Housing Handbook

Residential Living Initiated Assignments
Students who are required to live on campus for the current or following academic year, who did not participate in the housing selection process or apply for housing during the Summer or Spring application process’, will be matched and housed into available vacancies by Residential Living professional staff.

Vacancy Filling

Students will be notified if a drop or switch occurs in your unit. All remaining residents of the space will have three (3) business days to name a replacement by emailing residentialliving@georgetown.edu with all current and requested roommate(s) copied on the email.

After three business days, the open bed will become available for Residential Living to use.

If this vacancy occurs during Phase 1 Housing Selection Process, this request can be done by the Group Sponsor, through Hoya Housing (see instructions for the PULL-IN process on the Selection Walkthrough page). After this three-day window, the vacancy will become available during Phase 2, if this vacancy occurs during the selection dates.

During the academic year, should Residential Living assign a student to your open bed, you will receive a 24-hour notice before the new resident is eligible to pick up a key and move in; this 24-hour notice does not apply in the summer. New matches are made based on the compatibility of the LPQ, age and class year. Students will be notified when a new resident is assigned with them.

Academic Year Room Switch
Once the academic year begins, and when the Room Switch Freeze is not in place (see below), students who wish to change rooms can submit the Room Switch application through Hoya Housing.

Room Switch Freeze Windows
For Fall Semester, the freeze is in place beginning the first week of August through the first two weeks of Fall semester. The Fall semester room switch application closes the first Monday in November.

For Spring Semester, the freeze will begin the first Monday of November through the first two weeks of Spring Semester. The spring semester room switch application closes the last Friday of classes.

Part-time Status

Students enrolled in 9 credits or more will be eligible to remain housed on campus. Should there become a demand for campus housing that exceeds capacity, students in a part-time status may be the first to be asked to relocate off campus.

Rising Seniors who are considering living on campus must first apply for Eligibility through the Fall Semester application process. Since we cannot guarantee housing to every senior, we must determine who is eligible for on-campus housing through the Eligibility application process.

2023-2024 Senior Eligibility Application

  • Application opens: 9AM, November 7, 2022
  • Application closes: NOON, November 11, 2022
  • Results posted the week of November 14

Seniors may apply for eligibility in groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4. If signing up in a group, you will need to identify a Group Sponsor who will be responsible to Group Name & Password which they will pass along to the other group members. Once all members have joined the group, the Group Sponsor will need to VERIFY the group for it to be complete.

Groups who sign-up for eligibility together do not have to remain in the same group for the spring selection phases.

Only students who sign up for and are granted Eligibility can participate in the 2023-2024 Housing Selection Process which takes place March – April of the Spring 2023 semester.

Who Should Apply for Eligibility

Any member of the class of 2024 who is considering living on campus in the 2023-2024 academic year must apply for eligibility.

  • Junior transfer students
  • Students considering applying for an RA position, and their roommates!
  • Students considering studying abroad in the Fall 2023 semester
  • ALL Athletes
  • Students with medical accommodation needs
  • Students planning on applying to live in a Living Learning Community
  • Seniors graduating Fall 2023 and want to live on campus for one semster

How Eligibility is Determined

Groups are randomly sorted by the computer to determine their order. If the number of students applying for eligibility exceeds the amount of space available for rising seniors a waitlist will be created. Students/groups added to the Eligibility Waitlist will be offered housing as space becomes available. Requesting eligibility does not obligate one to live on campus. It just gives one the option of entering the housing selection process if granted eligibility.
IMPORTANT: If you receive eligibility and decide not to live on campus, you can decline your eligibility by emailing residentialliving@georgetown.edu.  Doing so will allow us to offer space to students on the waitlist. There is no cancellation fee for declining eligibility.

Four-year Guarantee

Students with high financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services, who apply for eligibility by the deadline, will be guaranteed Eligibility. Students who miss the Eligibility application window will not be considered for the four-year guarantee.

For the 2023-2024 & 2024-2025 academic years, Junior Swaps will only be approved to students who live outside the neighborhood boundaries outlined below:

Neighborhood Boundaries

The Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall communities are defined as the neighborhoods bounded on the east by Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, on the south by the Potomac River, on the west by Canal Road and the Georgetown Reservoir, and on the north by Whitehaven Parkway to Foxhall Road to Hoban Road to Reservoir Road to 39th Street to Whitehaven Parkway (including the 1900 blocks of 39th and 38th Streets) to Whitehaven Street to Dumbarton Oaks Park on the north.

