Note: Undergraduate students are required to live on campus until senior year, at which time they are eligible to move off campus.
Although graduate students are not eligible to live in campus residence halls, there is an abundance of rental housing in Winston-Salem. While many local apartment complexes are not within a comfortable walking distance of the Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University does own houses just outside the confines of campus which are available for graduate students to rent. For more information on the Wake Forest University Properties, please visit Wake Forest University Housing.
You are strongly encouraged to secure housing prior to your arrival if you find something online you think you like. In particular, the housing provided by WFU Properties (mentioned above) is extremely popular and fills up quickly. If you would like to live in one of the WFU-owned houses, you will want to make these arrangements as far in advance as possible.
BE AWARE that housing contracts are binding documents! If you arrive and find the housing option unsuitable, you may not be able to get out of your contract and move to a new location unless you pay a hefty fee.
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 approach, you will need to plan for a 2-3 day stay in a local hotel. This will give you time to tour 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.
Please keep the following tips in mind when looking for an apartment and and/or signing a lease: