Residence Life and Housing2019-08-23T14:47:19+00:00

Residence Life and Housing

Ferrum College strives to provide a variety of housing styles in an effort to meet our students’ needs and interests. Learn more about our halls below.

Move-In Information

As always, to promote personal welfare, we encourage every student to:

  • Input the College Police phone number into your cell phone (540-365-4444)
  • Report any suspicious activity
  • Call 911 in the event of an emergency
  • Remain vigilant for your own personal security and watch out for each other’s safety
  • Keep your doors locked to prevent theft (auto and residence hall)

My roommate and I aren’t getting along.

  1. Talk to your roommate. Most likely they are not aware that their actions are causing you concern. You can also start with a roommate agreement that has been created for you to agree on expectations for your room.
  2. Ask for assistance from the Resident Advisor on your floor. Very often, the Residence Life staff can help resolve your problem, usually by facilitating a meeting between you and your roommate.
  3. If resolution is not possible, Residence Life staff can assist you with the procedures and paperwork. Everyone must receive approval from a Area Coordinator before changing rooms.

Something is wrong/broken in my room or on my hall.

You can contact maintenance by emailing pplant@ferrum.edu or contact your RA or AC and they will request a work order on your behalf. If there is an emergency or urgent need (i.e. flooding, electricity out, etc..) please contact your RA, AC, or Campus Police.

What are breaks like? Can I stay on campus?

The residence halls close for all campus breaks. We do allow students to stay on campus for Fall Break, and Easter Break if they request permission from the Office of Student Life. Students should make arrangements to leave campus for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Dining hours and staffing are limited over breaks.

I want to commute from home or live off campus.

Review our Residency Requirement (link) and contact the Office of Student Life for Residency Waiver.

What if I have an accommodation/special need for housing?

For injuries or temporary need for an accommodation or special housing, please contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@ferrum.edu or 540.365.4461.

Students who have a medical or psychological disability that requires a particular type of housing can request a special housing accommodations space. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is “a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities.”

Any requests for special accommodations for the upcoming academic year must be submitted to the Office of Student Life. If you currently have a special accommodations space and wish to have one next year, you MUST reapply. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Office of Student Life at 540.365.4461.

Ferrum College is a residential institution of higher education and has developed programs to address the needs of traditional residential students. The residential program is designed to promote students’ academic, social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing. Therefore, traditionally-aged students are generally required to live in residence halls or apartments during their period of attendance at Ferrum College.

Traditionally-aged students may request permission to live off campus by filing a Residential Requirement Waiver Application with the Office of Student Life. Students will be billed for room and board as residential students if an approved application is not on file in the Office of Student Life. The Director of Residence Life & Housing, assisted by the Accommodative Housing Committee, will review all applications to waive the residency requirement. Generally students complete the application, submit a letter addressing why Ferrum College cannot meet their housing needs, and submit additional materials as needed (i.e., parent support letter, letter from medical professionals, financial statements, medical accommodation form, etc.). Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

There are automatic exemptions to the residency requirement. Students who meet the following criteria to receive off-campus approval will be coded as “commuter students” and will need to submit an address to the Office of Student Life during commuter check-in:

  • Living with parents or legal guardians (as verified by the parent or legal guardian) at the parent or legal guardian’s permanent home address within a fifty (50) mile radius from Ferrum College,
  • Married,
  • Twenty-four years of age or older, or
  • Enrolled in 11 or less credit hours.

Waiver applications must be received in the Office of Student Life at least 30 days prior to the first day of classes in the semester you are applying to live off campus.

A limited number of housing is available for students with dependents, and married students in our Special and Family Housing apartments. Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

No two students are alike, and at Ferrum College we recognize this.  We work to ensure that all students have an opportunity to prosper. Students who inform Ferrum College Office of Student Life in a timely manner that they identify beyond the binary or as transgender will be housed in keeping with their gender identity; and every attempt will be made to give those students safe and comfortable housing.

