Welcome to Residence Hall Living
We are glad to have this opportunity to welcome our new students to Concord University’s residence hall community and to help prepare you for life in a residence hall. One meaningful part of a University education is the learning that comes from living with others. Living in a residence hall is a great way to transition from high school to living on your own. Concord’s Residence Life Program is designed to help you make personal, social, and academic adjustments in as healthy a way as possible to make your living experience both educational and enjoyable.
Your first year in college can be both an exciting and adventurous time in your life. Outside of the classroom, you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities and meet new people. While living in the dorms you will make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Research demonstrates that living in the residence halls provides students with a unique experience that fosters success during college years. Residential students are more likely to graduate from college and generally feel more connected. After fulfilling their academic commitments, residential students have the opportunity to gather in their buildings and discuss many of the activities of the day with one another. Resident Assistants (RAs) facilitate a wide range of activities to enhance community and encourage interactions among residents.
All unmarried students (traditional age undergraduates) who have not received prior permission to commute are required to reside on campus in the University’s residence halls as long as space is available. Permission to commute is granted only to those students who will reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in their parents’ primary place of residence within a reasonable driving distance (45 minutes or less according to MapQuest or Google Maps) from Concord University. Applications for a housing exception should be obtained from, and must be submitted to, the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Residence Life and/or a designated committee that will evaluate the evidence of exemption criteria.
NOTE: Students should never sign a lease for an off-campus dwelling until they have been approved to live off-campus. Signing a lease with another entity is not grounds for an off-campus exception. Any student denied an off-campus exception will be charged room and board, regardless of having signed a lease.