Frequently Asked Questions
Information subject to change. Please contact the Residence Life Office for updated information.
- Will I have a roommate?
Most rooms to which Freshmen are assigned are double occupancy. Some rooms in our traditional halls are built to accommodate three students, and are considerably larger than the double rooms. The single rooms are made available to returning students first; therefore, most students who want to live in a single get one in their Sophomore or Junior year. Some singles are available for Freshman who enter the Honors Program.
- Can I choose my roommate?
If you and a friend wish to room together, you may both indicate this on your housing request forms; when assigning rooms, we give first preference to this kind of mutual request. If you meet someone at your Summer Planning Conference, and both decide you'd like to room together, you may make the request at that time. We will also place three friends together in a triple if they so request.
- What if I don't know anyone to room with?
The housing request form asks you to indicate your preferences on a number of roommate compatibility factors. We use that information to match you with a roommate who considers the same factors most important. The earlier you submit your housing request, the more likely you will be placed with a roommate who shares your preferences.
- Will I be guaranteed a room on campus?
Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; though returning students have first option for available rooms, in the past few years all new students requesting housing have been successfully assigned.
- Am I required to live on campus?
FSU has no residency requirement. However, over 90% of new students choose to live on campus due to the proximity to classes, the convenience of the meal plans, and the relative ease of adjustment that comes with living in a residence hall community.
- When will I be notified of my room assignment?
Since many students meet and get acquainted with other new students at our Summer Planning Conferences, we wait until after the last session before making room assignments. Generally, assignments letters, including the names and addresses of assigned roommates, are mailed in late July.
- What if I don't get along with my roommate once we move in together?
Our residential staff members are trained to help roommates communicate with each other, to identify what they consider important, and to negotiate the "house rules." However, if roommates decide that they are not compatible, the staff will also facilitate a room change for one or the other roommate. The only times that room changes are not allowed are during the first two weeks of any semester; these "room freeze" periods give us time to verify vacancies and maximize the options for those who wish to relocate.
- How large are the rooms?
Once you are assigned to a room, we can give you the specific dimensions of that room, including floor, window, closet, etc. Though room sizes vary, most double rooms are about 12' x 12', and most triple rooms about 12' x 20'. m What size are the beds? Most of our beds are twin sized, requiring standard twin sheets. Cambridge, Frederick, Frost, Simpson and Westminster Hall are furnished with extra-long twin beds and therefore need extra-long twin sheets. Students who live within another hall may make a request to the Residence Life Office for an extra long bed either through email or by calling our office directly. Requests will be considered and approved based on availability of mattresses. All requests must be be made after students receive their specific room assignment.
- Can Freshman have cars?
Any student is allowed to have a car on campus, as long as they register the vehicle for on-campus parking. The registration fee is $40; this fee is waived for on-campus residents.
- How are the rooms furnished?
Each roommate gets a bunkable/loftable bed & mattress, desk & chair, dresser, and lockable closet. Each room also comes with a Microfridge, which is a combination refrigerator, freezer & microwave. Each roommate has their own computer port, giving free access to e-mail and the Internet, as well as an individual voice-mail account. Each room is equipped with a phone line as well as a cable oultet, providing free access to over 50 television channels. Air conditioning is not available in halls to which Freshman are typically assigned.
- What facilities are available in each hall?
Each building has one or more laundry rooms, with access to free, unlimited use of machines for residents only. Each building also has at least one kitchen, along with recreational and study lounges. The buildings also feature vending machines from which students may buy products using their Bobcat debit card or cash.
- Is there a curfew?
While there is no curfew for residents, safety requires certain limitations. All residence halls are locked at all hours and residents must use their room keys or ID cards to enter their buildings. In halls to which new students are typically assigned, guests and visitors must be signed in by a resident of the building after 11:00 PM.
- What about safety?
Frostburg State University has been consistently rated as one of the safest colleges in Maryland over the past few years. However, we encourage students not to be lulled into a false sense of security; the best way for students to protect themselves against crime is to be aware and responsible. We encourage students to always lock their room doors, walk with a friend at night, and take other steps to decrease their chances of becoming a victim of crime.