A Brief Overview of Housing 

General housing selection begins today! Whether you are a returning student, incoming freshman, or prospective student, check out this blog post for a brief overview of housing. 

All first and second year students are required to live on campus to help build friendships during the beginning of their college experience. The freshman housing includes the Botetourt Complex, Bryan Complex, Dupont Hall, Green & Gold Village, Hunt Hall, Lemon Hall, Monroe Hall, Randolph Complex, Reves Hall and Willis Hall. Most of these residence halls are double rooms with either hall or shared bathrooms and are located close to either dining hall. Each residence hall will include laundry machines, a shared kitchen, and lounges for all residents to share. For my first year I was in Nicholson Hall (part of Botetourt Complex!). Being in a hall style residence hall helped me meet lots of new people which was especially helpful as a spring transfer student. 

For returning students, more housing options are available. Barrett Hall, Bryan Complex, Chandler Hall, Hardy Hall, Jefferson Hall, Landrum Hall, Old Dominion Hall, and Randolph Complex are hall style. One Tribe Place and Richmond Hall are suite style with private/shared bathrooms. Tribe Square, and Ludwell Apartments are apartment style which include in-unit kitchens, living area, private bathrooms, and separate bedrooms. Greek Life Housing is also available to those in sororities and fraternities. 

For upperclassmen, it can sometimes be challenging to find on-campus housing due to limited campus spaces. However, there’s currently construction happening across campus to increase the number of beds available to students that will continue for the next couple of years. Those who are unable to acquire on-campus housing can rent out houses or apartments near William & Mary. Off-campus housing resource fairs also occur each year to help students find nearby apartments. 

Learn more about first year housing here: https://www.wm.edu/offices/residencelife/oncampus/residencehalls/freshman/

Learn more about upperclassmen housing here: https://www.wm.edu/offices/residencelife/oncampus/residencehalls/upperlevel/

The Ultimate College Bucket List for Your First Semester

Welcome to the tribe spring transfers! As you begin your journey at William & Mary, consider adding these to your college bucket list. I’ve compiled a list of academic and social ideas to create the ultimate bucket list for your first semester! 

  1. Join a club or organization of something you’re interested in
  2. Explore all floors of Swem
  3. Attend a lecture or workshop outside of your major
  4. Pet a dog at the Williamsburg Farmers Market 
  5. Host a movie or game night to meet new people 
  6. Attend a formal dance or event
  7. Volunteer for a local charity or community event
  8. Start a study group with students in your class 
  9. Go kayaking on Lake Matoaka 
  10. Find your favorite pancake house 
  11. Attend an AMP Event 
  12. Write a letter to your future self to open on graduation day 
  13. Join an intramural or club sports team
  14. Attend a Career Center networking event 
  15. Participate in a research project 
  16. Take a class outside of your comfort zone 
  17. Have a picnic on the Sunken Garden 
  18. Try a fitness or wellness class 
  19. Create a photo diary of your first semester
  20. Connect with other transfer students!

Favorite memories from my first year – Ellie McMahon

There are a lot of words that William & Mary students use to describe GGV. Lack of air conditioning, communal bathrooms, and subpar just to name a few. Though its reputation precedes it, GGV is arguably the best place to build a community as a freshman. For me, no air conditioning on the third floor meant spending more time in the shared lounge, and many of my hallmates did the same as we formed quick and long-lasting relationships. 

There were so many opportunities thrown at me the first few weeks of freshman year. The club fair with over 500 student organizations, all the tabling at Sadler, and the countless events we were dragged to by our OAs. But none of them impacted Lion K like IM softball. When sign-ups first rolled around in September, our group GroupMe was frenzied on the guys’ side and almost silent from the girls. There was no way my third floor girls hall was forming a softball team, but plenty of the guys downstairs had played baseball in the past or were looking for some way to occupy their Sunday nights. Whatever it was, the Zaddy Lions were born. Even though my floor wasn’t involved in this team in any way whatsoever, if we were anything as a group, we were enthusiastic. In the beginning of freshman year Lion K did everything together- meals, Target runs, birthday celebrations- there was no reason we wouldn’t cheer on our softball team as well. 

