Housing for new resident students is assigned based on the date a contract is submitted. As a result, later contracts (in nearly all cases, contracts received after the May 15th deadline) may be placed in overflow housing if more contracts are submitted than permanent beds are available.
Overflow housing consists of a lounge converted into comfortable, temporary housing (complete with regular room furnishings and a private bathroom) until a permanent bed becomes available. Overflow lounges house 3-6 students, depending on the size of the lounge.
Returning resident students would be placed in an overflow lounge only if their contract was turned in much past the deadline.