Housing and Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions

You can check your classification in StarRez. A resident's classification is based upon the number of years living on campus. Classification is not based on number of academic credit hours achieved, age or any other factor.

  • First year residents will be listed as freshmen.
  • Second year residents will be listed as sophomore.
  • Third year residents will be listed as junior.
  • Fourth year residents will be listed as senior.
  • Transfer student residents will be listed as transfer and should contact the Housing Administration Office to get their classification updated in StarRez to ensure they receive the right time ticket.

Go to the Housing Administration Office, CNH third floor, to pick up a hard copy version of the contact that you can sign. You will not receive a time slot to participate in the housing selection process. You will be placed administratively after the housing selection process is complete wherever there is room on-campus.

If you have completed the housing contract on time, but did not get a time, email housingadmin@cnu.edu.

If you did not complete the housing contract, see above.

Current freshman (first-year residents, rising sophomores or rising second-years), can reside with other students with the same classification. Residence halls for second-year residents are:

  • Potomac River Hall South
  • James River Hall suites
  • Warwick River Hall.

Current sophomores (second-year residents, rising juniors or rising third-years), can reside with other students with the same classification as well as rising seniors or rising fourth-year residents. Residence halls for third- and fourth-year residents are:

  • James River Hall apartments
  • CNU Apartments: Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Washington
  • CNU Village: Taylor, Tyler, Wilson
  • Rappahannock River
  • Presidents Hall
  • CNU Landing
  • Greek Village

  • In StarRez go the tab, “Roommate Web Profile” select “include in roommate search.”
  • Search for your roommate.
  • Once you find them, you can send them a request.
  • They will receive notification of your request and will need to confirm you.

You will not be able to participate in the selection process as an individual.

There are many option to find a roommate:

  • Try using the “Roommate Web Profile” available in StarRez.
    • Complete your personal profile in StarRez then go to the roommate search tab to see who you match with. You can begin a conversation with your matches or simply just request them.
  • Use the RHA Facebook group to search for a roommate.
  • Use your CNU Class Facebook group to search for a roommate.
  • Attend the RHA Mixer

If you do not find a roommate or decide to participate in housing selection as an individual, contact housingadmin@cnu.edu. You will be placed on the individual students list. You will be placed in the best available room during the housing selection process at your assigned time slot.

There are enough rooms on campus for all the students who are required to reside on campus. If there are not any available units in the hall you desire, you may have to select a different hall.

You should select a room during the selection process. If you wish to be considered to reside in a different building, you can email housingadmin@cnu.edu with details of your group and your desire. You will be added to a waitlist. After the housing selection process, if space becomes available, you may be contacted to update your room assignment. All students who are required to live on campus will receive housing before the fall semester.

Email housingadmin@cnu.edu with your information and they will assist you in finding a location. Send your name and SID number along with your room preferences. Your group may be added to the group waiting list and placed if an entire unit becomes available after the housing selection process has concluded. You may be added to the individual student waitlist and placed as soon as we can find an open space to meet your criteria.

Email housingadmin@cnu.edu with your information and, if there is an opportunity to move to a different building after the housing selection process has concluded, we will assist you in finding a location.

Please note the following:

  • Residence halls for third- and fourth-year residents are:
    • James River Hall apartments
    • CNU Apartments: Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Washington
    • CNU Village: Taylor, Tyler, Wilson
    • Rappahannock River Hall
    • Presidents Hall
    • CNU Landing
    • Greek Village
  • Campus policies and procedures are the same for all students who reside on campus, regardless of the residence hall.
  • Students who have fulfilled the three-year requirement and are not in the President’s Leadership Program, are not required to live on campus and may move off campus.
  • According to the PLP Policy, seniors in the program must stay on campus to retain their scholarship and remain in the program. If you would like to explore options for remaining in PLP but living off campus, you can speak with the PLP office.
  • Residents who have not yet fulfilled the three-year requirement must live on campus. James River Hall has a 9-month contract which will be less expensive and closer to the academic facilities.

There are enough rooms on campus for all students who need to fulfill the residency requirement. While a student may not get their first choice for building or room layout, Housing Administration is able to assist students in finding a room on campus.

Additional rooms around campus will open up throughout the rest of the semester and into the summer. Students will be placed as they become available.

Exemptions from the Residency Requirement are based on each individual student’s ability to meet the criteria and documentation expectations.

All requests for accommodations are due prior to the housing selection process so student needs can be met through a pre-placement process. After the housing selection process concludes, options will be limited.

If you believe you qualify for housing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you must request this through the Office of Student Affairs.

Additional information about accommodations can be found by visiting the link below:

In the meantime we suggest you still choose a space on campus and should you qualify for an accommodation and we have another space open, the Housing Administration can reassign your room.

The Office of Student Affairs must approve all emotional support animals as part of the accommodations process.

Submit all documentation to the Office of Student Affairs in the David Student Union 3127, by email dosa@cnu.edu or fax (757) 594–8439.

Once a student has permission to bring their emotional support animal, the Housing Administration Office will assist them with placement based on the recommendations or requirements from Student Affairs. Emotional support animals can be placed in all of our residence halls.

Time tickets are based on both the student's classification as well as the requirement to live on campus. Rising third- and fourth-year residents who are required to live on campus as part of the three-year residency requirement or in order to retain a residency based scholarship, will receive earlier time tickets than students who are not required to reside on campus. For example, rising fourth-year students who do not have a residency based scholarship and transfer students are not required to live on campus and are not guaranteed housing. These students will receive later time tickets.

The waitlist is arranged in time ticket order. Students who are required to live on campus will be placed prior to students who are not required to live on campus. Students who have a room but have requested to be moved to a different building will be offered the opportunity to move according to time ticket and the availability within their requested building.

Students required to live on campus - attempt to place them in their desired location, move out of JR into EC and RRH as quickly as possible.

  • Rising juniors who did not select a room during the selection process will be placed as soon as possible.
  • Individual students who selected JR but want to move to EC/RRH are re-assigned as spaces open up.
  • We will not hold open a room in an EC or RRH unit hoping to get a whole unit open so we can move a group.

Incoming transfer students will be placed after the selection process, usually after all current residents who are required to live on campus have gotten housing.

All students registered for spring 2021 who submit a housing contract will be permitted to participate in the housing selection process.

Students not required to live on campus and who are not able to select a room during the process may be placed on a waitlist. As housing becomes available, these students will be offered housing. Housing is not guaranteed or may not be available until late summer. Students who are not required to live on campus and who are placed on the waitlist should explore other housing options.

There are no guarantees through the housing selection process. We have several different styles of housing on campus. All of our apartment style housing is available for rising third- and fourth-year residents during their selection period. All of our apartment units have kitchens.

The retention option is available for students living in a unit that will have a 12-month period of occupancy for 2021-22:

  • CNU Apartments: Monroe, Washington, Presidents Hall
  • Rappahannock River Hall

All other apartments will have a 10-month or 9-month period of occupancy. James River Hall has 9-month period of occupancy.

Students are billed by semester and will only be billed for the semester they reside on campus.

We do our best to accommodate roommate requests but cannot guarantee a specific room only that we will be able to house you upon your return.

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