Rising juniors will apply for a Junior Swap in the fall of their sophomore year; up to 50 applications will be approved. Rising juniors who wish to swap their third year of housing for their senior year, must submit a request to swap through the form on Hoya Housing.

The 2023-2024 Junior Swap application will be available on Hoya Housing.

  • Application opens: 9AM, November 7, 2022
  • Application closes: NOON, March 1, 2023

Student who apply and are approved for a 23-24 Junior Swap may live off campus for the 23-24 academic year but will be required to return to campus for the 24-25 academic year. They will be automatically granted Senior Eligibility. If they do not participate in the Spring 2023 Housing Selection Process, they will be manually housed by Residential Living. Students who utilize their 23-24 Junior Swap and do not cancel it, forfeit their ability to apply for a 24-25 Residency Exemption. 

Approved Junior Swaps may be cancelled before March 15, 2023. Students who cancel their Junior Swap may not be guaranteed on-campus housing based on space availability. 

Students who missed the deadline to apply for a 23-24 Junior Swap but believe they have an extenuating situation, may email residentialliving@georgetown.edu to request consideration for a late Junior Swap approval.

Disability Accommodations

Georgetown University is committed to making a reasonable effort to make appropriate adjustments that afford all students barrier free-access to University facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. On the basis of a medical condition or disability, there is a process in place for requesting housing accommodations, including emotional support animals. Deadlines for housing accommodations are advertised through the Office of Residential Living. Announcements regarding deadlines are advertised on the Residential Living website and through emails to students. It is important to be in contact with the Academic Resource Center in advance of housing deadlines so that all requests can be carefully considered. If you have additional inquiries, please contact ARChousing@georgetown.edu to begin the process.

How does the process work?

  1. All students who are requesting housing accommodations should complete the Academic Resource Center’s accommodation request form and supply documentation from an appropriate healthcare provider that meets University guidelines.
    • If a student is requesting the same accommodation that they received in the past, they do not need to submit additional documentation.
    • Students making accommodation requests with a dietary component must complete the Dining Accommodation Request Form (new window) (new window). Students may be referred to the Registered Dietitian in Dining Services for a consultation about meal plan options, depending on the request. 
  2. All students who are requesting housing accommodations should complete the Academic Resource Center’s accommodation request form and supply documentation from an appropriate healthcare provider that meets University guidelines.
  3. The ARC will use the student’s application form(s) and documentation to inform an accommodation decision.
    1. An ARC administrator may request to meet with a student if they have questions about a student’s request, or if they need additional information.
    2. Upon completing their review, the ARC will confirm that the student has completed their request. 
    3. The ARC will notify Residential Living of a student’s accommodation request.
      • Students who complete the process between November 15, 2022 – February 3, 2023 will be part of the preselection phase. Assignments are typically released in early March.
      • Students who complete the process between February 4 – April 28, 2023 will be part of the postselection phase. Assignments are typically released in early June.
      • Students who complete the process after April 28, 2023 will be part of rolling consideration. Assignments are typically released in early August or on a week-by-week basis.
  4. Students with approved accommodations will have the opportunity to submit building and roommate(s) preferences through the Residential Living on-campus housing application. 
  5. Residential Living will notify students of their placements.
    • Students who apply within the preselection window will be notified of their placements in mid-March before the formal selection process. 
    • Students who apply in postselection window will be notified of their placements in late June/early July.
      • Students are encouraged to still participate in the formal housing selection process until their accommodation assignment is offered. 
      • Accommodation review and placements do not take place in the month of May due to spring closing and summer transition.
    • Students who apply in rolling will be notified of their placements on a rolling basis over the summer.
      • Residential Living and ARC meet weekly to review rolling applications and assignment options. 

Meal Plan Accommodations for Religous Requests

Students requesting accommodations to their meal plan due to religious practices must complete the Meal Plan Accommodation Request for Religious Considerations form and submit supporting documentation that meets University guidelines. This form must be completed by the student. Students may be referred to the dietician in Dining Services for an individualized consultation before an accommodation is approved. 

Meal Plan Accommodations for Dietary Medial Needs

Students making accommodation requests with a dietary component must complete the Dining Accommodation Request Form (new window) (new window). Students may be referred to the Registered Dietitian in Dining Services for a consultation about meal plan options, depending on the request. 

