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Transfer Student Housing Information

Welcome to JMU's new transfer students! We are pleased to offer incoming transfer students the opportunity to join us in the residence halls. Living on campus is a great way to become a part of the Dukes community!

New transfer students will be able to access the Online Housing System in early April. Transfer housing contracts will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Once students electronically sign a housing contract, they have committed to living in a residence hall for the 2016-2017 academic year. You should not sign a housing contract unless you are 100% certain about living in the residence halls. 

New transfer students who sign housing contracts will be assigned to an upperclass room in the following buildings: Ashby, Chandler, Converse, Maple, Oak, Shenandoah, Wampler, White, and Willow. There will 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 next year. You will be assigned with another upperclass student or a new transfer student as a roommate. 

Housing applications will continue to be accepted once all the transfer housing contracts have been allocated to new students. In the event that you are not able to sign a housing contract, you should secure off-campus housing. You can find information about off-campus properties and helpful resources at the Office of Off Campus Life.

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 25, 2016 beginning at 2 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! JMU is pleased to offer incoming transfer students residential housing for the 2016-2017 academic year semester! New transfer students interested in living on campus should complete a housing contract through the Online Housing System.

I only want to live on campus if I can live in a specific building. Should I sign a housing contract?

A housing contract guarantees a student to a residential space at JMU. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any student a specific building or location on campus.  If you choose to sign a housing contract and are assigned to a building that you do not want to live in, you cannot cancel your contract. 

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 September 12, 2016.

What buildings are available to transfer students?

The following halls will be available to transfer students:

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

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 25, 2016.

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 RequestRequests must be received by May 15 in order to be considering for the upcoming academic year. 

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.