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New Student Room Selection

New Freshman and New Transfer student room selection information is available on our New Student Room Selection pages including the selection process Timeline as well as Time Slot and Selection Guide information.

Summer 2022 Housing Application Now Open!

W&M is offering summer on campus housing for Summer 2022. Please see the Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Housing pages for more information.

Housing Contract Cancellation Deadline

Cancellation of the 2022-2023 Housing Contract is August 1, 2022 for Juniors and Seniors. The cancellation policy does not apply to freshman or sophomore (by social class). 

Housing Wait List Update February 24, 2022

Dear William & Mary Student,

Thank you for your patience as the university works to resolve the large university housing wait list. In response to the unanticipated high demand for on-campus housing next year, William & Mary has decided to delay the planned work at One Tribe Place and occupy the building for the 2022-23 academic year.

This decision will increase assignable spaces by 346 beds. While this will not eliminate the waiting list entirely, it will provide significant relief for many students. 

The schedule for Room Selection will be followed as published. Currently wait listed students will receive a message via email the evening of Friday, February 25, confirming whether their wait list status has changed.

Residents currently living in One Tribe Place who submitted housing applications for next year by 5 p.m. on February 17 will be contacted by Residence Life with details regarding this change.

Residence Life has scheduled three Off-Campus Housing Fairs to be held March 1, March 10, and March 23. W&M Financial Aid counselors will also be on site at the fairs to answer questions regarding individual aid. This is an information-only event with no pressure to commit. Students may visit the Williamsburg Off-Campus Housing website and join the College of William and Mary (W&M) Housing, Sublets and Roommates Facebook Page to explore off-campus options.

The bulk of the One Tribe Place construction project consisted of demolishing and removing the vacant rear portion of the building, which has not been occupied by William & Mary since the building was purchased. We spent time this week consulting with One Tribe Place contractors and project managers to confirm it was possible to make this change. Together we concluded we can delay the project and place the building back into our housing inventory for next year.

We know this has been a challenging situation for students and families, and we thank you for your patience and goodwill. We anticipate this news will help us progress toward better meeting housing demand in the coming academic year. In the meantime, we have heard from a great many of you asking for additional information; we are responding to these messages as quickly as possible. We thank you again for your patience as we work thoughtfully through each one. 


-W&M Residence Life Assignments Team

2/24/2022: Off Campus Housing Fair

Explore off-campus housing options in a convenient campus location. This is an information-only fair. Ask questions without any pressure to commit!

Financial Aid Representatives will also be on-site to answer individual student questions.

The Off Campus Housing Fair  will be on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 3:00pm-5:00pm in Tidewater AB - Sadler Center
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 1:00pm-3:00pm - Chesapeake ABC - Sadler Center 
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm - Chesapeake ABC - Sadler Center
2/22/2022: Update on Masking in Residence Halls/Visitation Policy

You are welcome to continue to wear a mask if you desire, but they will no longer be mandated in W&M Residence Halls.

We’ve included the excerpt from the notice below:

Masks Optional in On-Campus Student Residences  Effective Wednesday, February 23, W&M will move to “masks optional” in public spaces in residence halls. Although masks have been optional in individual dorm rooms or apartments the entire academic year, this change will allow all on-campus students the flexibility that off-campus students have to determine when or if they wear masks in their residence halls. We continue to welcome masks in residence halls for anyone who chooses to wear one and encourage all to be mindful of one another’s comfort levels. Masking remains an effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as well as a host of other diseases, including colds and flu.  

It is important to note that this change only applies to student residences. W&M continues to require indoor masking in all shared, non-living spaces, including all classrooms, labs, shared offices, recreational facilities, meeting spaces and indoor hallways, except when actively eating or drinking.

Following this announcement Residence Life's restriction on non-W&M visitors in residence halls will be lifted on Wednesday February 23 as well. Beginning today you may have family and friends unaffiliated with W&M visit your residence hall. All visitors must be escorted, and you must follow all other guest and visitation policies.

We welcome these initial transitions as W&M continues to monitor trends and adjust protocols accordingly.


2/21/2022: Wait List Information

Being wait-listed does not necessarily mean you won’t be able to live on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year. It does mean, however, that you will not be able to participate in the Room Selection Process at this time. Be sure to review Wait List information. 

12/6/2022: 2022-23 Returning Student Room Selection Information 

Greetings from Residence Life!

As we approach the time to think about housing for next year, the Residence Life team would like to share news and information regarding the 2022-2023 Returning Student Room Selection process. There is a great deal of information included in this message. We recommend you keep this message for future reference.

Please take the time to read the following information carefully as it may impact your decision regarding housing for next year.

The 2022-2023 Housing Application & Contract will go live January 31, 2022, and Room Selection begins February 21, 2022. Please review the full 2022 Room Selection Calendar for important dates that may pertain to you individually.

