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Welcome Home!

Whether you are an incoming first year student, transferring to Shepherd, or re-enrolling, there is a home for you on campus.


Steps to Live On Campus

 Activate your Shepherd email account
•  More info can be found on the New Student Checklist
•  It may take up to a day for your activated account to reach our housing portal

Complete Housing Application on the Good Living Portal
•  Click this link to access the Good Living Portal
•  Your student username is the same as your email without the “”
•  Your student password is created on RAIL after activating your account (see Step 1)
•  Once you access the Portal, find Applications & Forms in the menu
•  Select and complete Housing 2021-2022 Housing Application (Fall 2021)

Pay your $100 Housing Deposit
(This deposit is separate from the $100 enrollment deposit)
Pay via mail: Make payable to “Shepherd University” and mail to: Residence Life, PO Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Pay via phone: call the Business Office at 304-876-5284
Pay in person: visit the Business Office in Ikenberry Hall, room 212

2021-2022 Room Selection timeline

Incoming students with a completed Housing Application submitted on or before April 23 will select their room May 4-6
Incoming students with a completed Housing Application submitted between April 24 and May 20 will select their room May 24-27
Housing Applications received on and after May 21 will have a room on campus, assigned by Residence Life
Fall move in is anticipated for Thursday, August 19 – Sunday, August 22; these dates are subject to change
Move-in time signup and other information will be sent to your student email during the summer

Residence Halls at Shepherd
Check Out the Residence Halls‌‍‍ ‌‌What to Pack for Campus

Potomac Place

Shepherd’s newest residence hall, opened in Fall 2017, is available for first-year & upperclass residents! Potomac Place is a suite-style living where no more than 2 people will share a bathroom with double and single occupancy options available.

Shaw Hall &
Thacher Hall

Traditional Halls are at the center of campus. If you like to be in a central location of campus where you just as close to the Wellness Center as you are from classes, then this is the place for you. Traditional Halls offer more options for those interested in our single-room experience. Restrooms are shared by roughly nine others living in a wing; each restroom has private stalls and showers with changing area.

Honors Suites

As space permits, first-year Honors students may be eligible to live in Martin Hall, a suite-style building among the West Woods suites. On your Housing Application, be sure to include Honors in your living preferences when prompted. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact our office.

West Woods &
Miller Hall

West Woods and Miller are suite-style with private bathrooms and a large living room. The suites take on an “apartment-style” living quality without the kitchen. Available to upperclass, transfer, & readmit residents.

Dunlop & Printz Apartments

Dunlop and Printz Hall are apartment-style living with a private bathroom, living room, and kitchen. The apartments provide a great opportunity for independent living. Available to upperclass, transfer, & readmit residents.

COVID-19 Impact

Based on current predictions, Shepherd is looking to embrace a “new normal” beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. We aim to safely re-open study lounges, kitchens, and common areas. We look forward to more in-hall events and guest visitation in ways that encourage safe interaction. We plan to offer double occupancy rooms, especially in locations with more private bathrooms as well as 150 single-occupancy rooms across campus. These adjustments are, of course, based on constant reassessment and adherence to federal, state, and local guidance. Housing adjustments will be more firmly determined in July as pandemic conditions are better known.

Residency Requirement

Shepherd University believes living on-campus is a crucial piece of a student’s educational experience. Thus, all Shepherd students are required to live on-campus while enrolled.
Those considering living off-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year must (1) meet qualifying exception criteria and (2) complete the Off-Campus Request form on the Good Living Portal. We urge you to not sign a lease or other commitments until you have been notified of off-campus approval or you will have two binding obligations. More information and residency exceptions can be found here:
Residency Requirement Info

Meal Plan Availability

Living on campus offers convenient access to Shepherd’s dining options. Options and costs for 2021-2022 are now posted and you can find them on our Options & Costs page linked below.
Meal Plan Options & Costs 2021-2022

Housing Accommodations

The Accessibility Office assists students needs through reasonable and documented accommodations. Request, approval, and management of any housing accommodations is managed through Accessibility.
Accessibility Office

Residential Mail

Mail and packages are delivered to the Residence Life Office in Miller Hall. We will notify students via email for First-Class Mail and packages. Visit the office during business hours to pick up.



P.O. Box 5005
Miller Hall – [Hall Code]
Shepherdstown, WV 25443‌


(UPS, FedEx, Amazon)

202 N. Duke St.
Miller Hall – [Hall Code]
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Hall Codes

‌Dunlop  DL
Miller  MI
Potomac Place  PL
‌Printz  PR
Shaw  SH
Thacher  TH
West Woods  WW

Contact Us

Residence Life Office, Miller Hall Lower Level
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

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