All students classified as first-time freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 29 transferrable college credit hours are required to live in a West Virginia University Residence Hall for a full academic year (August – May). However, it is recommended that all new undergraduates live in a residence hall for at least the first year. Students returning to WVU as sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students may choose to live in WVU’s off-campus housing options (rental properties).
The residence hall leases (contracts) are valid for one academic year; students living in a residence hall must choose a dining plan (meals are provided). There are options to fit any student’s appetite.
WVU’s residence halls usually open the weekend before classes begin in August for those students who have submitted a housing application and paid a housing deposit. Room assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. To be assigned a room, students have to complete their housing applications and pay a housing deposit.
The residence halls are officially closed three times during the academic year for breaks: Thanksgiving Break, Winter/Semester Break and Spring Break. During these times students must find alternate housing. WVU does offer some on-campus break housing; students can will have information and can reserve a space prior to each break.
On campus housing is available for graduate students through University Apartments at College Park, University Park, University Place and Vandalia Apartments. The leases (contracts) are valid for 10- or 12-months and do not include a meal plan (meals are not provided). All payments and charges for University Apartments are processed through a student’s WVU account, which means financial aid, loans and scholarships can be applied towards rent. The apartments are open during WVU’s breaks, so finding alternate housing is not necessary.
A number of graduate students and upperclassmen undergraduate students live off campus (rental properties). Rental leases (contracts) once signed are typically valid for one year with minimal to no chance of getting out of the contract without a costly legal battle.
Before signing a lease it ishighlyrecommended to have the student legal office go over the lease with you to make sure you fully understand it. For more information on off-campus housing and student legal services visit the links below:
NOTE: Students who have not made prior housing arrangements, or who will not be able to immediately move into their apartments or residence hall rooms, or who have late night arrivals (after 9:00 pm) are strongly advised to have some extra spending money for hotel accommodation and meals. Hotel costs vary from approximately $65.00 dollars per day and above.