Campus Residency Requirement

On behalf of the Residence Life and Housing staff, welcome to campus living! Our goal is to make your residence hall living experience a significant and positive part of your college life and beyond.

Like many private liberal arts colleges, Roanoke is a residential college. That is, the campus living environment is an integral part of the college experience and is highly valued by the campus community as a complement to the classroom experience. We believe that living together in community provides residents opportunities to interact with other students, faculty, and staff and to enhance their social and interpersonal growth as citizens through shared living experiences.

The Residence Life and Housing staff is committed to encouraging an inclusive residence hall community that promotes civic and social responsibility, intellectual and personal growth, and physical and emotional well-being in its residents. We strive to achieve this community by providing our residents appropriate challenges and opportunities, support and encouragement, respect for community standards, and recognition of one another's individuality.

As members of a residential college, Roanoke students are required to live on campus during their full tenure as a student unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • have lived in the Roanoke Valley area (within 30 miles of campus) for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment and continue to reside with their parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • are married;
  • live with grandparents, or siblings who live in the Roanoke Valley area;
  • are 23 years old (before the beginning of the term they desire to live off campus)
  • are a military veteran;
  • are enrolled part-time (students who claim off campus status due to part-time enrollment and who return to full-time status during the current or a subsequent semester, will be charged the current room and board rate);
  • have received and accepted prior approval by the Residence Life and Housing staff and are currently living off-campus.

    Students who do not participate in the off campus housing selection process, but choose to exercise commuter status due to one or more of the above criteria must seek approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff by submitting a Request for Commuter Student Status.

    As do our colleagues across campus, the Residence Life and Housing staff strives to make every student's experience as satisfying as possible, while also supporting the College's goals and mission. We understand that moving to a new community will require an adjustment, but we are here to help you be successful! Please, let us know if you have questions or suggestions. We can be reached at or 540-375-2308.

    Welcome home!

    Teresa "Tess" Blethyn

    Director of Residence Life and Housing


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