The Office of Residence Life and Housing is excited to welcome you to your home here at Wake Forest University!
Here you’ll find a residential experience where you can thrive socially and intellectually alongside your peers within a secure, comfortable, inclusive and engaging learning community.
Living on campus is where the memories are made.
This is where you belong.
Are you a transfer student?
- May 2, 2022 – Housing & Dining Application available via the Housing Portal.
- June 6, 2022 – Deadline to submit Housing & Dining Application and Deacon OneCard photo
- August 17, 2022 – Move-In for New Students
- Students participating in pre-orientation programs will receive additional information regarding their move-in from their program and our office.
- December 11, 2022 – Residence Halls Close For Winter Break @ 2 p.m.
- January 7-8, 2023 – Residence Halls Open For Spring Semester @ 9 a.m.
- Students participating in sorority recruitment will receive additional information regarding their move-in.
- Students moving onto campus for the first time for the Spring 2023 semester will receive additional information regarding their move-in.
- May 6, 2023 – Residence Halls Close
- Check-out by 2 p.m. unless approved for interim housing.
What if I’m doing a Pre-Orientation Program?
If participating in a Pre-Orientation program, you will arrive on campus on August 12th or 14th (prior to the official Move-In window).
Students participating in Pre-Orientation programs will receive instructions (including your move-in date) from your program and a confirmation directly from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
You may want to come to campus with the bare necessities for Pre-Orientation and then have your family bring your remaining belongings when the rest of your class moves in. This also enables your family to participate in parent and family Orientation activities!
How do I apply for housing & my meal plan?
All first-year students will complete a Housing and Dining Application online by logging into Housing Portal. The application will be available May 2 and is due by June 6.
Where will I live?
During your first year, you will live in one of the seven communities on South Campus, otherwise known as South Forest.
Students are assigned to the various communities at random. As such, students are not asked or able to indicate preferences.
What is provided in my room?
Each residence hall room includes an extra-long twin bed (36″ by 80″), a dresser, a desk and a desk chair. All rooms have window blinds and a closet or wardrobe unit. You may bring your own floor rug or purchase it upon your arrival to campus. Because each space varies, sometimes greatly, we encourage you to wait until you arrive on campus and see your exact space before purchasing items.
Each room also has a MicroFridge® appliance (combination microwave/refrigerator-freezer unit), so there is no need to buy or rent a refrigerator. The microwave has a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet and a turntable for even heating.
Approved small appliances may be used or stored in residence hall rooms. Please see our Guide to Community Living at go.wfu.edu/gtcl for details. Residents in each residence hall have access to community kitchens featuring full-size appliances. You will receive a personal recycling tote on Move-in Day that will be yours to keep.
What to bring (or not to bring) to campus?
Items to Bring to Campus
Printable List (pdf)
UL-approved power strips (with a circuit breaker) Stapler, pens, pencils Soap, toiletries, shower bucket Stationery, stamps Towels, washcloths Memo board for door Bathrobe, slippers Camera Hair dryer Detergent (HE approved), iron, laundry bag, clothes hangers Twin sheets (Extra Long), blankets Alarm clock Bedspread Television, with coaxial cable (HDTV or receiver optional) Pillow and pillowcases Flashlight Trashcan Coffee Maker Desk lamp
Bed lofts Hot plates or electric skillets Fans with cooling systems Crockpots; waffle or crepe pans Humidifiers or Misters of any kind Electric/space heaters Extension cords Any coil appliances Plug-in air fresheners Kerosene lamps or appliances Multi-plug adapters Waterbeds Halogen lamps Pets and animals Candles (including those that are decorative) Black lights Fireworks or weapons (including paintball guns) Additional air conditioners Foam mattress toppers Non UL-approved lighting Microwaves Wireless computer access points
(the University will provide connectivity)
Toasters or toaster ovens Candle warmers Electric grills or George Foreman grills Cinder blocks
How are roommates matched?
