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. Below, find answers to some of questions we hear most often.
- Why do I have to live on campus?
- Do all students live on campus?
- Where will I live?
- Who will I live with and how do you decide?
- How can I find a new roommate?
- What kind of bed will I have?
- What are the different food options on campus?
- Can I have a vehicle on campus?
- What do residence halls look like?
- When do I receive my housing assignment?
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.
Meal plans are included with room and board.
- All-Access Meal Plan – all residential students (embedded in housing and board charges)
- A meal swipe every meal period
- $285 in Bulldog Bucks
- Lifestyle 14 – Only available to graduating Seniors living in housing with a full kitchen
- $400 in Bulldog Bucks
- 14 Meal swipes per week
- 75-Block Plan. Cost: $660 per semester – commuters only
- 75 meals per semester at W.T. Harris Dining Hall
- $200 in Bulldog Bucks
- 50-Block Plan. Cost: $550 per semester – commuters only
- 50 meals per semester at W.T. Harris Dining Hall
- $200 in Bulldog Bucks
- 25-Block Plan. Cost: $295 per semester – commuters only
- 25 meals per semester at W.T. Harris Dining Hall
- $120 in Bulldog Bucks
- Bulldog Bucks Plan. Cost: $475 per semester – residential students and commuters
- $500 in Bulldog Bucks per semester
- Bulldog Bucks Plan. Cost: $185 per semester – residential students and commuters
- $185 in Bulldog Bucks per semester
Bulldog Bucks work like a debit card, with funds being deposited into your Wingate University account as part of your meal plan. They can be used only for dining. You can use them at Einstein Bros., Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and more dining locations around campus. All residential students are allotted $285 in Bulldogs Bucks, which expire at the end of each semester. For more information about dining, check out the WingateEats website.
- W.T. Harris Dining Hall
- Einstein Bros. Bagels
- Freshëns Fresh Food Studio
- Wild Blue
- Pizza Hut
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.
- I want to commute. How does that process work?
- How many students live in a room?
- May I move into my residence early?
- Is alcohol allowed on campus?
- Are students allowed to have pets on campus?
If you want to commute, you need to let the Office of Residence Life know before the start of the semester. 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.
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 in 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.
An assistance animal (the category under which an ESA would be categorized) is permitted only as an approved student accommodation. Students seeking academic or non-academic accommodations at Wingate University must self-declare a disability and provide supporting documentation as a first step in requesting reasonable accommodations. There are different rules for service dogs, which are welcome on campus too. For more information, email email@example.com.
- First year residence halls
- What can I do if the noise level on my floor is too loud?
- How do I 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?
- Should I bring an Ethernet cable or use Wi-Fi in my room?
- 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?
There are six buildings primarily designated for first-year students, with a few wonderful themed-living communities. All first-year residence halls are coed to varying degrees: by floor, wing or alternating room. Students can indicate their preference on the housing questionnaire.
If you have any questions regarding on-campus living at Wingate University after reading the following information, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Involvement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-233-8663.
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 the 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, though students are permitted to build or buy their own. Students are responsible for all 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.
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.
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.
- 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?
- What if I have additional questions?
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 (RSOs) 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 sports club, play on intramural teams and take fitness classes.
- 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?
- 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, a 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 reason 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.
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.
Paw Print serves as a personal post office for you to receive packages and mail. Located across from Pizza Hut, you will get an email when a package arrives. Paw Print is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Route 1896, you will receive a campus box number to share with friends and family.
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- 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
At the end of fall semester, you may leave for winter break as soon as you are finished with your exams. In the spring, you may leave when you have finished your final exams and have properly checked out through the Office of Residence Life.
Over spring and winter breaks, you may leave your belongings in your rooms.
During the summer, it is required to move all belongings out of the residence hall.
If you need housing over winter, spring or summer breaks, fill out a housing request before the start of the break.
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 are the phone numbers for RAs and residence hall directors?
- What happens when a rule or policy is violated?
- 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 (12 a.m.) and may not enter the buildings until after noon (12 p.m.). On Friday and Saturday nights, guests of the opposite sex must be out of the residence hall by 2 a.m. 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 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every night, but must return to their apartment or residence hall from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m.*
*Rules regarding guests have changed for the time being in light of Covid-19. Until further notice, between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight each student may have one guest in their room or apartment living area. Only Wingate students will be allowed as guests.
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, to 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. They live 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.
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.
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.