On-Campus Living

On-campus living at Bluefield University offers an environment compatible with and supportive of your personal, spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual development.

Your residence hall is where you learn the fine art of getting along with others in the place you call home. It’s where you experience some of your most significant moments of personal growth. Lessons learned in how to live in harmony with others, interact with people from different backgrounds, and debate about important ideas and flights of fancy will help you throughout your life. University dorm life often leads to strong and lasting friendships that last a lifetime.

When you live on campus, you’ll be expected to adhere to commonly accepted standards of behavior. These are necessary to create and maintain an academically supportive environment, guarantee mutual respect and dignity, and provide a haven for all of our members.

Bluefield Residence Halls

Five traditional residence halls accommodate approximately 440 students. Each residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities and parlor-style living spaces.

  • Alumni Hall is an all-male dorm for juniors and seniors. This residence hall offers only single rooms with suite-style bathrooms. Athletes love this dorm because it is located near the Dome.
  • Bluefield University offers on-campus apartments for juniors and seniors. Bluestone Commons apartments are designed for four students, and each apartment is fully furnished, including a kitchen with a microwave and dishwasher. One of its outstanding features is an outdoor community space with fire pits and grills.
  • Cruise Hall is one of the original buildings on campus. Dorm rooms have large windows, so there’s plenty of natural light. This residence hall is centrally located, so it’s easy to get to class and the dining hall. After classes, you can snag a hammock in the outdoor space or start a pick-up basketball game.
  • East River Hall is an all-female hall and has the distinction of being the only residence hall with an elevator. It is also the newest non-apartment style hall. The dorm offers single and double rooms with suite-style bathrooms. Residents enjoy Hulu and Disney+ access in all three lobbies of East River.
  • Rish Hall is the largest dorm on campus. Public spaces include two balconies with terrific views, a barbershop, and an updated lobby. Rish Hall features double rooms. The ground floor is home to the Academic Center for Excellence, making it easy to take advantage of tutoring sessions.

There are 23 Resident Advisors, two Resident Hall Directors, and one Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs. We invite you to reach out and get to know this team. Their goal is to create a safe, educational, fun, and spiritual living environment.

On-Campus Residency

Bluefield University requires all students to live on campus unless:

  • You are an online student.
  • You are within 30 credit hours of completing your degree requirements.
  • You live at home with a parent or legal guardian within a 45-mile radius of campus.
  • You are married or care for a child or a dependent.
  • You are 22 years of age or older at the beginning of the current academic year.
  • You have lived on your own for more than one year before attending BU and can provide documentation.

Students who receive a Bluefield University talent scholarship are required to live on campus until graduation. All students receiving talent funds, including student-athletes with athletic grants-in-kind, and those receiving music, theatre, or art scholarships must live in campus housing. Failure to follow this requirement means you will be charged for room and board.

If you are a member of a sports team, a coach may approve 20% of team members to live off-campus.

Married couples may apply for on-campus married housing.

Room Assignments

We make every attempt to make room assignments that address mutual roommate requests and special factors you share with us. Assignments are made based on the date of deposit. We do our best to pair students with compatible living habits and similar goals. However, we cannot guarantee your assignment to a particular room and/or residence hall.

If occupancy allows, a student may live in a double room and pay the single room rate.

We reserve the right to make all residence hall, room, and roommate assignments and reassignments. Every effort is made to honor your request; however, we cannot guarantee your request unless you and your roommate request each other. We do not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, or physical handicap.

While living on campus, you must purchase a 200-meal plan. Valley Food Services at Bluefield University offers residential students a meal plan through the cafeteria and the Starbucks kiosk, with $50 in additional flex dollars for the Starbucks kiosk.

Apply for On-Campus Housing


  • All students who are accepted may apply for on-campus housing. Please review our residence hall housing policies and then complete the forms on myBU.
  • If you have questions about residential life on the BU campus, we invite you to contact Student Life.
  • Please refer to the Residence Life section of the Student Handbook for residence life policies.

New Student FAQs

  • If you are a new student in the fall and would like to apply for housing or commuting, please reach out to your admissions counselor for instructions on how to apply.
  • If you have applied to commute, approval or additional information will be emailed to you.
  • If you want to pay your Damage Deposit, please contact Bluefield Central.
  • If you need assistance with submitting health forms, please email Student Life.
  • You can find your roommate information on myBU.
  • You can search your roommate’s information in the Bluefield email directory to contact them. Please remember this information is subject to change. If you do not have a roommate listed, one will be provided to you as we continue to house students.
  • Dorm Rooms include twin extra-long mattresses.
  • If you are having issues logging into your myBU or email, please contact the IST Department.
  • If you have move-in questions, please email Student Life.
  • For a list of the most common questions for all things campus living, check out our full FAQ page

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Jenna Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Raymond

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Our team is here for you! How can we help?

This form requires credentials in order to request information.