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On-campus housing

Students are required to live on campus for the duration of their studies at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Students are provided with move in and move out dates for each fall and spring term, along with any dorm closures for campus holidays. Permission to remain on campus may be granted on a case-by-case request for Thanksgiving and Spring break. Students will not be granted permission to remain in the dorms for winter and summer breaks.

All RBC residence halls offer apartment-style living with state-of-the-art amenities including:

  • Bedroom with a bed, dresser and closet
  • Large living room with a couch, table and chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove and oven
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Washer and dryer
  • On-site parking
  • Equipped for cable television, internet and telephone Room options

Options available for shared or single bedrooms in apartment style dorms (room requests will be granted based on availability)

How to apply for on-campus housing

On-campus housing is required for RBC GSSP students. Submit the Online Housing Application to secure your spot. The required housing deposit will be included on your first invoice and may be reimbursed after graduation. If there are any issues filling out the application, contact

Students will fill out the housing application as part of their orientation on campus. You will also need to pay a $150 security deposit which will be charged on your first invoice. The deposit may be refunded at RBC discretion after graduation.

*Cancellation of the Housing & Residence Life contract will result in forfeit of the deposit.

Suggested items to buy after you arrive

  • Adapter for United States
  • Surge protector
  • Emergency kit (batteries, flashlight, & first aid)
  • Clothes for warm and cold weather to include winter coat, hat, scarf, gloves, boots
  • Comforter, Twin XL sheet set, Pillow, & Mattress Cover
  • Kitchenware: pot, pan, plates, cups, cooking and eating utensils
  • Cleaning supplies to include laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, trash bags, broom, and dustpan
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Shower Shoes
  • Towels
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Bathrobe
  • Professional Business Attire and Semi-Formal Attire for school events
  • Charging cords for cell phone and/or tablet
  • Desk lamp light bulbs

Roommate Success Tips


There is probably no other person in the world you will get to know as well as your roommate. Even if you bond instantly, there may be moments when your roommate’s little quirks get on your nerves. Letting things fester can turn an annoyance into misery. Communication – both talking and listening – will be the key to a great relationship. 


Less is more. By the time you’ve managed to fit in two beds, a computer, and TV, how much room is left for clothes and a few books? There is no way you are going to duplicate all the comforts of home. Remember that anything you buy must be moved out at the end of each school year. RBC will not provide storage over the summer months. Sharing expenses with domestic students for some joint items is beneficial such as tv, kitchen ware, and cleaning supplies with the request that the domestic students own the items after the school year ends.


RBC requires you to keep your living spaces clean. You will have routine room checks and can be fined if you are not following the housing rules for hygiene.


It’s inevitable, one of you will have an 8:00 a.m. class and the other will want to study until 2:00 a.m. Work out routines for late night studying (is there a lounge?), late night returns (tiptoe and use a flashlight), and early morning classes (tiptoe out and dress in the bathroom). Everyone needs a good night’s sleep.


All residence halls have quiet hours. Be respectful of others and abide by the residence life rules.


When the course of rooming does not run smoothly, seek guidance from your Residence Assistant first, Residence Life Coordinator second, and finally the Director of Residential Life. But remember, not liking your roommate does not grant you a room change – this is college, and you will meet people from many different backgrounds.


Campus dining

All residential students are required to purchase the 100 meals, 14-week meal plan, or 19-week meal plan. You will be automatically registered and charged for the 14-week meal plan for your first term. You may notify GSSP advisors if you want to make changes for your meal plan for future terms prior to the beginning of each term. On-campus housing also features a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove and oven in each apartment so learn how to master your cooking skills.