Room Draft

Room Draft is the Residence Life process and culminating event for returning King's students to choose their roommates and residence room for the next school year.

Room Draft 2018 is March 21 at 7 p.m. in The Level Coffeehouse
Returning students (who have completed a semester as a student at The King's University) can apply for residence in the Tower Suites or Apartment Residence. Only Tower Suites and Apartment rooms are chosen at Room Draft. Each student’s actual Fall 2018 residence depends on the outcome of the Room Draft event. Keep reading to learn more!

Steps

Step 1: Fill out your application online
Applications are open and can be accessed through Registry Online Services. To participate in Room Draft, complete your application before Monday, March 19, 2018 at 12 p.m.

Step 2: NEW! Pay your $100 advance Room Draft residence deposit (non-refundable).
To participate in Room Draft, you need to make a deposit of $100 towards your residence fees for the 2018/19 year. This deposit ensures all students taking part in room draft are serious about living in residence, ensuring a fair Room Draft experience. Pay your deposit in the Registration and Student Finance office or online before Tuesday, March 20 at 12 p.m. to be eligible to choose your room on Room Draft night.

Step 4: Find some roommates.
Both the suites and apartments are made for groups of six students. Find five friends or attend a "Find a Roomate Night" to find compatible roommates.

Find a Roommate events: March 1, 9, 14, and 19

Step 3: Check out the suites/apartments.
Choose the bedroom you want, the apartment layout you prefer, and check out the unique ways current residents have arranged their furniture and decorated their space. This is an important step to prepare for room draft, as you and your roommates will need to choose the specific bedroom you will live in next year, and seeing the bedroom layouts and window directions will help you make an informed decision.

  • Suite View Night date: March 5, 8 - 9 p.m.
  • Apartment View Night date: March 1, 7 - 8 p.m.

Step 5: Turn in your Roommate Roster by Tuesday, March 20, at 12 p.m.
Rosters are available outside Alison Exner's Office and at the Student Life Office. Turn them in to Alison Exner's mailbox at the front desk (remember to sign them in like an assignment!). Residence life staff will tally group points before Room Draft (see below for point breakdown). Groups with the most points will choose their suites/apartments first on Room Draft night. Your individual and group points will not be shared with others to keep your information confidential. Ensure everyone on your Roommate Roster has applied for residence and paid their $100 deposit, as anyone who hasn't completed these steps will not have their points included in their group total nor will they be able to choose a room on Room Draft night.

Step 6: Come to Room Draft on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
Be prepared to choose as a group o which suite/apartment you want and which bedroom each roommate will live in (side A or B for suites and bedrooms 1 through 6 in the apartments). These choices are exactly where you will be placed when you move in for fall, so choose wisely.

Wear a sports-themed team costume to Room Drat for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Step 7: Pay the rest of your Residence Deposit
Even if you have chosen your room at Room Draft, your room isn't guaranteed until you pay your entire non-refundable residence deposit of $500 (an additional $400 after you pay your advance Room Draft residence deposit of $100). You must pay your residence deposit by June 15, 2018 or you will need to reapply to residence and may lose your spot.

Still have questions?
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below, attend the Room Draft Information Session on Monday, February 14 at 4 p.m. in The Level Coffeehouse, talk to an RA, or email housing@kingsu.ca.

Points

Residence Life officially totals the points for your Roommate Roster after you hand it in. The order of apartment/suite choice at Room Draft will be based on group points, with groups with the most points choosing first. Personal and group totals are kept confidential.

Below is the Room Draft point system for Room Draft 2018.

Year of Study

Year of study based on credits completed

x 10 =

10 for current first years
20 for current second years
30 for current third years
40 for current fourth years
40 for current first year education

Respect for Residence Community

Students who have a violation of the Residence Life Community Living Standards on file for 2017-18 lose points

 =

-1 for each violation

Residence Leadership

Residence Assistants receive 100 points to ensure one RA is on each floor

=

Residence Assistants

Personal Total

Add both together for your personal total

 

 

 Group Total

Add your group members personal totals together. The groups with the most points will choose their suite/apartment first.

