This page is dedicated to providing "What you need to know for your on-campus student" in the near future and is part of the Parents and Families Newsletter.  

January 2017

Residence Hall Opening

Residence halls will open for most students on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 12 noon.  Dining plans will start with the lunch meal that same day in select dining centers.

New students, especially those who have needs for Hokie Passport and other university services, will be encouraged to use this day to move in, as those offices will be open.   Housing & Residence Life offices will be open from Noon - 5 p.m.. for new student check-in and key pick-up.

Residents returning from the fall semester can arrive any time or day after Friday at noon; however, returning students are encouraged to wait until Saturday/Sunday to return.  Students who are participating in the Sorority Recruitment activities shoudl follow the directions from Fraternity & Sorority Life in regards to early arrival.

Corps of Cadets students and resident advisors should follow directives from command staff and residence life supervisors about their specific schedules.

Check-in for new students will continue on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from Noon - 5 p.m.

Housing Application Process (returning, undergraduate students)

The housing process for the 2017-2018 academic year will start on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 8 a.m. with returning, undergraduate students able to place their name in the Housing Application Process (commonly called the "housing lottery" by students and staff).  Students interested in on-campus housing for the fall semester should place their name in the lottery by 5 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017.   Any entries after that point will go directly onto the waiting list and would only be offered housing if such were available later in the spring semester.

Students who are part of a living-learning community should follow directions of their program directors in regards to applying to return to their communities or choose to enter the general housing lottery if they are not returning to the program but wish to remain on campus for 2017-2018.

Members of the Corps of Cadets will receive a housing offer for next year's cadet housing directly before the lottery process begins.   If a current cadet is not planning on returning to the Corps, but wishes to receive civilian housing for 2017-2018, they should notify our office so that we may edit their record and allow them into the general lottery.

Graduate students will receive additional information shortly.


Dining Plan Selection

Off-campus students may change or cancel their spring dining plan until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Off-campus students wishing to access leftover (carryover) money on their fall dining plan must have a spring dining plan to receive that carryover amount.  Off-campus students may add a dining plan at any time during the semester as well, but the price/plan is not prorated, so for maximum use, students should sign up for a dining plan before or at the start of the spring semester.

On-campus students may change their dining plan until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Adds, changes, and cancellations are made through the new StarRez Portal,   Students log in with their pid/password and 2-factor identification and then choose Housing and Dining Contracts to make a change.

Off-campus students who are not returning to Blacksburg campus classes for the spring semester should cancel their spring dining plan to avoid billing issues.    On-campus students who move out of the residence halls and cease enrollment will have their dining contracts canceled during the paperwork processing period.