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Congratulations to #JMU22! The Office of Residence Life welcomes all incoming 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 address of their parents or legal guardians as indicated on their application for admission to JMU.
    • 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.

The One Book website is comprised of several steps you need to complete, including signing your First Year Housing Contract, to prepare for your transition to JMU.

New first year students for Fall 2018 will be able to access the Online Housing System starting on April 2, 2018. Visiting this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract and select a meal plan. Students can access the Online Housing System within 24 – 48 hours of paying their admissions deposit.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out my room and roommate?

Room assignment 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.

Due to a technical issue, some students may have seen a TENTATIVE housing assignment online. Our office is not finished with housing assignments as of yet, so what students may have seen is only TENTATIVE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE and are NOT FINAL housing assignments. We encourage you to wait until we release our finalized and official housing assignments on July 31st. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are sorry for any inconvenience. - The Office of Residence Life Staff

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When is the first year housing contract available?
The first year housing contract will be available on April 2, 2018 and must be completed by May 18, 2018.

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Can I choose what day I move in?

No, all students will be assigned a move in date (either August 21st or 22nd) based on the building they are in. Be sure to check your MyMadison account to see which of the two move in days you have been assigned to. 

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What buildings are available to first year students?

The following halls will be available to first year students:

  • Bluestone: Gifford, Hoffman, Logan, Spotswood and Wayland
  • Hillside: Bell, Hillside, and McGraw-Long
  • Lakeside: Eagle and Shorts
  • Skyline: Chesapeake, Chandler and Shenandoah (A-section)
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Frederikson, Garber, Hanson, Huffman, Ikenberry, Weaver and White

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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.

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How do I apply for housing in one of the 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.

The benefits of living in a Residential Learning Community include:

    • Special interaction with faculty members
    • Convenient, natural study group
    • Community service possibilities
    • A smooth start that weaves connections all across JMU

To learn more about the different Residential Learning Communities and how to apply for housing in one of the communities, click here.

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