Room Selection FAQ

Answers to some of the most common questions that current students have about the room selection process at Wake Forest University.

Where do I go to select housing?
Simply log into WIN, select Virtual Campus and then Residence Life and Housing.  You can use a MAC or PC with any browser.

I’ve never been through the room selection process. What do I need to know?
Room selection is an online process that will occur March 19-23, 2018.  Information regarding room selection will be sent to you via email.  You can also gain information by reading the following FAQs.

Additionally, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be hosting information sessions in Babcock Residence Hall on Wednesday, February 21 from 4-5 PM and 5-6 PM, as well as Angelou Residence Hall on Thursday, February 22 from 4-5 PM and 5-6 PM for any first-year student to attend. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will offer information sessions to upperclassmen on Tuesday, February 27 from 4-5 PM and 5-6 PM in Benson 401C.

I’m nervous about this process, what should I do?
Attend an information session and/or come to a Q&A table to talk with a staff member in the Office of Residence Life and Housing about your hopes and plans before the selection process begins.

During selection, bring your laptop to the Help Desk in the parlor of Angelou Residence Hall.  We will walk you through the process!

What if I make a mistake during the selection process?
It happens!  Come to the Help Desk in Angelou Residence Hall and we will see what we can do.

  • 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.
  • Under no circumstances will a student who selects for a group of residents during General Room Selection be allowed to change rooms between General Room Selection and the Fall Semester. The earliest opportunity for a room change for those students is the Room Thaw 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 room thaw process.

What should I be thinking about before room selection?
Think about what is more important: where you live or who you live with.  The likelihood of getting one or the other is higher than if you are trying for both.

What if I don’t find a space during room selection?
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.

What Information should I have ready for selection time?
You should review the Room Type Availability List close to your selection day and you should use the Student Portal Instructions, which will help you plan for the process.

Student Portal Instructions Walk Through

How are selection times determined?
Selection times are randomly generated based on your housing classification (i.e. all rising seniors have selection times that are randomly assigned on February 26, 2018).  The longer you live on campus, the earlier your selection time will be. Selection times are not based on your GPA or number of credit hours.

Based on a disability, I have concerns about where I will live. How do I get a disability-related accommodation?
Wake Forest University views living on-campus as integral to a liberal arts education and the Wake Forest experience. As such, the University has a six-semester resident requirement. In support of students with disabilities, the Office of Residence Life and Housing has a wide variety of housing and dining options on-campus which can accommodate the vast majority of disability needs. For more information, please refer to our Housing/Dining Accommodations page.

I have a disability-related housing accommodation.  Will I still be able to live with my friends?
Once a request for an accommodation is approved by the Housing Accommodation Review Committee, the student will be notified of their housing assignment and informed of the number of individuals that may be assigned to their living unit. The student should then provide the names of any preferred roommate(s) to the Office of Residence Life and Housing by the designated date.

I’m going to live in a Residential Engagement Community.  What is that room selection process like?
The Program Assistants will each turn in a roster for all students living in their Residential Engagement Community.  The week before General Room Selection, those students will sign up for their place in that community.

What are Greek blocks?  Where are they located?
Greek blocks are a group of rooms that are blocked off for a Greek organization’s members.  They are located in various residence halls across campus and accommodate about 20-30% of the organization’s membership.  There are increased expectations and accountability for Greek members living in blocks.

What are the expectations for students living in Greek blocks?
Students living in Greek blocks are expected to live in the block for the entire academic year (unless studying abroad).  These students are expected to follow the same residence hall guidelines in the Guide To Community Living.  Students living on blocks are expected to contribute positively to the residence hall community.  The chapter may be held responsible for the behavior of members living in the block.

I’m going to live in a Greek block.  What is that room selection process like?
Greek house managers will turn in a roster with all members that will be living on the block for the next academic year.  These members will receive specific selection instructions.

I’m an officer in my Greek organization.  Can I just live on the block for the remaining semester of my officer term?
Yes, but you are committed to living on campus for the full academic year.

I plan on studying abroad in Fall next year.  How will that affect my room selection process?
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.
  • Remember that while there will be available vacancies across campus, the likelihood of you getting to room with friends or people you know is less likely than if you studied abroad in the spring or summer.
  • 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 three-year residency requirement.
    • As such, juniors returning from abroad must select from on-campus housing for the spring semester.

I plan on studying abroad in Spring next year.  How will that affect my room selection process?
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 WIN > Virtual Campus > Residence Life and Housing > 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.

I plan on studying abroad in Summer next year.  How will that affect my room selection process?
Studying abroad in the Summer will not affect your room selection process, as you will be on campus for both Fall and Spring semesters.

Before and during room selection, how do I find out what types of spaces are available?
Lists of types of available spaces will be posted on the Residence life and Housing website approximately one week prior to room selection.  Specific Room numbers are not provided, but instead the building and room type like the example below. Updated lists will be posted periodically.  Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for changing information.  Below is an example of what the availability list will look like:

I am a rising Sophomore, rising Junior, rising Senior.  What kind of housing can I expect to be available at my appointment time?
It is impossible to predict precisely and there are no guarantees.

What are my chances of getting a block?
In recent years, when rising juniors began selection the following options were available: Apartments, Suites on the Quad, Dogwood, Magnolia and Luter, along with Single and Double rooms in a variety of locations. When rising sophomores began selection, the following options were available: Suites on the Quad and Luter as well as Double rooms in a variety of locations.

My friends and I want to live in a 4-person block next year.  What if all the 4-person blocks fill up?
Start with two double rooms and think about building up from there.  Create a list of additional people that can join your block.  Add someone and create a 5-person block.  If there are no 5-person blocks available, add another person and create a 6-person block, etc.  You could also divide up into two doubles if there are no larger blocks available.

Can my friends and I choose a room or a block if we can’t fill all the spaces?
No, you must have the exact number of people to fill a block or room.

What if there is no specific person with whom I want to live?
You will not be able to choose one space in a double room.  You can select any available single or wait until Second Round Selection in the summer.  There will be a wide range of spaces across campus, which are likely “better” than what you would have been able to secure otherwise.

I’m a rising Senior and want to live off-campus.  Do I still participate in room selection?
No, you will register your off-campus address beginning in April.