In some academic years, a number of temporary assignments are made by assigning three students to double occupancy rooms called temporary triples. These rooms come with complete sets of furniture, including a bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet or wardrobe, for all three residents.

As space becomes available, we will offer students in temporary triple rooms the opportunity to be reassigned. When possible, students will be offered a space although this is not always available. 

Prior to moving in, Residence Life will select one of the three students in the room to be moved and contact that student via JMU e-mail and phone to inform them of their new assignment. The other two students will be notified via e-mail that their room has been de-tripled, and they are now assigned to a regular double. If we are not able to de-triple a room prior to the start of the semester, students should plan to move into the triple space on their assigned move-in day. As space becomes available, we will offer students in temporary triple rooms the opportunity to detriple.

The first reassignment offer may be declined. In doing so, the triple will move to the end of the list of rooms to be detripled. Declining a reassignment offer will result in waiving eligibility for any further rebates for all members of the temporary triple. It is important, therefore, that all residents agree to decline the offer. The reassignment offer will be made to all three residents via the students’ JMU e-mail. Each resident must decline the offer by replying to the e-mail message.

Frequently Asked Questions

Temporary Triples

Temporary triple rooms are traditional double rooms that will temporarily house three students.

Based on the number of students who have been admitted and deposited, we are looking at additional housing spaces to accommodate all first-year students. With the larger incoming class this year, it will require the use of temporary triples in some rooms. 

We will begin assigning students who were unable to or did not select a room during the week of July 24, so look for an email with your room assignment information by the end of the day on Friday, July 28.

The temporary triple rooms will be in the Skyline area, specifically Chandler and Chesapeake Halls.


Not all students receiving the email about temporary triples will be housed in a temporary triple room but most will.

We will ensure that all incoming students are assigned to housing where they will have the opportunity to live in a great community with other Dukes.

Our goal is to “detriple,” or reassign one student from the temporary triple, as quickly as possible when space becomes available.

Some rooms will be detripled prior to move-in by the housing staff. If your student is reassigned or their room is detripled prior to moving in, they will receive an email to inform them of this information. Otherwise, Housing staff will start making offers to detriple rooms shortly after move-in.

There is no definite timeline as to how long it will take to detriple all temporary triple rooms, but housing staff makes every attempt to complete this process as quickly as possible.

Students who are still assigned to temporary triple rooms after move-in are asked to make a collaborative decision with their roommates as to who will move out to detriple the room once space is available.  If the students need assistance with the decision as to who will move, they are encouraged to contact their Resident Adviser (RA) or Hall Director (HD) to help them discuss their options.  A student cannot be “voted out” of the room or forced to accept a reassignment offer. 


Housing staff will start making offers to detriple rooms shortly after move in.

Students living in temporary triples do receive a partial refund of their housing cost, which is dependent on the length of time they live in the temporary triple room before an offer can be made to detriple the room. All students still assigned to a temporary triple room at move in will receive at least a 10% refund of their housing cost regardless of how long before they receive a detriple offer.

If you have any questions about temporary triple, please contact our office at 540-568-4663 or

Please remember that our summer office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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