One of the benefits of living on campus is that you get a multidimensional college experience. At the Office of Residence Life, we work hard to make sure that experience is great.
Attending a small school like Wingate University means participating in a fun, vibrant community. You learn as much from your fellow students as from your professors. That’s why we strongly encourage students to live on campus. You belong here, so take advantage of all we have to offer.
The World, Right Here
At Wingate University, you live comfortably and conveniently. With about 75 percent of our undergraduate students living on campus, academic resources, your social life and extracurricular activities are always close at hand. Walk out your door and attend a sporting event or a club meeting. You can keep a car on campus, but everything you need is within walking distance.
Housing that Grows with You
Most students start out in residence halls with a roommate. As you progress through your four years here, you might opt for a suite-style building. Or you can move into an apartment with roommates of your own choosing.
We consider this an important part of a Wingate University education. You learn from your roommates what can’t be taught in the classroom. The benefits of living on campus include developing a sense of confidence that only comes from living autonomously.
No matter where you choose to live on campus, the Office of Residence Life is here to support you. We hope you’ll turn to us when you have questions or need a little help. Welcome home!
If you’re like everyone who ever went to college, you’re nervous about moving to a strange, new place. It’s going to be fine! Trust us. We’ve been doing this a while. Still, we get a lot of questions, and you’re probably wondering the same things. So, below are some of questions we hear most often.
- Why do I have to live on campus?
- Say, do all students live on campus?
- Where will I live?
- Who will I live with and how do you decide?
- What if we’re not a great match?
- How big are the rooms? Are there windows?
- What kind of bed will I have?
- What about food?
- What kind of amenities are in the rooms?
- Do I need flip-flops?
We choose your roommate based on the compatibility of responses in your housing questionnaire. As a freshman you’ll get your housing assignment in July. Upperclass students choose by the end of spring semester. It is possible to choose your roommate if you know someone you’d like to share with.
One of the most life-changing college experiences is learning how to live, work and compromise with others. If you find yourself struggling, Residence Life and your RA/CA can help you resolve conflicts. But nothing is set in stone. If you absolutely don’t get along, we’ll help you find another situation.
All types of residences have shared bathrooms. So yes, just in case, bring your flip-flops or shower shoes. Students rushing off to class with no time to tie their shoes might show up wearing their flip-flops.
If we haven’t addressed your question, please refer to the Wingate University Student Handbook for everything you need to know.
- When do I receive my housing assignment?
- I want to commute. How does that process work?
- How many students live in a room?
- May I move into my residence early?
- Can residents have a vehicle on campus?
- Is alcohol allowed on campus?
- Are students allowed to have pets on campus?
- Do you have Wi-Fi?
If you want to commute, you need to let the Office of Residence Life know before the start of the semester that you plan to commute. You’ll need to submit a Commuting Student Application to the Office of Residence Life. The application goes through an approval process. Students who are at least 23 years old (on or before the first day of classes), ninth-semester seniors or living in the principle residence of their parents or guardians have the option of living off campus. Unless living in the principle residence of a parent or guardian, all scholarship student-athletes are required to live on campus.
For first-year students, the following options are available:
- Alumni Hall offers two-person rooms as well as four-person rooms.
- Cannon Hall offers two-person rooms as well as four-person rooms.
- CM Black Hall offers two-person rooms.
- Helms Hall offers suite-style living; each suite has four rooms with up to two people to a room.
- JM Smith Hall offers two-person rooms.
Yes, students can have a vehicle on campus, but they must have a parking decal and are restricted to parking in areas assigned to their specific decal. Parking decals can be picked up in the Office of Campus Safety. At the beginning of the fall semester, all students can get a parking decal during Welcome Week.
There is absolutely no alcohol allowed in the traditional first-year student residence halls (Alumni, Cannon and JM Smith). All other residences are allowed to have alcohol if all current residents are 21 years old, the legal drinking age for North Carolina. If you are 21, you may not take alcohol into another apartment or residence on campus if those residents are under age.
Students living on campus are allowed to have fish that can survive in a five-gallon tank. Cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes, turtles and other animals are not permitted as pets. Students who have pets that do not fall under the above guidelines may incur a community standards violation with financial assessments.
