Residence hall, dormitory, the threshold of freedom—we’re not big on labels. What we care about most is creating an unparalleled residential housing experience where students can thrive socially and intellectually alongside their classmates within a safe and responsible environment.
Within this section, you’ll find key information on how roommates are assigned, what room types are available, what you’ll need to bring (and what you shouldn’t), and programs available within residence life.
This is where the memories are made. Welcome to your new home.
New students may be assigned to a single or a double room, based on your responses on the Housing and Dining Application. If you are assigned to a single room, information about other students assigned to singles in your hall will be sent to you. Single rooms are charged at the single rate. All students are eligible to request a room change in September if space becomes available. Wake Forest has a three-year residency requirement and is one of the few universities in the country that guarantees housing for eight semesters (for students in good standing). Students are required to live in campus housing their first three years unless they live with their parent or guardian in the Winston-Salem area.
Each residence hall room includes an extra-long twin bed (36″ by 80″), a dresser, and a desk and chair set. Each room is also equipped with window blinds and a closet or wardrobe unit. You may bring your own floor rug or purchase it upon your arrival to campus.
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 .6 cubic feet and a turntable for even heating. No other kitchen appliances may be used or stored in residence hall rooms.
You will be notified of your room and roommate assignment in late July. Assignments are made without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. We do not assign siblings or friends as roommates. We wait until we receive the Housing and Dining Application (available June 1) from a majority of students in order to match students based on your responses. Although we try to honor all preferences, this is not always possible. When you get your roommate assignment, please reach out to your roommate so you can start getting to know one another. When you arrive on campus, you and your roommate will complete an agreement which will help define some expectations for how you will use the room.
What to Bring
For ideas about what to bring to campus and what to leave at home, please visit the RLH website. Also, remember to contact your roommate to coordinate outfitting your room…so you don’t end up with two televisions.
Housing for Special Needs
Any medical or physical considerations that require special accommodations should be provided in writing from your doctor to Student Health Service. All inquiries will be reviewed by the appropriate university official. Please review the complete process on the RLH page for special needs.
Healthy Living Community
The Healthy Living Community is for residents who desire—and agree to maintain—a substance–free environment and promote a healthy student lifestyle. With the support of Residence Life and Housing, residents in the Healthy Living Community collaborate with hall staff members and other residents to promote health and well-being in the building and across campus. In addition to the Housing Agreement, residents must abide by a Healthy Living Covenant whereby they agree to these standards, including not using alcohol or other drugs in the residential environment.