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FAQs

General

Am I required to live on campus?

All freshmen, sophomore transfer and junior transfer students are required to live on campus.

Students who meet one of the exemption criteria before the beginning the start of classes are not required to live on campus. Please see the exemption page.

What are the apartment/residence hall room rates for next year going to be?

Room rates are approved by the Board, next year’s rates will be posted in the Spring Semester. You can find the current rate sheet under the cost section, here.

How many years of housing am I guaranteed?

On-campus housing is required and thus guaranteed for all full-time freshmen and sophomore students.

Junior and Senior students may apply for a third and fourth year of on campus housing during Housing Selection that begins in the fall.

When can I move into my room?

New students are scheduled to move into the residence halls on Friday, August 23, 2013, between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 24, 2013 starting at 8:30 a.m. Your move-in date is determined by your residence hall. We will notify you of the appropriate move-in date when you receive your housing assignment.

New students cannot request to arrive early, unless they are part of a pre-orientation program, in-season athletic team or other pre-approved group. Please plan on arriving on your assigned move-in date. If you need to make travel arrangements prior to the when assignments are made, you should make your arrangements to arrive on Saturday.

When do Fall semester classes begin?

Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Can I request a specific residence hall to live in?

Freshmen housing assignments are generated by computer, based on the answers on the Living Preference Questionnaire, and are carefully reviewed by the Office of Residential Living. Requests to live in specific residence halls will not be considered unless there is a religious or health reason for requesting a particular hall, (such as need for a private bath). Please indicate that reason to us in a separate email to newstudenthousing@georgetown.edu. Separate documentation may be required.

It is our experience that students place more value on the friendships made in the residence hall than on the hall's location.

Are there single gender floors available?

Freshmen single gender floors are available. Locations of these floors may change based on the number of requests for this type of floor. Most residence hall floors are all co-ed. On co-ed floors, separate hall baths for males and females are located on each floor. Only Village C rooms have private bathrooms. You may request this type of living arrangement in your Living Preference Questionnaire.

What are quiet floors?

All residence halls and apartment areas have daily quiet hours that are enforced between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on nights preceding undergraduate class days and between 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on other nights.

Quiet floors give the residents an opportunity through the hall's Community Living Agreement to design their own extended quiet hours and policies.

Designated quiet floors will be available in Darnall, Harbin and Village C depending on demand for such floors.

When will I know my housing assignment and roommate?

In early August, all first-year students students will receive an email from the Office of Residential Living with a link to your Housing-at-a-Glance page.

What is my Housing-at-a-Glance page?

Housing-at-a-Glance is your personalized webpage where you will find your room assignment, room description, roommate information, mailbox number and combination, and package log. You will have access to their Housing-at-a-Glance page in early August. You will be able to report a repair via a work order to Facilities, and select housing for your sophomore, junior and senior year.

I just received my assignment and I want to request a room change. How do I do that?

During the month of August through the second week of classes, there is a room switch freeze. Room change requests are not granted except for emergency purposes during this time. You should take the time to get to know your roommate and discuss the things that are important to you. When you arrive on campus, you and your roommate will be asked to complete a roommate agreement by your Resident Assistant. While students may request a change of building assignment, these requests cannot be guaranteed. If we can make a change prior to arrival you will be notified.

What are Residence Hall and Apartment opening and closing dates for the 2012-2013 Academic Year?

  • Friday, 12/20/13 at 10 AM: Residence Halls & Apartments close for the Fall 2013 Semester
  • Tuesday, 1/7/14 at 10 AM: Residence Halls & Apartments open for Spring 2014 Semester
  • Sunday, 5/11/14 at Noon: Residence Halls & Apartments close for the Spring 2014 Semester

Can I stay in on-campus housing during breaks?

Students can remain on campus during all breaks and three day weekends, except during winter break (December 20, 2013-January 7, 2014). During Winter Break, all students living in residence halls and apartments must vacate their residence. You will not be permitted back into your residence until Spring semester opening.

Are there any single occupancy rooms available?

Freshmen and sophomore transfer students cannot request to be placed on the single room waitlist. Students with medical need for a single must contact the Academic Resource Center by June 26, 2013.

Are students with special medical needs or disability given any accommodation?

Students who need special housing accommodation for medical need or disability must contact the Academic Resource Center by June 26, 2013.

How do I sign-up for a meal plan?

Check the New Student Guide for more information or visit the Dining website.

I am traveling from a long distance and will be shipping my belongings. When will packages be accepted at the residence halls?

The Residence Hall Offices (RHO) will accept packages as they are received. Packages received for students moving in on Friday will not be made available until Saturday to prevent confusion with the Move In process. If you need to send any personal belongings, we encourage you to have them arrive after you have settled in.

Please make your shipping plans accordingly. The delivery services and the University are inundated with packages during the opening days of the Fall semester. This will cause delays in receiving. Please bring any item or belonging with you that you consider critical to your health or that you will need in the first few days of school. The Office of Residential Living will not accept packages on behalf of students. You are the only person allowed to pick up your packages from the RHO and you must present a valid ID.

