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Housing & Residential Life

The First Year Experience

Longwood University has a first-year residency requirement, which is key to first-year students developing and growing academically and socially. Housed on new freshmen floors on main campus, first year students are oriented and connected to the University through educational and social programming. Students begin the process of community development on their residence floor and within the larger hall community.

Through formal and informal social and educational activities under the direction of the Residence Education Coordinator and Resident Assistant Student Staff, new students quickly become an integral part of the educational community. Learn more about The First Year Experience.

Move-In Day

You and your student are both anticipating the big move and so is Longwood. We have allocated specific move-in dates and times that should be followed. We also provide help on move-in day in getting all of your student’s belongings up to their rooms. There are a few more things you need to know before moving in that will help the move-in process go smoothly. Find out more about Move-In Day.

Resident Assistants & RECs

Each residential community is staffed by a number of people who work to foster the strongest living and learning environment possible. A number of specially trained undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for programming, administrative tasks, and other roles that help build community. Typically, there is one RA assigned on each floor.

A full time professional, Residence Education Coordinator (REC), who holds a master’s degree, is also assigned to each residential community. RECs are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned community, including but not limited to facilities management, student conduct, and supervision of the student staff. Learn more about Resident Assistants and RECs.


Commuter Life

Longwood offers various resources to our commuter students including a place just for them, the commuter lounge. In addition, the Office of Residential and commuter life works closely with commuters to ensure their involvement with the campus community. Find out our more about commuter life at Longwood.

Students talking in Dorm

Apartment Style Living

Longwood is a residential institution that features residence life education focusing on student learning and personal development as part of its distinct academic mission. Therefore, first year and second year students are required to reside in Longwood managed housing unless the Residential and Commuter Life office approves an exception.

However, Longwood understands the need to offer both the residence hall experience as well as apartment style living.  The three Longwood managed apartment communities are: Longwood Landings, Lancer Park, and Longwood Village. Find out more about apartment style living.

Off Campus Housing

First Year and Second Year students are required to remain in Longwood managed housing.  Those students with at least 48 completed credits are permitted to move off-campus and live outside Longwood managed housing.   Find out more about the off-campus intent process.


Shuttle Services

Longwood offers shuttle services for all students to get home for breaks. Students are picked up and dropped off at designated locations. Find out more about Shuttle Services.


Meal Plans

Memberships come in many convenient shapes and sizes. 

Each meal plan allows the student to eat in the Dorrill Dining Hall.  Each meal plan provides the student with bonus dollars, which can be used to eat in several Longwood dining locations. 

Meals can be used at our Residential Dining Facility in Dorrill Hall.  Bonus Dollars are accepted at all Dining locations on campus. Visit the Dining web site for more information on meal plans.