When you live on Brenau’s Gainesville campus, you’ll live and learn among a diverse group of open-minded and dedicated peers. You’ll study together, make memories outside the classroom and create lifelong friendships. And, before you know it, Brenau will become your home.

Our team

Brenau’s Residence Life team nurtures a vibrant learning environment through engaging programming and meaningful activities for students living on the historic campus. Dedicated to the safety and well-being of residents, our Student Services staff and Resident Assistants help ensure building security, uphold the Brenau Honor Code and enforce university policy while providing support and mentorship in the campus community.

Brenau RAs

Apply for Housing

Once you have been accepted to Brenau, make sure to complete the Brenau University Housing Application and the Housing Contract.

All regular full-time undergraduate students are required to live in university-provided housing. Exceptions to this rule include those whose legally reside with their parents or legal guardians within a 50-mile radius of Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus; seniors with 90-plus academic hours completed; students who have reached age 21 as of the drop/add date of the fall semester; and those who are married and/or have dependents.

View more housing-related documents on our Housing Forms page. For any questions about residence life, please visit our university FAQs page.

Where you will live

Live within walking distance from your classes, Brenau’s dining options and all campus activities by staying in university housing. Brenau offers university apartments and single-gender residence halls for women, men and non-binary students. Upperclassmen in Greek life can live in one of the sorority houses. Each building has free Wi-fi access.

For details about when to move in, visit our Moving Info page.

Our Residences

Crudup Hall

Located next to the Owens Center, Crudup Hall houses freshmen female students and offers mostly two-person rooms with a bathroom shared between each two rooms. The residence hall, which is ADA accessible, is connected to Van Hoose Hall through a shared lounge on the first floor. Crudup contains two floors: the first floor with a lounge, laundry facilities and study room; and second floor with a small study room. There’s no elevator in this building. 

Van Hoose Hall 

Connected behind Crudup hall, Van Hoose offers two-person rooms with every room sharing a bathroom. Students in this residence hall use Crudup’s laundry facilities, computer room and front porch. There’s no elevator in this building. 

Virginia Hall

Located in front of Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall, Virginia Hall offers two-person occupancy with two rooms sharing a bath. The first floor has a lounge with a small kitchen and study area, as well as laundry facilities. 

West Hall 

West Hall is located on the corner of Academy and Boulevard near the Tea Room. This residence hall offers two-person occupancy with two rooms sharing a bathroom. Students have access to two lounge spaces, laundry facilities and a kitchenette area. There is no elevator in this building. 

Guest House

The Guest House provides mostly single rooms and uses community bathrooms. The downstairs has a lounge area, laundry room and kitchenette space. 

Sorority houses 

Upperclassmen in sororities can live in one of the chapter houses. Brenau owns and maintains the bedrooms and baths of these homes. The sororities are held responsible for the upkeep of common areas. Custodial staff empty trash and clean common use bathrooms several times a week. Visit the Greek Life page for more information. 

New Hall 

You guessed it, New Hall is our newest residence hall. This three-story space contains two-person rooms with a private bath and individual heating and air units. Every two rooms share a study space. A lounge is located on the second floor and laundry facilities are on the first floor. This residence hall has one ADA room and an elevator. 

Yonah Hall 

Located above the Hopkins Dining Hall, Yonah Hall offers two-person rooms along with lounge spaces and laundry facilities. 

Wilkes Hall

Located down the hall from Yonah Hall, Wilks Hall also offers two-person rooms along with lounge spaces. 

Parklane Apartments 

These university-owned apartments are just a short walking distance from the historic Gainesville campus and the city’s downtown restaurants and shops. Each apartment contains a kitchen with appliances, three separate bedrooms, a living room and a dining/study room. Three students are assigned to each apartment. Brenau provides furniture for each apartment, including three twin beds, three dressers and three desks with chairs. All additional furniture is the responsibility of the residents. Utilities, local telephone access, Wi-Fi and laundry facilities are included in the housing package. 

New students cannot reside in the Parklane Apartments. To qualify for Parklane housing, you must have lived on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus for one academic year, be above 21, and have good standing with the university’s judicial board.

Top 10 dorm room essentials

  1. Keurig for your late night/early morning study sessions
  2. Headphones for when you really need to focus
  3. Desk lamp so you can study when your roommate needs some sleep
  4. Decor that makes your room feel like home
  5. A mirror to make sure your fit is 🔥
  6. Power strips. Need we say more?
  7. Mini fridge to hold all your chilly snacks
  8. Lots of pillows and blankets, so you can get cozy
  9. Toiletries for all the obvious reasons
  10. Microwave to make all of your cheap ramen, just keep it 600-800 watts.

RA on-call staff

The Resident Assistant on-call staff assist with maintaining building safety and security, lock-outs, individual concerns and after-hour maintenance issues. These RAs begin their weekday shifts at 4:30 p.m., ending at 8:30 a.m. the next day. On weekends, their shift starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday night, and ends at 8:30 a.m. Monday. You can find the RA on-call phone numbers throughout each residence hall. Three RAs are on-call staffed each night for the entire campus, excluding dates when the university is closed.

For questions about Residence Life, contact Holly Taylor, dean of student life and leadership, at htaylor5@brenau.edu.