Students who have a medical or psychological disability that requires a particular type of housing can request a special housing accommodations space. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is “a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities.”

Any requests for special accommodations for the upcoming academic year must be submitted to the Office of Student Life. If you currently have a special accommodations space and wish to have one next year, you MUST reapply. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Office of Student Life at 540.365.4461.

Residence Life Special Accommodations Process:

  • Request and complete the Request for Medical Accommodation Form or the  Request for an Assistance Animal Form from the Office of Student Life. Submit your application by the stated deadlines.
  • Submit documentation as outlined on the application by the stated deadlines.
  • The Housing Accommodations Committee will meet to discuss all applications.
  • Notification will be made via email about the outcome of the application. If approved, the student will work with the appropriate College administrator as indicated in the approval letter. If the application is denied, it can be appealed in writing to the Dean of Students.
  • Please be advised that approval of an application does not necessarily guarantee the type of housing requested and is only applicable for the academic year in which it was submitted. Students must resubmit a new application and updated medical documentation each year that a request is made.

    The Section 504 officer for the College is Chris Chandler, Director of Human Resources. He can be reached at cchandler@ferrum.edu. In this role, he oversees compliance with federal law. He is available to all students as a resource and advocate during the accommodation application process.

    Please note for the 2018-2019 academic year:

    • The application and all accompanying documentation are due at noon on February 1, 2019, for returning students or June 1, 2019, for new students.
    • Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if there is new or updated information from a medical professional.

For students with newly diagnosed disabilities or acute situations, the request should be submitted as soon as it is determined that a request for an accommodation is needed.

chapman hall
  • Single and double rooms available
  • Co-ed building: 2 floors are male, 2 floors are co-ed by section
  • Community bathrooms
  • Approximately 100 students
  • Lobby is air conditioned
  • Study lounges are available
  • One RA per floor

Each apartment contains: 2 beds (1 in single rooms), 2 desks (1 in single rooms), 2 desk chairs (1 in single rooms), 2 two-drawer night stands (1 in single rooms), 2 built-in closets
Room dimensions: 15 feet by 11 feet, 9 inches.
Window dimensions: 74 inches wide by 49 inches tall. All windows include blinds.

Dyer Hall
  • Single gender double rooms
  • Each room has a private bathroom with large shower
  • A kitchen area is provided on the 2nd floor
  • Lobby areas on each floor feature televisions
  • Laundry facilities available on 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Study lounges are available

Each room contains: 2 adjustable height beds, 2 desks with two drawers, 2 desk chairs, 2 dressers with three drawers, 2 bookshelves, 2 closets with doors on them, Private bathroom for each room, Air-conditioning unit in each room
Room dimensions: 12 feet, 7 inches by 12 feet, 7 inches.

Clark Hall
  • Single gender double rooms
  • Each room has a private bathroom with large shower
  • A kitchen area is provided on the 2nd floor
  • Lobby areas on each floor feature televisions
  • Laundry facilities available on 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Study lounges are available

Each room contains: 2 adjustable height beds, 2 desks with two drawers, 2 desk chairs, 2 dressers with three drawers, 2 bookshelves, 2 closets with doors on them, Private bathroom for each room, Air-conditioning unit in each room
Room dimensions: 12 feet, 7 inches by 12 feet, 7 inches.

Riddick Hall
  • Co-ed by floor
  • Community bathrooms
  • Approximately 137 students in building
  • Two students per room
  • Four RA’s in the building
  • Study lounges are available
  • Air-conditioned rooms

Each room contains: 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 desk chairs, 1 dresser with six drawers
Room dimensions: 13 feet, 8 inches by 10 feet, 9.5 inches.
Window dimensions: 74 inches wide by 34 inches tall. All windows include blinds.

