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 and submit the form.
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.
How do I apply for Family and Graduate Housing?
For Family and Graduate Housing (Edward Gay and Nicholson Apartments), apply online at www.lsu.edu/housing under “Incoming Students” or download and complete the application form (48K, Adobe Acrobat). Applications can also be picked up from the Family and Graduate housing office located in the Edward Gay Apartments. Return the completed form with the housing reservation fee to Residential Life in Grace King Hall.
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.
Is it true that Residential Life has added about 1,400 beds to the housing inventory? YES! In the past several years, Residential Life has added approximately 1,400 new beds to the housing inventory! Additionally, nearly 900 additional spaces within existing halls were extensively renovated!
The first seven floors (350 beds) of Kirby Smith Hall were renovated and reopened in fall 2011, and in fall 2013, floors 8 – 10 (170 beds), for a total of 520 new beds in Kirby Smith Hall have been added in the past several years.
In fall 2012, Residential Life opened the new 350-bed Residential College One – North Hall, home of the Engineering Residential College. In spring 2008, Res College One South & West Halls opened, adding approximately 230 beds to the housing inventory. In the 2008 renovation of Blake Hall, approximately 100 new beds were added in the new wing that was added during the renovation.
The renovation of East and West Laville Halls were completed in fall 2012 and fall 2010 respectively, returning over 600 renovated beds to the housing inventory. During Blake Hall’s renovation in 2008, nearly 200 renovated beds were returned to the inventory, and fall 2013 Annie Boyd Hall renovation returned over 100 renovated beds.
Over the next five years, an estimated 670 new beds will be added to the inventory with two new residence halls on the west side of campus. Cypress Hall is currently under construction, and will add 330 new beds in fall 2015, and Magnolia Hall in currently in the planning phase, and will add an additional 340 beds. Since fall 2006, Res Life has expanded the inventory with new or renovated beds for a 28% growth rate. Nearly 55 percent of our single student housing are either new or renovated in the last 12 years which has dramatically increased demand for on-campus housing.
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 admit 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 2015, Admissions began admitting students to the University in October 2014, and students could begin applying for housing in that same October.
Will there be a standby list for fall 2014 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. For the past four years, there has been a standby list. For fall 2013, there were a hundred or so students on the standby list, and ALL of those who remained on the list received a space on campus. For fall 2012, things were similar, several hundred students were on the standby list, and all of those who remained on the list received a space on campus. For fall 2011, there was a standby list of several hundred, and all but 50 students who remained on the list received a space on campus.
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.
What improvements were made to Kirby Smith Hall? The first seven floors of Kirby Smith Hall were renovated and reopened in fall 2011, adding 350 beds, to the housing inventory. In fall 2013, floors 8 – 10 of Kirby Smith were also renovated adding another 169 beds to the inventory. A total of 519 new beds in Kirby Smith Hall have been added in the past several years.
The improvements included removing all of the built-in furniture, installing new moveable furniture (loftable beds, desks, chairs, and wardrobes), new paint, carpet tiles in the bedrooms, and renovating the bathrooms. Kirby Smith has suite bathrooms and is open to both males and females, with all-male floors and all-female floors, with restricted card access. Kirby Smith will continue to be a traditional residence hall through at least 2015, and then will be used for year-round conference housing.
Do I have to submit any money with the application?
Yes, a housing reservation fee of $150 is required at the time of application. If you are applying for a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments you will need to pay this fee online with a credit card (An additional $5 credit card processing fee will apply.) or online check. If you decide to cancel you housing application and we receive your cancellation by June 1 for a fall application, December 1 for spring, or May 1 for summer, you will receive a $100.00 deposit refund. If we receive your cancellation after those dates, your entire housing reservation fee will be forfeited.
Edward Gay or Nicholson Apartment’s fee should be dropped off with the application.
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 in an Edward Gay or Nicholson Apartment or if it is for spring or summer in a residence hall or East Campus Apartment, 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 e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online on our website at www.lsu.edu/housing, or in person in Grace King Hall. If Res Life receives your cancellation by June 1 for a fall application, December 1 for spring, or May 1 for summer, you will receive a $100.00 deposit refund. If we receive your cancellation after those dates, your entire housing reservation fee will be forfeited. If you pay or defer your rent through the Advanced Billing System, and we receive your cancellation before the residence halls open, the full rent will be refunded. If we receive your cancellation after the halls open, you will remain responsible for a major portion of the rent.
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 include 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 online through their PAWS account, or they can go to the ITS offices in the Fred Frey Computing Services Center. 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 of 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).
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.
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, and Blake Hall, East & West Laville Halls have carpet in the hallways, but NOT in the 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 the East and West Campus Apartments carpeted?
Yes. The bedrooms of the ECA and WCA are carpeted. The kitchens and bathrooms are not.
