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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.

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)
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Floor Plans & Features


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


Single Occupancy Floor Plan


The Commons Furniture Measurements

Furniture Height Width Depth
Computer Desk 30 inches 34 inches 24 inches
Dresser Drawers 31 inches 30.5 inches 22 inches
Bedroom Closet 9 feet 34.5 inches 15 inches
Upper Shelf in Closet 71.5 inches 34.5 inches 12 inches
Lower Shelf in Closet 33.5 inches 21.5 inches 12 inches
Bed Frame 34 inches 79.5 inches 37.5 inches
Two Shelf Side Table 30 inches 16 inches 20 inches
Bedroom Window 70 inches 48 inches
Shower Curtain 46 inches
Common Area Wall Space 61 inches
Number of Outlet Plugs 3 Outlets 1 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 2020 and Spring 2021 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: $3,717.00
Double: $3,096.00

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 5/8/21.

North Georgia Suites
(Suite Style)

Single: $3,687.00
Double: $3,066.00

(Suite Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 5/8/21.

Owen Hall
(Apartment Style)
Optional $4,043.00 (Apartment Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August through July.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 7/23/21.

Patriot Hall Suites
(Suite Style)

Single: $3,687.00
Double: $3,066.00

Single: $3,610.00
Double: $3,007.00

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 5/8/21.

The Commons
(Suite Style)

Single: $3,987.00
Double: $3,316.00

(Suite Style - Non-Cadets Only)

Open continuously from mid-August to May.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 5/8/21.

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

Single: $2,684.00
Double: $1,984.00

(Non-Cadets Only)

Closed between semesters and fall/spring breaks.
Contracts run from 8/17/20 - 5/8/21.

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.
  • 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 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 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 To Bring, 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.

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?

UNG Suite-style housing (NG Suites, The Commons, non-cadet students in Patriot Hall) is open during university holidays and breaks. Academic year contracts for Suite-style housing end the Sunday following graduation each spring.  Separate summer housing contracts are available for NG Suites for students who are taking summer classes.

Is it possible to get a single or private room?
Both double and limited single room options are available in North Georgia Suites and in The Commons. Single occupancy rooms for freshmen are often limited to students with disability accommodations.  
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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