The housing process takes place each spring. Below you’ll find a list of the ins and outs so you’ll be an expert on picking a room.

The housing process functions as a lottery system in which every student receives a room-draw number and a pick-time based on seniority. Colby uses a program called Symplicity to help organize housing and manage the lottery.

When it’s time to choose your room, everything will be completed online through Symplicity. As we get closer to the process, informational sessions will provide an overview of the system and answer any lingering questions you have. Here are links to housing applications, instructions, and floor plans.

AMS_4Room Draw step by step

Symplicity Online Room Draw

Information on furniture, window dimensions, keys, and hall access

2017 Housing accommodations, due Friday, March 3, 2017, to the Dean of Student’s Office

Alfond Residence Complex Application Fall 2017, due electronically to by 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017

Room Draw information session presentation

2017-18 floor plans


Info Sessions

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Lovejoy 208

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

8:00-9:00 p.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Monday, March 6, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8:00-9:00 p.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:00-9:00 p.m. | Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall

Special Interest Housing


Now preparing for its second year, the Hall of Purpose Exploration (HoPE) is a residential community dedicated to asking questions about purposeful work, meaningful lives, and community connections. A group of select sophomores and juniors in residence for both semesters will live together, build community, and engage in conversation about living on purpose. The community will gather monthly to engage in conversation about big questions such as failure, happiness, courage, greed, and family. Residents will be assigned in small groups to a faculty or staff mentor.

Mind, Body, Spirit (formerly Wellness)

The Mind, Body, Spirit community is for students interested in exploring physical and emotional wellness. Students will be required to attend one program per month sponsored by their CA or an approved College-sponsored program. Themes such as sleep routines, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and stress reduction will be explored.

Quiet Study Community

The Quiet Study Community will be a building or floors set aside as 24-hour quiet zones with adjustments for consideration. This is a community for students who wish to respect increased sensitivity to noise such as loud music, other audio noise, or groups conversing in public areas and hallways. The CA will work with community members to create and enforce quiet and consideration expectations.

Substance-Free Living

The Substance-Free Living building or floors are for students who choose not use alcohol, tobacco products, or illicit substances. Students in this community agree to not store any such substances or to be in the community if they’re under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances. Students will participate in programs throughout the academic year that will increase awareness about substance use and abuse, and students will work with their CA to explore wellness-related topics.

Furniture Removal Policy

As we continue to find ways to enhance student experiences and help students maximize residential living, we offer returning students (Classes of 2018 and 2019) some support in changing the layout of dorm furniture. During the first three weeks after move-in, College facilities staff will help with some modest room adjustments. These adjustments include raising, lowering, and bunking or lofting beds to allow more living/working space suited to the particular building and room layout.

We ask students seeking help with lofting, raising, or bunking beds, or moving select furniture out of their rooms, to submit a work order request online no later than Friday, Sept. 15 for fall changes. Another opportunity will be provided between January 30 and February 9, and we will send a reminder as the time approaches.

We will continue to offer some movement of furniture out of the residence halls to accommodate health and safety needs of any student, including first- and second-year students. Health and safety requests must be submitted online and approved by the Office of Campus Life. They can be made at any time during the academic year. If you have questions or are unsure about the accommodation process, contact Campus Life at or 207-859-4280. We hope this feature will offer you additional support as you return to the community.