Cambridge Changing Leasing Process: Lottery is out, Open Leasing is in

Sophomores looking to move out of the dorms next year only have a few options.
Off-campus apartments, houses, the new Main Street Commons and St. James are about the only places students can go.
The St. James Apartment Complex is available to upperclassmen,
and students can pick from one to four bedrooms.
In years past, Cambridge Property Management, the company
that runs St. James, has hosted a lottery to determine when students could come sign up for a lease, but that process has changed.
Now, starting Sept. 30, Cambridge will open its doors to students to sign leases on a first-come first-served basis.
“We felt it was more fair to everyone this way,” a Cambridge employee said.
St. James can house a total of 640 students, split between juniors and seniors.
Those students who live in St. James this year have the opportunity
to resign their lease for the same apartment, but they must do so by 5 p.m. Sept. 29, according to Cambridge’s website.
Sophomore management and information systems major Devin Swenson said he plans on moving into a St. James apartment next year.
“I think it will be generally cheaper than moving into a house,” he said. “It will be better than looking
for something else.”
And although the lottery system seemed to work well in the past, Swenson said he thinks assigning apartments on a first-come first-serve basis will work out better for the students involved.
“This way the people who really want it will make the extra effort,” he said.