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O'Shaughnessy Hall

O'Shaughnessy Hall

A recently renovated, coed, traditional-style residence hall.

Leadership and Social Change Residential College logo

O'Shaughnessy Hall is home to the Leadership and Social Change Residential College (LSCRC), an academic leadership studies and development program that fosters student understanding of comprehensive historical and social leadership theories and guides students to discover and reflect on their own unique individual strengths and leadership style. Students benefit from the brilliant C.L. Bohannon as a live-in faculty member, who resides in the faculty apartment on the first floor, as well as the multi-generational community that promotes mentorship and student leadership.

A student lounge in O'Shaughnessy Hall

Designed for Community

O'Shaughnessy Hall's student population is multi-generational, and you'll often find them socializing or studying together in one of the student lounges outside the elevator to each floor. 

One of the amphitheaters outside of O'Shaughnessy Hall

Renovated in 2018

Significant renovations to O'Shaughnessy Hall were completed in 2018, including a new air conditioning system, Wi-Fi, energy-efficient windows, water-efficient plumbing, modern furnishings, outdoor gathering spaces, and the iconic glass-enclosed stairway.

The large classroom space in O'Shaughnessy Hall

Built with Modern Spaces

The first floor has a state-of-the-art community kitchen with an induction stovetop and ample seating area, a library, junior & senior commons areas, a laundry room, and a large classroom.

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O'Shaughnessy Hall Entrance


O'Shaughnessy Hall uses the Ambler Johnston Area Office.
Located at A12 West Ambler Johnston

Visit your area office to take advantage of a wide range of services, including assistance with room lockouts and residential space reservations.

O'Shaughnessy Hall has laundry machines located on the first floor next to the junior commons area.

Use Laundry Web to reserve a washer or dryer, tell you how many machines are in use, or even send you a text when your laundry is done! All machines accept coins or Hokie Passport debit.

O'Shaughnessy Hall is tucked into the back side of campus, with close proximity to the Owens and Dietrick Dining Halls, Washington Street, and Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum.

Visit the full Virginia Tech campus map to locate O'Shaughnessy Hall within the larger campus. O'Shaughnessy Hall is building #29 located in quadrant N-6.

Visit Residential Mail Services for more information on mail distribution, address format, package pick-up, and updating your address.

Rooms are approximately 12' x 14' and include the following furniture:

  • twin beds
  • twin XL mattresses
  • desks
  • chairs
  • dressers
  • closets
  • a sink
  • a mirror

To get a closer look inside some of our different room styles, check out our 360º room photos.

O'Shaughnessy Hall's visitation hours are:

  • Sunday - Thursday
    • 10:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday - Saturday
    • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

O'Shaughnessy Hall in VT News:

  • Article Item
    O'Shaughnessy Hall Rendering
    O’Shaughnessy Hall renovations underway , article

    In addition to upgraded furnishings, the renovation will include the installation of an air conditioning system, additional community spaces, and a unique glass-enclosed stairway that will face a newly landscaped exterior courtyard.

    Date: May 23, 2017
  • Article Item
    O'Shaughnessy Hall Exterior
    $21.5 million O’Shaughnessy Hall renovations complete , article

    The $21.5 million O'Shaughnessy Hall renovation project began in May 2017 and was completed on schedule in August 2018.

    Date: Aug 16, 2018
  • Article Item
    Portrait of C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor and director of the Community Engagement Lab in Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.
    New faculty principal aims to engage students on a deeper level , article

    “The faculty principal position provides an opportunity to be an active intellectual mentor for students beyond the typical contact time a normal faculty-student relationship would allow,” said C.L. Bohannon. “For me, it was being able to have a deeper level of engagement with the students to work on real issues that our society faces."

    Date: Jul 23, 2018


First-year students:
All incoming first-year students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first year; however, students are not guaranteed their choice of housing, and must complete their housing/dining contract to be assigned a space. Assignments for incoming first-year students and transfers are made in contract receipt order, so the earlier your contract arrives, the earlier you are assigned in the process.

The only students that are guaranteed housing in O'Shaughnessy Hall are those who have applied and been accepted to the Leadership and Social Change Residential College. To complete your Housing/Dining Contract and apply to Living-Learning Programs (such as the LSCRC), log into the StarRez Portal. For more detailed information about first-year housing, please visit this page.

Returning students:
Unlike incoming freshmen, on-campus housing is not guaranteed to returning or transfer students. Returning undergraduate students must request housing for the next academic year using the housing application process (HAP), more commonly known as the "housing lottery."

The only students that are guaranteed housing in O'Shaughnessy Hall are those who have applied and been accepted to the Leadership and Social Change Residential College. To complete the HAP and apply to Living-Learning Programs (such as the LSCRC), log into the StarRez Portal. For more detailed information about returning undergraduate housing, please visit this page.

Please visit this page and use the navigation bar at the top to explore all of our on-campus housing information.

O'Shaughnessy Hall is home to 326 students that span a wide variety of academic majors and graduating classes.

If you'd like to hear from a student about their experience in O'Shaughnessy Hall, check out Housing & Residence Life's Neighborhood Project! As part of this project, we recently sat down with Senija Davis, a resident of O'Shaughnessy Hall, to discuss her experience and career goals.

O'Shaughnessy Hall has the following amenities:

O'Shaughnessy Hall is closest to Owens, Hokie Grill, and Dietrick Dining.

You can download a map of Virginia Tech's dining centers and learn more about our different dining halls on this page.

Students can submit work orders through our work order system.

Please visit this page to learn more about our maintenance and housekeeping procedures.

There are several fitness options available for students in O'Shaughnessy Hall:

  • VT Rec Sports offers a variety of fitness opportunities, including two gyms, group exercise classes, personal training, small group training, intramural sports, and more.
  • O'Shaughnessy Hall is connected to the Prairie Quad, which features a brand-new outdoor fitness park, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and green space.
  • O'Shaughnessy Hall is also located very close to the Washington Street tennis courts that are open for play at any time for students, faculty, and staff.

We invite you to explore the VT Rec Sports website for comprehensive information on student fitness and wellbeing.

Still have questions? Get in touch with us at or 540-231-6205.