Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to live on campus?
You are required to live on campus if you are under 21 or have less than 60 earned hours. There are some exceptions, though. For example, if you live within a 60 mile-radius of campus, you can apply for an off-campus permit. Visit Off-Campus Living for details.
Which residence halls do first-year students live in?
First-year students can live in:
Wisely Hall (honors students)
Do I have to purchase a meal plan?
Yes. You’ll be required to buy a residential meal plan unless you live in Lumberjack Village building 3 (upper-class only).
When do students select their residence hall / room?
You will be eligible to select your room after you’ve been admitted to the university and have submitted your meningitis shot record to Admissions (fax: 936-468-3149.) We’ll send instructions on room selection to your SFA email account.
What if I didn’t get a room in my first-choice building?
If your first choice is full, you’ll need to select a different room on campus.
If you change your mind about the room you requested, you can select a different room through the “Select-a-Space” option on mySFA (click the Residence Life Services link.)
What should I bring when I move in?
Linens: twin, twin XL or full XL (check your hall)
Electronics: computer, stereo, television, lamps, surge protector
Laundry: hangers, iron, ironing board, detergent
Supplies: toiletries, cleaning supplies, tools, flashlight
What should I leave at home?
Electronics: extension cords, splitters/wall adapters, neon signs
Other: candles, incense, oil lamps, plug-in air fresheners, halogen lamps
Appliances: portable heater or A/C, electric cooking appliances, crock pot, hot plate
Strictly prohibited: pets, fireworks, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms*
* Prohibited unless authorized by campus carry policy
Are refrigerators provided in all residence halls?
That depends on where you live: Some of our residence halls already have them. If your room doesn’t come equipped with a mini fridge, you can bring your own – just make sure it’s under 1.8 amps or 5.0 cubic feet.
We also offer rental refrigerators for $50 per school year. Rental refrigerators are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are lofts allowed in the residence halls?
All beds, except the loft beds in Steen, are able to be bunked. Steen Hall provides loft beds. Our staff will be happy to help with bunking, unbunking or adjusting the height of the loft beds. Ask for help at the front desk. But first, make sure you’ve considered the following:
- Both residents must be moved in and in agreement before submitting a request.
- The beds must be free of all personal items (including linens), and the floor must be clear.
- Specify how high or low you want the beds raised or lowered (count the notches).
- Residents must be present when beds are being bunked or unbunked.
What are the dimensions of the rooms?
Room sizes vary. In the first-year residence halls, sizes range from 10 feet by 18 feet in Wisely Hall to 14 feet by 25 feet in Lumberjack Landing.
In the other residence halls, room sizes range from 9 feet by 17 feet in North Hall and South Hall to 12 feet to 24 feet in Hall 20.
Lumberjack Lodge and Lumberjack Village are suites with two or four bedrooms and a living room.
Please see each hall descriptions for the room dimensions.
How do I connect my computer to the Internet?
Wireless Internet service is provided in all residence halls.
Are cable channels available on campus?
Yes. You’ll find the channel lineup here SFA Channel Guide.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed, except small birds in cages and fish in aquariums no larger than 10 gallons.
Can I bring my car?
Yes, but you’ll need to buy a parking permit.
Can I bring my bicycle?
Yes, but you’ll want to register it with the University Police Department for identification purposes. There is no charge for this service.
What is the best way to get letters and packages?
Students who live on campus rent a post office box at the SFA Post Office in the student center. All packages are accepted at the desk or office of your residence hall. Packages addressed to you should include your:
- Room number and street address
You can find the address of each facility here.
What if I don’t get along with my roommate?
We understand that living together in close quarters can be a challenge for anyone, even friends. If you and your roommate are having a conflict, we encourage you and your roommate to talk about it, attempt to define the problem and work together to develop solutions you both agree on. You can also try talking to your Community Assistant (CA.) Chances are they’ve dealt with similar concerns in the past.
If you’ve tried everything and can’t resolve the problem, your CA can help you with a room change. Transfers to different buildings occur on facility transfer days. Information regarding these days and instructions are sent to your mySFA email account.
What if I need to stay over a holiday break?
We don’t blame you for wanting to stay – just make the request through mySFA by clicking on the Break Housing Request link (posted one to two weeks prior to semester holidays). Once your request is confirmed, the additional charges will be posted to your student account.
What happens if I lose my key?
You will need to put in a work order to have the room lock changed. The charge for the core replacement will be placed on your student account. If you lose your ID and can’t get into your building or your room, you will need to have another ID made in the ID office in the student center.
What if I don’t plan to live at SFA next year?
If you’re not going to attend SFA, or if you’re approved for an off-campus permit, you can cancel your housing application on the Residence Life Services page of mySFA.
If I cancel my housing application, will I get my deposit back?
Yes, if you cancel your housing application through your mySFA account before the semester cancellation deadline. Your residence hall deposit will be credited to your account four to six weeks after cancellation or at the end of the semester.
Who can I go to with questions during the school year?
If you need help you can speak to your residence hall’s Community Assistant (CA) or Hall Director.