Why Live On Campus?
In surveys, upperclass UMW students living on campus have cited the benefits of convenience, proximity, and security as reasons they decided to continue living on campus. Assessment indicates high levels of satisfaction from those living in the residence halls and apartments. Many really enjoy the traditional campus life experience. The possibilities are diverse with a variety of housing configurations and options to choose from, all near classrooms, friends, and the various student activities. Limited building card access, nearby UMW Police, and Resident Assistants (RAs) on duty each night put many at ease, knowing safety is paramount on campus. It is a priceless advantage having available Residence Life staff and their resources to help promote community learning and the challenges of student development. It is clear living on campus comes with excellent customer service, amenities, and enhanced out-of-class learning experiences. The quality of life for residential students is unmatched.
Students returning to campus have a great advantage over new students – they get to choose their own housing! And because you know yourself better than anyone, you will also have an opportunity to choose with whom you are going to live.
It is empowering for most students to be able to decide the type of environment and the individual(s) with whom to live which will shape their coming year. Still, some students struggle to decide who to live with either because there are too many or not enough options. Those challenged with roommate choices are encouraged to get the word out early that they’re pondering options. Planning is essential.
It is in your best interest in the process to select your roommate(s). Further information will be provided to aid you in searching for a roommate within the Symplicity Residence system using the Roommate Matching option.
If for some reason you do not have a roommate for continuing student housing selection process during the spring semester, a limited number of rooms (called Option Rooms) will be available to select, and you will be assigned with a random roommate. Without a roommate, your selection will be limited to the Option Rooms remaining.
Please read through this information carefully to assist you with finding a roommate for the upcoming year!
Below are helpful hints when talking to potential roommates.
- Discuss your sleeping habits (weekdays and weekend).
- What temperature you like the room to be (very warm, warm, cool, very cold?)
- Discuss what kind of sense of humor you have (silly, sarcastic, dry, etc.).
- What time do you typically come home (before 8pm, after midnight, etc.)? Discuss how to handle late night situations.
- Discuss issues about the noise level in the room (TV, music, studying, sleeping, etc.).
- How much TV do you watch and what kinds of shows do you like to watch? Discuss music favorites, décor tastes, and pet peeves.
- Discuss what state you like the room to be in (very neat, messy, etc.).
- Where do you like to study?
- What belongings of yours are you willing to share? If so, what are the ground rules?
- What are your thoughts on alcohol?
- Do you smoke? (Although smoking is not permitted in the residence halls, a smoker roommate may smell like smoke.)
- What are your spiritual or religious values?
- What are some of your habits a roommate might need to know?
- What guidelines should be set for guests in the room? Under what circumstances can someone else stay in the room?
BFF or a Fresh Start?
Whether deciding to join a new community, be more social, focus on academics, make new friends, or continue current experiences, most students face the age old decision – whether to live with a good friend or select a stranger.
Should you live with a friend?
Friends can be awesome roommates – as long as you really know (and are okay with) how they live. Having your friend as a roommate may be the choice for you because you already know you like this person and you have common interests. Living with your friend may also make things a lot easier. However, if you are easily annoyed by your friend’s habits, you should realize their way of doing things would just magnify once you live together. Maybe your friend loves to shop and has a ton of clothes she lets you borrow; but imagine having those dirty clothes thrown all over your residence hall room. Or what if your friend adores One Direction but he does not turn down the tunes while you are trying to study? Could these little habits cause so many problems you have to end your friendship? You need to decide if living together is worth the possible risk of losing a friend.
Advantages to Living With a Friend
- Living with a friend can be so much more comfortable than living with a stranger, especially at first. You’ll skip those pins-and-needles first days of trying to get used to each other.
- Even though college campuses are full of people, they can be very lonely places if you don’t know anyone. Live with a friend and you’ll always have someone you can count on.
- Residence hall room shopping is easier if you do it with a friend. You can decide who brings the rug, who brings the gaming console, and so forth.
- Friends are much more likely to share their stuff – clothes, food, or movies. It may be more awkward to borrow from a stranger.
