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Welcome to JMU's new transfer students! We are pleased to offer incoming spring 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!


Some of the best memories of college comes from living on campus. Friends are made every day in a residence hall, on a walk to class, or during a meal at the cafeteria. Your decision to live on-campus at JMU matters and we’ll be happy to be your home, sweet home during your transition year. Choose to Live Close, Live Safe, Live Supported, and Live Engaged.

What is your next step? Submit your Housing Contract! While housing for transfer students is not a guarantee, we anticipate having on-campus space specifically for transfers for the 2020 spring semester. All upperclass housing is air-conditioned and includes The Apartments on Grace, five buildings in the Bluestone Area, and Jennings Hall.

New transfer students will be able to access the Online Housing System on October 29, 2019, and that's no joke! Students can access the Online Housing System within 24 – 48 hours of paying their admissions deposit.  After signing a housing contract, transfer students will be able to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire, 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 another upperclass student or a new transfer student as a roommate. In the event that you are not offered 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.


Choosing to live on campus gives you an opportunity to experience JMU in ways that off campus options just can’t provide. Welcome to JMU and welcome to your new home!


Questions or concerns should be directed to the Housing Office at (540) 568-HOME or res-life@jmu.edu 

Frequently Asked Questions



Can fall transfer students live on campus?

YES! JMU is pleased to offer incoming transfer students residential housing for the Fall 2019 semester! New transfer students interested in living on campus should apply for housing through the Online Housing System.

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

All of our buildings are great places to live, so we would encourage you to be open minded to wherever you are assigned. However, if you arrive on campus and are 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 three weeks of the semester, so room changes will be processed after September 16, 2019.

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What buildings are available to transfer students?

The following halls will be available to transfer students:

  • Bluestone: Ashby (Super Singles), Converse, Gifford, Logan and Wampler
  • Grace: Apartments on Grace
  • Skyline: Jennings and Shenandoah (B section)

Transfer students will be assigned an upperclass roommate. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate transfers students who want to live with a current first year resident.

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When will I find out my room and roommate?

Room assignment information will be sent out to students on August 1 on MyMadison. The information will include their building location and room number, roommate information, and move-in date.

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Can I choose what day I move in?

No, all transfer students living on campus will be able to move into the residence halls on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

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Do all buildings have air-conditioning?
How much does it cost to live on campus?

A semester’s room rent for any room type in our residence halls is $2610*. The semester’s room rent for a space in the Apartments on Grace is $3110*. Because students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan, it is important to include that cost in to your budget.

*2018-2019 rates. 2019-2020 rates TBD.

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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 fall and spring semesters and will not be cancelled because a student has changed their mind about living on campus. The contract may only be cancelled within 5 business days after it is signed.

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