SAU Buzz

Housing Forum Answers Important Questions

by Erika Seabloom
Posted on Feb 19, 2018

With second semester in full swing, one of the last things on many students’ minds is registering for housing. It may seem like there is plenty of time to worry about housing, but it’s something that people should begin considering now. Depending on what kind of housing students want, application deadlines could be as soon as Feb. 23. Students have to know where they want to live, who they want to live with, who is going to be their spokesperson and how many points and credits they have.

Some freshmen on campus may hear these snippets of information from older friends  and feel lost or confused. It can be hard to figure out how housing works for students coming back to campus next term.

“I don’t know much,” SAU student Emily Kenney said. “I only know what it said in the email that was sent out.”

So how does the housing process work for returning Ambrose students? Residence Life held a housing forum to help answer that very question. It left many students feeling better about the process.

First, students have to decide where they want to live and with who. If students are unsure about who to live with and need to look for potential roommates, there will be a roommate social February 15 at 6 p.m. in the Rogalski Ballroom. There are also roommate request forms available for those in search of a roommate on Residence Life’s homepage. Once students have a group of people they wish to live with, they must choose a spokesperson to speak for their group through the entire housing process.

Once students have decided these things, they must fill out an application for the building they picked. Applications for themed communities are due Feb. 23 at 4 p.m., applications for preferred housing are due March 8 at 4 p.m. and applications for traditional housing are due March 21 at 4 p.m. Every person in each group needs to fill out an application and the spokesperson needs to fill out an extra spokesperson form. They will be the one to speak for the group at the housing forum. Those interested in a themed community will have to give a presentation on what they’ll bring to the community.

Not every person gets exactly the room they want. The housing system is based on priority points and credits which determine who gets to pick their rooms first. Those with the most priority points (each person gets one priority point for each semester they’ve attended college) get to choose first. When people have the same amount of priority points, those with the most credits get to choose first. The priority points and credits that determine who gets to choose are the sum of the whole group, so students shouldn’t worry if they don’t have as many credits as they would like to.

Finally, along with the stress of the housing process itself come several dates to remember. All this information can be found on the Residence Life homepage which can be accessed through SAU Portal under the Student Life tab. Some of these dates include the application deadlines, as well as the dates of when rankings will be posted and forums held. Preferred group rankings will be posted on March 26 and the preferred housing forum will be held on March 28. Traditional housing rankings will be posted on April 3 and the traditional housing forum will be held on April 5.

Overall the housing forum answered many questions. Residence Life’s website can also be an indispensable resource for students in search of answers about housing. Remember, the only dumb question is one that isn’t asked.