Should you live with someone outside of your friend circle?
Like living with a friend, having a stranger for a roommate has its pros and cons. If you have a lot of disagreements, then you don’t have to worry about it damaging your long-term friendship. Another pro to living with a stranger is you can meet someone new and hopefully start another friendship. On the other hand, having a stranger for a roommate may cause more conflict than concord. What if the two of you are complete opposites? Perhaps you like to have friends over often, but your roommate is more of an introvert. Not having anything in common with and not knowing a lot about whom you live will require some more energy in the beginning.
Advantages To Living With an Acquaintance
- If you live with a stranger, there’s nothing to lose. If you don’t get along with the new acquaintance, the problem ends when you no longer live together. If you don’t get along with your friend, though, you can lose a friendship. Keep in mind that living with someone is different than just being a friend to someone, and people who are super compatible as friends might be horribly incompatible as roommates.
- If you live with a friend and have problems, you can put a strain on other friendships as well. You won’t be able to go to your friends and vent about your roommate problems, because the roommate in question is their friend as well!
- If you live with a stranger, you can go your own way and not see each other for a while. This can be a welcome break even if you two get along. If you live with a friend, however, there’s sometimes no getting away (which is not good if you’re not getting along).
- Having a friend to fall back on can make you too comfortable. Some people go to college their first year, hang out with their friends from high school, and don’t make an effort to know other people. Rooming with a stranger later can help you step outside your comfort zone and get to know new people.
- Living with a stranger can be a mind-opening and maturing experience. It forces you to learn to be accepting of someone who might be very different than you, and helps you learn to both assert yourself and compromise. After living with a stranger in a small space, it may make it a little easier living with a romantic partner when the time comes.
Housing and Dining Services Agreement
Housing and Dining Services Agreement entered into during the 2013-2014 academic year
Housing and Dining Services Agreement entered into during the 2014-2015 academic year
Housing and Dining Services Agreement entered into during the 2015-2016 academic year
Your University of Mary Washington’s “Housing and Dining Services Agreement” becomes official when you electronically submit your housing application. Please carefully read the information contained in your Housing Agreement, and call or visit our office for additional information regarding housing options. Please contact Dining Services for more information regarding your dining options or visit their website.
If you were a first year student in the 2014-2015 academic year, you need to submit an additional agreement for the upcoming year in order to select your meal plan; the agreement you originally submitted is for two academic years and you are required to live on campus your second year at UMW. You will need to participate in the spring housing selection process in order to secure a specific assignment.
After housing selection, returning students will be able to log into Symplicity Residence to view their housing assignments.
The non-refundable housing deposit is kept on your student account and is rolled from year to year so long as you are living in UMW residence halls. The deposit is refunded once you have graduated or you are no longer a residential student. The deposit will be forfeit for anyone who enters into the agreement and later cancels or is released for any reason.
For information on cancelling your Housing and Dining Agreement, please review the Termination for Housing Agreement.
Room and Board Rates 2015-2016
Room and Board Rates per semester for 2015-2016
|Randolph and Mason Halls|
|Single Room Rate||$4,102|
|Double Room Rate||$3,433|
|Alvey and Arrington Halls|
|Single Room Rate||$3,709|
|Double Room Rate||$3,040|
|Single Room Rate||$4,102|
|Single Room Apartment Rate||$4,626|
|Double Room Apartment Rate||$3,807|
|Double Room Rate||$3,998|
|All Other University Housing|
|Single Room Rate||$3,610|
|Double Room Rate||$2,941|
|Triple Room Rate||$2,800|
|Quad Room Rate||$2,657|
|University Meal Plans|
|Anytime Meal Block Plan ($200 flex/semester)||$2,495|
|225 Meal Block Plan ($200 flex/semester)||$1,987|
|150 Meal Block Plan ($300 flex/semester)||$1,906|
|90 Meal Block Plan ($175 flex/semester)||$1,071|
|75 Meal Block Plan ($250 flex/semester)||$1,071|
Freshmen students must have an Anytime Meal Plan. Students living in UMW Apartments or Eagle Landing may select either the 75 or 90 block meal plan after their assignment is made by completing a Meal Plan Change application prior to the beginning of classes (once available in late April).
