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Housing FAQs

A Guide to Who’s Who

Resident Adviser (RA)
Students responsible for actively assisting individuals and groups of students in their residential community; plans initiatives for both individual and building-wide residential communities. Look for a welcome email from your RA in August!

Graduate Hall Director (GHD)
Graduate student who is responsible for the general supervision and management of a residence hall community which houses 200-350 undergraduate students.

Residence Life Coordinator (RLC)
A full-time, live-in professional who supervises RAs and GHDs; helps students with residential concerns.

Faculty Fellows
A group of faculty members assigned to your residence hall who will plan fun, community-building events and be available for informal interaction and advising.

1. Are students guaranteed on campus housing?

On campus housing is guaranteed for eight semesters for students in good standing. Given the three-year residency requirement, students wishing to live off campus may move off for their senior year.

2. Am I required to live on campus?

Wake Forest University has a policy requiring all students to live on campus for 3 years.

3. Where will I live as a student?

First-year students may be assigned to a single or a double room. All first year students will complete a Housing and Dining Application online. Based on this form, our office will place students with a roommate into one of the six first-year residence halls: Babcock, Bostwick, Collins, Johnson, Luter or South. Residence hall room assignments are made randomly.

4. When will I find out who my roommate is? 

You will be notified of your room and roommate in late July. Room and roommate assignments are made without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. We do not assign siblings or friends as roommates.

5. What are the advantages of living on campus? 

Aside from the short commute to class every morning, living in Wake Forest’s residence halls has many advantages. You will be surrounded by a trained staff of helpful and caring Resident Advisers and a Graduate Hall Director. The staff is available at all hours to answer your questions, provide support, and create a safe and fun atmosphere.

6. How can I view the type of room I will be living in?

Visit the RLH site to look through each floor plan and pictures of typical rooms.

7. What can and can’t I bring to campus?

Info about what you can and cannot have in your room can be found on the RLH residence hall safety page.