My son will be starting his freshman year this fall at Michigan. Like many freshman (I believe it is currently in excess of 50%), I was “stationed” on North Campus (Bursley). Although North Campus may have its merits, I think it would be a better overall experience to be housed on Central Campus or the Hill thereby avoiding the North Campus bus trip.
I am wondering if there might be some strategy in filing out the housing application to increase the chances of avoiding North Campus. For example, on the housing application is there a combination of selections – room type (single, double or triple); corridor type (same or mixed gender); or bathroom type (shared community or non-community) that would provide a better opportunity to be selected to house on main campus? We have already dismissed as dishonest or impractical (i) faking up a medical or religious reason to live on main campus, or (ii) participating in an MLC (he’s not interested). Michigan Housing, Google searches and college confidential have been little help. It may be that he has to just take his chances with the lottery, but since it’s the offseason and there are many current/former students on the board with more recent experience than I have, I thought I would ask. Thanks in advance.
Edit: A lot of good advice in the responses. Many thanks.