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. Pets are also prohibited in the 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?
This Res Life FAQ section below has information on this topic provided by Auxiliary Services (AS) on October 2, 2012. However, please refer to the RICOH website for the most up to date information, click here.
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 room 101 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 e-mail or text message when a package arrives. Please make sure students bring picture ID to claim packages.
Recipient’s Full Legal Name
101 LSU Student Union Building
LSU Box #_______
Raphael Semmes Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
For UPS and FEDEX Packages:
Recipient’s Full Legal Name
LSU Box #_______
LSU Student Union, Room 101
Raphael Semmes Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
How do I pay for my box?
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.
Others wanting a box should go to Room 101, LSU Student Union Building, to arrange payment.
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
General mail FAQ’s:
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)
Students applying for traditional residence halls will select their own building and room during the online room selection process which takes place in the spring.
Students applying for residential colleges and the honors house will have their rooms assigned by the Res Life assignments staff in the spring.
Room assignments are posted online in the students’ PAWS account in the weeks following the end of online room selection (which takes place in the spring). An email will be sent to the student notifying them of the posting.
To check your assignment online, log in to your PAWS account. Click on “Student Services” on the menu. Select “Student Housing” and click on “View 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 permitted in the bedrooms, common areas, foyers, bathrooms, or any other areas in the residence halls. Smoking is only permitted 25 feet from any building on campus, including residence halls and apartments.
Is LSU a smoke-free campus?
No. Presently, LSU is not a smoke-free campus, although the university announced that it will become a smoke-free campus in 2014. The policy changes are still under consideration by the university, and more information will be posted about his once it is available.
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 for the respective hall. Visitation times can vary for each hall, as residents of each hall vote on what their visitation times will be. Guests must be escorted at all times. More details about visitation 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
The below items are also provided for increased safety and security in the residential communities:
All residence hall or groups of residence halls have access to a 24-hour information desk located at or near the front entrances. These desks can be used to assist in identifying university staff that should be on your floor and to connect with other university safety measures (police, campus transit, RA on duty, etc.)
Emergency Telephones/Call Boxes:
Emergency call boxes are located in some parking areas and at the entrance of many residence halls. To operate the emergency phone, simply press the red emergency button. It should connect you directly to LSUPD. Speak into the speaker. You may call other on-campus numbers from the phone by pressing the black call button and entering the phone number, but please limit calls to three minutes.
Each semester Residential Life performs a lighting audit of the public areas outside the halls. We have made significant progress in providing a more open and well-lit area outside of our residence halls as a result of these audits.
Two police officers are hired on overtime to patrol each side of campus in the evening (7 p.m. to 3 a.m.) in addition to the already significant presence provided by the LSU police department. We have experienced excellent response times to situations as a result of the strategic location of these officers.
Residential Life staff performs security rounds of the buildings twice each evening and staffs are on call to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.
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?
We anticipate that there will be a roommate matching service for fall 2014, but it is not yet available online. Res Life contracted with a new provider for roommate matching for fall 2014, and as soon as it is brought online, students will be notified.
If I am living on campus, can I search for a roommate who is living off campus, or vice versa?
No. When the new roommate matching service comes online, it will 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?
You may invite your potential roommate during the online room selection in the spring (if you are applying for a traditional residence hall).
Enter your roommate preference on your housing application (if you are applying for a residential college, the Honors House, or a Living-Learning Community).
Students may include three roommate preferences when applying for a traditional residence hall, a residential college, as well as East & West Campus Apartments. However, these preferences are primarily for students who are applying for a residential college, because the Res Life assignments staff manually makes room assignments for residential colleges and the Honors House (see more details below). Although students applying for traditional residence halls, ECA & WCA, can put roommate preferences on their housing application, they will actually invite ONE roommate when they select their building and room during the online room selection process in the spring (see more info below).
For students applying for residential colleges, the Honors House, and Living-Learning Communities, the Res Life assignments staff will assign their room and roommate. As much as possible, the Res Life staff will use the provided preferences in this process. The assignments staff does their best to assign you to one of the three. However, assignments are made by date priority, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice. Students wanting to room together should put each other as their first choice
Students applying for traditional residence halls can invite ONE potential roommate during the online room selection process in the spring. Students can invite a roommate at the same time they select their building and room. The student they invite can accept at that time. The person they invite does NOT need to be the same as what they may have put on their housing application. It a student’s roommate preferences changes, do NOT contact Res Life, just invite that person during online room selection. The dates for the online room selection process have not yet been determined.
How do I change my roommate preference?
If you are applying for a residential college or the Honors House, send your change of roommate preference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both roommates need to email their full names, their roommate preference and his/her full name, and their PAWS ID. Your PAWS ID is the first part of your LSU email account, NOT the number that begins with ‘89’.
