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Are freshmen required to live on-campus?
How do I apply for a residence hall/apartment?
Who will be my roommate?
How can I change halls/rooms/roommates?
How can I cancel my student housing contract?
If I have difficulties while living on campus, who can I speak with?
Helpful roommate tips
What is a Residence Life Coordinator?
May I have visitors in my room?
Do I have a curfew?
How do I pay my housing bill?
What security do you provide in the halls?
How do I get telephone service and cable service?
Are the rooms wired for Internet access?
Do you offer housing for scholarship/honors students?
Is there anything for students to do in the residence halls?
What should I bring?
What should I leave at home?
What are the sizes of the rooms?
What are the sizes of the mattresses on the beds?
Do I need renter's insurance?
Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
Are students required to purchase a meal plan?
Miscellaneous Information
Where can I go for help or more information?


Are freshmen required to live on-campus?

All first-time freshmen are required to live on campus. Students must submit a New/Transfer Application or Exemption Form. Students who meet these exemptions may reside on campus if desired. If you meet an exemption, choose to apply for on-campus housing, and are assigned, you are still responsible for your lease. Once you are assigned to housing you cannot request an exemption.

1. Students who have lived in a residence hall for two or more complete semesters (two summer sessions are equal to one semester) as verified with record of prior residency.

2. Students who are married or have dependent children as verified with a certified copy of the marriage license or birth certificate.

3. Students who have attained their 21st birthday prior to the first day of fall registration.

4. Students who have graduated from high school in one of the following Alabama counties: Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair, and Talladega.

5. Students who, by reason of medical necessity/emergency, require special housing that cannot be provided by UHRL as verified with a statement from the attending physician and approved by a JSU physician.

6. Military Veteran (Additional supporting documentation required).

7. Students taking online classes only.

8. All other requested exemptions. (Additional supporting documentation required.)


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How do I apply for a residence hall/apartment?

Students must be accepted to JSU before applying for housing.
 The online application is available on the JSU housing web page under "Apply for Housing." A $150.00 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of submission.

After the application has been processed, an e-mail with hall/apartment assignment and roommate information will be sent to your JSU e-mail account. Students who apply before the May 1 priority deadline and are able to be assigned will receive their assignment information on or around May 15. Assignments will be sent every two weeks beginning June 1 for students who applied after May 1. The assignment process begins in May and continues until the day classes begin.

UHRL makes every effort to grant requests made by students. However, no assignment or request is ever guaranteed.

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Who will be my roommate?

Roommate assignment is done one of two ways. You may request a specific roommate when you apply for housing or, if no roommate is requested, one will be assigned to you using the roommate preference questions on the application. If you have a roommate preference, you and your preferred roommate will need to apply and request each other by May 1. Both applicants must rank the three hall preferences in the same order to be considered a mutual match. Both applications and application fees must be submitted online before May 1. After that date we will make every attempt to match you and your preferred roommate; however, we are unable to guarantee an immediate match.

If we are unable to place you with your preferred roommate, you may choose a new roommate and request a room change starting the third full week of classes. Your request may not be granted if space is not available. Check with your Residence Life Coordinator about the proper procedure, and to get all necessary forms.

You will receive an e-mail to your JSU account that will have your exact move-in date and time, as well as your assigned room. It will also include your roommate's name and contact information.

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How can I change halls/rooms/roommates?

Room changes cannot be granted until move in has been completed for each semester. Check with your Residence Life Coordinator or Resident Assistant about the proper procedure. You can obtain a Room Change Request form for room and roommate changes online through WebPatron, our online housing portal. Requests will be processed the third full week of classes of each semester and are granted based upon availability.

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How can I cancel my student housing contract?

The contract is a legal, binding contract for the entire nine-month academic year (fall and spring semesters) for residence halls and apartments. However, if you wish to cancel your housing assignment, a cancellation notice must be submitted on the JSU housing web page under "Cancel Housing." More information about dates and fees related to our cancellation policy for each semester can also be found there.

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If I have difficulties while living on campus, who can I speak with?

You have a Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor or in your area available to assist you at any time. There is also a Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) or Assistant Residence Life Coordinator (ARLC) in each residence hall/apartment area that can help.

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Helpful roommate tips:

1. Listen to suggestions, not solutions, from parents and friends about having a roommate. (Especially if it is your first time with a roommate!)

2. Prepare for conflict. Conflict does not have to be negative; it can be an opportunity to think creatively and make the situation positive.

