Residence Life Staff

Life in the residence halls offers you the opportunity to take direct responsibility for your actions and decisions, serving as an extension of your classroom education. You will meet students from various cultures and different backgrounds, interests and values. As you become acquainted with your hall mates and participate in various residence hall activities, you will learn from, appreciate, and contribute to the diversity of the student body.

The Office of Residential Living team educates students in university owned housing through building an inclusive and vibrant community that is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. This is done by educating students on what it means to be part of a community — to work together towards common goals, to engage in dialogue, and to challenge and support each other.

The following section provides information about living preferences, housing assignments, housing policies, residence hall staffing, components of residential education, and other important details regarding your residential living experience at Georgetown.

Residency Requirement

First Year Students, including transfer sophomores and juniors, are required to live on campus unless a written exemption is granted by the Office of Residential Living. Residency Exemption Request Forms are due Monday, June 5, 2017. Exemptions may be granted for one of the following reasons:

  • The student has attained the age of 22 prior to the start of the academic year
  • The student's local residence is with parents, legal guardians, grandparent, or aunt/uncle over the age of 21; proof of age must be supplied
  • The student is married
  • Or lives with dependent(s)

Housing Assignments for First Year Students

Housing assignments for first-year students will be made in July. Notification of assignments will be sent in early August. For a detailed overview of the housing assignment process, please visit our website. Students will need their NetID and password for access to all housing sites. Students receive their NetID from the University upon acceptance. Activation and password creation should be done through University Information Services.

Housing assignments are not made on a "first come, first served" basis. No preference or priority is given to any students whether they are admitted Early Action or Regular Decision. Housing assignments are generated by computer, based on the roommate you select through CHARMS or your answers on the Living Preference Questionnaire. For students who do not select a roommate through CHARMS the Residential Living staff carefully reviews the Living Preference Questionnaire to select a roommate for the first-year student.

Students cannot request a specific residence hall. It has been our experience that students place more value on the friendships made in the residence hall than on the hall's location. If you have a religious reason for requesting a particular hall, (such as need for a private bath, or height restriction over 6'2''), please submit a request for more information.

Living Preference Questionnaire

In order to assist in roommate matching, the Office of Residential Living asks each new student to complete a Living Preference Questionnaire (LPQ). Information from the LPQ can be used in one of two ways:

  1. Freshmen can search for roommates in the CHARMS process.
  2. Freshmen who do not participate in CHARMS will be matched with other students who completed the LPQ.

Freshmen may begin the housing application of June 12, 2017. At this time students will complete the Living Preference Questionnaire and may begin searching for a roommate in CHARMS. This process will close on June 30, 2017.

Transfer students can begin the housing process on June 26, 2017. At this time students can complete the Living Preference Questionnaire. CHARMS is not available for transfer students. This process will close on July 7, 2017.

NOTICE TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ATHLETES: you are still required to start a housing application and complete the Living Preference Questionnaire. However, your athletic coach determines your roommate match. Any questions about these pairings must be directed to your coach. Your room and roommate information will be sent to you in early August.

CHARMS: Roommate Matching System

Freshmen will be given the opportunity to participate in selecting their own roommate through CHARMS. Please see the New Student section on the housing web site for more information about this system. Your answers to the Living Preference Questionnaire assist you in finding the right roommate. Please answer the questions on the Questionnaire truthfully and thoughtfully.

Use of this roommate matching system is strongly encouraged. A poll of students, who used CHARMS to select a roommate, reflected that most students were satisfied with their roommate selection. However, if you are unable to select a roommate or elect not to select a roommate using CHARMS, the Office of Residential Living will use the completed LPQ to match roommates.

Freshmen Residence Halls

All freshmen are housed in designated first-year residence halls. These halls are Darnall, Harbin, New South and Village C West, and a few floors of Village C East. No single rooms or apartments are available to first-year students.

