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The Commons

Sunset Drive | Dahlonega, GA  30597 | Map
538 residents | Freshmen and upperclassmen | Co-ed | Suite | Single and Double occupancy

New for fall 2016, The Commons is a co-ed residence hall complex that houses freshmen and upperclassmen students in both single occupancy and double occupancy suite-style housing. The Commons is conveniently located across the street from the University of North Georgia (UNG) Dining Hall and adjacent to the Walker Drive residential parking deck.

Building 1: The Commons Building 1 contains 61 suites housing up to 187 students in single-gender suites. Building 1 also offers a large multi-purpose room as well as a balcony overlooking the beautiful Dahlonega campus. 

Building 2: The Commons Building 2 contains 108 suites housing up to 351 students in single-gender suites. 

The Commons has basic cable service (1 jack per room).  Each bedroom has one port requiring an Ethernet cord as well as one WiFi broadcast point per suite.  

Each floor offers free laundry with the exception of Building 1 400s floor.  Each floor offers one lounge area per hall as well as a snack room or kitchen.  The two bedroom, one bathroom suites are fully furnished, each bedroom includes one twin bed with a XL twin mattress, a chair, desk, chest, and closet per resident.  Closets in The Commons do not contain doors to allow for flexible storage.  

The Commons is staffed with seventeen resident assistants and one resident director.

Meal Plans

Meal plans are required for residents of The Commons. See the FAQs tab for more information.

The Commons Webcam

Watch the live feed as our newest residence hall is being built!

Common Spaces

  • multi-purpose room (bldg. 1)
  • balcony (bldg. 1)

On Each Floor

  • multiple lounges
  • snack room
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • free laundry (except Building 1, 400s floor)

Room Styles

  • single occupancy room (in 2-bedroom, 1-bath suite)
  • double occupancy room (in 2-bedroom, 1-bath suite)

The Commons lobby in building 1 at the UNG Dahlonega campus.

The Commons multi-purpose room at the UNG Dahlonega campus.


Each 2-bedroom, 1-bath suite style room contains for each student:

  • Twin size bed w/XL mattress.
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Desk w/ chair

Rooms have neutral carpet.

Double Occupancy Floor Plan

Double occupancy layout


  • Width: 10' 8"
  • Length: 13' 8"
  • Closet
    • Width: 2' 10"
    • Depth: Closet does not have door
  • Windows: 3' 9" W

Single Occupancy Floor Plan

 Single occupancy floor plan


  • Width:  8' 9"
  • Length: 10' 2"
  • Closet
    • Width: 2' 7"
    • Depth: Closet does not have door
  • Windows: 3' 9" W

Residence Rates

2016/2017 Proposed Rates Per Semester

Residence HallContract TypeMeal PlanOccupancy*
Schedule & Contracts
Donovan Hall Traditional Style Required $1,746 / $2,368 Closed for renovation.
Lewis Hall Traditional Style Required $1,746 / $2,368 Closed between semesters and Fall/Spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/19/16 - 5/6/17.
Lewis Annex Traditional Style Required $1,746 / $2,368 Closed between semesters and Fall/Spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/19/16 - 5/6/17.
NG Suites Suite Style Required $2,680 / $3,226 Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/19/16 - 5/6/17.
The Commons Suite Style Required $2,900 / $3,490 Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/19/16 - 5/6/17.
Owen Hall Apartment Style Optional $3,540 Open continuously from mid-August through July.
Contracts run from 8/19/16 - 7/31/17.

*Rates are per person per semester. Does not include price of Meal Plan.

Housing Contract Information

Newly admitted Fall 2016 students

New UNG students may apply for a housing contract by completing the following steps:

  1. Apply for admission at UNG as a residential student or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request a change to residential status if the student originally applied to UNG as a commuting student.
  2. After acceptance to UNG, students must pay a $200 confirmation deposit via their Banner account to reserve a space in classes for the fall.
  3. New students should check their UNG e-mail account and/or the personal e-mail account with which they applied to the university for a housing portal notification from Residence Life. Please note that we anticipate the housing portal for 2016-2017 will open for new students during the month of February 2016. 
  4. Housing contracts, room selection, and roommate selection are all available through the UNG housing portal.

