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Photo credit: Christina Franusich

At Virginia Tech, we’ve done away with the term “dorm” and replaced it with the more applicable “residence hall.” Our buildings aren’t your traditional on-campus living facilities.

Living on campus is a bit different than what you knew at home, and it’s a great way to adjust to the college atmosphere, make new friends, and learn what it really means to be a Hokie. It also allows you to explore your independent side…and teaches you how to tidy up in order to keep peace with your roommate.

Flowers on campus

Your resident advisor (call them your RA) is responsible for helping you adjust to life on campus. There’s also a hall council made up of students who design programs for your community that you can join to immediately get involved. Then, there are the social events, educational seminars, exam study breaks, community picnics, and tons of other things organized for you. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel at home! Think of your residence hall community as the center of your campus experience.

Students at move in


Living somewhere new and sharing life with new people is one of the most exciting aspects of coming to college. When you fill out your housing and dining contract, you establish your priority for selecting your housing assignment. The earlier you submit, the earlier your timeslot for room selection. You can also search and mutually request another student to be your roommate so that you can go into the room selection process together.

Students carrying a banner on campus

After you’ve submitted your housing contract, you might be wondering, “Where am I living? Who is my roommate?” Most students will select their room assignment; however, final room assignments for fall semester will be posted in the StarRez Portal at the end of July/start of August. You will receive information on how to access your housing assignment, roommate information, and move-in instructions at your email address.

Check out this advice about living with a roommate, suitemates, or hallmates.