First-Year Housing

All First-Year students at Washington and Lee University are required to live in on-campus housing.

The First-Year residence hall floors are divided into sections of 12 to 20 students, each supervised by a Resident Adviser who is a trained, upper-division student capable of giving sympathetic and informed guidance to new students. In keeping with the traditions of student life at the University, the regulation of residence hall life is based on the principle of student self-government. Except for regulations pertaining to health, safety, alcohol, and drugs, regulations governing residential life—quiet hours and visitation policy, for example—are set by the residents of each section in statements of social responsibility.

Rooms with facilities for qualified students with documented disabilities are available in both singles and doubles, with no additional charge when a single room is approved as a disability accommodation.  Pets are not allowed in University housing, but service animals are allowed on campus and in housing.  Emotional assistance animals are allowed in housing if approved in advance as an accommodation for a documented disability in accordance with the Fair Housing Act, Virginia Fair Housing Law, and University Policy.

Current W&L students have created a video to help explain FY housing.

First-Year Residence Halls

First-Year students live in two residence halls, both with their own history. Students are not asked for their residence hall preference.

What to Bring

A list of some essentials First-Years will want to have in their dorm rooms to make their year easier.