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Residence Hall Handbook

Mission Statement 

The Office of Residence Life & University Housing shall provide technical and operational assistance in a continuing effort to upgrade student living conditions. Provide quality service by maintaining, preserving, and improving the condition of the Residence Halls that house the University’s student population. Provide efficient and effective servicesaddress student concerns and maintain a clean and safeenvironment in the Residence Halls.

Departmental Overview and Procedures

Residence Life is an agency of the University that provides residential housing for a mixture of approximately 4,000 students throughout nine Residence Halls. The nine halls comprise of female, male, and co-ed living arrangements. Each Residence Hall is equipped with such amenities as high speed internet access, cable, ResNet computer labs, exercise equipment, vending machines, laundry facilities, and lounge areas.

The Central Office Staff, located in the Office of Residence Life & University Housing, provides assistance to the Residence Hall Manager in all administrative capacities pertaining to student housing. If you have questions concerning official housing matters, after consulting your Residence Hall Manager you may feel free to seek further assistance from central housing staff. The Office of Residence Life’s address is 2205 4th St. NW, Washington, DC 20059 or you may call (202) 806-6131, between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Housing Assignments

Generally, prospective residents are assigned a housing space prior to check-in. These assignments consist of a room type, corresponding room rate, and a period of occupancy (one academic year, semester, or session). Specific rooms are assigned upon check-in. In some cases, original room types may change at the time of check-in.

Each room has a corresponding rate based on a general room type structure. All assignments and fees are subject to change without notice. Please understand that residents are charged for the type of room they occupy, even if it differs from a prior room assignment. Check with the Residence Hall Manager to accurately determine the type of room you are occupying and its corresponding room rate.

The University reserves the right to assign students to rooms based on established housing patterns and on a space availability basis. Students may be assigned to another room within the same hall or transferred to different halls when it is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the University.

Students may be permitted to transfer within a hall, or between halls, if space is available after proper authorization from the Office of Residence Life has been granted.

RSVP

The Room Selection and Verification Plan (RSVP) is a system designed to provide eligible students with an opportunity to request their preferred space in one of the University Residence Halls. All undergraduate students seeking accommodations for the upcoming academic year must participate in RSVP and follow all of the procedures as outlined in the RSVP package, which can be found online at the Office of Residence Life & University Housing website during the Fall semester. A $200.00 housing deposit is required to be eligible to participate. (The housing deposit fee is subject to change).

An off-campus housing fair is held during the spring semester for students who were unsuccessful in obtaining housing assignments through the RSVP procedure.

Transfers / Withdrawals

Residence Hall Manager will receive Inter/Intra-hall forms from the Office of Residence Life & University Housing. Students must complete the Inter/Intra-hall form by the designated deadline. If a housing change is approved the forms will be forwarded to the Office of Residence Life & University Housing. All completed forms will be turned into the Office of Residence Life & University Housing for proper housing fee adjustments. If there are any questions on the amount charged as a result of a room change, contact the Office of Residence Life & University Housing Billing and Adjustment Supervisor in the Central Housing Office.

Hall or Room Transfer (Continuing Students Only)

The proper check-out procedure must be followed when transfers are made. The Residence Hall Manager or his/her designee must be notified of the resident’s preferred check-out time after receiving a written statement of verification from the Office of Residence Life & University Housing. The check-out process consists of either the checking out from a room or a Residence Hall.

Students withdrawing from the Residence Halls must vacate their room within twenty-four (24) hours after withdrawal procedures have been finalized. All personal property and belongings must be removed from the Residence Hall at the time of check-out. The same shall apply in the case of a student who voluntarily withdraws or is suspended from the University. Failure to follow official check-out procedures, constitute a violation of University housing policy.

Students who harbor individuals officially withdrawn from the Residence Hall and/or the University, in their rooms, are in violation of University policy and will be subject to immediate judiciary action and/or dismissal from the Residence Halls.

Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059

Phone 
202-806-6131

Fax
202-806-4431

residencelife@howard.edu