If applying for a traditional residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments, please do NOT notify us with a change to your roommate preference. During online room selection in the spring, you can invite ONE student you want to be your roommate at the same time you are selecting your building and room. It is okay if the person you invite is different from the ones you included on your housing application. The dates for the online room selection process have not yet been determined.
Nicholson and Edward Gay residents must fill out a transfer form. If the transfer is granted, a $50 transfer fee will be applied to the student’s account. Please note that 3 days are given to transfer, at which time the student pays for both apartments during double occupancy.
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.
How do I pick a roommate if I am applying for Graduate & Family Housing in Edward Gay or Nicholson Apartments?
If you are applying for an Edward Gay or Nicholson apartment, after you are assigned as the “renting student” to a specific apartment, you may choose up to three additional roommates who are duly enrolled graduate or upper-class students 21 years or older of your gender.
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?
- Residential College students must apply for campus housing either online or by submitting a paper application along with a $150.00 deposit. Housing applications can be downloaded from the Department of Residential Life website at www.lsu.edu/housing.
- 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?
Campus Housing Contract Renewal (CHCR) takes place each spring and allows current residents to renew their housing contracts and select their housing assignments for the following year.
What is advance rent, and why is the Advance Rent program in place?
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 follow 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.
Is Advance Rent just for students renewing their contracts, or is it for new students as well?
The Advance Rent only applies to students currently living on-campus who are renewing their contracts for the following year. It does NOT apply to new fall 2014-15 students.
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.
What if I do not get the assignment/roommate of my choice when this process is over?
There are 2 options:
1. Participate in the online room change process in the spring, and then again in early summer. These dates have not yet been determined.
2. Schedule an appointment with Residential Life’s Assignments Office to discuss your situation. We will try to accommodate your preferences on a case-by-case basis.
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 225-578-0560.
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.
Will there be a standby list implemented in fall 2014?
It not possible to determine in advance if there will be a standby list for any given year. However, for the past four years Res Life has implemented a standby list to help ensure that as many students receive on-campus housing as possible in fairest manner possible.
For fall 2013, there was a standby list implemented with about a hundred students on it. All of the students on the standby list were assigned rooms.For fall 2012, there was a standby list of about 250 students, and all but about 50 students who remained on the list received spaces on campus. For fall 2011, Res Life had nearly 500 students on the standby list, and everyone that waited for a space received one. Students are encouraged to apply for housing early to ensure they have the best choices in buildings and programs. However, if students are placed on a standby list, if they are patient and remain on the list, the vast majority of those students historically receive a space on campus.
Was there a standby list for fall 2013 applications?
Yes, there was a standby list for both males and females for fall 2013, but all students who remained on the list received a space on campus.
What is the Res Life standby list?
When the number of applications for undergraduate on-campus housing approached Residential Life’s housing capacity, a standby list is implemented to ensure as many students are placed in on-campus housing as possible..
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 nearly 1,400 on-campus spaces have been added over the past several years, nearly 2,500 new or renovated beds since 2008, Res Life has implemented a standby list for the past four years. Because there are historically a significant number of housing cancellations, a standby list is the fairest way to assign spaces that are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How can I avoid being put on a standby list?
The best way to avoid being on a standby list, is to apply for housing early! 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 2013, a standby list was implemented in June. 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.
Is there a set date when a standby list is implemented?
No. There are a limited number of spaces on campus, and once the number of housing applications reaches that number, the standby list is implemented. In fall 2013, a standby list was implemented in June. In previous years, a standby list was implemented in March, April and May. It varies significantly from year to year, and depends entirely on the number of applications received.
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. Although a standby list was implemented for undergraduate housing in June, there were still units available in Family & Graduate Apartments for graduate students, those at least 21 years old, married, or have dependent children living with them.
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, and additionally they will be sent an e-mail (on the email account they designated to LSU Admissions) at the time of their housing application.
Does Residential Life continue to accept housing applications if a standby list is implemented? Yes. The standby list is the best and fairest way to ensure that the maximum number receive on-campus housing.
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.
What has Residential Life done to create more on-campus housing spaces? Since 2008, Res Life has added or returned nearly 2,500 new or renovated beds to the housing inventory. For fall 2013, the renovation to Annie Boyd Hall was completed, returning 111 beds to the housing inventory. Also in fall 2013, floors 8-10 of Kirby Smith Hall were reopened after significant improvements were made to the bedrooms and bathrooms, and the same improvements were made to floors 1-7 in fall 2012, combined adding 519 new beds to the housing inventory. Residential Life completed a new 360-bed residence hall in fall 2012 housing the Engineering Residential College. The renovation to East & West Laville Halls, home to the Honors House, was completed in fall 2012 and fall 2010 respectively, returning more than 600 beds to the housing inventory. Res Life also added an additional 850 beds to the Residence Hall Inventory with the new Residential College Complex (spring 2008), and the Blake Hall renovation (summer 2008).