Current UNG students

Current UNG students may apply for a housing contract by completing the following steps:

  1. Housing for 2016-2017 will open mid-February 2016.  Residence Life will notify current residents via e-mail and the Residence Life website before the housing contract process opens.  
  2. Residents with 45 completed credit hours or less after the end of fall 2015 will have an exclusive opportunity to complete housing contracts through March 15.  Please note that per UNG's Residence Policy, students who are freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus.  Students who believe that they have a unique hardship may request a waiver to the Residence Policy through the Dean of Students Office. 
  3. After March 15, any other UNG student may complete a housing contract.
  4. Please note that housing contracts are binding once completed.  Students wishing to cancel a housing contract should consult the cancellation terms in their housing contract as termination fees will likely apply.
Move-In Dates & Info

Fall Semester

Friday, August 19 , 2016 for The Commons and Owen Hall

Saturday, August 20, 2016 for traditional halls, North Georgia Suites, and non-cadets in Patriot Hall

Begin in the lobby of your residence hall.  Times are staggered. Check your move-in e-mail for a specific date and time.

Move-in Information

New residents who have completed a housing contract for fall 2016 will receive an e-mail from Residence Life that contains important room and roommate information. This e-mail also includes the day/time for move-in and the building into which you will be checking. Please note that students should not arrive before the assigned move-in time, as they will NOT be allowed to move-in early. 

UNG Nighthawks ID Card

Students must bring their UNG Nighthawks ID card with them to check into the residence halls. Students will not have access to the dining hall without it. UNG Card Services (Hoag 217) is open until 3 pm on Friday, August 19 and will have limited hours on Saturday, August 20.

Changed Your Mind About Attending UNG?

Students who completed a housing contract with Residence Life and will not attend UNG should e-mail and attach a completed cancellation form as soon as possible.

Spring Semester

Sunday, January 10, 2016
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
In the lobby of your residence hall

Move-In Information

New residents moving into the residence halls for spring 2016 should receive an e-mail from Residence Life that contains important room and roommate information. This e-mail also includes the day/time for move-in and the building into which you will be checking. Please note that students should not arrive before the assigned move-in time, as they will not be allowed to move-in early. 

UNG Nighthawks ID Card

Students must bring their UNG Nighthawks ID card with them to check into the residence halls. Students will not have access to the dining hall without it.  UNG Card Services (Hoag 217) will NOT be open during move-in Sunday, but will be open during regular business hours the week of January 4. Students attending New Student Orientation will have an opportunity to obtain a Nighthawks ID card during orientation.

Move-In Checklist

  • You must have your UNG ID with you in order to check in. (See the semester sections above for further info.)
  • Have all of your boxes/belongings labeled with your name and room number.
  • Know which building, room, and time you have been assigned. Residents will check in at their assigned building and will not be allowed in before their assigned time.
  • Talk with your roommate about how you want your room to be set up (bunked, left single, etc.). Also discuss who is bringing the larger items (i.e. refrigerator, tv, etc.) if you intend to share.

What You'll Need

Provided Items

(based on double occupancy)

  • 2 beds - Beds may be bunked, lofted, or left single (beds in Owen Hall can not be lofted, beds in Patriot Hall can not be bunked)
  • 2  twin mattresses (standard twins in Lewis Hall 100, 300, and 400 floors as well as Donovan Hall A and C wings; extra long twins in Lewis Annex, Lewis Hall 200 floor, Donovan Hall B wing, Owen Hall, Patriot Hall, and North Georgia Suites)
  • 2 chests
  • 2 desks
  • 2 chairs
  • 2 wardrobes or closets
  • window with blinds
  • One cable TV jack
  • Two data ports (wireless service is also provided)
You Should Bring

This list provides suggestions from current residents. You do not have to bring all of this, and you may want to contact your roommate in advance and decide what the two of you can share. Remember, there is limited space in the rooms.

