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The Office of Residence Life believes that the Apartments on Grace are a great option for upperclass and transfer students who want to experience apartment living with all the benefits of living on campus!

Located on Grace Street, this apartment style building houses 500 students in a combination of 1 and 2 bedroom units with 2 residents per bedroom. Apartments come with a kitchen, fully furnished living room and bedroom(s), and 1 bathroom for every pair of residents. All units are wifi and cable ready, and all utilities are included in your room rent!

This building is conveniently located near the Forbes Center, Memorial Hall, and the quad. In 2016, The Apartments on Grace received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Award. Amenities include:

    • A variety of study spaces
    • Billiards and Table Tennis lounges
    • Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts
    • A BBQ area
    • Mailboxes for all residents
    • A covered and lighted bicycle shelter
    • Subway sandwich shop

A typical room has:

    • Two XL twin loft beds with innerspring mattresses (beds are height adjustable; underneath clearance up to 58")
    • Two individual desks with chairs
    • Two free standing wardrobes
    • Two chests of drawers
    • Fluorescent/LED lighting
    • Roller shades
    • Wireless Internet
    • TV cable hookup
    • Carpeted floors
    • Drywalls (push pins or thumb tacks recommended)
    • This building is air-conditioned


Cooling/Heating Instructions

Residents can control the temperature of their rooms with their thermostat; please be sure to keep the temperature between 68-76 degrees (does not depend on outside air temperature).



Room Specs

    • Double bedrooms are approximately 180 square feet
    • Single bedrooms are approximately 110 square feet
    • All living rooms range between 120-140 square feet

Frequently Asked Questions



Move In Guide

What to Bring:

  • Kitchen Supplies (cutlery knives allowed)
  • Kitchen Appliances (Toasters, George Foreman Grill, Toaster Ovens)
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Drying rack or mat
  • Toilet Plunger
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Step stool
  • Thumb tacks or push pins (3M products not allowed)
  • Trashcans (including kitchen and bathroom)


What to Leave Behind:

  • Portable Dishwasher
  • Portable Washer
  • Portable Dryer
  • Bed risers with electrical outlets built-in
  • Desk lamps with electrical outlets built-in
  • Candles
  • Duct tape
  • Extension cords
  • TV wall mounts
  • Guns, including paintball guns or any form of BB gun
  • Halogen lamps
  • Shower curtains (one is provided)
  • Incense
  • 3M products
  • Knives (Cutlery Knives are acceptable)
  • Pets
  • Room air conditioners
  • Room heaters
  • Weapons
  • Wireless routers and hubs


Any items not listed are up to the discretion of ORL.

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How many different layouts are there? How many bathrooms?

There are three different layouts in the building. Each of these layouts includes a full kitchen and furnished living room.

  • 2 bedroom double occupancy units: These units have 2 residents per bedroom, for a total of 4 residents in each unit. Each bedroom has a bathroom. There are approximately 95 units of this style in the building. See the floor plan here.
  • 1 bedroom double occupancy units: These units have 2 residents in a bedroom. There is one bathroom in this unit. There are approximately 45 units of this style in the building. See the floor plan here.
  • 2 bedroom single occupancy units: These units have 1 resident per bedroom, for a total of 2 residents in each unit. One of the bedrooms is for a Resident Adviser. There is a bathroom to be shared by both residents. There are approximately 15 units of this style in the building. See the floor plan here.

Double bedrooms are approximately 180 square feet. Single bedrooms are approximately 110 square feet. Living rooms range between 120 and 140 square feet.

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How will students be assigned to the apartments?

Individual units will be available to students with 2018 - 2019 housing contracts during the Online Room Selection process which takes place in March. Only students who can fill an entire 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom unit will be able to select an apartment in the Apartments on Grace. Unfortunately, demand for the apartments is often greater than the total number of units.

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Am I given priority if I signed a 2018 - 2019 housing contract?

Students with signed 2018 - 2019 housing contracts will be able to select a unit during Online Room Selection in the spring. A student’s log in time for Online Room Selection is based on the date that they signed their 2018 - 2019 housing contract. Therefore, students that signed 2018 - 2019 housing contracts early will have an earlier log in time than students that sign their contracts later. Please note that signing a 2018 - 2019 housing contract does not guarantee a student a space in any specific building.

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I didn't sign a 2018 - 2019 housing contract? Does this mean I won't be able to live in the apartments next year?

Any student with a signed housing contract will be eligible to live in the Apartments on Grace. Only students that are able to fill an entire unit will be able to go through Online Room Selection during the designated apartment selection time.

While Online Room Selection log in times are based on when a student signed a housing contract, students can form groups to select a unit together. The unit would be selected by the person with the earliest lottery time.

Example: You and your two friends signed your housing contracts in October. You have another friend who completed a 2018 - 2019 contract in July. This means that when Online Room Selection starts in March for the new apartments, your friend who signed a contract in July can select a 2 bedroom double occupancy unit for your entire group of four.

Please note that signing a housing contract does not guarantee a student a space in the new building.

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Am I required to get a meal plan?

All apartment residents will be required to have a commuter or a residential meal plan. Meal plan selections will be made during Online Room Selection in the spring. More information about each meal plan can be found on the Card Services website.

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Is there parking?

Apartment residents with cars and valid JMU parking permits will be able to parking in available resident lots located near the building. Parking is on a first come, first serve basis, and is not guaranteed for any resident.

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What kind of furniture is in the apartment?

All bedrooms will include a twin XL mattress and frame, as well as a dresser, wardrobe, desk, and desk chair, for each resident. The beds are adjustable lofts. Living rooms will be furnished with four upholstered chairs, and coffee and end tables. The kitchen will include a refrigerator/freezer, oven/stove, sink, and stools for the breakfast bar. Students will need to bring their own small appliances, such as toaster, coffee maker, and microwave.

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Will I have an RA and Hall Director?

The Apartments on Grace Street will be fully staffed with 12 Resident Advisers and a professional, full time Hall Director. Resident Advisors will be on duty every night, working out of a central hall office and conducting regular rounds of the building.

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Will I have to pay anything besides room and board?

Any student living in the Apartments on Grace will be responsible for the annual housing contract fee, currently $40, and the semesterly internet fee, currently $96. All utilities are included in the room rent charge.

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Are the apartments more expensive?

The apartment room rent for all unit types will be $500 more per semester than the standard room rent. The Board of Visitors determines all room rents during their April meeting. See Room and Board Costs.

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Can I stay in the apartment over breaks?

The Apartments on Grace will be on the same occupancy schedule as the other residence halls on campus. Students will not be able to remain in their units over any holiday breaks or the summer. All residents must vacate their units at the end of the spring semester.

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Can I have a pet?

To protect the general health and safety of hall residents, pets are not allowed in any university-owned or university-operated housing. The only exceptions to this policy are fish that are kept as pets and animals approved by the Office of Disability Services.

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I am in the Honors program and have a 2018 - 2019 housing contract. Where can I live next year?

Honors Students can choose to select a space in Shenandoah B Section. Additionally, the Office of Residence Life is designating a number of 2 bedroom double occupancy and 1 bedroom double occupancy units on the 2nd floor of the apartments for pre-authorized Honors students and their non-Honors roommates.

Only students who are able to fill an entire unit will be able to go through Online Room Selection during the designated apartment selection time for Honors students. At least 50% of the apartment residents must be in the Honors Program. Honors students will receive more specific information from our office in Februrary.

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