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Returning Students Housing Information

Space for returning students is limited and offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students wishing to live in the residence halls must complete the following:

  1. Submit a Housing Application. Applications are available through the Online Housing System. A Housing Application lets the Housing Office know that you are interested in living in the residence halls next year. An application is not a commitment to live in the residence halls.

  2. Sign a Housing Contract.
    If space is available: you must sign a Housing Contract by a designated deadline to secure your housing space for the upcoming academic year. Housing Contract offers are sent to your JMU email. Read more about housing contracts.

    If space is not available: your application will be kept on file. You will be notified through your JMU email if a contract becomes available at a later date.

  3. Select a Room. Students with a signed housing contract will have the opportunity to select their room after Spring Break. Read more about the room selection process.
The University does not guarantee residential housing for any student after their freshman year. In the event that you are not offered a housing contract, you can find information about off-campus properties and helpful resources at the Off Campus Life Office.

Housing Application FAQs



What is a Housing Application?

A Housing Application lets the Office of Residence Life know that a student has interest in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic year.

Only students who have completed a Housing Application are offered Housing Contracts as space permits.

Current freshmen will be given priority for Housing Contracts. Contracts are then offered on a first come, first serve basis to applicants who are currently living on campus, then to new incoming transfers, and finally to students who are currently living off campus.

If I fill out a Housing Application, am I guaranteed a space on in the residence halls?

Completing a Housing Application does not guarantee a student a space in the residence halls nor does it commit a student to JMU housing.

The University does not guarantee residential housing for any student after their freshman year.

Who should complete a Housing Application?

  • Students who are currently living in the residence halls and are interested in returning for the upcoming academic year.
  • New transfer students who are interested in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic semester or year.
  • Students living off campus and are interested in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic year.

When and how should I complete a Housing Application?

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are available through the Online Housing System. Information about applying for on-campus housing will be emailed to all current on-campus students in September.

What happens after I apply?

If there is space available:

  • The applicant will be sent an e-mail to their JMU e-mail address with an offer for a Housing Contract and a due date.
  • Applicants must sign the contract online by the assigned due date in order to guarantee housing for the upcoming academic year.
  • The contract will be binding for the entire academic year for which it is signed and may only be canceled within 5 business days after it is signed.
  • Students should not submit a Housing Contract as a backup plan, as they will be held to all terms and conditions once the contract is received.
 

If there is no space available applications will be kept on file. Contract offers are made to applicants on an as space permits basis.

How do I cancel my Housing Application?

  • Housing Applications are automatically inactivated if a student is offered a Housing Contract and fails to sign the contract by the due date.
  • If you have not been offered a Housing Contract and are no longer interested in being on our applicant list, please email us at res-life@jmu.edu to cancel your Application.

Housing Contract FAQs



What is a Housing Contract?

  • A Housing Contract is a legally binding document that, when signed electronically, commits a student to live in the residence halls during the upcoming year and reserves a space for the student according to the Terms and Conditions of the Contract.
  • Students must complete a Housing Application in order to be considered for a Housing Contract offer.
  • The University does not guarantee residential housing for any student after their freshman year.

How do you decide who is offered a Housing Contract?

  • Current freshmen will be given priority for Housing Contracts. Contracts are then offered on a first come, first serve basis to applicants who are currently living on campus, then to new incoming transfers, and finally to students who are currently living off campus.
  • If you are offered a Contract and wish to reserve a space on campus you should review the Terms and Conditions of the Contract and electronically sign the Contract if you agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • The contract will be binding for the entire academic year for which it is signed and may only be canceled within 5 business days after it is signed.

When and how should I complete a Housing Contract?

You must first apply for residential housing. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are available through the Online Housing System. Based on space availability you will receive an e-mail to your JMU @dukes account with either a contract offer or a message about your application.

What happens after I sign a Housing Contract?

Students with signed housing contracts will be able to complete the Online Room Selection process in March and April.

How do I cancel my Housing Contract?

To cancel your Housing Contract within 5 business days after electronically signing it, email the Office of Residence Life at res-life@jmu.edu

To request cancellation of your Housing Contract at any other time you will need to use the online Contract Release Request. Contact the Housing Office at (540) 568-4663 or res-life@jmu.edu for additional information.