Academic Stuff

  • A computer and printer (though we do have great computers labs on campus)
  • USB Drive
  • Notebooks
  • Pens & pencils
  • Index cards & highlighter markers
  • Paper clips, folders, and other school supplies
  • Address book, stationary & stamps
  • Calculator

Personal Items

  • Stereo/headphones/earbuds
  • Photo albums
  • Small tool set
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella/rain jacket
  • Shower caddy with holes in the bottom(for traditional halls/suites)
  • Robe
  • Shower shoes
  • A pillow
  • Pictures from home
  • Sun glasses
  • Backpack
  • Jacket
  • Pajamas that you'll feel comfortable wearing on the hall
  • Slippers
  • A few of your favorite things that makes you feel comfortable

Room organization & decoration

  • Calendar
  • Dry erase board and pens for door
  • Study lamp
  • TV/DVD/Blu-ray Player
  • Small refrigerator (1.7 amp or less)
  • Sealed containers for food
  • A hot pot
  • Extra clothes hangers
  • Posters and simple decorations
  • Small fan
  • Anything that will save space, such as stackable shelves, storage containers, something to put shoes in/on
  • Push pins for Owen Hall, NG Suites decorations; Command strips for Donovan/Lewis/Lewis Annex decorations

Other supplies

  • Snack food and drinks
  • Basic eating utensils, plate, bowl, cups, etc.
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • Laundry detergent (HE for Owen Hall), stain remover, fabric softener
  • Laundry basket
  • Iron
  • Extra towels, sheets and blankets
  • Stress relievers (games, DVDs, good books, etc.)
  • Grounded extension cords and surge protectors
  • Safety pins
  • Trash can
  • Toilet paper (NG Suites and Owen Hall)
  • Shower curtain (NG Suites and Owen Hall)
  • Toilet Plunger (NG Suites and Owen Hall)
  • A smile and an open mind
DON'T Bring

Any items with an asterisk (*) are prohibited.

  • Lots of stuffed animals
  • Lots of needless knick-knacks
  • All your clothes and shoes (Pack for the season.)
  • Everything in your room at home
  • All your high school memorabilia
  • Desk or other large pieces of furniture
  • Expensive or irreplaceable collectibles or jewelry
  • Bad attitudes
  • Non HD compatible televisions (residents have had difficulties with some Element, Insignia, and Seiki HD brands)
  • Space heaters*
  • Wireless routers*
  • E-cigarettes/vapes/tobacco products*
  • Hoverboards*
  • Cooking appliances with exposed heating elements*
  • Pets* (Only fish are allowed.)
  • Incense or Candles*
  • George Forman Grills*(permitted in Owen Hall)
  • Microwave* (permitted in Lewis Hall and all suite style housing)
  • Toasters* (permitted in Owen Hall)
  • Alcohol bottles/containers*
  • Any items or furniture picked up from the street*

Specific for The Commons

  • Toilet paper
  • Plunger
  • Shower curtain, shower curtain rings
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Ethernet cord (1 per bedroom)
  • Coaxial cable cord
  • Garbage bags
  • Power strips
  • Push pins or frog tape
  • Curtain on tension rod for closet (optional)
  • Storage Cubes/Drawer Units
Living on Campus
Can I move into my room early/late?

The residence halls open at designated times for each semester. Residents are not allowed to move in early. Each student is expected to move in at their assigned time.

What items should I bring with me?

You should bring items that will make you feel most comfortable in your room. However, remember that you will be sharing this space with another person. Also, there are items not allowed in the UNG Residence Halls. You may access What Should I Bring? for a list of recommended items to bring, a list of items provided in the residence hall and room, and a list of items prohibited in the UNG residence halls.

You will also find the listings on the "Move-In" tab of an individual residence hall page.

What happens if I do not like my roommate?

Most residents self-select their roommates through the UNG Housing Portal.  For students who do not self-select, the Residence Life Staff puts a lot of effort into assigning compatible roommates, and we ask you to make every effort to work out minor issues.

However, in either case, there are several opportunities during the year for a student to find a new roommate and change rooms.

Can I stay on campus during the holidays or breaks?

Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, Lewis Annex: The traditional residence halls close between semesters and for fall, winter, and spring breaks. Students should plan in advance and make arrangements for other housing during these times.

North Georgia Suites and The Commons: Remain open for fall, winter, and spring breaks.

Owen Hall apartments: Open during university holidays and breaks as well as open for summer semester through the last day of summer finals.

Is it possible to get a single or private room?

