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First Year 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 2016 will be able to access the Online Housing System starting on October 28, 2015. Visiting 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, 2015.  All residence halls open at 9am on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

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 here.

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 10, 2016. 

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: Maple, Oak, Spruce and Willow
  • 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, 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 25, 2016.