How do I apply for undergraduate on-campus housing?
First, apply to the University through the Office of Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Admissions, at www.lsu.edu/admissions/. Once you have been admitted to the university, apply for housing with Residential Life online at www.lsu.edu/housing under the “Future Residents” link. Click “Apply for Housing,” log-in with your PAWS login and password, and complete the online application.
Must I be admitted to the University before I can apply for housing?
Yes, you must be admitted to the University before applying for housing. Undergraduate Admissions begins admitting students to the university on October 1 for the following fall, and students can begin applying for housing on October 1.
Do I have to submit any money with the application?
Yes, the application for residence halls and upperclassmen apartments requires $250 advance rent, $50 application fee, and a $10 processing fee. For fall 2015 applications, the advance rent, application fee, and processing fee are non-refundable.
For Fall 2016 Applicants: The advance rent, application fee, and processing fee are required to complete your housing application. If you apply for housing, get a room assignment, and move into your room assignment, the advance rent is applied toward your rent on your fee bill. If you apply for housing and later decide to cancel your housing application, the following staggered refund policy will apply:
- Cancel your housing application before April 1 – $250 Refunded
- Cancel your housing application before May 1 – $125 Refunded
- Cancel your housing application before June 1 – $75 Refunded
- Cancel your housing application June 1 or later – $0 Refunded
Is it mandatory to live in the residence halls my first year at LSU?
No, it is not mandatory that first-year students live in the residence halls, however, it is highly encouraged. Students who live on campus consistently have higher GPAs, have a higher percentage of students that return to LSU for their second year (retention rate), have higher graduation rates, and have more opportunities to become part of the LSU community.
Is housing guaranteed for first-year students?
Housing is not guaranteed for first-year students. Students are encouraged to apply early, as housing assignments are based on the housing date-of-application. Residential Life’s goal is to provide on-campus housing to everyone that applies, but occassionally the demand exceeds the supply and a standby list is implemented.
Does anyone ever not get a room?
The Residential Life staff works to ensure that there is a place for every student who wants to live on campus with the goal to provide on-campus housing to everyone that applies. Students are encouraged to apply early, as housing assignments are based on the housing date-of-application. On-campus housing is recommended, but is not required, and is not guaranteed. If the number of applications exceeds the number of beds available, Res Life will implement a standby list. For the past several years Res Life has used a standby list, and the vast majority of students who stay on the list are assigned a space on campus.
When is it too late to apply for housing?
It is never too late to apply for housing. However, we encourage students to apply early – as soon as they are admitted to LSU – to get a room of their choice. We begin accepting applications for the next year beginning in October of the previous year. Student must be admitted to the university before they can apply for housing. Example: For students applying for fall 2016, Admissions will begin admitting students to the University in October 2015, and students could begin applying for housing in that same October.
Will there be a standby list for fall 2016 applications?
It is not possible to predict if there will be a standby list on any given year. If the number of applications exceeds the number of beds available, Res Life will implement a standby list. As housing cancellations come in, those spaces are assigned to students on the standby list in the order of their date of housing application.
The standby list is the best and fairest way to ensure the maximum number of students receive a space on campus. Once on the standby list, students are encouraged to be patient, as in previous years the vast majority of those who waited it out on the standby list received spaces on campus.
If I choose to live on campus, how long must I stay there?
If you are assigned to a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments for fall, you will be required to sign an academic-year contract obligating you for both that fall and the following spring semester. If your assignment is for spring or summer in a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments, your contractual obligation is just for that term.
Do I have to be a student or enrolled full-time to live on campus?
For fall or spring semesters, you must be enrolled full-time in a regular academic program at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus or Law School. Correspondence study and Continuing Education courses do not qualify. If you are cross-registered with another school, your primary enrollment that semester must be at LSU. For summer, you may be full-time or part-time.
What should I do if I apply for housing and then change my mind?
Notify the Department of Residential Life in writing, either by email at email@example.com or in person in Grace King Hall. If you decide not to live on campus after applying for housing, the entire amount of advance rent, application fee, and processing fee are non-refundable for fall 2015 applications. For fall 2016 applications, review the refund schedule here.
If you pay or defer your rent through the Advanced Billing System, and we receive your cancellation before the residence halls open, the semester’s rent will be refunded. If we receive your cancellation after the residence halls open, rent will be refunded according to the contract terms.
Can we see the room before they move in?
The Department of Residential Life offers tours of most all of the residence halls to aid in your decision making and planning. During the tours, you may view residence hall bedrooms and common areas, and ask your tour guide any questions you might have. Please note that it will not be possible to show you a specific room; instead you will be shown a model room within the hall. Please check the Residence Hall Tours page on our website for details.
What is offered if my student has a disability?
If you have special housing needs because of a disability, please notify us with your application or as soon as possible. It is important for us to be aware of your needs as early as possible so we can assist you in obtaining suitable accommodations. Before Res Life can assist students with an American Disabilities Act (ADA) room, they must first have filed the required paperwork with the Office of Disability Services (225-578-5919). For additional information, please contact one of the assignments officers at 225-578-8663.
What is included in the price? What will I have to pay for separately?
Included in your room rate is the cost of your room for one semester, cable television, Internet service (both wired and wireless). All other utilities (electricity, water, gas, trash removal, everything!) are also included. If you wish to have local and/or long distance phone service in your room there would be an additional cost. You will only have to pay your fee bill for housing, everything is included in this one price.