Both double and limited single room options are available in:

  • Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, and Lewis Annex (traditional style)
  • North Georgia Suites (suite style)

All rooms in Owen Hall are single occupancy.

Living Off Campus
Can I live off campus?

Full-time students who have not earned 60 semester hours and do not meet one of the exceptions to the Residence Policy must submit a Residence Policy Waver Request Form.

Students may live off-campus if they live with and commute daily from the permanent legal residence of parent(s) or grandparent(s) within 50 miles of the campus; are 21 years of age or older; or have completed 2 years of successful active military service. 

Meal Plans
Do I have to buy a meal plan?

Residents in the following halls are required to purchase a 10, 15, or All Access (unlimited) meal plan. Students are originally assigned an All Access Plan but may change to a 15 or 10 meal plan before or during drop-add.

  • Donovan Hall (traditional style)
  • Lewis Hall (traditional style)
  • Lewis Hall Annex (traditional style)
  • North Georgia Suites (suite style)

Residents in the following hall do not have to purchase a meal plan.

  • Owen Hall (apartment style)

Additionally, there are food vendors in the following buildings:

  • Hoag Student Center: Food court and Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Chestatee Building: Starbucks
  • Library Technology Center: Java City
What does a meal plan cost?

Meal Plan Prices for 2015/2016

  • All Access (unlimited) meal plan - $2,116/semester
  • 15 meal plan (15 meals per week) - $1,969/semester
  • 10 meal plan (10 meals per week) - $1,873/semester
Rent, Parking, Maintenance, etc.
Where can I do laundry and how much does it cost?
Machines are located in each residence hall at no cost to the residents.
How much does it cost to live on campus?

The cost for living in Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, and Lewis Annex for the 2016-2017 year is:

  • $1,746/semester for double occupancy room
  • $2,368/semester for single occupancy room

Financial Aid may be used toward housing costs. You may contact the Financial Aid office at 706-864-1412.

Can freshmen have a car on campus?

All students are allowed to have a car on campus as long as it is registered with Parking Services. All fees are included in student fees.

You may contact Parking Services for more information at 706-864-1697.

Can I paint/wallpaper my room?
No. There are a number of different people that utilize the residence hall rooms throughout the years, so permanent decorative changes are not allowed, including nails in walls.
What kind of internet connection do the residence halls have?

The following types of internet access are provided in the residence halls:

  • Wireless: The lobbies of each residence hall.
  • Hard-wired network ports: Each individual room has two ports.*
  • WiFi access: Each individual room has WiFi.*
  • Computer labs with network access: Available only in the traditional residence halls (Lewis, Lewis Annex, Owen).

*Residents should provide a network cable to access the hard-wired port or connect to the WiFi access.

You may contact the Department of Information Technology for more information at 706-864-1922.

Do the residence halls have satellite or cable TV access?
Basic satellite TV service is provided in each residence hall room at no additional cost to the student. It is the responsibility of the residents to bring a HD television to access this service.
Do the residence halls have phone service?
Phone lines are not provided. All major cell carriers have service on campus.
How do I get mail?

All incoming residential students are assigned a post office box. Boxes are located in the Hoag Student Center.

Mail should be addressed as:

  • Your name
  • UNG Box #
  • Dahlonega, GA  30597

Getting your key:

Visit the Post Office to pick up your key according the following schedule.

DayDateFirst letter of your last name
Monday 8/17/2015 A-F
Tuesday 8/18/2015 G-J
Wednesday 8/19/2015 K-P
Thursday 8/20/2015 Q-T
Friday 8/21/2015 U-Z

If you miss your day, come back after Monday, August 24, 2015.

What are the visitation hours in Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, and Lewis Annex?

Residents may host visitors of the opposite sex during the following visitation hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
What are the visitation policies for Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, and Lewis Annex?

Members of the opposite sex are allowed in the residence hall front lobbies from 9 AM until closing time each evening (12 midnight Sunday - Thursday, 2 am Friday - Saturday). Visitors of the opposite sex are permitted in the residence hall rooms only during the visitation hours, which are found below.

For safety measures, residents must register visitors of the opposite sex at the RA Office prior to their visit and escort them to and from their room. The guest may visit only the room for which they are registered and must be escorted by the resident at all times. Cohabitation is prohibited on the UNG campus.

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