First-Year Housing FAQs



1. How do I apply for housing?

2. When is the deadline for applying?

3. Am I required a housing deposit?

4. What is the cost of living on campus?

5. When will I find out where I'll live?

6. As a new student where can I live?

7. Do I get to select my roommate?

8. What is a triple room and how are
you assigned to one?

9. Am I guaranteed housing as a 3rd or 4th year student?

10. Will I have internet and cable access?

11. What type of furniture is in my room?

12. What is my on campus mailing address?

13. How do I change rooms?

14. How do I change my meal plan?

15. What is the Housing Lottery?

16. Can I receive assistance from the University
if I have a disability?

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How do I apply for housing?
New students will be prompted to log into the Admitted Student System in March to complete the housing module. First, second and third-year students are required to live on campus and will be guaranteed housing.

When is the deadline for applying?
New students will be prompted to complete the Freshmen Housing Contract Acceptance form through the Admitted Student System.

Am I required a housing deposit?
Class of 2017 students are required to pay a one-time enrollment fee. Part of this fee will serve as a housing deposit for residential students.The deposit stays active as long as the student remains a continuous resident in University owned housing and off sets the costs of student damages. If the deposit amount drops below $100 at any time during the student's stay on campus, they will be notified to bring the deposit back to the $250 level. The deposit is returned less any outstanding charges upon graduation or if the student moves off  campus.

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What is the cost of living on campus?
The room and board rates are set at the end of April by the Board of Visitors. The most current rates are posted by the Business Office. Room rates encompass the costs for internet service, cable, utilities, furniture, and routine maintenance service. Board rates (meal plan) are the same for 3 of the options offered with Freshmen being required to have either a 14 or 19 meal plan.

When will I find out where I'll live?
New student room assignments may be viewed via CNU Live in late July for the fall semester and early January for the spring semester.

As a new student where can I live?
New students under the age of  20 will be assigned a room in one of the following residence halls: Potomac River North, Santoro Hall and York River Hall. New students over 20 years old may live in any of the other housing options depending upon availability.

Do I get to select my roommate?
Learning Communities (LC) provide an important resource for your academic success in your first year. All students will live with or in close proximity to their LC in the residence halls because the positive effect of learning communities on students' academic success is well documented. Students may preference a roommate and we will do our best to match them accordingly; however, LCs are our top priority when it comes to room assignments.

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What is a triple room and how are you assigned to one?
We do our best to avoid triple rooms, however, triple rooms are created when student demand exceeds the number of available rooms. A triple room means a third person will be assigned to a room intended for two people.

Am I guaranteed housing as a 3rd or 4th year student?
First, second and third-year students are required to live on campus and will be guaranteed housing. Fourth year students are not guaranteed housing but are given the opportunity to request on campus housing during the Housing Lottery.

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Will I have internet and cable access?
A typical room has one cable outlet and two internet connections.

What type of furniture is in my room?
Each room is provided with a bed, desk, desk chair and extra long mattress (80 x 30) per resident. Some rooms have wardrobes with built in dressers, some have wardrobes and dressers and some have closets with additional dressers. Mailbox key can be picked up at the student mailroom located on the second floor of the David Student Union (DSU).

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What is my on campus mailing address?
Your campus mailing address is Your Name, 1000 University Place, Student Union, Mailbox #, Newport News, VA 23606. You will be assigned a mailbox number prior to your arrival on campus and will keep the same mailbox as long as you live in residential housing.

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How do I change rooms?
Fall semester room changes can be made from after the first two weeks of classes until the Friday prior to Thanksgiving Break. Spring semester room changes can be made after the first two weeks of classes until the Friday after spring break. If you are switching rooms with another person, you need to contact your Hall Director.  If you want to move to an empty room, you need to contact the Office of Residence Life.

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How do I change my meal plan?
You must complete and submit the Meal Plan Agreement form to the Office of University Housing. The deadline is ALWAYS the first day of classes of each semester.
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What is the Housing Lottery?
The Housing Lottery is the process where students currently living on campus will have the chance to select a room on campus the following year. Students are randomly assigned an appointment time during which they can select a room for the upcoming year. Due to the high demand for on campus housing, not all students will be able to select a spot during the Housing Lottery; however, we are able to accommodate most of the student requests.

Can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability?
Students with disabilities inquiring or requesting assistance should contact the Dean of Students Office at (757) 594-7160.
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