INCOMING FRESHMAN

More than 75 percent of Mason freshmen choose to live on-campus, and many of them remain in on-campus housing through graduation. Make Mason your home, and join our growing community!

Residence Halls

Because the demand for housing has grown, so have the options available to undergraduate students.
Many freshmen will choose to live in traditional residence hall communities; some will live in suite-style options. Others will choose to participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC).

Note: All residence halls are coed.

Traditional-Style Halls
Our traditional halls have floors with 26 to 40 residents in double, triple, or quad rooms.

Residents share common bathrooms, which are cleaned daily by housekeeping staff. Traditional halls include Presidents Park and The Commons.

Suite-Style Halls
Some freshman residents will live in one of our suite-style buildings where two to four double or single occupancy rooms share a bathroom.

These buildings have shared lounges, vending machines, and laundry facilities. Suite-stall halls where freshmen may live include Dominion, Eastern Shore, and Piedmont.

Living Learning Communities
Visit our LLC page to find out more about this option, available to freshmen and upper-classmen. The LLC application is due on May 8, so be sure to apply early.

Amenities and Services

The campus residences are equipped with a variety of amenities and services.
Residences are located near athletics facilities, dining options, and other student-centered campus spaces. Amenities and services include:
• 24-hour service desks
• cable TV
• wireless internet
• housekeeping and maintenance in common areas
• laundry rooms
• social and relaxation lounges and
• study spaces, among others.  

Hall Staff

Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL) staff members serve as liaisons between students, faculty, and administrators, and offer referrals to campus support services.

Resident Advisors (RAs) are student staff members who live in the halls and serve as the main contact for information on all aspects of residence life. RAs coordinate activities and programs for students and assist in the management of their residential area. RAs are valuable resources who are often the first people residents and their families meet!

Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time professional staff members who live on campus and supervise RAs. They create an environment that is conducive to studying, learning, and personal growth by managing the implementation of educational and social programming, interpreting policies and procedures, acting as liaisons to other campus departments, and addressing student behavioral issues and concerns.

Desk Assistants (DAs) are student staff who work at one of our three 24-hour service desks. Desk Assistants can help you when you're locked out of your room, when you want to check out equipment (vacuums, etc.), or when you have general questions about campus.

Housing Application Checklist

Housing is guaranteed for freshmen (new to Mason for Fall 2014) who complete the housing application and submit the non-refundable $300 housing deposit by May 1, 2014. 

  1. Pay your $550 deposit by May 1 ($250 enrollment deposit and $300 housing deposit).
  2. Complete a housing application by May 1. Print a copy of the confirmation screen for your records. Look for your confirmation postcard in the mail at the end of May.
  3. Applying for an LLC? Priority consideration is given to students who complete the separate LLC application by May 1.
  • Earlier applicants (based upon application date, NOT deposit date) are more likely to have their preferences met. You will only be guaranteed a fall semester space if your housing application and housing deposit are submitted on or before May 1, 2014.
  • It is possible that the number of applicants will exceed the supply of available rooms. When this occurs, students who are guaranteed housing are accommodated in a variety of ways, including expanded occupancy rooms and local hotels. In addition, students who reside close to campus may be asked to live at home until a space becomes available in the residence halls. Since we assign students in the order that online applications are received, later applicants are typically the most affected. It is important to apply early!
  • The majority of assignments will be made in June - students assigned at this time will be able to login to our website in late June to view their assignment. Students who apply late may be assigned to a space later in the summer, pending availability. Students assigned after June will be notified on a rolling basis. We will email students and send a reminder postcard home when assignments are available.
General Application Information

You will have the opportunity to indicate several preferences on your housing application, including building preferences, the name(s) of preferred roommates, and your interest in an LLC.

Roommate Requests- Students can request a preferred roommate on the housing application.

While the majority of freshmen will be matched with a roommate during our assignment process, we do allow those students who have a preferred roommate to request each other on the housing application. Requests must be mutual to be honored. We will make every effort to place preferred roommates together, but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be met. Roommate requests take priority over all other living preferences except LLC requests.

Living Learning Communities- OHRL works with university academic departments to develop these residential floors that expand learning beyond the classroom. Students who participate in LLCs live on the same floor and generally attend at least one class together.

Students interested in an LLC should respond accordingly to the question about LLC interest on the housing application. LLCs other than Honors must also complete an LLC application, in addition to the housing application. Honors students do not have to complete the additional LLC application.

Please note that participation in an LLC supersedes your building and possibly roommate preferences – while we will try to meet room size and roommate preferences within your LLC, it is not always possible to do so.

If you are interested in an LLC that is housed in Piedmont or Taylor, you will not be able to list those buildings within your room preferences. Don't worry - if you get into one of those LLCs, your LLC coordinator will know and ensure you are placed appropriately. If you are not accepted to an LLC in Piedmont or Taylor, the room preferences you list here will be used to place you in your space. It is important that you list at least five preferences, even if you plan to be in an LLC.

Room-Type Preferences- You may indicate your interest in a double, triple, quad, or single room. While every effort will be made to honor your preferences, demand for different housing options vary from year to year, so preferences are not guaranteed. It is unusual for freshmen to be assigned to single rooms. Special Accommodations can be made for documented psychological or medical issues. 

Students who have specific housing requirements that are due to documented psychological or medical issues must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and complete the Special Housing Request form. The ODS and OHRL work together to find reasonable accommodations for applicants with genuine needs. For special consideration, please provide the requested information early in the application process because it is difficult to make changes or meet needs once assignments have been made. If you feel you have a medical or psychological need for special accommodations, complete your housing application as soon as possible and submit a request for Special Accommodations.


Rates
Housing rates are based on whether the student is in a single, double, triple, or quad bedroom in a traditional hall, suite, or apartment. Students are encouraged to review the rates before submitting their housing preferences. More information is available on our Rates and Billing page.

How to complete your application
Log In- Go to Online Housing Application.

Username: Your G Number, formatted G12345678

Password: Your birth date, formatted MMDDYYYY

You will be brought to a page that says “Welcome to eLiving” – on the left there should be a section called “Available Applications.” Click the link for “Housing Applications.”

Once you have completed your application, you may return to this page to update your application as frequently as you like before May 1.

Submit your application now!

Move-In Information
  • Freshman move-in is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014.
    • Please plan to arrive on freshman move-in day during your assigned time in order to have maximum access to move-in volunteers and welcome activities.
    • Full move-in information will be available in late July.
  • Not sure what to bring? Check out our packing list pdf
CONTACT US!
Housing & Residence Life
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
MS 3F6
Fairfax, Virginia
22030-4444

703.993.2720 (phone)
703.993.2744 (fax)
housing@gmu.edu