2020 - 2021 HOUSING

To address the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Wake Forest reduced the overall density of our residential community and limited the number of students that share a bathroom. These measures were based on public health guidance to promote the wellbeing of all community members. We also secured additional spaces in apartment complexes near campus. For 2020-21, we have approximately 65% single occupancy rooms and 35% double occupancy rooms.


Key Dates

  • November 1: Deadline for petitions to stay for the Fall 2020 semester. Petitions must be submitted on Housing Portal at go.wfu.edu/housingportal
  • November 2: All undergraduate students will be able to access their Spring 2021 Housing Application on the Housing Portal at go.wfu.edu/housingportal.
    • Resident students will be asked to confirm their residency status for the spring; students living off-campus or remote will be asked to confirm their off-campus address; remote students will be asked to express their intention for the spring.
  • November 9: Decisions released regarding petitions to stay via @wfu.edu email. 
  • November 16: Deadline for submitting Spring 2021 Housing Applications at 8 a.m. EST. 
  • November 24: University housing (residence halls on campus, roadhouses, and Deacon Place) closes at 5 p.m. 
    • To remain after November 24, students must submit a petition to stay and have it approved.
  • December 13: Students not approved for Winter Break Housing must depart University housing by noon. 
  • January 23: Move-in for students who are new to University housing for the Spring semester.
    • These students will need to schedule an appointment and follow the same expectations as fall move-in. 
  • January 24-26: Students may return to University housing once all pre-arrival expectations have been fulfilled. 

Leaving Campus During the Semester

If you are planning to vacate your residence hall room during the semester without intentions to return in the spring, please be sure to:

  1. Remove all property from your room.
    • Trash should be taken to the designated trash areas in your community.
  2. Clean your room to the best of your ability. Please note that cleaning supplies will not be available due to COVID-19.
  3. Close and lock your door.
  4. Place your key in your express check-out envelope, sign the envelope, and drop your key as follows. Envelopes are available at the RL&H Office in Angelou or your community RA office.
    • If during business hours, you may return your key to our office in Angelou Hall.
    • After hours, you may return your key to the drop box outside our office at Angelou Hall. 
    • Failure to return your key will result in a lock change and a $75 charge on your student account.
  5. Visit go.wfu.edu/housingportal and complete the self-checkout form to officially notify our office of your departure. Note that doing this self-checkout will deactivate your Deacon OneCard so please complete it only when you are ready to depart campus. 

If you are leaving campus temporarily with intentions to return during the fall semester or at the start of the Spring semester, please notify the Office of Academic Advising at undergraduateadvising@nullwfu.edu and our office at housing@nullwfu.edu.


Residency Requirement and Housing Guarantee

The three-year residency requirement will remain in place for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, meaning that unless students (including juniors) have been released by the University, they are expected to live in University housing. As a part of our housing application (see below), students will have the opportunity to petition to be released.  As a reminder, students who study abroad during the fall or spring semesters are given credit for that time toward their six-semester residency requirement; summer sessions do NOT count toward that residency requirement. Transfer students who have lived on campus at another institution are given credit for that time toward their residency requirement.

With the added University-sponsored housing, we are hopeful that we will be able to honor our guarantee and offer housing to those seniors who want to live in University housing. Despite the circumstances COVID-19 brings us, we remain confident in our ability to work with our students and families to ensure that students have housing.

Housing Portal and Housing Application

Beginning Monday, November 2, all undergraduate students will be able to access their Spring 2021 Housing Application on the Housing Portal at go.wfu.edu/housingportal. The deadline for these applications is Monday, November 16 at 8 a.m. EST.

  • Students currently on-campus will be asked to confirm their intent to return to campus or go remote for the Spring 2021 semester. Those returning to campus will be asked to confirm their Spring 2021 meal plan.
    • Note: If a student indicates they will be studying remotely, their on-campus housing and meal plan will be canceled. 
  • Students currently off-campus will be asked to confirm their off-campus address or whether they plan to study remotely during the Spring 2021 semester. These students will also have the option to select a Spring 2021 meal plan at this time.
  • Students currently remote will be asked to express their intention for the Spring 2021 semester. At this time students will simply be expressing their intention to remain remote or return to the Winston Salem area. 
    • Students seeking to live off-campus will need to have fulfilled the University’s residency requirement (i.e. have lived on campus for six semesters) or submit a petition to be released from that requirement. 
    • Students seeking to live on-campus can express their intent to do so, though we will not know the availability of rooms on-campus or in University-sponsored housing until on-campus students submit their intentions. 
    • Additional details about availability, priority order, and selection (if applicable) will be shared at a later date.