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Naturally, academics will be the focus of your graduate career at JMU. However there is much more to student life than the classroom. We want our graduate students to lead balanced and engaged lives in and out of the classroom. Listed here are numerous resources, organizations, and activities to help you be successful here, and after JMU.

The Basics (Live, eat, get around...)

University Services and Resources

Graduate Student Organizations

Social and Recreation


The Basics (Live, eat, get around...)


JMU does not have on-campus housing for graduate students. Most graduate students find off campus apartments. A good place to start looking is the JMU Office of Off-Campus Living (OCL). If you have trouble finding a place, contact the OCL. They know of apartments that are rented primarily to graduate students. They also maintain a directory that includes the property location, contact information, and other pertinent information. 540-568-6071 by AIM (instant messenger) – AskOCL

Downtown Harrisonburg also offers many apartment living options. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance keeps a webpage of downtown apartment complexes, all of which are more appropriate for a more mature student.



JMU dining was named #2 from the Princeton Review!

Over 20 dining locations across campus (all you can eat style and a la carte style)

Starbucks and Java City locations are located in libraries and in various academic buildings on both sides of campus

Express Markets are located in Showker Hall, HHS, and Montpelier Hall for quick grab and go sandwiches and coffee

Dining services offers 7 Meal Plan options for commuter students. It is quick and easy to pick the best option for yourself!

Meal plans are not required for commuter students.


In order to park on campus, graduate students will need to purchase a parking permit. The fee for a permit is $210 for the year.

Students can purchase a permit by visiting Parking Services in the Basement of the Showker deck or by going online to

HDPT Transit

The Harrisonburg Department of Transit provides buses that are free to ride for students

Buses go through campus, to areas around town such as the mall and Walmart, and to various apartment complexes

Bus schedules can be found online, in packets that are located at the front of every bus, and on various smartphone apps

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University Services and Resources

General Resources

Student Handbook

As a student at JMU, you should consider perusing the JMU Student Handbook. Although this document was created with undergraduate students in mind, it contains the University Honor Code as well as other important university policies that may be of interest to you as a graduate student.


Public Safety – Your Right to Know

JMU campus police publish annual crime reports available for review by JMU community. They can be accessed on the public safety web site.


Academic Resources

Career and Academic Planning (CAP)

Career and Academic Planning (CAP) is a service open to undergrads and graduate students to help them work on their professional goals. Services include resume workshops, career fairs, mock interviews and a database of open jobs and internships


Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI)

Don’t let the name fool you…the staff at CFI serve graduate student needs too! In addition to programming focused on pedagogical approaches and faculty development, the CFI offers: Numerous workshops for all academics and professionals including:

  • Grant Writing
  • Logic and Reasoning
  • Thesis and Disseration support
  • Research Methods and Support
  • Plenary talks & roundtable discussions with leading academics and professionals from across the world
  • Development for aspiring faculty

Best part of all: It’s FREE to graduate students, and some longer sessions include free breakfast/lunch!


Center for Instructional Technology (CIT)

The Center for Instructional Technology is committed to providing the JMU community with a wide range of consulting support and production services for developing online, blended, and technology-facilitated courses and programs that offer faculty and students new educational options and opportunities.


Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Disability services at JMU helps create an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience


JMU Learning Centers

Communication Center

The Communication Center provides resources and assistance with oral communication projects to the JMU community. The CC promotes students' communication excellence in the areas of speech preparation and presentation, small group problem solving and interpersonal skills. Specifically, the Center's student speech consultants provide help with Speech Preparation, Speech Anxiety, Speech Delivery, Speech Outlining, Communication Theory, and PowerPoint Application.


English Language Learner Services (ELL)

English Language Learner Services creates learning opportunities for all students that foster personal transformation and academic achievement by helping multilingual learners refine their academic English.


University Writing Center

The writing center offers writers help with all types of writing ranging from scholarly articles to citation problems to research strategies.

