Frequently Asked Questions

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Rooms and Residence Halls

How do I submit a maintenance request?

  • Log in to my.hollins.edu.
  • Click the “Home tab,” then under the “Quick Links” section, choose the Maintenance Request Form.
  • Building and maintenance calls in residence halls are conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When can students start arriving in the fall and spring semesters?

Refer to Important Dates for the opening and closing dates for each semester, and also for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.


What if I get locked out of my room/apartment?

  • Call a roommate for access to the residence hall and/or room.
  • If a roommate isn’t available, contact the RA on duty between 6:30 pm and 8:30 am through the RA office (x6312) or the RA duty cell phone (540-556-5747).
  • If those options don’t work, contact Campus Security.

Students are allowed three “free” lock-outs each academic year.


What do I do if I lose my building/room keys or ID card?

Contact Campus Security, who will contact the on-call Housing and Residence Life staff to initiate a lock change. Refer to the current student handbook for core change costs.

Campus Security can replace lost ID cards and has the final authority on charges.


Who can I contact if I have a residence emergency?

After 6:30 pm, call the RA office (x6312) or the RA cell phone (540-556-5747) for assistance.

Campus Security is available 24 hours a day. Call 540-362-6419 for nonemergencies and 540-362-6911 for emergencies.


What will be in my room when I arrive?

Hollins provides each student with these furnishings:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Dresser
  • Standard-size twin bed (mattress and frame)
  • Closet

What to Bring


What if there is furniture missing or a problem with my room when I arrive?

Contact your resident assistant (RA). Be sure to submit your room/apartment condition report within 48 hours of your arrival, or you’ll forfeit any right to contest damage assessments when you check out.


Will my room be cleaned?

All rooms are cleaned and inspected before students arrive. Once you’re here, it’s your responsibility to clean your own room.


Are the rooms carpeted, and will I have curtains?

The main hallways in all residence halls are carpeted. Tinker and Apartment rooms have tile floors. West, East, Rath Haus, and Rose Hill rooms have hardwood floors. Carvin, French House, Main, Randolph, and Sandusky rooms have carpet. All buildings have mini blinds.


Will I have cable and Internet access in my room?

Every residence hall room is furnished with one cable outlet. Students must provide the television and the cable that connects it to the wall outlet. An Ethernet outlet connecting to the Hollins University network is provided in the room for each student. Students must provide their own Ethernet cables. All residence halls are wireless.


Will there be a telephone in my room?

Every student room has a telephone line. Students are responsible for providing their own telephone sets, which must be touch-tone and compatible with the standard telephone modular-wiring jacks. Each room or apartment is assigned a nontransferable telephone number. You can submit a request to activate your line at no charge.


How do I make calls from the landline in my room?

For calls to other rooms or offices on-campus
Dial the last four digits of the number (also known as the extension).

Off-campus calls Dial 9 and then the number.

Long-distance calls
Call collect, or charge to a calling card or major credit card. Students cannot contract individually for long-distance service for a private telephone line, and they cannot accept collect calls.

Problems with phones should be reported to the help desk at: ext. 7777; off-campus, 540-362-6538; or helpdesk@hollins.edu.


Can I bring a refrigerator?

Yes, if it is no larger than a 4.5 cubic foot capacity.

A limited number of two-cubic-foot refrigerators are available for rent ($25/term, $50/year). If a student changes rooms during the year, she can take the refrigerator with her. Students incur a $15 fee for not cleaning a refrigerator.

Contact Gloria Bryant at 540-362-6485 or gbryant@hollins.edu to reserve a refrigerator and allow two weeks for delivery.


What buildings are air-conditioned?

  • The Apartments
  • Carvin
  • French House
  • Rose Hill
  • Rath Haus
  • Tinker
  • Sandusky

Randolph does not have air-conditioning in each room, but the hallways are cooled.


When will the heat come on (or be turned off)?

Switchover from heating to cooling
Air conditioning may not begin until the outside temperature has reached 75°F for seven consecutive days.

Switchover from cooling to heating 
Heating may not begin until the high outside air temperature has dropped below at least 55°F for seven consecutive days.

Special problems or hardships with these policies should be addressed to the vice president for finance and administration.


Where will I do laundry?

Tinker has a laundry room on each floor. Randolph’s is on the first floor. Hill House and Front Quad residents use the West laundry facility, located behind West. Apartment residents use the laundry room on the second row of the apartments.


Will I have access to a kitchen?

All residence halls have at least one kitchen. Tinker and Main have a kitchen on each floor. The other residence halls have a kitchen near the building’s main lounge. Each apartment has a full kitchen, including appliances.

Can I smoke in my room or apartment?

Smoking is prohibited in all apartments, houses, and residence hall areas.


What is the best way to ship packages to Hollins?

Refer to the the current student handbook for details.