Residence Hall Policies and Frequently Asked Questions


Residents are expected to act as responsible citizens and are accountable for knowing and observing the policies and regulations set forth in the Residence Life Handbook and all other pertinent College publications. All residents, regardless of location, are responsible for the rules listed in this Handbook and additional rules according to location. Violations of residence hall policies may result in judicial sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the residence hall.

The Residence Life Handbook is included in the Student Handbook.

For more information on the College’s residence hall, or the policies governing it, please contact Stephanie Simpson, Coordinator of Residence Life, at (540) 224-4686 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who lives in the Patrick Henry? 
A: Any student, regardless of whether they are pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree can live in the Patrick Henry. This means that there is a wide range of people, from traditional aged college students to those who are coming back to school after being in the work force. 
Q: As a newly accepted student, when may I apply for housing? 
A: Immediately! New, first-year students will be given priority consideration until June 1, 2015. After that date, rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Residence Life Contracts can be found on the Residence Life website. A completed and signed Residence Life Contract is the only document required in order to reserve your space. 
Q: Is a housing deposit required? 
A: A Residence Life contract is the only document required to reserve a space in the residence hall. Instead of paying a deposit up front, the cost to repair any damages caused by the student will be added to the student’s account at the conclusion of the term. 
Q. What is the cost to live in the Patrick Henry? 
A: The housing fee is a flat rate that includes rent, utilities, Internet access, and cable access each semester. The cost to live in The Patrick Henry for the Fall 2015- Spring 2016 academic year is $2,935 per semester. 
Q: What amenities will be available to me in the Patrick Henry? 
A: Apartments in the Patrick Henry have been beautifully finished, to include hardwood floors and granite countertops. Each apartment features a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, as well as a washer and dryer. Each apartment has a high speed internet cable modem; however, residents are responsible for providing their own router if they desire wireless access. There is also a fitness center located in the building which features cardio equipment and an X-Box Kinect. 
Q: Will I be able to choose the type of apartment I want? 
A: The Patrick Henry features three different types of apartments. Studio apartments can hold up to two students, one bedroom apartments can hold up to three students, and two bedroom apartments can hold up to five students. Students will be assigned to an apartment by the Coordinator of Residence Life. All apartments have the same amenities. 
Q: Will I need to bring my own furniture? 
A: No. Jefferson College will provide a twin sized bed, a dresser, a desk, and desk chair for each resident student. However, any extras such as rugs, and other decorative accessories will not to be provided by the College. Due to space constraints, resident students are discouraged from bringing larger furniture items. Additionally, resident students will be responsible for bringing their own cookware, dishes, etc. for the kitchen and toiletries for the bathroom(s). 
 Q: Will I have a roommate? 
A: Yes, everyone will have a roommate or roommates. The Coordinator of Residence Life will strive to accommodate roommate requests, provided that all roommates have completed the Residence Life Contract and completed Roommate Request Forms in which all parties indicate that they want to live with one another. The Coordinator of Residence Life will select roommates for those students who do not have a specific request. The Residence Life staff does not guarantee that all requests will be met. Roommate assignments may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Residence Life Coordinator. 
Q: Do I have to leave the residence hall during times that classes are not in session? 
A: No! Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, the residence hall will remain open during College break periods. Resident students will be allowed to remain in the residence hall during these periods, although they may be asked to sign up in advance so that Residence Life staff members will know who is present in the residence hall and can account for them. 
Q: Can I pay extra to have a single room or an apartment to myself? 
A: It is important to give any students wishing to live in the residence hall the opportunity to do so. There are a limited number of spaces in the Patrick Henry. For these reasons, requests for single rooms/apartments cannot be accommodated at this time. 
Q: I am married and/or have children. May I live in the Patrick Henry? 
A: Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to accommodate students who are married and/or have children in the Patrick Henry. 
Q: Is it possible for me to take a tour of the Patrick Henry? 
A: Yes. Tours can be arranged in advance by contacting the Admissions office at (540) 985-8483. Same day tours of the residence hall may not be available for students who walk-in without an appointment. It is best to schedule tours in advance. 
Q: If I sign a Residence Life Contract can I change my mind later? 
A: Generally speaking, the answer is no. The Residence Life Contract is a binding, legal document, much like a standard lease agreement that you would sign for an apartment. The only way that you will not be responsible for paying housing fees for the entire academic year once you sign the contract is if you decide not to enroll in classes at Jefferson, or meet a strict set of criteria outlined in the contract. 
Q: Can I have pets in the Patrick Henry? 
A: No. Pets of any kind are not allowed, not even fish! 
Q: Can I smoke in my room? 
A: No. The entire Patrick Henry building is a smoke-free facility on the inside. Those wanting to smoke will have to 
do so outside of the building. 
Q: I am 21 years old. Can I have alcohol in the Patrick Henry? 
A: Yes, under certain conditions.  Students should refer to the Student Handbook for guidelines. 
Q: As a resident of the Patrick Henry, where am I supposed to park? 
A: Resident students are encouraged to park in two lots that are owned and monitored by Carilion Clinic. Both ofthese lots are located on Jefferson Street. The primary lot is adjacent to the Fralin House, while the overflow lot is located directly across the street from Jefferson Plaza. Resident students will be provided with special hang tags to park in these lots. There are closer parking options to the Patrick Henry that students can pay for. However, those lots/garages are not affiliated with Carilion Clinic or JCHS, and students park at their own risk. 

Q: I am currently enrolled in classes at Jefferson, but I live off campus. Do I have the option of living in the Patrick Henry for the 2015-2016 academic year? 
A: Yes, students living off campus may apply to live on campus at any time. However, applications for off campus students will not be considered on a priority basis until April 2, 2015. Residence Life Contracts can be found on the Residence Life website. From June 1, 2015 and forward, all applications will be prioritized according to the date the completed housing contract is received by the Coordinator of Residence Life. 
Q: Is housing available for the summer term? 
A: Yes! The cost is $1,500. Summer Residence Life Contracts and Roommate Request forms are available on the Residence Life website. In order to sign up for summer housing, you do not have to be enrolled in summer classes. However, you DO have to be enrolled in classes for the fall of 2015. Once the contract is received you are responsible for paying for the summer term even if you change your mind. 
Q: Who do I contact if I have any more questions specifically regarding the Patrick Henry? 
A: Stephanie Simpson, Coordinator of Residence Life. She can be reached via e-mail at, or by calling 
(540) 224-4686.