Living on campus

In your first year at James Madison University, you will live in a residence hall, sharing a room with at least 1 roommate. The residence hall becomes home where you can build friendships, study with others, seek advice and have fun.

On-campus accommodation

All residence halls on the University campus are designed and maintained to provide a caring environment that encourages academic success, respect, personal growth and community responsibility.

Quick facts about living on-campus

  • JMU has 35 residence halls on campus.
  • 26 halls are reserved for freshman (first year) students.
  • Utilities and services (electricity, water, garbage, housekeeping) are covered by the rent.
  • Full meal plan included in residence hall price.

Residences for International study Center (ISC) students

If you start your ISC program in the fall semester and qualify to live on campus, you’ll most likely be housed in Rockingham Hall. This residence hall is made up of extra large, triple-occupancy rooms and with private bathrooms shared by the 3 students in the room.

If you join in the spring and summer semesters, you may be placed in other residences.

Accommodation facilities

All halls offer the following facilities:

  • TV lounges
  • Study lounges
  • Laundry facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Wireless internet access in a communal area
  • Storage areas

Many halls have vending facilities, air-conditioning and recreation rooms. Some also have basketball courts and elevators.

Study bedrooms

All rooms in the halls of residence have:

  • Single beds with innerspring mattresses, which can stack as bunk beds
  • Individual desks with chairs
  • Wardrobe or closet for each student
  • Chest of drawers for each student

Resident Advisers

Your Resident Adviser (RA) is a student worker who lives in your Hall. RAs create positive communities and coordinate fun and educational events. Your friendly RA will be a helpful resource and guide when you are adjusting to your new surroundings.

Off-campus accommodation

Being housed on campus is a great benefit to our students in becoming successful in our program and fully integrating onto campus. Residence halls provide an ideal college experience and allow the students to take advantage of the many benefits of easy access to classes, professors, facilities, food, resources, and more. Whenever possible, every student will be placed on-campus, however if on-campus accommodation is unavailable the ISC office will make the necessary arrangement with some of the several off-campus options to find you an apt. off-campus.

North 38


North 38 Apartments are a great off-campus living option. The luxurious apartments are just 4km from campus on a bus route that you can use for free. Shops, restaurants, parks and cinemas are all close by, and the ISC can help you arrange your accommodation here.

  • 3 and 4 bedroom apartments
  • Furnished, private bedroom and bathroom
  • Private balcony or terrace
  • Shared living room with a large flat-screen TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with washer/dryer
  • On-site fitness center
  • 24-hour student clubhouse
  • Computer lounge with study space and free printing
  • Game room with pool table
  • Swimming pool and hot tub
  • Water volleyball and basketball
  • Sand volleyball court

Rent is approximately $495 per month, per person.

Alternative options

Students can also choose from one of the many other accommodation options available in Harrisonburg. Most off-campus housing options offer individual leases and can be arranged online before you arrive.