Parents and Family Information

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At University Housing, we’re here to help make the transition to living on campus go smoothly. Our goal is for students to thrive in a community that’s safe, accessible and welcoming—and one that shapes their entire experience as part of the Wolfpack family. As an integral part of the process, we want to make sure parents and families have the information they need to help their students find housing and live well.

What You Need to Know

First-Year Requirement

All first-year students must live on campus and have an on-campus meal plan. It’s a requirement backed by a decades-long university study with impressive data. Students living on campus are shown to have:

  • Higher GPAs
  • Higher graduation rates
  • More involvement in campus activities
  • A higher likelihood of staying with those activities after their first year

Data also shows that living on campus connects students to the university in ways that those who live off campus do not experience such as participation in recreational opportunities and wellness resources.

Learn more about the first-year housing requirement.

Housing to Fit Your Student’s Needs

Housing options range from traditional residence halls to on-campus apartments.

Living and Learning Villages are communities of students who share a similar interest, and they reside in residence halls and two apartment communities, Wolf Village Apartments and Wolf Ridge Apartments.

First-year students can live in nearly all of the residence halls but only one apartment community, Wolf Village Apartments.

Single occupancy rooms are available in several residence halls, including Watauga, Wood, and Avent Ferry Complex.

Housing Costs

NC State consistently ranks high in value among public universities for both in- and out-of-state students. See current housing costs.


We’ve collected frequently asked questions about on-campus housing to help answer your additional questions.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this site, please contact us by email at

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