Services include:

  • Free,individualized writing consultations
  • Faculty consultations for designing assignments and for responding to student writing
  • Online resources
  • Online tutoring for those who have trouble visiting the center
  • Computer lab and study space


The Libraries

There are two main libraries at JMU (Carrier Library and Rose Library). However, there are also two smaller, more specific libraries, located in the Music Building and in Memorial Hall

Carrier and Rose Library


Mo-Thu: 7:30am-2:00am

Fri: 7:30am-8:00pm

Sat: 10a-8p

Sun: 10am-2am

  • Carrier and Rose Library both have numerous group study rooms, some that you can book and others are first come first serve
  • You can connect to the JMU wireless network through the library to get access to online journals and electronic resources from off campus
  • Each library has desktop computers open to students and printing stations available (5 centers/page)
  • The libraries also have laptops, chargers, and wires to connect computers to flat screen tvs (located in group study rooms) for rent
  • Carrier Library has 3 stories and is located on main campus
  • Rose Library has 5 stories, is located on east campus and includes a 24 hour room with a computer lab


Health and Wellness Resources

University Health Center

There are many general medical services that the University Health Center provides for students, including general illness care for flu, cold, mono,etc

  • The UHC also has a dermatology physician assistant on staff during the regular school year
  • Acute care services are available for students that have urgent medical conditions (ex. Stitches, sprains, minor fractures, allergic reactions)
  • The UHC also has a women’s health clinic that provides services such as: pelvic exam, pap smear, contraception prescriptions, STI testing and treatment and pregnancy testing and referrals
  • There is a full list of service list and fees online at the JMU UHC website
  • There is no fee for simply visiting the clinic. However, if you receive a lab test or a vaccine, or are late to your appointment, there will be a fee Payment option: Cash, check, FLEX, MasterCard/VISA


Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC)

  • The counseling center, located at the Varner House on campus, is available to students
  • The center offers individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis assistance free of charge
  • The center also offers psychiatric services. Prescriptions should be filled through student’s outside insurance


University Recreation Center (UREC)

  • Located on east campus
  • Includes a 33-foot climbing wall, racquetball courts, basketball/ volleyball courts, indoor track, cardio theatre, indoor pool/sauna/spa area, locker rooms, massage studio, a TRX Training Center, and group fitness areas
  • Several outdoor areas including a courtyard for sand volleyball and outdoor turf fields
  • Houses an equipment center where sports and camping/outdoor equipment can be checked out or rented.
  • Graduate students can sign up to take group fitness classes free of charge and are also welcome to participate in intramural sports


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Social and Recreation Opportunities

Downtown Harrisonburg

  • Dining: Over 25 dining establishments in the downtown district, a popular and growing farmers market, a co-op grocery store, food tours, a focus on diverse ethnic and local foods, and a variety of food-related events
  • Shops: Over 40 specialty shops located downtown
  • Festivals:
    • First Fridays Downtown: Monthly art walk showcase artists and musicians in locations throughout downtown
    • Taste of Downtown: This bi-annual restaurant week in March and August boasts the best eats of downtown.
    • MACRoCk: The Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference features over 100 independent musicians and bands playing in downtown locations over the course of two days - music madness!
    • Rocktown Beer and Music Festival: 80 craft beers and live music

Shenandoah Valley Things to See and Do....

The valley is rich with opportunities to tour, hike, cycle, camp, go wine-tasting, and discover...pretty much next door to Harrisonburg and JMU!

Through JMU

Office of Student Activities and Involvement (OSAI)

The JMU Office of Student Activities and Involvement (OSAI) maintains a complete directory of all official clubs and student organizations. Graduate students are welcome to join and participate in any club or organization of interest.


Community Service

Phone: 540-568-6366


University Program Board – Grafton-Stovall Theater

The University Program Board shows weekly movies in Grafton-Stovall. Usually there are two different movies showing at various times during the week. Admission is $2.50 with JAC card. No book bags are allowed in the theater.

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