 

Living in the Residence Halls

Can I request a room change during the academic year?

Yes. Students who are interested in a room change should discuss this option with their Resident Assistant or Hall Director. There are limited opportunities for room changes, particularly in the Freshmen residence halls. If your request is due to a roommate conflict, mediation will often be the first step with your RA or Community Director.

What amenities will I find in my room?

All rooms are carpeted and furnished. Residence hall rooms bedrooms have a twin bed, mattress*, desk, desk chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe.

Students are not permitted to loft their beds. Beds can be bunked to provide more floor space in rooms.

All rooms have wireless internet, telephone and are equipped for cable. See RCN for information about setting up cable television.

Can I personalize my room?

Yes, students are encouraged to make their rooms their home-away-from home. You should coordinate with your roommate on larger items that will take up space in the room. You are welcome to hang posters, pictures, curtains, etc. You cannot put holes in the walls, paint or alter the physical space. We recommend using removable hooks and tape for pictures and posters. Use brands that will not pull away the paint.

Can I bring my own room furniture?

No. All basic furniture is provided by the University and must remain in each room. Do not bring mattresses or large items of furniture. Waterbeds, spas and water chairs are expressly prohibited in the residential facilities.

What size refrigerators are permitted in the residence halls?

Refrigerators are limited to a maximum capacity of 3 cubic feet. Rental units that meet safety requirements are available each year at registration under the sponsorship of a student club.

What is an RHO?

The Residence Hall Office (RHO) is an office in many residential facilities. One RHO can serve for 1-3 residence areas.

Services provided by the RHO includes:

  • Key pick-up at the beginning of the semester
  • Key return when you move-out
  • Package pick-up
  • Vacuum cleaner rental
  • Moving carts
  • Lock outs

Where is my RHO?

Darnall & Henle Residents: Darnall Hall Lobby
Harbin, Village C East & West Residents: Village C West Lobby
New South & Village A Residents: New South Lobby
Kennedy, McCarthy & Reynolds Residents: Kennedy Hall Lobby
Copley Residents: Copley Hall Lobby
Alumni Square & Townhouse Residents: Alumni Square Courtyard
LXR & Nevil Residents: LXR Lobby

How should I have packages sent to me?

Packages should be addressed to you in the following format to ensure proper routing:

Student Name
Your Residence Hall Office (e.g.Village C RHO)
Housing Assignment (e.g.Harbin Hall 103)
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Packages are received by the Residence Hall Office (RHO). You will receive an e-mail notification that you have a package waiting for you. You may go to the RHO during their operating hours to sign for and pick up your package.

Where should I have my mail sent?

Once you have access to your Housing-at-a-Glance page in early August, your address and box number will be provided. Here is the general format you should follow. Your box number will change based on your room assignment. Please make sure to update friends and family when your address changes. For USPS packages that require confirmation, please use the signature confirmation service rather than delivery confirmation.

  • Name Residence and Room Number
  • Box Number
  • Georgetown University
  • Washington DC 20057-(last 4 digits of your box number)

 

CHARMS

Can I choose my own roommate?

Freshmen can participate in CHARMS.

I have been accepted into a Living Learning Community. Should I still complete CHARMS?

No. If you have been accepted into a Living and Learning community, you should not enter the second part of CHARMS. If you have not already been informed of your status, please check with the New Student Guide for response dates. Any questions about your status should be directed to the program administrator.

I can see where some students would want to search for a roommate, but I'd rather avoid the process altogether.

What can I do?

Just go to the CHARMS main menu and click on the link that reads "Remove yourself from the roommate matching process." After confirming the screen that follows, you will be removed from the CHARMS process - you will not have to select a roommate, and you will not be visible to anyone else searching for a roommate. The Office of Residential Living will use your living preference questionnaire to match you with another student to form a roommate pair based on your common living preferences.

I understand that I can send messages to other students through CHARMS, but how does it work? Is it like Instant Messenger?

Not exactly. When you send a message to another student, CHARMS generates an email to that student's GUMail account (their @georgetown.edu address). The email informs the student that they have a message waiting, and they will see a link to the message room you two share privately within CHARMS. That student can log into the message room, read the message and respond back if desired. Since all the messages go to your @georgetown.edu address, it's important that you have your email address set up.

I've started searching for a roommate, but I feel overwhelmed by the process.

What can I do?

No problem. Just go to the CHARMS main menu and click on the link that reads "Remove yourself from the roommate matching process." After confirming the screen that follows, you will be removed from the CHARMS process - you will not have to select a roommate and you will not be visible to anyone else searching for a roommate. Residential Services will use your living preference questionnaire to match you with another student to form a roommate pair based on your common living preferences.

The deadline for the roommate matching process is almost here, and I don't have a roommate yet.

What should I do?

Don't worry. If you don't have a roommate by the time that CHARMS ends, the Office of Residential Living will use your living preference questionnaire to match you with another student to form a roommate pair based on your common living preferences.

If I don't participate in the CHARMS process, does that mean that I will not have a roommate when I get to Georgetown?