If you plan to live on campus next year you must complete a 2022-2023 Housing Application & Contract by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022:

  • Students who have an approved Medical Housing Accommodation on file AND who have submitted their 2022-23 Housing Application by the Thursday, February 17, 2022 deadline will be assigned a Medical Housing Accommodation Selection Day time slot guaranteeing their accommodations for next year
  • All other students who submit their 2022-2023 Housing Application and Contract by the February 17, 2022, deadline will receive the first chance of regular time slots based upon their social class during Traditional Room Selection week.
  • Students who submit their 2022-2023 Housing Application and Contract after the deadline will be assigned a time slot at the end of their social class designated day during Traditional Room Selection week.
  • Students who submit their 2022-2023 Housing Application and Contract after their social class Traditional Room Selection Day starts will be assigned a time slot on the next available room selection date later in the semester.

What's Happening in Room Selection 2022-2023

  • Select rooms will be held back in upper-level buildings to ensure that we have enough beds for rising sophomores – this does NOT include singles and apartments.
  • Medical Accommodations for Housing for Returning Students:
    • The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) requests process only applies to students who are requesting housing accommodations for the first time or who are requesting changes to their current housing accommodations. If you are already approved for housing accommodations and would like to keep those same accommodations for next year, no further action is needed. Please note if you are a first-year student in a residence hall with a window unit, you will not be added to Medical Housing Accommodation sign up as all upperclassmen halls have cooling systems.
    • February 7, 2022 is the deadline for completing a new request or adjustment for SAS. Requests will continue to be considered after this date, but there may be a delay in implementing accommodations based on space and availability.
  • Adaptive Housing and Flexible Housing processes are retiring and will be replaced with Gender Inclusive Housing.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing – Residence Life is committed to offering gender inclusive housing options to ensure inclusive communities. Residence Life offers two options of housing preferences based on gender:
    • Single-Gender Housing – having roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates who all have the same sex as listed in Banner
    • Gender Inclusive Housing – having roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates of any gender or gender expression/identity
  • One Tribe Place will close and will not be available for student housing during the 2022-2023 academic year. We know that One Tribe Place is a popular residence hall and this temporary closure likely comes as disappointing news. We plan to reopen OTP to students in August of 2023. We will partner with Student Accessibility Services to work directly with students with accommodations who were planning to return to OTP next year. We will undertake two major areas of work at the facility:
    • Building system upgrades to ensure the long-term use of the facility: Following completion of a recent engineering study of the building, several necessary projects and system upgrades were identified that need to be completed to ensure the continued future use of One Tribe Place, including upgrading fire safety systems, encasing fiber optic cables and replacing bedroom doors.  
    • Demolition and removal of the unoccupied portion of the building: In addition, the university has decided to demolish and remove a portion of the building that has been unoccupied since the W&M acquired the property in 2013. Demolishing the unoccupied portion will allow for more efficient use of the facility and provide future options for further site development. 
  • Richmond Hall will come back online as a traditional residence hall for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Giles & Page Halls will become first-year housing and will not be eligible for same room sign up.
  • Wait List: If the demand for housing exceeds the supply of available space, we will establish a wait list for on campus housing. 

Cancellation of Contract Prior to Occupancy

Students who are not required to live on campus have until February 28, 2022, to cancel their housing contract with no penalty. After February 28, 2022, students who have signed the W&M Residence Life Housing Contract but later request contract cancellation for the 2022-2023 academic year will be billed the cancellation fee schedule listed below.  The cancellation policy does not apply to rising sophomores (by social class).

After the February 28 cancellation period and prior to May 31, the following cancellation schedule and fees apply:

Semester I, Fall 2022

  • Prior to February 28: If a request for cancellation is received before this date the student may cancel their contract without penalty.
  • March 1 to March 31: If a request for cancellation is received between these dates the student may cancel their contract and a $500 cancellation fee will be billed to the student account.
  • April 1 to April 30: If a request for cancellation is received between these dates the student may cancel their contract and a $1000 cancellation fee will be billed to the student account.
  • May 1 to May 31: If a request for cancellation is received between these dates the student may cancel their contract and a $1500 cancellation fee will be billed to the student account.

Contract Release Exemptions: Students may submit a Contract Release Request via the Housing Portal under the 2022-2023 Housing Application. A contract release may be granted only to students who can demonstrate through the written and supporting documentation that their situation has changed in an unexpected or unforeseen manner and cannot be resolved in campus housing. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and release is not guaranteed. 

As in past years, rising seniors will be the first to choose their rooms, followed by juniors, then sophomores. A student’s designated room selection day/time slot is determined by social class, not credit-hour academic standing.

A Housing Information Session will be held at 3:00 p.m. on December 15, 2021.  The session will provide an overview of the process, will include a live Q&A at the end of the session, and the recorded session will later be available on the Residence Life website. The invitation to this session will be emailed out early that week.

Beginning in March – All Students who submit their 2022-2023 Housing Application and Contract after their social class Traditional Room Selection Day starts will be assigned a time slot on the next available room selection/room change date:

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (if no wait list)
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 (if no wait list)
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022 (if no wait list)

We look forward to having you live on campus with us next year!

-W&M Residence Life Assignments Team

Vending Machine Refunds

If you need a refund from a vending or laundry machine in your building follow this easy guide:

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