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Housing & Residential Life

The First Year Experience

Longwood University has a first-year residency requirement, which is key to first-year students developing and growing academically and socially. Housed together in predominately two living areas, first year students are oriented and connected to the academic community through Learning Community Academic Clusters based on their major field of study and the Longwood Seminar. Students begin the process of community development on their residence floor and within the larger hall community.

Through formal and informal social and educational activities under the direction of the Residence Education Coordinator and Resident Assistant Student Staff, new students quickly become an integral part of the educational community. Learn more about The First Year Experience.

Move-In Day

You and your student are both anticipating the big move and so is Longwood. We have allocated specific move-in dates and times that should be followed. We also provide help on move-in day in getting all of your student’s belongings up to their rooms. There are a few more things you need to know before moving in that will help the move-in process go smoothly. Find out more about Move-In Day.

Resident Assistants & RECs

Each residential community is staffed by a number of people who work to foster the strongest living and learning environment possible. A number of specially trained undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for programming, administrative tasks, and other roles that help build community. Typically, there is one RA assigned on each floor.

A full time professional, Residence Education Coordinator (REC), who holds a master’s degree, is also assigned to each residential community. RECs are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned community, including but not limited to facilities management, student conduct, and supervision of the student staff. Learn more about Resident Assistants and RECs.


Commuter Life

Longwood offers various resources to our commuter students including a place just for them, the commuter lounge. In addition, the Office of Residential and commuter life works closely with commuters to ensure their involvement with the campus community. Find out our more about commuter life at Longwood.

Students talking in Dorm

Apartment Style Living

Longwood is a residential institution that features residence life education focusing on student learning and personal development as part of its distinct academic mission. Therefore, students are required to live in Longwood-managed housing unless the Office of Residential and Commuter Life (RCL) approves their release to off campus housing.

However, Longwood understands the disadvantages to dorm life and offers 3 managed apartment complexes: Longwood Landings, Lancer Park, and Longwood Village. Find out more about apartment style living.

Off Campus Housing

Students are required to live in Longwood-managed housing unless the Office of Residential and Commuter Life (RCL) approves their release to off campus housing. Once released to off campus housing, your student will be introduced to the many properties for rent in Farmville. Find out more about the release process and places to live.


Shuttle Services

Longwood offers shuttle services for all students to get home for breaks. Students are picked up and dropped off at designated locations. Find out more about Shuttle Services.


Meal Plans

Memberships come in many convenient shapes and sizes. 

By combining a “Semester Meal Allowance” with “Bonus Points” and/or “Longwood Dollars,” you can customize a plan that’s right for you. 

Meals can be used at our Residential Dining Facility in Dorrill Hall or Bene Pizza in Lancer Café.  Bonus Dollars and Longwood Dollars are accepted at all Dining locations on campus. Visit the Dining web site for more information on meal plans.