Anytime Dining + $200 Flex Dollars Per Semester
Anytime Dining Plans give you the most value for your money! With this plan you no longer have to keep track of how many meals you have left or when you will get more meals. The Any Time Dining plan allows you unlimited access to our “all-you-care-to-eat” buffets at The University Center Dining Hall. You can stop in just to get an apple or a cup of coffee, or to enjoy a multi-course meal from our bountiful buffets. It’s all up to you! We’ve also included $200 Flex Dollars with this plan that can be used at our retail eateries or the University Center Dining Hall. Flex purchases are not subject to tax and any Flex Dollars left at the end of the fall term will roll over to the spring semester.
- Cost: $2,495 per semester
- Approximate Average Meals Per Week: No limit!
- Available to all students. Required for freshmen students
225 Block Plan + $200 Flex Dollars Per Semester
This plan gives you 225 meals each semester at a budget-minded price. Use your meals whenever you wish at The University Center Dining Hall’s “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet, or for Meal Deals at other campus dining facilities. Five of your meals may be used as “Guest Meals” each semester. Your Flex Dollars may be used for purchases at any campus dining facility, and Flex purchases are not subject to tax. Flex Dollars not used in the fall term will roll over to the spring semester.
- Cost: $1,987 per semester
- Approximate Average Meals Per Week: 15
- Available to all upper class students and Commuter Students
150 Block Plan + $300 Flex Dollars Per Semester
If you plan to eat most of your week-day meals on campus, this may be the plan for you. It gives you 150 meals that you can use anytime you wish during the semester. Meals may be used for our “all-you-care-to-eat” buffets at The University Center Dining Hall, or for Meal Deals at other campus dining facilities. Five of your meals may be used as “Guest Meals” each semester. Your Flex Dollars may be used at any dining facility, and these purchases are not subject to tax. If you don’t use all of your Flex Dollars in the fall semester whatever is left will roll over to the spring semester.
- Cost: $1,906 per semester
- Approximate Average Meals Per Week: 10
- Available to upper class students and Commuter Students
90 Block Plan + $175 Flex Dollars Per Semester
Planning to cook some meals at home, but still want to dine on campus occasionally with friends? Try this plan which gives you 90 meals anytime you wish during the semester. Meals may be used for our “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet at The University Center Dining Hall, or for Meal Deals at other campus dining facilities. Five of your meals may be used as “Guest Meals” each semester. Your Flex Dollars may be used for purchases at any campus dining facility and these purchases are not subject to tax. Any Flex Dollars you have left at the end of the fall term will roll over to the spring semester.
- Cost: $1,071 per semester
- Approximate Average Meals Per Week: 6
- Available only to Commuter Students, or students residing in the UMW Apartments or Eagle Landing.
75 Block Plan + $250 Flex Dollars Per Semester
Are you only on campus just for lunch or dinner? This plan may be perfect for you! You get 75 meals to use anytime you wish during the semester or about 5 meals each week. Meals may be used for our “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet at the University Center Dining Hall, or for Meal Deals at other campus dining facilities. Five of your meals may be used as “Guest Meals” each semester. Your Flex Dollars may be used for purchases at any campus dining facility, and these purchases are not subject to tax! Flex Dollars not used by the end of the fall term roll over to the spring term.
- Cost: $1,071 per semester
- Approximate Average Meals Per Week: 5
- Available only to Commuter Students, or students residing in the UMW Apartments or Eagle Landing
How to Submit Your Housing Agreement
From February 12 – 22, current UMW students should complete their Housing Agreement following the steps below.
a) Login into Symplicity Residence at URL: https://umw-residence.symplicity.com. Select “Student” and then enter your UMW NetID and Password.
