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Unique Housing Options

The Honors College offers unique options for student housing. While there are no requirements that Honors students live in Honors-specific housing, we offer two living-learning communities that can supplement your Honors experience with an active and robust intellectual community.

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Hillcrest Community

The Hillcrest Community was the first honors community at Virginia Tech. Hillcrest is home to students of all ages and from diverse majors. Hillcrest prides itself on being the smallest residence hall on campus. Students enjoy the close-knit community of one hundred honors students, where they can share ideas across disciplinary boundaries and enjoy a community where each person’s perspective is known and valued.

Honors Residential Commons (HRC)

The Honors Residential Commons (HRC) was founded in 2011 as a residential college, a type of multi-disciplinary living-learning community. It is comprised of more than 300 undergraduate students, several Graduate Fellows, and more than 30 Senior Fellows (faculty and esteemed members of the New River Valley).  The community is led by a Faculty Principal (live-in tenure-track faculty member) with support from a Student Life Coordinator. 

If you’re interested in living in Honors housing, complete the StarRez application and choose either Hillcrest or HRC. For questions, please contact VT Housing and Residence Life at


Other Options for Housing

Although we believe the Honors houses offer unique opportunities to enhance your Honors experience, most honors students do not live in an honors house. Many students live in other living-learning communities, residence halls, or off-campus. The Honors College seeks to provide flexibility to students from all departments and colleges, especially those who would prefer to live in a major-specific living-learning community.