A: We will be reactivating the Housing Application for the 2020-2021 Academic Year in the coming weeks. This will allow students to complete all pre-selection steps including forming or changing roommate groups. Thank you for your patience as we manage the volume of visitors to our Housing Portal for the Move-Out process. Once that volume subsides, we will communicate to students that the Housing Application is available.
Housing Selection for Current Students
2020-21 Housing Selection Postponed
One of the many challenges of the COVID-19 crisis is the continued uncertainty it has introduced into our day-to-day work and lives. We had planned to announce a timeline for housing selection, but regret there are still too many unknowns to move forward with that process at this time. To avoid having to make substantial changes to housing plans if the public health situation shifts, we are going to take additional time to plan for various scenarios and continue to monitor the ever-changing public health landscape.
We continue to collaborate closely with our partners across campus to best understand the number of students who need housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Due to the uncertainty in this area, we are not able to approve releases from the University’s residency requirement at this time. Students who have previously petitioned to live off-campus remain in a pending status, and should not sign leases for off-campus properties until they receive written approval of their petition from our office. As the University continues to gain more clarity on fall plans, we will continue to keep you informed of any housing-related impacts.
Lastly, we want to acknowledge that not knowing where you will be calling home next year likely adds to the stress and anxiety we face on a daily basis now due to COVID-19. We do not take these decisions lightly and make them only after careful consultation with our public health officials.
As we continue to evaluate the best way to move forward, we will provide another update from the Office of Residence Life and Housing on or before May 29.
2020-2021 Housing Selection FAQ
As a reminder, our housing selection is based on the number of semesters lived on campus. Students are able to group together to form roommate groups. Among those roommate groups, the earliest selection time of any member applies to the overall group regardless of who the group leader is. The group leader designation can also be shifted to any member of the group at any time leading up to selection. Our hope is that this allows the flexibility necessary for groups to be able to successfully navigate the housing selection process.
As we become aware of them, we are addressing additional questions below.
Q: Can I make changes to my Housing Application?
Q: How are you planning to offer support if students are not on campus and able to come to the office?
A: When selection occurs, we will be sure to provide a variety of support options for students. Those options will be guided by the public health landscape and the University’s operational status at that time.
Q: Do I have to redo my housing application?
No, current applications will remain in place. If you have not yet completed your application please be sure to do so to avoid being delayed during the selection process.
Q: Will we keep our selection times and roommate groups?
A: Your position in the overall order of housing selection will stay the same as your original assignment; while you will be assigned a new date and time, your position will be the same.
Roommate groups previously formed are still active and will be visible when the application is reactivated.
Q: When will we know available spaces?
A: The room availability list will be released in advance of the selection process, more details to come.
Q: Will we still have groups or will everyone select for themselves?
A: Housing selection will still utilize roommate groups, groups currently formed will remain in place and can be modified/edited throughout the selection process. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, students are encouraged to have multiple options for roommate groups based on varying sizes.
Q: I’m the group leader, but won’t be able to complete selection. What do we do?
A: The group leader designation can be shifted to any member of your roommate group. See the attached resource for instructions on how to shift the group leader.
Q: Will this affect the second round of selection? Will there even still be a second round of selection?
A: This is a great question, unfortunately, we don’t have an answer at this time. We will communicate more on this as we approach the process.
Q: I’m currently on CES, if I am accepted back before then, can I participate?
A: Students resumpted before the process are likely able to participate in the selection process. Please contact Kristy Eanes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Q: Will specialty housing options still be available?
A: We still plan to have fraternity/sorority housing, specialty housing (i.e. Gender Neutral, Quiet Living, Substance Free), and Residential Engagement Communities.
- Any changes to rosters for fraternity/sorority housing or Residential Engagement Communities should be submitted by the respective group by May 15, 2020.
- Plans for group housing may change if necessitated by public health guidance.
Q: Can I still apply for disability-related accomodations?
A: As with housing selection in a normal year, there is a process for students with disability-related accommodations that we follow. Requests for disability-related accommodations for the Fall Semester, including documentation by your medical provider, should be submitted by May 15, 2020.