- If you need help regarding your username or password to log-in, follow the directions listed on the UMW IT website URL http://technology.umw.edu/logins.
- If you receive an error message, before contacting the UMW IT Help Desk at http://technology.umw.edu/helpdesk, try clearing your cache or trying another browser.
b) Following your successful log-in, locate the 2015-2016 Housing Selection application and click “Get Started.”
- If you do not see an application listed or have any difficulties, email from your UMW email account Assistant Director of Residence Life Brittany Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be fixed.
c) Complete each prompt and submit your application. If you need to finish it later, click to “Save As Draft” (but remember to go back and finalize it before the due date).
Residence Hall Information
Click on the residence hall below to learn more.
Dates of Housing Selection for 2015-2016
Note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.
|Monday, January 26, 2015||Office of Disability Resources request paperwork due for housing accommodation requests. Air Conditioning Accommodation forms due (available on OrgSync).|
|Thursday, February 12, 2015||Housing and Dining Services Agreement application available on Symplicity Residence.|
|Sunday, February 22, 2015||Housing and Dining Services Agreement application due.|
|Monday, February 23, 2015||Single room traditional residence hall process opt-in begins at Noon.|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2015||Single room traditional residence hall process opt-in ending (due) at Noon. Times for process emailed by 5pm.|
|Thursday, February 26, 2015||Roommate matching tools are available by 5pm to search for and contact potential roommates.|
|Thursday, February 26, 2015||Single room traditional residence hall process takes place. Begins at 9pm.|
|Friday, February 27, 2015||Opt-in for One double room UMW Apts process begins.|
|Friday, February 27, 2015||Eagle Landing mixed-sex apartment application due (available on OrgSync).|
|Monday, March 09, 2015||Opt-in for One double room UMW Apts process ending (due).|
|Tuesday, March 10, 2015||One double room UMW Apartments process times for process emailed by 5pm.|
|Thursday, March 12, 2015||One double room UMW Apartments process begins at 9pm.|
|Friday, March 13, 2015||Opt-in for One single room, one double room UMW Apartments process opens (begins) at 5pm.|
|Monday, March 16, 2015||One single room, one double room UMW Apartments process opt-in closes (ends).|
|Tuesday, March 17, 2015||One single room, one double room UMW Apartments process times emailed by 5pm.|
|Thursday, March 19, 2015||One single room, one double room UMW Apartments process takes place begins at 9pm.|
|Monday, March 23, 2015||Times for main process emailed by 5pm.|
|Saturday, March 28, 2015||Main process (includes two single rooms, one double room UMW Apartment process). Begins at 10am.|
Participants of Housing Selection for 2015-2016
Eligibility for Housing Selection 2015-2016
Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in Housing Selection process for 2015-2016:
- Be a current residential, commuter, or study abroad student during the Spring 2015 semester. (All others are ineligible in the housing selection process but can contact Brittany Harper at email@example.com in order to inquire about selecting housing during the summer before fall classes begin. This includes students not currently at UMW who are planning to return to UMW in the fall.)
- Have read the terms of the Housing and Dining Services Agreement at http://students.umw.edu/residencelife/agreementinfo
- Have electronically signed a Housing Agreement for the 2015-2016 academic year at https://umw-residence.symplicity.com.
- Students which have previously signed the Freshman Two-Year Housing and Dining Services Agreement or the Freshman Housing and Dining Services Agreement – Spring 2015 to Spring 2016 will need to complete an application in order to select their meal plan and potentially change any answers to roommate matching questions; failure to do this will result in administrative assignments (including the highest meal plan).
- Other students will need to sign an Agreement application, agreeing to the 2015-2016 terms.
- The student must register as a full-time undergraduate student (12 credits or more) for the Fall 2015 semester.
- If not currently a residential student, the student must have paid their $250 housing deposit. (Current residential students have a housing deposit on file. Commuter students do not have a housing deposit on file.)
