Housing & Residence Life
The Residence Life program at West Georgia provides a living/learning community environment that complements the educational process of the University.
Professional and student staff manage the buildings and support the academic programs of the University by offering programs and services that promote academic success and individual development. Each residence hall is supervised by a full-time residence life coordinator or part-time resident director who assumes major responsibility in the areas of administration, programming, staff training, and student development. Resident Assistants are undergraduate students who are trained to create a community environment for residents on each floor.
West Georgia requires all freshman students to reside on campus and purchase a meal plan. This policy applies to all students who have not achieved two (2) semesters of residence or thirty (30) credit hours of academic work. This policy does not apply to freshmen who take fully online courses exclusively.
Students may request a waiver of the residency requirement in order to commute from their parents' home within a 30 mile radius of campus. Detailed procedures that must be followed for consideration of a waiver are available from the Residence Life Office.
Instructions for completing a residence hall contract are sent to new students when they are accepted by the Admissions Office.
- Fall and spring semesters: All contracts for the fall or spring semester must be returned to the Residence Life Office with a $250 deposit in the form of a check or money order before any contract will be processed or room assignment made.
- Summer semester: A separate contract is required for the summer semester. The Residence Life Office will not assume that a summer semester resident will automatically continue for the fall semester.
- Any student admitted for the fall semester who later decides to attend the summer session must submit two contracts. The first contract should be returned to the Residence Life Office as soon as possible in order to be assured of fall semester housing. The student should then write the Residence Life Office directly to request a second contract to be used for summer semester housing.
A $250 deposit serves as a room reservation, room damage, and room clearance deposit. Deposit refunds will be made according to the terms and conditions of the housing contract.
The residence life contract for all halls except the Arbor View apartments is a legally binding contract for the entire academic year of fall and spring semesters. The contract financially obligates a resident to the end of the contract period which for most students is the end of spring semester. A contract buy-out option is available to eligible students who wish to cancel their contracts during the academic year.
The Arbor View Apartment contract is a legally binding contract for 11 1/2 months beginning on the day the halls open for Fall semester and extending through July of the following calendar year. The contract financially obligates a resident to the end of the contract period. A contract buy-out option in not available in Arbor View. It is important that all students keep a copy of the terms and conditions of their contract and become familiar with them.
Students are reminded that the University accepts no responsibility for items which are lost or damaged in the residence halls, regardless of reason. Each student is encouraged to carry personal property insurance or check to be certain that personal property is covered under the parents' insurance policy.
Residence halls (except Tyus, University Suites, and Arbor View Apartments) and the dining hall are closed between semesters and during Thanksgiving and Spring breaks.
A sign-up period for returning sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students for the following year is held during the spring semester. Notifications of new assignments are made prior to the beginning of each semester. (For rate schedules, refer to the Expenses portion of this catalog.)
Residence hall rooms are reserved on the basis of the date of receipt of the residence hall contract and deposit and space availability. The Residence Life Office will recognize preferences for a specific residence hall; however, preferred assignments cannot be guaranteed. Consideration of a roommate request will be given if the request is mutual and all requested information is complete. Room assignments will not be made until the student fulfills admission requirements; therefore, it is in the student's best interest to complete all admission requirements as soon as possible.