Transfer Housing Options

Transfer students are housed with upper-class students in various locations throughout campus. There may be residence hall spaces available in Arrupe, Copley, Village C East, LXR, Kennedy, McCarthy and Reynolds Halls. In addition, some apartment and townhouse spaces may be available for transfer students. In addition to using the information on the LPQ, the Office of Residential Living will also consider age and class year when matching transfer students together.

Transfer students may also apply for the Transfer Living Learning Community, located in McCarthy Hall.

Living Learning Communities & Other Special Living Options

Students interested in living in a Living Learning Community must apply to be a member of that community. Please review the list of available communities, including a Transfer Living Learning Community on the Student Living website.

Single Gender Living Options

All campus residences are coed, however, individual rooms and apartments are single gender. A limited number of all male and all female floors are available for freshmen. A limited number of all female floors are available to transfer students. Please indicate your interest for one of the single gender floors on the Living Preference Questionnaire.

Housing to Meet Medical Needs

Students who seek medical housing accommodations must apply through the Academic Resource Center by emailing medicalhousing@georgetown.edu.

To receive special housing consideration, the Academic Resource Center will provide requestors with a medical request application to be completed. It will be necessary to submit documentation from your health care provider regarding your condition and housing needs. Documentation will be reviewed by the Georgetown University's Academic Resource Center. Once the information is reviewed and a need determined, the Office of Residential Living and Academic Resource Center will work together to identify an assignment that meets the student's needs.

The Office of Residential Living must know of your needs before housing assignments are finalized so that we can provide you with appropriate accommodations. Medical Housing Requests are due to the Academic Resource Center by:

  • First-year Students: Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Transfer Students: Friday, July 7, 2017

Residence Hall Openings and Closing Calendar

Freshmen and transfer students are scheduled to move in to the residence halls on Friday, August 25th, 2017. Details about the move-in process will be emailed to your Georgetown account with your housing assignment information in early August. Since our residence halls are also occupied over the summer, we cannot offer housing on campus before the scheduled move-in date. We will be happy to suggest other accommodations in the area if you must arrive early.

  • All students must vacate campus residences by 10 am Thursday, December 21, 2017.
  • Students are not permitted to remain in campus housing over winter break.
  • Campus residences open at 10 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
  • Campus residences close at 12 pm Sunday, May 13, 2018 for non-graduating seniors.
  • Campus residences remain open during three-day weekends, Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter Breaks.

 

Residential Living Team

 

Our live-in professional staff includes Assistant Directors and Community Directors. This team of experienced, masters-level professionals manage the residence halls and apartment complexes. They maintain a high quality of life in on-campus housing by building community, assisting residents with problems, handling emergencies, encouraging responsible behavior and supervising the Resident Assistants. A professional staff member is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency situations on campus.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper classmen student staff that live in the residence halls, apartments and townhouses. They initiate community-building activities, help you adjust to college life, address personal issues, and maintain a respectful environment within the community. A few examples of the hundreds of programs sponsored by the Resident Assistants include going to D.C. based political television shows, tours of the White House, an Art Expo, salsa night, dinner with the Jesuits, and many other social and community service based events.

At Georgetown, developing a sense of responsible citizenship means balancing your personal needs with the needs of roommates and neighbors and showing respect and concern for the people around you. At the beginning of each year, roommates discuss and create a Roommate Agreement about issues such as studying and sleeping times, guests, privacy, and cleanliness. By talking about issues before they become problems, many roommate conflicts can be avoided.

Faculty- and Chaplains-in Residence

Foundational to the Georgetown University educational experience is care of the whole person, as well as, the belief that academic learning and personal development are significantly enriched through relationships and experiences which occur outside of the classroom. To further this goal, the Office of Residential Living values collaborating with both Faculty and Chaplains living in the residential communities.

