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Fall 2020 Housing & Residence Life

Updated on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Housing Rates Update

All on-campus residents will be charged the standard housing rate for Fall 2020. Residents who choose to stay off-campus, or those not approved to remain on-campus, following Thanksgiving break will be credited 10% of the semester housing rate.

This 10% credit will be reflected as a pending item on your account throughout the semester in lieu of a required payment. If you do not reside in on-campus housing after the Thanksgiving break, the credit will then be applied to your account. Otherwise, the pending credit will be removed and any resulting balance will become due.

* Students can only reside in on-campus housing during the Winter Break if they are returning to Virginia Tech for the Spring 2021 semester.

We have made several adjustments to the move-in process to promote the health and safety of students, their support systems, and our staff. Move-in has been extended to begin on August 14, 2020 and end on August 23, 2020.

Students will select their own move-in timeslot in the StarRez Portal. Students will receive an email to their VT inbox by the end of the day on Friday, July 10th. This email will explain when you'll be able to log into StarRez and choose your move-in timeslot. The emails will go out in housing contract order.

Please note that the Friday, July 10th deadline applies only to civilians. If you are in the Corps of Cadets, timeslots are still forthcoming. Please visit the VTCC Fall 2020 site for more information.

Move-In Process

  • Timeslots

All students will select a 2-hour timeslot during which they are able to move into their residence hall. Once the timeslot ends, non-student guests should vacate the premises to allow others to move in safely.

In an effort to provide flexibility for travel plans and account for varying family needs, students will select their own move-in timeslot in StarRez. You will receive an email by the end of the day on Friday, July 10th that will explain when you'll be able to log into StarRez and choose your move-in timeslot.

  • Parking

To minimize traffic flow, students will be assigned a parking lot in which they are required to park while moving in. Parking lot assignments will correspond to a student's room assignment. We will have more details and individualized move-in maps for you in the coming weeks!

  • Personal Protective Equipment

All students and guests will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the move-in process. We ask that you bring your own mask; however, we will have a limited number available for individuals who forget.

Hand sanitizer will also be placed throughout all buildings. High traffic locations such as entrances, elevator lobbies, and outside of stairwells will be prioritized.

  • Non-Student Guests

Students will be permitted to bring no more than two additional people to assist them with the move in process. These two individuals should be limited to those needed to assist with the moving of items. Unfortunately, “spectators,” such as young siblings are not permitted.

  • Elevators

Where present, elevators will be limited to one family group at a time. Elevators may only be used by individuals physically moving items and/or individuals with mobility concerns.


  • Packing List

We’ve been around the block with on-campus living a couple of times. From our experiences, we have developed a downloadable packing list for your convenience. Please see this list and some shopping tips as you begin preparing for your arrival to campus.

That in mind, we also ask that students limit the volume of belongings they bring to campus in case they are required to move rooms or return home during the semester in the interest of public health.

  • Rental Items

The Residence Hall Federation partners with university-approved vendors to help fund their residence hall programming and leadership training efforts. RHF vendors offer products specially designed for residence hall students, including Microfridges, linens, carpets, hutches, and other goods. The items you purchase will be waiting in your room for you when you arrive on campus!* Learn more about RHF vendors here.

*the only exception are sheets from OCM, which will be mailed to your home prior to move-in.

  • Y-Toss

At the end of every academic year, the local YMCA collects gently used items, such as fridges, hutches, and more, from students as they are moving out of their residence hall. These items are then sold on-campus during move-in for low or reduced cost. All proceeds go to the YMCA. Information about the Y-Toss sale will be distributed over the summer.

We know that your health and safety are of the utmost importance as you weigh your options for the upcoming year. Here are some of the measures we're taking:

  • Identifying isolation spaces.

We will be taking some of our residence hall spaces offline to function as isolation spaces for students infected with COVID-19 or at-risk of infection.

  • Increasing cleaning efforts.

  • Restrooms and high touch point areas such as elevator buttons, water fountains, and door handles will be cleaned at an increased frequency.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed near most common spaces and elevators.
  • Should a student become ill with COVID-19, a full decontamination protocol will be enacted.
  • Clarifying student expectations.

Students will be responsible for complying with University policies around public health as described in the Health and Wellbeing Commitment. Failure to comply may render the student unable to participate in residence hall activities and/or may result in a referral to Student Conduct. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Physical distancing 
  • Compliance with isolation protocols 
  • Use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings
  • Communication with Schiffert Health Center around testing and symptoms
  • Adjusting programming opportunities.

Providing opportunities for students to get to know each other and build community is one of our highest priorities. We are using the summer months to create opportunities for students to interact and engage with one another, while remaining consistent with public health recommendations.  We plan to offer virtual and adjusted in-person programs. Guidance on programming will adjust as CDC recommendations change. 

  • Restricting occupancy.

