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First Year Housing Information

The Office of Residence Life welcomes all incoming spring first year students!  All first year students are required to live in university residence halls for the entirety of their first academic year at James Madison University (fall and spring semesters).  First year students that join JMU in the spring will be housed only for the spring semester.  Exceptions to the first year residency requirement may be made for:

  • First year students who commute daily within a 60-mile radius from the permanent home of their parents or legal guardians.
  • First-year students who are 21 years of age or older.
  • Married first year students.
  • Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Director of Residence Life. 

New first year students for Spring 2017 will be able to access the Online Housing System starting on November 7, 2016. Visiting this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract, select a meal plan and rank their area preferences.  Students can access the Online Housing System within 24 – 48 hours of paying their admissions deposit. 

Room assignments and roommate information will be emailed to first year students on December 20, 2016.  New first year students are assigned a first year roommate.  All residence halls open at 9 am on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Temporary Triples

A temporary triple is defined as a room that is designated as a double occupancy, but has been modified to house three students. The room was randomly assigned by the Ofice of Residence Life and not at the request of the residents. Temporary triples have three complete sets of furniture and three internet ports. Read more about Temporary Triples here.

Housing After Your First Year

The Office of Residence Life offers new students the opportunity to sign housing contracts for another year at JMU, called an Upperclass Housing Contract. Why would you want to think about upperclass housing before you’ve even lived on campus as a Duke? There are lots of housing options for students, and it can be quite overwhelming to choose what’s best. We think that living on campus is a great option for all students. Research has shown that living on campus has many benefits for students, including fostering connections to the campus community and enhancing academic outcomes. You can read more about these benefits here.

Current first year students can commit to living on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year by signing an upperclass housing contract through the Online Housing System. These contracts are available NOW! Students who sign this contract are guaranteed a place on campus next year. Students who return to live on campus for 2017 - 2018 will be able to pick their own room during the Online Room Selection process that takes place during the Spring 2017 semester. A student's ability to access the Online Room Selection process is based upon when they sign their 2017 - 2018 housing contract. All students with signed housing contracts are given lotter numbers based on the date and time a student signed the 2017 - 2018 housing contract. The Office of Residence Life cannot guarantee a particular location regardless of when a contract was signed.

First Year Housing FAQs



When will I find out my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on December 20 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, all students will be able to move into the residence halls beginning at 9 am on Sunday, January 10, 2016. 

Can I choose what day I move in?

No, all students will be able to move into the residence halls beginning at 9 am on Sunday, January 8, 2017. 

What buildings are available to first year students?

The following halls will be available to first year students:

  • Bluestone: Gifford, Hoffman, Logan, Spotswood, Wayland
  • Hillside: Bell, Hillside, McGraw-Long
  • Lake: Eagle, Shorts
  • Skyline: Chesapeake, Potomac, Shenandoah (A-section)
  • Treehouses: Maple, Oak, Willow
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Frederikson, Garber, Hanson, Huffman, Ikenberry, Weaver, White

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, you can submit an Online Room Change Request Form through the Online Housing System.  There is a room freeze for the first two weeks of the semester, and room changes will be processed after January 23, 2017.  

Do all buildings have air-conditioning?

No.  Lake and Village residence halls do not have air-conditioning.  If you need air-conditioning because of a health reason, please complete the Housing Accommodation Request. 

How much does it cost to live on campus?

A semester’s room rent for any room type in our residence halls is $2393.  Because students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan, it is important to include that cost in to your budget.