3. Share expectations for the entire year. Create a contract about sleeping habits, study times, visitors, and clean up suggestions/shared chores for the common space. Write up the contract and post it in the room where it will be visible to both.

4. Have face-to-face conversations, not through email, Facebook/Twitter, text messaging, or cell phones. This will create a more responsible, healthy, and meaningful relationship.

5. Focus on behavior, not personality. You can't ask someone to change who they are, but you can ask them to adjust the way they express themselves.

6. Stay flexible. Your roommate may have some pet peeves about your behavior, too. What can you do differently that will help the situation?

7. Start with one pet peeve - the one that is most important to you. Set aside the smaller things for now.

8. Consider the positives about your roommate. You may have more in common than you think.

9. Ask for help from the RA, counseling services, Residence Life, etc. before the situation becomes critical. A counseling session for you/your roommate can help to deal with stress and find better ways to manage the situation.

10. Educate yourself on these issues before the honeymoon ends. (Generally, after the second or third week.)

Thanks to Earlham University for providing these roommate tips!

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What is a Residence Life Coordinator?

A Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) is the person responsible for the management of the residence hall and supervision of the Resident Assistants. The RLC is available to listen to your ideas and concerns about where you live. This is a professional staff member specially trained in residence life, crisis management, and other helpful areas. 

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May I have visitors in my room?

Residents living in residence halls may have guests in their rooms. All guests must be properly checked in at the front desk and must abide by all residence hall policies and procedures. All guests must be escorted by the resident at all times. A photo ID is required for all guests to check-in.

Visitation hours for all residence halls are: Monday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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Do I have a curfew?

UHRL does not require residents to be in their residence hall or room at a specific time. For safety purposes, you are encouraged to tell your roommate, neighbor, or RA when your are going out and what time you expect to return.

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How do I pay my housing bill?

In order to return confirm registration, you must pay all tuition and fees by the appropriate due date, which can be found on the Bursar's website. You may access your account information or make payments through your MyJSU account. Visa, Master Card, and Discover are accepted. Accounts may also be paid at the Bursar's Office located in 245 Bibb Graves Hall, or by mail.

All tuition and fees must be paid by the appropriate due dates or all classes and housing assignments will be voided.

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What security do you provide in the halls?

Card swipe readers have been installed at the main entrances of each residence hall, the Leadership House for Women, Pannell Hall, and Stadium Tower. You will swipe your student ID card and enter a four-digit PIN in order to gain access into their residence hall. Security cameras monitor the main entrances, common areas, and parking lots of the residence halls. All exteriors doors, other than the main entrances, are equipped with 24-hour activated alarms.

The front desk of each residence hall remains in operation 24 hours a day and has a JSU student employee to monitor traffic flow. Each resident is also given a colored resident key tag that corresponds with the hall in which they reside. You must show your key tag upon entering your hall. Any person entering a hall without the appropriate colored key tag must be signed in at the front desk by a resident of that hall.

University Police also continuously patrol the outside perimeter; Resident Assistants conduct walk-throughs during the day and night.

Please see Resident Safety Guide for more information.

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How do I get telephone service and cable service?

Local telephone services (which includes voicemail and caller ID) are provided by the JSU Telephone Center free of charge (except in Jax Apartments and Colonial Arms Apartments). You are also given 100 long distance minutes per billing cycle, and a long distance code to access them. Just contact the Telephone Center to get your long distance code. Telephones are not provided in the rooms. Visit the Telephone Center website for more information.

Cable service is provided in each room and apartment; televisions are not.

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Are the rooms wired for Internet Access?

Crow, Curtiss, Daugette, Dixon, Fitzpatrick, Logan, and Patterson Halls have Ethernet access. (You must provide their own Ethernet cord.)

All residence halls are equipped with wireless Internet. (You must provide their own wireless card.) On-campus apartments contain cable modems that you may use to access the Internet.

All residence halls have computer rooms with Internet access for your use.


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Do you offer housing for scholarship/honor students?

The eight students chosen as Elite Honors scholarship recipients are eligible for Stadium Tower housing as freshmen.

Female students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors, or transfer students with a 2.5 GPA may apply to reside in the Leadership House for Women. 

Please note: Students receiving scholarships are still required to pay the $150 non-refundable application fee. The scholarship cannot be used for the payment of the fee.


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Is there anything for residents to do in the halls?


