FAQs


Please refer to the Guide to Community Living for complete on-campus policies and procedures.

1. What if I can't find the answer to my questions here?

2014-2015 Upper-Division Housing Sign Up

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Before you Arrive

1. Are Freshmen required to live on campus?
2. Can freshmen be exempt from living on campus?
3. Is there housing for graduate students and/or married students?
4. How do I get an application for on-campus housing?
5. May I decorate my room?
6. Are there places in the residence halls where I can study?
7. When will Incoming Students get their assignment?
8. How are Incoming Student assignments made?
9. May I have the roommate of my choice? How about suitemates?
10. May I request a particular residence hall or apartment?
11. What is provided in each room in a residence halls?
12. Are there any extra-long mattresses?

For Current Residents

1. How do I receive my mail?
2. How can I make long distance phone calls?
3. Are there laundry services available?
4. What technology options are available?
5. May I cook in my room?
6. Do I have to eat in the dining hall?
7. May I have visitors in my room?
8. What if my roommate and I do not get along?
9. What if I do not go home during the holidays?
10. How do I cancel my residence hall assignment for the spring semester?
11. Is there a spring cancellation deadline?

What to Bring

1. May I bring a bicycle?
2. May I bring a pet?
3. What about a stereo or TV?
4. What type of computer do I need to connect to the residential network?
5. May I have a refrigerator in my room?
6. May I have a microwave in my room?
7. What personal items should I bring?
8. Are there other permissible items?
9. What items are prohibited?




1. What if I can't find the answer to my questions here?
Campus Living & Learning assignment staff are available to answer any questions that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (254) 710-3642 or via email at living_learning@baylor.edu.

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2014-2015 Upper-Division Housing Sign Up

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More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/cll/index.php?id=77989

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Before you Arrive

1. Are Freshmen required to live on campus?
Living on campus is a great way to meet new people, adjust to college life and be in the center of activities at Baylor. All freshmen are required to live on campus. We have determined that the residential experience is fundamental to a Baylor education, and extremely valuable to student learning. By living on campus you will be able to get to classes in just minutes, meet diverse people increasing your educational experience, and have easy access to professors and all the academic resources the campus offers. In addition, you are more likely to get involved in clubs and organizations and stay involved.

2. Can freshmen be exempt from living on campus?
Because the residential experience is so valuable for student learning, an exemption is necessary for an incoming freshman to live off campus. Exemptions from this requirement are granted to admitted students who are 21 years of age or older on the first day of class, are married, have a dependent, or will reside in McLennan County with parents and/or legal guardians. Please download the Request for Exemption form and submit it to Campus Living & Learning with appropriate documentation.

3. Is there housing for graduate students and/or married students?
Campus Living & Learning does not currently provide housing for married students. For more information on graduate student housing or to apply visit the graduate school web page.

4. How do I get an application for on-campus housing?
When you are admitted to the university, the Office of Admission Services will send you an Admissions ID number with your acceptance materials. After you have made the $500 University Deposit, you may enter your housing preferences by clicking on the housing box on the checklist in your goBAYLOR account.

5. May I decorate my room?
We want you to personalize your room and/or apartment in order to make it more comfortable. Although you are not allowed to paint or wallpaper your room, you can bring your own curtains (installed on a tension rod) and carpet. (Note: the apartments are already carpeted.) Since nails, screws, and many adhesives (e.g., double-stick tape, carpet tape) are damaging to the walls and floors, we ask that you use only removable, non-damaging adhesives (e.g., 3M Command Strips) for attaching items to the walls and doors. Window and floor sizes vary by room and hall. You may check your room dimensions on the Living Options page of our website.

6. Are there places in the residence halls where I can study?
Students can study either in their rooms or in the study rooms provided in each of the residence halls. For students who prefer to study in the library, the Safety and Security Education Officers are available to escort students to their rooms between 11pm and 7am.
Check out these additional study areas as well.

7. When will Incoming Students get their assignment?
Fall assignments are sent at the end of June each year. Students must submit their online housing preferences by mid-June for preferences to be considered.

8. How are Incoming Student assignments made?
Your priority for a housing assignment is based on the date of your enrollment deposit. Housing applications received after assignments are made, will be assigned housing as space becomes available.