No more than two residents will share a bedroom. There will no triples or quads.

  • Evaluating common space usage.

  • Furniture in common spaces will be configured to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  • Signage will be placed to indicate maximum occupancy.
  • Cleaning efforts will be increased.
  • Training staff.

All Housing and Residence Life Staff will be trained on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 as well as all safety protocols.

  • Updating move-in protocols.

Move-in tends to be one of the most population dense times on campus. We have adjusted our move-in process to promote the health and safety of students and visitors. You can find specifics in the move-in section.

All students who signed their original contract by the original June 1, 2020 deadline received an email informing them of their status and necessary next steps.

I was approved for on-campus housing...

All housing contracts must be re-signed by Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:59pm in order to secure on-campus housing.

If you do not re-sign the housing contract by the deadline, you will not be able to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year and will need to seek alternate arrangements.

These items can be found on your StarRez Portal.

If you no longer wish to live on-campus next year, please let us know by completing the Fall Contract Cancellation link located on the StarRez homepage once you log in.

I was not approved for on-campus housing...

Housing and Residence Life understands that we have a responsibility to promote the health and safety of the community at large. We take this obligation very seriously and carefully consider how best to live up to it. That in mind, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our on-campus occupancy for the upcoming year in order to provide dedicated isolation spaces and adequate social distancing. Unfortunately, this also means that we are not able to invite all students to return to campus housing in the Fall - as much as we would like to do so. Decisions were made primarily based on the date students signed their original housing contract.

We recognize the disappointment and grief you may be feeling. This is not what you, or we, initially planned and hoped for this academic year, and please know it is not a decision that was made lightly. We encourage you to register for the Blacksburg COVID-19 Fall 2020 Waitlist (on the StarRez Portal). We recommend joining the waitlist sooner rather than later, as we are actively making contract offers to students on the waitlist and will continue to make offers as spaces become available. Offers will be made based on when students completed their original 2020-2021 Housing Contract, and priority will be given to first-year students. The last day to join the waitlist is Tuesday, June 16th at 11:59pm EDT.

Housing Assignments will begin in late June/early July and go through the end of July. Your housing assignment timeslot will still be determined by when you completed your original 2020-2021 Housing Contract with the University. You will not be at a disadvantage based on the date and time you re-sign your updated contract, as long as you complete your new contract by Tuesday, June 16 at 11:59pm. Timeslots will be distributed via email later in the summer.

For your safety, no more than two residents will share a bedroom. There will no triples or quads.

No. As long as you and your roommate both are approved for on-campus housing and re-sign your contract with the updated terms and conditions by Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:59pm, your roommate group will transfer over to your new contract.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to live together on-campus next year. We recommend that you utilize the roommate matching feature within your new housing contract on StarRez to search for a new roommate. There is a document with screenshots on the “Roommate Groups” tab of your housing contract that will walk you through this process step-by-step.

No, unfortunately the application deadline for Living-Learning Programs was Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:59pm.

No. All applications previously submitted were transferred over, so students who applied to a Living-Learning Program in their original housing contract do not need to re-apply. If you already accepted an offer to an LLP, your acceptance still stands.

Absolutely! If you accepted an offer to an LLP already, you are still part of that community.

We have made several adjustments to the move in process to promote your safety. Please see the Move-In section for details. As additional information becomes available, we will update it here.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate both on-campus and off-campus students while maintaining physical distancing and public safety guidelines for students and our staff. Therefore, we will not be offering the sale of new dining plans to off-campus students for the fall semester under the current regulations. If an off-campus student is interested in the purchase of an off-campus dining plan they can add themselves to a waitlist (on the StarRez Portal). Dining will contact students on the waiting list as they are able to offer dining plans.

Yes – if you rolled over your plan to Fall 2020, you will be able to use your remaining Flex Dollars, Commuter Cash, Flex additions and Dining Dollars at available dining facilities. You will not be able to add any additional money to your account, however. Any remaining balances must be used during the Fall 2020 semester.

If you are living off-campus and have a FLEX roll-over balance that you do not plan to use, you may request a refund of that balance prior to August 1. This refund will just be for the FLEX balance and does not include administrative fees. Please contact with your Virginia Tech email account to request a rebate on your rollover account from Spring 2020. Rebates should be processed 1-2 weeks from the time of request. Balances can be located at

Fall 2020 dining plans for off-campus students will be cancelled automatically in StarRez. Students do not need to take any further action at this time.

We will not be accepting debit/credit at the start of the semester as we work to better understand how our processes will change to accommodate physical distancing and other safety measures.

We will have food trucks on campus for students to use credit/debit or cash to purchase food. The coffee vendor in Newman Library will be open, as well as Subway and Seattle Best in Johnston Student Center.

Please reach out to Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your student status. They can be reached at

If you still have questions, you can get in touch with us at 540-231-6205 or