Students with dietary preferences, including food allergies and/or intolerance, should be in contact with Dining Services at mealplans@georgetown.edu and request a consultation with registered Dietitian.

Mid-year disability accommodation requests may be subject to a disability accommodation waitlist. Students may pursue a general room switch while they apply for a disability accommodation , to see if another space on campus could meet their needs. More information about changing rooms can be found on the Room Change section of the Housing Handbook. 

2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Application available: November 15, 2022 via the Academic Resource Center website.
  • RA & Group LLC applicants- accommodation requests due: January 20, 2023
  • Upperclass general housing accommodation, including individual LLC applicant, request for first consideration: February 3, 2023

Students who apply and are approved for a disability accommodation by the first consideration deadline will receive their assignment before the first phase of Housing Selection.

  • Upperclass general housing accommodation request for second consideration: April 28, 2023

Students who apply and are approved for a disability accommodation, after the first consideration deadline, will be notified of their accommodation assignment over the summer. 

Details about the disabilty accommodation process can be reviewed on the Academic Resource Center’s website

2023-2025 On-Campus Residency Requirement Flexibility

During construction, the University is modifying the Residency Requirement to allow a limited number of students in the class of 2025 the flexibility to live off campus for two years, as long as they live outside the neighborhood boundaries during their junior year.

Students can also choose to live in Georgetown’s new apartment-style residence hall at 55 H Street NW, which includes free shuttle-bus transportation to the Main campus.

Neighborhood Boundaries

The Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall communities are defined as the neighborhoods bounded on the east by Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, on the south by the Potomac River, on the west by Canal Road and the Georgetown Reservoir, and on the north by Whitehaven Parkway to Foxhall Road to Hoban Road to Reservoir Road to 39th Street to Whitehaven Parkway (including the 1900 blocks of 39th and 38th Streets) to Whitehaven Street to Dumbarton Oaks Park on the north.

Details about applying for either of these options can be found in the Residential Living Housing Handbook. Students must provide supporting documentation indicating where outside the neighborhood boundaries they will live.

The Residency Requirement Exemption application for 2023-2024 will be available via Hoya Housing at 9AM on November 7, 2022.

Members of the classes if of 2025, 2026, 2027 may apply for an exemption from living on campus for the 2023-2024 academic year, if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Residing with parents, legal guardian, or immediate family who live within a commutable distance of the University
  • Attainment of age 22 by the start of the fall semester
  • Currently married
  • Student’s dependent(s) resides with the student
  • 2023-2024, & 2024-2025 Off-campus Exemption – students in the class of 2025 the flexibility to live off campus for two years, as long as they live outside the neighborhood boundaries during their junior year. Supporting documentation will be required for approval.

To be approved, students must submit the Residency Requirement Exemption form and all accompanying documents online through the Hoya Housing application.

Attention: rising juniors who will be coming back from abroad must apply for an exemption now; mid-year exemption requests are not accepted, so please plan ahead!

All residence hall bedrooms and apartments are assigned same-sex. However, residence hall floors are co-ed, unless specifically indicated to be single-sex. The Office of Residential Living is committed to finding safe and appropriate housing for students who self-identify as transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming on a case by case basis. For more information contact us at residentialliving@georgetown.edu and find more information from LGBT Resource Center.

Unavailable spaces
Some apartments, townhouses and residence hall rooms may not be available for selection as those spaces are held for Resident Assistants, athletic teams, Living Learning Communities, and students with medical accommodations. Final available spaces will be viewable by the Group Sponsor within the assigned selection time.

Apartments/townhouses with fewer than 4 occupants
Any two- or three-person apartments or townhouses are first reserved for medical accommodations.

Upperclass Single Rooms
Single rooms are located in Kennedy, LXR, McCarthy. A waitlist will be available after Phase 2 Selection for students who did not get to select a single but still want to be considered for one. To be added to this first-come, first-served waitlist, please email residentialliving@georgetown.edu.

Note: because single rooms operate on a first-come, first-served waitlist, students cannot pull-in a replacement for their single if they choose to switch or vacate at any time after they select into the space. Reynolds is a first-year building.

Triples in residence halls
A limited number of triple rooms are available for selection. Triple rooms are located in LXR, Kennedy, McCarthy. Students will be able to sign up in groups of three for that selection process. Students who select triple rooms as a double should expect a third person to be assigned to that space. Reynolds is a first-year building.