- What can I do if the noise level on my floor is too loud?
- How does a resident get a room change?
- Can I loft or bunk my bed?
- Are the rooms carpeted?
- What kinds of appliances are allowed in the rooms?
- Is there a laundry or linen service?
- What are the average measurements of the rooms?
- Is there co-ed housing?
- Is there air conditioning?
- May I bring my bed, my own mattress or desk?
- Where is wireless Internet access available?
- Are housekeeping services provided?
- What are health and safety checks?
- Do you offer XL twin mattresses?
- How are bathroom facilities set up?
- Can I remove furniture from my room?
- Should I bring an Ethernet cable or use Wi-Fi in my room?
If students have identified an empty room they would like to move into and the roommate(s) agree with the move, the students with the space must notify the Office of Residence Life to begin the process for moving. If students do not know of a space to move into, they can contact the Office of Residence Life to talk about the availability of spaces to move into.
Yes, you can loft or bunk your bed. If you choose to loft your bed, please be aware there’s a two-part approval process. You must receive permission from the residence director before lofting.
The Office of Residence Life will also follow up to ensure that teh loft is constructed in a responsible and structurally sound way. Students who do not construct satisfactory lofts are required to dismantle them. We will not remove any furniture from the room or apartment. We do not offer university-owned lofting kits to students, although students are permitted to construct or buy their own. Students are responsible for any and all other furniture associated with a loft, such as ladders and stools.
We do provide bunking materials for students. Students need to come by the Office of Residence Life to obtain bunking pins for beds.
There are co-ed buildings with men on one floor and women on another or in apartments next to each other. However, students of opposite sexes may not room together in the same apartment or residence hall room.
For buildings with a traditional residence hall layout, access to floors is provided by ID cards unique to each individual.
CAs, RAs and RDs go through apartments, halls and rooms to check for safety violations monthly. CAs, RAs and RDs do not go through residents’ belongings; they simply check the surface of what’s in plain sight for safety hazards, cleanliness and violations. Students are not informed when checks are performed.
Students should not remove university furniture from any room or apartment. If something is damaged or defective, please notify the Office of Residence Life. Students who bring their own furniture should not expect the university to remove any furniture they have rendered “additional” by bringing their own.
Residential students should buy an Ethernet cable to use while in the residence halls and apartments. Personal wireless routers are prohibited since they disrupt the wireless signals for all students in each building. Also, wireless printers need to have the wireless setting deactivated since they also interfere with the wireless signal for other students.
- What kinds of programming activities take place in the residence halls?
- What restaurants are nearby?
- What are the closest shopping locations?
- What can students do for fun?
You’ll find that Bulldog students have loads of fun on campus when they get involved. You can become a stronger person by volunteering through the university’s causes. Plus, Wingate’s 40 or so registered student organizations offer you the chance to connect with kindred spirits in academic, faith-based, Greek and other organizations. Bulldogs have fun staying active too. Campus Recreation offers opportunities for you to join a sport club, play on intramural teams and take fitness classes.
If you didn’t find the question you were looking for, feel free to email us or stop by the Residence Life Office in Dickson-Palmer Center.
- Are students guaranteed housing?
- Can students live on campus all four years?
- Do I have to purchase a meal plan if I live on campus?
- What is the cost for housing and the meal plan?
- What are the different food options on campus?
- I received my housing assignment. Can I make a change before I arrive?
- Do I have a mailing address as a student?
- I will not have full-time hours. Can I still live on campus?
All undergraduate students are guaranteed housing. First-year students live in traditional residence halls. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to live in a traditional residence hall or in an apartment- or suite-style residential area on campus. They can choose a two-person residence hall room or two-person, four-person or eight-person apartment or a six-person suite.
Wingate University is a four-year residential university, meaning that all full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus during their time as a Wingate University student. However, students can submit a commuter application if they:
- Are married or a single parent
- Are 23 years of age or older
- Are in or above the ninth semester of enrollment
- Are living in the principle residence of their parents or a legal guardian
- Have other compelling circumstances
One of the reasons we require students to live on campus is to encourage them to get know others who live on campus. For many students, a natural place to spend time enjoying college life is over food. Students have a meal plan included as a part of their room and board fee. Room and meal plan costs are included in the residential rate. All students are required to participate in a meal plan. There is no extra fee for a meal plan. Commuting students also have options for meal plans.