When comparing on-campus housing rates with rates off-campus, be sure to include the cost of utilities, cable and internet charges at off-campus apartments in your comparison. These charges can often total close to $150 per month! Also, with living on campus, everything is included in the one fee bill, no monthly bills to keep track of and send payments.
Are the on-campus apartments cheaper or more expensive than living in off-campus apartments?
The on-campus apartments, East & West Campus Apartments, are very competitive with comparable off-campus apartments, and very often they are actually cheaper if you do a comprehensive comparison. Our rent is for the academic year, and not a 12-year lease. Most students go home in the summer, and will not have to worry about subletting or paying rent when not living in the apartment! Those that want to stay year-round can live in WCA. Our rent includes ALL utilities, including electricity, water, trash, cable TV, and wired & wireless Internet. With most off-campus apartments students must pay for all of these individually, AND keep up with all the bills.
Is local phone service provided?
No, local phone service is not provided in the residence hall rooms or in East and West Campus Apartments. Students who want local phone service in their rooms can contract directly with the LSU Information Technology Services (ITS) Department, along with long distance or voice-mail services. Students can activate their phone service by calling 225-578-4015. Once the phone service contract is completed, the associated fees will be added to their fee bill.
Is there wireless Internet connectivity in the student rooms?
Yes! All student rooms in all residence halls and apartments have BOTH wired and wireless Internet connectivity. All of the common areas are also wireless, including lobbies, lounges, study rooms, kitchens, laundry areas and outdoor courtyards.
Can financial aid pay for housing?
Yes, all fees, including housing, are listed under the student’s fee bill. Financial aid is applied to the fee bill, and any remaining balance is to be paid by the student or parent/guardian. See the Financial Aid website for more details.
Which residence halls are for freshmen?
All of our residential colleges are for first-year students. All remaining residence halls are for all students, all years, including first-year students. East Campus Apartments and West Campus Apartments are reserved for upperclassmen (second-year students and higher).
Which residence halls are for both males and females?
Miller Hall is all female, and Louise Garig Hall is all male. All of the remaining residence halls are for both males and females. There are separate floors or wings for males and females with key or card access to those floors. Only males have access to male floors/wings, and only females have access to female floors/wings.
Is it better to live on the East side or West side of the campus?
It all depends on where you have classes and what personal preferences you have in regards to proximity to the University Rec Center, the Student Union, LSU lakes, Tiger Stadium, and other campus landmarks. The east side is closer to the Student Union, the Rec Center, many science buildings, and many other classroom buildings. The west side is closer to the Quadrangle (Quad) class area, the Music and Performing Arts buildings, the Journalism Building, Tiger Stadium, the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and many other athletic facilities.
What is the Pentagon?
The Pentagon consists of four three-story buildings and provides LSU students with a unique living experience. Beauregard, LeJeune, Jackson, and Taylor Halls make up The Pentagon, with the Activity Center being the fifth building. The room clusters are accessible via stairwells rather than interior halls, providing a more private styled living environment. The vast courtyard with picnic tables and barbecue grills provides an ideal space for social interaction.
Res Life recently completed an extensive renovation of the Pentagon Activity Center, providing a new 24-hour front desk, a large common area, laundry room, computer lab, study areas and faculty offices, all serving the Pentagon community.
The Pentagon courtyard has card-access security gates providing privacy and increased sense of community for the Pentagon residents. These decorative and secure gates connect the four residence halls within the community and the newly renovated Activity Center. New outdoor common areas and seating were recently added to the Pentagon Courtyard, and additional landscaping was added to further improve the look of this popular gathering place for residents.
Are there kitchens and laundry facilities in every residence hall?
Yes, kitchens and laundry facilities are provided in all residence halls, or within the community. Nearly all residence halls have their own laundry facilities in the building, and the Pentagon Community has their laundry facility in the Activity Center, part of this gated community. All other residence halls have kitchen facilities in the buildings, and East & West Campus Apartments all have furnished kitchens in every apartment.
Can I have a car on campus?
Yes, but you must register the car, which can be accessed through the link to parking on the LSU home page and pay an annual parking fee, which is usually collected on the fee bill for the fall term. You will receive a parking tag to hang from your rear view mirror at all hours on weekdays (day or night) when parked on campus. In addition, during hours of zoned parking (7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday), you will be restricted to parking in resident parking zones near the residence halls. Residents can park in ANY lot marked for residents (Zone 3).
Where do I park?
Students living on campus can park in any Zone 3 area, which is in any residence hall lot, both on the east and west sides of campus. Parking is a premium and it is first come, first serve. The LSU campus has plenty of room to park, but not all of it will be close to your destination. Residence hall students usually park in their designated areas and walk from their residence halls to class or dining halls.
What should I bring?
You should supply a mattress pad and bed linens, a pillow, and bath linens. We also recommend an alarm clock, desk lamp, beverage glasses, iron, clothes hangers, and/or a laundry bag. Window blinds or shades are provided in each room, but you may bring fire-resistant curtains or drapes. Prior to move in day, Res Life will post a checklist on what to bring and what to leave at home on the “Move-In Day” page.
For a more complete list of what students may or may not bring, download the “Living on Campus Handbook”.
What about furniture?
Most residence hall rooms have a single bed, a study desk, a chair, a bookshelf, drawer space, and closet space (or movable wardrobe) for each person. All of our furniture is free-standing and can be moved around to suit your taste or to accommodate some other item you might provide such as a chair or floor lamp. East and West Campus Apartments have similar furniture in each bedroom and a fully furnished living room and kitchen in each apartment. Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments are not furnished except for a full-size refrigerator and stove.
Are most residence hall rooms carpeted?