All Female Floors
LXR 5th floor is an upperclass building; Copley 5th floor is a first-year building. These floors are designated all-female floors with community bathrooms. There are no suites on the fifth floor of Copley Hall.

Ryan Hall and Isaac Hawkins Hall
Students who wish to live in this residence hall should have applied to the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy.

Arrupe Hall
The 4 and 6-person suites will be available in Phase 1. The few 2-person double rooms will be available in Phase 2.

Single-gender Floors

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 bathrooms for males and females are located on each floor.

You may request a single-gender floor when you complete your Living Preference Questionnaire, available in the Housing Application. Only students who select this option will be assigned to a single-gender floor. Students who request a roommate that did not select this option will not be assigned to a single-gender floor.

Housing Fair
The kick-off to the Housing Selection process is our annual Housing Fair. We recommend that you attend this early February event where you will have access to view floor plans, room layouts, speak with the building’s Community Directors, as well as current residents. A housing selection information session will also take place during the fair and other Residential Living staff members will be available to answer any of your specific housing questions.

The 2023-2024 Housing Fair will be held in Healey Family Student Center in February 7, 2023.

The Housing Occupancy Agreement is available on your Hoya Housing page; a copy can be reviewed on our Forms & Documents page. You must electronically sign the HOA, provide your Emergency Contact Info and fill out the Living Preference Questionnaire as the first step in the application process. Carefully read the provisions of the Agreement to understand what you are signing, since you will be legally bound by the terms of this Agreement for the entire academic year (unless you go abroad for the fall or spring term). It contains the cancellation fees for terminating the Agreement after it has been signed.

To avoid paying a cancellation fee, seniors who want to drop their housing are permitted to exchange their Housing Agreement with another off-campus senior. The other student must not have signed an Agreement and must not be required to live on campus (first-year, sophomore or junior).

The Georgetown University community needs to be prepared for any emergency that might occur. Please be aware that it might be necessary in such an emergency to temporarily place one or more Georgetown students in your apartment or townhouse. These students would occupy either a vacant space or might need to occupy the living-room area until permanent housing arrangements can be made or the emergency can be resolved. We appreciate your cooperation if such a situation should occur.

These townhouse residences, 3517 and 3519 Prospect Street, have been designated for use as a potential isolation space in the event of an infectious public health need. Students assigned to or who select this residence will be required to vacate the space if required. In the event of such an emergency, students may be provided little to no notice to move but will be provided with assistance to relocate to available vacancies in campus housing. We appreciate your cooperation if such a situation should occur.

Room Change Requests During the Academic Year

Students wishing to request a room change during the academic year must meet with their Community Director. There is a room switch freeze in place during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters, as well as the last month of each semester. During room switch freeze periods, only emergency room changes can be made at the discretion of Residential Living staff.

Students who believe they require a housing accommodation to meet a documented medical need must submit this request and supporting documentation to the Academic Resource Center in order to be considered for medical accommodations. Please find more information about this process on the Disabiltity Accommodation section of the website.

Important Note: that meal plan assignments for first-year and sophomore year students are linked with housing assignments.  A change in housing may result in an automatic change to your meal plan assignment, including the requirement of a meal plan when one was previously not required. First-year and sophomore students living residence hall assignments are required to be on a meal plan. Contact Auxiliary Business Services at auxiliary@georgetown.edu if you have questions regarding your meal plan.

22-23 Fall-to-Spring Room Switch Process

Residents in a fall assignment who wish to switch to a new spring assignment must request a switch by completing the Fall-to-Spring Room Switch Application, which is due by 12 PM (noon), Friday, November 4, 2022. This application requires that you identify the new spring assignment that you wish to switch into and the residents of that space have also completed the Spring Vacancy Filling Application, naming you as the new roommate for spring. Students will not be switched if the request is not mutual or the space is not vacant. 

By electing to Room Switch for spring semester you will be held responsible for the following:

  • All items must be packed up and removed from your bed, desk, dresser and closet before you vacate. Failure to move out and return will result in a lock change and moving fee being assigned to your student account.
  • You are responsible for the storage of your items. You must either take them home or make arrangements to have them neatly stored and clearly marked in the corner of either your fall or spring assignment.
  • Return your fall semester room key to either Harbin 100 or your RHO. Please ask for and retain a key receipt for your records. A non-returned key will result in a $200 fine.