There is a new residence hall currently under construction on the west side of campus, near the Enchanted Forest and Kirby Smith Hall. It will be a 300-bed state-of-art residence hall with suite bathrooms. It’s tentative name is Cypress Hall.
The Res Life master plan for housing renovations continues in the Horseshoe Community with the renovation of Evangeline Hall in summer 2015. Once Evangeline is completed, the remaining halls in the Horseshoe will each be renovated one at a time.
Over the next five years, an estimated 700 new beds will be added to the inventory in a new residence hall that is still in the planning phase. Since fall 2006 Res Life has expanded our inventory with new or renovated beds for about a 28% growth for fall 2013. Approximately 57 percent of our single student housing are either new or renovated since 2000 which has dramatically increased demand for on-campus housing.
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 West Laville 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. All participants must check out by 6:00pm of the last day of orientation.
Where do I check-in?
You will need to check-in at West Laville Hall, the orientation residence hall. Consult the LSU Campus Map (you can quickly find West Laville Hall by scrolling and selecting it in the list on the left hand side of the page). West Laville Hall is easily accessible from Highland Road, Dalrymple Drive or South Campus Drive.
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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014Orientation 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 West Laville 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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014Orientation. You can complete the following tasks at this link:
- Change the night you selected to stay on campus
- Add another night of housing (Orientation 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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014Orientation 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 West Laville 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 West Laville Hall (location of orientation housing) beginning at 2pm. If space is available, you can receive up to two nights of housing at a cost of $34.65 per night.
If you are arriving the day orientation begins, space may still be available, please inquire at West Laville Hall. If space is available, you can receive one night of housing at a cost of $34.65 per night.
To pay for orientation housing, we will add the total to your LSU billing statement. When you check-in at West Laville Hall, we will have you complete a form to authorize the additional charge to your billing statement.
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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014Orientation. 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.
Residential Life is pleased to provide early arrival housing status for women that are participating in Sorority Recruitment and living on campus. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions is to assist you in planning your arrival to campus.
Who is eligible to move in early?
Any potential member who has registered for Sorority Recruitment and is living on campus for fall 2014 or any active member who is living on campus for fall 2014.
Where will I stay when I arrive early to campus?
You will be able to move directly into your fall 2014 assignment.
How do I register to move in early?
For Potential Members, you can indicate on your Sorority Recruitment registration that you are living on campus and will need to move in prior to recruitment and pay the additional $108 through the registration process.
Current members may email Rachel Hill (email@example.com), PHC Treasurer, to request that you be added to the list that Panhellenic will provide to Residential Life. You may move in on Thursday, August 14 after 12 noon at the earliest. Housing costs through August 20 (6 nights) will total $157.00. Residential Life will place this charge on your fee bill during the second week of classes. Panhellenic will communicate early arrivals to Residential Life and the in-hall staff will be prepared for your arrival.
When may I move in prior to Sorority Recruitment?
Out-of-state students may check-in beginning at 10am on Friday, August 15, 2014 and in-state students may check-in beginning at 8am on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Your home address on file with LSU will be used to determine your in-state or out-of-state status. If you are approved to move in as an out-of-state student, an additional charge ($26.00) for Friday night will be placed on your fee bill by Residential Life during the second week of class.
All students approved to check-in on Friday, August 15 should check-in from 10am-5pm
Students (except for Miller residents) checking in on Saturday, August 16, should check in from 8am-12pm
Miller residents with a last name starting with A-K check in on Saturday, August 16 from 8am – 10am
Miller residents with a last name starting with L-Z check in on Saturday, August 16 from 10am – 12pm
What if I cannot check-in during the times specified?
All residence hall and apartment front desks will be staffed 24-hours during this period and staff will be happy to check you in.
I live more than 3 hours away from LSU. Can I be considered an out-of-state student?
Yes, we understand that certain distances in Louisiana could be considered out-of-state. Home addresses outside of a 3 hour radius of LSU will be considered out-of-state. You will have an opportunity to indicate on your registration that you live more than three hours from campus. As an out-of-state student, an additional charge ($26.00) for Friday night will be placed on your fee bill by Residential Life during the second week of class.
Where do I go to check-in?
Regardless of the day you are scheduled to check-in, you may check-in at the front desk for your building/community.
Can I arrive on an earlier date than I am approved for?
Unfortunately, no. Residential Life asks that all Early Arrivals check in on the day in which they were approved.
How can I verify what day I may check-in?
You will receive an email confirmation of your Sorority Recruitment registration and move-in approval; this will be your confirmation.
My roommate is moving in on Thursday or Friday, but I am an in-state student that cannot move in until Saturday. Can I move in with my roommate?
