Am I required to live on campus?
All undergraduate students are required to live on campus freshman through junior year.
What are the apartment/residence hall room rates for next year going to be?
Room rates are approved by the Board. Please find the list of room rates 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 the Eligibility process in the fall semester.
When can I move into my room?
New students are scheduled to move into the residence halls on Friday, August 26, 2016. We will notify you of the appropriate move-in time when you receive your housing assignment in early August.
New students cannot request to arrive early, unless they are part of a pre-orientation program, in-season athletic team or a specificlly 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?
First-year housing assignments are generated by computer, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
First-year 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?
Assignment notifications will be sent to student’s Georgetown email account in early August. Room and roommate information will be available for viewing on Hoya Housing.
What is Hoya Housing?
Hoya Housing is your personalized webpage where you will find your room assignment, room description, roommate information, mailbox number and combination, and package log. 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 2022-23 academic year on the Hilltop campus?
Residence Halls & Apartments Opening & Closing Schedule
CLOSE for Fall 2022: Sunday, December 18, 2022 | 10am
OPEN for Spring 2023: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 10 am
CLOSE for Spring 2023: Sunday, May 14, 2023 | 10 am (non-graduating students)
Monday, May 23, 2023 | 10 AM (graduating students)
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?
First-year 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 a medical need or disability must contact the Academic Resource Center. To begin this process, please email email@example.com.
What is the meal plan requirement for residential students? How do I sign up for a meal plan?
All students residing in university housing on the Hilltop campus (includes university-owned townhouses and apartment residences) are required to participate in a Meal Plan. You can learn more about the meal plan requirement, exemption requests and meal plan options available here. Plan selections and changes are managed in the meal plan section of Hoya Housing.
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 first reach out to their Resident Assistant for a roommate mediation. Should you still like to pursue a Room Change, the application to submit this request will be available on Hoya Housing.
What amenities are in each room on the Hilltop campus?
All rooms are furnished have an XL twin bed frame and 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.
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.
I have been accepted into a Living Learning Community. Should I still complete CHARMS?
Yes, if you are accepted into the following LLCs: Living Well, Culture and Performance, Explore DC and Entrepreneurship. Only these LLCs will let you participate in CHARMS and find a roommate who has also been accepted to this LLC. Students accepted to Justice and Diversity or Global Living (international students) will be matched with a roommate by the advisor.
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?
You simply do not need to set up a Roommate Profile or use the CHARMS page in your housing application. If you have completed the Living Preference Questionnaire, The Office of Residential Living will use yourLPQ to match you with another student 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 Hoya Housing, read the message and respond back if desired. Since all the notifications 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. There are three ways to search for roommates in CHARMS. You can either use the Roommate Suggestions section to review potential roommate matches that have been determined based on all your LPQ answers. Search for a specific roommate if you know their NetID. Or search for roommates by filtering specific LPQ answers.
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 LPQ to match you with another student 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?
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 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 we dissolve at roommate pair, however, both students have to notify the office in writing requesting the dissolution. At that point, the Office of Residential Living will use yourLPQ to match you with another student to form a roommate pair based on your common living preferences.
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 Hoya Housing.
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.
I am a concerned parent and want to talk to a staff member. What should I do?
Please review our Parent Guide for a detailed look at how to handle situations concerning your student.
I want to join a Living Learning community, how do I apply?
The opportunity to apply to our various Living Learning Communities takes place each spring. Students can apply for up to 3 LLCs through their Hoya Housing account. The application requirements are different for each LLC. Review information on our LLCs by visiting this page.
If I decide not to return to Georgetown next year, will I be charged for housing?
You will not be charged for housing if you notify the Office of Residential Living in writing before school begins. We will contact your Dean or the Registrar’s Office to confirm your withdrawal.
Something in my room is damaged or missing, what do I do?
If you are in need of maintenance to fix a broken item or address a facility concern, please submit a General Maintenance Request. If you are needing to submit a work order for a Laundry machine, please submit a Laundry Work Order.
I received an e-mail from Residential Living but now I can’t find it in my inbox. How can I locate the e-mail?
