Residence Life Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

Students moving out of residence halls

Parents may wish to encourage their student to become familiar with the following Residence Life guidelines for housing sign-ups, move-out and summer housing.

Housing Intent Forms were delivered to campus mailboxes on Tuesday, February 12. Each resident is required to complete a Housing Intent Form. This helps the Residence Life staff plan for housing sign-ups in March. All forms turned in will be used to create the housing lottery which determines when residents sign up for their rooms or apartments.

Complete housing sign-up information is on Meredith's Residence Life website. Residents are encouraged to read through the information carefully to understand the process and deadlines.

Note for Class of 2018:  Sophomores are required to live on campus per the Meredith College residency requirement regardless of how many hours they have completed.

To sign up for a space on campus in an apartment or residence hall, each student signing up MUST have either her $200 security deposit for the Oaks or $150 advance room fee for the residence halls. The security deposit and advance room fee are non-returnable and non-refundable. Preferred method of payment is by check (cannot be a starter check). *The $150.00 advance room fee will be waived for students who have need-based financial assistance. Residents who do not need to bring the advance room fee will be notified by email prior to Spring Break. The apartment security deposit cannot be waived.

Upcoming Housing Sign-up Deadlines

  • March 18 Housing sign-up, Kresge Auditorium,  7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Rising seniors and rising juniors)
  • March 20 Housing sign-up, Kresge Auditorium, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., (Rising sophomores)
  • April 11  Requests to move off campus due to the Office of Residence Life by 5 p.m.

End of the Semester Closing

It is important that all residents make their move out plans before the last minute. Below is some helpful information for parents to know. Residents will be receiving move-out and end of the semester information prior to Easter break.

For residents in Vann, Stringfield, Faircloth and Brewer, if they have lofted, bunked or otherwise repositioned their bedsprings on the end and foot boards, they need to re-set their beds to the 6th rung from the bottom. This is required to be done by Reading Day so that when the resident is ready to check out after finals, she does not have to worry about re-setting her bed to the proper height. Each resident who has lofted her bed is responsible for taking it down.

Other tips for move out include beginning to recycle items such as old notebooks and sorting items that can be donated. The campus re-use area, Daisy Trade, is primarily stocked for the year with items such as clothing and books that are donated during move-out.

Move-out schedule

The last scheduled final is on Thursday, May 1. All residents are encouraged to move-out of their residence hall room within 24-hours of their last exam. This allows residents who have finals later in the week to study and not be distracted by residents who are finished with finals.

  • Freshman deadline for moving out is Friday, May 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Upperclass residents who are not participating in graduation (Chorale, Orchestra, etc.) should be moved out by Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Seniors in the residence halls and residents participating in graduation should be moved out by Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Seniors in the Oaks will have specific move-out information provided in the next few weeks. The last day to move out of the Oaks as a graduating senior is May 16.

Oaks Summer Billing Reminder

Residents of the Oaks who are not graduating are responsible for their summer rent as the Rental Agreement is for 12 months. There are three billing cycles for the Oaks:  Fall, Spring and Summer. The summer rent bills will be sent to residents in April and the full summer rent amount is due by June 1.

Questions?  Residents can talk to their Resident Assistant or Residence Director. Residence Life can be contacted at For Oaks questions, contact the Apartment Manager at email

—By Heidi LeCount, Director of Residence Life

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