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Housing for International Graduate Students

Finding Suitable Housing

There is an abundance of available housing in the Winston-Salem area. However many local apartment complexes are not located within walking distance of the Reynolda Campus.

Graduate students are not eligible to live in on campus dormitories however Wake Forest University does own houses located within walking distance for graduate students to take advantage of. For more information on the Wake Forest University Properties please visit Wake Forest University Housing.

Undergraduate international students must live in on-campus dorms for the first three years, during their fourth year, they are eligible to move off campus if they choose however they will be given the opportunity to remain on campus.

Locating Housing

It is certainly possible to book housing prior to arrival and this is strongly recommended if you find something you think you like. In particular, the housing provided by WFU Properties is very popular and fills up quickly so it is recommended to book housing with them ahead of time if you would like to live in one of the WFU owned houses. That being said, keep in mind that housing contracts are binding and if you arrive and find the housing option unsuitable, you may not be able to move without paying hefty fees.

Some international students wait until after they arrive in Winston-Salem to make a housing commitment. This allows for the opportunity to find housing that is suitable for their personal wants and needs. If you will be using this method to find housing, you will probably need to plan for a 2-3 day stay in a local hotel. This will give you time to look at and compare several different properties, as well as give the complex time to prepare and clean the apartment prior to your scheduled move-in date.

To the right are links to both the Wake Forest University Housing options as well as local area apartment complex options. This list is by no means comprehensive in terms of all available rental housing in the immediate Winston-Salem area, but hopefully it will provide you with an idea of the prevailing housing situation. Please keep in mind that the rental rates listed may have changed. All of the properties listed on the page are located in areas of the city that are considered to be safe by local standards. Students interested in the complexes listed on the website should contact the apartment management office directly.

Important Housing Tips

  • Please keep the following tips in mind when looking for an apartment and and/or signing a lease:
    1. A contract is a legally binding agreement between you and the owner/management. Once you sign a contract and take possession of the apartment, you are bound by the rules of that contract. If you decide to move prior to the end date listed on the contract, you will most likely have to pay a heavy fine and forfeit your deposit.
    2. Most apartment contracts are for a 12-month period. On ocassion a complex will allow you to sign a 5-6 month lease.
    3. Most apartment complexes require a deposit. The amount of the deposit is often equal to one month’s rent.
    4. The vast majority of apartments in Winston-Salem are unfurnished and you will be responsible for furnishing the apartment.
    5. You get what you pay for! The amount of rent you pay is usually a good reflection of the overall quality of the apartment. If the rent is cheap, the apartment may not offer some of the amenities that are found in the more expensive complexes.
    6. Your personal safety should be your highest priority in looking for an apartment. If you have doubts about the overall safety of a certain property, please consult with the Center for International Studies prior to signing a lease.
    7. If you damage the apartment or leave it in a dirty state when you move out, you will be charged a repair/cleaning fee.
    8. You should not hesitate to call the management office if you have a problem with your apartment, such as noisy neighbors, leaky faucet, etc.
    9. When you look at an apartment, make sure that you ask the management about any rent specials that they might have. Many local complexes run specials throughout the year. Even if they don’t have any advertised specials, a discount might be available f you ask.
    10. Most apartments charge extra rent and/or deposit money for pets.