Q: Is there a deadline to sign up for housing?
No, there is not a deadline for applications. The application opens mid-November and assignments are made beginning in March, in the order they are received. Applications received after March may take longer to process. You will receive email notification of your room and roommate assignment during the summer.
Q: As a first-year student, am I guaranteed a spot in the halls?
Yes, we are committed to providing housing to all of our incoming first-year students. CSU requires that all newly-admitted first-year students (Admissions Type “New”) and transfer students with fewer than 15 post-high school credits, who are single, under 21 years of age, and not living with their parents in the Fort Collins area, live in the University residence halls for the first two consecutive terms (semesters) of their attendance.
Q: How late and early are the dining halls open?
There are six dining centers on campus that have varying hours throughout the school year. During the week, most dining centers open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Braiden and Parmelee dining centers offer Late Night dining from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Durrell Express and Ram’s Horn Express grab-and-go shops are open until 1 a.m. every night of the week. Visit http://housing.colostate.edu/locations-hours to view all dining center hours of operation.
Q: Are there options to switch roommates during the year?
Yes. After the first two weeks of school, once students get into the routine of their semester, we do offer an opportunity to change rooms. Students move for all kinds of reasons, whether they are interested in living in a different hall, or with friends who live in a different community. As long as space is available, we’ll work with you to make that change.
Q: What is it like living with a roommate?
“I got randomly matched with a roommate and was concerned about getting along. I called her and we had an awesome experience the first time talking on the phone. We had similar backgrounds, were interested in a lot of the same things, and had similar goals for studying, being social, and having fun. Everyone in my hall had to make a roommate contract when we first moved in. We had to sit down and talk about our expectations, which alleviated problems later because we knew what the expectations were right off the bat. She’s still one of my best friends and we still have breakfast together every week. I’m really glad I got to have that experience through a random roommate assignment.”
“I feel like you hear a lot of horror stories about the random matching, and that can be terrifying, especially coming straight from home, a familiar setting, and going straight to something brand new. I ended up with a randomly-matched roommate who is my complete opposite in every possible way, and we ended up getting along really well. We are still very close friends. One thing that we shared was a sense of humor, so that worked out well.”
“As an RA, I have seen where the roommate situation doesn’t work out as well as you would want. Some people might have conflicting schedules. I had a situation this year where one roommate was a night owl. She was up all night, which is when she felt most creative and wanted to do her schoolwork. Her roommate was up at the crack of dawn and felt most productive in the mornings. So, regardless of how well you get along personally there may be circumstances which can’t be overcome, and I think it’s okay to be open to that. There are some things that you just can’t work out and you have to be open to change in that area.”
Q: What are some things that first-year students bring to campus that they don’t actually need?
Think: less is more, with the understanding that you are sharing space with others. You won’t need your skis or snowboard at the beginning of the semester and you don’t have to bring all of your belongings at once. Breaks are a great time to switch belongings based on the time of year.
Once you are assigned your roommate, connect/coordinate with one another. Determine who will bring the larger items so you don’t end up with two of everything (i.e. TV, microfridge, futon, etc.). Printers are one item that may not be necessary in rooms, since there are many places on campus where you can print (including residence hall front desks).
Open-coil heaters are not allowed, so don’t bring things like toasters, toaster ovens and hot plates, as they are fire hazards. These appliances are not necessary because our residence halls all have community kitchens.
Q: Are there dining options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or any other dietary restrictions on campus?
Yes! Dining Services is committed to the nutritional well-being of the CSU community, and each dining center offers a variety of healthy meal choices to suit most dietary needs. The Eat Well @ CSU nutrition program provides nutrition information in a number of ways:
- Online Menus – Include ingredient lists and allergen information for all food served
- Menu Labels – Identify the nutrients in foods for all dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, contains nuts, contains local products, eat well, and whole grains
- Nutrition Stations – Located in each dining center offer information about making healthy dietary choices
- Registered Dietitian – Is available for individual consultation (free!) and conducts nutrition programs and classes for students throughout the year
- Gluten-Free Zones – Gluten-free dining options are available in all dining centers
Q: What are the rules regarding visitors in the residence halls?
Overnight guests are permitted if it is acceptable to all roommates. Guests can stay for no more than two consecutive nights, and are not allowed to stay overnight during finals week.
Q: What items are included in a typical room in the residence halls?
Every room comes with the following (one per student):
- Bed (lofted upon request)
- Mattress (twin extra-long, 39” x 80”)
- Desk and chair
- Trash can & recycling bin
Curtains are also on room windows. We recommend students bring bedding (twin XL), any personal items, clothing, and study tools. Talk with your roommate about who will bring larger items, such as a microfridge and TV, to make sure you are utilizing the space efficiently.
Q: Are there online floor plans students can see after they get their hall assignments?
Q: What’s the role of a Resident Assistant (RA)?
The RA’s role within the hall is to ease the transition from home life to university life, and to help build community among residents. They do this through programming, hall events, and floor activities. An RA’s job is to create a community that is conducive to learning and growing. There are some things that they do to ensure safety in the halls, such as duty walks in the evenings, but RA’s are also there as a support system. If you are struggling with a class, they can connect you with tutoring resources. If you’re having personal or roommate issues, they can help resolve the problem.
