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First Year Residential Housing Information

Welcome to the Class of 2019!  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 Housing System after April 1. Visiting this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract, select a meal plan, rank their area preferences and search for roommates.

Room assignments and roommate information will be emailed to first year students on July 31. Move in for first year students is August 25 and 26 from 9:00am to 2:00 pm, 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 freshman 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 Housing System after April 1.

When is the Housing Contract due?

The Housing Contract must be submitted by Friday, 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 who my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on July 31 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, and Magnolia
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Garber, Hanson, Huffman, 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.