Message on 5/13: Johnston Housing Lottery Information


You have been assigned a date and time, based on your course credits and GPA, to participate in the Room Draw process to select housing for the coming academic year. Visit the MyRedlands Housing Portal to see your Start Time, located under Room Selection on the home page.

In addition to the Room Draw process happening next week, you have also been included in the Johnston Housing Lottery. Taking place on Friday, May 20th from 9am-11am, you will find your assigned date and time, based on Johnston's priority ranking, also under Room Selection on the MyRedlands Housing Portal home page.

1) Matching Roommate(s)/Suitemate(s): You will need to have selected and matched with all roommate(s) and, if applicable, suitemate(s) in advance.

  • Navigate to the MyRedlands Housing Portal.
  • Under the Housing and Roommate Selection tab, click on Select Roommates and then on Fall 2022 (CAS) located in the "For the Term" dropdown.
  • Search for and select the students you want in your housing group, including both roommates and suitemates, under Roommate Requests.? Do not include students approved to live off-campus who will do so, anyone who will not live with you in a shared room or suite, or students taking a Leave of Absence.
  • Instruct all members of your group to visit their own portals to accept the requests under "Pending Roommate Requests."

2) Preparing for Room Draw: To have a successful Room Draw experience, it is best to prepare in advance a variety of housing options and scenarios with your roommate(s)/suitemate(s).

  • Although you will not be able to make a selection until your assigned date and time, once the Room Draw process begins the morning of May 17th, you will have access to see what spaces remain available at any given time.
  • Continue to refresh the page to see the available options by clicking "Search Available Rooms."
  • Keep in mind, the housing options presented to you are only those that will house the number of students within your matched housing group. For example, a group of three students will see room and/or suited room configurations with at least three or more bed spaces available, leaving out rooms that only have one or two spaces because there is no availability that meets your criteria.

3) Selecting a Room: To make your room selection, follow the prompts on your MyRedlands Housing Portal at your specified date and time. Once you choose a room, you will not be able to participate in any of the remaining Room Draw opportunities.

  • Click on Select a Room/Suite under Room Draw.
  • Verify the students you want to live within a room and/or suite under Roommate Group.
  • Click on Select from Room List to select room filters and click Search Available Beds.
  • Review the Available Rooms and Rosters for availability and to see where other students already have assignments.
  • Again, you will only be able to see the housing options available for the number of roommate(s)/suitemate(s) you are matched with and had selected in the prior section.
  • If there are no options available for the entire group, you will need to unmatch with students for options with fewer spaces to appear. We recommend you first unmatch with suitemate(s) to see individual rooms remain open for you and your roommate to select separate from proposed suitemate(s).
  • Any unmatched students will need to enter the Room Draw process at their next best date and time to make their own housing selection.

4) Assigning Rooms/Beds: When selecting a room or suite during Room Draw, you will identify a roommate/suitemate designation for each matched student in your group and assign them a particular bed arrangement.

  • Place the students in your group into individual bed spaces using the dropdowns, paying particular attention to the room number in suited living environments.
  • Click Submit Room Selection.
  • Any students from your group that go unassigned are expected to themselves participate in the Room Draw process at their next best date and time to make their own housing selection.

Should you have any questions, please contact Residence Life and Housing at

Best wishes,

Residence Life and Housing

University of Redlands