressing questions, which neighborhood in fact is how the neighborhood assignment app differs from pre-assignment, housing complex, and room selection. So here’s everything you need to know when applying for your neighborhood.
First of all, what in fact is a neighborhood?
Your neighborhood, which is intended to be your home for the rest of your time as an undergraduate student at Stanford, is a collection of residential and student buildings in which and with whom you can live. Undergraduate students will be divided into eight quarters – temporarily named with the letters S, T, A, N, F, O, R and D – each comprising a combination of Frosh and multi-year residences, University Theme Houses (UTH), Townhouses, Greek houses, co-ops, apartment-style residences and housing options for students with accommodation for people with disabilities. You can view a map of the neighborhoods and find out more about each one here.
With the intention of building a tight-knit community, each neighborhood will also have professional staff, community council and community gathering spaces. According to Residential and Foodservice Business (R&DE) spokesperson Jocelyn Breeland and Senior Director of Communications for Student Affairs Pat Harris, R&DE and Residential Education are still refining the details of these resources. Each district will also have its own Neighborhood themed houses, which will only be open to students from this neighborhood. And, although each neighborhood has its own dining options, the pupils will be able to access all the refectories regardless of their neighborhood assignment.
How does the neighborhood application process work?
You can apply for your neighborhood, which requires ranking all eight neighborhoods in order of preference, either as an individual or in a group of up to eight peers. Groups can be made up of students from several years of classes. If you choose to apply in a group, your group will be assigned a unique name and code. Each The group member must complete an individual application using the group name and code, but only the student who is the group creator can rank wards and change the ranking until the April 25 application deadline. Neighborhood assignments will be ad Friday May 21.
Does applying for your neighborhood amount to applying for housing?
No. Applying for your neighborhood is the first step three steps housing allocation process. Your neighborhood assignment indicates which Stanford residences are available to you (remember, you can only live in buildings and with people in your neighborhood, unless you live in a UTH or are in a student staff role. ).
From mid-June, you will be able to complete the residence selection process, in which you will rank the residences in your neighborhood. This is also when you can complete the pre assignement process if you want to live in a culturally, ethnically, or academically themed home, co-op, townhouse, or Greek house, and that’s when ResEd will do it. select student staff. If you need medical accommodation, this is when you should apply to the Accessible Education Office. Finally, in August, you will be able to select your room in your assigned residence – the last step in the assignment process.
So if I am filling out the neighborhood application with a group, does my roommate need to be included in that group?
Nope! While your roommate might be one of the people you apply with for your neighborhood, they don’t have to be. Remember: you can only live with people in your assigned neighborhood (unless you are a student or live in an UTH), so your roommate can be anyone who is also in your neighbourhood.
During the residency selection process, “you can apply with the same group that applied for ward together, or you can form a new group,” Breeland and Harris wrote in a statement to The Daily.
Who will be assigned a priority assignment and how will the school year be defined for those who have taken time off from school this year?
The Stanford housing system categorizes students based on the year of the cohort (the year they arrived at Stanford), so students who took leave this year will still be considered members of their cohort. original. Neighborhood assignments will be made using randomly generated numbers, although they are not the only determining factor. The university has mentionned that their main purpose is to keep groups of friends together and to ensure that class cohorts are evenly distributed across the eight neighborhoods. So if you choose to apply in a neighborhood with a group of students over multiple years of class, that won’t necessarily put you at a disadvantage, according to Breeland and Harris. Class year priority will become relevant during the residence and room selection processes, in which seniors will be given top priority, followed by juniors and sophomores.
What if I want to live in a University Thematic House (UTH)?
You can live in a UTH whether or not it is located in your neighborhood. So if you are in the S quarter but want to live in an ethnic themed house located in the T quarter, you can do it! You are allowed to live outside your neighborhood for a maximum of two years, unless you have a staff assignment or hold on a managerial position in a Greek organization. Students must apply to live in a UTH during the pre assignement process, which will take place after the ward assignments are completed.
“When considering which neighborhoods to rank, keep in mind that all UTHs will be 100% pre-allocated and open to students from all neighborhoods,” wrote Breeland and Harris. “Therefore, students should not rank neighborhoods based on thematic programs, as they will still be eligible to be pre-assigned to all thematic programs.”
What if I don’t like my neighborhood? Can i change?
If you’re not happy with your neighborhood assignment, you can try changing neighborhoods, although the change process won’t be formalized until next spring, according to Breeland and Harris. While you can change neighborhoods, keep in mind that you will be given the lowest priority within your class cohort for housing allocation.
What is happening with EVGR-A and Mirrielees?
The Escondido Village Graduate Residences, Building A (EVGR-A) and Mirrielees House, offer apartment-style living which, because it is highly sought after by the upper classes, is spread across the eight neighborhoods.
“We wanted to be sure that each neighborhood had a part of Mirrielees and EVGR-A, so that upper class students could continue to be part of their assigned neighborhoods, while enjoying these more independent living options,” wrote Breeland and Harris. They said that each neighborhood will have wing (s) and / or floor (s) of EVGR-A and Mirrielees. The EVGR-A will continue to be used for undergraduate housing for the next four years to accommodate an increase of nearly 400 students in the class of 2025.
I am a sophomore who has not yet been to campus. Will there be a recreation of the Frosh experience that I missed?
Yes! Second-year students have the option of being allocated roommates and housing, as they would have been if they had come to campus last year. You can also apply to live in second year accommodation. R&DE wrote in a recent email about the application process that they “strongly encourage sophomores to consider participating in [the roommate matching program] as a way to alleviate any stress you may be feeling regarding the posting process. They also pointed out that applying individually to a neighborhood is something they expect many students to do.
Students who took a year off after their frosh year may also live in second-year housing, although second-year cohort students are given priority.
I am an incoming frosh. Does all of this still apply to me?
No; Frosh entering do do not need to complete the neighborhood application process. Instead, they will complete their own Approaching Stanford housing allocation process, in which they can be assigned to fully frosh housing in a neighborhood or UTH, such as an ethnically themed or college dorm. Incoming frosh will always be paired with a roommate, as in previous years.
I will finish a coterminal diploma next year. Can I still apply for a neighborhood?
While co-terminal students can apply for undergraduate accommodation through the Neighborhood process, the University encourages these students to apply for accommodation through the Graduate Housing Lottery due to the potentially limited space in residences of first cycle.
What about incoming transfer students?
Incoming transfer students do not need to apply for a neighborhood and will always receive transfer accommodation, through the University. has not yet selected the house in which it will exist and may also decide to change the location of the transfer accommodation each year. These students will go through a separate Stanford approach process and be matched with a roommate for their first year.
More questions? You can ask them here, and we’ll keep updating this story as we get new information!