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University Housing Selection

We take great care to make sure Bentley is a welcome home for every student on campus. Dorm life may suit you perfectly, or you may prefer an apartment or suite-style living arrangement. We also offer defined living communities based on common goals and personal interests.   

The housing selection process is an exciting time. The process for returning students begins in February and the process for new students begins in May. This coincides with when you would start planning your academic and social needs for the upcoming academic year.

New Student Housing Timeline and Process

Incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students will be asked to complete 1) the 2022-2023 Housing and Meal Plan Contract, and 2) the Housing Application. These will be made available in each student's Housing Portal.

  • Housing Contract & Application available: Wednesday, May 25th
  • Housing Contract & Application due: Wednesday, June 22nd

Students who are interested in living in a Defined Community will be able to apply for a community within the Housing Application.

Students who would like to request a medical or religious housing accommodation must submit their materials by Wednesday, June 22nd. Please see the section further down this page for more information about the housing accommodation process.

Housing assignments and roommate information will be communicated via email in late July 2022.

Fall 2022 Move-In Information:

  • Incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students will move in on Thursday, September 1st. Specific times will be communicated over the summer.
  • First-year students who are accepted into a Defined Community will move in on Wednesday, August 31st.


Returning Student Housing Selection

Timeline & Important Dates

February 9th - 22nd: Sign the 2022-2023 Housing & Meal Plan Contract in the Housing Portal

February 15th: Last day to appeal cluster assignment

February 17th: Last day to apply to live in a Defined Community (Honors Upperclass & Emerging Leaders communities)

February 18th: Last day to submit a petition for Housing & Meal Plan Accommodations (see specific section below)

February 23rd - March 4th: Roommate Registration & Confirmation Process via the Housing Portal

March 10th: Group numbers sent via email for Housing Selection

March 21st: Selection dates & times sent via email; Room Availability released in Housing Portal

March 22nd - 25th: Housing Selection, Part 1

March 28th - 31st: Housing Selection, Part 2


Watch the videos at the bottom of this page for more detailed information about the Housing Selection process for returning students!

Medical & Religious Accommodation Process and Timeline

Bentley University recognizes that we will need to make particular accommodations for students who have an existing medical diagnosis (with documentation from a specialist) and/or religious needs (with documentation from their clergy). 

The petition process for a Housing & Meal Plan Accommodation is a pre-selection process, with all approved applicants securing an appropriate assignment before their respective Housing Selection Process begins. Each applicant must complete the following steps to petition for a housing and/or meal plan accommodation:

  1. Carefully read the guidelines for a housing and meal plan accommodation and complete the petition as thoroughly as possible.
  2. Submit a typed letter or statement (from the applicant) detailing either:
    • Your current medical diagnosis, identifying the specific style of housing your diagnosis requires and explaining why your diagnosis requires such an accommodation.
    • Your current religious/faith practice, identifying the specific style of housing your practice requires and explaining why your practice requires such an accommodation
  3. Submit supporting documentation in a detailed typed-letter, on letterhead, with a hand signature and date:
    • If petition for a medical reason, your medical specialist will need to submit supporting documentation, detailing:
      • Your official diagnosis,
      • History of the diagnosis (including how long you've been treated by the specialist),
      • The impact (how it affects you),
      • Treatment plan,
      • Their recommendation (including the style of housing needed to support this diagnosis and why your diagnosis requires such an accommodation).
    • If petition is for religious consideration, your clergyperson will need to submit supporting documentation, detailing
      • Your religion/faith identity,
      • History of their relationship with you,
      • How your request aligns with your religion/faith practice,
      • Their recommendation (including the style of housing needed to support your request).

4. If you have questions, call 781-891-2148 or email to schedule a meeting with Jeff Funk, Assistant Director of Housing Operations.

All petitions must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. You may submit your petition via email to, to the Residential Center (3rd Floor of the Student Center) or by fax to 781-891-2505.

Petition Timeline

  • Returning Students for Fall 2022: Due by 4:00PM on Friday, February 18th, 2022 (Committee will review late Feb. 2022)
  • New Students for Fall 2022: Due by 4:00PM on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 (Committee will review in July 2022)
  • New Students for Spring 2023: Due by 4:00PM on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 (Committee will review in Dec 2022)

Any petition submitted after this deadline will still be considered by the committee. However, providing accommodations after the deadline is at the committee’s discretion and/or dependent on available resources. Please note that the committee will have 3-5 weeks to review documentation and make a decision when the petition is submitted after the deadline.

Petition Form and Support

Housing and Meal Plan Accommodation Petition

If you are having difficulty or need the petition in an alternate format, email Jeff Funk, Assistant Director of Housing Operations, at

Gender Inclusive Housing

All housing options are campus are gender-inclusive. Any students may choose to live together regardless of gender. Bentley University is committed to creating an affirming community for our transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students. The Residential Center will work with students to find a housing situation that is affirming and will support each student's academic growth. If you would like to speak with someone regarding your specific request, please contact Jeff Funk, Assistant Director of Housing Operations.

Returning from a Leave of Absence

When you are ready to return to campus, follow the Leave of Absence/Return process. Then email to request housing.

Housing Selection Overview

Watch this video to learn more about the Housing Selection process!

Signing the Housing and Meal Plan Contract

Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to sign the 2022-2022 Housing and Meal Plan Contract!

All students who plan to live in housing for the 2022-2023 academic year must sign the contract by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Room Selection Walkthrough

Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to select your housing assignment.

Housing Selection dates and times were sent out via email on March 21st. Housing Selection takes place from March 22nd-25th and 28th-31st.

Forms and Applications