 

 



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
Apply online under your registration services account. Be sure to answer all questions in the application before submitting. If there are answers saved from last year, please make sure they are still accurate.

When can I pay my deposit?
After your application is accepted, you will receive an email with instructions to pay your non-refundable residence deposit.

This year, you must pay at least $100 of this deposit before March (advance room draft deposit). This portion is non-refundable and ensures only students who are serious about living in residence are able to choose the most sought-after rooms on campus.

You can pay the remaining $400 of your deposit to guarantee your room anytime before June 15, but we suggest doing it sooner rather than later so you don't forget. Any applications without a paid residence deposit of $500 on June 16 will be removed, and you will need to reapply.

What if we want to have a group of four friends in a suite/apartment?
Groups of less than six students can participate in Room Draft; however, smaller groups have less points and thus choose later and have fewer options for apartments/suites. Because of expected high demand, it is also possible that all rooms will be filled with groups of six students leaving no suites/apartments available for smaller groups.

Small groups that leave empty spots available in their apartment/suite will likely have additional students assigned to their room either at room draft or over the summer months. Residence Life suggests finding another roommate at the "Find a Roommate" event. Together, you can decide if you would be compatible. Some great relationships come from roommates you didn't know previously! 

I don't have a group. Can Residence Life place me in a suite/apartment?
Residence Life does hold the authority to place an accepted student into an empty room in residence; however, we encourage all returning students to take the time to find roommates they are compatible with. Residence applications are not as in depth as a conversation you have with potential roommates. Students who don't find a group also run the risk of no spots remaining in suites or apartments after Room Draft. Individual students will be assigned to residence rooms at the Residence Life Coordinator's discretion after their residence deposit is paid in full. 

I'm a second year. Can I live in the apartments instead of the suites?
Yes! King's allows groups of returning students to choose from any of the available suites/apartments during Room Draft. The number of suites/apartments available when it is your turn to choose depends on your group points. In the last few years, at least two groups of second-year students choose apartments during Room Draft.

Who will choose their suites/apartments first at Room Draft?
Groups of students who have the most total points have first choice of the available apartments and suites. See the point system above for information. The following is the likely choice order: groups including an RA, groups with mostly third years, mostly second years, mostly first years with some variation based on student leadership and mixed groups.

What will happen in a tie?
With many groups of six first-year or second-year students choosing to live together, it is possible there will be groups with the same number of points. We hope the final point formula will minimize the number of tie breakers needed. In case of a tie, a coin flip or similar unbiased choice method will be used.

My friend is transferring to King's. Can they be in our room?
Transfer students can be part of Room Draft if they have been accepted to King's, have applied for residence, and have given written permission for someone else to choose their bedroom (or they can come to Room Draft and choose themselves!) Transfer students receive 10 personal points, regardless of year of study.  Mature students and entering education students can also be part of room draft, and also receive 10 personal points. 

Any students entering residence directly from high school and not over the age of 21 will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Talk to Alison Exner, the Residence Life Coordinator, before March 9 in such cases.

I don't know if I'm returning next year. Can I still participate?
Students who are unsure if they are returning to residence are allowed to participate; however, Residence Life suggests you be upfront with your potential roommates and consider how your choice to not return may affect them. Apartments/suites with empty rooms or beds will likely have those spots assigned to transfer or mature students over the summer. Students who do not return to King's or residence in fall 2018/19 will forfeit their residence deposit. 

I have a night class/work/need to wash my hair on the night of Room Draft. What then?
Students who are not available to attend Room Draft can send a signed note giving one of their group mates permission to choose a room for them. Room Draft is expected to take no more than an hour, so we encourage students to prioritize attending when they can. This is your home on the line!

Do you have another question? Email it to housing@kingsu.ca.