November Residence Life and Housing Updates

With November, quickly comes the end of the semester! The Office of Residence Life and Housing is in full prep mode to wrap this semester up smoothly, and also in planning/prep for the Spring 2018 Semester.

Below are some important date reminders:

  • Thanksgiving Break – November 22-26, 2017
    • Residence halls remain OPEN during this break, however all rooms will be inspected on Tuesday, November 21 to ensure health & safety.
    • Thanksgiving break provides a great opportunity for students to change out seasonal apparel or other items no longer needed.
    • As your students prepare to travel, remind them to take passports and valuables with them, secure bikes in bike racks, and lock their rooms.
    • For more including a break checklist please visit
  • Winter Break – December 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018
    • ALL residence halls close and residents must depart campus by 9:00 AM on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
    • During this time students will not have access to their rooms, please remind them to pack accordingly.
    • More information will be available soon on at
  • Spring Opening –
    • Residence halls open for students to return on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
    • Students involved with sorority recruitment will receive details regarding their return to campus via email and can visit our Fraternity and Sorority Life websitefor more details on the recruitment process.
    • More information will be available soon on the Residence Life and Housing website.
  • Weather Change –
    • This is the time of year our weather starts to change here in North Carolina. With that, we’re hearing from lots of students regarding concerns about their heating and air conditioning. To understand how our units work, please CLICK HERE.
    • As we plan for closing/opening, we always want to point out that in the event of inclement weather, Wake Alert will provide the most up-to-date information on University operations.

Some other quick updates from Residence Life and Housing:

  • Students are encouraged to notify the University of any facility concerns as soon as possible by submitting a work order at Additionally, Facilities and Campus Services staff will be inspecting many facilities the week of Thanksgiving to stay attuned to overall facility conditions. 
  • We will soon begin our selection process for Resident Advisers for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Resident Advisers (RAs) are student leaders hired to live and work in a residential community setting. RAs have a unique opportunity to create vibrant and inclusive communities while developing leadership skills! Students in the RA role will learn and develop beneficial skills that employers are looking for including teamwork, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Through servant leadership, residence education, implementation of policy, and participation in administrative operations, RAs make a difference in their residents’ lives and help make Wake Forest a place students will want to call home.
  • For more information on the RA role or how to apply, please visit the Residence Life and Housing’s Resident Adviser webpage.
  • The Office of Residence Life and Housing will also soon be starting to look for groups of students interested in living in Interest, Themed Communities or a Living Learning Community as apart of the Residential Engagement Communities Program. The Residential Engagement Community (REC) program provides students with an opportunity to take an active role in their residential and educational experience at Wake Forest University by engaging in a community of individuals with common educational or co-curricular interests. Groups that are interested in living in community with a shared interest or topic can apply for this program or can join an existing community.  More information about the entire Residential Engagement Community program can be found online.
  • We’re excited to have our redesigned website live and with that are looking to build up our information for Parents and Families. If you have questions or suggestions for content please visit our Parents and Families page.

As always, do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or if we can be of assistance. We can be reached at or 336.758.5185.


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2017 slide shows

Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.