Unfortunately, no. Residential Life asks that all Early Arrivals check in on the day in which they are approved. Students that fail to comply with this policy will be charged for housing costs and could be subject to the disciplinary process.
I am approved to arrive early but my roommate(s)/apartment mate(s) are not involved in Sorority Recruitment. Can they move in early?
Unfortunately, no. Students approved to arrive early are prohibited from allowing non-approved roommates to move in early. Students that fail to comply with this policy will be charged for housing costs and could be subject to the disciplinary process.
I am attending STRIPES Session 3 and need to remain on campus after the program concludes on Thursday, August 14, 2014. What do I do?
Only those students attending STRIPES Session 3 who are out-of-state students or are required to arrive to campus early attending (for reasons such as Sorority Recruitment) will be granted permission to remain on campus after the program. You will need to contact the STRIPES office and request permission to remain on campus after the program has concluded. STRIPES will let Residential Life know those students that are allowed to remain on campus and the in-hall staff will be prepared for your arrival. Because your housing for Thursday and Friday nights will not have been paid for through the Sorority Recruitment registration process, a charge ($52.00) for those two nights will be placed on your fee bill by Residential Life after the first day of class.
I am participating in Sorority Recruitment and will be living on campus for BIOS which ends on Friday, August 15, 2014. What do I do?
We understand that moving multiple times in less than a day is difficult. As such, we will automatically approve both in-state and out-of-state Sorority Recruitment BIOS participants to check-in to their fall assignments when BIOS concludes on Friday, August 15, 2014. Please note that this option is only available for students that live on campus for BIOS. We ask that you complete your move by 5pm on Friday, August 15. If you choose to check-in on Friday, August 15, a charge ($26.00) for a single night (Friday night) will be placed on your fee bill by Residential Life after the first day of class.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
If you have a question about Sorority Recruitment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a housing question that is not covered in this document, please feel free to contact Lynn Livingston, Manager in Residential Life, via email at email@example.com 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 for Traditional Halls Guidebook that is published and made available every year. To see this year’s guide, click on the “Choose Your Space” image at www.lsu.edu/housing. These steps do not apply to room assignments for residential colleges, themed housing, or the Honors House.
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.
Also, if you are not able to choose your space during the online room selection dates, the on-line system will reopen May 6-30, 2014 to allow you to choose your space (as spaces are available), and to make 2 changes per day.
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. Historically, Res Life receives a significant number of cancellations. 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 for Traditional Halls Guidebook, available at www.lsu.edu/housing.
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 ‘Student Housing’
Click on View Housing Status’, your date of housing application will be on this page.
How do I cancel my assignment?
If you have a fall 2014 housing application on file but are choosing not to live on-campus for fall 2014, you may cancel your application online at www.lsu.edu/housing, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Residential Life is pleased to assist LSU departments and organizations by providing early arrival housing for students that are required to report to campus prior to Move-In Day on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in planning your arrival to campus.
Who is eligible to arrive early to campus?
Only those students who have a fall 2014 housing assignment and are required by an LSU department or organization to arrive to campus between August 14, 2014 (at noon) through August 20, 2014. Some examples of programs requiring Early Arrivals are Tiger Band, ROTC, Sorority Recruitment and Fraternity Recruitment.
I am part of a group or organization that requires me to arrive early. What should I do?
Please contact the department/organization to verify that your name will be included in the list that will be submitted to Residential Life. Please do not call Residential Life directly to make a request, all requests must be made directly from a department or organization.
I want to arrive early to campus but I am not affiliated with a department, organization or program that requires my presence early. How do I get permission?
Regrettably, Residential Life cannot take individual requests for Early Arrivals. The first day you are eligible to check-in is on Move-In Day, August 20, 2014.
Where will I stay when I arrive early to campus?
You will be able to move directly into your fall 2014 assignment.
Is there a cost associated with being an Early Arrival? How do I pay that amount?
Yes, the cost is $26.23 per night (the total due is rounded to the nearest dollar), billed through August 20, 2014. Unless your department/organization informs you that your housing costs will be paid by them (or if housing costs are built into program registration costs), the total cost will be placed on your LSU Billing Statement during the second week of fall classes.
Where do I check in?
You can check-in at the front desk for your building/community.
When do I check in?
You will be approved to check-in on the date that is provided to Residential Life by the sponsoring department or organization. Please contact the department/organization to verify what date they will provide to Residential Life. Hall front desks will open at 12 noon on Thursday, August 14, 2014 and remain open 24-hours during this early arrival period. You may check-in any time of day once hall front desks are open.
Can I arrive earlier than I am approved for?
Unfortunately, no. Residential Life asks that you check in on the day in which you are approved.
Can I just check in, leave my belongings in my room but not sleep in my room?
Yes, you may. Please note that you will be subject to the same cost of $26.23 per night (the total due is rounded to the nearest dollar).
