Customize your Granville Towers housing experience at Room Draft Day
Room draft day for returning Granville residents will be Thursday. Students who want to move to Granville will choose their room on March 30.
This time last year, sophomore Olivia Wilkins knew she wanted to live with her closest friends; she just wasn't sure the best way to make that happen.
She wanted to stay in a residence hall setting after spending her first year on South Campus. Then she heard about Granville Towers Room Draft Day, when residents get to pick their room and their neighbors in an easy, in-person draft.
"I lived with some of my good friends last year, and wanted to live with them again,” Wilkins said. “At the time, on-campus housing didn’t offer Room Draft like Granville did.”
Granville Towers' Room Draft selection process helps residents not only find their community, but keep it. Cheekily modeled after the NFL Draft, it allows returning students to pick out their room for the upcoming year by physically placing a pin on a poster of Granville’s layout to “draft” their room choice.
The process allows for large groups of friends to pick their rooms at the same time, and even take up an entire hallway if they want to.
Allison Hinson, Granville’s leasing and marketing manager, said she thought the Room Draft helps people further build upon the friendships they’ve made over the past year in Granville and personalize their housing choices.
“I find people make strong friendships their first year,” Hinson said. “I also think a lot of times picking out housing as a first year, you didn’t have many choices — this empowers upperclassmen to have a say.”
Senior Chandler Albert did the Room Draft her first year and said it was the best choice for being able to live with her five close friends.
“It’s a great idea for living with your friends and there aren’t many drawbacks,” Albert said. “It worked really well for me — you have a lot of freedom.”
Students who already live in Granville have the first-round pick for Room Draft, which will be Thursday, Jan. 26.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, residents will line up before the map of Granville's room set up hanging on the west side of the Agora. They'll grab a pin and place it on whichever available room they would like. Their friends will be able to put their pin in adjacent rooms.
Students moving to Granville can participate in the second round of the draft on March 30.
While there is a guaranteed room for everybody who has registered to live in Granville next year, the competition for the best rooms can be fierce.
Students start lining up outside the Agora by 8 a.m., even though the draft doesn't start until 11 a.m., Hinson said, something Wilkins thinks is a smart idea.
“I would go early, find out the dates in advance, so you can choose which tower you want and which hall you want,” Wilkins said. “The rooms go fast.”
Senior Katelin Franklin, who lived in Granville her first two years, suggested students think about not just towers and halls, but which particular room on each hallway would best suit their lifestyle.
“I would be mindful of where on the floor you are — do I wanna be next to the elevators? Do I want to be next to the stairwell? Do I wanna be somewhere in the middle?” Franklin said. “Because I think a lot of people would say, “Oh I wanna stay in 7 East,” and go anywhere, and then realize, ‘Oh, I wanted to be on the side of the elevator because I’m always running late.”
But even when students don’t get their top room or hall choice, the nature of the Room Draft creates a friendly social atmosphere on the hallways.
Franklin, who knew a few people on her hallway going into her second year, said she became close with every person on her hall by the end of the year.
"I lived in Granville my first two years and I loved them,” Franklin said. “I’m from a very small town and coming to Carolina, I was sitting with more people in my Econ class than I’d graduated with, so I felt like with Granville, I was able to find my community a little better because everything is so tight-knit.”