That is not correct. You should count on having a roommate when you get to Georgetown. Either you will choose your own roommate through CHARMS or the Office of Residential Living will assign you a roommate.

I have been matched with a roommate through CHARMS, but now I've changed my mind and no longer want to live with this student.

Can you break up the roommate pair so that I can start over?

As a rule, you should consider a roommate match made through CHARMS to be final. Breaking the roommate pair is unfair to one if not both students, as you will both have to start the process over with limited time left before the deadline. In addition, all other invitations to or from the students would have already been cancelled. Make sure that you are satisfied with the student you are matching yourself with before the roommate invitation is ultimately accepted.

Only in extreme circumstances will a roommate pair be dissolved. Both students have to notify the office in writing requesting the dissolution. At that point, both students will be reassigned to different roommates by the Housing Services staff.

Why can't I see names or email addresses of the other students while I am searching?

We want to protect the anonymity of all of the students during the CHARMS process. We want students to be able to extend, accept or decline invitations without having to worry about rubbing another student the wrong way.

Once I have made my roommate match, will I be able to continue exchanging messages with other students I met in the process?

No. Once you made a match, you will no longer be able to use the CHARMS program. If there are students who you want to continue to communicate with, you will need to exchange contact information with them before a final match is made.

How do I select housing?

New Student Orientation will be mailing information regarding NSO Registration to include information about housing. You will be directed to our website. You should have received your NetID from the Admissions Office which will allow you to log into the Living Preference Questionnaire (LPQ).

 

Early Arrivals

How do I apply for early arrival housing?

The early arrival request form will be available on the Student Living website in July. You will receive an email from the Office of Residential Living with early arrival sign up information in early July.

Who is allowed to arrive early?

Authorized reasons for early arrival/summer late stay include:
  • Participation in an orientation program requested by a department
  • Remaining between summer on campus stay and fall assignment
  • International flight conflicts

Is there a fee for early arrival?

If you sign up by the deadline, the fee is $25 per night and will increase to $50 after the deadline. Payment by credit card is due at the time of sign up. All students not being sponsored by a department must pay online by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

What are the dates for early arrival?

The early arrival period begins the Saturday after summer school ends and goes through the Thursday before new student move in. Actual approved arrival dates will depend upon the reason for the early arrival. Individuals not on campus for the summer and not part of an orientation program, should not expect approval for arrival before the Thursday preceding New Student Move in.

Do I need to sign-up for early arrival if my roommate has already been authorized for early arrival?

Yes. Each individual student must sign up and pay for early arrival. Students found in residence without approval will be asked to leave campus.

Will I be able to check-in to my fall assignment?

Housing will make every effort to place students in their academic year assignment. However, due to cleaning , maintenance and construction schedules, we may not always be able to do so. You may be required to move into temporary housing if your fall assignment is not ready by your early arrival request date. You will be notified whether or not you can move directly into your fall assignment in the first week of August.

Will there be move-in assistance?

Move-in assistance is only offered to new students during their assigned check-in period.

Where will I be allowed to park when I move-in?

Parking is available in the Southwest Garage for early arrival students except during Freshman/Transfer Move-In. There may be a fee for parking. Parking and/or temporary stopping to unloading will NOT be permitted on roads or walkways around the residence halls and apartment complexes. Violators will be ticketed.

Will my GOCard be programmed to work or must I notify the GOCard office of my arrival?

The Office of Residential Living will provide the GOCard Office with the names of students approved for early arrival. Students contacting the GOCard Office directly will be redirected to the Office of Residential Living.

I am coming early for a pre orientation program? May I arrive earlier than the date the organization requested that I arrive? May I arrive later?

You may request to arrive earlier than the date requested by the organization but fees associated with that earlier arrival may not be covered by the organization. If the request is approved and the organization will not cover the associated fees, the individual student will be responsible for the fees. Students should check with the organization requesting his/her arrival to determine whether the given arrival date is mandatory. Some programs require arrival by a certain date.

If I sign up for early arrival and then decide not to return early, can I get a refund of my early arrival fee?

Cancellation of early arrival must be provided in writing to residentialliving@georgetown.edu. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations submitted after August 15, 2012.

I am being assigned to temporary housing when I return early. How long will I have to vacate the temporary housing to move to my fall housing assignment.

Residents assigned to temporary housing will need to move by the deadline provided. Keep in mind that there may not be extensive prior notification made.

Is there early arrival for the spring semester?

No. Please contact the Office of Residential Living for more details.

What do I do if I missed the early arrival deadline?

Please contact the Office of Residential Living with your request. Please keep in mind that your request may not be accommodated. If it can be accommodated, there is an increased fee for arrival.

Is the Dining Hall open for early arrival students?

No. The first meal of the semester for students with a meal plan is typically dinner the night prior to the start of classes. Please reference the Dining Hall website for their schedule.

Office of Residential Living100 Harbin HallBox 571117Washington, DC 20057Phone: (202) 687.4560Fax: (202) 687.4590residentialliving@georgetown.edu

Office of Neighborhood Life1300 36th StreetWashington, DC 20007Phone: (202) 687.5138neighborhoodlife@georgetown.edu