Frequently Asked Questions
During the many years we have worked with parents, we have compiled a list of questions that parents have asked. We hope that through these questions that other parents posed, you can find the answers to your most-asked questions. If there are other questions you have or if you need additional information concerning our facilities, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and can be reached at 270.809.2310 or toll free at 1.877.551.7774 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click the arrow for more information
How do I apply for on campus housing?
How much is the housing deposit? Do scholarships cover it?
No. All students who live in a residence hall must pay the $150 housing deposit. We cannot waive this fee. This deposit is a security/damage deposit for the room. The deposit must be paid by credit/debit card or electronic check as part of the online housing application process. The deposit is refundable upon students’ leaving the residence hall and canceling their reservation online.
When will my student receive his/her room assignment?
Possibly during Summer Orientation, depending on the date of the application. Our office will begin making our housing assignments for our new applicants for the fall semester towards the end of May; however, our assignment process is fluid throughout the summer months. Housing assignments will not be finalized until the end of July. You should expect to receive notice of your specific room assignment and roommate contact information towards the end of the third week in July.
What if my student does not receive one of their requested colleges or roommate?
We will do our best to place your student in one of the choices listed on their application. Due to factors such as the date we receive applications, changes in original preferences, and changes in roommate choices, we cannot guarantee that we can grant their requests. If, however, we are unable to grant that request before school begins, we will conduct more than 600 room changes after the start of the semester. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee building preference or roommate preference for students applying after Jan. 1 .
What if my student wants to room with someone they met at Summer O?
We cannot make any changes unless both students have a deposit and application on file. Both students need to put the request in writing to us. We will strive to grant the request before August and the opening of school, but because of space limitations, we may not be able to grant this request. If we are unable to grant that request before school begins, we will conduct over 600 room changes after the start of the semester.
Are all the colleges/buildings coed and what does that mean?
All colleges are coed except Springer College, which is an all female building. At Murray State University, coed living is defined as a situation where men and women live in the same building but on different floors. On our campus, in six buildings, the males live on the lower floors and the females live on the upper floors. In Lee Clark and James H. Richmond, the buildings are co-ed by wings. This means that, for example, on the 1st floor, one wing of the building will house women and the other wing on the first floor will house men.
What can my student do to decorate the room?
We encourage students to personalize their rooms. There are many ways to make residential college rooms more like a home away from home. One of the first steps is for both roommates to take time to decide how they would like their room to look. Coordinating bedspreads, rugs, throw pillows and plants are ways to begin. There are a variety of ways to arrange the furniture in the room; creativity may be used. All rooms in Murray State University's residential colleges are painted on an as needed basis, with the Office of Facilities Management making the decision of where to paint. Students who think that their room needs painting may contact the Residence Director. Each room is furnished with beds, desks, closets, drawer space and study lamps. You can add approved furniture to your room, BUT YOU CANNOT REMOVE FURNITURE FROM YOUR ROOM. Students are charged the replacement value for any items missing from their room when they check out.
Can I loft my bed?
Yes! Murray State University partners with Bedloft.com to provide students with a loft rental program. This in the ONLY approved loft allowed at Murray State. Renting a loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in your room. Students may pre-order a loft at Bedloft.com for easy pick-up on move-in day. Lofts may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited. Futons are also available through Bedloft.com
What are the standard bed sizes?
How does my student receive mail?
What about telephones?
Can my student cook in his/her room?
Why can't we have two microwaves per room?
What about refrigerators in the rooms?
What about TV and cable?
May my student bring a computer and what about internet service (RESNET)?
Does the heating and A/C work like my system at home?
May my student bring a car to campus?
Can my student bring pets?
How can my student apply for a reasonable housing accommodation?
How can my student appeal the decision on their reasonable accommodation request?
May my son or daughter have visitors of the opposite gender in his or her room?
If my student has a roommate conflict, what are his/her options?
Who is responsible for my son’s/daughter’s personal property?
What about insurance for my son’s/daughter’s belongings?
Can I bring my favorite candle from home?
The use of candles and incense is prohibited in the buildings. Students may possess candles for decorative purposes only if the wicks have been cut out or if the candles remain in the original cellophane wrap. Candles that do not meet this criteria are removed from the student’s room. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not allowed in the buildings. What to bring/What NOT to bring to college
What is the residency requirement?
Is there a residency requirement associated with receiving regional tuition?
What is liquidation?
