Frequently Asked Questions
North Dakota State University is fully committed to equal opportunity in educational programs and activities, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (gender), disability, age, Vietnam Era Veterans status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to marriage or public assistance. The Department of Residence Life supports this commitment and will not make room assignments or changes contrary to this policy. Our students share living areas and are roommates with individuals who may have different life experiences and backgrounds. We are not asking that students change, but that they come with an open mind and are accepting of individual differences.
What services are available on move-in weekend?
For a complete list of services and hours, download the Opening Weekend Flier.
When can I move in?
You may move in at your assigned hall on Saturday, August 24 or Sunday, August 25 between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Only students associated with designated early-in groups (athletic teams, band, Memorial Union employees, etc.) will be able to move in prior to August 24. Arrangements for early arrival are coordinated directly with the early-in group sponsor/coach/supervisor.
What about a parking permit?
If you will be parking on campus during the school year, a valid parking permit is required. The cost for the academic year is $185, charged to your student account in the fall. Parking permit sales will begin Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Permits are available ONLY at the Parking and Transportation Services website. Note: You must be registered for classes at least 24 hours prior to accessing the system.
What's happening with meal plans this year?
In years past, two meal plans have been available: Basic or Elite. Both offered unlimited access during dining center hours, and the Elite plan included additional guest passes and dining dollars.
For 2013-2014, based on student feedback, two meal plans will still be available, but they will be Five Day Unlimited or Seven Day Unlimited. The Five Day Unlimited offers Monday through Friday open access to dining centers during hours of operation. The Seven Day plan does the same, but includes Saturday and Sunday as well.
The rate for a Five Day Unlimited plan will be $1718 per semester.
A Seven Day Unlimited plan will be $1898 per semester.
(For comparison, the 2012-2013 Basic Plan - which offers seven day unlimited access - is $1842 per semester.)
How are rooms assigned?
We strive to make the best possible assignment available related to your preferences. Your assignment is given priority based on the date we receive your application and application fee. We can not guarantee your hall(s) or roommate(s) preferences. You will receive an email and a post card when your assignment is made. As soon as we have made your assignment, it will be available for viewing at MyHousing, accessible through Campus Connection. (Instructions for accessing MyHousing can be found here.) Assignments are made throughout the summer, in the order in which the applications are received.
What if my roommate cancels?
If you contact your roommate and he/she tells you he/she has decided not to attend NDSU, ask him/her to call the Residence Life Office (1-800-572-8840) and cancel his/her contract if this has not already been done. The next person in line by priority date will be assigned to your room.
How can I make a room change?
If you wish to make a room change, you may speak to your Hall Director upon arrival at NDSU. Your Hall Director can inform you of the options that are currently available, and will honor your request, if possible.
What is a triple/quad room?
If your assignment is in a triple/quad room, your main MyHousing page will note that room type. Triple/quad rooms are larger than double rooms and easily accommodate three to four people. If we are in overflow (not enough regular rooms) housing, a fourth person will be assigned to that room until a permanent room is available for that person.
Do I need to rent a loft? How do I know what kind of bed I have?
NDSU offers a variety of different XL-twin beds, depending on the hall to which you are assigned. We have bunk, adjustable, lofted, and stand-alone beds. Reed, Johnson, Churchill, and LLC Halls come with lofted beds.
Click here to view the specific type of bed in your room.
Click here for information about loft rental.
What is overflow housing?
Typically, there are more students requesting to live in the residence halls than we have space for. When all available beds have been filled, a variety of different areas are used. In most halls this means utilizing study lounges as student rooms, converting larger double rooms to triples, or larger triple rooms to quads. All overflow locations on campus are secure and offer most of the same amenities as permanent locations. If you are assigned to a permanent location in a double w/study (larger double room) or triple/quad room, you will have a student in overflow housing placed in your room. When a permanent space opens up for the student in overflow housing, he or she will be able to move there.
Can I cancel my license agreement?
All first year students are required to live on campus, pursuant to the Living on Campus Policy. Returning or transfer students who wish to cancel their assignment for the fall semester may do so. Notify our office of your intent to cancel no later than June 1 to receive a refund of your room reservation fee. Cancellations may be made between June 1 and August 24, but a $50 cancellation fee applies.
What is my new mailing address?
When living on campus in a residence hall, please use the following address format:
Your name (no nicknames)
Room number and hall
Hall PO Box number
Fargo, ND 58105-4 digit PO Box number
PO Box numbers are as follows:
PO Box #
Residents of Niskanen North, Niskanen South, or Niskanen Middle should use the following address format:
Room Number Niskanen
Fargo, ND 58102
When do I pay my bill for room and board?
For fall semester, payment is due by Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
For spring semester, payment is due by Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Transactions may be done online via Campus Connection at any time or in person at Bison Connection during business hours. Checks made payable to NDSU may be mailed to:
Bison Connection, NDSU Dept. 5290
PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
What about hall dues?
A yearly charge, maximum $100, for your hall dues is placed on your NDSU account on or before the first day of classes. The hall dues pay for hall activities and programs planned by the hall government and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and for items the hall government can purchase such as sports equipment, cooking utensils, games, etc. Your hall dues also pay for coinless laundry service in your building, newspapers in each residence hall, and the Residence Life Cinema television channel. Activities and equipment are available to all residents of the hall, and all students are encouraged to participate in hall government.
In August, you will receive more detailed information about moving in. You will also receive a letter from your Resident Assistant, who will introduce him/herself to you as you prepare to move to campus. Don't forget to continue checking our website for additional information about assignments, residence halls, and move-in weekend.