Students may send their $250 housing deposit check to:
UMW Residence Life
Attn: Michelle Brooks
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Mandatory Housing Selection Participation
Students who are required to live on-campus next academic year (such as all rising sophomores currently living on-campus) are required to participate in Housing Selection for 2015-2016. Exceptions are addressed below (see “Non-Participants”). When logging into the Symplicity Residence system, these students will see the 2015-2016 Housing Selection: Second Year Fulfillment application, which will enable them to select their meal plan. Those students who have not submitted this application will be expected to participate in the housing selection process, and if they do not, they will be held to their active Agreement by being administratively-assigned based on space-availability and their housing selection number. The highest meal plan will be assigned if the student does not select one by submitting this application.
Students Studying Abroad during Spring 2015 (currently)
Students who are currently participating in a study abroad program are guaranteed housing upon their return to the University as long as they complete an Agreement application. Students studying abroad for the Spring 2015 semester are eligible to participate in Housing Selection if they have met all of the eligibility requirements:
- Approved leave by the Office of Study Abroad for the Spring 2015.
- Electronically submitted their Housing and Dining Services Agreement.
- Paid their $250 housing deposit (if she/he lived on campus Fall 2014, this deposit is still on file).
Students may send their $250 housing deposit check to:
UMW Residence Life
Attn: Michelle Brooks
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Students without internet access should review information about groups / roommates (appoint a leader to select on your behalf). If not selecting to live with others and internet access is an issue, contact Brittany Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2015 New Graduate Students
Current undergraduate students who are graduating in May 2015 and joining a graduate program at UMW in the Fall 2015 may participate in Housing Selection. Contact Brittany Harper at email@example.com for access to a Housing Agreement application.
December 2015 Graduates
Students who will be graduating in December 2015 can participate in Housing Selection if wishing to live on campus during the fall semester. They simply submit an Intent to Vacate Form (by November 6, 2015) in order to cancel their spring 2016 housing and meal plan assignments.
Students Planning to Study Abroad Spring 2016
Students planning to participate in a Spring 2016 study abroad program can and should participate in Housing Selection but will be required to vacate their space at the designated check-out date for the Fall 2015 semester. In the Fall 2015 semester, they simply submit an Intent to Vacate Form (by November 6, 2015) in order to cancel their Spring 2016 housing assignment (and ensure housing and meal charges will not be added to the student account).
Non-Participants of Housing Selection for 2015-2016
Students Planning to Live Off Campus Next Academic Year
Current freshmen are under a two-year Housing and Dining Agreement, thus ineligible to live off campus during the 2015-2016 academic year. Students exempt from the residency requirement are not required to select a room. If students are eligible to live off campus for the 2015-2016 academic year, they may proceed with plans to “commute” (live off campus). Students should not electronically sign a new Housing and Dining Services Agreement if they are strongly considering living off campus as the Housing Agreement is not a tentative option (it is a legally-binding contract just like an off campus lease).
Those considering off campus living are encouraged to weigh factors such as the following: convenience; costs of living, travel, utilities, amenities, and food preparation; collegiate experience; safety; roommate options; opportunities for social interaction and development of new friends; and resources for solving problems.
Not Returning to UMW in the Fall 2015
Current students in a two-year housing agreement definitely planning to transfer, take a semester off, or withdraw Fall 2015 should visit http://students.umw.edu/residencelife/itv for information and to complete the Intent to Vacate University Housing form so Residence Life does not administratively assign them for the Fall 2015.
Students unsure if they are returning should go through the housing selection process to get an assignment (and can always complete the Intent to Vacate form later). For instance, if someone is wanting to transfer but has not heard back from the school, he/she should select an assignment in the event of returning to UMW in the fall.
Students Planning to Study Abroad Fall 2015
Students who will be participating in a Fall 2015 study abroad program should not participate in Housing Selection. Upon returning in the Spring 2015, these fall study abroad students will be guaranteed housing but Residence Life cannot guarantee where students will be placed, nor can Residence Life hold a vacancy. Students wanting on-campus housing upon their return must submit a 2016 Spring Housing and Dining Services Agreement between October 1, 2015 and November 6, 2015 for a Spring 2016 assignment. Students submitting after that date will still be provided an assignment, however, having it in earlier provides better access to vacancies.
