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First-Year Housing

When applying for housing following admission, new students can state a preference for the housing program in which they are interested. Choices include first-year housing or one of three residential colleges.

All first-year students who opt for a space in the University’s first-year housing program will have equal opportunity in the random assignment process if they submit their applications by the deadline. Items from the application that housing assignments take into consideration include program choice, mutual roommate requests, and preference for a double, single, or triple room. Students cannot request a specific building or housing area. In addition, students are not guaranteed their first choice in housing.

While residential areas differ in room arrangement and amenities, each offers a great place to meet fellow students and to get involved in the residential community. The first-year housing program includes the following areas: Alderman Road, Gooch/Dillard, McCormick Road, and Malone and Weedon.

For more information on first-year housing, visit the Housing & Residence Life website.

Alderman Road Hall-Style

Alderman Road hallway-style buildings accommodate approximately 1,600 residents in nine houses. These houses feature hallway-style double rooms on each floor, with shared common areas and two shared bathrooms serving 20 to 25 residents. Two Resident Advisors live on each floor.

These buildings are some of the most recent additions to on-Grounds housing. Nearby are O-Hill Dining Room, the Aquatic & Fitness Center, and Slaughter Recreation Center. 

Houses: Balz-Dobie, Cauthen, Gibbons, Kellogg, Lile-Maupin, Shannon, Tuttle-Dunnington, Watson-Webb, and Woody

Alderman Road Suite-Style

The Alderman Road suite-style houses include three buildings featuring units with five double or triple bedrooms. Suites include shared living areas and bathrooms; are furnished with a couch, chairs, coffee table, and end tables/ottomans; and accommodate 10 to 12 residents. There is an upperclass Resident Advisor for every two suites (for every 22 first-year residents). Approximately 390 first-year students live in this area.

Rooms in these suite-style buildings are not air-conditioned, so residents are encouraged to bring fans. Laundry facilities for these buildings are located in Gibbons and Cauthen houses or across the pedestrian path at Gooch. Also nearby are O-Hill and Runk dining rooms, the Aquatic & Fitness Center, and Scott Stadium.

Houses: Courtenay, Dunglison, and Fitzhugh

Gooch/Dillard Suite-Style

These suite-style buildings are located at the intersection of Alderman and Stadium roads. Both Gooch and Dillard were renovated recently and accommodate approximately 610 first-year residents.

This area consists of four-floor structures with two two-story suites containing primarily double rooms. A typical suite accommodates six students, but a few suites house up to 10 students. Each suite features a furnished living area and bath facilities. There is an upperclass Resident Advisor for every three to five suites (for every 17 to 27 first-year residents).

Runk Dining Room is conveniently located behind Gooch/Dillard, and a kitchen, laundry facilities, and large lounge area are located within the complex.

Malone and Weedon Houses Hall-Style

Malone and Weedon Houses accommodate approximately 190 students in single- and double-occupancy rooms that open onto a common hallway. Each floor shares a common bathroom and two furnished lounges, one equipped with a sink and microwave. An upperclass Resident Advisor lives on each floor.

Malone and Weedon allow students to come together for socializing or studying, combining community living with the privacy of singles.

McCormick Road Hall-Style

This area houses about 800 first-year students in six buildings, primarily in double-bedroom accommodations. Around 45 students live on each hallway and share a common bathroom. Two upperclass Resident Advisors live on each floor.

Since 2017, a phased-in renovation of McCormick Road houses has been under way to add air conditioning, increase the number of bedrooms, create community spaces, and otherwise reimagine these spaces as state-of-the-art residence halls.

Residents of Bonnycastle, Dabney, and Kent will be the first to experience the renovated houses.

Houses: Bonnycastle, Dabney, Hancock, Kent, Lefevre, and Metcalf (Echols, Emmet, Humphreys, and Page are closed in 2018-2019 for renovations.)