Enjoy commencement weekend without the frustrations of finding lodging for you and your family. In an effort to provide convenient, low-cost accommodations, Conference and Guest Services is pleased to provide residence hall space for families and guests of graduates. Many guests find that staying in our halls during commencement weekend minimizes parking and dining difficulties and provides a memorable, nostalgic experience.

Sign up for Spring Commencement Lodging:

To register for non-air conditioned housing, please click here.

To enter the lottery for air conditioned housing, please click here.

If you are placing your name in the air-conditioned lottery but will take a non-air conditioned space - you DO NOT need to sign up for a non-air conditioned room at this time.  You may do that after this lottery is completed in March.   We have plenty of non-air conditioned rooms available and will honor requests for non-air conditioned housing after the air conditioned lottery is done.  This will greatly simplify transactions as we won't have to reverse an existing transaction to make the upgrade.

Guests will have three different options for lodging during the graduation weekend. Guests have the option of a three-night stay or two-night stay. Several packages are available for 2 or 3-night stays.  We are not able to create shorter reservations. Each room reservation is for either single or double occupancy and includes 2 meal tickets for the included meals below.

Check-in Check-out Meals Included
Thursday night Saturday morning Friday Brunch/Lunch
Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakfast
 
Thursday night Sunday morning Friday Brunch/Lunch
Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakfast
 
Friday night Sunday morning Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakfast
 

For guests needing additional meals for youths staying with them in a room or for additional off-campus guests, you may pay at the door (same price).

All rooms include two twin beds with a set of sheets, pillowcase, pillow, two towels, and a washcloth. Rooms are equipped with Ethernet connections  - you must supply your own Ethernet cord. Residence halls feature one single-sex community bathroom on each floor with toilets, sinks, and shower stalls. Some students will still be in residence, so resident advisors will be on hand to assist you. All rooms include two dinner and breakfast meal cards. Additional children under 16 may stay in the room.

Non-Air Conditioned Rooms
Friday-Sunday $230
Thursday-Saturday $263
Thursday-Sunday $328

We have a limited number of air-conditioned, private bathroom (hotel-style) rooms available. Allocation of this room type is handled through the air-condition room lottery.

All rooms include two twin beds with a set of sheets, pillowcase, pillow, two towels, and a washcloth. Rooms are equipped with l Ethernet connections - you must supply your own Ethernet cord. The rooms are carpeted with ceramic tile floors and granite counter tops in the bathrooms. All rooms include two dinner and breakfast meal cards. Additional children under 16 may stay in the room.

Private Bath Air-Conditioned Room Rates
Friday-Sunday $305
Thursday-Saturday $338
Thursday-Sunday $430

We offer a limited number of suites in air-conditioned buildings. These two- to- three-bedroom suites offer rooms arranged around a central living space and bathroom. Allocation of this room type is handled through the air-condition room lottery.

Each bedroom includes two twin beds each with a set of sheets with pillowcase, pillow, two towels, and a washcloth. Rooms are equipped Ethernet connections are available- you must supply your own Ethernet cord. Two-room suites accommodate four adults and include four dinner and breakfast meal cards. Three-room suites accommodate six adults and include six dinner and breakfast cards. Additional children under 16 may stay in the room. 

Suite-style Room Rates Two Rooms Three Rooms
Friday-Sunday $592 $842
Thursday-Saturday $655 $940
Thursday-Sunday $869 $1,225

Due to the high demand  and limited supply of  air-conditioned spaces for commencement housing, we use a lottery system to most fairly distribute these rooms.  All individuals who apply for an air-conditioned space will be placed in a random-draw lottery.  It doesn't matter when you sign up for the lottery as long as it is within the entry period.  The date you sign up does not signify in the lottery results.  Wether you have reserved a non-air conditioned space does not factor into the lottery results. We do not use additional factors to weight the lottery results.

Once the entry period has ended, we will draw lottery entries until the available space is filled and notify everyone in the lottery of the results.  For those who have already reserved a non-air conditioned space, we will work with you to upgrade your reservation and address the difference in price.  For those who have not made a prior reservation, we will ask you to then complete your reservation and make payment at that time.

