Frequently Asked Questions
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I’d like to live on campus at Liberty. What are the eligibility standards?
For a full description of eligibility details, see our Housing Eligibility webpage, but here are the basics. In order to live on-campus, students must:
- Be unmarried and between 17-24 years old
- Students ages 25-30 may be eligible to live in our Independent & Graduate Housing program
- Be enrolled in a residential degree program
- Be enrolled in at least 1 residential credit hour (part- or full-time)
I’m going to be a new student. How do I select my housing?
Welcome to the Liberty community! Incoming students for the Fall semester can complete Housing Selection beginning in January. Incoming students for the Spring semester will be manually assigned a room by our office before arriving to campus.
Before selecting your housing, you must complete Financial Check-In. Then, you’ll proceed to the Res Life Portal to begin Housing Selection. If you need assistance, find more details on our Housing Selection webpage, view our tutorials (PDF | video), or contact us!
As for roommate selection, our system in the Res Life Portal allows students to search for a particular student or even to search for suggested roommates based on a percentage of matching profile questions. View our tutorial (PDF) or Roommate Selection FAQ to learn more about this process.
If you’ve chosen to let our office pick your room for you, your roommate matching responses will be taken into consideration by our system as you are paired with a roommate.
To access your housing assignment or view your roommate’s details and contact information, view your housing details in the Res Life Portal.
I’m considering my housing options. What are the residence halls like?
Liberty University houses nearly 8,000 residential students throughout six areas of campus. Find out more about each on our Housing Selection webpage, or visit them individually:
- Residential Commons (001-003): Housing with two-person rooms, private baths, and co-ed common areas
- The Hill (017-023): Traditional residence hall community with two- and three-person rooms
- The Circle (025-028): Traditional residence hall community with three-person rooms
- The Quads (029-032): Two-person rooms in apartment-style suites
- South Tower (033): Traditional residence hall for female students with two-person rooms
- East Campus (140-194): Premier apartment-style housing location with two- and three-person rooms
Each residence hall is single-gender and houses students from a variety of class statuses (with the exception of our Independent & Graduate Housing program, which is limited to seniors and graduate students).
This is my first semester at LU. What are the move-in/out procedures?
There are several measures in place to ensure that checking in or out of the residence halls is a smooth process. All of the relevant information for each semester will be provided on our Move-In/Move-Out webpage.
You may also reference the University’s academic calendar for official dates that the residence halls will open and close.
I want to move off campus. What are my next steps?
Liberty University requires unmarried students under the age of 21 to live on campus. If you’re older than 21 or wish to request an exception, you may submit an application in the Res Life Portal.
Before applying, be sure to review policies for living off-campus on our Housing Eligibility webpage. You can read more about the application process and dates on our Housing Selection page, view our tutorial (PDF | video) for a step-by-step guide to the application, or contact us if you need assistance!
Empty beds may be filled by another student at any point during the academic year due to ongoing processes like Housing Selection or Room Changes.
However, assuming there are enough open beds on campus, we offer an option called Bed Buyout, allowing you to “purchase” use of the empty bed and secure a room as your own.
From the time that Housing Selection opens in the Spring until the end of July, you can view or change your room assignment in the Housing Selection section of the Res Life Portal.
During the academic year, we offer Room Changes, allowing you to request to move to a new room, availability permitting. Find all the details on our Housing Requests webpage, or submit your Room Change request (which opens and closes a few times a semester) in the Res Life Portal.
We also offer Room Swaps, allowing two students to request to swap rooms with each other, whether over the summer or during the academic year. Learn more on our Housing Requests webpage.
Yes! We provide all of the necessary hardware for you to loft or bunk your bed. Bunking pins are available at our front desk year-round, free of charge. Loft Kits are available for a small fee, and must be requested in advance. Find all the details on our Housing Requests webpage, or submit your Loft Kit request (typically open July-April) in the Res Life Portal.