Most rooms in residence halls are not carpeted. However, Kirby Smith Hall and Broussard Hall both have carpeted rooms. You may bring your own carpet or area rug, but if you want to secure the carpet or rug to the TILE floor (NOT laminate or wood), it is okay to use two-sided carpet tape. You CANNOT use nails, tacks or anything that will damage the floor. Two-sided tape is NOT permitted on wood or laminate flooring.
Are microwaves and refrigerators allowed?
Yes. Each student in the residence halls can have a microwave (up to 1000 watts), and a refrigerator (up to five cubic feet). It is a good idea to coordinate with your roommate to work out the details. East & West Campus Apartments all have furnished kitchens with refrigerators.
Are hot plates, toasters, or other cooking devices allowed?
No. Hot plates, George Foreman grills, toasters or other appliances with heating elements are not permitted in the residence halls.
Are portable air conditioners allowed?
No. All rooms have air conditioning, and some rooms have ceiling fans.
Are pets allowed?
No. Pets are prohibited in all of the residence halls, East and West Campus Apartments, and Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments. The only exception for all of the above is for fish in 20 gallon aquariums or smaller.
Can I live in the East and West Campus Apartments if I am a freshman or married?
No. The East and West Campus Apartments are restricted to single upper-class and graduate students. There are some scholarship athletes in both East & West Campus Apartments that may be first-year students, but those are all through the Athletic Department.
However, first priority for the Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments is given to married students whose spouses live with them and to student parents who have legal custody of minor children living with them. Second priority is given to single graduate students. Undergraduate students age 21 or over may also be accepted if space is available.
Where do I get my mail and how do I receive commercial packages?
All mailing services at LSU are through the RICOH Mail & Printing Services at LSU. All on-campus residents will be assigned an LSU Box at the RICOH Mail & Printing Services at LSU. To claim your box and key, please visit RICOH in the LSU Student Union. This box will be able to receive USPS mail, as well as packages from commercial carriers such as Fed Ex and UPS. Students will receive a “pick up” notification via email when a package arrives. Please make sure students bring picture ID to claim packages.
101 LSU Student Union Building
LSU Box #_______
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
How do I pay for my LSU mailbox?
The Mail Box Rental Charge is incorporated into the residence hall rent charge on the Fee Bill. This applies to all the residence halls, residential colleges, the Honors House, as well as East and West Campus Apartments.
If you have questions as it relates to your specific box, please stop by Ricoh Copy & Mail Services in Room 101 of the LSU Student Union or email Ricoh at Ricoh@lsu.edu.
Can students receive U.S. mail or commercial packages at their residence hall?
Residential communities will accept deliveries (from local businesses only) of fresh cut flowers, cut fruit bouquets, or cookie bouquets only. For the safety and security of residents, the residential front desk staff is unable to verify, identify, or disseminate the contact information (including phone numbers) of specific residents. If the delivery agency requires a signature or direct contact with the receiving resident, the aforementioned student’s phone number must have already been provided with the order by the ordering party. After receiving delivery, the front desk worker will notify the resident through their LSU email account that they have a package to pick up at the front desk.
Students should use the following address format when receiving perishables (ONLY those mentioned above):
Room number and residence hall name
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Can I get a private room? What will it cost?
If sufficient residence hall space is available, we will honor a request listed in your preferences on your application to rent any double room as a private. Because we are normally near full capacity in the fall, we typically we cannot guarantee a private room for the fall. Rent for a private room is 1.5 times the rent per person for a double room. All bedrooms in the East and West Campus Apartments are private.
When will I receive my assignment? (Residence Halls Only)
Actual room selection begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer:
- Students interested in living in traditional residence halls: Based on your housing date of application you will receive a designated time to log in to the online housing portal and select your actual room and building. Details of your timeslot and the process for selecting your room will be emailed to you.
- Students interested in living in a residential college, the Honors House, or a themed housing program will have their room assigned to them by the Res Life Assignments staff. We have to make sure you and your preferred roommate are eligible for those specific programs, so we’ll work with you to make your room assignment.
- All students – regardless of your housing preference – will have access to the roommate-matching portion of the online housing portal in the spring, where you can create a personal profile, search for potential roommates, accept/decline roommate invitations, or accept a random roommate assignment.
To check your assignment online, log in to your myLSU account. Click on “Student Services” on the menu. Select “On-campus Housing” and click on “Application Status.”
Is drinking allowed in the halls?
None of the residential colleges allow alcohol in the building or in the rooms for students of ANY age, even those over 21.
Students under 21 may not consume alcohol in the traditional residence halls.
Students 21 and over may consume alcohol in the privacy of their own (traditional hall) room as long as all occupants are over 21.
Is smoking allowed in the rooms or in any other areas in the residence halls?
No, smoking is not allowed in any space in the residence halls or apartments.
Is LSU a smoke-free or tobacco-free campus?
Beginning August 1, 2014, LSU will be tobacco free, in accordance with the governor’s “Well-Ahead” program. The Louisiana legislature has implemented a smoke-free requirement for all state university property, and all public post-secondary institutions in Louisiana must comply by August 1.
Do you have to be a certain age to live in the residence halls?
No, all full time students are permitted to live in the residence halls.
Can I have company in my room?
Guests are permitted to visit during published visitation times. Non-LSU students must register at the front desk before visiting a resident, and guests must be escorted at all times. More details about visitation and guests can be found in each year’s Living on Campus Handbook.
Am I allowed to decorate my room?
You may decorate your room anyway you like as long as the decorations are not permanent.
Am I allowed to paint my room another color or repaint my room?
