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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 for Spring 2015 will be able to access the Online House System after November 5, 2014. Visitng this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract, select a meal plan and rank their area preferences.

Room assignments and roommate information will be emailed to first year students on December 22, 2014. All residence halls open at 9 am on Sunday, January 11, 2015. 

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. Residential Learning Communities are formed at the beginning of each school year, new students moving on campus for the spring semester will not be able to join a Residential Learning Community.

Read more about Residential Learning Communities.

First Year Housing FAQs



When will I find out my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on December 22 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 11, 2015. 

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.