Theme House

On-Campus Housing Selection

At Hobart and William Smith, we believe that part of attending a residential college is living on campus with other students and encountering new experiences.

First-Year Students: We house first-year students based on their selected First-Year Seminar course. Additionally, we strive to house first-year students with others with similar interests – helping their transition to college be as fruitful and comfortable as possible.

Upperclass Students: We believe that these students deserve to have a say in their housing. Every year, we provide a housing selection process for all returning students. Through an application process, students sign up to select a room from available spaces throughout our various housing options. Additional information regarding the various selection processes can be found below.

Housing Options: We recognize the importance of providing housing options that meet the needs of our diverse student population. Our residential facilities provide a variety of options including, single-gender and co-educational housing. We also provide a Gender Inclusive Housing process which allows students to live with other students of another gender(s) in any co-ed residential location.

Housing Accomodations

*New This Year! Senior Interest Housing: This new option gives select groups of seniors the opportunity to live in houses with their friends, with the comforts of living on-campus. Select houses permit groups of 4 - 9 students to live and learn together.


2020-2021 Housing Selection Timeline

Senior Interest Housing Selection

November 4

Applications go live at 9:00 a.m.

November 13

Applications are due by 12 p.m.

November 15

Houses offered to groups with lowest priority number(s)

*Additional information to be shared via email*

Theme House Selection

February 12

Deadline for Theme House Proposals at Noon

February 17

Theme Houses Announced/Application available

February 26

Theme House Applications are due

March 10

Theme House offers are released

March 12

Theme House acceptances are due

March 24

Theme House Room Selection in Hirshson Ballroom

Odell's Selection

February 14

Odell's Applications are available

February 21

Odell's Applications are due by Noon

February 25

Odell's Selection occurs from 5pm-10pm (via myHousing). Time tickets are released the day prior.

380 S. Main Selection

February 14

380 S. Main Applications are available

February 21

380 S. Main Applications are due by Noon

February 27

380 S. Main Selection occurs from 5pm – 10pm (via myHousing). Time tickets are released the day prior.

Emerson Selection

February 17

Emerson Applications are available

February 28

Emerson Applications are due by Noon

March 3

Emerson Selection occurs from 5pm – 10pm (via myHousing) Time tickets are released the day prior.

General Room Selection

March 27

General Room Selection time tickets are released and available spaces are viewable on myHousing

March 30

Room selection starts – based on your time ticket

Off-Campus Housing Selection

Hobart and William Smith boasts over 45 different living environments with the ability to accommodate nearly every living style and preference. However, we understand that some students are looking for the experience of living off-campus and are interested in that privilege. We provide an Off-Campus Housing Selection process to our rising seniors interested in the possibility of living off-campus for their final year at HWS.

Information regarding the Off-Campus Housing Selection Process can be found here.

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Residential Education at (315) 781-3880.


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