Still boggled by all the choices that come with selecting housing? Check out the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions. If, after reading this section, you still have questions, don't hesitate to call the HSU Housing Office at (707) 826-3451.
We have traditional residence halls as well as apartment and suite style living. You can take an online housing tour of the facilities to see floor plans and photographs.
When you come to HSU, you can arrange to live in a residence hall organized around a theme. We call them "Theme Housing ." Theme Housing give you a chance to hang out and learn for a year alongside people who share your interests.
We are offering the following Theme Housing for the 2013-14 academic year:
The rooms vary in their dimensions depending on the room type. We offer single and double rooms in traditional residence halls as well as in apartment and suite style living. Triple rooms (double rooms converted into triples) are available in the Canyon and the Hill and are offered at a reduced rate. You can view the floor plans of the different areas and see photographs of each type of room on our virtual tour.
The rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress pad, desk, chair, dresser, closet and wastebasket. The beds are extra long twins (34"x78"-80"x6") except for in Creekview and in part of the Campus Apartments where we provide standard twin beds. The apartments and suites are furnished with living room and kitchen furniture. Creekview, Cypress, College Creek and Campus Apartments have refrigerators and stoves in their apartment and suite kitchens. In addition, Creekview and College Creek apartments have microwaves. You can take an online tour of the facilities. Please see the FAQ "I know I need to bring my own linen, but what size should I bring? " in the Moving In section to see a list of Campus Apartment rooms and corresponding bed sizes.
As part of the application process, you will need to make an initial payment online. Students receiving Financial Aid are asked for a $200 initial payment. Students selecting the Monthly, Semester or Annual payment plans will be asked for a $500 initial payment.
The application for the academic year become available at myhousing.humboldt.edu in early March for the fall semester and the end of October for the spring semester. Please visit our Rates and Dates page or your MyHousing account for the specific dates the application opens.
We will send all admitted students an email advising when the online application will become available. All correspondence from Housing will be sent to the personal email address you provided to HSU or your HSU email address if it is active. Please review your myHumboldt account to make sure your email address is current.
Freshmen are not required to live on campus; however, we highly suggest that you do. Living on campus acquaints you with new people from diverse backgrounds pursuing a variety of academic interests. Many of our residents acknowledge they made their best friends while living in the residence halls.
Living on campus provides an environment for academic success as well as allowing students to develop leadership skills through the various residence hall organizations. It is also very convenient to live on campus where you are in close proximity to the library, faculty, classrooms, and computer labs.
We do have a number of single rooms in each living area. However, most of the single rooms are reserved by returning residents who have priority in selecting housing for the next academic year.
Any singles remaining after current residents have reserved rooms are assigned to new students on a first come, first served basis determined by the date we receive your completed application and initial payment. If you are not assigned to a single room, you can request to be placed on a waiting list in the event one becomes available.
Contact the Housing Office to find out the details of this process as they vary depending on the semester for which you are applying.
You certainly can and, while we cannot guarantee you will be assigned in your preferred area, we do our best to do so.
It is important to remember that rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis that is determined by the date we receive your completed application and initial payment. As part of the application process, you will be asked to rank your housing preferences.
Returning residents returning their completed application by the March deadline and qualify for the lottery will have the opportunity to select their own rooms for the next academic year in our online room selection process.
Yes, you can! The application has a section where you can request a specific roommate. In order for the process to work, you both need to have completed your application. You can go back to your application at any time to add or change a requested roommate. You can now also browse a list of students that have a strong profile match to you, or look for students that have an exact match to your answer to a specific profile question or two. Then you can message them directly through MyHousing and start a conversation. If it is a good match, you two can sign up to be roommates
When no preferred roommate's name is given, roommates are assigned according to information supplied in the Housing Profile portion of the application materials.
These questions address issues of lifestyle and other preferences that will help us best match you with a roommate. It is very important that each student completing the questionnaire answer the questions as honestly as possible as this will ensure the best match possible is made for you.
However, if you return your documents late in the assignment process or if your original roommate cancels, it may be more difficult to find the best match as options may be limited.
Yes, we supply you with your roommate's name and email address in your MyHousing account on the Application Status page. It can be helpful to contact your roommate to get acquainted prior to moving in.
If this happens, we assign you another roommate as quickly as possible.
Going away to college and living in a residence hall can be a wonderful growing experience. However, it can also be interspersed with homesickness, unexpected changes in lifestyle, and exposure to new thoughts, people and ideas. It may also be the first time you have had to share a bedroom with anyone much less a complete stranger!
Therefore, it is important for you and your roommate to try to get to know each other as individuals. Time is usually needed for this to happen and we find that even newly assigned roommates usually get along fine.
