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Depositing for Housing 

New First Year

The deadline for submission of Housing Deposit is May 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. This coincides with the deadlines to make the tuition deposit. It is strongly recommended that Admissions Office receive both the tuition deposit and Housing Deposit ($300) by the date indicated. The room assignment process for New First Year students begins in late May and is finalized in early July. New First Year students who are accepted late must submit deposits within two weeks of the date on their acceptance letter. All efforts are made to guarantee housing for all New Freshman applicants, however, deposits received after July 1 will be waitlisted and assigned only if and when space becomes available. Students whose requests cannot be guaranteed for any reason will be contacted immediately. At all times, students may make use of the variety of off-campus resources to help in identifying off-campus alternatives. 

New Transfer

The Admissions Office must receive the tuition deposit and Housing Deposit ($300) by May 1 or two weeks after the date on the acceptance letter, whichever is later. Students will be provided with housing as long as space permits. The assignment process for New Transfer students begins after June 1 and continues as space becomes available. Once the assignment process begins, the student will be contacted as to whether their request can be met. If requests cannot be met, students will be waitlisted and assigned only if and when space becomes available. Historically, New Transfer students who deposit before June 1 have been housed, however, there is no guarantee and depositing early makes being assigned more likely. At all times, students may make use of the variety of off-campus resources to help in identifying off-campus alternatives. Unless assigned, a student’s Housing Deposit is fully refundable. 

New Graduate

The Admissions Office must receive the tuition deposit and Housing Deposit ($300) by April 15 or two weeks after the date on the acceptance letter, whichever is later. Limited space for graduate students exists on-campus. Students will be offered and assigned space, if available. The assignment process for New Graduate students begins after June 1. Once the assignment process begins, the student will be contacted as to whether their request can be met. If requests cannot be met, students will be placed on a waitlist and assigned only if and when space becomes available. At all times, students may make use of the variety of off-campus resources to help in identifying off-campus alternatives. Unless assigned, a student’s Housing Deposit is fully refundable.

Assignment Policy

Students will be assigned rooms based on their stated preferences. The order of assignments will be determined by the date of original Deposit submission. The date of completing the preference phase of the process will have no bearing on assignment order. However, students who do not complete the preference phase of the process will not assigned and face having their request cancelled and/or being waitlisted for housing. Specific requests for buildings, room types, etc., cannot be guaranteed and if none of the preferred room types or preferences is available, Residential Life and Housing will automatically make an assignment to a room type that is available. Students who deposit for housing early will have a greater chance of having their preferences met than those who deposit for housing later. New Transfer and New Graduate applicants will also be assigned, when space is available, based on deposit date.

New First Year assignments will be sent to the student’s Pratt email account on or about July 1. New Graduates and New Transfer assignments will made weekly starting after June 1 and when space is available. For all student groups, assignments will continue to be made throughout the summer.

If a student is making a housing or dining request outside the stated assignment policy, application for such must be made to the Learning/Access Center (L/AC). Special Housing and Dining Request packets are available from the L/AC.

Note: To receive a room assignment, a student must be a full-time registered student at Pratt Institute. A student who will be enrolled less than full-time due to thesis work or another institutionally sponsored reason will need a statement of explanation sent from his or her department chair or other Institute official to Residential Life and Housing.


Housing deposits are the first step for new students in making application for housing. This process is conducted by the Admissions Office when a student is accepted.

Assignments will be made only when a student’s application is complete. A completed application consists of:

  • $300 Housing Deposit (instructions sent to all accepted students in the Accepted Student Guide)
  • Completed Housing Preference Process