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P.O. Box 7749
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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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.

You’ll find 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!

What you need to know

First-Year Student Housing

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During your first year, you will typically live in one of our 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. 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).

Room Furnishings

Each residence hall room includes an extralong 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 refer to our Guide to Community Living for details.

Residents in each residence hall have access to community kitchens featuring full-size appliances.

Room Types

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 or double room based on their preferences and availability. Note that students assigned to single rooms are charged at the single rate.

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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
  • Food Dollars
  • Your meal plan

You must submit a photograph for your Deacon OneCard by June 6.

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are a group of faculty members assigned to your residence hall who will plan community-building events and be available for informal interaction and advising. The Faculty Fellows Program was created to build community and increase faculty-student engagement, especially outside of the classroom, providing engaging discussions and activities within and beyond our residence halls.

Additional Information

If you have questions about any of the information below, please visit the Residence Life and Housing website for additional details or reach out to the RL&H team.

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) provides a student voice to the University and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. The organization serves the residential student body in three primary ways: 

  • making student-requested improvements to residence halls,
  • advocating for the residential experience,
  • and building community for the Wake Forest residential student body

It is a unique group of students that work together to improve the residential aspects of student life.

For more information or to get involved with the Residence Hall Association, 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 our housing and dining accommodations page.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

We are excited to offer gender-inclusive housing options for any interested students. All of our communities are co-ed by design. Typically students of the same legal sex are grouped by floor, hall, or suite. Students who select gender-inclusive 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-inclusive 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.

Residency Requirement

Wake Forest has a six-semester (three-year) residency requirement and is also committed to housing students who request to live on-campus after fulfilling the residency requirement. 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 and should not sign a lease for any off-campus property before fulfilling this requirement or being released in writing by our office.


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.

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Who’s Who

Resident Advisors (RAs)

Wake Forest 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 eleven 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.