As you learn about living on campus, take time to review a few of the most frequently asked questions!
- WHICH HALL IS THE BEST? There is no simple answer to this commonly asked question. All halls provide a unique living environment. Some students prefer halls closers to their classes, while others prefer halls connected to a specific dining center. Some want a bathroom shared with suitemates, while others want a hall with the newly renovated bathrooms that offer privatized stalls and showers. For more information about each hall, visit ndsu.edu/reslife/residence_hall_information.
- HOW ARE ROOM SELECTION/ASSIGNMENTS MADE? WILL I GET MY PREFERRED HALL? Residence hall selection/assignments are based on your application date; the earlier you apply the more likely you are to get one of your top choices.
- I APPLIED LATE. IS THERE ROOM FOR ME? Yes! If you are a first-year student, housing is guaranteed. If you aren’t, Residence Life still has options available for you.
- WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY RESIDENCE HALL? Anything and everything you need to know prior to moving in can be found on our website at www.ndsu.edu/reslife/preparing_to_move_in This page will guide you to hall amenities and features, room floor plans and measurements, bed/lofting/linen information, packing guidelines and more.
- HOW ARE ROOMMATES PAIRED? Students match up with roommates via a third-party platform, MyCollegeRoomie. After submitting a housing application, students receive an email invitation to their ndsu.edu address, inviting them to log in. Create a profile, respond to some questions, and the system will offer roommate suggestions for you. Even if you already know with whom you will be living, MyCollegeRoomie is a great site to network and meet other incoming students.
- CAN NEW STUDENTS LIVE WITH CURRENT STUDENTS? Yes, if living in a residence hall. Contact Residence Life staff for additional details.
- WHAT DOES RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF DO TO HELP ROOMMATES GET ALONG? Learning to share a living space is a life skill we help our students develop. To lay a healthy groundwork, our staff facilitates the completion of a Roommate Success Plan. This agreement addresses common areas for potential future conflict such as the cleaning schedule, guest visitation and sharing belongings. This reduces common potential disagreements and gives each roommate an equal voice in determining the expectations in their room.
- IF MY PARENTS LIVE WITHIN 35 MILES OF CAMPUS, CAN I CANCEL MY CONTRACT AFTER THE FIRST SEMESTER? The residence hall contract is for the full academic year, so even if you are eligible to live at home, once you move in you are responsible for the full academic year.
- WHAT AMENITIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE HALLS? Every residence hall has its own unique amenities and features, but all halls offer on-site mail, coinless laundry, cleaning supplies, cable and free video streaming services, rec lounges, study lounges, community kitchen, wifi, hall office with games/videos/entertainment options and secure keyless card entrances.
- I WANT MORE INFORMATION ON MY BED, LOFT OPTIONS AND LINENS – WHERE DO I GET THAT INFO? Each residence hall has its own unique bed size and lofting option. NDSU also offers custom linens that will fit XL mattresses. All of this information can be found on www.ndsu.edu/reslife/preparing_to_move_in
- HOW SAFE IS LIVING ON CAMPUS? Safety is a priority in Residence Life. NDSU residents (and their families) can feel at ease with 24-hour keycard secure entrances, entrance security cameras and university police access and coverage. All residence halls also have annual safety inspections by the safety office and fire inspector, plus monthly testing of all fire extinguishers.
- WHO STAFFS THE HALLS? Each residence hall has its own hall director (professional staff) and multiple resident assistants (student staff) per floor who support learning, facilitate community development and are dedicated to student security, safety and overall well-being.
- WHAT IS THE GUEST POLICY IN THE HALLS? There is a 24-hour escort policy for all guests (regardless of gender). An overnight guest of the same gender is allowed, but only with approval of the roommate(s).
- WHAT ARE WAYS THAT STUDENTS CAN GET INVOLVED? One way is through leadership roles in hall government, residence hall association (RHA) or the national residence hall honorary (NRHH). These groups, and the floor RAs, organize many events and activities that students can attend and participate in. Additionally, there are more than 300 student organizations, leadership development programs, study abroad options and service-learning opportunities at NDSU.
- WHAT DOES RESIDENCE LIFE DO TO ENSURE A SAFE LIVING SPACE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY? Residence Life is committed to providing a safe and inclusive living environment for all of our students — including those in the LGBTQ community and their allies. As part of this commitment, we have established an LGBTQ and Ally Roommate Matching service. More information can be found at ndsu.edu/reslife.
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN NDSU RESIDENCE HALL AND NDSU APARTMENT? There are four major differences. Halls bill per semester; apartments bill monthly. Halls are only open during the academic year and close during semester and holiday breaks; apartments are open year round. Halls are fully furnished; apartments are not furnished. In halls, roommates can be chosen or Residence Life will assign them. In apartments, Residence Life is not involved with roommate selection or assignment.
- ARE THERE WAITLISTS FOR APARTMENTS? Sometimes our apartments will have waitlists. These are established by the date the application and application fee are received. Priority is not given based on university status/classification. Having a flexible move-in date, however, may help get you into your apartment sooner than others.
- WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE APARTMENT CONTRACT? A huge benefit of NDSU apartments is that contracts can be as short as four months or as long as you are a student. A 60-day notice to vacate is required.
- CAN I LIVE WITH:
- My significant other? Yes, so long as you are both students, or married.
- My sibling? Yes.
- A non-NDSU student? Only NDSU students can live in our apartments, unless they are a spouse or dependent.
- CAN I USE FINANCIAL AID TO PAY FOR MY RENT? Yes. Work with NDSU One Stop for details.