Can I check in just for a night or two, turn in my key, and then check back in during move-in in day?
Unfortunately, no. Once you check in to your fall assignment you are checked in for the semester and you cannot return your key and check-in again at a later date. You are not required to remain on campus, but you will be charged nightly through August 20, 2014.
I am approved to arrive early but my roommate(s)/apartment mate(s) are not. Can they move in early?
Unfortunately, no. Students approved to arrive early are prohibited from allowing non-approved roommates to move in early. Students that fail to comply with this policy will be charged for housing costs and could be subject to the disciplinary process.
I am a participant in the Tiger Bridge Program and I have been told my check-in day is Sunday, August 17, 2014. How do I make sure I am able to check-in on that day and how much will it cost?
All Tiger Bridge students will be added to the early arrival list for an arrival on August 17, 2014 and the staff will be prepared for your arrival. You may check-in between 8am and 2pm on August 17. The Tiger Bridge program requires that you check-in early, so no early arrival charges will apply.
I am attending FOAP Session 9 on August 18 and 19 and need to stay on campus during the session. What do I do?
If you are attending FOAP Session 9 and you have a fall 2014 housing assignment, you may check in beginning on Sunday, August 17, 2014 (at any time). Your Orientation costs do not include any housing fees, so a charge of $26.23 per night (the total due is rounded to the nearest dollar) through August 20, 2014 will be applied to your LSU Billing Statement during the second week of classes. You will be charged starting on the day you pick up your key. If you do not utilize housing prior to August 20, you will not be charged. You do not need to do anything further to secure permission to arrive early—all students with a fall assignment and registered for Session 9 will be allowed to arrive early and will be treated as a walk-in arrival.
I am attending Fall Transfer Orientation on August 21and need to stay on campus during the program. What do I do?
If you are attending Fall Transfer Orientation and you have a fall 2014 housing assignment, you may check in on Move-In Day on August 20, 2014.
I am attending Encounter Engineering. Will I be able to check into my fall assignment when I arrive to campus even though I do not live in the Engineering Residential College?
Yes, all Encounter Engineering students with a fall 2014 housing assignment can check into their fall assignments August 15, 2014. Please note that registration costs for Encounter Engineering do not include housing fees. Students will be responsible for the cost of Early Arrival housing for the program.
I am attending STRIPES Session 3 and need to remain on campus after the program concludes. What do I do?
Only out-of-state students or students participating in a program following the close of STRIPES will be granted permission to remain after the program. You will need to contact the STRIPES office request permission to remain on campus after the program has concluded. STRIPES will let Residential Life know those students that are allowed to remain on campus. Please note that any student given permission to remain on campus after STRIPES is responsible for the cost of Early Arrival housing.
I am attending BIOS and I would like to stay on campus after my program concludes on August 15, 2014. What do I do?
Residential Life assumes that all students living on campus during BIOS will remain on campus after the program concludes. Students in these scenarios will automatically be approved to check in to their fall assignment on August 15, 2014 by 5pm. Please note that any student given permission to remain on campus is responsible for the cost of Early Arrival housing. For more details about housing during and after BIOS, please visit the 2014 BIOS FAQs on the Residential Life website under “FAQs.”
I am attending BIOS and I’ll also be participating in Sorority Recruitment beginning on Saturday, August 16, 2014. I have been told that I cannot check-in to my fall assignment until the morning of August 16. What do I do?
Exceptions are granted for women in this scenario and can check in to their fall assignments the day BIOS concludes. Please note: Sorority Recruitment participants who are approved to move in prior the first day of Recruitment are prohibited from allowing non-approved roommates to move in early. Students who fail to comply with this policy will be charged for housing costs and could be subject to the disciplinary process.
I am participating in Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment. How is housing handled?
Please consult the information posted on the Panhellenic Recruitment page (http://greeks.lsu.edu/recruitment-panhellenic-council)
I am participating in Interfraternity Council Recruitment. How is housing handled?
Please consult the information posted on the IFC Fall Recruitment page (http://greeks.lsu.edu/ifc-recruitment)
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
If you have a housing question that is not covered here, please feel free to contact Lynn Livingston, Manager in Residential Life, via email at email@example.com or by phone at 225-578-4441.
Residential Life is pleased to provide housing for students participating in BIOS. The following list of housing Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled to assist you in planning your arrival to campus.
How do I request housing for BIOS?
There is a place on the BIOS registration form to indicate that you will require housing.
May I stay on campus for BIOS if I don’t have an on-campus housing assignment for fall 2014?
Yes, you may. Housing will be limited to program dates, August 10 – 15, 2014.
Where will I be staying during BIOS?
All participants will reside in either Evangeline Hall or Highland Hall. These halls are located in the Horseshoe area of campus, across Highland Road from the LSU Union.
