Upperclass Housing: Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you find that your question has not been answered, please Contact Us.
- Location: Closer to classes, bus stops, libraries, and food service outlets.
- Flexibility: You can change rooms, if necessary - a luxury you won't have off-Grounds.
- Services: Maintenance staff take care of problems and are available 24/7 for emergency repairs. Housekeeping staff clean the common areas. Resident Staff members support your personal and academic success.
- Safety and Security: You live exclusively with other students in an environment where your safety is a priority. Lock and access card systems govern access to the buildings. Lock cores are changed whenever keys are lost. The University has to meet high standards for fire safety and our facilities are inspected annually by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
- On-Grounds contracts are for 9 months, meaning you only have a contract for the time you are in school. Off-Grounds contracts are almost always 12-month, so more than likely you will be paying for 3 months you don't need, or have to deal with the sublet process in a difficult market.
- On-Grounds housing includes all utilities, so you don't have a separate bill for electricity, water, heat, Internet, etc. Some off-Grounds accommodations require the tenant to pay some or all utilities; this can drastically increase your cost.
- On-Grounds housing requires no damage deposit. Some off-Grounds locations may charge as much as one month's rent as a deposit.
- All on-Grounds apartments are fully furnished in both the living room and bedrooms, whereas most off-Grounds accommodations come unfurnished.
- Apartments: Lambeth, Bice, Copeley and Faulkner.
- Hallway-style: Johnson, Malone, Weedon.
- Residential Colleges: Brown College, Hereford College and the International Residential College.
- Language Houses: Russian, Spanish, French, German and the Shea House, which includes Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Persian language groups.
Before applying, you should consider several things: whether you want to live in an on-Grounds apartment or in a hallway-style residence hall, whom you would like as a roommate or apartment-mates, or whether you prefer a single room.
Applying for apartments:
- Six-person and four-person apartments are available in Lambeth, Bice, Copeley and Faulkner.
- Students begin the application by creating a roommate group or joining an existing group. Groups of four or six will be given priority in the assignment process. Groups of three or fewer will be combined with other groups to fill an apartment. Roommate groups can change until the application deadline.
- The student who creates the group will serve as the leader. The group leader will receive a randomly generated timeslot to select an apartment and rooms from what's available at that time. You will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer. Once accepted, the offer is binding.
- The University offers double and single hallway-style rooms in Johnson, Malone, and Weedon.
- Students begin the application by creating a roommate group or joining an existing group. Students who prefer a single can create a roommate group if you wish to select single rooms nearby, or you can remain a group of one person. Roommate groups can change until the application deadline.
- The student who creates the group will serve as the leader. The group leader will receive a randomly generated timeslot to select a room from what's available at that time. You will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer. Once accepted, the offer is binding.
Study abroad during future academic years:
- You may sign up for the same area. Once you know for sure that you are studying abroad, our office will need this information in writing (email to firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to cancel your contract.
- All you need to do is email our office that you are not returning for spring semester due to study abroad. We will cancel your contract for the spring and remove the housing charges from your student account.
- Please note, you must vacate your housing at the end of fall semester and return your room key(s).
- If you wish to return to housing for spring semester, just complete the spring semester housing application online (available in early November). Spring semester housing offers are available around the first of December.