If a student is waiting to hear back from a Study Abroad program for Fall 2015, he/she should fill out an Agreement and proceed with March Housing Selection Days; once the student hears back from their program, they should contact the Office of Residence Life immediately. Note: this will not release the student from living on campus in the spring.
Selection Appointment Times
Students eligible to participate in Housing Selection will receive their Housing Selection appointment time to log into Symplicity Residence to select their housing assignment. Only the group leader will need to select – he or she will select for the entire group.
Housing Selection Timeslots are generated based on the following combined criteria:
- Rising class standing – We take your accumulated credits prior to this semester, add what you’re taking now in Spring 2015 at UMW, and come up with your rising status.
- GPA standing – Your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is ranked. The higher the GPA, the better the housing selection appointment time slot.
Each individual will have a specific individual time slot. However, if in a group, the group’s average time slot will be used to select (by the group’s leader). For example: if Susie has time slot 1:00 pm and Janet has time slot 5:00 pm, the average would be 3:00 pm, which is what would be communicated to the group leader.
Selecting a Room During Selection Appointment
During the room selection process, all beds must be filled to 100% capacity (only exception: see “Option Rooms”). For example, a group of three students must select a three-person apartment. All Eagle Landing apartments are four-person (two double rooms), and must be selected by a group of four.
A group of four students selecting traditional residence hall spaces (Alvey, Arrington, and Ball Halls), may select two suited (joined) rooms if they are available at the selection time. It is not necessary to have a group of four to select the suite; so one group of two can select one room and a completely unrelated group can later select the adjoining room.
In Willard Hall and Jefferson Hall, suitemates/neighbors will not be allowed to sign up with someone (everyone must select a single room on their own).
Prior to the process taking place, detailed information will be communicated with housing selection participants on the specific “how-to” instructions to follow in order to electronically select the housing assignment.
Eagle Landing Mixed-Sex Apartment Process
Only current students may choose the Eagle Landing mixed-sex apartment housing assignment during the housing selection process. A group of four current students consisting of two females and two males may choose to live together in one apartment (the females in one double room, and the males in the other double room). Should any student depart their housing assignment, the remaining student group would have 48 hours to find a replacement roommate to fill the vacancy; if a replacement is not found, the roommate of the departing student must move to another housing assignment to allow for the apartment to be available coded as a single-sex apartment for the duration of the academic year.
Each of the four students wishing to opt-into this process must submit both their Housing Agreement application and the Eagle Landing Mixed Sex Suite Form, available at https://orgsync.com/59554/forms/131495 by February 27, 2015.
Single Traditional Residence Hall Opt-in Process
There will be an opt-in process for students wishing to select a single occupancy room in a traditional residence hall. This means all students wishing to be able to participate in this process must log into https://umw-residence.symplicity.com and select “opt-in” for this process (during the opt-in period only). The opt-in period is Monday, February 23 beginning at Noon until Noon on Wednesday, February 25. Those students which have opted-into this process will be emailed by 5pm on Wednesday, February 25, and the process will take place Thursday, February 26 beginning at 9pm. Further instructions will be communicated to those students who have opted into this process prior to the process taking place.
Participating students who are unable to select a room in this process will need to find roommates in order to participate in another later housing selection process.
There will be three separate housing selection processes for the UMW Apartments, depending on the room configuration. The first two processes listed are opt-in only; this means all students wishing to be able to participate in this process must log into https://umw-residence.symplicity.com and select “opt-in” for the appropriate process (during the opt-in period only); groups will then be given a time to select an apartment. Further instructions will be communicated to those students who have opted into these processes prior to the process taking place. It is anticipated there will be more groups of students opting into the process than there are apartments to select. Those unable to select will need to select an assignment in a later process. Students selecting UMW Apartments must fill the entire apartment (every bed in every room), and may not add beds to configurations.