No. Students are not permitted to paint their rooms.
Can I move out anytime I want to? Will I be penalized if I do?
You may move from one room to another at any point in the semester as long as we have space available and you have permission from the Res Life Assignments Office. If you wish to move off campus before the end of your contracted period, penalties will apply.
Do I have to move all of my belongings out of my room during winter break?
No. Students are not required to remove their belongings from their rooms during the winter break unless they will not be returning for the spring semester. The halls do close over winter break, and students must turn in their keys and vacate the building by the published schedule. Students are, however, required to remove belongings over the summer break.
Do I have to have a meal plan?
All first-year and second-year students living in on-campus residence halls are required to have a meal plan. Second-year students (and above) living in East Campus Apartments or West Campus Apartments are not required to have a meal plan. Visit www.lsu.edu/dining for information on meal plan options, or contact LSU Dining at 225-578-6642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a curfew?
Residents do not have a curfew, but must adhere to the visitation policy.
How safe are the halls?
LSU and Residential Life work extensively to provide maximum safety for all of the halls. All of the residence halls are equipped with card access entry systems that are only accessible to that particular hall’s residents. There are three levels of security for every student room: security card access at the front door, card or key access to floor/wing, and card or key access to the student room. LSU Police Department makes frequent rounds to the residential communities, and Res Life has contracted with LSUPD to make additional patrols to the residential communities during the evening hours. There are many security cameras throughout the interiors, exteriors, and parking lots of the residential communities, and many more throughout the campus. Read more details about safety here.
What are the benefits of living on campus?
- Better grades – Students who live on campus perform better academically. Freshmen in LSU residence halls earn overall higher grades than freshmen off campus.
- Higher retention rates. Students who live on campus have a higher rate of returning for their second year at LSU (retention rate) than their peers who live off campus.
- Higher graduation rates. Students who live on campus have a higher 4-year and 6-year graduation rate than their peers who live off campus.
- More friends – Students who live on campus meet more people. Their friends are close by to study and hang out. These friendships formed during college often last a lifetime.
- Easy living – On-campus students enjoy the convenience of being close to classroom buildings, the library, the REC Center, the Union, and tons of campus events.
- Enhanced technology – On-campus students benefit from readily available computer labs on campus, with more than 100 computers within residence halls. In-room data connections and wireless connectivity with the university’s fiber optics make surfing the net a breeze.
- Smooth transition – Each floor of the residence halls has a Resident Assistant, who is a full-time, upper-class student trained as a resource to help students in adjusting to college life.
- Residential colleges – Students will experience a living environment where residents share two or three core freshmen courses, study groups, and shared interests.
- Leadership and involvement – By living on campus, students are more likely to get involved in various exciting activities and organizations.
- Staying informed – Banners in the lobby, fliers, campus newspapers, Resident Assistants, and other campus leaders will keep students informed of the latest happenings on campus.
- One-time payment – Students pay their room rate at the beginning of the semester with one payment on the fee bill. No need to worry about the “rent due” date every month or high electric bills.
Is there any information available about living off campus?
Yes. For information about living off campus, please visit www.offcampusliving.lsu.edu. This site contains information about off-campus leasing, security, roommate selection, as well as an off-campus housing locator service.
Is there a roommate matching service?
Yes, a roommate matching service is available through the online housing portal in myLSU for students entering LSU fall 2015. The roommate portion of the online hosting portal becomes available in the spring for the following fall.
If I am living on campus, can I search for a roommate who is living off campus, or vice versa?
No. The roommate matching service is only be for students living on campus.
During the online room selection process, can I invite someone to be my roommate who has not applied for housing?
No. You can only invite other students who have a current housing application in the system.
How do I enter my roommate information into the housing application system?
Residential Life will ask for your roommate preference in the spring, and not on your initial housing application. Please complete your housing application as soon as you are admitted to LSU, and indicate on that application if you have a housing preference for a residential college, the Honors House, or another living-learning community.
When the Res Life assignments staff is prepped for room selection in the spring, you will receive instructions on how to enter your roommate preference at that time. As much as possible, the Res Life staff will use the provided roommate preferences in the process of assigning rooms. However, assignments are made by housing application date priority, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice.
What if I don’t like my roommate after I move in? Can I move?
There are designated dates at the beginning of the semester, usually one week after classes begin, where students have the opportunity to change rooms and/or roommates. Changes are made on a space available basis. Additionally, we do allow room changes at any time during the semester as long as we have available space. You must speak with the assignments office to facilitate the change.
What is a Residential College?
Residential colleges are a great way for students to experience the ‘small college-type experience’, while enjoying all the benefits of being at a large, research university like LSU. Structured to integrate academic learning and community living, Residential Colleges initiate Student-Faculty interaction in the residence hall. In essence, it creates a close-knit academic community similar to the small college experience, while students still benefit from the resources of a research university. Residential colleges focus on a particular major, like business, or a particular interest, like career discovery. Leearn more at www.lsu.edu/residentialcollege.
How do I apply for a Residential College?
You must list the residential college program you choose as your preference for housing on your application.
Who do I contact about Residential Colleges?
If you have questions, or would like additional information on LSU’s Residential Colleges, call the Residential Colleges Program office at 225-578-7172 or visit the Residential Colleges webpage at www.lsu.edu/residentialcollege.
How many of the residential college classes will be offered in the on-site residence hall classrooms?
