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First-Year Housing at William & Mary

For many, going to college may be the first experience living away from home. We’re here to help. Many resources are available to assist in understanding the W&M housing options and process for first-year students. You can also contact us with any questions.

Living on Campus

First-year students enrolled full-time are required to live in on-campus housing during their first two academic years following their high school graduation.

Community Housing Options

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Room Assignment Process

First-year students can apply for housing online after receiving their Tribe Guide on May 1. Learn more about the housing timeline, roommate selection and how to choose a room. Plus, view popular housing topics like the two-year live-on requirement, housing accommodations and move-in details. Access the housing portal, room selection guides and more.

Important Dates

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Important Dates
Housing Application Opens
Housing Application Due
Housing Selection Begins
May 1 May 31 Mid/late June
November 1 January 6  Early January
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Housing & Dining Plan

William & Mary has initiated a long-term, comprehensive plan to modernize and revitalize its residential and dining facilities. Phase one is scheduled to be completed in fall 2025 and includes a new housing and dining facility at the West Woods site and a new housing facility adjacent to Lemon and Hardy halls along Jamestown Road.

Welcome Home!

Soon, you may follow in the footsteps of last year’s admitted students, who will join your classmates on campus during New Student Move-In. We look forward to introducing you to all the fun, engaging, and unforgettable opportunities ahead! Curious about move-in dates, item rentals, storage, or bikes and cars on campus? 

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