All returning students will sign up for housing through one of the methods below.
- Off-Campus/Commuter Students
- Olympus Community Housing
- Housing Accommodations (Students with Disabilities)
- Special Interest Housing
- Gender Inclusive Housing
- Westover Housing
- International House
If you are currently an approved commuter or student that lives off campus, you do not need to complete this process. If you would like to move on to campus, you would complete the housing process detailed below.
All current residential students who would like to apply to commute from home or live off campus, must complete an Application to Reside Off Campus. Students living at home with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in the local area will be automatically approved. Additionally, students who will have 85+ credit hours as of Fall 2019, who live in an approved apartment complex/residential area, will also be automatically approved.
For more information on the University of Lynchburg’s residential requirements and off campus eligibility, please see page 24-26 in The Hornet (2018-2019 Student Handbook). Students who elect to go through a housing selection process and are assigned to a residence for the 2019-2020 academic year prior to being approved to commute or reside off campus will be assessed a $250 termination fee.
Renewal forms for fraternity/sorority houses will be sent to chapter presidents on (or before) February 25, 2019 for these organizations to fill their housing roster for next year. These forms must be completed and returned by Monday, March 18, 2019. Chapters that are unable to fill all of their bed spaces as of the deadline will forego the privilege of a chapter house for the upcoming year and all members will be expected to go through the general housing sign-ups process.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life is not able to award single rooms unless based on approved reasonable accommodations based on disability. Undergraduate students attending the University of Lynchburg who seek housing accommodations must qualify in keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments. Qualifications and reasonable accommodations are determined by the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC).To be considered for housing accommodations prior to the standard housing process for 2019-2020, students must apply for housing accommodations through and meet with the Disability Services Coordinator by March 21, 2019 at 5 p.m. (More information can be found on the Intake and Accommodations section of the website. Please realize that this can be a lengthy process, so students will want to review these guidelines and begin this process as soon as possible.
In order to be eligible for a Special Interest House (SIH), all group applicants must be recognized organizations or supported academic programs at the University of Lynchburg and have the support of their faculty or staff advisor. Starting in Fall 2019, Special Interest House residents will be required to live, learn, and work together throughout the academic year by participating in multiple shared community-based learning experiences. Residents of SIH locations will be expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, participate in semesterly reflection opportunities, and prepare an end of the year reflection with their housemates. Residents will also be expected to complete 12 service hours for both the fall and spring semesters. Each group who plans to apply for a SIH must send at least one representative to the Special Interest House meeting on March 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the West Room. There will also be an overview meeting on November 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the West Room to discuss the changes for the Special Interest House process and expectations. Applications will be due on March 18, 2019. If you do not have a representative present at one of the interest meetings, your group will not be eligible to apply. Interviews will take place on March 20-21, 2019 in the Hornet Hive, Drysdale Student Center.
In addition to our Special Interest Housing process, the Office of Housing and Residence Life will be designating no more than six (6) Southside residences as gender inclusive units for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each group who plans on applying for a gender inclusive unit must send at least one representative to the Special Interest House meeting on March 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the West Room for additional information. Applications will be due on March 18, 2019. Gender inclusive housing groups must be comprised of no more than 70 percent of a single gender to be eligible and considered. Gender inclusive groups are only eligible for the townhouses if they are comprised of all rising senior students. The gender inclusive housing process will be coordinated in a similar manner as the General Housing Process. Groups will be ranked based on credit hours and G.P.A. of the group members. The top six applicant groups will have the opportunity to select a Southside location on Monday, March 25, 2019. Groups not ranked in the top six will be notified to go through the General Housing Process.
Beginning in Fall 2019, a select group of upperclass Westover students will have the opportunity to reside in a Westover Honors Residential Living Community, located in the new residence fall. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will work directly with the Westover Honors College to determine the residential students selected to reside in that community. For more information, please contact the Westover Honors College. That group of students will be selected by March 18, 2019.
Students interested in residing in 185 Vernon, the International House, should contact Chisado Tada (). The International House will be filled by March 18, 2019.
All residential students who have not been assigned to housing in one of the previously mentioned processes will need to attend one of the mandatory meetings that will take place on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. (current Southside, Freer, Shack, and Hundley residents) and 8 p.m. (current Montgomery and Tate residents) in the Ballroom. The Housing Sign-ups process will be thoroughly explained at that meeting. (If you cannot come to your designated time, please come to the alternate time.)
Only incoming first year students will be eligible to reside in Montgomery Hall or Tate Hall; therefore, those residential facilities are not available to returning students. Only students that have 30 credit hours, at the time of the sign ups process (Spring 2019), are eligible to reside on Southside (on campus apartments, townhouses, and courts or University-owned houses). The Office of Housing and Residence Life only factors in credit hours that are a part of a student’s official record with the Office of the Registrar. Students residing in a residence hall this year that are found responsible for an unapproved animal during the 2018-2019 academic year are not eligible to sign up for a Southside residence for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Housing Sign Ups Process
Each pair/group (2-10 residents) must select a Group Leader that is responsible for the creation of a housing application through myLynchburg. Group Leaders will invite members to become a part of their housing application. Each student is responsible for accepting (or rejecting) all housing application invites. These applications are due on April 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. with no exceptions! Each pair/group will then be auto-ranked based on the group’s average GPA and credit hours. If there is a recent and concerning disciplinary history, a group’s ranking may be manually changed. Once the rankings are complete, each Group Leader will receive an email that includes an appointment time for the group. Appointment times will be emailed to the Group Leader on April 16, 2019. The pairs/groups will then show up at their respective appointment times (based on their ranking) to sign up for housing. These sign-ups will occur April 17-18, 2019. At this time, pairs/groups will be able to sign up for any residential location that they are eligible for – Apartments, Townhouses, Houses, Courts, Hundley Hall, Freer Hall, the new residence hall, & Shackelford Hall. Students without roommates or students who did not go through the processes above will sign up for housing in the Office of Housing and Residence Life on April 24, 2019 (on a first come, first-served basis). We do not offer single rooms (other than those approved for housing accommodations by our Disability Support Services Coordinator).