E-mails sent to students are saved in the students Hoya Housing account. Log into Hoya Housing and click the Messages button in the top right corner!
Living with Us
How much does it cost to live on campus?
Room rates are approved by the Board and distributed each spring for the following academic year.
Do you offer single rooms?
We do offer single rooms to upperclass students who opt in for Phase 2 of Housing Selection. Singles are split between males and females and only exist in LXR, McCarthy, Kennedy and Reynolds Halls. Some singles on campus are reserved for persons with physical disabilities or other special needs. The 3 singles in Copley are reserved for students with a medical need, who are mobility impaired or need access to a private bathroom.
Can I stay in my same room or apartment from year to year?
In order to be equitable to all students, all apartments and rooms are placed back into the general pool during Housing Selection each spring. Students have the opportunity to select their same room only if it is available at their lottery time.
Can I stay in my room during the summer?
Various summer options are available to students. Click here to learn about Summer Housing.
Do you offer the opportunity to switch rooms/apartments during the academic year?
Yes. Click here to view our Room Switch Policy.
How do I find out which apartments and residence hall rooms are available for selection?
Available rooms and apartments will be listed on Hoya Housing during your room selection process. At the end of each selection day, Residential Living will compile a list of chosen spaces to let students know what is gone.
Do all group members have to be present to select their room?
No. During the group formation process, a sponsor will be chosen to represent your group. The sponsor will be required to select the apartment/room on behalf of the entire group. Click here to learn more about the Housing Selection Process.
If my friends and I enter the housing selection as two groups of two, can the group with the higher selection number pull up the second to choose an apartment or adjacent rooms?
No. There is no “pulling up”; for groups. If 4 students wish to room together, they should enter Housing Selection: Phase 1 as one group. A group will have the opportunity to add in another student to be a fifth, sixth, or seventh member of their apartment group if they chose a unit with more than 4 beds.
If all members of our group decide to switch out or drop the apartment, can we give it to our friends?
No. All empty apartments revert to the Office of Residential Living to be offered to the next group in line.
We are 3 rising sophomores and we have 1 rising junior in our group. Can we choose an apartment complex if we have a mixed group?
Yes. You may choose any available apartment (with the exception of townhouses) with a mixed group.
I would like to sign up to live with an international roommate. Is this possible?
It is possible to request an international roommate. However, the international roommate may not be one of the original four members of the apartment group. The international roommate may only be added in as the fifth, sixth, or seventh member of an apartment group.
Are students with special medical needs given preference in the housing selection?
Consideration is given only to serious medical conditions which are documented by a health care provider. Students with medical need for special accommodations will need to contact the Academic Resource Center to request medical housing. See the Housing Selection Handbook for additional information.
I am an alternate for the RA position, but I am not sure that I will be accepted. What should I do about Housing Selection?
You should make plans to participate in Housing Selection as if you are not chosen as an RA. If you are selected to be an RA, you will be offered an RA space. If you are a member of an apartment group, the remaining roommates will have 3 days to name an eligible replacement from the date you are dropped from the assignment. If no replacement has been named by this deadline, the space will be posted as a vacancy in the housing selection.
If I participate in Housing Selection as a senior and later decide to live off campus, may I give my lottery time to a friend with a later time?
No. You cannot give away your lottery time. If you do not select a space during your lottery time, we will simply move along to the next group.
How does a student who is studying abroad obtain housing?
Students abroad should regularly check the Student Living web site for information about the selection process. Abroad students who are interested in selecting into an apartment or suite will become part of a 4 person group during Phase 1 of Housing Selection. They should ensure that another member of their group is designated as the group sponsor.
I am planning to study abroad first semester but want to live with my friends when I return. Should I sign up with them to get an apartment?
Students confirmed by the Office of Global Education to be abroad fall semester will not be eligible to go through the housing selection process. The Office of Residential Living will reach out to fall study abroad students in early September regarding their spring housing options.
If I am going abroad second semester and my friend is going abroad first semester, can we just switch places in the apartment?
Fall residents may fill anticipated spring vacancies by naming a new roommate on a Vacancy Fill-In form. These forms will be due to Residential Living late fall semester. More information will go out to fall residents about this process in early-September.