On the night of the first game, as the actual team was in the lounge strategizing, the third floor was doing arts and crafts. Each of us carried a letter on a plain white sheet of paper, enough to spell out Lion K with a hand drawn lion in the middle. Nothing will ever compare to the reaction we got when we arrived at the IM field just as the first pitch was being thrown. The whole team loved the signs and it was so much more fun to watch than I expected. These people I’d known for less than a month had become my closest friends which meant we spent every waking moment together. 

From that week forward, we showed up to every game, signs in tow, until they got too worn to carry. By the end of the season, each player had his own superlative, ranging from Girlboss Gari to Risky Robbie. These signs were made out of posterboard (and turned out to be a lot more durable). Each year since then, the Zaddy Lions have reunited over their love for softball, each coming from new friendships and organizations, but never forgetting the relationships made in GGV. Even the girls have made it to a few more games, proof that freshman dorm camaraderie is something that lives on forever. 

Author bio: Hi everyone! My name is Ellie and I’m a junior here at W&M. I’m majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Hispanic Studies and hope to incorporate a bit of both into my future career. I’ve always enjoyed writing but have never been able to pursue it seriously, and I’m so happy to be able to write for the STEP Toward Success Blog as a guest writer!

W&M Lingo

Here at William and Mary we often use acronyms to describe things around campus. Here is a list of possible lingo you might encounter and what they actually mean:

Bot – Botetourt Complex 

Botetourt is one of W&M’s freshman residence hall complexes. 

Caf – Refers to Commons dining hall 

Commons dining hall is the dining hall closest to most freshman residence halls. 

CLC – Campus Living Center

The CLC is home to Residence Life and STEP

CSD – Center for Student Diversity 

Located inside the Sadler Center, the Center for Student Diversity 

CW – Colonial Williamsburg 

William & Mary is located on the outskirts of Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum!

GGV – Green and Gold Village 

One of W&M’s freshman residence complexes 

ISC – Integrated Science Center 

Where the sciences of W&M are located! Right now ISC 4 is under construction! 

LDOC – Last day of classes

Last day of classes of the semester! 

OTOD – One Tribe One Day

Day for the W&M community to gather and support the people, places, and programs at the university. 

STEP – Office of Student Transition Engagement Programs 

Provides services, outreach, and support to students throughout their experience at W&M!

SA – Student Assembly 

Student government organization and student union

SAS – Student Accessibility Services 

Offers accessibility accommodations upon request

TWAMP – Typical William and Mary Student 

A term used to describe students at William & Mary! 

Why You Should Choose William & Mary

Choosing a college is an overwhelming decision. Will I succeed in my classes? How will I find my group of friends? Will I be prepared for graduate education or the workforce? William & Mary is a perfect university for students looking for a small community feel, with the resources of a large university. Students and faculty bring innovative and unique ideas that contribute to the diversity of perspectives at W&M. The sense of community flourishes at the university through a smaller physical campus, but a large network of graduates and alumni. 

William & Mary will challenge you academically, socially, and professionally. But within these challenges come irreplaceable experiences that will prepare you for real-world opportunities. Students, staff, and faculty are welcoming and prepared to help you from your very first step on campus through your entire W&M experience. There are many opportunities to give back to the community, participate in research, and explore new interests inside and beyond the classroom. With over 150 student clubs & organizations, you’re sure to find a group of people that share similar interests and goals. 

Our smaller campus offers the benefit of walkability and being closely located to Colonial Williamsburg. Being the second oldest university in the United States, William & Mary has a rich history. Taking a stroll around Colonial Williamsburg to be immersed in the country’s largest living history museum is a unique experience that no other university has to offer.  

While looking at prospective colleges, consider touring William & Mary!