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Housing Terminology

Commonly Asked QuestionsSpecial Needs Housing

Housing Terminology

Housing Selection Times Selection times are assigned at random in  equal two minute intervals. On the published date for their class, students with a completed housing agreement will be able to log into "The Nest" to find out their housing selection date and time.

Commonly Asked Questions


Are First and Second Year students required to live in university housing?
Yes. Residential living is a valuable part of a student’s social and educational experience; therefore, first and second year students are required to live in University housing.  If there are extraordinary financial or medical needs, which require the student to live at home with a parent or guardian, first and second year students can request an exemption to this residency requirement? Requests for an exception must be submitted in writing to the Housing Review Committee, c/o the Office of Residence Life, and include supporting documentation.


Is the Housing selected for one semester or the entire year? 
For the entire academic year.


How are housing selection times assigned?
Housing selection times are randomly assigned to all students participating in the housing selection process, which will occur in February for current residents (rising Sophomore, Juniors & Seniors) or during the summer for incoming freshmen who will reside on campus.


Does the application date affect my selection time?
No.  A computer program randomly assigns housing selection times to all students who completed a housing agreement.


Does the date I complete my housing agreement affect my selection time?
 No. Selection times are not affected by the date the housing agreement is completed, but it needs to be completed and submitted on-line by the appropriate due date to participate in the housing selection process (mid-June for incoming freshmen or in February for current residents). 


How do I get out of my agreement if I do not get the room I want or find a cheaper place off-campus?
Once you have signed an agreement  for on-campus housing, you will be required to live on-campus.  All first and second year students are required to live in on-campus housing.  Be forewarned, the housing agreement is binding. You cannot enter into a University agreement and then decide to commute from home if you do not get placement in your preferred building choice.  If you do so, you will be held financially responsible to the cost of the University's Housing Agreement.


How do I select my housing assignment/roommate?
The room selection and roommate assignment process for incoming first year students starts with the Housing Agreement, which is to be completed online (via MYSJU) in early June. The actual room and roommate assignment will be an on-line self-selection process, which will occur in late July (after orientation).


Can I choose my roommate or will one be assigned to me?
The selection process will allow an incoming freshman to select a preferred roommate.  If a roommate is not preferenced then the open space in the room will be available for another student to select.


What happens if I do not complete a housing agreement and/or select housing?
A selection will be made for you by the Office of Residence Life after all other students have participated in the housing selection process.


What is the best way to introduce myself to my roommate(s)?
When a student selects his/her room assignment, they also receive the home address and home telephone number of their roommate(s). Students are encouraged to call their roommate prior to arriving on campus.


Now that I have selected my room, can I come to campus to see my room?
We know after selecting your room assignment, you may want to begin planning out your living environment, but unfortunately due to summer conference, cleaning and housing schedules, the residence halls are not open for touring.  You can find basic floor plans the Residence Life housing information page webpage. 


What if I do not get the housing choice I prefer?
Keeping in mind the inventory of available spaces, there are limitations in the capacity for each building, however; every building has its own unique and positive community. We ask that you give your building/community a chance.  Should you still wish to consider a different room assignment after you have arrived on-campus, you may participate in the Open Room Change process that begins after the second week of classes.


What if I do not like my roommate?
We understand the uncertainty that can exist with regard to your selected roommate. To this extent, you may talk to your roommate and question whether you will like him/her. We ask that you give the person a fair chance (they have feelings too).  Would you like to be judged only by your Facebook page?  If you decide that a change must occur, room changes are permitted after the second week of classes (if space is available) through the Open Room Change Process.


What size are the rooms - i.e., if I want to buy carpet?
Room sizes vary from building to building and house to house (check out the housing information page for more details). The average size carpet that we recommend that students purchase is a 6'x9', although 9'x12' carpets will also fit in most student rooms. For convenience, carpets may be purchased in advance from the Residence Hall Carpet program or may be purchased on opening day on-campus.


What kinds of things should I plan to bring with me for living on-campus?
All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet (or wardrobe) per person. Suggested items to bring are included on the Move-in Newsletter (mailed out Aug. 1st).


When do I check-in?
Freshmen will move-in on Friday, August 22nd or Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, depending on which building you are moving into. Upperclassmen move-in on Sunday, August 24, 2014 (specific date will be assigned by area). More specific check-in information will be included in your Housing Assignment mailing (mailed out the first week of August).


Can I park my car on campus?
First year and second year residential students must leave vehicles at their family home.  Students are prohibited from bringing their cars to campus and parking them on neighboring residential streets.  The student operator of any vehicle that is found to be parked on a neighboring residential street without a valid parking permit will be considered in violation of the Student Vehicle Policy and will be referred to the Office of Community Standards. For further clarification, please refer to the Student Vehicle Policy.


What should I do about a refrigerator and a microwave?
It is a good idea for students to contact their roommate(s) before move-in to ensure that no unnecessary (duplicate) microwaves and/or refrigerators are brought. Only one refrigerator and microwave is permitted per residence hall room. A refrigerator/microwave rental service is available through MicroFrige ( ).   More information regarding refrigerator/microwave rentals will be provided in the Residence Life mailing.


What size sheets should I bring?
Standard Twin size sheets. Extra long sheets will not fit. If you require an extra long mattress, please contact the Office of Residence Life.  Residence Life has a very limited supply of "extra-long" or 36"x80" mattresses, which are available upon request and based on need. Students who would like to request and extra-long mattress should email .  Please include the following information with your request: full name, student ID number, height of the student, and reason for the request.


What is an RA, and what will my relationship be like with them?
An RA, or Resident Assistant, is part of the Residence Life staff at the University.  Normally, there is one RA assigned to live on each floor.  They are upperclassmen undergraduate students.  RA's provide advice, assist students with personal matters, refer students to other offices when appropriate, help mediate any conflicts among residents, advise the community councils, and assist in planning educational and social programs. They also enforce policies designed to protect the rights of all individuals, so that an environment conducive to academic pursuits can be maintained.


Special Needs Housing for Medical Reasons

We want to ensure you are fully knowledgeable about your options for housing, should you have a medical need that would necessitate a specific housing accommodation. Click HERE for more information about administrative placement for a medical need.

The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to place a student in any available accommodation necessary including non-traditional first year buildings in order to meet their medical need.