Q: How much is the housing deposit and is it refundable?
The $350 housing deposit serves as a reservation fee and contractual guarantee. Residence Life will refund in full, deposits for students who cancel on or before May 1 for the fall semester (December 31 for the spring semester). No refund is given for cancellations received after May 1 (December 31 for spring).
In April of the academic year, deposits will be refunded to the University account of all students who fulfill the academic year contract or will roll over to the next contract term for those students who return to the residence halls or university apartments.
Q: When are roommate and hall assignments announced?
Hall and Residential Learning Community assignments begin in March, when we let students know what hall they will be living in. Assignments are made in the order that applications are received. Applications received after March may take longer to process.
Students have the option to choose their roommate or be assigned a roommate based on a lifestyle questionnaire filled out in the housing application. Roommate assignments are the last step in the process and are assigned in July as Ram Orientation wraps up. The process gives students the opportunity to change their mind, have flexibility, and be able to participate and take control of their housing experience.
Q: How do you decide how many meals you need for your first year? What are the different options?
Your room and board contract includes a choice of three different meal plans.
- Any 10 (10 meals per week)
- Any 14 (14 meals per week)
- Any 21 (21 meals per week)
Each meal plan comes with 20 bonus passes and $150 RamCash per semester. Students who do not select a meal plan on their housing application will automatically be placed on Any 14. Any 21 meal plans can be upgraded to Any Meal, Any Time (up to 10 meals per day).
Most of our students choose the any 14 or any 21. Those meal plans are designed for students who plan to eat 2 or 3 meals/day on campus. You are able to change your meal plan during the first two weeks after classes start each semester. After that, you can only upgrade to a greater meal plan.
Q: Can I bring my pet to the residence halls?
Our policy is that students are permitted to have aquariums that are no larger than 25 gallons and are stocked with (non-dangerous) fish only. We recognize that some types of disabilities may require animal assistance as an accommodation. We do allow service animals and emotional support animals in the residence halls. Students requiring this type of assistance must work with the Office of Resources for Disabled Students (RDS) for management of the accommodation. For full guidelines on service and emotional support animals, visit http://rds.colostate.edu/service-and-assistance-animals
Q: Is there air conditioning in the residence halls? Do I need to bring a heater or fan?
A fan is always a great idea. We do have a few air-conditioned halls, but most of our facilities are not air-conditioned. Students generally find that the temperatures are comfortable most of the year.
Heaters are not permitted. Heat is provided in all facilities, so please do not bring a space-heater as it is a fire hazard.
Q: Are there learning communities for specific majors?
Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are programs organized to introduce and integrate academic and social learning in residence hall settings through faculty involvement. Visit http://housing.colostate.edu/housing-options to learn more about RLCs at CSU.
Q: What opportunities are there for student leadership and involvement in the residence halls?
As a student living in the halls, you can get involved with leadership and employment opportunities, such as becoming an Eco Leader, RA, Inclusive Community Assistant, various community desk positions, as well as Hall Council, Residence Hall Association, and more. For details, visit housing.colostate.edu/leadership to learn more about RLCs at CSU.
Q: What are some of the challenges about transitioning into college?
The transition to college is different for everyone. Some students may experience home sickness, some may struggle to balance schoolwork with their newfound independence, while others acclimate quickly. Attending Ram Orientation and participating in on-campus activities in your first few months on campus is a great way to ease the transition. Learn more about these events at http://www.otp.colostate.edu
Q: Should I bring a car to campus?
Parking on campus is permitted, but is limited and requires a permit year-round (including summer and during breaks). We encourage students to make use of the various alternative transportation options available on campus and throughout the Fort Collins community.
BIKE: Bicycling is a sustainable, easy, and affordable way to get around campus. There are over 300 miles of trails within city limits, lots of bike parking, and several on-campus bike fix-it stations, including The Spoke, a fully functional bike shop in Laurel Village. Bike Share is also available on campus and throughout Fort Collins, offering a network of bicycles for short-term use through automated, self-service bike checkout stations.
TRANSIT: Your RamCard doubles as your bus pass as part of the CSU student fee package for all TransFort bus routes, as well as the MAX. For a minimal fare, regional bus service is also available. The Flex route has direct stops to and from Loveland, Longmont, and Boulder. The Bustang goes from campus directly to Denver, and Colorado Springs and I-70 mountain corridor routes are also offered.
CARSHARE: CSU has fourteen ZipCar rentals across campus. ZipCar is an affordable, sustainable alternative to bringing a personal car and purchasing a parking permit that allows students under the age of 25 to check out vehicles that include insurance.
GAME DAY REPARK PROGRAM: Starting in Fall 2017, students with residence hall parking permits must park in specific lots reserved for them on the six Saturdays a year when the Rams play at the on-campus stadium. To learn more about the repark program visit www.housing.colostate.edu/transportation-parking
Visit http://pts.colostate.edu/students to get more transportation information.