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Frequently Asked Questions

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Application

Once I submit my $100 security deposit, when can I complete the online housing application?

When you apply to the University you will receive a letter from the Admissions Office which includes your University Identification Number (NTNET ID). To apply for housing, please log on to our website at www.tarleton.edu/housing and click on the housing application link. Use your UID for your User ID and for your password. Use the appropriate links, complete your application and click "continue" to save your information to our room management system. At any time during this process you can submit your $100 deposit. Click here to view deposit instructions. You can mail the deposit to our office at the following address or you can contact our cashier's office at (254) 968-9607 to pay with a credit card over the phone.

Residential Living & Learning
T-0280
Stephenville, TX 76402

Is the $100 housing security deposit refundable?
The $100 housing security deposit is refundable when a student incurs no additional key or damage charges and fulfills the terms of the housing contract. Students who cancel their housing application must do so prior to the dates indicated on the housing contract to be eligible for a deposit refund. The $100 security deposit will remain with a student as long as he/she lives on campus. It can be carried over from one year to the next.
I have made my payment and completed the online housing application, now what?
Please check the website for the Application and Assignment schedule for a visual of specific dates and times applications will be processed. You will be able to view your assignment and roommate through the Student Website.
How do I make sure that I get the roommate I requested?
You will be able to list preferred roommates when you complete the online housing application. You will need your preferred roommate's name and his/her University Identification Number. If you both request each other on your application and space is available, Residential Living & Learning will work to assign you together. We are not always able to accommodate roommate requests.

What to bring

May I bring a bicycle?
You are welcome to bring a bicycle, and bicycle racks are provided outside of the residence halls. We recommend that you purchase a U-shaped lock for the security of your bicycle.
May I bring a pet?
Fish are the only pets allowed in the residence halls and apartments. Fish tanks are limited to ten gallons or less.
What about a stereo or TV?
Yes, you may bring your own TV or stereo. You may want to coordinate with your roommate(s) so that you can utilize your room space well. Consider bringing headphones if you play your TV or stereo loudly - that way you won't bother other students who may be trying to sleep or study.
What type of computer do I need to connect to the residential network?
Your computer needs to be compatible with an Ethernet connection to connect to the Tarleton network. You will need an Ethernet cable. The residence halls also offer wireless access.
May I have a refrigerator in my room?
All residence hall rooms come equipped with a microfridge for the residents use. Apartment housing has a full size refrigerator in the kitchen. Residents may not provide an additional mini-fridge.
Are there other permissible items?
Bicycle and strong lock
Area rug or carpet
Personal computer
Curtains on a spring-rod
Plasti-tak for holding posters
Dustbuster/vacuum, cleaning supplies
Memo pad or dry erase board for door
Iron/desktop ironing board
Stereo, headphones!
Power outlet strip (UL-approved)

Prospective/Incoming Student

Are Freshmen required to live on campus?

Living on campus is an experience that enhances a student's university education. Shown below are two articles that provide information on the education role of living on-campus.

Educational Role of Student Housing

Educational Role of Student Housing Commentary

Residential Living & Learning is committed to student development outside the classroom and will provide numerous opportunities for peer interaction and personal growth. All "First Time" students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester, are required to live on-campus for 2 (two) Academic Years and complete any applicable academic year Housing Contract. Transfer students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester with less than 12 credit hours are required  to live on-campus for 2 (two) Academic Years and complete any applicable academic year Housing Contract. Transfer students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester with 12 credit hours or more and less than 60 (sixty) credit hours are required to live on-campus for 1 (one) Academic Year and complete any applicable academic year Housing Contract. Tarleton supports a residential experience for students because it is valuable part of a student's learning and personal development. Living on campus will enable you to interact with diverse people enriching your educational experience and will provide convenient access to professors and academic resources the campus offers. In addition, on-campus students are more likely to become and stay involved in clubs and organizations.

Definitions:

  • Academic Year: An academic year or school year begins in the Fall and ends at the end of the Spring semester.
  • First Time Freshman:  

    Students with no college credits since graduation from high school or entering Tarleton directly from a Texas public high school accredited by the Texas Education Agency or a Texas non-public school accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission are first-time freshman.

