Living in the residence halls offers many advantages ranging from its close proximity to campus to its community of more than 1000 artists, designers, and scholars, to awesome facilities that include a 24-hour studio space and gallery space. And do not forget the convenience of making a single bill payment versus the multiple bills covering rent and utilities that off-campus students have to manage.
Housing Renewal: Sign up for the waitlist
Living in the residence halls offers many advantages ranging from its close proximity to campus, to its strong community of more than 900 artists, designers, & scholars, to awesome facilities that a include 24hr studio space and gallery space! And don’t forget the convenience of making a single bill payment versus the multiple bills covering rent and utilities that off-campus students have to manage.
We hope to have you join us on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. Follow these quick, easy steps below to secure your space in the Residence Halls, including your meal plan, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
1. Applications for the Returning student will be available starting March 3, 2020, and must be completed by March 24, 2020
Please visit the housing portal to complete the housing application for Fall 2020. You will need to submit a prepayment and electronically sign the contract.
2. Submit the required $550.00 prepayment.
A prepayment is required to secure your housing and meal plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. You will need to pay this fee before you are allowed to select a room. You may pay online or provide a check. More information on how to make a prepayment is available below. If you are not given housing, due to the waitlist, you will receive the prepayment credited back to your student account.
As you think about what type of space you are looking for, please note that some rooms will not be available. These rooms are not available for several reasons including, but not limited to, temporary triple rooms, ADA accessible rooms, Specialty Program rooms, etc. Room layouts are available for viewing.
Submitting your Housing Pre-Payment
There are two ways to submit your housing pre-payment of $550.
Students may pay the prepayment via electronic check or credit card online. To pay online, follow the steps outlined below:
- You must use GET CONNECTED to gain access to SAIC online payments here.
- Once connected, go to the SAIC Student Page. Click on "Self-Service" under Quick Links.
- Login to SAIC Self-Service. You will use the log-in information created through the GET CONNECTED process.
- Once logged-in, click Financial Account.
- Next, click the CASHNET button.
- Then, click Make a Payment.
- Next, click Make a payment or ARTICard deposit.
- On the next screen, click Housing Prepayment.
- Enter $550.00 as the total amount of the payment. In order for your prepayment to be accepted, it must be the full amount of $550.00.
- Select Fall 2020 for the term.
- Click Add to Shopping Cart and follow the instructions to pay via credit card.
Via Check or Money Order
If you prefer to mail a check or money order, you may send it to the address below. Please make the $550 housing prepayment payable to SAIC. Our office is not able to accept checks that are made payable to anything besides SAIC.
Housing Renewal Fair - Sunday, March 29, 2020
This is when you will select your exact room for next year, based on the lottery number you will receive on Friday, March 27.
Housing Renewal FAQ
1. I want a single room. Can I be guaranteed a single room?
Single rooms are not guaranteed. Students will select the specific room they want in order of the lottery numbers. When all the single rooms are taken, a waiting list will begin. Over the summer, single rooms often become available. Residence Life will offer available single rooms to students in order of the waiting list. Many of the students who add their names to the single room waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair will have a single room before the academic year begins. We also encourage you to check out private rooms at The Buckingham, as this option is a cost-effective way to get a private space and still enjoy the company of roommates.
2. I want to live in the Buckingham. Will space be available?
Yes, space will likely be available to returning students during the Housing Renewal Fair. We plan to have plenty of spaces available in the Buckingham for the 2020-2021 academic school year. In the rare case that we run out of Buckingham spaces, there will be a Buckingham waitlist. Over the summer, Buckingham rooms may become available. Residence Life will offer available Buckingham rooms to students in order of the waiting list. Many of the students who add their names to the waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair will have a Buckingham room before the academic year begins.
3. How are lottery numbers assigned?
The Housing Renewal lottery is a weighted lottery. Lottery numbers are randomly assigned based on the amount of time students have lived on campus. Students who have lived on campus the longest will have the “best” lottery numbers.
4. What if I cannot make it to the Housing Renewal Fair? How do I pick my room?
If you cannot make it to Housing Renewal, you should contact Betsy Katschke (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make a plan. Options include sending a proxy to select a room in your absence or selecting a room after the Housing Renewal Fair.
5. I know who I want to be my roommate. How do we sign up for a room together?
If you know who you want to be your roommate, please arrive at the Housing Renewal Fair together. You should arrive at the fair with whichever roommate has the better lottery number. You will go through the fair together. This also applies to any group intending to live together in an apartment in The Buckingham.
6. What if my desired roommate is an incoming student?
If your desired roommate is an incoming student, please contact Betsy Katschke (email@example.com) to make a plan.
7. I’m not signing up for a single room, but I don’t have roommate(s) in mind. Is that okay?
If you do not have a plan for a roommate(s), we will assign you a roommate. Your assigned roommate may be a new or returning student.
8. I don’t want the meal plan. Can I be waived out of the meal plan?
All students who live in the residences halls are required to have a meal plan.
Housing Options for Returning Students
Sign up at the Buckingham
SAIC has leased space at the Buckingham for the upcoming academic year and we want you to find your home at "The Buck." The Buckingham offers apartments for two to five residents with shared or private bedrooms, along with a living room and full kitchen. This is a great opportunity for you to live with friends and still have your own private space, a great alternative to single room options.