Susannah Wesley Hall
  • Co-ed residence hall
  • Four floors, approximately 70 students
  • Community bathrooms
  • Single and double rooms available
  • Study lounges are available
  • Lobbies are air-conditioned
  • Three RA’s in the building

Each room contains: 2 bunkable beds (1 in single rooms), 2 desks (1 in single rooms), 2 desk chairs (1 in single rooms), 2 dressers with three drawers (1 in single rooms), 2 built-in closets, 2 built-in bookshelves
Room dimensions: 15 feet by 11 feet, 10 inches.
Window dimensions: 74 inches wide by 49 inches tall. All windows include blinds.

bassett hall
  • Single gender suites
  • Four persons per suite, two per room
  • Suites consist of two rooms contected by a common bathroom
  • Each suite bathroom contains a shower
  • Four floors, approximately 420 students
  • Study lounges are available
  • Spacious and colorful student lounge with big-screen TV
  • Two RA’s per floor
  • Air conditioned

Each apartment contains: 2 beds , 2 desks, 2 desk chairs, 1 dresser with six drawers, 1 – 2 bookshelves
Room dimensions: 18 feet, 17.5 inches by 11 feet, 10 inches.
Window dimensions: 45 inches wide by 63 inches tall. All windows include blinds.

  • Single gender four-person apartments
  • 12 apartments per building
  • Carpeted
  • Air conditioned
  • Centrally located on campus
  • Study lounges are available
  • Stoves are available on each floor
  • Two RA’s per building
  • Upperclassmen preferred
  • An application is required

Each apartment contains:

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Common area with kitchenette, Furnishings

hillcrest apartments
  • Single gender 1, 2, and 3 person apartments
  • Approximately 24 apartments
  • Two community advisors
  • Upperclassmen only
  • An application is required

Each apartment contains: Full furnishings, Kitchen, Carpeting
Room dimensions: vary by apartment.
Window dimensions: vary by apartment.

Roberts Hall
  • Co-ed by floor (2 female, 1 male)
  • Single and double rooms available
  • Community bathrooms
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally located on campus near academic buildings, dining room, bookstore, etc.
  • Study lounges are available
  • Handicap accessible
  • One RA per floor
  • Service Learning Center located on ground floor

Each room contains: 2 beds (1 in single rooms), 2 desks (1 in single rooms), 2 desk chairs (1 in single rooms), 1 dresser with six drawers, Carpeting
Room dimensions: vary by floor.
Window dimensions: vary by floor.

Village East
  • Single gender 1 and 2 person apartments
  • Junior and Senior class students only
  • Approximately 7 apartments available
  • One RA in the building
  • Limited special housing is available for married students
  • Limited special housing is available for students with dependants
  • An application is required

Each apartment contains: Full furnishings, Full kitchen, Carpeting
Room dimensions: Vary by apartment.
Window dimensions: Vary by apartment.

Village West
  • Single gender 1 and 2 person apartments
  • Junior and senior class students only
  • Approximately 13 students are available
  • One RA in building
  • An application is required

Each apartment contains: Full furnishings, Full kitchens, Carpeting
Room dimensions: Vary by apartment.
Window dimensions: Vary by apartment.

Connection Weekend: Saturday August 24 – Tuesday August 27, 2019 (Click here for more details.)

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Move-in Day

  • Check-in will be held in Franklin Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Early arrivals should also come through Franklin Hall to pick up a student handbook, orientation schedule, and other important information.
    • Remember to pick up your room key.
      • If you arrive from 12 to 2:30 p.m., you can pick up your key in Franklin Hall.
      • If you arrive after 2:30 p.m., you can pick up your key in Bassett Hall. We will have staff available until 12 midnight to welcome you, provide you with keys, and answer any questions.
    • Once you’ve checked in and picked up your room key, you are ready to go to your residence hall to move in and get settled.
      • Volunteers will be on hand to help you move in. To speed up the process, please label your boxes and bags with tape indicating your hall and room number.
      • As you unload, please plan to have a driver stay with the vehicle.
      • Once you have unloaded, you will be directed to a parking lot near your building to make room for others who also need to unload.
  • Orientation / Parent Session
    • Parent & Family session at 4:00 p.m. in the Sale Theatre.
    • Student Welcome in Swartz Gym at 4:30 pm.
    • Opening picnic at 5:00 p.m. on the quad!
    • Residence Hall Meeting at 9:30 p.m. to meet your RA and hallmates!

