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Donovan Hall


Colombo Way | Dahlonega, GA  30597 | Map
248 residents | Freshmen | Co-ed | Traditional | Double occupancy

Constructed in 1975 and named for Ms. Alice Donovan, this residence hall is a three-story brick building containing three wings, with 124 rooms housing up to 248 residents.

It is staffed with nine resident assistants and one resident director.

Meal Plans

Meal plans are required for residents of the Donovan Hall. See the FAQs tab for more information.

Common Spaces

  • two central lounges
  • full kitchen
  • vending and free laundry facilities
  • computer lab with network access

On Each Floor

  • lounge
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • community bathrooms on each hall

Room Styles

  • double occupancy room (shares bathroom facilities with the rest of their hall mates)
Video Tour
Floor Plans & Features


Each room contains for each student:

  • A and C Wings
    • Twin size bed w/regular twin mattress. Beds may be bunked, lofted, or left single.
  • B Wing
    • Twin size bed w/XL mattress. Beds may be bunked, lofted, or left single.
  • Dresser
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Desk w/ chair

Rooms have mauve carpet.
Shares a community bathroom on the hall.

Double Occupancy Floor Plan

Donovan Hall - Floor plan - Double occupancy

Donovan Hall Furniture Measurements

Furniture Height Width Depth
Computer Desk 30.5 inches 42 inches 24 inches
Computer Desk Hutch 22.5 inches 40 inches 12.5 inches
Dresser Drawers 30 inches 37 inches 22.5 inches

79 inches

56 inches (inside)

36 inches

34.5 inches (inside)

22 inches

20.5 inches (inside)

Bed Frame 30 inches 80 inches 39 inches
Window 54 inches 40.5 inches 8 inches
Room Dimensions 9 feet 15.5 feet 10.8 feet
Number of Outlet Plugs 7 Outlets 2 Ethernet 1 Coax

Room measurements are approximate measurements. Height measurements are made floor to top of furniture piece. Furniture measurements are universal for all rooms but room dimensions will differ between single and double occupancy rooms.

Rates and Contract Information

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Housing Information

The below housing rates are per person/per semester for the Dahlonega Campus for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

Please note: *Meal plan is a separate fee not included in the housing fees. **Includes $20.00 non-cadet housing fee. ***Includes $50.00 cadet housing fee. 

Residence Hall &
Contract Type
Meal Plan* Non-Cadet Housing Fee**
Per Person
Per Semester
Cadet Housing Fee***
Per Person
Per Semester
Schedule & Contracts

Gaillard Hall
Liberty Hall Suites


(Suite Style - Cadets Only)

Single: $3,719.00
Double: $3,157.00

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 – 5/7/22

North Georgia Suites
(Suite Style)

Single: $3,761.00
Double: $3,127.00

(Suite Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 - 5/7/22.

Owen Hall
(Apartment Style)
Optional $4,124.00 (Apartment Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August through July.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 - 7/29/22.

Patriot Hall Suites
(Suite Style)

Single: $3,761.00
Double: $3,127.00

Single: $3,719.00
Double: $3,157.00

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 - 5/7/22.

The Commons
(Suite Style)

Single: $4,067.00
Double: $3,382.00

(Suite Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 - 5/7/22.

Traditional Residence Halls
(Donovan Hall,
Lewis Annex,
Lewis Hall)

Single: $2,718.00
Double: $2,024.00

(Non-Cadets Only)

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/20/21 - 5/7/22.

Housing Contract Information

Newly admitted fall 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 confirm their attendance through the Check Application Status page.
  3. New students should check their UNG e-mail account for a housing portal notification from Residence Life. 
  4. Housing contracts, room selection, and roommate selection are all available through the UNG housing portal. Deadlines for housing are communicated through email.

Current UNG students

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

  1. Residence Life will notify current residents via e-mail before the housing contract process opens.  
  2. 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. 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.
Moving In
Move-In Dates & Info

Fall Semester

Move-in protocols may adjust due to COVID-19 concerns, but Residence Life anticipates that move-in for fall 2021 to occur August 20 & 21. Once finalized, an e-mail will be sent with a link to schedule a specific date and time. 

Move-in Information

Due to social distancing guidelines, move-in appointments will be strictly enforced. Please check your UNG email for the opportunity to sign up for a date/time for move-in. Only two cars are permitted per student, and only two guests will be permitted for each student.

