Housing Process

Office of Resident Life


The Selection Process

Residency Requirement
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.

Housing Application
Welcome to Defiance College! We know you are excited to move in, but first we ask that you fill out the Housing Application. The Housing Application will ask a variety of questions so that we can best place you with a roommate. Do not worry. 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 because your answers are used to determine your roommate. 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.

Fill out the Housing Application

Assignment Process
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 with three theme communities 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.

Grand Avenue and Jacket Suites Apartments
Housing Selection for the Grand Avenue and Jacket Suites Apartments will be based on a POINTS SYSTEM. Each person will be given a point for every credit hour successfully completed. Groups with the most combined POINTS will be awarded first choice of Grand Avenue Apartments and second choice of Jacket Suites Apartments. Groups will be assigned IN ORDER OF POINTS until all apartments are filled. 

  1. Pick up a housing card at the McCann Front Desk outside the Office of Residence Life (starting February 17th). These cards are due by 4:00 pm on March 21st.
  2. EACH GROUP will fill out one card. Groups MUST sign-up in groups of 4 and an individual may only appear in ONE roommate grouping. Groups of less than 4 will not be considered.
  3. Credit hours for each individual will be verified with the Registration Center.
  4. Groups awarded residency in Grand Avenue will be posted in the McCann Center on Wednesday, March 26th.
  5. If selected, all roommates living in the apartment will be required to sign a Housing Agreement in the Office of Student Life and an Apartment Minimum Occupancy Agreement by March 1st or you will lose your spot in the apartments. Groups that do not attain an apartment will be EXPECTED to either join a Jacket Suite theme pod or participate in the Whitney Hall lottery.

Whitney Hall
Upplerclass residential students desiring to live in Whitney can go to the Office of Residence Life to reserve a room and sign their Housing License Agreement. You must come with a roommate or you cannot reserve a room. Rooms will be given on a first come first serve basis.

The assignment "lottery" for Whitney Hall will be conducted on March 30th at 7:00 pm in the McCann Center Lounge. Separate lotteries will be conducted based on credit hours:

Students submit their names for the lottery in roommate pairs. If only one roommate can attend the lottery, the roommate present must bring a completed roommate proxy form (available at the McCann desk) for the absent roommate. Proxy Forms are required in order to request the room of choice. The absent roommate(s) must appear to the Office of Student Life within 24 hours to sign the Housing License Agreement.

Whitney Squatting
Current Whitney residents desiring to stay in the same room with the same roommate may squat their room on Wednesday, March 26th in the Office of Residence Life. Roommates must come together or they will not be able to reserve their room.

Super Singles
Students who wish to purchase a double room as a single in Whitney Hall may do so if space is available. Students residing in a super single will obtain the additional cost of $625 per semester in addition to the regular room rate. To request a super single you must go to the Office of Residence Life by Wednesday, March 26th to be placed on a waiting list. Students 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 one at a time and be given first priority.

Special Circumstance Housing
Students who need to request special housing arrangements i.e. first floor because they have family members in wheel chairs, 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 by March 26th.

Medical Singles
Defiance College 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 sized residential rooms in Whitney Hall) that are set aside each year to accommodate such needs. In order to apply for special consideration for one of these rooms please complete the following:

  1. The student should compose a personal statement describing why a medical single is medically necessary.
  2. 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 July 1 to:

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