Monday, August 26, 2019 – New Student Convocation

  • Meet with your Gateway 101 class at 1pm
  • Meet your academic advisor at 2pm.
  • Class Photo at 3pm on the steps of Schoolfield Hall.
  • New Student Convocation from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Vaughn Chapel.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 – Opening Convocation/Picnic

  • Fall Festival and Picnic Lunch on the quad beginning at 11:15 a.m.,
  • Opening Convocation at 4:00 p.m. in the Swartz Gym for the kick off to the new academic year!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Classes begin

Monday, August 26 – Move-in Day

  • Move-in Day for returning students is Monday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
  • Basset, Village East & West, Hillcrest, Arthur, Moore, Roberts, & 602
  • Chapman, Susannah Wesley, Clark, Dyer, & Riddick
    • Pick up your key in Chapman Lobby
    • Your Area Coordinator is Dyamond Howell, djhowell@ferrum.edu

Be on the lookout for the time of your hall meeting!

If you arrive on Tuesday, August 27, please come to Bassett Hall to get your key.

Tuesday, August 27 – Check-in and Advising Day

  • Fall Festival and Picnic Lunch on the quad beginning at 11:15 a.m.,
  • Your advisors will be in their offices from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m. should you need assistance with your schedule!
  • Opening Convocation at 4:00 p.m. in the Swartz Gym for the kick off to the new academic year!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Classes begin

Important Technology News and Updates:

  • Watch Your Favorite Programs with Online Streaming! In keeping with the current trends of digital media, we now deliver digital content for campus housing through our online streaming service. You can find a list of television streaming options here. For your convenience, cable television will be available in locations such as common rooms in residence halls and in Franklin Hall.
  • Our Computer HelpDesk has a New Home! The Computer HelpDesk is now located at the newly renovated service desk located in the Bassett Hall lobby. We look forward to helping you with your technology needs!

What to bring

For Your Room:

  • Bath & hand towels
  • Twin sheets (regular length)
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • Blankets/Comforter
  • Mattress pad/cover
  • Small area rug
  • Kitchen Supplies (cup, mug, glass, plate, silverware)
  • Small personal fan
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Trash can
  • Trash bags
  • Decorations
  • Curtains

Laundry / Cleaning

  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener / dryer sheets
  • Laundry basket / bag
  • Coat hangers
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Broom/Small Vacuum

Personal/Medical items

  • Personal Appliances (hairdryer, electric shaver, etc)
  • Toiletries & Caddy or Basket
  • Shower shoes
  • Prescription medication
  • First aid supplies (band aids, cough drops, Ibuprofen, etc.)
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitizer

For Your Studies

  • Calendar/Scheduler
  • Backpack
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer/laptop

Miscellaneous items

  • Sewing kit
  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Television (cable service is included)
  • Headphones
  • Small refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet)
  • Small microwave oven (700 watts or less)
  • Surge protectors
  • Snacks

Do not bring

  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Bow and arrows
  • Hunting Knives
  • Darts
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Space heaters
  • Oven-coiled hot plates
  • Refrigerators over 5 cubic feet
  • Microwave ovens over 700 watts
  • Waterbeds
  • Air conditioners
  • Large appliances
  • George Foreman grills
  • Halogen lamps

Can I bring a pet?

No student will be allowed to possess any type of pet with the exception of non-aggressive fish. The tank may not exceed 10 gallons and it cannot be more than 2 tanks per room. For the specific policy on animals, please refer to the Student Handbook.