Frequently Asked Questions
I want to move off campus, what do I need to do?
I currently stay off campus and want to move on campus; what do I need to do?
During which periods are the residence halls closed?
When can I change my room or roommates?
Who do I contact if I have any additional questions?
When can I move into my residence hall?
What if I need special accommodations because of a medical or physical condition?
What will I experience as a residential student?
What kind of support and supervision will be available to me in the residence halls?
What items are allowed and prohibited in the residence halls?
What will be in my room?
What is my room cost?
When can I move into my residence hall?
Can I request to live with another entering student?
Can I see my room or place items in it before I arrive on opening day?
When will I know where or with whom I’m living?
Should I contact my roommate(s) prior to meeting in person?
Where do first year on campus students live?
Where can returning, readmitted & transfer students live on campus?
Where are the smoke-free residence halls?
What are the visitation hours?
Does the university have a curfew?
Do the residence halls have wireless internet?
Are there single rooms available?
1. I want to move off campus; what do I need to do?
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the housing contractual agreement is for the duration of the academic year. Students will only be released from the contract for the following reasons: graduation, severe medical conditions, call to active military duty, incarceration, and marriage. Students will be required to provide documentation that supports the reasons outlined so they can be released from their contract. The Office of Student Accounts has the discretion to pro-rate your time lived on campus or charge you the complete semester cost, depending on the date of your checkout.
2. I currently stay off campus and want to move on campus; what do I need to do?
First, you must be cleared to live on campus by the Office of Student Accounts. “Cleared to live on campus” means that you will be able to incur the complete costs of room and board for the semester in which you wish to move on campus. Second, based on housing availability, the Office of Residence Life & Housing will house you after receiving confirmation from the Office of Student Accounts. If there are vacancies, you will then be allowed to move into your new residence hall.
3. During which periods are the residence halls closed?
The residence halls remain open for the following periods:
-Fall: Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving
-Spring: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Good Friday/Easter
The residence halls close for the following periods:
-Fall – Winter Vacation (begins at completion of final exams)
-Spring – Spring Break (usually the first full week in March), Summer Vacation (begins at completion of final exams)
4. When can I change my room or roommates?
The Office of Residence Life & Housing typically offers a room change period after the university’s enrollment period has officially closed. The room change period is determined solely based on the availability of spaces. Residents experiencing conflict with their roommate(s) are encouraged to contact a member of their residence hall staff so that a mediation can be conducted to resolve any issues that may exist.
5. Who do I contact if I have any additional questions?
Your Residence Hall Director should be able to answer any additional questions you may have. However, you can also contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. When can I move into my residence hall?
The residence halls officially open on Monday August 19, 2013 for students with last names A-K and on Tuesday August 20, 2013 for students with last names L-Z. Registration begins at 8:30am in the Thomas Henderson Student Center.
1. What if I need special accommodations because of a medical or physical condition?
If you need special accommodations, it is IMPORTANT that you note this on your Housing Application. Documentation from a licensed medical practitioner is required. The Office of Residence Life & Housing will then house you accordingly.
2. What will I experience as a residential student?
The residence halls at VUU can be places of tremendous growth and change for our students. By developing an environment that goes beyond supporting the academic mission of VUU and into creating places that can inspire exploration and learning, Residence Hall Directors help create University Leaders.
In order to ensure the creation of these learning environments, all Hall Directors, along with their RA staffs, have planned programs to assist in the development and maintenance of student wellness in the following areas: community building, academic/professional excellence, wellness, citizenship and service, and spiritual development
At our most basic level, we cannot fail to provide safe, clean, and functional communities for our students. However, we go beyond this by developing programs that connect our student development focus to the academic mission of the University.
3. What kind of support and supervision will be available to me in the residence halls?
A live-in, Student Affairs professional – the Residence Hall Director - manages each residence hall community. Under the supervision of this senior staff member is a trained staff of Resident Assistants, and residence hall desk assistants. Directing the residential program, in general, is the Office of Residence Life that employs a director.
The ratio of residential program staff to students is 1 trained staff member to every 30 students.
4. What items are allowed and prohibited in the residence halls?
Click Here for the list of allowed and prohibited items in the residence halls
5. What will be in my room?
In each 12' x 15' room, there is a twin bed with mattress (most are 36" x 80"), desk (top is 25"x43") & chair, dresser (20"x35" top), closet space for hanging clothes, and an overhead light for each resident. Exceptions or variations may occur in transitional spaces or where older model furniture is being used. It is the responsibility of each resident to keep all standard room furnishings within their assigned room. Bed parts can be dismantled and stored in the closet or elsewhere in the room. Campus property MAY NOT BE REMOVED from campus.
6. What is my room cost?
See the Tuition and Fee Guide.
7. When can I move into my residence hall?
The residence halls officially open for new, first-time students on Thursday August 15, 2013 for students with last names A-K and on Friday August 16, 2013 for students with last names L-Z. Registration begins at 8:30am in the Thomas Henderson Student Center
8. Can I request to live with another entering student?
Requests will be honored when possible. However you must list all requested information on your housing application. In addition, that person must also request to live with you.
9. Can I see my room or place items in it before I arrive on opening day?
Due to the high volume of summer conferences, maintenance, and construction activity this will not be possible during summer months.
10. When will I know where or with whom I’m living?
Housing assignments will be released after July 15, 2013 to those students who have submitted a housing application and paid the required confirmation fee. Your housing assignment letter will include your residence hall, room number and roommate information.”
11. Should I contact my roommate(s) prior to meeting in person?
Absolutely! Contact your roommate, get to know each other, determine who will bring what, bring only one half of what you think you will need for the first three-four weeks of the semester - and, plan to be flexible and open to a new roommate(s) - compromise is GOOD.
12. Where do first year on campus students live?
First year males are housed in Storer Hall. First year females are housed in Hartshorn, MacVicar and Newman Halls.
13. Where can returning, readmitted & transfer students live on campus?
Returning, readmitted and transfer male students live in Huntley Hall. Female students live in MacVicar and White Halls. Returning males and females also reside in our humanity houses should they meet the criteria.
14. Where are the smoke-free residence halls?
All residence halls on Virginia Union's campus are smoke-free.
15. What are the visitation hours?
Visitation is being able to visit a residence hall of the opposite gender. Visitation hours are Sunday-Thursday 6pm-11pm and Friday-Saturday 6pm-12am. Visitation for freshman students is limited to the lobby of the residence halls.
16. Does the university have a curfew?
First year students do have a curfew. On Sunday-Thursday, curfew is at 11pm and on Friday-Saturday at 1am. The curfew is in effect for the duration of their first year at Virginia Union. In addition, there is a campus curfew. The campus curfew is at midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 2am on Friday and Saturday. Campus curfew means that students are not allowed to linger on campus grounds after the specified times
17. Do the residence halls have wireless internet?
Yes, each residence hall has access to wireless internet service.
18. Are there single rooms available?
Typically, first year students are not permitted to reside in single rooms. However, if there is a documented medical need for one, the Office of Residence Life will attempt to provide one, depending on room availability.