Not all residential college classes will be taught in the on-site classrooms. The scheduling advisors work with the students to schedule as many of their classes as possible on-site, but there are some limitations. The on-site classrooms hold 30 – 45 students, and many of the courses require a larger classroom. Some students will have tested out of some of the General Education classes offered on-site, and others may have scheduling conflicts with other desired courses. Residents may have one, two, or sometimes none of their residential college classes offered on site.
What is Themed Housing?
Themed housing is similar to a residential college, but on a smaller scale. Participants live within a traditional hall, take one class with their cohorts in the program, and participate in activities together.
I currently live on campus, so when can I renew my housing contract for the next academic year?
Contract Renewal (CR) takes place each spring and allows current residents to renew their housing contracts and select their housing assignments for the following year. For 2015-16, renew your contract starting in February.
What is advance rent for continuing students?
The advance rent program is part of Residential Life’s concerted effort to keep apartment and residence hall spaces open and available to those students who are truly serious about staying on campus. This program is a benefit to those who want to remain on campus by keeping spaces available during the contract renewal process.
When current students renew their housing contracts for the following year, $250 of advance rent is due at the time of contract renewal. The $250 advance rent payment must be made via credit card* (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or bank draft at the time of contract renewal when the assignment is made. (* A $10 processing fee will also be applied to the credit card.)
The entire $250 will be applied toward regular rent. There is no net increase to the amount of rent paid, and no increase to the amount of deposit held. For those students that reserve a space, pay their fee bill, and move into their on-campus housing, it will not cost any more money. However, those that cancel their assignment will forfeit the $250 advance rent amount.
If I have a scholarship that pays my housing costs, do I still have to pay advance rent at contract renewal?
Yes. Scholarship money cannot be applied prior to the applicable semester. Once the scholarship money is transferred to the student fee account, the entire $250 advance rent will be credited back to the student fee account.
Can I get a private room?
Not during the online process. You can schedule an appointment with Residential Life’s Assignments Office to discuss the potential of getting a private room.
What if I do not have a computer to apply online?
There are several locations within the residence halls and apartments where you can use a computer. Visit your community’s lobby for e-mail stations and computer labs.
What if I have trouble accessing the online application through myLSU?
Call the Residential Life Help Desk at 225-578-8663.
When can I reserve a space for summer housing?
Summer housing applications will be available in Grace King Hall in late spring.
As a second-year (or higher) student, am I required to purchase a meal plan if I live in the apartments or residence halls?
Apartments: Students living in the apartments are NOT required to purchase a meal plan.
Residence Halls: Second-year students (sophomores) living in the residence halls ARE required to purchase a meal plan. Please contact LSU Dining at 578-6642 or email@example.com with questions regarding this policy, and www.lsu.edu/dining for information on meal plan options.
What is the Res Life standby list?
When the number of applications for undergraduate on-campus housing reaches Residential Life’s housing capacity, a standby list is implemented to ensure as many students are placed in on-campus housing as possible. As on-campus spaces become available from students canceling their room assignments, we will move students from the standby list into those available spaces, in the order of their date of housing application. Applications on the standby list are not guaranteed a space on campus for the fall, but students are encouraged to be patient since in previous years the vast majority of those who waited it out on the standby list received spaces on campus.
Will there be a standby list implemented for this fall?
It is not possible to determine in advance if there will be a standby list for any given year, however a standby list has been implemented the past five years. If the number of applications exceeds the number of beds available, Res Life will implement a standby list.
Why is there sometimes a need for a standby list for on-campus housing?
The number of on-campus spaces is limited, and for the past several years the demand has exceeded the housing capacity. Even though a significant number of on-campus spaces have been added over the past several years, Res Life has implemented a standby list for the past few years because of the demand to live on campus. A standby list is the fairest way to assign spaces that are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is there a date I should apply by to avoid being put on a standby list?
The best way to avoid being on a standby list is to apply for housing once you are admitted to LSU. There are a limited number of spaces on campus, and once the number of housing applications reaches that number, Res Life will implement a standby list. In fall 2014, a standby list was implemented in July. In previous years, a standby list was implemented in March, April and May. The dates vary because the list is implemented only when the number of applications exceeds the housing capacity.
Does the standby list apply for returning upper-class students?
Sometimes. The standby list (if implemented) typically applies to first-year, new students who are applying for housing. However, it would also apply to those returning upper-class students that were not living on campus in the previous spring, or those that did not renew their contracts during contract renewal time, that are now applying for on-campus housing.
Are Family & Graduate Housing Apartments typically included on the standby list?
No. Our Family & Graduate Apartments for graduate students, those at least 21 years old, married, or have dependent children living with them have a separate application than undergraduates. Visit the Family & Graduate Housing website for details on availability and application process.
How will information about the standby list be communicated to students on the standby list?
Students who are placed on the standby list are notified on the first page of the ‘Apply Online’ webpage, in the housing portal when completing the application, and in the housing application confirmation email. Students should continue to monitor their LSU email account and housing status in the housing portal in myLSU for notifications regarding housing applications, room assignments, and the standby list.
Can I continue to search for a roommate in the housing portal even though I am on the standby list? You may continue to search for roommate matches, however our staff will place you into rooms as they become available and cannot guarantee you will be assigned with a preferred roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the housing date of application.
Will I be able to self-select a room online like students who are not on the standby list? No. Applications on the standby list are not guaranteed a space on campus for the fall and are not able to select a room online in the housing portal. As on-campus spaces become available from room cancellations, we will move students from the standby list into those available spaces. Our staff will place you into available spaces. You will not be able to self-select a room online.
