William & Mary

Colonial Williamsburg House

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  • East Nicholson Street
    East Nicholson Street  Stroll down the colonial streets on your way to the William Randolph Lodging.  
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    Map    
  • Carriage Ride
    Carriage Ride  Residents of CW hear the familiar footsteps of the horses.  
  • Governor's Palace
    Governor's Palace  A short walk down East Nicholson will bring you to the opulent Governor's Palace.  
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    Oxen  A couple of friendly neighbors.  
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    CW in Fall  Autumn colors flank the streets.  
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Colonial Williamsburg House

William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg have agreed to offer a housing option for two rising juniors or seniors in the Historic Area each year. The house currently leased is called the William Randolph Lodging and is located at 406 E. Nicholson Street - just one block over from Duke of Gloucester Street. Click to see pictures of the house. A pair of students who will represent the College well, and whose presence in the historic area will help further the relationship which William & Mary has with our neighbors in Colonial Williamsburg will be selected each year. Only two students may live in the residence and each applicant must be a rising junior or senior. Candidates should apply as prospective roommate pairs, and should submit all application materials in order to be considered for this unique opportunity.

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2017-2018 Colonial Williamsburg House Calendar  

Mon., November 7, 2016

Non-Refundable Room Reservation Deposit accepted at the Cashier's Office, Blow Hall

Thu., December 1, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg House application available

TBD

Open House, William Randolph Lodging (CW House)

Fri., February 3, 2017  5:00pm

Deadline for submitting applications to Jess Raymond, 212 Residence Life, Campus Center

Fri., February 17, 2017

Deadline for paying $200 non-refundable room deposit to the Cashier's Office. No late payments will be accepted and

your application can not be considered unless the deposit has been paid.

February 6-17

Colonial Williamsburg House Interviews

Week of Feb. 20

Applicants notified

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Who is eligible to live in student housing in Colonial Williamsburg?

A pair of students who will represent the College well, and whose presence in the historic area will help further the relationship which William & Mary has with our neighbors in Colonial Williamsburg. Only two students may live in the residence and each applicant must be a rising junior or senior. Candidates should apply as prospective roommate pairs, and should submit all application materials in order to be considered for this unique opportunity.

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What are the costs associated with living in Colonial Williamsburg student housing?

Rental of the student residence in Colonial Williamsburg is managed through Residence Life. Thus, the rent and utility charges are the Colonial Williamsburg House room rate. Basic cable TV and internet (through Cox Communications) costs are also covered by the University. There are no unusual costs associated with living in the CW House. It is critical that students pay their $200 Room Reservation Deposit with the Cashier's Office by the deadline established by Residence Life to insure their eligibility to live in Colonial Williamsburg if selected.

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What are the special benefits of living in Colonial Williamsburg?

In addition to having the unique experience of living in a restored residence, the selected students will be expected to plan several programs for students during the year, act as ambassadors for William & Mary, and gain valuable perspectives on living as a member of a historic community. A small programming budget is alloted each year  and residents may use the Residence Life Center for Community Development (CCD) to assist with these events and activities.  

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What are my responsibilities as a student resident in Colonial Williamsburg?

When completing the application, students will need to demostrate ways in which they will help foster a partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary. This collaboration should be based on the students' interests and skills, and will be considered during the application process.

While the students are residing in the property, they will be expected to report on the progress and success of their identified goals through regular meetings with residence life staff and a short written report at the end of each semester. 

Students residing at the property will also go through a short fire place training in the Fall semester should they plan on using the fire place in the house. 

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Are there special rules which apply to residents in the Historic Area?

Yes, there are unusual obligations and responsibilities which accompany living in the Historic Area because the residences are more than rental properties. They are an integral and important part of restored Williamsburg and each occupant is, in a sense, curator of that particular portion of the Historic Area.  For example, each student is required, as a condition of accepting occupancy, to assume an obligation to minimize visual elements incongruous with eighteenth-century appearances and to cooperate with Colonial Williamsburg in its continuing effort to maintain an authentic appearance and atmosphere. A detailed list of ground rules will be provided to the students who are selected to live in the Historic Area.

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How do I apply?

A complete application package must be submitted for each application pair (students may not apply individually). Please follow the link to the application above. Once all applications are submitted, a committee will review them and select finalists. Finalists will be contacted to schedule an interview. Each applicant needs to acquire one written recommendation to submit with the application materials. Please indicate the name of the recommender in the space provided on the application.

Please note: All applicants are required to pay their Room Reservation Deposit with the Cashier's Office by the deadline established by Residence Life. This deposit can be refunded if any applicants who are not selected wish (as their alternative) to live off-campus for the coming year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Return Complete Application Package by February 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to:

Residence Life
212 Campus Center
P.O. Box 8795, College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
FAX: 757-221-1240
Email: [[jlraymond]]

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If you have any questions, please contact: Jess Raymond, Assistant Director, Residence Life at [[jlraymond]] or by calling 757-221-3179.

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