  • Transfer Student: Any student enrolled in Tarleton with earned college credit later than the last day of summer directly following High School graduation.
  • Housing Contract: A signed contract that lists the terms and agreements committed to when applying to live on-campus.
Are Transfer Students required to live on campus?

Living on campus is an experience that enhances a student's university education. Shown below are two articles that provide information on the education role of living on-campus.

Educational Role of Student Housing

Educational Role of Student Housing Commentary

Residential Living & Learning is committed to student development outside the classroom and will provide numerous opportunities for peer interaction and personal growth.

Transfer students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester with less than 12 credit hours are required  to live on-campus for 2 (two) Academic Years and complete any applicable academic year Housing Contract. Transfer students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester with 12 credit hours or more and less than 60 (sixty) credit hours are required to live on-campus for 1 (one) Academic Year and complete any applicable academic year Housing Contract. Tarleton supports a residential experience for students because it is valuable part of a student's learning and personal development. Living on campus will enable you to interact with diverse people enriching your educational experience and will provide convenient access to professors and academic resources the campus offers. In addition, on-campus students are more likely to become and stay involved in clubs and organizations.

Definitions:

  • Academic Year: An academic year or school year begins in the Fall and ends at the end of the Spring semester.
  • Transfer Student: Any student enrolled in Tarleton with earned college credit later than the last day of summer directly following High School graduation.
  • Housing Contract: A signed contract that lists the terms and agreements committed to when applying to live on-campus.
Can students be exempt from living on campus?
Because the residential experience is so valuable for student learning, to live off campus, an exemption is necessary for an incoming students classified as "First Time Freshman" and "Transfer Students." Exemptions from this requirement are granted to admitted students who are 21 years of age on the first day of class, are married, have a dependant, or reside within 45 miles of the Stephenville campus with parents and/or legal guardians. Complete and submit this Off Campus Request Form if you are interested in being exempt from living on-campus.
Will proof of Bacterial Meningitis impact my housing assignment?

First time in college students and transfer students with less than 30 hours may complete the assignment process if the Housing Application has been completed and without proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination. Proof of vaccination must be submitted to Magnus Health no later than August 1st. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the removal of your registered courses and removal from your on campus housing assignment. Students who provide proof of Bacterial Meningitis between August 1st and August 17th will be re-assigned based on space availability.