Does Residential Life continue to accept housing applications if a standby list is implemented? Yes. As on-campus spaces become available from students canceling their room assignments, we will move students from the standby list into those available spaces, in the order of their date of housing application. Applications on the standby list are not guaranteed a space on campus for the fall, but students are encouraged to be patient since in previous years the majority of those who waited it out on the standby list received spaces on campus.
Do I still have to pay the advance rent, application fee, and processing fee to apply for housing if I apply after a standby list is implemented? Yes, to complete the housing application, you must submit the required $310 payment ($250 advance rent, $50 application fee, $10 processing fee). If you are offered a room on campus, the advance rent will apply toward your fall rent, like normal. If we are unable to accommodate your request for on-campus housing for fall 2015, you will be notified in late August and will receive a refund of the advance rent ($250) and application fee ($50). The processing fee ($10) is nonrefundable.
If you decide not to remain on the standby list to see if you are offered a room and cancel your housing application, the full $310 is non-refundable.
Why doesn’t the university reserve a block of on-campus housing for out-of-state students? Res Life operates on a first-come, first-serve system based on the housing date of application. This system is the fairest approach to both in-state and out-of-state students to allocate the housing on campus.
Would putting three students in rooms help eliminate the use of the standby list? Putting three students in rooms seems like a good short-term fix, but it runs counter to the Living-Learning paradigm that has increased demand for on-campus housing. When students are crowded into a living space, statistics show GPAs, retention and graduation rates drop significantly. The 3- and 4-student rooms presently on campus are limited and are significantly larger rooms. Experience has shown that using a standby list is the best and fairest way to provide on-campus housing to the maximum number of students who want it.
How can I contact Residential Life? For more information regarding campus housing please visit the Res Life website at www.lsu.edu/housing, e-mail Res Life at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 225-578-8663. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LSUResLife, and on Twitter @LSUResLife.
Residential Life is pleased to offer housing in Blake Hall for students attending Sessions 1 – 8 of the Freshman Orientation, Advising and Preregistration program. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled to assist you in planning your arrival to LSU’s campus for your orientation session.
How long may I stay on campus for orientation?
Housing is available for the night before the first day of orientation and the night between orientation days. Participants who would like lodging for additional nights are encouraged to visit the Family Orientation webpage for lodging information.
Do I need to bring my own linens?
Personal linens are not necessary. Your bed will be prepared for you (sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase) and we will provide towels as well. If you would like to bring other bedding/linens, you are more than welcome to. Alarm clocks, phones and toiletries are not provided; be sure to bring those items with you.
What are check-in and check-out times for orientation housing?
Check-in begins at 2:00pm the day before the first day of orientation session (e.g.: June 10 for Session 1) and at 7:30am on the first day of orientation (e.g.: June 11 for Session 1). All participants must check out by 6:00pm of the last day of orientation (e.g.: June 12 for Session 1).
Where do I check-in?
You will need to check-in at Blake Hall, the orientation residence hall. Blake is located on Highland Road near to the intersection of Highland and South Stadium Roads.
Can my parent/guardian reserve a space as well?
Regrettably, we are only able to accommodate students registered for an orientation session. Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the Family Orientation webpage for lodging information.
I requested housing when I registered for my orientation session. Is there anything else I need to do?
No, you have done all you need to do. Your reservation has been communicated to Residential Life.
I forgot to request housing when I registered for my orientation session. How can I secure housing?
You will not be able to re-enter the Orientation registration portal to add a housing reservation, you may complete a reservation by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LSUOrientation to reserve one or two nights. Reservations must be received by Residential Life at least 7 calendar days before your anticipated arrival to ensure space in Blake Hall. Orientation housing charges will be placed on your fee bill after the completion of your orientation session.
I need to make a change to my orientation housing reservation. What do I do?
You will not be able to re-enter the Orientation registration portal to change your housing reservation, please complete the following form instead: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LSUOrientation. You can complete the following tasks at this link:
- Change the night you selected to stay on campus
- Add another night of housing (charges will be placed on your fee bill after the completion of your orientation session).
- Cancel your reservation for one or more nights (Please note that you must request a refund 10 business days prior to your scheduled arrival time in order to be granted a refund for any housing fees paid. Requests for refunds after this deadline will not be granted).
I reserved housing for my orientation session and I need to switch my orientation session. What do I do to make sure my housing reservation is changed to my new session?
Please call the Office of Orientation at 225-578-2634 to speak with someone to switch your orientation session. The Office of Orientation will inform Residential Life that you switched your session and we will update your reservation accordingly.
I requested housing when I registered for my orientation session but the payment failed. What do I do?
You will first need to register for an orientation session, please call the Office of Orientation at 225-578-2634 to register. Unfortunately you will not be able to pre-pay for orientation housing after a failed payment, please complete a reservation request by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LSUOrientation to reserve one or two nights. This form must be received by Residential Life at least 7 calendar days before your anticipated arrival to ensure space in Blake Hall. Orientation housing charges will be placed on your fee bill after the completion of your orientation session.
I am arriving to campus within 7 business days of my orientation session and I have made no reservation for on-campus housing during orientation. What do I do?
Housing may be available for walk-ups, but not guaranteed. If you are arriving the day before orientation begins, you may inquire at Blake Hall (location of orientation housing) beginning at 2 p.m. If space is available, you can receive up to two nights of housing at a cost of $36.00 per night.
If you are arriving the day orientation begins, space may still be available, please inquire at Blake Hall after 7:30 a.m. If space is available, you can receive one night of housing at a cost of $36.00 per night.
To pay for orientation housing, we will add the total to your LSU billing statement. When you check-in at Blake Hall, we will have you complete a form to authorize the additional charge to your fee bill.
