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Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. When will I receive my housing assignment?
A. Your room assignment and roommate information is emailed July 15, 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 September 1. 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 is the chance 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 depends on the number of spaces available in that building 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 2017: Wednesday, September 20, 1-6:30 p.m.

Arrival times are dependent on last name:

A-G: 1 p.m.

H-P: 1:45 p.m.

Q-Z: 2:30 p.m.

Winter 2018: Tuesday, January 2, 1 - 4 p.m.

Spring 2018: Sunday, March 25, 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 day should find arrangements off-campus. Details about where to check in will be included 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 Christmas and Spring breaks; therefore, rooms are not available for viewing. Layouts of 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 away from home, but you'll want to prioritize what you'll really need; space will be limited. You may want to contact your roommate(s) to decide who will bring which items. 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 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 Falcon Funds, SPU's official campus currency. 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 must vacate the hall, but may leave personal property in their rooms. Students 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 2017: Friday, December 8, 10 a.m.

Winter 2018: Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.

Spring 2018: Friday, June 8, 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 1 for Autumn Quarter, December 8 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. If you have completed your contract obligations, met withdrawal deadlines, and did not damage your room, the deposit will be credited to your student account. If you have an owing balance, the deposit will be applied towards that balance to reduce the cost. If you do not have an owing balance, you will be notified by Student Financial Services when a credit check or direct deposit has been processed.

Q. May I have a car on campus?
A. Parking spaces are available to residents for a quarterly fee. You may park your car on the street, but SPU is located in a residential area and space is limited. For more information, click here.

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

A. Wireless network access is available throughout residence halls, campus apartments, and study/meeting areas. 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, provided you have a housing assignment as of September 1. If you are assigned after September 1, Mailing Services will provide mailing information within two weeks. For more information, click here.

Q. What is the Residential Living Requirement?

A. For the 2017-18 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 their parent(s), legal guardian(s), spouse, or dependent children; they are graduate students; 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 for an exemption. Details can be found here.


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