First Year Housing: Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you find that your question has not been answered, please Contact Us.
Since all First Year students live in University housing,
Housing & Residence Life's Accommodations Office plays an important role in
your first year. The staff in this office are responsible for making all
of the on-Grounds housing assignments. They are here to help you if you
have any questions regarding the assignments process. The office is located
in the basement of Kent House, in the McCormick Road Area.
How do I apply for housing?
What is the $400 deposit for?
The $400 deposit you may hear about is the Admissions deposit. First Years are not required
to pay a deposit for housing. You will be billed for your housing fees
later this summer.
How is my assignment made?
A computer-generated random selection process held after the application
deadline determines your order of assignment. The following information from your application is saved in the Assignments software program:
- Your ranking of Programs (note: First Year students may apply to live in one of the three residential college programs, or they may select to live in the First Year Program. The First Year Program includes the McCormick Road, Alderman Road and Gooch/Dillard areas. Assignments to any of the facilities in this program are made on a random basis.)
- Mutual roommate request
- Information about smoking, study habits, and neatness preferences.
Your assignment is then generated by computer. We regret that the Accommodations
Office cannot consider special requests.
May I request a roommate?
Roommate requests must be mutual and designated on your
Housing Application and Agreement.
The Accommodations Office tries to place roommate requests together, however,
often preferred roommates are admitted to the University at different
times. When this occurs, preferences for residential areas may not be
possible in order to honor roommate requests.
What's a triple and how are students assigned to one?
Triples are rooms located in the Gooch/Dillard and Alderman Road areas that
can accommodate three people. Students are placed in triple occupancy
rooms after all double rooms are assigned. As space becomes available,
students placed in Alderman triples will be moved to double rooms.
What if I'm an Echols or Rodman Scholar?
The Office of Admission will provide a list of scholars to the Accommodations staff during the summer. Echols, Rodman, College Science, and College Arts Scholars will be assigned to live in a designated scholar community in the Alderman Road Residence Area. Please note, any requested roommates must also be accepted members of a scholars program.
How can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability or allergy?
If you need special housing accommodations due to a disability or allergy, you will need to submit a Disability Related Needs Request
and appropriate documentation to the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC). You will also need to submit your Housing application by June 3, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact LNEC at 434-243-5180 or send an email to email@example.com
What is the procedure for bringing a service animal to the University?
Students must request the University's permission to allow the presence of a service animal on University property, and permission will be granted only as an accommodation for a documented disability. Please see the Guidelines for Service Animals
. For more information, contact LNEC at 434-243-5180 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
When do I find out where I'll live?
You will receive your room and roommate assignment in early July, as long as you submit your application in a timely manner.
Do I have to live on-Grounds?
All First Year students must live on-Grounds in residence
unless married, a single parent, or a non-traditionally aged student.
If you believe your circumstances qualify you for consideration to live
off-Grounds, please send your request to email@example.com
8. What to bring / not to bring
We have put together this list of suggestions to help you make some informed decisions about what to bring to U.Va. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list; it is only meant to help you decide what to pack and what to leave at home. Ask the Housing & Residence Life Accommodations Office any questions you have about anything
questionable that you are considering bringing with you.
What should I bring?
- computer equipment
- cell phone (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon recommended)
- 1 microwave and 1 small refrigerator, or 1 combination microfridge unit ¹
- single-serve coffee maker such as Keurig (1 per room)
- alarm clock
- power strip, with surge protector
- hair dryer
- stereo, with speakers suitable to living space
- bed linens, towels, etc.
- carpets can be ordered from the U.Va. Bookstore ²
- fan, maybe even two (also available from the U.Va. Bookstore)
- bicycle (with a good lock)
¹ Students may rent a microfridge from the U.Va. Bookstore, or bring your own combination microfridge, or bring your own separate microwave (1200 watts or less) and refrigerator (5.0 cubic ft. or less) with a surge supressor (also available from the Bookstore).
² Carpets are not necessary in Hereford College, Gooch/Dillard, Balz-Dobie, Kellogg, Lile-Maupin, Shannon, Tuttle-Dunnington or Watson-Webb.
What should I not bring?
- pets - only small non-lethal fish are allowed
- any halogen lamp (torchiere, desk, spotlights, etc.)
- any lamp with a plastic shade (see examples)
- extension cords
- air-conditioner, unless pre-approved for medical reasons
- oversized refrigerators
- cooking appliances
- Fry Baby or any other deep fryer
- wireless Internet routers or range extenders
- devices that operate on 2.4 GHz and 5.1 GHz frequencies such cordless telephones, microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, and wireless (not Bluetooth) headsets. Devices that operate on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted.
- lofts which do not meet University safety regulations ³
- cinder blocks to raise beds
- incense & candles - burning of these items is strictly prohibited
- space heaters
- firearms & ammunition (including BB Guns, paintball guns, bows, etc.)
- firecrackers or explosives of any type
- alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
- car - First years may not register, store, or park vehicles on Grounds (Requests for exceptions due to physical disability are made to the Department of Student Health. All other requests for exceptions should be made to the Dean of Students.)
³ lofts are not allowed at Hereford College, McCormick Road (except at Hancock and Bonnycastle), Cauthen, Woody, Balz-Dobie, Kellogg, Lile-Maupin, Shannon, Tuttle-Dunnington, Watson-Webb, Munford, Gwathmey or Brown College
What kind of decorations are allowed for my room?
For specific policies related to decorations and fire safety, please
see our page dedicated to Fire Safety Policies