Welcome Parents and Families!
We are excited to welcome you and your student to Colorado State University's Housing & Dining Services. Our goal is to inform you and your student about the resources and services we offer. It has been found that parents' interest and involvement in students' college life is a very strong factor in their college success.
Office Parent Page
As the parent of a student considering Colorado State University, you are a critical part of the college search and application process. This website has been designed specifically with you in mind and includes tips to help your student, feature articles about the University, and important University links.
Division of Student Affairs Parent and Family Member Site
This resource site features online versions of the Parent and Family member newsletter that is produced by the Division of Student Affairs.
Visit the CSU Visitors Center and learn more about the University. You will receive helpful information, have your questions answered, and feel welcomed.
See what a fun and fascinating city Fort Collins is and what it offers.
Tour the Residence Halls with your Student
Housing & Dining Services and the Admissions Office offer free tours of the residence halls and the CSU campus Monday-Friday during the academic year and at Preview in the summer. Check out our schedule to make arrangements for your tour!
Residence Hall Map and Web Videos
Can't visit campus? Use our residence hall map to discover where our halls are located on campus and watch our web video of each hall to learn more about what each has to offer your student.
Discover the academic environment students in the residence halls experience. Quiet hours and study resources are available to enhance students' academic success. Research has shown that on average, students living in residence halls obtain higher grade-point averages.
Explore the many special Residential Learning Communities in the residence halls. Most of these communities are available at no extra charge and are designed for students who want to live with other students who share their interests and/or academic major. Examples include the Living Substance Free Community, Health and Exercise Science Community, Global Village, and Honors Residential Learning Community.
Learn about our 3 levels of security and other campus safety resources.
Room and Board Rates
How much will it cost for your student to live on campus? Budget with our residence hall rates and meal plan rates.
What You Should Know about Dining on Campus
Meal Plans and Rates
Learn about the ABCs of our meal plans and our flexible options to fit your student's eating habits. This page also provides meal plan prices to help you budget.
RamCash dollars can be used to do laundry, pay parking fees, and purchase a la carte items or meals across campus.
Off Campus Meal Plans
Does your student live off campus and need a few well-balanced meals a week? Do you worry about how healthy your student's meals are? An off campus student meal plan allows students who live in apartments and houses away from campus to eat on campus at any of our dining centers.
Residence Hall Phone Numbers
Academic Village - (970) 491-5807
Academic Village Aspen Hall - (970) 491-6518
Allison Hall - (970) 491-5814
Braiden Hall - (970) 491- 5822
Corbett Hall - (970) 491-5827
Durward Hall - (970) 491-5963
Edwards Hall - (970) 491-5854
Ingersoll Hall - (970) 491-5878
Newsom Hall - (970) 491-5872
Parmelee Hall - (970) 491-5982
Summit Hall - (970) 491-5804
Westfall Hall - (970) 491-5954
For all mail and deliveries, please use this format:
Room # Hall Name
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Using "Colorado State University" or the university zip code "80523" in the address will delay arrival since residence hall mail is delivered directly from the Fort Collins Post Office to the residence halls.
Because a photo ID is required to identify package recipients, packages addressed to someone who does not live in the room (such as parents) will be returned to sender. Ordering items under an alias or fictitious name is considered mail fraud.
Special Events for Parents
Ram Welcome: Explore CSU
Ram Welcome festivities will kick off on move in day with a weekend jam packed with great CSU events for students and parents.
Parents are invited to join Colorado State University in October as we celebrate Homecoming with a parade, football game, concert, and other fun activities.
Dine on Campus as our Guest
Parents are always welcome to eat with their residence hall student at any of our dining centers for free. To be admitted, parents need to be accompanied by their student and introduced to the meal checker.
Housing & Dining Services Mission
Mission Statement: To create dynamic Housing & Dining experiences that enhance personal growth and global engagement.
About Us: Housing & Dining Services is responsible for the management, finance, administration, and program development of all University housing facilities, including thirteen residence halls that house about 5,000 students, 908 apartment units, and Pingree Park, CSU's mountain campus. Major areas of the department include Apartment Life, Conference Services, Dining Services, Operations Management, Pingree Park, Residence Life, and University ID and Vending. More than 1,500 people are employed annually in the department, with about 400 of these being full-time.
Transition from High School
While many students easily transition into their first semester at CSU, it's likely that many of them at some time or another will also experience some of the transition issues mentioned below. This is a time for them to learn new ways of coping and how to seek out support and help when they need it. You can play a big role in this by listening to them as they describe their experiences, and by helping them see their options and find ways to approach the situation.
Familiar to Different
They are moving from a place that is very familiar to them to a place that is very new and different.
Dependence to Independence
Students are moving from a place where they are very dependent on family and friends to a new state of independence.
Family to Community
They are moving from a small family setting to a larger community setting.
This can seem random in terms of who it hits, but can be consuming and difficult for students to manage.
The freedom at college can be an adjustment for some. Learning how to manage these freedoms and balance time appropriately takes some work.
Going from a place of comfort and connection to having to start over can feel strange in the beginning. It can be a considerable adjustment for some students.
Being in a new place and trying out new behaviors can be a great thing, but in some cases it can lead to poor decision-making that could have serious consequences.
Living with one or more people in close quarters can be challenging for many students.
If your son or daughter is unable to sleep, unable to concentrate, not eating well, or sleeping too much, these may be reasons to be concerned. We strongly recommend you encourage them to talk with someone or let us know so we can try to gently intervene.
If your student is starting CSU with a pre-existing medical or mental health concern, it is very helpful for our staff to be made aware of this. The Residence Directors are professionals who will respect students' privacy; however, having this information can be very helpful to Residence Directors as they try to meet the needs of all the students in their community.
We hope you will remind them there are people to talk to at CSU who care. Their Residence Director is the best place to start. You are welcome to call their Residence Director or the central Residence Life office to discuss any concerns you have.
Residence Life office:
1005 W. Laurel St.
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-8032
Phone: (970) 491-4719
FAX: (970) 491-4728
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