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

  • Saturday, May 1 – Move-Out Appointments begin
  • Thursday, May 6 – Last day of classes
  • Saturday, May 15 – Final Exams end
  • Sunday, May 16 – Residence Halls close @ 2 p.m. for non-seniors
    • Approved students must transition to Interim Housing by this time.
  • Sunday, May 16 – Commencement
    • Residence Halls close for seniors and those approved for official involvement in Commencement at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 17.

Leaving Campus During the Semester

If you are planning to vacate your residence hall room during the semester without intentions to return, please be sure to visit our ‘Departing Campus’ page for full instructions.


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 after submitting proof of residency from their former institution(s).

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 Wednesday, March 17th, students will be able to access the petition to be released from on campus housing for the coming year on the Housing Portal at go.wfu.edu/housingportal.

The application for 2021-22 Housing will open on April 7th, 2021.

Please read our April 7th update on Housing Selection for the 2021-22 Academic Year here.

Summer Housing 2021

Please visit our Summer School page for information about applying for and selecting housing for this summer.