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Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. When will I receive my housing assignment?
A. Your room assignment and roommate information is emailed in late July, provided we receive your Housing Application, $300 room deposit, and $200 advance payment by June 1. If your application, deposit, and advance payment are received between June 2 and August 15, you will receive your assignment mid-September. Applications, deposits, and advance payments received after August 15 will be processed as space permits (see Deadlines).


Q. How are assignments made?
A. Room and roommate assignments are made based on the preferences you provide on your Housing Application. See Room Assignments and Roommate Matching for more information.

Q. What are the chances of getting into my preferred building?

A. The popularity of certain buildings varies from year to year. Your chance of getting into your preferred building is dependent on the number of available spaces and how many other students have requested it. See Room Assignments for more information.


Q. When can I move in?

A. New students may check in according to the following schedule:

Autumn 2015: Wednesday, September 23, 3 - 8:30 p.m.

Winter 2016: Monday, January 4, 1 - 4 p.m.

Spring 2016: Sunday, March 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Staff will be unavailable outside of these times, so please plan your arrival accordingly. Students who arrive earlier than their scheduled check-in time must find alternate arrangements off-campus. Details about where to check in will be sent with your assignment. A complete residential calendar can be found here.

Q. May I see my room before I move in?

A. Residence halls are used for conferences during the summer and are closed during breaks; therefore, rooms are not available for viewing. Layouts of typical rooms in each hall are available here.

Q. What can I bring with me?
A. We want you to be comfortable in your new home, but you may want to consider prioritizing what you'll really need. Space will be limited. You may want to contact your roommate(s) to decide who will bring which items; you probably won't need or have room for two of everything. A checklist of suggested items to bring is available here.

Q. What furniture is provided?

A. All students are provided with an extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk, and chair. Apartment residents are also provided with living room and dining room furniture. Furniture may be reconfigured, but it may not be removed from the room.

Q. What laundry facilities are available?

A. The residence halls have washers and dryers that accept coins and Debit Dollars from your Sea Pac Pass. Campus Apartment residents have access to coin-opterated laundry facilities in their building or a building nearby. The Wesley Apartments have in-unit laundry (no coins needed).

Q. What about housing and food service during holiday breaks?
A. Residence halls close during Christmas and Spring breaks. Residents will need to vacate the hall, but may leave personal property in their rooms. Students living in the campus apartments may remain on campus during breaks. Food service is not available in Gwinn Commons during Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring breaks.

Residence halls close on the following schedule:

Autumn 2015: Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m.

Winter 2016: Friday, March 18, 10 a.m.

Spring 2016: Friday, June 10, 4 p.m.


Q. Is my room deposit refundable?
A. A refund of your $300 room deposit is available if you cancel your housing application by June 30 for Autumn Quarter, December 9 for Winter Quarter or March 17 for Spring Quarter. Once you move into your room, your deposit will remain on your student account until you withdraw from housing. At that time, the deposit will be refunded if you have completed your contract obligations, met withdrawal deadlines, and did not damage your room.


Q. May I have a car on campus?
A. Parking spaces are available to on-campus residents at a quarterly rate. You may park your car on the street, but SPU is located in a residential area and those spaces are very limited. For residents whose lots have reached maximum capacity, SPU offers commuter parking as a secondary option. For more information, click here.

Q. What should I know about connecting to the Internet?

A. There are wired ethernet connections to the Internet in each residence hall room and apartment. Wireless access is also available throughout the majority of campus. For more information, click here.

Q. What is my mailing address?

A. Residence hall students are assigned a mailstop (the term used for your mailbox). Mailboxes are located outside the Student Union Building. Campus apartment residents either receive a mailstop or, for specific buildings, have mail delivered directly to a mailbox at their residence. Mailing Services will provide mailing information to you by September 15, 2015. For more information, click here.

Q. What is the Residential Living Requirement?

A. For the 2015-16 academic year, students are required to live on campus unless they are 20 years or older prior to the first day of class for the quarter for which they are applying; they live at home with parent(s), legal guardian(s), spouse, or dependent children; they are a graduate student; or they are enrolled for eight or fewer credits.

Students who are not eligible to live off campus, but believe they have extenuating circumstances that warrant special consideration, may petition Residence Life for an exemption. Approval is granted only for exceptional need or hardship. Students living off campus without approval will not be permitted to register until they are in compliance.

 

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