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Frequently Asked Questions

New students will be prompted to log in to the Admitted Student System in March to complete the housing module. First-, second- and third-year students are required to live on campus (unless exempted) and are guaranteed housing.

Transfer students are not required to live on campus and are not guaranteed housing. Students who have left campus or who live off campus and wish to return to on-campus housing can submit a new upper-class contract acceptance form.

The deadline to apply for housing for spring transfer students is December 1; for fall transfer students, the deadline is July 1.

Freshmen are required to pay a one-time $250 enrollment fee. Part of this fee will serve as a housing deposit for residential students. The deposit is held as long as you remain a continuous resident in university-owned housing and offsets the costs of student damages. If your deposit amount drops below $100 at any time during your stay on campus, you will be required to increase it to $250. The deposit is returned less any outstanding charges upon graduation or if you move off campus.
The room and board rates are set at the end of April by the Board of Visitors. Room rates include the cost for Internet service, cable, utilities, furniture and routine maintenance service. Board rates vary depending on which meal plan you choose. Freshmen must have either a 14- or 19-meal plan.
New students can view room assignments via CNU Live in late July for the fall semester and early January for the spring semester.

Traditional first-year students will be assigned a room in either Potomac River Hall North, Santoro Hall or York River Hall.

Transfer students are not guaranteed on-campus housing. Those classified as upper-class students (students who are 21 by September 1 of the fall semester) may live in James River Hall, Rappahannock River Hall, CNU Apartments or CNU Village, depending on availability.

Transfer students classified as second-year students (under the age of 21) may be placed in Warwick River Hall, James River Hall or Potomac River Hall South, depending on availability.

You may request a specific roommate and we will do our best to honor those requests; however, Learning Communities (LCs) are our top priority when it comes to room assignments.

The positive effect of LCs on students success is well documented, especially during the first year. All students will live with or near their LC in the residence halls.

Roommates and suitemates will discuss and sign a roommate agreement with guidance from their assigned resident assistant. The document discusses lifestyle habits and how to successfully live and learn together in a shared space.

In order to loft your bed, you must complete a bed loft request form and return it to us. Housing staff will install lofts after move-in. There are a limited number of loft kits available, and requests are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $100 charge for a loft kit.
Most first-year residence halls are typically two two- or three-person bedrooms joined by a shared bathroom. Some freshmen are housed in suite-style rooms with two two-or three-person bedrooms and a shared bathroom and living room.
First, second and third-year students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Fourth-year students are not guaranteed housing, but can request on-campus housing during the housing lottery. Transfer students are not required to live on campus and are not guaranteed housing.
A typical room has one cable outlet and two Internet connections. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Each room includes 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.

Your campus mailing address will be as follows:

Your Name
1000 University Place
Student Union
Mailbox No.
Newport News, Virginia 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 on campus. You can pick up your mailbox key at the student mailroom on the second floor of the David Student Union.

Fall semester room changes can be made after the first two weeks of classes until the end of October. Spring semester room changes can be made after the first two weeks of classes until the end of March.
Submit a meal plan agreement form. The deadline is the first day of classes of each semester.

Services are available for students with disabilities. Contact the dean of students for more information.

Moving into a new space is part of the transition in college. We provide a wide range of amenities and comforts to make this your home away from home. A list of the specific amenities for each residence hall is available under Residence Halls.

Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms/apartments and suite/private bathrooms. Residential housing support staff clean hallways, stairwells, lounges, common areas, public restrooms and laundry rooms. All personal trash must be tied up in trash bags and put in public indoor trash rooms or taken directly to an outside dumpster.


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