Summer Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Since we unable to meet with you in-person for summer orientation, we want to give you an opportunity to ask questions  and view our frequently asked questions from incoming students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you applied for housing after April 2 (priority deadline), you can expect to learn your room/roommate assignment  June-August. As soon as our office makes an assignment, you will receive an email notification and will be able to view details in the Housing & Dining Portal.

If you applied for housing by April 2 and did not choose your own roommate, you will receive an email notification when a roommate has been assigned to the other open space in your room. This will happen June-August. If you do not see a roommate assignment, it means that it has not been assigned yet.

You may request a room change before you move-in by submitting a Wish List Request. There is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request, however, we will try our best!

The Wish List will be available on our website June 14-August 6. If we are able to make a change, you will receive an email notification.

Our rates are posted here.

Students who live with us get billed once per semester (one for fall semester, one for spring semester). Your housing and meal plan charges will post to your student account on E-services and if you are receiving financial aid, it will go towards living costs (depending on the size of your award package).

It should be pointed out that single rooms are always more expensive than double rooms, so if you're looking to save money, having a roommate is the way to go.

Technically, yes. Students who met the priority deadline (April 2) were eligible to choose their roommate. All applications received after that date are assigned to a room/roommate. Since that timeline has passed, here's what we would recommend.

1. If you've not yet been assigned to a room, add comments to your housing application on who you'd like to share a room with (be specific and give that student's full name and StarID, if possible). Have the other student do this as well. We review all these comments.

2. When the Wish List Request opens on June 14, both you and the person you want to share a room with should submit a request and list each other as preferred roommates. The Wish List will stay open until August 6, however, the sooner you submit one, the more time we have to see if we can accommodate your request.

Please note that both suggestions above are NOT a guarantee that we will be able to change your roommate assignment. We will try our best!

Your room will come furnished with all the basic furniture, including:

  • Adjustable lofted bed and mattress
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Dresser
  • Shared closet space
  • Window blinds
  • Sink in the room

What things will you need to bring?

Anything that is going to make your new room feel like home! This includes bedding, decor, pictures, electronics, clothing, etc. Check out our list of Things to Bring if you're looking for inspiration.

Futons, Fridges, & Microwaves

Most roommate pairs will bring a futon - make sure you discuss this before arrival so you don't accidentally show up with two futons! Make sure it's not longer than 80", so that it fits under one of your lofted beds.

Most roommate pairs will also bring a mini fridge. If each roommate wants a mini fridge and there's room for it, you can each bring one (make sure it meets our guidelines on the Things to Bring page).

If you are living on main campus, there is a microwave in each floor kitchen, so having a microwave in your room may not be necessary (just depends on your use). Stadium Heights apartments do not come with a microwave, so you'd want to talk with your roommates to decide if one of you will be bringing one.

Meal Plan Comparison

While we can't tell you which one to pick, here's a few things to think about:

  • How flexible do you want your dining plan to be?
  • Will you eat most of your meals in the dining center?
  • Do you eat 3 meals per day?
  • Do you want to be able to eat at all locations across campus?

The most popular meal plan is the Maverick Anytime, because it lets you eat at the dining center anytime of day, as many times as you'd like!

If you want to be able to eat at various locations across campus, you'll need Dining Dollars, so you might look at the Maverick 14, Maverick 160, or the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plans.

Side note: You can always purchase more Dining Dollars at any time of year online, so it's super convenient!

If you don't think you'll eat in the dining center very often, the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plan may work best for you. This plan is only available to select during the summer and fall meal plan change period. You will not be able to change to this plan for spring semester, unless you are moving to or living at Stadium Heights.

Meal Plan Selection Deadline

The deadline to choose your meal plan is Sunday, August 15. You can update your meal plan preference in the Housing & Dining Portal as many times as you need to prior to this date.

If you do not choose a meal plan by this date, you will default to the Maverick Anytime if your room assignment is on main campus or the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plan if your room assignment is at Stadium Heights.

Meal Plan Changes

You will be able to change your meal plan during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semester. If you're not feeling your meal plan after you've arrived, you can easily change it online to a plan that's going to work better for you.


There is no deadline to apply for a Learning Community, however, when a specific one fills up, it closes. There are a number of Learning Communities offered this year based on academic major or common interest.

All learning communities are in Crawford, McElroy, and Preska I Hall in renovated rooms.

Learning Communities website

Apply for a Learning Community

Contact the Director of Learning Communities