Freshman FAQs

Many of your questions regarding campus housing can be answered by the information provided on our website. Below are questions we are frequently asked with links to additional information. Please contact us at [[living]] with additional questions you may have.



May I see my room before the move-in date?

No. Residence hall rooms are not available to see before the move-in dates. We plan construction and renovation for the summer. Our halls are also used for summer school and conference groups. After groups leave or construction is completed, our custodial staff needs time to prepare the halls for your arrival. We have diagrams of many of the rooms available on our web site. Follow the link from the main page to your particular residence hall.

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Who are Resident Assistants, Hall Directors, Head Residents or Area Directors?

A RA is a fellow student trained to help residents of a hall develop community and reports to the Area Director (AD). An AD is a full-time, live-in staff member responsible for the management of a specific group of buildings. This includes community development and the training of student residential staff. For more information about Area Directors and the other positions listed, also see Housing Contract Residence Life Staff.

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When can I move in?

The official move-in date for freshmen and transfer students is Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. The ID Office would like to invite all new students to stop by their office during the summer and have their ID made. They will also be set up on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23 in the Sadler Center. Also see the Housing Contract Checking into a Room. Follow this link for information on the ID Office and Procedures. For upper level and graduate student check-in follow these links.

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How can I change my hall/apartment, room and/or roommate preference?

The room change request process begins one week after the first day of classes in the fall and continutes through the spring semester. Residents interested in changing rooms should go to the Residence Life Office, Campus Center 212, after the room change period begins to complete the room change form. Since we are typically at 100% occupancy to start the year, it may be difficult to change rooms. The timeline will vary depending on the availability of spaces and the type of room you are looking to move into. In order to keep the process equitable, room changes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis based on the order your request was received. When your request has been reached, the Associate Director will contact you with room change options. You will be given a specific amount of time to decide if you wish to stay in your current assignment and remain on the waiting list or move to a new assignment. For more information also see the Housing Contract Room Changes and Checking out of a Room.

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What furniture is provided in my room?

Each resident will have a bed, mattress, (36x80), chest of drawers, closet/wardrobe, desk and chair. For specific furniture dimensions, please click here. Also see the Housing Contract Furnishings/Fixtures. Students living in apartments should visit the building web page to determine what furnishings are provided.

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Are there window coverings? 

 All rooms on campus have mini-blinds. Curtains are not required or necessary for privacy; however, many students use curtains for decorative purposes. Curtains are permitted, but must carry a recognized fire rating and be constructed of fire retardant material. Curtains may only be hung with a tension or spring loaded rod. Approximate window measurements can be found by clicking directly on the room number withing the residence hall floor plans.

 


If I have asthma, will I be guaranteed an air-conditioned building?

No. Students who have a medical need for air conditioning should send their medical documentation directly to the Student Health Center to gain approval to bring a window air conditioning unit. The central air conditioning in the residence halls is turned off in mid-October and is not turned on again until mid-April. Since the central air conditioning is turned on for such a short period of time during the academic year, we would advise those with chronic health problems to obtain permission for a window air conditioning unit. For more information, also see the Housing Contract Air Conditioners.

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Are phones provided?

No.  Students living in W&M residence halls who want landline phone service in their rooms will need to request the service and pay a small activation fee. However, students must bring their own telephones. All resident students will be able to make local calls from the landline phones that will be available in the hallways of on campus residences. Beginning July 1, students are able to request phone service for their rooms. Students will use the IT Bill website to activate landline phone service. A voice mailbox and instructions for use are provided on the Information Technology site.

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Will I have cable television access and a computer connection?

Both are provided in each room. A shielded coaxial cable is needed for the television, and an Ethernet card is needed for the computer. Wireless internet service is available in all residence halls. For information on internet service and cable television, visit the Information Technology site.

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Are students allowed to build bed lofts?

Yes.  See the Housing Contract Lofts for guidelines. Residents can also choose to rent a loft for the academic year. The loft will be set-up in the room prior to check-in and removed after check-out in May by the supplying vendor. For additional information, contact Dorms Direct

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Are there any other items I can rent for the year?

Yes. Carpets, futons, TVs and microfridges can be rented from Dorms Direct. These items are set-up in the room prior to check-in and removed after check-out in May by the supplying vendor.

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What is the street address of my residence hall?

Street addresses can be found on each individual hall page. Please note, street addresses should not be used for shipping or mailing purposes. Shipping and mailing information can be found in FAQs under "Where do I send packages and mail"?

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Where do I send packages and mail?

The Campus Post Office will accept packages through the U.S. Postal Service that are addressed to the student's College Station Unit (CSU) or Graduate Student Housing (GSH) mailbox with a "Hold for Pick-up" on the box. It is advised that students do not send their boxes too far in advance due to a lack of storage space at the W & M facility. Students are encouraged to pick up their mail box key at the College Post Office located in the Sadler Center any time after they are issued a CSU or GSH box assignment.

To ensure proper delivery of parcels from UPS, FED-EX or other carriers, mail should be addressed using the address format below:

Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Student's Name
CSU # # # #
110 Sadler Center
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Students Name
GSH # # # #
110 Sadler Center
Williamsburg, VA 23185


For information on how to properly address mail, see the Housing Contract Postal Service/Mail.

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Are laundry facilities provided?

Washers and dryers are provided in each residential area. We currently use high efficiency front loading washers in the residence halls. Manufacturer's guidelines recommend high efficiency liquid detergent (1/4 cup) instead of powered detergent. Look for detergents with the high efficiency logo. Detergent 'cakes' should not be used in these machines.

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How can I find out the ceiling height for my room?

If you click on the individual room in your building, the detail information should include the ceiling height.

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Do I need to move out during breaks?

Residence halls, with the exception of graduate  housing and Tribe Square, are not open for occupancy during the Semester Break. In addition, only selected buildings are open for the Thanksgiving Break (Cabell, Graduate Complex, Language Houses in the Randolph Complex, Lodges, Ludwell, Nicholas, Reves, Tazewell, Tribe Square and all Fraternity and Sorority Houses). Students are encouraged to plan ahead and make alternate arrangements during this time. Residence Halls remain open during both Fall and Spring Breaks.

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When do I need to move out in May?

Graduating residents must check out by Noon on Monday, May 12, 2014. Non-graduating residents must check out within 48 hours after the completion of their last final exam.

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What electrical appliances are allowed in rooms?

Refrigerators no larger than 4.3 cubic feet and Energy Star rated, microwave ovens and hot air popcorn poppers are allowed in student rooms. Also see the Housing Contract Appliances and Prohibited Items in the Residence Halls.

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What is the smoking policy in the residence halls?

In compliance with the requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia, all residence halls are smoke-free. Residents and their guests must refrain from smoking at any time they are physically present on the hall, including private residence rooms. All smoking must occur at least 25 feet from any building.

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I still have an unanswered question. How can I find out the answer?

First, see if you can find the answers to your questions in the Residence Life Contract, Policies and Resource Guide. It will be included in our housing assignments mailing in July. Also, it is indexed below. Additionally, feel free to e-mail us with your questions at [[living]].

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Index to Housing Contract and Guide

 

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