First-year roommates are assigned by the Office of Residence Life and Housing based upon a number of factors that indicate compatibility and common interests. This roommate pairing process is reflective of the University’s commitment to helping incoming students get to know individuals different than themselves.
As a continuing student, you will be able to select your community and choose your own roommate(s).
When will I find out where I’m living and who I’ll be rooming with?
You will be notified of your room and roommate assignment over the summer via your Wake Forest email (@wfu.edu).
When you get your roommate assignment, please reach out so that you can start getting to know one another!
When you arrive on campus, you and your roommate will complete a roommate agreement that will help define expectations for how you will use the room.
What if I need a housing or dining accommodation?
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. Students who would like to request a disability-related accommodation should visit go.wfu.edu/f101accommodations.
How can I protect my belongings? Should I have renter’s insurance?
Wake Forest University (and the Office of Residence Life and Housing) does not assume responsibility for theft, loss or damage to your personal property. Most thefts occur when residents leave their room doors unlocked and/or their property unattended. Keeping your room locked at all times is your best defense against theft.
The University does not cover property loss for damage due to facility incidents that may occur. Before coming to campus, you should determine what it would cost to replace belongings such as clothing, electronics — including cellphone, television, laptop — linens, etc. Check your family’s homeowner’s insurance policies — many policies will cover loss or theft, even if the policy is in your parents’ name(s) and you are living on campus. If not, we strongly encourage you to purchase renter’s insurance.
Do I have to live on campus?
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 (three-year) residency requirement, and is committed to providing eight semesters of on-campus housing for residential students in good standing.
Students are required to live in campus housing their first three years unless they live with a parent or guardian in the Winston-Salem area.
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).
Is Gender-Inclusive Housing available for incoming students?
The Office of Residence Life and Housing is excited to provide gender-inclusive housing options for all students who choose to live in mixed-gender rooms/suites. For incoming students, this will be rooms/suites clustered together in an area of a residence hall with private bathrooms (toilet and shower areas). As a part of this process, students will be asked to complete additional questions on their Housing and Dining Application. Students who request gender-inclusive housing will then be contacted by staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing to discuss the best way to accommodate their housing needs. During the process, no student will be asked to disclose their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
For questions, concerns, or assistance with the Gender-Inclusive Housing process please contact any of the following individuals –
What will my mailing address be?
For information on shipping to campus and receiving mail once at Wake Forest, please refer here.
Resident Advisers (RAs)
Undergraduate student leaders responsible for building community and connecting students. RAs plan initiatives for not only their smaller communities but also for the overall residential community they serve. Our South Campus communities have between seven and 11 RAs, based on the community. Look for a welcome email from your RA in August!
Graduate Hall Director (GHD)
A live-in graduate student who assists professional and student staff in the general management of a residential community, which houses 200–300 undergraduate students. Graduate Hall Directors focus on the specific staff and community development needs of the residence halls they are assigned to.
Community Director (CD)
A full-time master’s-level, live-in professional who manages a residential community and supervises RAs and GHDs. CDs work with their staff to foster inclusive community through co-curricular initiatives, mentorship and faculty engagement. Additionally, CDs work to ensure that students understand and abide by University policy, and provide general assistance to students with residential concerns.
Faculty Fellows are a group of faculty members assigned to your residence hall who will plan community-building events, and be available for informal interaction and advising.
The Faculty Fellows Program was created to build community and increase faculty-student engagement, especially outside of the classroom, providing engaging discussions and activities within and beyond our residence halls.
Learn more about the Faculty Fellows Program, South Forest, and your community’s Faculty Fellows on the South Forest page.
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association offers leadership experience for first-year students.
Through advocacy, programming and strategic initiatives, the association works to improve the residential experience. Members act as liaisons between students living on South Campus and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. For more information or to get involved with the Residence Hall Association, contact your Community Director or Graduate Hall Director.