Are freshmen required to live on campus?
Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but it is strongly encouraged.NOTE: Freshmen MUST live with freshmen; Upper-class students must live with upper-class students. Freshmen are classified as students coming directly from high school. Freshmen not coming right out of high school are not considered "true freshmen," and will be placed with someone more age appropriate.
Do I have to be admitted to the University before I apply for campus housing?
You do not need to be fully admitted; however, you need to be an applicant with a student ID number. As soon as you have an ID number, you will be able to apply for housing. This number will be given to you by the Office of Admissions.
How do I apply for campus housing?
Click on the "Apply for Housing" link on the left side of the Web site, and then click "Submit your Application." You will then be directed to the "Housing Contract Lease Agreement." Read through the contract and click submit, which takes you to the actual housing application portal.
Please note: In order for your housing application to be considered complete, you must have submitted the Housing Contract Lease Agreement, and gone through all the steps of the application until you receive a final confirmation. The non-refundable processing fee must also be paid.
When is the housing application and non-refundable processing fee due?
The application and processing fee can be submitted at any time; however, the earlier your application is complete (application submitted and non-refundable processing fee paid) the better chance you have of securing a space in campus housing. Also, students applying before June 15 receive the "early bird rate" of $75. After June 15, the non-refundable processing fee returns to its normal rate of $150.
What is the non-refundable processing fee? What types of payment are accepted?
The non-refundable processing fee is assessed to students for the process of reviewing applications and making assignments. The processing fee can be paid online using a VISA or MasterCard. Students may also pay using a money order. Students should note their name and student ID number on the money order.
What is the Housing Contract Lease Agreement?
There is a housing contract lease agreement which is for one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students who break their contract lease agreement will be billed the appropriate fees. Please see contract for further explanation. Students who cancel after the fall semester are still bound to the contract for the spring semester unless they are no longer attending, on active leave with the military, etc.
Can I be released from my Housing Contract Lease Agreement?
Students who cancel prior to the semester will have the option to appeal their buyout fee. Students can do this by completing the appropriate forms online, as well as submitting supporting documentation. Further information regarding the appeal process is located in the Housing Contract Lease Agreement.
How is housing priority established?
Housing is processed based on completed application date (the date that the contract lease agreement, application, and non-refundable processing fee are received).
If I do not know anyone coming to Southern Miss, will I be assigned a random roommate?
Students who do not know anyone coming to Southern Miss will be assigned a random roommate. These assignments are based on a matching system in which preferences are reviewed and students are matched based on the highest compatibility listed on their application.
Students also can use the "Southern Miss Roommate Connection" program. This program is provided on our Web site (please click on the "Find a Roommate" link located under the "Apply for Housing" link) and allows students to create a profile and search others who have similar profiles. It also allows for students to email one another so that they can communicate and determine if they would be compatible roommates.
Are there any rules/requirements for selecting a roommate?
It is a requirement that freshmen students live with other freshmen students. In addition, students who receive certain scholarships may be required to live with students of the same scholarship. These guidelines are determined by the scholarship program administrators and noted within the particular scholarship guidelines.
Are there options if I need special accommodations?
The Department of Residence Life works to meet the needs of all students. Students needing special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Accommodations at 601.266.5024.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Students will receive their housing assignments in early June. Students applying later than May will receive their assignment in early July to early August.
When can I move into my room? Can I move in early?
Students may begin moving in the Saturday prior to classes. Early arrivals may be approved if students are attending the "Last Call" preview, are required to do so by a scholarship program, or special accommodations have been made through the Residence Life office.
Can I smoke in my residence hall room?
Smoking on campus is prohibited except in designated smoking areas exterior to and away from the residence halls and sorority houses. Residents will face removal from the hall following a third violation of the smoking policy inside a residence hall. *Student may be cited by campus law enforcement for violating the smoking policy. For more information about designated smoking areas on campus, please visit http://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/groups/student-health-services/pdf/smoking_zone_map_final.pdf
Can I have a pet?
Pets are not allowed in the residence halls.
Can I have a toaster oven, coffee pot, or hot plate in my room?
The above items are all prohibited in the residence halls. Any item that has a heating element cannot be kept in a residence hall room. *Single-cup Keurigs are allowed.
What should I bring?
Please review the "What to Bring" list located under the "Parents & Family" link.
Can I have members of the opposite sex stay overnight?
Residents are not allowed to have visitors of the opposite sex stay overnight. All guests must follow the Residence Life visitation policy (residents – please review the Residence Life handbook located under the "Department Handbooks" link).
Can I bring my own refrigerator?
Students can bring their own refrigerator; however, all rooms are equipped with a micro-fridge (refrigerator, freezer, microwave combination unit).
What do I do if something is wrong in my room?
If you have a problem with your room, contact your Resident Assistant or any other staff member in your hall. If it is a maintenance request, you may also call 601.266.5404 during business hours to speak to a maintenance representative or submit the "Maintenance Request" form located under "Forms" link.
What size are the beds?
All of the beds in the residence halls are extra-long twins (mattresses are 80 inches long).
May I bunk my bed?
Yes, the beds in the residence halls are designed so that they can be bunked
May I loft my bed?
For safety reasons, beds cannot be lofted.
Is there a room decorating policy?
Students are encouraged to decorate their room so that they feel at home. However, in order to help maintain the condition of the room, certain rules must be observed when decorating. The use of tape, nails, staples or glue on walls is prohibited. 3M poster/picture hanging strips should be used to attach posters and pictures to the walls. To avoid possible damages when vacating the room, residents should remove the poster/picture and leave the strip(s) on the wall for the Residence Life maintenance staff to remove.
Do I have to move off campus during holiday breaks?
The residence halls are closed for winter and spring breaks. Students will not be able to access the halls during these periods; however, students do not have to remove their belongings from their room.
What do I do if I lock myself out of my room?
If you lock yourself out of your room, you should find a member of your residence hall staff who can let you into your room or issue you a temporary key or access card.
How can I get telephone service in my room?
Students wishing to have telephone service in their room should contact iTech at 601.266.4357.
Who should I contact if I have wireless issues?
Students experiencing wireless issues should contact iTech at 601.266.4357.
Is parking allowed campus?
Parking is allowed on campus. Students must register their vehicles and purchase a parking decal from the Department of Parking Management located in McLemore Hall. Residents must park in the residential parking zones.
How can I receive mail?
All resident students are issued a post office box and will need to visit the Post Office located on the ground level of the Thad Cochran Center to receive their box assignment and code.
Am I required to have a meal plan?
Yes, if you reside in campus housing you will be required to have a meal plan. To learn more about the meal plan options, please click on the "Resident Dining Options" link located under the "Additional Resources" list on the home page of our Web site. All residents are given the Golden Eagle Pass meal plan, but may change to a different residential meal plan during the first two weeks of the semester, if desired.