If you are unsuccessful in the air-conditioned lottery, you will receive a notice and you may make reservations for non-air conditioned space if you would like to do so.  There is time to make reservations in our non-air conditioned space once the lottery ends in March as we typically continue accepting non-air conditioned reservations until late April.

Guests should be aware that all residence halls used for commencement housing have elevators. In buildings where the bathroom is located on the hallway (traditional, non-air conditioned buildings), note that bathrooms are designated by gender.  While we attempt to have a male and female bathroom on each floor, the closest bathroom may be on the floor above or below the assigned space.

If you or your guests have a special medical condition or disability and desire assistive devices or other accommodations, please enclose a brief description of your needs with your registration. A limited number of wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.  

In the lottery for air-conditioned space, disability requests are not considered as part of the selection process.

For reservation groups with guests with mobility concerns, we attempt to locate assignments on lower floors or closer to restrooms as space permits; however, we cannot guarantee a space on the lowest floors or in immediate proximity to the bathroom(s).  Please indicate this need on the reservation form.

Building assignments, directions, and other pertinent information will be e-mailed by Friday, 5 May 2017.  

Check-in:

  • Thursday evening will be 7:00 p.m. to midnight at New Hall West.  Note, we are not able to process early arrivals due to preparation time needed as students depart.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. to midnight at New Hall West.

Reservations are required.   All prices include tax. Each reservation will be charged an administrative fee of $5.50. The deadline for reservations is Friday, 28 April 2017.   Conference and Guest Services reserves the right to end registration in the event that space is filled; however, we have been able to accommodate all guests in the past.  We cannot accept reservations by phone.

Online/Payment by Credit Card (Preferred): Payments made online with a credit card are processed fastest, and registrants receive a confirmation email immediately after completing the transaction. Payments by credit card are handled through the university's payment gateway. We accept VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.

By Mail: Fill out the online commencement lodging registration form, select “Mail in Check,” print, and mail the form with a personal check (including your address, and phone number) payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech to:

Conference and Guest Services (0919)
New Hall West, Suite 134, Virginia Tech
190 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Refunds/Cancellations: If you make a reservation and for some reason cannot attend graduation and need a refund you must email conferences@vt.edu by Friday, 5 May 2017. Please include why you need to cancel and the name of the reservation. You will be refunded the full amount excluding the administrative fee.  No refunds or cancellations will be processed after this date.

Make a Reservation

Reservations for Commencement Lodging are required.  Below, you will find links to the Non-Air Conditioned Room Reservation Form and Air-Conditioned Room Lottery Sign-up pages. We regret that reservations may not be made by phone. All prices include meals and lodging and already include sales tax.  A non-refundable administrative fee of $5.50 is added to each reservation.

If you are attempting to receive an air-conditioned room through the lottery, you do not need to sign up for a non-air conditioned room until the lottery is completed in March.  We gladly accept reservations for non-air conditioned spaces through 28 April 2017, so you can make reservations at that time if you are not selected in the lottery.  If you do sign up for a non-air conditioned space and subsequently receive an air-conditioned space, we will work with you to upgrade your reservation.

Non-Air Conditioned Room Reservations

Traditional-style room reservations will begin Monday, 14 November 2016, and will end at noon,  Friday, 28 April 2017. Full payment will be due at time of registration. 

Air-Conditioned Room Lottery

Air-conditioned room lottery sign-up will begin Monday, 14 November 2016,and ends noon, Friday, 17 March 2017.  If you have reserved a non-air conditioned room and then receive an air-conditioned room offer through the lottery, we will work with you to make that upgrade. No payment is required at this time for an air-conditioned space; payment will only be required in March if your request is selected during the lottery process.

Reserving a non-air conditioned room and signing up for the air-conditioned lottery will not affect your chances of getting an air-conditioned room in the lottery.  If you reserve a non-air conditioned room and would like to enter the lottery for an air-conditioned room or suite, you may do so.  If your name is selected during the lottery process, we will upgrade your room Note, if you want to wait until the lottery is completed before making an non-air conditioned reservation, you may do so as we accept these reservations through Friday, 28 April 2017.