We do not allow room moves for the first two weeks of each semester. Students can contact their specific Residence Life Coordinator beginning the first day of classes to be placed on a waiting list to move to another area.
If you need help during the transition process of getting acquainted with your roommate, Residential Life Staff is available to provide assistance in improving roommate relationships. If all else fails, room moves can be made during specific times of the semester as vacant rooms become available.
The initial payment for new students is one of two options. If you have been awarded financial aid, you will need to pay $200 with your application. Otherwise, you must pay $500 as part of the application process.
The Housing Cashier can be reached by telephone at 707-826-5510. The Housing Cashier's Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This varies depending on the type of room you select. You can also view our room rates for the academic year.
You are given several payment options. You can pay annually, by semester or monthly.
If you are on financial aid, you will be charged by the semester. You are personally responsible for any balance due if your financial aid does not cover your entire housing costs. You can request the Financial Aid Plus payment plan with our Housing Cashier to break any remaining amount due into payments, as long as you make this request by the day your financial aid payment is due.
If you have a meal plan, it is added to the cost of your room so that your payments cover both room and meals.
Payment amounts and due dates for each type of payment plan are available in pdf on our Rates and Dates page, below the rates table. It is important you refer to this payment plan or the information in myHumboldt because we do not send out invoices notifying you when payment is due. It is your responsibility to refer to the payment plan for that information. Your myHumboldt financial matters section will show each payment due and the due date after your fees are posted.
As mentioned previously, an initial payment is due with the return of your application. After the initial payment, no payment is due until August 10 for the fall semester. If you plan on attending for spring semester only, your first payment is due January 10. Financial aid payments aren't due until the end of second week of classes to allow time for the aid to disburse.
Students wishing to cancel their request to live on campus for Spring 2014 must notify the Housing Office in writing, by fax or by e-mail of this decision by January 2, 2014. Notifying any other university office does not satisfy your obligation to notify the Housing Office in writing. Such requests which are postmarked or received by January 2 will be honored and the initial payment minus a $200 cancellation fee will be refunded to the student in 4-6 weeks. Requests postmarked or received between January 3 and January 13, 2014, will be honored; however, these requests are subject to the $200 cancellation fee along with a prorated daily penalty fee for each day of notice which is less than the required 30 days. Beginning January 14, 2014, cancellations are no longer valid and students will be held financially responsible for their housing contract. The cancellation fee and any prorated penalties are charged regardless of your room assignment status. The only time the fees are waived is if we are unable to offer or guarantee you a space by January 14, 2014 and you then cancel your request to live on-campus. If you remain on the wait list after January 14 and we offer or guarantee you a room and you decline it, you will be charged the cancellation fee and any appropriate penalties.
If you live in Sunset, Redwood, Cypress or Canyon you must have a full meal plan. Meal plans are not required in Creekview, the Campus Apartments or College Creek. View the meal plan rates for the academic year.
Each meal plan includes fixed operating costs that cover the expense for staff wages, benefits, supplies, rent, insurance, utilities, etc., plus an allocation of points for the purchase of food. Students receive half of their points for the fall semester and the other half of their purchased points for the spring semester.
More information about dining services can also be found on the dining services page, more info about points can be found under meal plans.
Each food item has a specific point value and food is purchased using these points. When you purchase a food item, the dining cashier electronically deducts these points from your meal plan account.
For example, if you purchase a blueberry waffle the cost is 100 points; a cheeseburger is 135 points; baked potato is 75 points; vegetarian burrito is 65 points; and so forth.
The dining cashier can tell you how many points you have remaining so that you can keep track of your spending and better budget your allocation of points.
We suggest that you bring all of the special items that will make your new home feel like home . but you can't bring everything!
Some of the basic items you might want to add to your list are:
You might also want to bring:
You can bring a television but, if not, Sunset, Redwood, and Canyon have TV lounges in each building. There are also large screen TV's in the Creekside Lounge, the College Creek Great Room and the Jolly Giant Commons Recreation Room.
You will need to bring sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bedspread/comforter and a pillow. The beds in every area except Creekview Apartments and some Campus Apartment beds are extra long twin beds (Creekview beds and some Campus Apartment beds are standard twins). The extra long mattresses measure approximately 39" wide by 80" long by 6" thick.
If you live in the Campus Apartments, all beds are extra long twin beds EXCEPT for the following: double rooms 1-16, 25-32, 40-47 on the A2 or B1 side and double rooms 17-24, 33-39, 48-55 on the A1 or B2 side. All single rooms have extra long twin beds.
Yes, our ResNet computer connectivity program allows you access to the Internet through the university computer system.
