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Congratulations to #JMU24! 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.
    • Prior active duty military service.
    • Married first year students.

Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Housing Office.

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 2020 will be able to access the Online Housing System starting on April 1, 2020. Visiting this system, students will be able to sign a housing contract, select a meal plan and form a Roommate Group. Students can access the Online Housing System within 24–48 hours of paying their admissions deposit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I get my room and roommate information?

For the first time, first year students will be able to select their own room this summer.  You can also select your roommate if you choose, and we recommend that you do, but you are not required to.

If you select a roommate, the individual with the earliest timeslot to select a room will pull their roommate into the room they select.  The secondary roommate does not need to select a room.


If you do not select a roommate, you can still select a room, although this will occur after all students who can fill a room have made their decision.  There will be a percentage of rooms allocated in each building for students who have roommate and for those who don’t.  Please don’t think that there will automatically be fewer spaces available to you if you don’t have a roommate – it will still be based on when you paid your enrollment deposit.  You will also be able to see the answers to your potential roommate’s lifestyle questions when you are selecting a room.  So, students - please spend some personal time answering these questions so you are able to select the most compatible roommate or another student can select you as a roommate. 

Students can select their roommate(s) by forming or joining a Roommate Group on the Online Housing SystemPlease note that first year students may select roommates, but not suitemates.  Most rooms are double rooms, so most Roommate Groups will have 2 students.  However, since there are a limited number of triple rooms, 3 is the maximum number of students that may be in a Roommate Group.

The deadline to form or join a Roommate Group is July 17, 2020 at 12PM. Students will then be able to select their residence hall building and room during Online Room Selection, which will take place between July 20 and July 31. Students will receive a Room Selection Timeslot during which they will select their room on July 17. The timeslot will be based on the date the student paid their Enrollment Deposit to the University.

On August 17, all students will be able to view their housing information in the Student Center on MyMadison. The information will include their building location and room number, roommate information and move-in date.

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When is the first year housing contract available?

The first year housing contract will be available on April 1, 2020 and must be completed by May 31, 2020.*

*If you have any questions about this deadline, please contact our Housing Office via email at or give us a call at 540-568-HOME. 

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What buildings are available to first year students?

The following halls will be available to first year students:

  • Bluestone: Hoffman, Spotswood and Wayland
  • Hillside: Bell, Hillside, and McGraw-Long
  • Lakeside: Eagle and Shorts
  • Skyline: Chesapeake, Chandler and Shenandoah (except for B Section's upper floors) and floors 1-3 of Jennings
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Frederikson, Garber, Hanson, Huffman, Ikenberry, Weaver and White

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Do all buildings have air-conditioning?

Unfortunately, only about 50% of first year residence halls are air-conditioned. While most Bluestone residence halls and all Skyline and Hillside area residence halls are air-conditioned, Spotswood Hall and all Lakeside and Village area residence halls do not have air-conditioning.

If you require an air-conditioned building due to a health reason, please complete the Housing Accommodation Request.

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