9. May I have the roommate of my choice? How about suitemates?
If you know with whom you'd like to room, you may indicate his or her name and Baylor Student ID number on the housing application. Roommate requests must be mutual to be granted. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that these requests will be honored if the request is received after June 22. Mutual roommate requests will be honored over hall preferences when we cannot honor both requests. Placement is determined by the earliest enrollment deposit of a roommate grouping. First year students may not request suitemates; however, residents returning for the next academic year may sign up with suitemates during the Housing Sign-Up Process beginning in November of each academic year.

10. May I request a particular residence hall or apartment?
You may indicate up to five hall preferences on your housing application. Assignment to a hall/apartment is based on your University Deposit date. Some halls are requested by hundreds more students than the hall accommodates! Therefore, being able to assign you to your preferred hall(s) is not guaranteed. Putting only one hall preference on the application does not increase your chances of getting the residence hall of your choice.

11. What is provided in each room in a residence halls?
Each residence hall room is provided with telephone and computer outlets, twin beds, desks, chairs, dressers, mirrors, closets, and window blinds. Some rooms also have peg boards, bulletin boards, sinks, medicine cabinets, and book cases. (For information specific to each residence hall or apartment complex, visit the appropriate webpage.)

12. Are there any extra-long mattresses?
There are already extra-long mattresses in two of the men's halls. All beds in Martin Hall are extra-long, thus requiring extra-long sheets. In Penland, all two-person rooms have one standard size bed and one extra-long bed; all three-person rooms have standard size twin beds. Arrangements can be made for a female to have an extra-long mattress, but only if staying in Kokernot, Dawson, Collins or Memorial Halls. Requests for an extra long bed must be submitted in writing to Campus Living & Learning along with a copy of your driver's license.

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For Current Residents

1. How do I receive my mail?
If you are living in a residence hall, your mail is delivered to the University's Mail Services Center located in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Specific mailbox numbers are assigned by the Mail Services Center, and you should be notified of your mailbox number in early August before move-in day. If you are living in one of the Baylor apartments, your mail is delivered directly to the apartment mailboxes. Apartment residents may also choose to rent a box at the Mail Services Center. You will receive your mailbox key when you arrive on campus. If you live in the residence halls, overnight letters and/or packages must be addressed to:

Student's Name
One Bear Place #XXXXX
Waco, TX 76798-XXXX

**To expedite processing of incoming mail, always use your One Bear Place box number along with the zip code of 76798 plus the last four digits of your box number.

2. How can I make long distance phone calls?
Long distance calls may be placed by using a long distance service of your choice via calling card or a prepaid phone card.

3. Are there laundry services available?
Coin-operated laundry facilities are within or adjacent to every residence hall and apartment complex. Students may also use the Universiy Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service. Students must register for the University Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service at 1-888-590-9274 or online at www.universitylaundry.com.

4. What technology options are available?
All residence halls and apartments have internet and cable television services available at no additional charge. For more information, visit Campus Living & Learning's Residential Technology Services website .

5. May I cook in my room?
You can have the following cooking appliances in your room: hot pots, popcorn poppers, and coffee pots with automatic shut-offs. If you want to cook a full meal, you can utilize one of the kitchens found in your residence hall. Most of the kitchens have a stove and refrigerator. In addition, a microwave is located in the lobby for your use. The on-campus apartments, East Arbors and Arbors, have a full kitchen (i.e., refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher) in each apartment. Apartment residents may bring one microwave per apartment. Apartment residents need to bring their own cookware. Brooks Flats, Fairmont, and Gables kitchens include a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and disposal. The North Village Communities' suites with kitchens have a refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

6. 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 great tasting food! All on-campus freshmen will be required to have a minimum 11-meal plan; students returning to the residence halls beyond their freshmen year will not be required to purchase a meal plan. However, upper division students in Brooks College are required to have a meal plan. For further information about meal plans and dining hours contact Dining Services.

