To participate in the the housing selection process, students must first update their profile information and electronically agree to the Housing and Dining Agreement in the Housing Portal.
Application available: February 1, 2019
Current Room Availability List
Housing Portal Instructions
Steps for Housing Selection Videos
Residential Engagement Communities
On-Campus Housing Options
Guide to Community Living
Secure Your Space Video Contest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All students who will be living in a Residential Engagement Community must:
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.
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. To request Substance Free housing, first complete the interest form (located in the Specialty Housing section of our Documents & Forms page.)
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. To request Quiet Living housing, first complete the interest form above.
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.
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.
If you are going to be an RA for Fall 2019 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.
All Greek members interested in living in their organization’s official housing block must:
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.