I will be living on campus in the fall but I don’t live in Highland Hall or Evangeline Hall. Can I live in my fall building during BIOS?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate these requests due to staffing requirements.
I have a roommate request, what do I do?
Please email Lynn Livingston, Manager in Residential Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a roommate by July 25, 2014. Please note that both roommates must mutually request one another.
Where and when can I check in for housing for BIOS?
All participants utilizing housing may check in at Evangeline Hall on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Please note that the housing check-in process is not the same as check-in for the actual BIOS program; please consult the BIOS website for more details on program check-in time and location.
Can I arrive for BIOS earlier than August 10, 2014 at 10am?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate these requests due to staffing requirements.
I am participating in S.T.R.I.P.E.S. Session 2 from August 4 – August 7, 2014. Is there housing available between the conclusion of S.T.R.I.P.E.S. and when I check in for BIOS on August 10, 2014?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate these requests due to staffing requirements.
Are housing charges included in the BIOS cost?
No, housing charges are not included. Housing costs total $150.00 for BIOS. Charges for your housing will be posted to your billing statement by the Biological Sciences department along with your BIOS fees.
What should I bring with me to campus for BIOS?
If you will not remain on campus after BIOS concludes, just bring what you need for the week. If you choose to stay on campus after BIOS concludes, you are welcome to bring all of your belongings that you will need for the semester. Be sure to remember bed and bath linens, as linens are not provided for BIOS. It is recommended that you move all your belongings into the room you are assigned to for BIOS—don’t leave belongings in your vehicle. Alternatively, bring just what you need for BIOS and make arrangements to move the rest of your items to campus at a later date, if possible.
Does my attendance at BIOS have an effect on my application or placement in the Science Residential College?
No, it does not.
May I remain on campus after BIOS concludes?
Only those students that stayed on campus for BIOS and have a fall 2014 housing assignment may stay on campus after BIOS concludes. The cost is $131.00 ($26.23 per night for 5 nights, total rounded to the nearest dollar), beginning when you receive your room key. You will automatically be approved to move into your fall assignment on August 15, 2014. You will need to relocate to your fall assignment by 5 p.m. on August 15. Once you check in to your fall assignment you are checked in for the semester and you cannot return your key and check in again at a later date. You are not required to remain on campus, but you will be charged nightly through August 20, 2014.
I live in Evangeline Hall or Highland Hall for fall 2014 and plan on remaining on campus after BIOS concludes. May I live in my fall assignment for BIOS?
Absolutely. You will automatically be placed in your fall assignment if you live in either building. We will assume you are remaining on campus after BIOS concludes and charges will apply. On August 15 after BIOS concludes please proceed to the Evangeline front desk to return your key from BIOS and to officially check in for the semester.
I live in Evangeline Hall or Highland Hall for fall 2014 and do not plan on remaining on campus after BIOS concludes. Is there anything I need to do?
If you do not want to remain on campus after BIOS concludes, please notify Residential Life (email@example.com, 225-578-4441). Your name will not be added to the pre-approved arrival list for August 15 and you will not be placed in your fall assignment for BIOS. You must remove all of your belongings from your room and turn in your key on August 15. You will be able to check in for the semester on Move-In Day, August 20, 2014.
I live in Evangeline or Highland Hall for the fall and will be placed there for BIOS. Can I request a roommate?
Participants living in his/her fall assignment for BIOS cannot request a roommate unless the request is for someone living in that room in the fall as well (which we will do automatically). This is for the safety and security of your belongings (we will clean all empty spaces after BIOS concludes and would rather not enter a room filled with belongings).
I will be living on campus in the fall and do not plan on staying on campus after BIOS concludes. Do I need to do anything?
Please let Residential Life know (firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-578-4441). Your name will not be added to the pre-approved early arrival list for August 15. Please note if you are living in Evangeline or Highland Hall, you will not be placed in your fall assignment for BIOS and will be placed elsewhere in the building. You will be able to check in for the semester on Move-In Day, August 20, 2014.
I will be living on campus in the fall, but did not stay on campus for BIOS. When is the earliest I can check in to my fall assignment?
You will not be permitted to check-in to your assignment until Move-In Day on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, unless you are granted early arrival status by a campus department/organization (such as Tiger Band, ROTC, Sorority Recruitment, etc.).
Remaining on Campus after BIOS Concludes
The following FAQs are for those students that are approved to remain on campus (per the above conditions) once BIOS concludes for one reason or another.
I live in Evangeline or Highland Hall for the fall and stayed there for BIOS. Do I need to do anything when BIOS ends?
Yes, you will need to report to the Evangeline Front Desk on August 15 to officially check in for the semester (this includes completing check-in paperwork, receiving your key and having your LSU ID activated).
I am staying on campus after BIOS and I live in a building other than Evangeline or Highland. Where do I check in?