I did not request a roommate when I signed up for orientation housing. Can I still request a roommate?
Yes, you may complete a request by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LSUOrientation. Alternatively, you may email Lynn Livingston at email@example.com to request your roommate. Please note that all roommate requests must come from the student and requests must be mutual.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not covered above, please feel free to contact Lynn Livingston via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 225-578-4441.
Where can I find complete and detailed information on the assignments process for traditional residence halls?
Step-by-step instructions on selecting your building and room, roommate information, room change information, and the schedule of when to go online are included in the New Assignments Guidebook that is published and made available every year.
What happens if I do not select my room during the online self-selection process, will I still get a room?
Yes, if you are in one of the groups (typically there are four groups) scheduled to select your space online, and you did not select your room during this online self-selection process, the Res Life assignments staff will assign a room to you once the process is completed, and as spaces become available. Rooms will be assigned based on you the date you applied for housing.
By the end of the last group’s assigned days, there may not be a sufficient number of spaces accessible in the system for all remaining students to receive their room assignments at that time. Please be patient. This is a normal part of the assignment process, and these students will receive their room assignments as room cancellations come in, and holds on rooms for special programs are released.
Res Life typically gets a significant number of room cancellations throughout the remainder of the spring semester (after online room selected is completed), and all throughout the summer so more room options become available.
If I am not able to select my space during online selection process, I understand that I will receive my room assignment as spaces become available due to cancellations coming in and holds on rooms for special programs are released. When does this typically happen?
Res Life typically gets a significant number of room cancellations throughout the remainder of the spring semester, and all throughout the summer. It is not possible to predict when the cancellations will come in, or which buildings the cancellations will be in. The holds on rooms for special programs are released throughout the remainder of the spring semester, and into the summer, depending on the program requirements, and sometimes determined by federal law, as with the ADA (American Disabilities Act) rooms.
How and when will my housing date of application come into play, beyond assigning me to one of the groups for self-selection?
Your ‘housing date of application’ determines which group you go into for the online room selection process. Once in your assigned group, everyone in your group has the same priority during those assigned days to select your room. For whatever reason, if you did not receive your room assignment during the online room selection process, the Res Life staff will assign your room in the order of the date of application.
If I am not able to invite my roommate preference because there was not sufficient space in the rooms open to me during self-selection process. Is it is still possible for us to be roommates?
The Res Life staff encourages you to contact the student(s) who are presently assigned a room with the student you want to room with, and see if they are willing to do a roommate swap. Review the roommate swap information in the New Assignments Guide.
How do I check my housing status and/or my housing application date?
If you are unsure of your application date or your assignment status, follow the following steps to check your housing date of application:
Log on to myLSU with your PAWS ID and password,
Click on ‘Student Services’
Click on ‘On-campus Housing’
How do I cancel my assignment?
If you have a housing application on file but are choosing not to live on-campus for the upcoming semester, you may cancel your application by e-mail at email@example.com. Please make inquiries about refunds or rent penalties prior to canceling your assignment. Please do not cancel your housing application in order to make a room or building change. You will lose your assignment and your housing application date will then indicate a later date.
Do I have to submit any money with the application?
For Family & Graduate housing in Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments, the online application requires $100 advance rent, $50 application fee, and a $10 processing fee. The advance rent, application fee, and processing fee are non-refundable.
How do I apply for Family and Graduate Housing?
To Apply for Summer 2015 for Family & Graduate Housing (Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments): Please contact the Apartments Office at 225-334-5198 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get an application. You will have to print, complete, and mail this application to the Apartments Office with the housing reservation fee in check or money order.
To Apply for Fall 2015 for Family & Graduate Housing: Online applications will open the week of March 23, 2015. All students must complete the online application, both continuing students and new residents.
What are the differences between Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments?
Central A/C and heat
Telephone and internet are included in your rent
2 and 3 bedroom units
Coin operated laundry
Telephone and internet are not included
Air conditioning is window units
Coin operated laundry facilities
Nicholson Unit I
1-bedroom apartments only
Washer and electric dryer connections
Approximately 600 square feet of living space
Nicholson Unit II
500 square feet of living space
Are the apartments furnished?
Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments are not furnished except for a full-size refrigerator and stove.
Can I have a car at the apartments?
Nicholson and Edward Gay residents will have to trade their commuter tag in for one stating their respective place of residency. This tag allows the same privileges as a commuter tag, but also allows the student to park in his/her apartment complex without being ticketed.
What is happening with the Nicholson Apartments and its residents as part of the Nicholson Corridor Redevelopment Project?
Nicholson Apartments (Units I, II, and III) will be replaced as part of the Nicholson Gateway Project. The Nicholson Gateway Project began in 2013 as a project to transform the Nicholson Drive corridor into an exciting new gateway to campus. The beginning of the project focuses on the Nicholson Gateway, where the current Nicholson Apartments will be replaced with updated student housing for upperclassmen and graduate students that is competitive with off-site offerings.
Construction along Nicholson Drive is slated to begin in fall 2016, thus making it necessary to vacate Nicholson Apartments Unit I and II after the 2015-16 academic year.
Residential Life is working with current Nicholson Apartment residents to transfer to our other family housing unit, Edward Gay Apartments, to relocate to an off-campus location, or to secure a space in on-campus undergraduate apartments for 2016-17. We understand many residents have enjoyed the convenient, affordable Nicholson Apartments for years, and we want to make this transition as easy as possible for everyone involved. We value you as a resident, and want to thank you in advance for your cooperation as we navigate this change together.