- Step 1: Apply
Step 2: Create Your Group
Pre-plan with those you want to live with about where you would like to live. Have a backup plan should your first choice (or second or third) not be available when your selection time comes. Review our community pages and the Guide to Community Living for information about the different communities around campus.
Keep in mind groups looking to select multiple occupancy apartments/blocks/rooms must fill all beds in the apartment/block/room at the time of online selection. The way a space is listed on the availability list and/or in the selection portal is fixed and will not be reduced in size.
Step 3: Know Your Selection Time
- Selection times are randomly generated based on the number of semesters you have lived in university housing.
- The earlier your time, the sooner you are allowed to participate and the more room options you may have.
- The earliest selection time within each group will represent that group.
- Students who are not guaranteed housing (including non-resident students, students beyond their 8th semester in housing, etc.) will not be issued a selection time and are not eligible to participate in the General Room Selection process.
- If there are no spaces available at your section time, you will be able to select from available spaces during the Second Round of room selection over the summer (see below).
- If you have a disability-related housing accommodation on file, someone from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will contact you in mid-February to schedule a meeting to select your housing.
Step 4: Set Realistic Expectations
The earlier your selection time, the sooner you are allowed to participate and the more room options you may have. A list of available rooms, including the type and occupancy of the room, and independent blocks will be posted and updated frequently during the selection process. Review this document as you get closer to your selection time.
If there are no spaces available at your section time, you will be able to select from available spaces during the Second Round of room selection over the summer.
Step 5: Select Your Housing
Follow the steps outlined in the Housing Portal step-by-step instructions.
Note: On a case-by-case basis during room selection, the Office of Residence Life and Housing may allow a student to delete an active assignment and select again if the student made an error or mistake in the selection process
During General Room Selection, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will provide a help desk during all room and dining selection processes. Here staff members will be available to provide personal, one-on-one assistance for any student who would like help.
Step 6: Second Round (If Applicable)
There is a second round of the room selection process which occurs during the middle of the summer each year. All students who are required to live in campus housing, but do not select during General Room Selection, are automatically placed on the list to select during the second round. Again, this is a normal part of our assignments process and occurs each year.
During the summer, rooms open up across campus for a number of reasons, including when students decide to go abroad or transfer. Students on the list for the second round will receive an email with a selection day to go online and select from what housing is available at that time.
- During the second round of room selection, we cannot guarantee a single or a particular residence hall, but there will housing options available for everyone.
- Students will select in the same priority order as during General Room Selection.
- Students are not required to have a roommate to select a bed in a double room during the second round of room selection.
- Students who fall under the residency requirement who fail to select housing and meal plan during the second round of room selection will be assigned to an available bed and the BASE meal plan.
How to Select Your Housing
Wake Forest University has a six-semester residency requirement
As such, rising seniors are not required to live on campus. If a rising senior has not selected housing by the end of the General Room Selection process, they will lose the four-year housing guarantee and their status will be changed to a non-resident student. Those considering moving off-campus should refer to our Off-Campus Policies and Procedures page regarding off-campus address registration and other policies/processes.
Expanded Occupancy Assignments
Occasionally there are times when there are more students guaranteed housing than spaces available in the residence halls.
In the event, this does occur double rooms that were previously triples (or rooms that can accommodate three people) may be converted to triple occupancy, single rooms that were previously double rooms may return to double occupancy, and designated floor lounges may be converted into student rooms.
Housing charges will be adjusted for those students whose room occupancy changes due to an expanded occupancy situation.
Under no circumstances will a student who selects for a group of residents during housing selection be allowed to change rooms between selection and the Fall Semester. The earliest opportunity for a room change for those students is the Open Room Change process, typically in September.
Unapproved room changes may result in a fine, return to the original assignment, and loss of opportunity to move during the Open Room Change process.
Members of the apartment/block/room may have the first opportunity to fill vacancies that may occur during the year by pulling in a roommate of choice.
- If a single room becomes available within a block/suite/apartment, students currently living in that space will typically have the first opportunity to fill the single, prior to it being generally available for room changes.
Things to Know
Study Abroad Students
Fall Study Abroad
Students studying abroad during the Fall Semester will NOT select housing during General Room Selection. Instead, students abroad for the Fall Semester will be required to select their housing for the Spring Semester online in December.
