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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:

1. Activate your Shepherd email account
•   A student account is created after paying your enrollment deposit

•   You must create your account password on RAIL 
•  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

2. Complete Housing Application on the Good Living Portal
•  Click this link to access the Good Living Portal
•  Sign in using your student email and password (see Step 1)
•  Once you access the Portal, find Applications & Forms in the menu
•  Select and complete Housing Application

‌3. Pay your $100 Housing Deposit
(This deposit is separate from the $100 enrollment deposit)
Deposit online: Select “Pay Housing Deposit” on the Good Living Portal (found under Applications & Forms)
Pay via mail
: Make check payable to Shepherd University and mail to: Residence Life, PO Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Pay in person: Visit the Business Office in Ikenberry Hall, room 212

Room Selection Info – Singles and Doubles Housing Application & Roommate Selection
Resident Agreement 2024-25

Room Selection Timeline:

Monday, Dec. 4 Housing Application opens on the Good Living Portal > Applications & Forms > 2024-25 Housing Application
Friday, Jan. 19
  • Deadline to apply to live in a single occupancy room. 
  • Deadline for returning students to “Encore” a double occupancy room to guarantee returning to the same housing style, not necessarily the same room.  Residence Life assigns the location. 
  • Deadline for returning students to “Encore” a single occupancy room to guarantee returning to a single in the same housing style, not necessarily the same space – for people in bought or ADA singles in Fall 2023.  Residence Life assigns the location. 
Saturday, Jan. 20  & later Residents requesting a single occupancy room January 20 and beyond must add their names to the wait list on the Good Living Portal.  All people who submitted Resident Agreements by January 19 will be given first consideration.
Friday, Mar. 1 Applications received between February 3 and March 1 will participate in the second round of room selection on March 19 – 21.  New first time, transfer and readmit students begin to select spaces during this time period.
Friday, Apr. 5 Applications received between March 2 and April 5 will participate in the third round of room selection April 16 – 18.
Friday, May 3 Applications received between April 6 and May 3 will participate in the fourth round of room selection May 14 – 16.
Saturday, May 4 & later Applications received May 4 or later will be assigned by Residence Life staff.

Shepherd’s Residence Halls
Residence Halls‌‍‍ ‌ ‌‌What to Pack List

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.

Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement Info
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 unless they qualify for exception.
Those considering living off-campus 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:

Meal Plans

Meal Plan Options & Costs
Living on campus offers convenient access to Shepherd’s dining options. All residents, except those living in Dunlop or Printz Apartments, must select a meal plan when signing up for housing.
Options and costs for 2023-2024 are linked above. Information and rates for 2024-2025 coming soon!

Housing Accommodations

Accessibility Office
The Accessibility Office assists students needs through reasonable and documented accommodations. Request, approval, and management of any housing accommodations is managed through Accessibility. This includes single room, emotional support and service animals, dietary, and/or access accommodations.

Mail & Packages for Residents

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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