Housing Process


Defiance College requires all students to live in college-operated housing, unless they meet one of the commuter criteria identified. All current residential students will be expected to participate in the housing selection process unless they are approved for commuter status.

Students must be at least 16 years old at the time campus residency begins in order to be eligible for on-campus housing. Parent or legal guardians of students under the age of 18 are required to co-sign the Residence Hall License Agreement. Students who will be 16 at the start of campus residency must have his/her parent or legal guardian sign the Minor in Campus Residency Acknowledgement Form.


Fill out the Housing Application

The Housing Application asks a variety of questions that help us place you with a roommate. Your roommate will NOT see your answers. We ask that this form is filled out by YOU, not your parents, not your guardian, not a sibling, etc. Be as honest as possible. You will not be judged on your responses and you cannot get in trouble for your answers.

You will not be given a roommate or room assignment until you have filled out this application, so it is important that you complete the application as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the application, please contact the Office of Residence Life.


20 College Place and Grand Avenue apartments will be assigned by seniority based on academic credit hours earned. The Jacket Suites will be assigned based on affinity groups associated and academic credit hours earned. Whitney Hall will be assigned through a random lottery drawing. McReynolds Hall is reserved for incoming students, making it unavailable for current students.


Current Whitney residents wishing to remain in the same room with the same roommate may squat their room. To squat your room, you and your roommate must sign a Housing License Agreement in the Office of Residence Life on Wednesday, March 20. Students must have their roommate with them to reserve a room.

All students that have not been assigned an apartment, squatted a room, have special circumstance housing accommodations (see below) or a medical single (see below) are expected to participate in the Whitney lottery. Please attend the mandatory lottery event in the McCann Center lobby on March 17. Please bring a copy of your class schedule to verify you are scheduled at DC for the fall. You will not be able to pick a room unless you have scheduled for classes.

Residents will be assigned a random lottery number. As numbers are drawn,pairs will be able to select their room location in Whitney Hall for the fall. If you cannot attend, you will need to sign a proxy form (a person to stand in your place) to give your roommate permission to sign up for a room on your behalf. Separate lotteries will be conducted based on seniority (credit hours). In the event that one roommate has a higher seniority ranking than the other, the roommates may go to the lottery for the highest ranking student.

Seniors (90+ credit hours) @ 7:00 p.m.
Juniors (54-89 credit hours) @ 7:30 p.m.
Sophomores (24-53 credit hours) @ 8:00 p.m.
Freshmen (0–23 credit hours) @ 8:30 p.m.


Students who wish to purchase a double room as a single in Whitney Hall may do so if space is available at an additional cost of $800 per semester. To request a super single, go to the Office of Residence Life on March 20 to be placed on a waiting list.

Students on the super single waiting list must sign up for a regular Whitney room with a roommate or they will be placed with a roommate. If rooms become available during the fall semester, students on the super single waiting list will be contacted based on seniority (cumulative credit hours).


Students who need to request special housing arrangements (i.e. first floor because they have family members in wheelchairs, a room close to the restroom for medical issues, etc.) may do so by submitting their request in writing to the Office of Residence Life on March 20.


DC pledges to work diligently with any student that may present special medical circumstances which would require them living in a single room without a roommate. We have a limited number of single rooms (1/2 size rooms in Whitney) that are set aside each year to accommodate such needs. In order to apply for special consideration for one of these rooms, complete the following:
        A personal statement describing why a medical single is necessary.
        A detailed letter of explanation from a treating physician or other appropriate clinician is required which further describes how a medical single, in their professional opinion, would assist the student at Defiance College.

The Director of Residence Life will consider all petitions and honor approved petitions on a space-available basis.

Please mail or fax information by March 20 to:

Defiance College Residence Life
701 N. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512
Fax: 419-783-2597