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Students walk through an arch on Virginia Tech's campus in the fall during sunset. Photo by Logan Wallace for Virginia Tech.

Freshman Residency Requirement

All incoming first-year students at Virginia Tech are required to live on campus during their first year, unless they are given express permission under the following guidelines:

  • Reside with their parents or close relatives who are established residents of the community;
  • Are married and live with their spouses;
  • Are military veterans of at least six months active duty;
  • Are at least 21 years old; or
  • Have this condition waived pursuant to other binding agreement with the university.

If you believe you qualify under one of these exceptions, please complete the First-Year Residency Requirement Waiver Request on the StarRez Portal.

Virginia Tech maintains a first-year housing and dining plan requirement with the goal of accommodating all first-year students. Virginia Tech may, on occasion, suspend the first-year requirement and guarantee for those who do not to submit their housing contract before the university’s on-camus housing capacity in Blacksburg has been exhausted. First-year students should submit a housing contract as soon as they are committed to attending Virginia Tech.

Steps to Complete Your Housing/Dining Contract

Step 1 - Go to where you will create your PID and password. This will need to be completed before you can log into Hokie Spa. It takes at least 24-48 hours for the PID/password to process through the various Virginia Tech systems.

Step 2 - Before you complete your Housing/Dining Contract, please read the Terms and Conditions of the Housing/Dining Contract online. Although the terms and conditions will remain available throughout the year for your reference, you may wish to print and retain this information for your convenience. It is your responsibility to read and understand the terms and conditions of the Housing/Dining Contract before returning it to the University.

Step 3. - After you have activated your PID, complete and electronically sign your Housing/Dining Contract by following these steps:

  • Log into the StarRez Portal using your PID and password.
  • Select the academic year from the menu choices displayed.
  • Your Housing/Dining Contract questions will be displayed.
  • You do not need to return anything to our office if you electronically sign your contract. The matriculation fee paid when accepting admissions to the University includes the housing prepayment noted in the terms of the Housing/Dining Contract.

Contact Housing and Residence Life at to request a paper version of your on-campus student housing offer. Please be sure to include your name, ID number, and preferred mailing address. We will send this out as soon as possible. You will then complete and return the paper copy directly the housing office. We can send you an Adobe PDF version of the contract or mail you a printed copy.

You may also request a copy by stopping by our office during weekday office hours or by calling us at (540) 231-6205. We cannot offer a housing/dining contract until you are admitted to and have accepted the offer of admission to the University.

Please do not wait to complete your contract in anticipation of a roommate being accepted to the university. You can complete your contract now with your name and student ID number as well as your friend's name/ID number to add as a preferred roommate. If your friend has not been accepted or does not yet have a student ID/application ID number, make sure to update your contract preferences by contacting Housing and Residence Life at once you know your preferred roommate has been accepted. We only consider mutual roommate requests.

Selecting a Dining Plan

You will select your dining plan when completing your housing contract. You may change your dining plan preference throughout the summer, but final changes must be made before the fall move-in date. Learn more about the dining plans we offer here.