Greetings to Class of 2023!

The Office Residence Life and Housing would like to share the following important information with you as begin preparing for your journey to and at Wake Forest.  

Preparing to Live on Campus

During your first year, you will live in one of the seven communities on South Campus. Students are assigned to the various communities at random. As such, students are not asked or able to indicate preferences. 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 help incoming students get to know individuals different than themselves.

All first-year students will complete a Housing and Dining Application online by logging into our Housing PortalThe application will be available May 13 and is due by July 1. Additionally, all first-year students are required to submit a photograph for your Deacon OneCard by July 1.

For more information on either of these processes or our first-year communities, please visit our website at


We can’t wait to welcome you to your home away from home! First-year students are able to move into their residence halls on New Student Move-In Day which is Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. that afternoon. As you plan, however, please note that move-in assistance will end at 2 p.m.

To minimize the wait time in the car line, the Office of Residence Life and Housing is excited to continue to the use of move-in time frames. These encouraged time frames will allow for better management of traffic around campus and will expedite the move-in process as we welcome our 1,300+ newest Demon Deacons. You will receive information regarding your move-in time frame in the early summer so that you can plan for your arrival.

Students participating in Pre-Orientation programs, band, athletics or another approved group will receive instructions from the Office of Residence Life and Housing during the summer months.

Starting Your Leadership Journey

One leadership opportunity unique to the first-year experience is the South Forest Area Council (SFAC). The SFAC works to create exciting events, outings, and celebrations for first-year residents as well as advocate for ways to improve the residential experience. From President to Communications Coordinator, these students play a major role in making the first-year experience memorable! He’s what this year’s Council had to say about their experience:

Elections will take place in early September. If you would like more information or know you want to be a part of this leadership opportunity, please take a moment to fill out the SFAC Interest Form.