Incoming first-year students must complete a Housing Preference Form. The Office of Residence Life uses the information you provide on this form when making room assignments. Please answer honestly and thoughtfully. We will try our best to accommodate your requests. Assignments are made in conjunction with the date you submit this form to the Office of Residence Life. Students who return this form early are more likely to receive their housing preference. First-Year student housing placements will begin in late May. The Office of Residence Life does not discriminate when providing housing with regard to race, color, sexual orientation, religious affiliation/creed, national origin, or age.
The Office of Residence Life will begin housing students in late May. Priority will be given to those who submit this form by May 20, 2013. If you have any questions about this form or campus housing please contact the Office of Residence Life at 724-229-5120 or email@example.com.
You may have as many questions about actually living on campus as you do about your courses. The information below is intended as an introductory guide to help you prepare to arrive to campus. Soon Move-In Day will be here!
Your On-Campus Family
The Office of Residence Life is ready to assist you with living on campus. There are several people who are here to help you who help keep our community a safe, productive, and fun place to live.
One of the first people you will meet is your Resident Assistant (RA). An RA is an upperclass student who has shown leadership and has been a positive role model in the W&J community. Your RA organizes social and educational events, develops relationships, builds community, facilitates conflict resolution, upholds College policies, responds to crises, and is a great campus resource if you have questions!
The Office of Residence Life is located on the 3rd floor of Rossin Campus Center and consists of the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Residence Life Coordinator for Diversity Programs, and Secretary. We also have two Residence Life Coordinators, which work within their first year halls. Each area of campus is under the supervision of one of our professional staff members. They serve as a resource for all students and RAs. You can contact the Office of Residence Life by phone at (724) 229-5120 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wjreslife and Twitter @wjreslife.
Your Room Assignment and Roommate
The information you provide on your First-Year Housing Preference Form will be used to match you with a roommate(s). You will receive your room assignment when you arrive for LAUNCH I or II. Students attending LAUNCH III will receive their roommate information in the mail. All first year students live in one of the following residence halls: Alexander Hall, Beau Hall, Mellon Hall, North Hall, and Upperclass Hall.
You may know someone you want to room with during the year. If this is the case, please indicate this information on your First-Year Housing Preference Form.
At the start of the semester, you and your roommate will complete a Roommate Agreement that includes guidelines for your living environment based on respect and compromise. Communication, respect, flexibility, and understanding are a few skills that are required in getting along with people, and a roommate is no different. Completing the Roommate Agreement provides you with an opportunity to have a good discussion with your roommate about how to create an environment where you can both be comfortable in the space you share.
Depending on which LAUNCH session you attend, Move-In Day will vary. A complete move-in schedule will be available on the first-year student web page by the end of July.
If you are on a fall sports team your coaches will be in touch with you regarding your arrival and move-in date.
Move-In Dates to Remember for 2013-2014 Academic Year
August 29 or 30, 2013 (Dependent on LAUNCH session)
August 29, 2013 for LAUNCH III students
August 30, 2013 All other first-year students
You will check in at one of two check-in stations. Students living in Beau & Alexander Halls will check in directly behind Beau Hall. Students living in Mellon, Upperclass, and North Halls will check in behind Mellon Hall near the tennis courts. You will be able to park your vehicle close to your building as you move in your belongings, and then move it to a designated parking area once you have finished unloading. At check-in you will receive your room key and a folder with Orientation information. Your W&J Student ID is required to gain access to your building. You should carry your Student ID with you at all times.
In addition to receiving your key, you will sign your Room Condition Report (RCR) when you check in. The RCR notes the current condition of your room. The RCR will have already been completed for you, but you have the opportunity to make changes if you notice any discrepancies. The RCR will be used when you vacate the room, and charges are assessed if the room is not returned in the same condition in which you found it.
One piece of advice before Move-In Day: label all of your boxes with your name, building, and room number. Move-In Day volunteers will be available to help you move in and if your boxes are already labeled it makes the process smoother and faster. You might also consider engraving your name on big items like your computer, and keeping a separate list of serial numbers at home.
Each room is equipped with an extra long twin bed, dresser, wardrobe/closet, desk, and chair for each resident. All College furniture must stay in the room during the entire academic year. Window shades are installed in the rooms, but curtains are not.
Your room is also equipped with wireless internet, a network connection for each occupant and one cable television box. For questions about your internet connection and internet security visit the Information Technology Services web page.
Each residence hall room has its own telephone line, and you can make on-campus and local calls. Long distance service is not available. Telephones are not provided.
When you receive your housing assignment, we suggest you check the floor plan on our website. To help you start to visualize your new space, here are the dimensions of rooms in the first-year residence halls.
What to Bring and What Not to Bring
Part of the fun of moving in is making the place your own. There are a number of items that you are welcome to bring with you; there are several things that are not permitted, primarily due to potential safety hazards. If you have any questions about an item, please call the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 724-229-5120. We provide a full shopping list that includes a list of items not allowed in the residence halls.
MicroFridge and Bedloft Program
The Office of Residence Life provides students the option to rent bed lofts and MicroFridges prior to arriving on campus and throughout the academic year. Bed lofts are a convenient way to maximize the space of residence hall rooms. Bed lofts and MicroFridges may be used in all campus housing areas.
*Only Bica Ross Hall, New Residence Hall, Whitworth House, and Chestnut Street houses allow regular microwaves in student rooms (limited to one unit per suite/apartment).
For information about rates, you may complete the Bed Loft & MicroFridge Request Form or contact us at email@example.com
E-mail is considered the official method of campus communication. You will have your own W&J e-mail account that you can access whether you are on or off campus. You will activate it and receive your address when you attend LAUNCH either in June or August.
Your regular mail is delivered to our mail room. You will have your own box, and you will receive your box number and combination when you move in this fall. Packages are sent to the mail room as well. When you have one, you will get a package slip in your box that you use to claim your package.
Your regular mail should be addressed to:
Box <your number>
Washington & Jefferson College
50 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301
(You may have noticed that student mail goes to 50 South Lincoln and mail to the administrative offices goes to 60 South Lincoln. That's not a typo; students have a separate mailing address.)
Keeping Your Room and Residence Hall Clean
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms/suites. Custodians clean the common restrooms in all first year buildings.
Laundry is free for students. There are laundry facilities in Beau Hall, North Hall, and the Rossin Campus Center. Several other residence halls have facilities for use by residents of that building.
Quiet and Visitation Hours
Quiet Hours are from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. every day and common courtesy is expected at all times. Friends and relatives of students are welcome to visit during approved visitation hours (Noon-Midnight on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends). Residents are required to accompany guests at all times. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and should be prepared to identify them if asked. Students must obtain permission from their roommate to bring a guest into their room or have a guest stay overnight.
The Office of Protection Services is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and can be reached at (724) 223-6032.
Protection Services personnel regularly patrol campus grounds. RAs are on-call each night in the residence halls when the halls are open and do rounds in each area of campus. You will be provided with the duty phone number for your area at your first hall meeting. You can also reach the RA on duty by contacting Protection Services. Emergency phones (blue light phones) connected directly to Protection Services and are located throughout campus. Protection Services personnel are also able to provide escort services to students as needed.
All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and may only be accessed by residents using their Student ID. Always lock your door and take your keys and your Student ID with you when you leave your room. Any lost keys should be reported immediately to the Office of Residence Life.