22-23 Vacancy Filling Requests

Residents remaining in their same fall assignment for spring semester, who are anticipating a vacancy in their unit for Spring 2023, can request to fill that space by completing the Spring Vacancy Filling form, which is due by 12 PM (noon), Friday, November 4, 2022.

Residential Academy Residents:
If you anticipate a vacancy for Spring 2023, please complete the form above.

~ Residential Academy will not be active for 22-23 academic year.

*Students who were granted Study Abroad Holds do not need to be requested, as their Hold has already guaranteed them a specific assignment.

*Requests must be mutual; Residential Living will honor requests where both parties have completed their required applications. New spring assignments will be confirmed, the first week of December.

Housing Cancellation
If you are a current senior planning to move off campus for the spring, the deadline to cancel housing, with a $1000 cancellation fee, is 5 PM Friday, November 4, 2022. After that date, students are responsible for the full spring semester room fee. To cancel your housing, please complete a Housing Drop form in Harbin 100.

Graduating Seniors & Withdraw from the University

There is no cancellation fee for students who will withdraw or graduate at the end of Fall 2021, however, you must complete a Housing Drop form available in the Office of Residential Living, Harbin 100. Please complete this form by November 4, 2022.

Georgetown University provides housing to undergraduates without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, age, color, disability, family responsibilities, familial status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran’s status or any other factor prohibited by law in its educational programs and activities. Inquiries regarding Georgetown University’s non-discrimination policy may be emailed to ideaa@georgetown.edu and further information can be reviewed on the Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action website.

The Office of Residential Living is committed to finding safe and appropriate housing for students who self-identify as transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming on a case by case basis. For more information contact us at residentialliving@georgetown.edu and find more information from LGBT Resource Center.

For housing accommodations that are not medical accommodation related, please contact residentialliving@georgetown.edu (new window) as soon as possible. This may include, but is not limited to; assistance with the remaining application processes or religious considerations. No specific request is guaranteed. Rather, accommodations are determined on an individualized basis and must be tailored to match the needs of the student after consulting with the appropriate campus partners. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill approved requests.

Housing Communications

Residential living will send all communication to student’s Georgetown email account. A copy of the correspondence may be found in the inbox of a student’s Hoya housing portal.

Any on-campus resident in need of a Proof of Residency letter can request one by filling out the Proof of Residency form on Hoya Housing.

Proof of Residency letters will be processed within three (3) business days.

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.

EARLY MOVE-IN

Early move-in (August Transition Housing) is not available for Fall 2022, unless a student is sponsored by a Georgetown University Department for orientation purposes. Students cannot move in any earlier than the date outlined by Residential Living.

Department Sponsored Move-In

Students moving in early due to a department sponsored requirement will have access to free 2-hour parking in the Southwest garage. Vehicular traffic and street parking is not permitted on campus and cars found in violation will be ticketed. If you are parking on city streets, please obey posted parking signs and rules.

After parking, students will proceed to the Harbin Key Room and check in. Please follow up with your program’s Advisor for instructions on how to proceed after moving in.

2023 January Transition

Only students returning from a study abroad program may request to move in one day earlier than the designated move in day. The form to request early move in will be sent to study abroad students with their spring assignments in early December.

If you are studying abroad in the fall, the Office of Global Education (OGE) will notify The Office of Residential Living when students are selected to study abroad. Students who have been accepted will not be able to participate in the Housing Selection Process. If there are conditions for approval, the student will not be dropped from housing selection or the room assignment until OGE notifies us the conditions have been cleared.  

Spring 2023 Housing

Beginning in September, you will request housing through the Housing Application in Hoya Housing. Applications must be submitted by 12 PM (noon), Friday, November 4, 2022 for first consideration. If you would like to live in an LLC you must also send an email residentialliving@georgetown.edu so we can direct your request to the advisor for the LLC you’re interested in; applications will be accepted based on space available.

If you are looking to fill a specific vacancy:

  • Have the resident(s) who will be remaining in the unit spring semester, submit the Spring Vacancy Filling form, also due 12 PM (noon), Friday, November 4, 2022
  • Only continuing residents of a unit may request students to fill vacancies. Students cannot request to fill into completely vacant apartments.

Spring 2023 Housing Assignment Process

Applications will be randomly ordered; assignments will be prioritized based on this order and mutual roommate requests.  While we will make every effort to assign students to one of their top requests, we cannot guarantee vacancies will occur in those rooms or apartments. Some students make arrangements with other students to hold space for them while abroad. These agreements are made between students and are not enforced by the Office of Residential Living. By submitting a request for spring housing, we will assign you to a vacancy, regardless of whether it was one of your preferences. Students who request a Fall-to-Spring Room Switch will only be reassigned if they can identify a specific building/room space; we will not move a student to a new spring space if they cannot self-identify a space.