The Residential College system
Residential Colleges are the center of Murray State University . The Residential College System at Murray State University redefines collegiate living and educational experiences for undergraduate students. Every undergraduate student belongs to one of the Residential Colleges. At the heart of each is the Residential College . The Residential College provides the focal point for all Residential College activities. Each Residential College is composed of students from a variety of academic majors, grade classifications, ethnic backgrounds and extracurricular interests. Residential Colleges are designed to celebrate the rich diversity of Murray State University students, staff and faculty. Each offer a stimulating living-learning environment for students.
Residential Colleges provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty on a daily basis outside of the classroom. The small community atmosphere allows students a chance to establish a sense of pride and common purpose. After being assigned to a Residential College, students are connected with that community throughout their undergraduate years. Students, staff and faculty establish enduring friendships through the experience. The Residential College develops traditions and lasting bonds that remain with students years after graduation.
Residential College Activities
Residential Colleges are places for the exchange of ideas, experiences, feelings and interests. Thus, the development and implementation of programs and activities are important aspects of the Residential College experience.
Residential College Council
The Residential College Council is a group of students who represent the interests of an individual Residential College. Composed of students elected by students living on each floor or in the college, this group plans programs and activities for its Residential College. Officers are elected each Spring for the Residential College Council. While the organization of the governing body varies from college to college, each group's purposes are similar. Each college council implements programs and activities that meet the needs of the residents as well as represent the residents on issues that affect their living environment. Activities that college councils have sponsored in the past include Welcome Week activities, intramural teams, Homecoming and Parent's Weekend receptions, and end-of-the year cookouts.
Residential College Association
The Residential College Association (RCA), a coordinating body among the Residential Colleges and their communities, consists of one representative per Residential College . Each college is responsible for choosing its representatives. RCA works with housing staff and residents in facility modification, distribution of publications, addressing areas of concerns for residents and planning activities and programs for the Residential College community.
The Department of Housing employs approximately 10 full-time staff members. In addition, there are 8 College Heads, 10 Residence Directors, 83 Resident Advisors, and approximately 45 Night Clerks, and 30 Day Clerks. Several other students hold part-time positions in the Residential Colleges. Together, these staff members have responsibility for various aspects of residence life-physical facilities, staffing, programming, room assignments, policy formation and student group advising. All of these individuals are committed to helping your son or daughter have a positive residential college living experience.
Resident Advisors (RAs) live with the residents on each floor or wing. They are student staff members selected on the basis of their skills, interests, and activities that enable them to assist and advise students in obtaining the most from their experience at Murray State University. Each Resident Advisor is trained in student referrals with academic and personal concerns. This is the most important staff member for your son or daughter to get to know.
Residence Directors perform a wide range of functions in providing leadership for the Residential College . They are the initiators-energizers who help set the tone for the Residential College. Their role is manager and educator. The Residence Director is responsible for student personnel, management operations, facility maintenance, staff development, and fiscal management.
College Heads are tenured professors who spend half of their time in the Residential College. They each have an office in their Residential College and they are available to assist students. College Heads work with the Residence Directors, RAs and Residential College Council to provide overall leadership and direction for the Residential Colleges.
Night Clerks are the personnel responsible for working the front desk during the overnight hours. These student employees work from midnight to 8 a.m. They check student IDs, make rounds in the Residential Colleges, check outside doors and respond to calls.
Along with these staff members, the central staff strives to provide a standard of service that meets the needs of our students. The five full-time professional staff members include the Associate Director of Housing for Administrative Services, Assistant Director of Resident Services, Assistant Director for Residence Education, Coordinator of Housing Operations, and the Director of Housing/Residence Life. If there are ways that they can assist you, please let them know. (Housing Staff)
Due to a high demand for on-campus housing, students are unable to request private rooms to begin the fall semester. Students will have the opportunity to request a private room after the fall semester begins. If you have a documented medical condition that would necessitate you having a private room you will need to submit your request for a private room by completing the Request for Reasonable Accommodation section of the online housing application.
Consolidation is the process of moving together residents who are paying for double occupancy but for some reason are in a room without a roommate. Students will be notified via email and will be provided a list of names of same gender residents who are also without a roommate. Residents who may find themselves in this situation should consider this process as an opportunity to find someone that they would like to have as a roommate. Our goal is not to inconvenience our residents; rather encourage our students to find someone that they would feel comfortable sharing a room with. This ultimately creates a better living environment and fosters academic achievement.