7. May I have visitors in my room?
You may have guests of the opposite gender in your room during specified visitation hours. All residence halls have visitation hours from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Apartments have visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Other visitation hours may be designated for special occasions such as Homecoming and Parents' Weekend. Times for these special occasions will be posted in advance. If you are living in a Limited Visitation Area, the visitation hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

8. What if my roommate and I do not get along?
College is a time of new growth and discovery. When conflicts arise, we encourage roommates to communicate their concerns to each other. However, we also acknowledge that there are times when a neutral prospective, such as from a Community Leader, helps in the mediation process. Residence Hall Directors 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.
(Guide to Community Living)

9. What if I do not go home during the holidays?
Residence Halls are open with limited services available during Thanksgiving, Spring Break, and Easter Holidays. Residence Halls are closed during Christmas Break. Apartment housing in the Arbors, Brooks Flats, Fairmont, Gables, North Village, and University Parks remain open during all of these breaks. Be aware that many on-campus services (such as dining halls and Health Services) are also closed during breaks/holidays.

10. How do I cancel my residence hall assignment for the spring semester?
Prior to making the decision to move out of the residence hall for the spring, please carefully read your occupancy license which lists reasons for spring cancellations. If you do not meet one of the exemptions (withdrawal, graduation, marriage as evidenced by a marriage license, or participation in a Baylor study abroad program), you will be responsible for the remainder of your 9-month housing contract. Please stop by the Campus Living & Learning Office by December 1st to avoid additional fees.

11. Is there a spring cancellation deadline?
Yes. Cancellation for the spring semester that meets the approved exception criteria must be filed with Campus Living & Learning by December 1st or will result in a $300 late cancellation fee.

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What to Bring

1. May I bring a bicycle?
You are welcome to bring a bicycle, and bicycle racks are provided outside of each residence hall. We recommend that you purchase a U-shaped lock for the security of your bicycle. Bicycles may also be stored in your room with the agreement of all roommates.

2. 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.

3. What about a stereo or TV?
Each hall has TV lounges for your use, but 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.

4. What type of computer do I need to connect to the residential network?
Both Macintosh and IBM-compatible PCs will work on the residential network. For more information, please visit the Residential Technology Services website. Baylor has many areas with wireless network access although only common areas of residence halls have wireless access.

5. May I have a refrigerator in my room?
Only one refrigerator per room is permitted, it must require no more than 1.5 amps and may not be more than three feet in height. Students may bring their own refrigerators or rent a microfridge through the university's vendor. Pricing and rental details will be announced in late May. Microfridges will be delivered to your residence hall room prior to your move-in so no need to haul it from the car to your room!

6. May I have a microwave in my room?
Microwaves are not allowed in residence hall rooms. Students may either have a microfridge unit or one small refrigerator per room. The microfridge unit is an all-in-one unit that has a microwave, freezer, and refrigerator. Rental and/or purchasing details will be announced in late May.

7. What personal items should I bring?
Mattress pad and comforter
Standard twin-size sheets (Note: Some halls have extra-long beds. Please check the bed information about your assigned hall.)
Blanket, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases
Towels, hand towels, washcloths
Soap, toiletries, shower basket
Laundry bag / laundry supplies
Cleaning supplies
Clothes hangers
Umbrella
Hairdryer
Alarm clock
Dictionary
Desk supplies
Stationery, stamps
CAT5 ethernet cable
Trash can
Flashlight

8. Are there other permissible items?
Bicycle and strong lock (e.g. U-lock)
Area rug or carpet
Personal computer
Curtains on a spring-rod
3M command Strips for holding posters
Dustbuster/vacuum
Refrigerator (max of 1.5 amps and no taller than 36 inches) - only 1 per room
Memo pad or dry erase board for door
Iron/desktop ironing board (Note: Some halls have ironing boards available)
Stereo, headphones
Hot air popcorn maker, personal coffee pots with automatic shutoff, hot pot
Power outlet strip (UL-approved)
Television (Note: Every Hall has public TV rooms)

9. What items are prohibited?
Electric skillets, deep fryers, toaster ovens, grills (indoor/outdoor)
Microwaves (Note: Microwaves provided for use in most halls)
* Microwaves are permitted for apartment residents
Multi-plug covers (e.g., 3-way plugs)
Obscene materials
Steel-tipped darts and dartboards
Outside antennas
Traffic signs
Candles, fireworks, weapons and/or ammunition
Pets (unless fish in a 10 gallon tank or less)
Space heaters
Halogen lamps
Products that could damage paint/wall surfaces (e.g., nails, screws)
Alcoholic beverages or containers
Routers (wireless or wired)
2.4 Ghz telephones (they interfere with the wireless network)
Wireless printers (they interfere with the wireless network)

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