One Double Room | Opt-in Period: Friday, February 27 – Monday, March 9 | Process Takes Place: Thursday, March 12 beginning at 9:00 p.m.
This apartment type has only one room, and it is a double room. Two individuals must be in a group in order to go through this process and select a double room apartment. Students opting-in will be emailed their selection times by 5pm on Tuesday, March 10.
One Single Room, One Double Room | Opt-in Period: Friday, March 13 at 5pm – Monday, March 16 | Process Takes Place: Thursday, March 19 beginning at 9:00 p.m.
This apartment type has two rooms, one single and one double. Three individuals must be in a group in order to go through this process and select a one single room, one double room apartment. Students opting-in will be emailed their selection times by 5pm on Tuesday, March 17.
Two Single Rooms, One Double Room | No Opt-in is necessary | Process Takes Place: Saturday, March 28 with the Main Process, which begins at 10:00 a.m.
This apartment type has three rooms, two singles and one double. Four individuals must be in a group in order to go through this process and select a two single room, one double room apartment. Students participating in the Main Process will be emailed their selection times by 5pm on Monday, March 23.
Main Process – March 28
The Main Process of Housing Selection will take place on Saturday, March 28. Time appointments will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Group leaders (or individuals not in groups) will log into Symplicity Residence at their appointment time to select their housing assignment.
Students selecting in the Main Process will receive their selection appointment times on Monday, March 23 by 5pm via email.
Roommate Matching / Groups
Students should determine with whom they would like to live and form a group. Each individual will have a specific individual selection time slot. However, if in a group, the group’s average time slot will be used to select (by the group’s leader). Group leaders select the housing assignments on behalf of all members of the group.
Already Have A Roommate Selected?
- Ask him/her for his/her roommate code (which can be found on the top right after logging into Symplicity Residence). Students should not give their private roommate code unless they are sure they want to form a roommate group with that person.
- Log into Symplicity Residence at https://umw-residence.symplicity.com.
- Click on “Roommates” at the top.
- Select Fall 2015 term in the drop-down menu.
- Click “Find someone you know.”
- Next to “Enter a Roommate Code:” enter the code, and click “Send Invite.”
- The person will need to log into the system to confirm roommate group acceptance.
Need To Search For A Roommate?
- Log into Symplicity Residence at https://umw-residence.symplicity.com.
- Click on “Roommates” at the top.
- Select Fall 2015 term in the drop-down menu.
- Click “Search resident profiles.”
- Click “Change Search Filters.”
- Select something important to you to search, and click “Submit.”
- Click on “View Full Profile” to read about more about the individual.
- Once you find someone you think may be a potential roommate, you can click “Send Message” to message him/her through Symplicity Residence to initiate initial contact. All communication is done anonymously until a student decides to release his or her own information to the other student. You can choose what you want to share with the student (contact information, etc.), and ask questions.
- If the two of you decide you are compatible roommates (and are sure about forming a roommate group), one should click “Invite” while browsing the other’s profile. The other will get a notification and must click to accept the roommate group invitation. Or, see above about Roommate Code.
The size of your group must match the space selected. For instance, if you want to live in Eagle Landing, you will need to have a group of four total students (yourself, plus three others). At selection time, the group leader will select the apartment and select the room where everyone will live. If two students want to select a residence hall double room, a group of two students (you and one other student) will need to be formed; the group leader would select the building and room at the selection time.
Changing Your Group’s Leader
The Group Leader is the only person who actually selects the housing assignments for the entire group. Therefore, if the Group Leader has a time conflict with the selection appointment, he/she should make another person in the group the leader.
- The Group Leader would log into Symplicity Residence.
- Click “Roommates,” select the term the group is in, and the group will then appear in the right side in the My Group box.
- When you hover over the Member’s name, the Group Leader can click on the Red Up Arrow (this arrow will then make that member the Group Leader). The Group Leader will then be the new person. And the previous Group Leader’s name will be in the Members list.
Students who are not part of a group may select a space as an individual. These students will only have the ability to choose an Option Room during the main process or a traditional hall single room if available at selection time (for main process).