- In Mid-December, you will be required to electronically self-select your actual spring room and meal plan.
- An e-mail from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be sent to your WFU e-mail account with log-on times.
- This e-mail will contain specific instructions on self-selecting your spring room and meal plan.
- Wake Forest University views living on campus as integral to a liberal arts education and the Wake Forest experience. In support of that view, Wake Forest University has a six-semester residency requirement.
Spring Study Abroad
Students planning to study abroad during the Spring Semester should proceed with General Room Selection for the Fall Semester. During the Fall Semester, these students should notify the Office of Residence Life and Housing by visiting the Housing Portal > Room Change and selecting the appropriate reason.
During the spring semester, these students will be able to participate in General Room Selection for the following fall from abroad.
Residential Engagement Communities
All students who will be living in a Residential Engagement Community must:
- Complete the Housing Application
- Provide your name and University ID number, WFU Username, and preferred meal plan to their group contact.
Residential Engagement Communities (RECs) are considered on-campus housing and therefore subject to all regulations and guidelines as outlined in the Guide to Community Living, the Housing and Dining Agreement, and other housing publications. Some RECs may have additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate group contact if you are interested in Residential Engagement Communities.
By providing your name and University ID number, you are agreeing to live within that Residential Engagement Community for the entire academic year. Students choosing to live in RECs do not have the option of moving to other campus locations during the academic year. Please note that some RECs are co-ed; contact the appropriate group contact regarding the possibility of shared bathroom facilities. Finally, note that current RECs are not guaranteed acceptance for the following academic year.
Visit our Residential Engagement Communities page for a current list of communities and contacts.
Substance Free Housing
The Substance Free Living Community is for residents who desire, and agree to maintain a substance free environment. This community will be on hallways, sections, or floors of various communities as demand warrants.
In addition to the Housing and Dining Agreement, residents and their guests must abide by a Substance Free Housing Agreement whereby they agree to these standards, including not using in or coming into the residential environment under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
The Quiet Living Community is for residents who desire, and agree to maintain, a quiet living environment. This will be an option for students who need to get up early or just want a quiet place to live.
As demand warrants, this community will be on hallways, sections, or floors of various communities in which there are “Quiet Hours” between 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly. Residents will be able to request an extension to 24-hour quiet hours during midterms and other times. In addition to the housing agreement, residents and their guests must abide by a Quiet Living Agreement whereby they agree to these standards.
Gender Neutral Housing
Wake Forest University provides some gender neutral housing options for all students who choose to live in mixed-sex living units. These living units may be apartments, suites, houses, or rooms in areas of residence halls with private bathrooms (toilet and shower areas).
During the process, students will be asked to complete an interest form (above). Students who request gender neutral housing will then be contacted by a staff member in the Office of Residence Life and Housing to discuss the best way to accommodate their housing needs, based on assigned room selection log-on times. During the process, no student will be asked to disclose their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Gender neutral housing is not intended for students in a romantic relationship. Upon placement, students agree to the room assignment for the academic year with no option for room changes. Additionally, the Office of Residence Life and Housing may consolidate students in gender neutral housing if the students cannot pull in a roommate and no other student is requesting gender neutral housing at the time.
RA Room Selection
If you are going to be an RA for Fall 2020 you will participate in this online process. At your scheduled date/time you will need to log-in, update contact information, select a meal plan, and accept the Housing and Dining Agreement.
Greek Block Housing
Greek Housing Roster
All Greek members interested in living in their organization’s official housing block must:
- Complete the Housing and Dining Agreement
- Provide your name and University ID number, and preferred meal plan, to the person in your organization that is responsible for coordinating Greek block housing.
By choosing to live within a Greek Block, you are agreeing to live within that Greek Block for the entire academic year. Students choosing to live in Greek Block Housing do not have the option of moving to other campus locations during the academic year.
Only members who are resident students are allowed to live within the Greek Block; non-resident students are not allowed to live within the block.
If Greek organizations are unable to fill all assignments within their official housing block, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will follow the procedures in the housing block allocation policies/procedures to attempt to fill the space. Presidents of Greek organizations are given copies of this policy along with their Greek Block housing roster.