As for installation, you may have your bed professionally adjusted, or install your bunk or loft yourself. Visit our Housing Requests webpage to submit a Work Order for assistance or to view video tutorials to learn how make the adjustments yourself.
All students living on campus, as well as commuting freshmen, sophomores, and students under 21 years old, are required to attend Convocation and check-in with their Resident Assistant. On-campus students will sit with their hall, and commuters will be assigned a particular hall to sit with. View our Convocation seating chart to see where your hall will be sitting.
All students are given a ‘Skip’ to use at their discretion to miss Convocation once a semester. Please notify your RA in advance if you will be using your Skip. If you need to request an exemption to miss Convocation more than once, please note the following:
- On-Campus Students: For work-, class-, or travel-related absences known ahead of time, please submit a Permission Form on the Community Life webpage to request an exemption at least 48 hours in advance. For emergency situations, please direct your exemption request to email@example.com.
- Commuters: All questions or requests for exemption may be directed to the Office of Commuter Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you miss Convocation and wish to appeal the violation assigned, simply click on the link provided in the violation email from the Office of Community Life and submit your appeal within 48 hours. If you missed Convocation for a doctor’s appointment, please be sure to email your doctor’s note to your Resident Director after submitting your appeal.
I’m interested in a leadership role on the hall. What opportunities are available?
At LU, there are several leadership opportunities on the residence halls. The Office of Residence Life offers two programs:
- Resident Assistants receive practical leadership training, hands-on experience, and a scholarship as they function as leaders on campus, engaging with students on the residence halls. Each hall on campus is equipped with one or two RAs, who are chosen through an extensive selection process each year. Learn more about becoming an RA!
- Our Converge Leadership Program develops students through workshops, competency-based small groups, and peer mentorship. Learn more about getting involved with Converge!
The LU Shepherd office also equips student leaders on-campus and in the residence halls. Learn more about the Resident Shepherd and Community Group Leader positions.
Liberty students living on campus are no longer assigned a physical mailbox, but can pick up all letters and packages at the 245 ONE-FIVE Express–located on the ground level of Commons 3–after receiving an email confirming that an item is ready to be picked up.
All students are assigned a Flames Box number (formerly MSC#) that should be used to address any incoming mail being sent to campus, in order to identify the correct student. You can find your Flames Box number on the ‘View Room Details’ page in the Res Life Portal. Note that you may not be able to view your mailing information until after checking into your residence hall at the beginning of the academic year or semester.
You can find all of these details and more on our What to Bring to Liberty page, which includes information about items supplied by the university, window dimensions, and a list of approved and non-approved items to keep in the residence halls on-campus.
Come to the Office of Residence Life, located on the terrace level of Residential Commons 2, and we will issue you a new key! A $25 fee will be charged to your account to cover the cost of the lost key.
I have a disability and/or service animal. How do I request an accommodation?
The Office of Residence Life partners with the Office of Disability Accommodation Support to provide housing accommodations for students with a verifiable need. Please view the following documents to read more about requesting housing accommodations:
I’m leaving LU. What do I need to do to check out of housing?
If you decide to leave in the middle of the academic year and do not plan to return, first contact the Student Advocate Office to notify the University of your plans. Then, speak with your RA to schedule a checkout appointment and remove all of your items from your room. After your checkout appointment, your RA will record the exact date that you vacated the room and removed all of your items.
If you plan to check out of housing at the end of the semester or academic year under normal circumstances, your RAs will provide you with all relevant information for checkout, including a sign-up sheet to schedule a checkout appointment and detailed instructions on how to clean your room. For more end-of-semester details, visit our Move-In/Move-Out webpage.
I have some housing fines on my account. What are they?
There are a wide variety of housing fines that could appear on your account. Common charges include your housing tier, damage or cleanliness fines, early arrival or summer housing charges, and more. For a full list of billable housing charges, review the On-Campus Living Guide.
If you have any questions or concerns about fees on your account, be sure to review the detailed statement of your account in ASIST, and then contact our office for assistance.