New Student Housing Information

room in spencer dormHousing Application Process for New Freshmen and Transfers

Congratulations on becoming a part of the Mary Baldwin community! Your first step in making Mary Baldwin your new home is filling out the required housing application. Students planning to commute will also need to fill out the application in order to declare their commuter status. If you have not yet made your commitment to attend Mary Baldwin, you may pay your $300 enrollment deposit. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 540-887-7019 or

Room Assignment Information

Housing assignments and roommate information will be emailed to you during the first week of August to give you time to prepare for move-in.

Please read and be familiar with the Housing Contract (PDF).

If you need to request special accommodations due to a medical need, please complete the medical exception form with supporting documentation from your medical provider.

Room furnishings

Most freshmen and transfer students are assigned to Spencer or Woodson Residence Halls. The rooms in these halls are furnished with the following items:

  • Single bed with a standard size mattress **
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Built-in closet
  • Built-in chest of drawers
  • Sink and mirror
  • Window covering (blinds)

** Some bed frames have the capability to be bunked (wooden bed frames only).

If you are considering bringing additional furniture, we suggest that you discuss with your roommate(s) how much and what type of extra furniture is desired to avoid duplication and to accommodate space constraints. Also, please be advised that all college-issued furniture must remain in the room. Furniture may not be taken off-site to be stored.

** The “Microfridge” microwave/refrigerator combination appliance is the ONLY college approved microwave allowed in the residence halls. More information on these units, including pricing and rental agreements, can be found on the Microfridge page. (can bring mini fridge if under certain size) Note that microwaves are provided in the common area kitchens in the residence halls.

Amenities in the residence halls

  • Common area lounges for study, small group meetings, and programming. Recent upgrades include the addition of new furniture and large flat-screen TVs in designated lounges
  • Laundry rooms with washers and dryers that are provided free of charge (no coins needed)
  • Common area kitchens equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, and stoves
  • Vending areas for drinks and snacks
  • Housekeeping of residence hall common areas including hall bathrooms
  • Vacuum cleaners for use by students
  • In-room network data, cable TV, and telephone connections
  • Wi-Fi access in all residence halls, houses and apartments


We are unable to accommodate any storage of personal belongings in the residence halls. You should plan to store your luggage and or boxes in your room or have your family take them back home for you. Storage is also not available over the summer between academic years.


The exterior doors to all residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day. Only residents of the building have a key to enter and all guests are to be signed-in and escorted throughout the building. However, your room and its contents are only as safe as you allow them to be. This means that you should always lock your room door, never allow strangers in the building, or give others your building or room key.

Room or roommate concerns

If you are experiencing difficulties with your roommate or accommodations, your first course of action is to make your Resident Advisor (RA) aware of the situation. If the RA is unable help you rectify the situation, you may choose to contact your Area Director or the Office of Residence Life.  It is our goal to resolve all issues quickly so that you are able to feel comfortable in your residence.