Students are strongly urged to find a roommate and suitemates for the Housing Selection process. However, there will be a limited number of Option Rooms available to those students who do not have a group formed [roommate(s)] to fill an entire room or suite. These students will only have the choice of choosing a space in one of these Option Rooms if a space is available. There are also Option Rooms available to groups where the size does not equal the entire space.
The list of designated Option Rooms is listed in Symplicity Residence after you log in. This list will be updated throughout the selection process on Saturday. As it will change, be sure to review it again prior to selecting if you want to know what spaces are Option Rooms.
Korean Exchange Program Option Room spaces
These are some Korean Exchange Program Option Rooms available in Ball Hall double rooms. If you select this space, you are agreeing to potentially live with exchange students. After these students accept and are assigned this summer, you will find out who your roommate is.
Ball Hall: 207, 208, 209, 210, 212
Resident Assistant Option Room spaces
There are some Option Rooms available in Resident Assistant apartments. Students selecting these spaces will need to agree to the terms of living with an RA and sign the RA Roommate Agreement form after selecting (Residence Life staff will later contact you about signing it).
Eagle Landing: 304A, 328A, 420A, 528A
UMW Apartments: 022B (building 10)
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: If at the end of the Housing Selection process, I want to change my assignment, how do I change it?
Answer: It is important that you are prepared to make a choice about where you want to live when you select your housing assignment. If you want to make a change to your selection, all adjustments will be made during the summer, based on the limited availability and the needs of others needing assignments.
Question: I want the apartment block meal plan – why was it not an option on my Housing and Dining Services Agreement?
Answer: The apartment block meal plans are only available to Eagle Landing and UMW Apartments residents. Since students complete their application before selecting housing, anyone wishing to have a different meal plan must later complete a Meal Plan Change application. You may change meal plans prior to the end of the second week of Fall semester classes.
Question: What happens if I cannot make it to my Housing Selection appointment?
Answer: If you cannot select during your appointment and you are a part of a group, select a different leader who is able to select during the time. Otherwise, contact Assistant Director of Residence Life Brittany Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance.
Question: I am unsure whether I’ll be attending UMW in the Fall due to transfer, study abroad, or another reason. Should I still participate in housing selection?
Answer: In the event you possibly may continue attending UMW, you should still participate in housing selection if you know you would have to live on campus because you have another year in your two-year Agreement or if you would want to live on campus. If you later decide you will be continuing at UMW, and you did not select an assignment during this process, spaces will be limited. If you submit an Agreement and later decide that you will not be attending, you will need to notify Residence Life of your change in plans. This is not applicable to students who wish to commute after signing up for Fall housing (as the housing agreement is a legally-binding contract).
Question: I’m an off-campus student and want to live on campus. How do I do that?
Answer: You will need to submit a Housing and Dining Services Agreement and pay a $250 housing deposit prior to going through the Housing Selection process. Deposits can be submitted at the Office of Residence Life in Marye House. You will be given a housing selection number and notified of your time to go through housing selection via email.
Question: What is the housing deposit? When do I have to pay it? When do I get it back?
Answer: All students who are accepted as on-campus students pay a $250 deposit in addition to their admissions deposit. That is held until you graduate or are no longer in UMW housing, whichever comes first. If you move back on campus after living off or studying abroad, and your deposit was refunded, you will need to resubmit a deposit to be considered for housing selection. If you currently live on campus, you already have a deposit on file.
Question: How do I pay my housing deposit if I currently do not live on campus?
Answer: Visit http://students.umw.edu/residencelife/deposit for detailed information.
Question: Is there a credit requirement for any of the housing configurations?
Answer: Previously, there was a 60 credit hour requirement for each individual selecting UMW Apartments. However, for the past several years, after those with 60 credits or above selected housing, there were apartments available and others were permitted to select those apartments. There is no longer a hard credit rule for assignments. This system makes it more fair because those groups with higher time slot averages (based on GPA and credit hours) will have a better opportunity to select.