The Office of Residence Life believes we are welcoming our students home — Even if it’s their first year at Shenandoah.
Each year, more than 1,000 Shenandoah students choose to live in one of the university’s 11 residence halls. Residence halls are divided by class rank. It is our priority that students live in a residential communities populated by their peers. Each residence hall is unique in both style and characteristics. Professional Area Coordinators (ACs), Graduate Hall Directors, and student staff Resident Assistants (RAs) live in every hall and are there to provide an amazing, caring system of support for all residential students.
Living on campus is one of the most dynamic aspects of the college experience. Living on campus means quickly getting to classes and activities, meeting lots of people, and having the opportunity to experience everything our campus has to offer. Living on campus helps students become more independent and prepares them for life after college. Research consistently shows that students who live on campus have better graduation rates, higher GPAs, and report a greater satisfaction with their collegiate experience.
Shenandoah students are required to maintain a full-time course load to live on campus.
To make an adjustment to your meal plan, go back into your housing portal and find the meal plan selection page toward the end of your application.
- The last day to lower your meal plan for the fall term will be on the Add/Drop deadline for academic courses, which is Sept. 5, 2023.
- You can raise your meal plan at any point in the semester.
- First-year students can choose between the 15 and 19 per week meal plans.
- Upperclassmen can choose between the 10, 15 and 19 per week meal plans.
- Students who do not select a meal plan will automatically be placed on the 19 meals per week plan.
All bed sizes in all residence halls are twin XL, except for Solenberger, which has queen beds.
We understand you may wish to change your room after you arrive. Residence Life will begin taking room change requests on Sept. 12, two weeks after the start of classes. If you need assistance talking with your roommate about your living needs, you should first contact your resident assistant. Room changes are not typically granted until after a roommate mediation with a residence life staff member has occurred.
A Note on Roommate Assignments
If you are in a double room and do not currently have a roommate assigned, you should expect to receive a roommate. Residence Life reserves the right to place a roommate in any double room at any time during the academic year. Additionally, if at any point in the school year your roommate leaves, please expect that Residence Life will place another resident into that bed. Residence Life makes every effort to ensure high compatibility when assigning roommates.
Housing Cancellation Policy
Per the student code of conduct, upperclass students who are eligible to live off campus have until June 30 to cancel their housing contracts for the upcoming year. Students who break their contracts after June 30 are charged a fee of at least $500 to be released from the contract in addition to any room and board charges until the date the student checks out.
Pets On Campus
If you are interested in getting more information about emotional support animals (ESAs) or service animals on campus, please contact the Director of Student Support Services Holli Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 665-4928. Additionally, you can visit the animal application in the housing portal if you would like more information about the requirements and process to obtain an ESA or service animal. Please note, if you are approved for an ESA, you still may not bring an animal of any kind to campus until Residence Life notifies you that you are approved to do so.