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Life at VTS

Student Housing

In preparing its students as servants of Jesus Christ, as lay and ordained leaders of the church, the Seminary has placed theological education in the context of residential community marked by common life and worship.

On-campus students rapidly develop friendships and begin to make trips into nearby Washington to take advantage of its many cultural resources. Some of these trips are to local churches to experience the varying forms of worship conducted in the churches of other traditions. Countless restaurants, theaters, movies, and stores are found in the metropolitan area. The type and degree of camaraderie developed each year depends on the students.

Traditional Residence Halls

Traditional Residence Halls

The Seminary has four on-campus residence halls for student housing.  The residence hall rooms are designed to accommodate only one person, and therefore cannot support a student coming to seminary with other family members.  The residence halls also do not accommodate pets and are smoke-free throughout.
Each residence hall room is furnished with a twin regular or twin long bed, a large dresser, one book case, and a desk and chair. Every residence hall room has its own private bathroom, with either a tub/shower combination or a shower stall only.  All rooms are both hard-wired for direct access to the Internet and receive a high-speed wireless Internet signal.  Each residence hall has a common lounge with a television with cable service, a kitchen, and a laundry room.  The common rooms are wonderful gathering places for residents to relax and enjoy one another’s company.  All on-campus residents are required to subscribe to the full meal plan with 7 days a week service.  Residence hall kitchens may be used on an occasional basis for preparing a snack or heating up a frozen meal.
Guidelines for Traditional Residence Hall Assignments
Every spring, the Seminary begins the process of selection and assignment of residence hall rooms for the next academic year.  The Seminary reserves a number of rooms for residence staff and for prospective new students.  Current students wishing to return to the residence halls must complete an On-Campus Housing Request Survey online through myVTS by April 15.  Returning students are assigned rooms based upon their stated preferences with priority given to students with a documented health or disability condition that necessitates a specific type of housing, followed by rising seniors and then by rising middlers.  If the number of returning students requesting rooms exceeds the number of rooms available for returning students, some will be placed on a waiting list until the entering student housing selection and assignment process is completed.
New students will be accommodated in on-campus housing on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date on which their registration and degree fee deposit was received. New students must complete an On-Campus Housing Request Form and submit it to the Director of Housing by June 1.  New students who are accepted and pay their deposits after all residence hall rooms are filled will need to find housing off-campus.  The Seminary is not responsible for locating alternate housing for such students, but will assist, when possible, with renting an apartment in one of the local apartment complexes with which we have a relationship.  The Seminary is not responsible for supplementing costs incurred if a person chooses to live alone off-campus.  Normally, students who maintain a local residence within reasonable commuting distance (a 30-mile radius of the Seminary) will not be eligible to live in the residence halls unless space is clearly available.

On Campus Apartments

On Campus Family Apartments

Virginia Theological Seminary has 39 apartment-style housing options for those coming to Seminary with a spouse and/or children. 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom units are available in these four garden style apartment buildings. Apartments are unfurnished but do include all major kitchen appliances and full-size washers and dryers. For more information, layouts and dimensions, click here. 
Housing Subsidy Program
Virginia Theological Seminary provides a housing subsidy for eligible couples and single parents to defray the cost of rent. Students who wish to live in one of the on-campus apartment units should complete the Additional Student Housing Request Form to inform the Director of Housing of the size and location of the desired unit, and the date they wish to occupy the unit. Priority for assignment to specific apartments is determined by the date the Seminary receives the student's registration and degree fee deposit, which is payable only after one has been offered admission. This request form will be made available to incoming students in the spring. The housing subsidy begins August 1 for entering students. As long as the student meets the eligibility requirements, the subsidy will continue until the month the student graduates or leaves seminary. 
On Campus Housing Application & Process
Once an applicable housing unit becomes available: 

* The student is assigned to the unit.
* Students complete a rental application and return it to the Director of Housing, along with a $30 application fee per adult (other than the student). The Seminary will complete a background check for all adults who will reside in the unit, besides the student, who will have completed a background check during the application process.
* VTS and student sign the lease and student is responsible for paying a security deposit. Students are responsible for all property damage upon vacating the apartment.
* Students inform the Director of Housing of their arrival date, so it can be arranged for the Director of Housing or a surrogate to be on campus to provide keys and a walk through.
* After moving in, students pay the net rent (rent less VTS subsidy) to the Seminary, and report any maintenance issues to Seminary maintenance. 
* Students are responsible for their part of the rent until graduation or departure from seminary. Students receive the subsidy through May 31 and must vacate the apartment no later than June 30 following their graduation.

Off Campus Housing
Students may choose to live off-campus in nearby housing or apartment complexes. Off-campus students are expected to participate in community life through regular participation in worship, classes, and lunch in the refectory.  Off-campus students are also encouraged to participate in residential community life of the seminary through opportunities like Full Stop Friday, evening lectures, field trips, and student organizations.  Virginia Seminary provides an off-campus housing subsidy for eligible couples and single parents full time students who are renting because there is no housing for them on-campus. To establish community and to assist with relocation, the Director of Financial Aid & Off-Campus Housing works with three nearby apartment complexes: Braddock LeeBrookville Townhomes, and Willow Run. Click for a Comparison of the Three Complexes and Apartments Near VTS map.  VTS will consider working with other corporate owned neighborhood apartments if they better meet the needs of the student.
Applying for Subsidy if Not Living in Seminary-Designated Housing
To be eligible for the off-campus housing subsidy, a student must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) and renting.  Eligible students who receive VTS financial aid will receive the full subsidy. Eligible students not on VTS financial aid will receive one-half of the subsidy if they live in one of the designated apartment complexes. If they live in other rental housing, they will receive one-half of the subsidy if their rent equals the rent at seminary-designated housing, and if they meet specific criteria regarding assets and income. 

Students complete both sides of the VTS Financial Aid Application, being sure to specify under Expenses the amount of monthly rent and, if applicable, utilities. Return the application to the Director of Financial Aid & Off-Campus Housing. A copy of the rental lease must be submitted as soon as it is signed. Contact the Off-Campus Housing Office for further information.

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