You can check in at the front desk for your building/community.
Is there a cost to stay on campus as an early arrival?
Yes, the cost is $131.00 ($26.23 per night for 5 nights, total rounded to the nearest dollar). You will be charged beginning when you receive your room key (and therefore you are checked in for the semester). You may not turn your key in/check out of your assignment once you officially check in for the semester. You are not required to be on campus or sleep in your room; nightly charges will still apply.
Can I leave my belongings in my room but not sleep in my room?
Yes, you may. Please note that you will be subject to the same cost of $131.00 ($26.23 per night for 5 nights, total rounded to the nearest dollar) charged until August 20, 2014.
How do I pay for my early arrival housing?
Unless your department/organization informs you that your housing costs will be paid by them (or if housing costs are built into program costs), the total cost will be placed on your student account during the second week of classes.
I have received Early Arrival status through a department/organization but my arrival date is a few days after BIOS concludes. Can I still stay on campus?
Yes. We understand that moving multiple times in the span of a few days is difficult. You will be charged for the nights you stay on campus prior to the date for which you are approved as an Early Arrival. If your department/organization is not paying for your early arrival nights, we will charge you for those nights as well.
I will attend BIOS and stay on campus and I am also participating in Sorority Recruitment. What do I do?
Women in this scenario and can check in to their fall assignment the day BIOS concludes, whether in-state or out-of-state. Please note: Sorority Recruitment participants that are approved to move in prior the first day of Recruitment are prohibited from allowing non-approved roommates to move in early. Students that fail to comply with this policy will be charged for housing costs and could be subject to the disciplinary process.
I have more questions. Who should I contact?
If you have a BIOS housing question that is not covered here, please feel free to contact Lynn Livingston via email at email@example.com or by phone at 225-578-4441.
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
Nicholson Unit III (no longer available)
Nicholson Unit III apartments are no longer available for leasing. They have been taken offline in preparation for the Nicholson Gateway project.
What is happening with the Nicholson Apartments and its residents as part of the Nicholson Corridor Redevelopment Project?
There will be no construction related to this project in 2013, and there are currently no firm construction dates known or approved. However, when the project is finalized and approved it will have multi-phased construction to minimize impact to current Nicholson residents.
Nicholson Apartments (Units I, II, and III) will be replaced as part of this development, but no definite plans have been set or approved. The project is still in the research and planning phases, and construction contracts have not yet been bid or awarded. The earliest any construction would begin is in the spring of 2014, with an estimated completion date in 2018.
Nicholson Unit III apartments are no longer available, in preparation for this project.
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, as long as you are enrolled for the fall semester you may reside in your apartment without taking any classes during the summer. Apartments are open year round for all eligible residents.
If I find somewhere else to live can I get my deposit back?
There is a $25.00 processing fee. You may get $125.00 back if you have not been offered an assignment. Once you accept an assignment, you forfeit your deposit of $150.00 if you cancel that assignment.
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?
There is currently NOT a waiting list for Family & Graduate Housing. However, when one is used, 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 3months 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 on a semester basis. Contracts are signed when a resident first moves into the apartment. Contracts are signed by May 1 for the next fall’s semester. If your plans change and you don’t want the apartment for the next August- December, you must cancel by July 1 and vacate the apartment by July 31.
If you do not return your signed contract for the fall by May 1, you must vacate by May 31 or July 31 if you are enrolled in summer school.
Residents in good standing with the department and the University will have their contracts automatically renewed for the spring and summer contract period.
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.
My roommate wants to take over my apartment and assume responsibility of renting student, is he/she allowed to do this?
Roommate swaps are done at the end of each semester and effective the 1st of each month. Any roommate swap must be approved by the apartment office and the following rules apply:
- Both students must be in good standing with the University and Residential Life
- The apartment has not been occupied more than 4 consecutive years
- Roommate must have been registered in your apartment for at least one full semester
- Roommate will pay a new deposit and fill out an application.
- Renting student will pay a $50.00 fee
- One roommate swap per apartment
Can I transfer to another apartment?
There is a $50.00 fee to apply for a transfer
Requests based on necessity are given higher priority than those based on convenience
Only one transfer per student is allowed for the duration of your stay in the apartments
Apartment transfers occur ONLY during the months of February, March, October, and November – the only exceptions are maintenance emergencies. A maintenance emergency is determined by a staff member of Residential Life, not the occupant.
When your transfer apartment is ready, you must transfer immediately. You will be allowed (3) three days to move from one apartment to the other. You will pay the daily rent rate on both apartments as you move since you are occupying both apartments for three days.
If you don’t want the transfer apartment you have been assigned, you must decline it in writing. You may submit another transfer request and another $50.00. The transfer fee is not refundable.
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.
How do I contact the Department of Residential Life?
Department of Residential Life
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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