Housing and Residence Life

To minimize chances of an outbreak, Mason has reduced the occupancy of residence halls for fall semester.

Man wearing a mask
Everyone on campus will be provided two reusable face coverings, and will need to wear one whenever they are in a building.

While the experience may look and feel different, we plan to build communities in new ways

We'll have about 3,350 students will be living on the Fairfax Campus. They’ll live in single-occupancy spaces, unless they request a roommate. No more than two people per room.

Everyone who comes to campus must complete Safe Return to Campus Training. It covers:

  • Daily health screening.
  • What to do if you feel ill.
  • Physical/social distancing guidelines.
  • Face-covering rules.
  • Hygiene practices.

In addition, all residential students must have a negative COVID-19 test.

In Your Buildings

Housing will maintain two 24/7 help desks, one in Piedmont/Tidewater and one in Eisenhower. Moveable stanchions or plexiglass barriers will provide a six-foot distance between visitors and staff.

To promote health and safety, we’re setting up rules and guidelines: 

  • Wear a face covering when outside rooms.
  • Submit the Mason COVID Health Check™ daily.
  • No non-residents allowed, with the exception of aides approved by the Office of Disability Services.
  • Don’t use cell phones in hallways and common bathroom areas.
  • Maintain physical distancing in common spaces.
  • Doors will be one-way, designated entry or exit.
  • If you must use an elevator, only two people per car allowed.
  • High-contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every two hours.
  • Areas such as kitchens and lounges may be inaccessible until the university OK’s their use. Coffee and ice machines will be removed.
  • The Ridge study and resource area will be closed.
  • Housing will not rent board games, athletic equipment, HDMI cords, and other items this semester.

It's up to residents to keep their personal spaces clean.

Virtual Learning Communities

While we’re dealing with the COVID-19 situation, these communities will stand in for the traditional Living Learning Communities of students who share common interests.

In a virtual setting, the Virtual Learning Community (VLC) is similar to a residence hall floor or building where students have easy access to each other, making the larger Mason community feel more cohesive.

Each VLC has a team of faculty members, professional, and student staff, and includes a connected course around the topic area.

The VLC also partner with at least two campus offices to create a collaborative and holistic environment for the students engaging in that community.