Students approved for Study Abroad or Fall-only Holds:
Students who received a study abroad or fall-only hold, DO NOT need to apply for spring housing. Their assignments have already been confirmed and Hoya Housing will be updated with this information the first week of December. 

Spring Medical Accommodation Request

Students returning from a study abroad program who require medical accommodation for the spring semester, please follow the process outlined here: Academic Resource Center. Completed requests (application and submission of documentation) are due by NOON, Friday, October 21, 2022. Requests received after that will not be reviewed until after the start of the spring 2023 semester.

January 2023 Transition

Only students returning from a study abroad program may request to move in one day earlier than the designated move in day. The form to request early move in will be sent to study abroad students with their spring assignments in early December.

If you are studying abroad in the spring, the Office of Global Education (OGE) will notify The Office of Residential Living when students are selected to study abroad. Students going abroad in the spring semester, including students who live in townhouses, must remove all of their belongings before winter break. Students who still have conditionals on their study abroad plans but are certain they will be cleared must remove their belongings from their residence.

Students will not have access to their former residence after the close of the fall semester. All students moving out at the end of the fall semester must return their key at the end of the fall semester. Failure to return the key will result in a $200 non-returned key fee and lock change. We will conduct an inspection of your vacated space and assess damages.

Selecting Housing While Abroad

Students studying abroad will be able to participate in the housing selection process. In order to participate, the student will need to have access to the internet. The Office of Residential Living will send an email to study abroad students in the fall to remind students of the Eligibility process for rising seniors. Students studying abroad in the spring will continue to receive email updates regarding the housing selection process conducted in the spring semester. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with the Housing Selection dates. Exceptions to the deadline will not be made because of lack of knowledge about deadline dates.

Students who wish to select housing as part of a group will need to obtain their groups selected name and password from the Group Sponsor. You will need to add yourself to this group via your Hoya Housing page and complete your HOA, LPQ and emergency contacts. The Group Sponsor will go in at a later date and select the room and bed space for you.

Non-Office of Global Education Programs 

Students studying abroad in a non-OGE program or taking a leave of absence through their academic dean, should fill out a Housing Drop form available from the Office of Residential Living. Once we receive verification from the Registrar’s Office, the student will be dropped from housing.

Study Abroad FAQs

Do I have to notify the Office of Residential Living that I am confirmed to go abroad?

No. Global Education (OGE) will notify the Office of Residential Living of your confirmation. We will contact you letting you know we have received notification of your plans to study abroad.

I have a conditional nomination. Can I participate in the housing selection process until my abroad plans are finalized?

Yes. Residential Living will be notified of your study abroad status by Global Education. Once your conditions have been cleared, you will then be dropped from your assignment.

What do I do if I will be abroad with a non-Global Education program?

Students studying abroad in non-OGE programs will take a leave of absence through their Dean. Students should fill out a Housing Drop form in the Office of Residential Living. Once we receive verification from the Registrar’s Office, the student will be dropped from housing.

Will I be financially responsible for breaking the Housing Occupancy Agreement to study abroad?

No, students who study abroad are dropped from housing without financial penalty.

When will I be dropped from my housing assignment?

You will be dropped from housing when we are notified by OIP that your plans to study abroad are confirmed. We will contact you letting you know we have received notification of your plans. If your plans are uncertain, you can request not be dropped from housing until you are sure.

If I’m studying abroad in Spring, what do I do with my room key when I leave?

You must return your room key to the Harbin 104 Key Room before you leave campus. Failure to return your room key will result in a $200 charge.

If I’m studying abroad in Spring, can I store my belongings in the room over the break and move-out in January?

No. Students must vacate their room/apartment by closing. You must remove all belongings before winter break.

Students confirmed to go abroad for Fall 2023 will not participate in the 2023-2024 housing selection process.

The Office of Global Education (OGE) will notify The Office of Residential Living when students are selected to study abroad for fall or full-year programs. Students who have been accepted to study abroad for fall or full-year programs will not be able to participate in the Spring Housing Selection Process.  Students with a pending study abroad approval will not be prevented from going through selection and will only be dropped from housing when a final approval is sent from OGE.

Students who will be studying abroad for fall semester can apply for a study abroad hold.  The application for this hold option will be available on Hoya Housing during the dates posted below. On the application a student will request one of the three options:

Option 1: Study Abroad HOLD only
This allows the student approved to go through the Spring Housing Selection process, select a space with friends, and then have that space left open for fall and guaranteed for them when they return to campus housing in the spring semester.

NOTE: should we receive an unanticipated demand for fall semester housing, Residential Living reserves the right to use this hold for a fall-only resident, but guarantees this space be available to the approved student for the spring semester.

Option 2: Fall-only International Student HOLD only
This allows the student approved to go through the Spring Housing Selection process and select a space with their friends; after selection, The Office of Residential Living will move this assignment over to the spring semester, and then during our summer assignment process, assign a fall-only international student.

NOTE: if you select this option, please be sure the fall residents of the space are comfortable with Residential Living matching a fall-only student to this space. 

Option 3: Request for either hold option
You will be granted either hold depending on the random order your application falls and which hold type is available based on your order. 

Study Abroad Hold Application:

The Office of Residential Living will determine, based on fall housing demands, the number of Study Abroad holds we can allow. The number is subject to change from year to year. All applications received during the dates posted above and will be considered for one of the study abroad hold options.

Applications are randomly sorted, selection points and class year are not considered for this process. Residential Living will grant as many holds  as we are able, based on the type requested in the application. The remaining applications will be waitlisted; the waitlist will remain open until Phase 1 Group Formation begins.

Holds may be used during Phase 1 selection only. A maximum of two holds are allowed for apartments and suites. Holds cannot be placed on single or double occupancy residence hall rooms. If a student does not use their hold during Phase 1, the hold expires.

If you take a leave of absence at any time during the academic year, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Housing Drop form in Harbin 100
  2. Vacate your campus residence within 48 hours of withdrawing from the University:
    1. Remove all personal belongings from your residence; items may not be stored in your room. Items found to be left behind will be removed and a $200 removal fee will be assessed.
    2. Return your key to Harbin 104 Key Room. Do not return the key to your RA or Community Director. Failure to return they can result in a $200 non-returned key fine.

We will conduct an inspection of your residence after you leave to determine if any damage charges need assessment.

Refunds are prorated based on this schedule (Note that this differs from the tuition refund
schedule). Important: refunds correspond to the date you vacate the residence and return your key:

From registration thru 2nd week: 90% of semester housing charge
3rd or 4th week: 80% of semester housing charge
5th or 6th week: 70% of semester housing charge
7th or 8th week: 50% of semester housing charge
9th week: 40% of semester housing charge
After 9th week: No refund

Auxiliary Business Services will remove the meal plan after registration has been terminated.  The meal plan refund will be applied to your student account. Meal plan refunds are calculated according to the specific plan you have on your account. Refunds are prorated based on this schedule (Note that this differs from the tuition refund schedule).

  • Carte Blanche or weekly plan: Prorated charge based on the meal plan start date and the date the request is being processed on.
  • Block plans: Charges based on the meals already used.
  • *Flex dollars are non-refundable; the charge will remain on the account.*

Returning from a Leave

If you are returning from a leave of absence, you must initiate your request to live on campus. Please contact residentialliving@georgetown.edu to begin the process. 

Housing considerations for students returning from a leave:

  • Per the University’s guidelines on returning from leave, “Students who have been granted a leave of absence from the University, if eligible, must apply to their Academic Dean for re-admission and submit all materials by November 1 for consideration for the spring semester, April 1 for the summer sessions, and June 30 for the fall semester.  The following describes the different types of leaves students may be granted.” Further details of the return from leave process can be reviewed under the Academic Regulations webpage.
  • There is a three year housing requirement, however time on leave may count toward that requirement.  The Office of Residential Living will make that determination.
  • Students are not guaranteed a specific room or apartment.
  • Students who selected a room or left a fall assignment are not guaranteed that space upon their return.
  • Students who might need a medical accommodation should also contact the Academic Resource Center at medicalhousing@georgetown.edu.

Leave of Absence FAQs

What do I do with my room key when I leave?

You must return your room key to the Harbin 104 Key Room before you leave campus. Failure to return your room key will result in a $100 charge.

Can I store my belongings in the room over winter break and move-out in January?

No. Students must vacate their room/apartment by closing. You must remove all belongings before the break