A place to hang your top hat.
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.
In the following pages, you’ll find key information on how roommates are assigned, answers to other frequently asked questions, who’s who and more about the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Living on campus is where the memories are made. This is where you belong. From all of our staff to you, welcome home!
RESIDENCE LIFE & HOUSING
DEACON ONECARD OFFICE
P.O. Box 7749
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Angelou Residence Hall 001
First-Year Student Housing
During your first year, you will typically 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 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).
As a new student, your room will be assigned based on your responses to the Housing 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.
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. By coordinating with your roommate(s) on these items, you will avoid purchasing duplicates.
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.
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 three different purposes: Deacon Dollars, FoodDollars and your meal plan.
You must submit a photograph for your Deacon OneCard by June 28.
The South Forest Area Council offers 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 Community Director or Graduate Hall Director.
Disability-Related Housing or Dining Accommodations
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 that can accommodate the vast majority of disability needs. Students who would like to request a disability-related accommodation should visit go.wfu.edu/f101accommodations.
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 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.
We are excited to offer gender-neutral housing options for any interested students. Students who select gender-neutral housing will live in mixed-gender rooms/suites. For incoming students, these rooms/suites will be clustered together in an area of a residence hall. Rooms may share private and/or semiprivate bathrooms. As a part of this process, students are asked to complete an interest section on the Housing Application. Students who request gender-neutral housing will then be contacted by staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing to discuss the best way to accommodate their housing needs. During the process, no student will be asked to disclose their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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.
Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)
Residents in LLCs will live in the same residence hall or on the same floor while taking a course together. Examples of previous LLCs include FYS 100, WRI 111 and ENT 302. LLCs are designed to deepen student learning and foster community among faculty, staff and students who share co-curricular experiences related to coursework.
Residency Requirement and Guarantee
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.
Wake Forest University (which includes 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.
Additionally, 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 cell phone, television, laptop — linens, etc.
As part of the housing application process, you will have the opportunity to purchase renter’s insurance from a partner vendor, GradGuard. Additionally, you may wish to check your family’s homeowners insurance policies. Many policies will cover loss or theft even if the policy is in your parents’ names and you are living on campus.
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 live-in graduate student who assists professional and student staff in the general management of a residential community, which houses 200-300 undergraduate students. Graduate Hall Directors focus on the staff and student development needs of the community they are assigned to.
Community Director (CD)
A full-time master’s-level, live-in professional who manages a residential community and supervises RAs and GHDs. CDs work with their staff to foster inclusive community through co-curricular initiatives, mentorship and faculty engagement. Additionally, CDs work to ensure that students understand and abide by University policy and provide general assistance to students with residential concerns.