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Department of Housing and Residence Life





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.
Yes, you need to be fully admitted to the university with a student ID number to apply for housing. As soon as you have an ID number and have been admitted to the university, you will be able to apply for housing. This number will be given to you by the Office of Admissions.

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.

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 by February 15th, the priority deadline, will have an application fee rate of $75. After February 15, the non-refundable processing fee returns to its normal rate of $150.
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.
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.
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.
Housing is processed based on completed application date (the date that the contract lease agreement, application, and non-refundable processing fee are received).

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 may also 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.

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.
The Department of Housing and 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.
Students will receive their housing assignments in early June. Students applying later than May will receive their assignment in early July to early August.
Students may begin moving in the Saturday prior to classes. Early arrivals may be approved if students are attending the "Last Call" Orientation, are required to do so by a scholarship program, or special accommodations have been made through the Housing and Residence Life office.


Residence Halls


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 the Student Health Services website.
Pets are not allowed in the residence halls.
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.
Please review the "What to Bring" list located under the "Housing Resources" link for a complete listing of what you should and should not bring to campus housing.
**NOTE: The resident's personal television MUST be able to receive a digital signal in order to view the Xfinity On Campus cable programming provided by Housing and Residence Life. In addition, the resident will need to bring the "thread" or "screw on" type cable wire with them to connect to the cable outlet in their room. iTech has advised that the "push on" type connecting cables do not always work.
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 Housing and Residence Life handbook located under the "Department Handbook" link).
Students should not bring their own refrigerator or microwave. All rooms are equipped with either a micro-fridge (refrigerator, freezer, microwave combination unit) or a compact refrigerator/freezer. For rooms without a microwave oven, there are two to three provided in the student kitchen lounge.
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.




All of the beds in the residence halls are extra-long twins (mattresses are 80 inches long).
*NOTE: Sorority houses (excluding Scholarship Hall) and duplex buildings contain full-size 80 inch mattresses.
The beds cannot be bunked and bed risers are not allowed, however, the height between the headboard and footboard may be raised or lowered. For assistance, residents should submit an online maintenance request form.
For safety reasons, beds cannot be lofted.
Yes, please see page 8 in the online department handbook. 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 Housing and Residence Life maintenance staff to remove.
The residence halls now remain open during holiday breaks. Students who plan on staying in their residence hall during holiday breaks must sign up for Break Housing and alert their RA/RLC of their plans to remain in the hall.
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 access card.
Students wishing to have telephone service in their room should contact iTech at 601.266.4357.
Students experiencing wireless issues should contact iTech at 601.266.4357.
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.
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.
Yes, if you reside in campus housing you will be required to have a meal plan. Learn more about the meal plan options from Eagle Dining. 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.

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