Am I required to live on campus?
All freshmen, sophomore and junior 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, sophomore and junior students.
Senior students may apply for a 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 28, 2015, between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, 2015 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 a single sex floor when you fill out your Living Preference Questionnaire. Only students who select this option will be assigned to a single sex floor. Students who request a roommate that did not select this option will not be assigned to a single sex floor.
What are quiet hours?
All residence halls and apartment areas have daily quiet hours that are enforced between 10:00 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.
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 2014-2015 Academic Year?
- Friday, 12/19/14 at 10 AM: Residence Halls & Apartments close for the Fall 2014 Semester
- Tuesday, 1/6/15 at 10 AM: Residence Halls & Apartments open for Spring 2015 Semester
- Sunday, 5/10/15 at Noon: Residence Halls & Apartments close for the Spring 2015 Semester
Can I stay in on-campus housing during breaks?
Students can remain on campus during Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter breaks and all three day weekends. 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.
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 Cente. For information and deadlines, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Community 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?
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, LXR, Nevils & Townhouse 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:
Your Residence Hall Office (e.g.Village C RHO)
Housing Assignment (e.g.Harbin Hall 103)
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)
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?
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).
May I apply for early arrival housing?
New Students are not permitted to arrive prior to their assigned move-in date. First year students who are part of pre-orientation programs or athletes with preseason training will be contacted by those offices regarding arrival dates and times.