Honors Housing | Continuing Students

Honors Housing

Broaden your honors network by living in an upper-class honors community! Continuing students enrolled in the Honors College, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Honors Program, and School of Engineering Honors Academy have the option of applying to live within eight dedicated honors communities throughout the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses. These integrated communities provide honors students with the opportunity to foster new connections while maintaining a sense of community with their honors cohort. The following locations have been reserved for honors communities:

Honors Communities | 2019-2020 Selection Process

Busch Campus  
Livingston Campus  
College Avenue Campus  
 Cook/Douglass Campus  

Please download our frequently asked questions for general questions regarding the honors lottery process. Information regarding the general housing lottery process can be found on ruoncampus.rutgers.edu.


Honors College, School of Environmental and Biological Science (SEBS) Honors Program, and Engineering Honors Academy students who are in good academic and judicial standing are eligible to apply for honors housing.


Although School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program (SASHP) students do not participate in Honors College communities, Honors College and students from the other honors programs can request an SASHP roommate. The Honors Housing and SASHP lotteries are two separate processes and they occur at approximately the same time. Therefore, once a pair decides to participate in the Honors Housing process, they will forfeit their participation in the SASHP process, and vice versa.


Honors College and SASHP students who to live as roommates may opt to participate in either housing process by completing an online form, the deadline to fill out the form is January 15th and notification of selection will be sent out on January 18th. The student requesting to join the opposite process must be the one to fill out the online request form and the roommate has to confirm by the deadline. Please note: You must be logged into your scarletmail account and logged out of all other gmail accounts to access the form. Both students must be verified as honors students in good judicial and academic standing. Students can only participate in ONE of the processes. Questions regarding the Honors College lottery process may be directed to honorshousing@echo.rutgers.edu.

Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholars are guaranteed on-campus housing for all four years. Recipients to Rutgers University – New Brunswick are required to live on campus during their first two years, regardless of earned degree credits or class year status. Presidential Scholars who live on campus and receive the room and board allowance in their first two years may use the allowance on- or off- campus in their third and fourth years of undergraduate study. The 4-year housing guarantee applies only to the individual Presidential Scholar, not to a roommate, suitemate, or housemate.

Off Campus Housing

Honors College students who choose to live off campus are still required to submit their term bill. If funds remain after the scholarship has covered the cost of tuition and fees, the student will receive a refund, typically within the first two weeks of the semester. Please note that Presidential Scholars must live on campus their first two years. Students who may be considering living off campus are strongly encouraged to connect with the Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships.

Housing Lottery Application

All eligible honors students who wish to reside in honors housing must apply for a lottery number via oncampus.rutgers.edu between January 14, 2019 and January 29, 2019The date and time you apply does not affect your lottery number. Once your lottery application is complete, a confirmation email will be sent to your email account on file with the Residence Life Assignments Office. You will recieve notification of your lottery number on January 31, 2019.

Honors Housing Application

Students must complete the application for the honors housing option via oncampus.rutgers.edu between January 21, 2019 and January 29, 2019. Students will have the option of requesting their roommates. Each roommate must log onto the on campus portal and input the name and RUID of their desired roommate(s). All roommates must be enrolled in a participating honors program. All roommate requests must be mutually requested in order to qualify as a confirmed group. Please note, the application deadline is before lottery number notification, which means students must complete the honors application even though lottery numbers will not be assigned until the 31st.


Students who apply for The Sojourner Truth Apartments and Newell will receive an email on February 4, 2019 notifying them of their eligibility. Students who apply to live in McCormick and Thomas will be notified on February 6, 2019. Students who apply for BEST North, Campbell, Quad 3, and New Gibbons will be notified of their eligibility on February 8, 2019. Eligible groups will be provided with a selection date and time based on their group size and lottery number. 

Room Selection

Room selection will take place online at oncampus.rutgers.edu between February 5, 2019 and February 9, 2019. Only one roommate needs to log into the system to select a room assignment. Room assignments may not be changed once selected. Once a student accepts a space within an honors community, they will not be permitted to participate in any other room selection process.

Please note: The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to reassign rooms if the community needs to be consolidated.


Once all communities have been filled, students will be waitlisted based on their lottery number. Students will be notified of vacancies as they become available. Waitlisted students may choose to participate in the general housing lottery process. Students who do not participate in the honors housing application process will not be considered for vacancies in honors communities.

Questions, comments and concerns regarding the honors housing application process may be directed to honorshousing@echo.rutgers.edu.

Douglass Residential College

Honors College students who are also part of Douglass Residential College may apply to reside in Jameson H or any other Douglass Living Learning Community by completing a separate DRC online housing application.

Questions regarding the DRC housing selection process may be directed to Merylou Rodriguez at merylou.rodriguez@rutgers.edu.

Questions, comments and concerns regarding the honors housing application process may be directed to honorshousing@echo.rutgers.edu

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