W. T. Harris Dining Hall is the main dining hall on campus. Also called the “Caf,” the dining hall serves home-cooked meals, a salad bar and daily specials. The Klondike, a take-out restaurant, offers burgers, chicken tenders, subs and wraps. Subway is located in the Levine College of Health Sciences building. Einstein Brothers bagels is located in the Ethel K. Smith Library, offering coffee, tea, bagels, sandwiches and pastries. You can also find several grab-and-go options which offer salads, sandwiches and wraps in the Levine College of Health Sciences, the Clubhouse and the Dickson-Palmer Center. Students can also use their Bulldog bucks at the Pizza Hut on Main Street in the town of Wingate.
Students who are interested in moving may contact residence life to make a request. However, room changes will not be made on the basis of race, religion, or sexual orientation. Changes will be accommodated as space is available. The Office of Residence Life may not be able to accommodate all requests by students to live in one particular residence hall.
- What should I bring to campus?
- When do students arrive and leave?
- Are there any storage facilities?
- Can students stay in their rooms during vacations or breaks?
- When can students check in?
- When can students register for classes?
If you live in a residence hall, you should bring:
- Bed risers
- Clothing and regular storage
- Curtain for closet if you live in Cannon or Helms Residence Hall
If you live in an apartment, you should bring:
- Bathroom supplies
- Bed risers
- Cleaning supplies
- Clothing and regular storage
- Command Strips or small thumb tacks only to hang personal items on the walls
- Kitchen supplies
the end of fall semester, students may leave for winter break as soon as they are finished with their exams. In the spring, students may leave when they have finished their final exams and have properly checked out through the Office of Residence Life.
Over the December break, students may leave their belongings in their rooms.
Winter break is the only break in which all residents must leave campus. Students who must stay over the break are charged a per day or week rental rate. Because our residential campus is closed during Winter Break, students must communicate their intention to stay on campus. You can remain on campus during all other breaks, but you must let the Office of Residence Life know beforehand.
- What types of safety and security measures are provided for residents on campus?
- What kind of visitation policies are in place?
- Can I keep firearms and other such weapons in my room?
- Are there staff members who work with students?
- How are residence halls supervised?
- What happens when a rule or policy is violated?
- What are the phone numbers for RAs and residence hall directors?
- May I smoke in the residence halls?
- When are quiet hours in the residence halls?
- Can students bring bikes, skateboards, scooters?
- Is there a campus curfew?
- How close are parking lots to respective residence halls?
From Sunday through Thursday night, guests of the opposite sex must be out of the first-year residence halls by midnight (12am) and may not enter the buildings until after noon (12pm). On Friday and Saturday nights, guests of the opposite sex must be out of the residence hall by 2am. Guests of the same sex are limited to three consecutive nights to visit.
Guests must be accompanied by a Wingate student at all times.
Guests of the opposite sex may visit from 10am-2am every night, but must return to their apartment or residence hall from 2am-10am.
Yes, Resident Assistants, or RAs, are staff members who work in the first-year areas. Community Assistants, or CAs, work in the apartment areas. RAs or CAs live on each floor or oversee a building and are present to be a resource, assist with concerns and for the development of community.
Five para-professional staff members, who are graduate students, are residence directors, or RDs. They work with the student staff members to oversee specific areas on campus and reside in the part of the area that they oversee.
The Office of Residence Life has a director and three assistant directors of Residence Life who have offices located in the Young Residence Life House.
When a rule or policy is violated, the student meets with an Office of Residence Life staff member to go through the Community Standards process. Disciplinary action is discussed during a hearing if the student is found responsible for the policy violation.
RAs give their phone numbers to their residents during the first hall meeting of the year so residents can contact them if they have any needs, concerns or questions that come up during the year.
RDs also work as on-call staff members and are on call for a week at a time. They can be reached by contacting Campus Safety at 704-233-8999. Because the RDs live in the areas they serve, many students stop by and talk with their RD if they have specific questions or concerns. All RD staff members are expected to be in the Office of Residence Life for 20-25 hours each week.