Each room in the Hill, Canyon, Cypress, Creekview and College Creek are equipped with ResNet and there is no additional charge for this service. The Campus Apartments are not wired for ResNet, but we do provide free wireless access to our residents.
Wireless is now available in many areas throughout the residence halls and the Jolly Giant Commons.
Visit the ResNet web page for more information.
Cable TV is available through Suddenlink Communications in all areas. You can contact Suddenlink Communications at 1-877-443-3127. Please provide your room number and building (eg 5555 Cypress) and tell them if you are activating service in a bedroom or in a living room.
Telephone service is provided by AT&T. It is your responsibility to contact AT&T for installation. They have established a special telephone number for university students to call to set up service. This number is 1-877-722-6787 (1-877-7CAMPUS).
In addition, AT&T has a web site where you can request phone service. The web address is www.att.com. Request new service and enter your address as your room number, building name and use the word "Hall" after your building name (for example, 1025 Redwood Hall). Enter Arcata as the city and the zip code is 95521.
This should work for all areas with the exception of the Campus Apartments. The entry for the Campus Apartments would be your mailing address plus the apartment number (for example, 355 Laurel Dr, #4B).
It is helpful to contact AT&T before you arrive on campus to arrange to have your phone connected on a particular day. If you wait until you arrive it can be a number of days before your phone is installed.
The Jolly Giant Commons has a recreation room with a large screen TV, pool table, video games, and piano. It also has a weight room, hot tub and sauna. The Creekside Lounge has a large screen TV, pool table, and video games. The College Creek Great Room has a fireplace, balcony and large screen TV. There are also a tremendous variety of social activities and programming that occurs in the residence halls. The Residence Hall Newsletter lists activities designed for students in the residence halls.
YES! A student staff member called a CA or Community Advocate is assigned to each floor, wing or building in every residence hall on campus. These students have been hired through a competitive selection process and trained in communication, human resource management and group facilitation.
The CA Staff is supervised by Residence Life Coordinators who are highly trained professional staff dedicated to providing an atmosphere of mutual caring and respect among students and staff alike.
The entire Residential Life and Housing and Dining staff is committed to assisting students in any way possible. This includes answering questions about the University and its various departments and helping with roommate, personal, social and/or academic problems.
They are also involved in organizing group activities and a variety of interesting programs in which everyone can participate. Our staff works hard to build a diverse community within the residence halls and to help you succeed as a student at HSU!
No, you are allowed to stay in your room during all university breaks. Services are reduced, however, and for the most part, dining services are not available.
We discourage students from bringing their cars. Parking is highly impacted in the residence hall areas. If you bring your car you may have to park in lots that are not in close proximity to your residence. We offer a weekend shuttle for residents to Target, Broadway Cinema and the Bayshore Mall. Click here to see the shuttle schedule.
Parking permits currently cost $157.50 per semester (2013-2014 school year) and do not guarantee that you will have a place to park. The Jack Pass allows students to ride local bus systems for free and downtown Arcata is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the university.
Warm-blooded, feathered and poisonous pets are prohibited in the residence halls at all times.
Fish, reptiles and amphibians are allowed provided they are adequately contained in an aquarium/container no larger than 10 gallons. Each resident is allowed one aquarium with the exception being in a triple room where only a total of two aquariums/containers would be allowed. The fish/reptile/amphibian must adequately fit in the aquarium/container as prescribed by a professional able to determine such matters (pet store owner, scientist, etc.).
You must consult with your roommate prior to bringing the pet to address any concerns your roommate might express.
Yes, each area has laundry facilities for the residents' use. The cost to wash is $1.50 per load and drying is $1.50 per hour. The laundry facilities are operated by WASH Services, a nationally known university laundry service. Before you haul all your laundry to the laundry room, visit Laundry Alert to see if there are any washers or dryers available.
Smoking is not permitted inside any residence hall facility at any time.
In fact, in an attempt to promote healthy choices, the University has adopted a new smoking policy that allows for smoking only in 18 designated areas on campus. Seven of these designated areas are in the vicinity of the residence halls.
Please refer to the University Smoking Policy for more details.
We want our facilities to be a place where residents can live in an environment where they are respected and valued. There are policies and guidelines that have been created to protect the rights of students and encourage their responsibility in creating a safe and healthy living environment. For more info read and download the Reslife Handbook.
The Housing and Dining Services office is on the second floor of the Jolly Giant Commons, which is located on the north end of campus on Granite Avenue.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact the Housing Office either by phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer them.
You can call the Housing Office at 707-826-3451 (hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or e-mail us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
For information about off-campus housing visit our off-campus housing site.