Incoming Students

Welcome Home!

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.

RESIDENCE LIFE & HOUSING

Website: rlh.wfu.edu
Phone: 336.758.5185
Fax: 336.758.4686
Email: housing@nullwfu.edu

DEACON ONECARD OFFICE
Phone: 336.758.1949
Email: deacononecard@nullwfu.edu

MAILING ADDRESS
P.O. Box 7749
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

LOCATION
Angelou Residence Hall 001

SOCIAL
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@WFURLH
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Incoming Student FAQ

Important Dates

  • How do I apply for my housing/dining?

    All first-year students will complete a Housing and Dining Application online by logging into WIN > Virtual Campus > Residence Life and Housing. The application will be available May 14 and is due by June 30.

  • Where will I live?

    During your first year, you will live in one of the seven communities on South Campus. 

    As a new student, your room will be assigned based on your responses to the Housing and Dining Application. New students may be assigned to a single, double or triple room based on their preferences and availability. Note that students assigned to single rooms are charged at the single rate. All students are eligible to request a room change in September based on space availability.

  • 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.

  • When will I get my Deacon OneCard?

    The Deacon OneCard is your official student ID. You will receive your card when you arrive on campus for New Deac Week, and you should carry it with you at all times. The Deacon OneCard serves as your access card to enter University buildings, your card for checking items out of the library and your “ticket” to many campus events. The Deacon OneCard is also a payment card for Deacon Dollars and your meal plan. You must submit a photograph for your Deacon OneCard by June 30.

  • 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 where I'm living and out who my roommate is?

    You will be notified of your room and roommate assignment in mid- to late July via your Wake Forest email.  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?

    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. 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?

    As a reminder, Wake Forest has a six-semester (three-year) residency requirement and is one of the few universities in the country that guarantees housing to students in good standing for eight semesters. 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.

  • June 30 – Deadline to submit Housing & Dining Application and Deacon OneCard photo
  • August 22 – Move-In for New Students
    • Check-In – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Move-In Assistance – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Students in pre-orientation programs will receive information regarding move-in
  • December 16 – Residence Halls Close For Winter Break @ 12 p.m.
  • January 12 – Residence Halls Open For Spring Semester @ 9 a.m.
    • Students in recruitment will receive information regarding move-in
  • May 11 – Residence Halls Close
    • Check-out by 2 p.m. unless approved for interim housing

Who’s Who

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 graduate student who is responsible for the supervision of RAs and the general management of a residential community, which houses 200–300 undergraduate students.

Residence Life Coordinator (RLC)

A full-time master’s-level, live-in professional who manages a residential area of campus. RLCs supervise RAs and GHDs, ensure that students understand and abide by University policy, and provide general assistance to students with residential concerns.

Faculty FellowsFaculty Fellows

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.

Life on South Campus

  • Area Council

    The South Forest Area Council officers leadership experience for first-year students. Through advocacy, programming and strategic initiatives, the council works to improve the residential experience. The executive board 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 Area Council, contact your Graduate Hall Director.

  • Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

    Residents in LLCs will live in the same residence hall or on the same floor while taking an FYS (First-Year Seminar) or WRI (First-Year Writing Seminar) course together. LLCs are designed to deepen student learning and foster community among faculty, staff and students who share co-curricular experiences related to coursework.

  • Quiet-Living

    Quiet-Living is for residents who desire, and agree to maintain, a quiet living environment. This is an option for students who need to get up early or just want a quiet place to live. As demand warrants, this community will be on hallways, sections or floors of various communities. In addition to the housing agreement, residents and their guests must abide by a Quiet-Living Agreement.

  • Substance-Free Living

    Substance-Free Living 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 not partake in or enter the residential environment under the influence of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.

Living on Campus

Living on Campus

Important information about the various services and resources available on campus.

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Forestry 101

New Student Website

Everything you need to know as you prepare to arrive at Wake Forest!

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Meal Planning

Meal Plans

Learn more about on-campus dining
and meal plan options.

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Students talk to Vice President Penny Rue during Move-In

Policies and Procedures

Familiarize yourself with the guidelines
for campus living.

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