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First Year Residential Housing Information

First year students who begin in the fall semester are guaranteed housing for the academic year. First year students that join JMU in the spring will be housed only for the spring semester.

New first year students will be able to access the Online House System after April 9, 2014. Visitng this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract, select a meal plan, rank their area preferences, and search for roomates. 

Room assignments and roommate information will be emailed to first year students on August 1, 2014. Move in for first year students is August 19 and 20, depending on which residence hall the student has been assigned to. 

Residential Learning Communities

Students who participate in a Residential Learning Community get the unique opportunity to live and take classes with a small group of students who share similar interests. Read more about Residential Learning Communities.

Second Year Housing Contracts

The Second Year Contract is offered only to incoming freshmen and is a contract for the sophomore year which guarantees the student a space on campus for their second academic year.

This is an optional contract and should only be signed by students who are 100% sure they want to be in a residence hall during their sophomore year. The contract is binding and you cannot cancel it at a later date. If you sign the second year contract you will have a space on campus next year and billed for residential housing and a resident meal plan.

First Year Housing FAQs

When is the housing application available?

The application will be available on the Online House System after Wednesday, April 9.

When is the Housing Contract due?

The Housing Contract must be submitted by Thursday, May 15.

I'm in the Honors program. Do I have to submit a Housing Contract?

Yes. All first year students must complete a Housing Contract.

Does everyone have to submit a Housing Contract?

Yes. All first year students must complete a Housing Contract, unless they are an authorized commuter.

Do I have to complete the two-year contract?

NO, the second year contract is not required. Students who complete the second year contract will be guaranteed JMU housing for their sophomore year, but we will also offer second year contracts to students in October of their freshman year. 

When will I find out my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on August 1 to their @dukes email address. The information will include their building location and room number, roommate information, and move in date.

Can I choose what day I move in?

No, students will be assigned a move in date based on the building they are in.

What buildings are available to first year students?

The following halls will be available to first year students:

  • Bluestone:Gifford, Hoffman, Logan, Wampler and Wayland
  • Hillside: Bell, Hillside and McGraw-Long
  • Lakeside: Eagle and Shorts
  • Skyline:Chesapeake, Potomac and Shenandoah (A-section)
  • Treehouses: Dogwood, Maple, Magnolia, Oak, Spruce and Willow
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Garber, Hanson, Ikenberry and Weaver

How do you assign spaces?

We try to follow as closely as possible to students' preferences, but unfortunately it is impossible to give everyone their first or second location choice. If you arrive on campus and are still interested in a room change, your Hall Director can help you fill out a room change form which will be processed three weeks into the school year. 

Second Year Housing Contract FAQs

What is a Second Year Housing Contract?

The Second Year Contract is offered only to incoming freshmen. It is a contract for the sophomore year which guarantees the student a space in the residence halls for their second academic year.

Is it required?

NO! This is an optional contract and should only be signed by students who are 100% sure they want to be in the residence halls their sophomore year.

Is it a back-up plan while I shop around for off campus housing?

NO! The contract is binding and you cannot cancel it at a later date. If you sign the second year contract you will have a space in the residence halls next year and billed for residential housing and a resident meal plan.

Will there be another chance to secure second year housing?

YES! Applications for residential housing are avalible each fall. If you want to submit a housing application for next year, visit the Online House System.

Will my costs be the same both years?

No. Room rates tend to increase 3% - 4% annually. The JMU Board of Visitors will determine the 2015-16 rates during the spring 2015 semester.

Why does JMU offer the Second Year Contract?

In years prior, a large number of students and their families expressed a desire to lock in second year housing during the summer prior to their freshman year.

How many freshmen sign the Second Year Contract?

Just over 10% of the incoming class chooses to sign this contract each year.