The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program provides opportunities for interaction outside of the classroom setting. Our FIRs are dedicated to outreach through formal and informal programming in the residence halls and the D.C. area. Faculty-in- Residence participate by organizing post-lecture discussions following notable speakers, hosting dinner and movie events, coordinating a group trip to the ballet, working with the local embassies on in-hall programming opportunities, and attending a variety of late night programs.

The Chaplains-in-Residence (CIR), as part of the Office of Campus Ministry, are critical partners with Residential Living in the care and development of residential students. Continuing and building upon the tradition of "Jesuits on the Hall," our 21 Chaplains- in-Residence now include Catholic priests and laity as well as Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant chaplains. Chaplains can be found in all residential communities on campus. Additionally, Chaplains-in-Residence serve a supportive role for the residential staff in their daily work as well as in times of crisis, and are key partners in both the Safety Net and Emergency Response plans on campus through the Chaplain-on-Call system.

We are very excited by the partnership that has been fostered through the creation of Living Learning Communities. Please see the Living Learning Communities section of this guide for more information.

Getting Involved in Your Residence Hall

There are many opportunities to lead and participate in your residence hall while living on campus. The Residential Judicial Council (RJC) and InterHall, are a few examples of great ways to become active right away.

Encouraging social responsibility, accountability, and trust are among the chief goals of the student-driven Residential Judicial Council (RJC). RJC hopes to create an environment where students see themselves as part of a residential community and are held accountable for actions that breech the trust of the community through a process that includes both students and University administrators. RJC aims to empower peers to uphold policies, create a heightened awareness of community standards, and use student awareness of campus issues to decide appropriate responsibility.

InterHall provides a forum for student residence hall leaders to promote student investment and belonging in the residential community as a community of scholars; to develop and foster an active, participatory environment within the residence hall; to facilitate communication among residents and with the University administration; and to provide opportunities for leadership development.

Movable Feast & platED are programs offered through the Office of Residential Living in effort to bridge the gap between in and out the classroom interactions between students and faculty/staff. Students have the opportunity to apply to host a faculty or staff member in their residence hall to discuss current events, educational issues or a specific research topic. We provide a meal for everyone participating in the conversation.

Meal Plans

First year and Second year resident students, including transfer students, assigned to traditional residence hall rooms , meaning rooms without a kitchen located in the unit, are required to have a dining plan for the duration of this agreement. The dining plan options vary based on class year.  Students who leave on campus housing for any reason and wish to cancel their meal plan, must contact the GOCard office separately.  Notifying The Office of Residential Living, an academic dean or Admissions does not constitute notifying GOCard.

Mail and Packages

Campus Mail Services Division

Harris Building, Room B-116
Tel: (202) 687-5244

Email us

LETTER MAIL

A shared mailbox is provided in each resident hall for residents of each room or apartment. Your box number will be included with your room assignment in July.

USPS Letter Mail:

Student's Name (as it appears in the Directory)
Georgetown University
Residence Hall and Room Number (e.g., Harbin 103)
Box Number 57_ _ _ _
Washington, D.C. 20057-_ _ _ _

PACKAGE DELIVERY

USPS Package Mail:

Student's Name (as it appears in the Directory)
Georgetown University
Residence Hall and Room Number (e.g., Harbin 103)
Box Number 57_ _ _ _
Washington, D.C. 20057-_ _ _ _

Other Packages

Student's Name (as it appears in the Directory)
Residence Hall Office (e.g. Village C RHO)
Residence Hall and Room Number (e.g. Harbin 103)
Georgetown University
3700 O Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20057

The University does not have storage for student belongings. If you need to send any personal belongings to campus, it is advisable to have them arrive after arrival to campus. Packages sent through UPS, DHL, FedEx are received directly by the RHO Office.  Packages shipped through USPS go through the Campus Mail Services Division to the RHO Office.

Please note that the RHOs have limited resources to distribute packages during the day(s) of move-in. You should not ship necessary personal items like bed clothes or toiletries, as there is no guarantee you'll be able to retrieve them the same day you arrive, and should pack them with you instead.