| by AJ Place and Kady Shea


Dear Students,

We are writing to provide some updates and additional information about the room draw process for returning students. As a reminder, we will offer an information session on July 2 at 1 p.m. EDT (password: 078244). This session is specific to questions about the room draw process for returning students.

The following information is for returning students; new students will receive housing assignments in August.

U.S. Students Abroad and International Students

Students who know they will be able to come to campus in the fall based on their visa status and relevant travel guidelines should participate in the July room draw process. Students who do not yet know if they will be able to return to campus for the fall term will participate in the August draw. We encourage you to connect with ISSS and review travel restrictions and visa considerations for the most accurate and current information.


Students who have a space on campus already (academic or specialty interest housing, superblocks, etc.) should not complete a housing application at this time.

Creating a Group of Up to Eight and “Pods”

We are including a new option for this year’s room draw process. Students may create groups with up to seven other students to live with or near. Forming roommate groups gives you the option of selecting individual spaces near your friends or selecting from a variety of small houses, suites, doubles, and singles with up to eight beds. We hope that being able to create a group will allow you to spend time with friends that you are already planning to socialize with this year. Keeping everyone healthy is our main priority and this means that everyone who wants to may select this option. Aside from the ability to create a group of up to eight, we do not plan on having any other type of “pod” structure for the fall.

Off-Campus Lottery

We will not be offering an off-campus lottery at this time.


Students who are not returning to campus in the fall will be able to pick up belongings from campus this summer. More information about this process will follow. If you are not able to pick up your belongings, we will store them on campus until you return.

Students who have belongings off campus will need to collect those belongings in a manner consistent with the state of Vermont’s reopening plan for Vermont colleges (to be released soon) and all applicable Vermont Department of Health guidance in effect at the time. We anticipate that this will mean students will be required to quarantine on campus prior to participating in any nonessential off-campus travel. The safest course of action is to plan to retrieve belongings stored off campus after the arrival quarantine period is over.

Third-Party Vendors

Third-party vendors are companies not connected to Middlebury that rent products to students. This fall, we are not able to allow such vendors to come to campus, so we encourage you to refrain from reserving or buying items from outside companies.

We know you may have more questions, including questions submitted at last night’s town hall meeting, and we will continue to share information as it becomes available.




AJ Place
Associate Dean for Residential Life

Kady Shea
Assistant Director for Residential Life