To participate in the the housing selection process, students must first update their profile information in the Housing Portal.
Housing Selection for Current Students
Please use pencil, not pen, when noting these dates as any processes are subject to change while navigating public health guidance updates around COVID-19 and the coming semester. Any changes will be communicated directly and updated below accordingly.
- April 7: Housing Application Available
- April 19: Block Rosters Released
- May 7: Block Rosters and Waitlists Due
- May 26: Selection Times Available
- May 31: Request for Disability-Related Accommodations Due
- June 4: Gender Neutral and Substance Free Requests Due
- June 11: Live Room Availability List Published
- Please note the slight modification to the dates below:
- June 14: Rising Senior (6+ Housing Credits) Selection
- June 15: Rising Junior (4+ Housing Credits) Selection
- June 16-17: Rising Sophomore (2+ Housing Credits) Selection
- The University, including our office, will be closed on June 18 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.
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 you have a disability-related housing accommodation on file, someone from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will contact you 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.
Step 5: Select Your Housing
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.
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
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.
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).
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 Winter Room Change process.
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.
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. 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.
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 2021 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
All Greek members interested in living in their organization’s official housing block must:
- Complete the Housing and Dining Application and Agreement
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.
Student Org Block Housing
In partnership with Student Engagement, Residence Life and Housing is excited to announce a pilot program for Student Organizations to apply for housing blocks. Organizations requesting a housing block must agree to the following expectations:
- The Student Organization must be fully chartered and active.
- Students living in Student Organization blocks are expected to live in the block for the entire academic year (unless studying abroad).
- For those students going abroad, the Student Organization must have a plan to fill those spaces in the alternate semester.
- Students living in Student Organization blocks are expected to adhere to the Guide To Community Living and Student Code of Conduct.
- Student Organizations with a housing block are expected to contribute positively to the residential community and our campus community at large.
- Student Organizations may be held responsible for behavior within their housing block.
- Student Organization advisor must support the request for the block, in writing.
In order to receive a housing block, Student Organizations must commit to having at least 10% of their members live within the housing block.
- 10% of the Housing Block should be leadership within the Student Organization
- The block should also include at least one officer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, or Community Service Chair/Risk Manager) who is also willing to serve as the liaison between their Student Organization and the University.
- As your organization plans for your block, note that you will need to submit a waitlist in the event that a member does not return for Fall 2021. These members would automatically be placed into vacant beds in your block to ensure your block opens at 100%.
- Groups with a block of 1-15 must have at least three (3) members on their waitlist
- Groups with a block of 16-30 must have at least four (4) members on their waitlist
- Groups with a block of 30+ must have at least five (5) members on their waitlist
Groups may apply at go.wfu.edu/2122oba, and the deadline to apply for a block for the 2021-22 Academic Year is April 14, 2021.