Is there housing for graduate students and/or married students?
Graduate students are welcome to select from any of the environments available on-campus. Married students or students with a dependant are able to apply to live in an on-campus or off-campus environment depending on the environment best suited to the needs of a family.
Is there accommodation for Foster students?
Tarleton State University will provide accommodation for foster students. Please contact Residential Living & Learning to indicate a need to be accommodated on campus.
How do I get an application for on-campus housing?
When you complete your application to the university you will receive a letter from the Admissions Office which includes your University Identification Number (NTNET ID). To apply for housing, please log on to our website at www.tarleton.edu/housing and click on the housing application link. Use your UIN for your User ID and your password. Use the appropriate links, complete your application and click "continue" to save your information to our room management system.
May I decorate my room?
We encourage students to personalize their space and create an environment that helps them feel comfortable and successful. It is important to maintain the facility and we ask that students use decorations that do not permanently alter or harm the building in any way. If damage does occur, students will be charged accordingly. Sticky tack and tension rods are a few of the products that help students decorate without causing damage.
Are there places in the residence halls where I can study?
Almost every environment has space dedicated to your academic success. Conference rooms, study rooms, multi-purpose lobby space and study nooks define some of the spaces that will be available to you. Each residence hall is unique and tours are available at select times throughout the year to obtain additional information about each building's physical layout.
Which residence hall is the best for my needs?
We offer a variety of environments and price points to meet our students needs from single gender housing, community bath halls to co-ed private bath environments and student apartments. Each community provides an excellent experience with many benefits to the student. When asked, students often refer to their residence hall as the best living environment on campus.
What if I need to live on-campus year around (including holidays)?
Please complete your application and indicate that you need to reside on campus through the holidays and/or summer months. As you complete your application, request Texan Village as your first choice and we will assign you to that environment based on availability.
What are Learning Communities?
Learning Communities, a collaborative effort between Academic Affairs and Student Life, will foster an inclusive, purposeful community that enhances student learning, encourages independent thought, and embraces a diversity of ideas through a common residential experience, group course scheduling, and intentional educational programming. Students who participate in Tarleton's Learning Communities will attend a series of courses, carefully selected by faculty, with other Learning Community members. Students also have the option to enhance their experience and live in an assigned residence hall with other Learning Community members. For additional information on this experience, please click on the Living and Learning links or contact Shelly Conboy-Brown at (254)968-9763.
When will I get my assignment?
Assignments for new Tarleton students will be made at the end of May and will continue throughout the summer as additional applications are submitted. An initial assignment letter will be sent to you in May along with directions to view your assignment and roommate information using the Student Website. It will be necessary to check your assignment throughout the summer to view any changes to your space or roommate.
How are assignments made?
New Tarleton students are assigned based on a priority date which takes into account application date, deposit date and incoming credit hours. High priority date students will receive their preferred choices first based on availability. In addition, roommate requests are taken into consideration. Roommates must both request each other in order for the computer to match them together and assign them to the same room.
May I have the roommate of my choice? How about suitemates?
Based on availability we will do our best to honor both roommate and suitemate requests. Students often arrive, meet new people, grow and change. We recommend that students keep their roommate options  flexible so that they can take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that meeting new people brings into their lives. In order for the system to assign people together as roommates, it is vital that each person requests the other and uses the appropriate University Identification Number (UID) for the request process.
May I request a particular residence hall or apartment?
You may indicate three preferred residence halls when you complete your online application and contract. Assignment to a hall/apartment is based on your priority date, i.e., the date your application and deposit are received in the Residential Living & Learning office. Some halls are requested by  more students than the hall accommodates! Therefore, being able to assign you to your preferred hall(s) is not guaranteed. Please list three hall preferences on the online application. Putting only one hall on the application does not increase your chances of getting the residence hall of your choice; it does not allow you to speak into where you will go if your first choice is full. While we can't guarantee your second and third choice, we want you to have a voice in where you are placed on campus.
What is provided in each room in the residence halls?
Each residence hall room is provided with a television cable connection, computer ethernet connection, extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, dressers, mirrors, closets, and window blinds. See Residential Communities for specific information about each hall and apartment complex.
Are there any extra-long mattresses?
Every bed on-campus with the exception of a few in Venture Apartments are extra-long twin beds.

Current On Campus Resident

How do I receive my mail?
If you are living in a residence hall, your mail is delivered to the Tarleton Post Office located in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center (T.S.C.). Specific mailbox numbers are assigned by the Tarleton Post Office. Please visit the T.S.C. to receive your T-box number and your mailbox key when you arrive on campus. The Tarleton Post Office is an approved postal delivery location and you can receive your overnight letters and/or packages with your T-box address.
How can I make phone calls in an emergency?
Telephone service is available in an emergency through our residence hall offices. Students personalize their calling options through their cellular provider.
Are there laundry services available?
Laundry facilities are within or adjacent to every residence hall and apartment complex. Residents within the complex may use the laundry facilities free of charge. Residents in Tarleton leased apartments may contact 254-968-9083 to obtain access to the Texan Village laundry facility for free laundry use.
What technology options are available?
All residence halls and apartments have Ethernet connection, wireless connection and cable television services available.
May I cook in my room?
Your room is equipped with a microwave and you can prepare snacks or meals that are microwavable.  Hunewell and Hunewell Annex, have a kitchen off the women's lobby that is available for the resident's use. Texan Village apartments have a full kitchen (i.e., refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher and microwave) in each apartment.
Do I have to eat in the dining hall?
Eating on campus is a terrific way to stay connected with friends, grab a quick bite between classes, and get good tasting food! All on-campus students living in the residence halls and first year students in apartments will be required to have a minimum 10-meal plan. For further information about meal plans and dining hours contact Dining Services. Click on this link to view your Meal Plan Options.
May I have visitors in my room?
You may have guests in your room during specified visitation hours. All residence halls have visitation hours from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 24 hour visitation on Friday and Saturday. Apartment visitation can not exceed three nights per month.
What if my roommate and I don't get along?
College is a time of new growth and discovery. During the beginning of each semester a Residential Leader will visit with you and your roommates to complete a Community Living Agreement so that you can proactively discuss your living environment prior to experiencing conflict. If conflicts arise, we encourage roommates to communicate their concerns with each other. However, we also acknowledge that there are times when a neutral perspective, such as from a Residential Leader, helps in the mediation process. Residential Coordinators are professional staff members who oversee conflicts needing more attention, and are trained in conflict resolution and low-level mediation. They can also facilitate room changes, if needed.
What if I do not go home during the holidays?
All residence halls are closed during each Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break. Apartment housing remains open during all of these breaks. If you need housing during one or more of these breaks, please notify your Residential Coordinator so you can be reassigned (based on availability) to one of these facilities. Be aware that many on-campus services (such as dining halls and Health Services) are closed during breaks/holidays as well.
How do I cancel my residence hall assignment for the spring semester?
Prior to making the decision to move out of the residence halls for the spring, please carefully read your housing contract which lists reasons for spring cancellations. If you do not meet those exemptions (withdrawal or graduation, marriage as evidenced by a marriage license, study abroad, student teaching), you will be responsible for the remainder of your 9-month housing contract. Please stop by the Residential Living & Learning Office by December 15th, prior to the upcoming spring semester, to avoid additional fees.
Is there a spring cancellation deadline?
Yes. Cancellation for the spring semester that meets the approved exception criteria must be filed with Residential Living & Learning by December 15th to avoid losing your deposit or incurring additional penalties.

