The following list provides frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers about the housing application process for entering students. New information will be added to this site as additional questions come up, so be sure to check back here regularly if you have questions.
- Where do I submit my housing application?
- How do I know if my housing application has been submitted properly?
- Is there a deadline to apply for housing?
- Can I make a roommate request?
- How much space will I have in my campus room?
- What do I need to bring with me to live on campus?
- I'm having trouble logging in to the Residence online housing system. What should I do?
Where do I submit my housing application?
You should visit the Getting Started Guide for Entering Students by visiting the Student page of myColby-Sawyer. Once you are on the Getting Started Guide, you will see a link for “Housing Application.” Click this link to access the Residence online housing system, where you will complete and submit your housing application.
How do I know if my housing application has been submitted properly?
There will be a green check mark next to “Housing Application” on the Getting Started Guide once you have completed your application. Note that staff members must process all applications, so please allow a few days for the red X to become a green check mark – it is not automatically changed.
Is there a deadline to apply for housing?
As you read on the Getting Started Guide for Entering Students, new students who submit their housing application prior to May 15 will be a part of the priority housing assignment process. However, students may submit applications after this date, and will be a part of the regular housing assignment process.
Can I make a roommate request?
As you read on the Getting Started Guide for Entering Students, the due date to make a specific roommate requests is June 5. Note that submitting a roommate request is an optional and separate process from the housing application. Students should complete their housing applications before requesting a roommate.
How much space will I have in my campus room?
Students should expect to share closet space. Most of our rooms have fewer closets than residents. We expect all residents of the room to compromise on the fair distribution of closet space.
Because storage space is limited, we encourage students to bring with them only the things they will need for the given season, if they plan to go home before the start of the next season. Most students don't need the same things in September that they do in December, and it is in their best interest to bring things back to school with them after they've taken some things home.
We also encourage students not to bring additional furniture (bookcases, futons, etc.) with them, as they are likely to find that they will not have space for it. All students are provided with a desk, desk chair, dresser, and bed. For most students, this is enough.
Some residence hall rooms have older furniture and some have a mix of newer and older furniture. The older furniture is sturdy and functional and any issues with it are purely cosmetic. We find that students are typically satisfied with the older furniture. Though we upgrade furniture on a regular basis, students report that they would prefer to have resources expended on upgrades like enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, renovations to kitchen areas, and installation of larger flat-screen TVs in common areas – upgrades which have all happened recently or are in progress.
What do I need to bring with me to live on campus?
You can review and print the What To Bring Guide for what we think you will need when living on campus.
I'm having trouble logging in to the Residence online housing system. What should I do?
- You should first confirm that you are using your full myColby-Sawyer email address (including the "@my.colby-sawyer.edu" part of it) as your username for the Residence system. You should also use the same password you use to log in to PowerCAMPUS Self-Service.
- If you have confirmed both of those items and you still can't log in, next you should confirm that your password still works by logging in to Moodle or PowerCAMPUS Self-Service right now.
- If you cannot log in to Moodle or PowerCAMPUS Self-Service, you are using the wrong password or there is a problem with your account. You should contact the Helpdesk for further assistance.
- If you can log in to Moodle or PowerCAMPUS Self-Service, then your password is fine and you should contact Residential Education or the Helpdesk by email for further assistance.