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Transfer Student Housing Information

Welcome to JMU's new transfer students! Living on campus is a great way to become a part of the Dukes community!

At this time, we are not offering housing contracts to new transfer students.  We have offered over 150 housing contracts to transfer students, and currently do not have additional contracts available. 

If you are interested in living on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year, you can submit a housing application.  A housing application lets the Office of Residence Life know you are interested in living in on campus during the upcoming academic year.  Only students who have completed a housing application are offered housing contracts, as space permits.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to adhere to a strict contract offer timeline, so we encourage students to contact the Office of Off-Campus Life to begin the process of securing off-campus housing.

New transfer students with signed housing contracts will be assigned to an upperclass room in the following buildings: Ashby, Chandler, Converse, Maple, Oak, Shenandoah, Spotswood, Wampler, and Willow. There may also be limited space available in the Apartments on Grace in 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom units for 2 or 4 residents. After signing a housing contract, transfer students will be able to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire and select campus area preferences, which will help our office make assignments. 

Over 95% of rooms available for transfer students are double rooms, so you will most likely have a roommate for the semester.  You will be assigned with an upperclass student or a new transfer student as a roommate. 

Students living in JMU residence halls and apartments will be required to select a residential meal plan. More information about meal plans can be found at Card Services.  

Move in for new transfer students is Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 2 - 5 pm. 

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Housing Office at (540) 568-4663 or

Transfer Student FAQs

Can transfer students live on campus?

Yes, however we are not currently offering on-campus housing contracts for transfer students for the upcoming academic year. New transfer students interested in living on campus can complete a housing application through the Online Housing System.

If I fill out a housing application, am I guaranteed a space 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.

What buildings are available to transfer students with signed housing contracts?

The following halls will be available to transfer students:

  • Bluestone: Ashby, Converse, Spotswood, and Wampler
  • Grace:  Apartments on Grace
  • Lake: Chandler
  • Skyline: Shenandoah (B section)
  • Treehouses: Maple, Oak, and Willow

When will I find out my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on August 1 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 2 pm on Thursday, August 24, 2017. 

Do all buildings have air-conditioning?

No. Chandler and Spotswood Hall do not have air-conditioning. If you need air-conditioning because of a health reason, please complete the Housing Accommodation Request.

I signed a contract but now I want to live off campus. How do I cancel my contract?

The housing contract is binding for the entirety of the academic year and will not be cancelled because a student has changed their mind about living on campus. The contract may only be canceled within 5 business days after it is signed by contacting the Housing Office at (540) 568-4663 or

How much does it cost to live on campus?

A semester’s room rent for any room type in our residence halls is $2499. The semester’s room rent for a space in the Apartments on Grace is $2999. Because students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan, it is important to include that cost in to your budget.