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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear colonial garb?

Only if you really want to. It is quite stylish, but not required.

Is the house modern inside?

Yes! There is cable, internet, and even air-conditioning.

Can my roommate and I still apply if one or both of us is abroad?

Absolutely. If you are invited to come in for an interview, Residence Life can arrange a phone or Skype interview with the student(s) abroad while the student at WM can come in for a face-to-face interview.

Is it true that the residents alternate between male and female each year?

While that has been the trend, it is not intentional. The students with the most promising programming and ideas for the house are selected regardless of gender.

What's the deal with parking?

There is one space in a lot next to the house (hidden behind some bushes so you can't see it from the road), and one resident can park in the lot reserved for CW employees which is diagonally across the street (but also hidden by bushes). Both are very close.

Do I still need a parking permit for campus?

Residents each receive a permit to park in CW. It is up to each to decide whether they want to purchase one to park on campus. If you intend to drive to campus every day, you will need a WM permit.

How much of a hassle is the commute to campus each morning?

It is helpful to have a bike (you can store it on the back patio area) if you're running late or don't want to walk, but it is a lovely walk to make each day! It takes about 15 minutes to get to the Wren building, but it's not hard to budget for that time.

What other special features does the house offer? What kind of furniture is there?

You can get an idea of it by checking out pictures on the Residence Life website. There is a working fireplace, a bathtub, a huge brick patio and an attic which is ideal for storage. The living room furniture is quite nice, and the bedroom furniture is a bit nicer than what you would find on campus.

Can we apply if we are not history majors?

Of course! Residents in the past have majored in American Studies, Psychology, Art History, and History, and had no special ties to CW when applying. You just need a good idea for programming.

What's the deal with the internet at the house?

It is high-speed internet through Cox Communications; there is a wireless router, so both residents can be online at the same time.

Do you have an RA?

The Outer Limits staff works with the house, but there are no hall dues, and no one does rounds out here.

What are the drawbacks to living in CW?

Having friends that don't want to make the walk to the house and dodging manure on the way to class.

Do the tourists ever knock on your front door?

The house is off the beaten path (aka, DoG Street) and the house is fairly unassuming, so not many people try to come in. When the house is decorated for Christmas with a lovely wreath, a bunch of people tend to take pictures. So don't be alarmed if you are napping and hear people outside your front door.

Is the house haunted?

If it is, the ghost is very quiet and well-behaved.