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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.

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
  • Four bedroom apartment for six occupants (two single rooms & two double rooms) or 8 occupants (four double rooms

How to apply for on-campus housing

Please submit your International Student Housing Request form by email:

Students will fill out the housing application as part of their orientation on campus. You will also need to pay a $150 non-refundable security deposit* to reserve the room at the time of their housing application.

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

Suggested items to buy after you arrive

  • Area rug
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Umbrella
  • Broom, dustpan, cleaning supplies
  • Large trash bags
  • Linen (extra-long twin)
  • School supplies
  • Fan
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Wastebasket
  • Winter coat

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.


Rule #1: Don’t. Rule #2: If you absolutely must borrow something, always ask permission first. Return it in the promised timeframe and the condition it was in when borrowed. If you damage or lose something you borrow, you are responsible for replacing it. Can’t afford to replace it? See rule #1. Nothing causes more strife between roommates and friends than borrowing – money, food, clothes, sports equipment, etc.


If the law of averages works, one of you will be neat and the other messy. Here is where you learn the great art of communication and compromise. Mom doesn’t live here, but you do. The neat one will have to learn to tolerate life’s imperfections. The messy one, well, it’s time to start picking up after yourself.


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. Loud music or socializing in the hall will not be appreciated by your fellow corridor-mates and is a one-way ticket to unpopularity and possible suspension from campus housing.


When the course of rooming does not run smoothly, seek guidance from your Residence Assistant first, Residence Life Coordinator second, and finally the Associate Dean of Residential & Student 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 block, 160 block, 14 weekly, or 19 weekly plans. On-campus housing also features a fully-equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove and oven in each apartment.