All updates impacting Nicholson Apartment Residents will be posted on the main Family & Graduate Housing web page, emailed to students’ LSU email addresses, added to the email archive, and posted on apartment doors.
Why is the 1 bedroom units priced higher than the 2 bedroom?
The living space is larger and washer/dryer connections are provided. Rent includes electricity and washer/dryers use more electricity.
Do I have to move out during the summer and semester breaks?
No, the apartments are open year round, however there are separate contracts for the academic year and summer term. If you wish to stay in your apartment for the summer, you must complete the summer application online.
If I find somewhere else to live can I get my deposit back?
For Family and Graduate housing in Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments, the online application requires $100 advance rent, $50 application fee (for new applicants), and a $10 processing fee if using a credit or debit card. The advance rent, application fee, and processing fee are non-refundable.
When can I know if I will get an apartment?
The apartment office is not notified until July 1st if moving out July 31st, December 1st if moving out December 31st, and May 1st if moving out May 31st. Once we know when the apartment can be ready you will be notified by email of your move-in date.
Can I have pets?
No, the only exception to this rule is fish housed in 30 gallon or smaller aquariums.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend or fiancée live with me?
No. See eligibility requirements in contract, A.
Can I choose where I want to live?
You may choose your building preferences. We will attempt to grant the preferences expressed by the student for apartment assignments, but reserve the right to re-assign the occupant to another apartment if deemed necessary. If we do not receive a response with 48 hours the apartment may be offered to the next person on the waiting list. All apartment assignments are offered via e-mail.
Where am I on the waiting list?
When a waiting list is necessary, the following information applies.
Your position on the waiting list (when there is one) can change at any time due to higher priority applicants joining the list or the number of current residents moving out. For this reason, we cannot tell you specifically when you will be offered housing. Families get top priority as single students can live in the residence halls, WCA, and ECA apartments. Assignments for post docs and research associates will be made when no students are currently on the waiting list.
When should I apply for family/graduate housing?
We recommend that you consider applying for family housing as soon as possible. The waiting list averages between 6 months and 1 year. The waiting list fluctuates depending on the time of year. Our demand is highest in August.
I see vacant apartments; can I be assigned this particular one?
The vacant apartment you see has most likely been assigned and the new residents have not moved in yet. The office will assign you an apartment based on your preferences and the availability of apartments.
Will I be charged per room or per person?
No. The price of the apartment is a set amount regardless of the number of people or rooms.
What furniture comes with the apartment?
Stove and refrigerator, you will need to provide other items you may need.
Can my parents live with me?
No. Your parents are allowed to visit you up to 3 months provided they are registered in the apartment office. There is a $30 fee per guest per month.
Do you assign roommates?
No. You may have a roommate who meets all eligibility requirements if you choose one but you are 100% responsible for the apartment, any housing charge and your roommate’s conduct.
What should I do to renew my contract each semester?
Apartments are rented for an academic year with separate contracts for the summer term. Please check your LSU email for instructions on how and when to renew your contract. Typically, contracts are signed by May 1 for the next fall’s semester.
I need to move out before the semester ends, what happens if I break my contract?
You will pay a penalty for breaking your contract. If you are still affiliated with LSU your penalty will be 75 percent of the remaining balance of your rent. If you are leaving LSU you will pay a 25 percent penalty.
Can I place my rent on the semester fee bill or do I pay by the month?
Both options are accepted, but changes cannot be made once you choose your option until the following semester.
I will be arriving before my assignment date, where can I stay?
If you will be arriving before your scheduled and confirmed move in date it is your responsibility to find accommodations until your move-in date. Because work is being done in the apartment up until the move in date, we cannot allow early move ins. We do not permit “as is” move ins.
I have been offered a job in my department as a research associate or VPR, can I keep my apartment?
You may keep your apartment only if there are no students on the waiting list. Full time students take priority.
Can I live in the East and West Campus Apartments if I am married?
No. The East and West Campus Apartments are restricted to single upper-class and graduate students.
However, first priority for the Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments is given to married students whose spouses live with them and to student parents who have legal custody of minor children living with them. Second priority is given to single graduate students. Undergraduate students age 21 or over may also be accepted if space is available.
Can I paint my apartment?
No painting by occupants is allowed.
No Shows! What happens if I do not show up at my scheduled check-in date?
Your apartment assignment will be held until 4:00 p.m. the evening of your scheduled check-in date. It is your responsibility to notify the Apartment Office in advance if you are unable to check in by this time. Students who fail to notify our office will forfeit the apartment. Additionally, your application will be canceled, your deposit will be forfeited, and your apartment will be assigned to someone else.
Is LSU a smoke-free or tobacco-free campus?
Beginning August 1, 2014, LSU is tobacco free, in accordance with the governor’s “Well-Ahead” program. The Louisiana legislature has implemented a smoke-free requirement for all state university property, and all public post-secondary institutions in Louisiana must comply.
How do I contact the Department of Residential Life?
Department of Residential Life
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
By email: email@example.com
In person: Room 99, Grace King Hall, LSU campus
(On the northeast corner of Highland Road and South Campus Drive across Highland Road from the rear patio of the LSU Union Building)
225-578-8663 – Residence Halls, East & West Campus Apartments Applications and Information
225-334-5198 – Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments Applications and Information
225-578-8663 – Residential Life Administration
225-578-7172 – Residential Colleges Program
225-578-5576 – Residence Halls and East Campus Apartments Information
225-334-5197 – Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments Information
225-578-5576 – Residential Life Administration