UNG Nighthawks ID Card

Returning UNG students must bring their UNG Nighthawks ID card with them to check into the residence halls. New students may pick up their ID card at move-in provided they submit their Nighthawks ID photo online at least 3 days prior to their move-in date.

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

Spring Move-in information will be updated here when announced.

Move-In Information

New residents moving into the residence halls for spring semester 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. 

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.
  • If you have reserved a loft, it will be placed in your room prior to the move-in day.
  • 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 (lofted, bunked, 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 cannot be lofted, beds in Patriot Hall cannot be bunked)
  • 2 twin XL mattresses (standard twins in Donovan Hall A and C wings)
  • 2 chests
  • 2 desks
  • 2 chairs
  • 2 wardrobes or closets
  • window with blinds
  • Two data ports (only one data port per room in The Commons)
  • Wi-Fi
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 Materials

  • A computer (though there is a computer lab in all residence halls)
  • Notebooks
  • Pens & pencils
  • Index cards & highlighter markers
  • Paper clips, folders, and other school supplies
  • Calculator
  • Planner

Personal Items

  • Stereo/noise-canceling headphones/earbuds
  • Small tool set
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella/rain jacket
  • Shower caddy with holes in the bottom
  • 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/planner
  • Dry erase board and pens for door
  • Study lamp
  • Smart TV or TV with casting device (Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, etc.)
  • Small refrigerator (30 inches tall or less)
  • Sealed containers for food
  • A hot pot
  • Extra clothes hangers
  • Posters and simple decorations
  • Lightweight picture frames for walls
  • Small fan
  • Anything that will save space, such as stackable shelves, storage containers, something to put shoes in/on
  • Push pins or frog tape

Other supplies

  • Snack food and drinks
  • Basic eating utensils, plate, bowl, cups, etc.
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • HE laundry detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket
  • Iron
  • Extra towels, sheets and blankets
  • Stress relievers (games, books, etc.)
  • Grounded extension cords and surge protectors
  • Safety pins
  • Trash can
  • Small vacuum cleaner or electric sweeper
  • Toilet paper (Suite style and Apartment style)
  • Shower curtain (Suite style and Apartment style)
  • Toilet Plunger (Suite style and Apartment style)
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (Suite style and Apartment style)
  • Outdoor sandals*
  • Camping hammock*
  • A smile and an open mind

COVID-19 Health and Safety Items

  • Reusable cloth masks
  • Thermometer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing spray or wipes

*If you are outdoorsy

DON'T Bring

Any items with an asterisk (*) are prohibited.

  • Lots of stuffed animals
  • Lots of knick-knacks
  • All of your clothes and shoes (Pack for the season.)
  • Everything in your room at home
  • All of your high school memorabilia
  • Desk or other large pieces of furniture
  • Expensive or irreplaceable collectibles or jewelry
  • Space heaters*
  • Wireless routers*
  • Non-LED string lights*
  • E-cigarettes/vapes/tobacco products*
  • Hoverboards*
  • Cooking appliances with exposed heating elements*
  • Pets* (Only fish or Emotional Support Animals pre-registered through UNG Student Disability Services are allowed.)
  • Incense or Candles*
  • George Forman Grills*(permitted in Owen Hall)
  • Microwave* (only prohibited in Lewis Annex and Donovan Hall)
    • Microwaves are permitted in the Commons, but they can only be placed on the common area wall (between the two rooms) due to outlet voltage limits.
  • Toasters* (permitted in Owen Hall)
  • Alcohol bottles/containers*
  • Any items or furniture picked up from the street*

Specific for Donovan Hall

  • Shower Caddy (with holes)
  • Flip flops for shower
  • Ethernet cord
  • Coaxial cable cord
  • Garbage bags
  • Power strips
  • 3M command strips or frog tape
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:

  • Lewis Hall (traditional style)
  • North Georgia Suites (suite style)
  • The Commons (suite style) 

All rooms in Owen Hall are single occupancy.

No single rooms, only doubles in: 

  • Donovan Hall and Lewis Annex (traditional style)
  • Patriot Hall (suite style)
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 live on campus.

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)
  • Patriot Hall (suite style)
  • The Commons (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
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.
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?

UNG Residence Halls do not provide satellite or cable TV access, but students may want to bring their own streaming device (Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, etc. to access television shows).

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

Residents may host visitors from outside the building and residents 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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