UHRL focuses on the development of our students by providing programs monthly. Our programs are based on the COCKY model, focusing on Community, Outreach, Culture, Knowledge, and Your Personal Development. Examples of campus-wide programs from this year include safety and security, hypnotist, field trips, alcohol awareness, and more! Be sure to ask your hall staff about upcoming programs. 


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What Should I Bring?

You may also print the items listed below using our check list found here

Clothing
General cleaning supplies (mop, duster, broom, rags, cleansers)
Bath soap/gel and towels
Laundry basket/detergent
Mattress pad 
Iron & ironing board
Bedding including blanket, bedspread/comforter, pillow, sheets (more information about our Residence Hall Linens program can be found here)
Raincoat, umbrella
Fan
Flip flops (for shower)
Desk lamp/organizer
Small first aid kit
Plastic bucket for shower items
Wastebasket
Clothes hangers
Tissues/paper towels
Drawer organizer (make-up, etc.)
Pictures, posters
Flashlight
Milk crates (storage)
Bottle/can opener
Stereo with headphones
Extension cord-grounded multi-strip (1 per room)
Plug adaptor
Handi-Tak to post pictures and posters
School supplies
Memo board/lap board
Stapler
Pencil sharpener
Bicycle (with lock)
Sewing kit
Alarm clock
Glasses/cups
Stamps/envelopes
Ruler/calculator
Room freshener (No candles or incense)
Refrigerator (4.6 cubic feet or less, one per room)
Microwave (no more than 1,000 watts, one per room)
Television
Telephone

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What should I leave at home?

Hotplates, space heaters, sandwich makers, George Forman grills, crock pots, fry daddies, griddles, dehydrators, or any appliance with an open heating element.

Objects that create open flames (i.e., scented candles, lanterns, etc.)

Any objects or pictures to be placed outside or inside the room window or on the exterior of the building.

Weapons that can be used for bodily harm. (i.e., knives, guns, any projectile weapons, etc.)

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What are the sizes of the rooms?

  • Sparkman 10' x 11' (bedroom) 7' x 10' (dressing area/closet)
  • Fitzpatrick 10' x 17'
  • Curtiss 12' x 17'
  • Logan 12' x 17'
  • Patterson 12' x 17'
  • Crow 11' x 17'
  • Daugette 11' x 17'
  • Dixon 11' x 17'


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What size are the mattresses on the beds?

All residence halls, Campus Inn, Colonial Arms, Pannell and Stadium Tower apartments have 76" twin mattresses, which require REGULAR size twin sheets. College and Penn House apartments have full sized mattresses. We partner with a linens company that provides extra-long twin sheet sets. Our students ahve shared they like having the extra long twin sheets after putting a mattress pad on their beds. Either regular or extra-long sheets will work for our mattresses. 

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Do I need renter's insurance?

UHRL encourages you to obtain renter's insurance for your personal property. Neither JSU nor UHRL provide renter's insurance or assumes responsibility for property that is damaged, lost, or stolen. You are responsible for obtaining insurance through a company of your choosing. You may wish to investigate whether some property or belongings are insured under your parent's home owners insurance. For general information about renter's insurance, you may visit the CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. web page at www.csiprotection.com. This is only a suggestion. CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. is not affiliated with JSU or UHRL, and we will not be responsible for or included in any agreement that may be entered into with this company.

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Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. Faculty, staff, and students are required to register their vehicles each year prior to the beginning of the fall semester or prior to the first term of enrollment. Vehicle registration is available 24 hours a day for all faculty, staff, and students. Parking permits are $25.00 per vehicle. For more information, please visit the University Police Department's website.


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Are students required to purchase a meal plan?

If you live in Crow, Curtiss, Daugette, Dixon, Fitzpatrick, Logan, Patterson, Sparkman, or Stadium Tower you will be required to purchase a meal plan. There are several options to choose from. For more information, please contact Campus Dining Services at 256-782-7242.


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Miscellaneous information:

  • Nails and Tacks:
    • Nails and tacks may not be used for hanging anything in residence hall rooms. Please use Handi-Tak to secure hanging objects.
  • Refrigerators:
    • Each room in the residence halls may only have one microwave and one refrigerator
    • The refrigerator can be no more the 4.6 cubic feet; the microwave must be under 1000 watts.

For additional information contact The Department of University Housing and Residence Life at (256) 782-5122.


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Where can I go for help or more information?

Department of University Housing and Residence Life
Location: Bibb Graves Hall 103
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
Phone: (256) 782-5122
Fax: (256) 782-5123
Website: www.jsu.edu/housing
E-mail: jsuhousing@jsu.edu


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