Housing Re-application

Am I required to live on campus another year?

All students are required to live on campus for two (2) academic years if they were classified, when they started at Tarleton, as:

  • First Time in College students. This is any student, regardless of credit hours, who started college after graduating high school. Courses taken during the summer between high school graduation and college do not alter the student's "first time in college" classification.
  • Transfer students who started at Tarleton with less than 12 credit hours.
If I have more than 60 credit hours, does it make a difference?
Credit hours earned after enrolling at Tarleton are not a factor in the On Campus requirement. The requirement is based on classification prior to enrollment.
What do I need to do to live on campus next year?
Review the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Housing Contract and log in to the housing website to complete the housing application as a Fall 2013 returning student. Please remember that this is an academic year contract agreement and you are committed to the terms and conditions outlined in the contract.
How do I live in the same room I have now?
After completing the Fall 2013 Housing Application/Contract, you can log in to the housing application website and assign yourself to your current room using the "Keep your Room" option. Between March 4, 2013 and March 6, 2013 this website will only allow people to assign themselves to their current space. After that, on campus residents can begin choosing available spaces so it is important to claim that space if you would like it again next year.
How do I live in a different room in the same building that I live in right now?
Beginning March 18, 2013, residents will be able to search and assign themselves to rooms in the building where they currently live. This option will be available through March 20, 2013. Complete this process by submitting the Fall 2013 Returning Housing Application/Contract and then click on the "self-assignment" link. Use the "Select a room" option.
Am I eligible to live in the on-campus apartments like The Grove, Oak Tree, Bosque Crossing or Texan Village?
Yes, all current residents are eligible to live in any of our available spaces on campus. Students who meet eligibility requirements to reside off campus will be allowed to select from available apartment spaces in The Grove and Oak Tree Apartments prior to students who are fulfilling their housing requirement.
How do I get a space in Texan village or Bosque Crossing?

If you do not currently live in that building, you will wait until March 25, 2013 to assign yourself. Complete the Housing Application/Contract (this step should be completed prior to February 25, 2013 to be assigned a time to log in and complete self-assignment) and log-in to the housing website starting March 25, 2013 to search available spaces within that building using the "self assignment" link. Click on "select your room" to search spaces and follow the steps to choose your desired space. 

What if I do not complete a Fall Housing Application?
Students required to live on campus will receive an H5 hold that will hinder their ability to register for fall classes until the housing application/contract has been completed.
Do I need to turn in another housing deposit?
No, the housing deposit continues to roll to the next housing application/contract period until a student has fulfilled the housing requirement and any housing application/contract periods.
What if I do not assign myself on campus?

The assignment process will be available online through March 2013. If you do not assign yourself during that time, Residential Living & Learning will assign current residents in housing application date order to available spaces based on preferenced identified in the housing application process. If a space is not available in the residents' preferred building, the resident will be assigned to an available space on campus.