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Changes to Residential Occupancy and Practices

As mandated by the state to reduce risk, TCNJ will significantly decrease density in the residence halls. All residential students will be housed in single-occupancy rooms. Doubles will become singles, and suite-style units with five or six residents will house three or four residents, respectively. Only students who meet specified criteria will be eligible to live on campus. To view the criteria and apply for housing, please visit MyHousing.

Students living on campus must commit to high standards of personal behavior and hygiene to protect themselves and the other members of their residence hall. Consistent with state guidelines, a minimum of 321 rooms will be reserved within the housing inventory as quarantine and isolation space for residential students.

Under rare circumstances, some students may be assigned a roommate. Roommate groups will be limited to siblings, students sharing the same permanent home address, or others requiring an Accessibility Resource Center accommodation.

Housing Contracts and Assignments

Students interested in being considered for a spring housing assignment should have completed the Spring 2021 Housing Application in MyHousing. Those applicants who have applied by the deadline have all received a spring assignment. Any student interested in housing after the spring semester has started can request housing consideration via email.

Housing Priority

All residential students are required to be registered full time. Applications shall be available to all matriculated and registered undergraduate students. However, if space is limited, housing priority consideration will be provided to first-year students, seniors, students in programs that require housing, out-of-state students, and students with housing insecurity or accessibility issues (i.e., students previously registered with the Accessibility Resource Center for housing accommodations where on-campus housing was deemed necessary). Additional consideration will be provided to students who need to be on campus for in-person classes or for athletic participation.

Off-campus rental properties may also be an option for students. Postings may be found on the Residential Education and Housing website, as available.

New Policies and Procedures

To ensure the TCNJ community’s well-being, Residential Education and Housing has developed new policies and procedures, collectively titled Residential Expectations: Behavioral Expectations and Regulations. Effective Monday, March 15, 2021, students may have up to one masked resident from their building or townhouse in their room (up to two guests in apartments that house two or more residents). For spring 2021, no additional guests will be permitted in the residence halls or in your room, including but not limited to students from your residence hall, students from other residence halls, and family. The exception is during move-in and move-out times, when each resident is permitted two support persons to help with the move.

New Pre-Entrance Health Requirements

For spring 2021, all residential students must receive a seasonal flu vaccination and be tested for COVID-19 prior to their scheduled date to live on campus. A flu vaccination must be received after July 2020. A record of a student’s flu vaccination should be uploaded to OWL as soon as possible for review and verification by Student Health Services. Please note that no student is required to receive a vaccination that is medically contraindicated for him or her. View instructions for applying for a medical exemption.

Students are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test record that includes the student’s name, date of test collection, testing facility, and the result. This test must be collected within seven days of the student’s scheduled date to live on campus (January 24–30 for most students). Antibody (blood test) results are not acceptable. Tests that are collected more than seven days prior to living on campus will not be accepted. The record of this test must be uploaded to OWL for review and verification by Student Health Services. Please reference the COVID-19 Test Site Finder to locate a facility near you. Please also reference the COVID-19 Testing portion of this website for additional information regarding mandatory on-campus testing for residential students.

It is important to understand that the ability to live in TCNJ housing is contingent upon completing the above requirements.

During the spring semester, the college will require and provide twice-weekly on-site testing of all students living on campus and weekly testing of those coming to campus, with the expectation that those tested in this way are asymptomatic.

Residence Halls

Due to the need to reduce campus residential density, some buildings will be taken offline to accommodate quarantine and isolation needs. For spring 2021, residential facilities will be arranged as follows:

  • Allen, Brewster, Centennial, Ely, and Norsworthy: These will be unoccupied and offline for the spring semester. 
  • Travers and Wolfe: Traditionally assigned double-occupancy rooms will now be singles. Each building occupant will be assigned bathroom facilities to help facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
  • Decker, Cromwell, Phelps, and Hausdoerffer: Suite-style and apartment facilities will also have reduced capacities, allowing for private rooms and a shared bathroom. Students will be responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of the bathrooms.
  • Townhouses: These will remain single-occupancy units with no more than four students sharing a bathroom. Students will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the bathrooms.
  • Eickhoff and New Residence: Double-occupancy rooms with en-suites will be reduced to single occupancy.

Quarantining and the New Jersey Travel Advisory

If you are currently staying in, vacationing in, or traveling from another state, New Jersey may require you to quarantine for 14 days. For the most current list of states currently included on the travel advisory list, please visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub.

The weekend before classes start, residential students coming from a state on the travel advisory list will be able to drop their belongings off at their spring room assignment prior to moving into a temporary quarantine space, where they will be required to stay for 14 days. During this time, these students will be expected to attend classes remotely and will have food delivered to their quarantine space.

Housing will coordinate quarantine spaces for students whose permanent home address is in a state listed on the New Jersey travel advisory list. Any other student who may need to self-quarantine according to the New Jersey guidelines should email Residential Education and Housing as soon as possible.


Move-in will occur under strict scheduling and distancing requirements. Residential Education and Housing will email on-campus residential students with assigned move-in dates and further instructions.

Health and Safety Checks

Professional and student staff will establish and communicate procedures for maintaining contact with residents through physically distanced, virtual, or electronic means. The schedule of room inspections will be modified, with more open and regular conversation occurring regarding shared responsibility of residents for adhering to approved guidelines.

Common Spaces

Following shared responsibility expectations, common spaces will be altered, and residents will be expected to follow approved guidelines for cleaning, wearing face coverings, refraining from large events, etc. While New Jersey remains in Phase 2, all lounges and communal kitchens will be closed. Laundry facilities will remain available for residential students to use.

Services and Facilities

  • Mail disbursement will be reconfigured to ensure distancing protocol.
  • Common-area bathrooms will be cleaned daily, and high-touch sections of common areas will be disinfected twice daily. Residents may not store personal items in bathrooms.
  • Protocol for using laundry facilities will be forthcoming.

Isolation and Quarantine Planning

TCNJ has developed a comprehensive plan to isolate or quarantine residents who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive. Students who need to quarantine or isolate will be provided with a temporary housing assignment in a designated quarantine or isolation building. To facilitate the move, students will be provided with a recommended packing list and a cart to transport their belongings. During this time, TCNJ Dining Services will take meal orders and deliver food to the new location. Students are not allowed to leave these rooms/units until they have been cleared by Student Health Services and/or CovidComply.