Changes During The Semester

Room changes during the academic semesters are overseen by the Community Director for your area of campus. Changes are based on availability and must be approved by the Community Director for your area of campus.

  • Students requesting a change due to a disability-related accommodation should follow the process outlined on our Accommodations page and will be contacted by our Assignments team after their request has been reviewed.
  • Students requesting a change due to roommate concerns/conflict will need to work through a mediation process with their Community Director prior to requesting a room change.

Changes Between the Fall and Spring Semester

Students who are on-campus for the fall semester may:

  • Request a Room Change
  • Request to “Pull In” a roommate of choice
  • Enter the Off-Campus Lottery with a student returning for the Spring semester

Students who are returning to campus for the spring semester (e.g. Returning from abroad, readmit, return from CES) may:

  • Enter the Off-Campus Lottery
  • Be “Pulled In” by a student living on campus for the Academic Year
  • Select housing in the Spring Only Selection Process
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  • Spring 2022 Timeline
    • October 15, 2021: Spring 2022 Housing Process Opens, including Off-Campus Lottery
    • November 1, 2021: Spring 2022 Housing Process Closes
    • November 12, 2021: Notifications sent for approved moves, releases, etc.
    • November 29, 2021 – December 5, 2021: Students complete approved moves.
    • December 8, 2021: Spring Only Housing Selection (for those students returning to campus for the Spring Semester).
  • On-Campus Room Changes

    Students looking to change rooms on-campus for the Spring 2022 semester may submit a request in the Housing Portal between October 15 and November 1.

    • Requests will be processed in the order they are received and based on available vacant spaces during the Fall 2021 semester.
    • Students will be informed about the status of their requests by November 12, 2021, via email.
    • If approved to move, students MUST complete their move between November 29, 2021, and December 5, 2021.
    • Students will have 72 hours after check-in to complete their move and check-out of their old space.

    Block Housing and Residential Engagement Communities

    To request a room change to or within Block Housing and Residential Engagement Communities, the group leader for your group must complete an updated roster and submit that to the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

    • Students may be allowed to move within their designated housing blocks; however, students are typically not permitted to move out of their housing block.
    • Finally, students who change rooms into a housing block are assigned to that space for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Pull-In a Roommate of Choice

    In the event of a vacancy in their room, the remaining resident may pull in a new roommate of choice rather than having a new roommate assigned via Housing Selection or by the Office Residence Life and Housing.

    To pull in a new roommate, the current resident must complete the pull in section of the Room Change Request form found on the Housing Portal between October 15 and November 1. 

    • Students with a current vacancy during the Fall 2021 semester may pull in current residential students or students returning for the Spring 2022 semester. 
    • Students who have a roommate departing for the Spring 2022 semester may only pull in students returning for the Spring 2022 semester. They may NOT pull in current residential students, as the move would not be able to be completed by the December 5 deadline. 
  • Off-Campus Lottery

    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. Students with less than six semesters of housing credit should not make any plans to live off-campus unless they have been released in writing from the residency requirement by the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

    Students may be released from the University’s residency requirement in one of two ways:

    1. Students may enter the Off-Campus Lottery. This indicates a desire to live off-campus prior to fulfilling the residency requirement. As the Office of Residence Life and Housing finalizes the number of students able to live off-campus, they will use a random selection process to release the appropriate number of students.
      • Students may form an Off-Campus Lottery Group and enter the Off-Campus Lottery from the Housing Portal between October 15 and November 1. Releases will be communicated by November 12. 
    2. In support of students with disabilities, the Office of Residence Life and Housing has a wide variety of housing and dining options on campus that can accommodate the vast majority of disability needs. Students who need to request a disability-related accommodation should visit to begin the request process. Please note that a release from the University’s six-semester on-campus housing requirement is generally not considered a reasonable accommodation. Students seeking an accommodation to live off-campus should explain in their request (and in providers supporting documentation) how living off-campus meets their needs in ways the University cannot.
  • Spring-Only Housing Selection

    Students returning to the Reynolda Campus for the Spring 2022 semester will select their housing for the Spring semester in the Housing Portal on December 8, 2021.

    • Additional details will be provided in early November.
      • For students returning to active status (e.g. CES, readmit) you must be fully readmitted/reenrolled by December 1 to participate in the Spring Only process. You will not receive communications from our office until you are fully readmitted/reenrolled. 
    • You will be required to self-select your actual spring room and meal plan via the Housing Portal.
    • An email from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be sent to your WFU email account with selection times by December 1.
      • This email will contain specific instructions on self-selecting your spring room and meal plan.
      • Please note that selection times will be based on Eastern Standard Time (EST).
    • An availability list will be available on December 3.
    • Room selection will take place on December 8.
  • Leaving the University

    Any student currently assigned to campus housing who is leaving Wake Forest University for any reason (e.g., continuous enrollment, withdrawal, transfer) must notify our office at


See your community staff or contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at or 336-758-5185.