Welcome New Students

The Office of Residence Life is committed to easing your transition as you join our community at Southern. We have dedicated this page to informing you and answering any common questions.

February 10th Housing Application & Deposit for Fall 2023 is available
May 2nd New & Transfer Student Roommate Matching is available
June 1st Housing Application & Deposit Priority Date for Fall 2023
June 4th New & Transfer Student Roommate Matching deadline
June 5th - 9th New & Transfer Student Room Selection
July 26th Room Change process for Fall 2023 residents


Prospective Students


Click here for steps to apply. Once your application is completed students will be assigned and notified by the Office of Residence Life.

Click here for steps to apply. Information regarding roommate matching and room selection will be available via your southern email beginning of May 2023.

How do I start applying for housing?

Apply for Housing


Are you allowed a preference for a Residence Hall?

Yes, you will be able to select from the residence halls available when your participate in room select or you can indicate a preference for a building you would like to live in on your housing application.  

Where can I find visual tours of the Residence Halls?

You can view our visual tours by clicking here. In the top right-hand corner you will see a tab that says residence halls. You can click the residence hall you are interested in to find pictures, measurements, and descriptions of a sample room.

What is the cost of a standard double?

You can view the different housing options and price here under the Housing and Dining Prices per Semester tab.'

If I need an accommodation for on-campus living, how do I request one?

View our web page about accommodations and then contact the Disability Resource Center if you'd like to make a request. 

 Do you offer Gender Inclusive Housing?

 Yes. To live in a gender-inclusive housing community, please indicate your selection on your housing application and you can click here for more information Gender Inclusive Housing

What is Room Selection?

Room selection is when you will be able to choose your own room.  On the day of Room selection, you will go in and select a room from rooms available to you. Room Selection is based off of time intervals.

What is a hoot loot card? How do I access my building? How do I use my meal swipes? What if I lose my hoot loot?

Your Hoot Loot card is your student identification card and provides access to most university services. You will receive this card during New Owl Weekend. The Hoot Loot card is your access card for your residence hall and your meal plan. You can also load funds onto your Hoot Loot card to print items at the on-campus print stations and computer labs, check out books from the university library, do your laundry, and access residential computer labs. 

What is the difference between food loot and hoot loot?

Food Loot is the declining balance of funds included as part of your meal plan and may only be used at dining and retail locations on campus (Connecticut Hall, the Student Center food court, the Bagel Wagon, the North Campus Market, the Owl Perch in Buley Library, and the Outtakes location in Davis Hall).  Hoot Loot includes any funds you elect to add to your card using either the online transfer system or an on-campus kiosk. Hoot Loot can be used anywhere on campus and also at a variety of vendors.

What meal plan must I choose?

All incoming first-year students are required to maintain the Full Meal plan which offers daily meal access to Connecticut Hall and 2 swipes per week to the Student Center Dining services (excluding Dunkin Donuts). You also receive a declining balance of $150 Foot Loot. You can use this money at any dining place on campus including Connecticut Hall, the Student Center, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, the Bagel Wagon in Engelman Hall, and Roberta’s market in the North Campus Midrise Complex.

How can I prepare for on campus living?

We recommend incoming students visit the Moving In Page to learn what to bring and what not to bring, familiarize themselves with our amenities, and much more.

How do I retrieve a parking pass? Is it free to park on campus as a resident?

In mid-summer you will be able to register for a parking decal via the MyHousingPortal. You can then pick it up on Move-In Day or at any point thereafter by visiting University Police. You will need your license plate number and the make, model, and year of your car in order to request the decal.

Can I do laundry on campus? If so how do I pay for it?

Laundry facilities are located in every residence hall. At this time, payment for laundry can only be made using your Hoot Loot card; funds can be added to the card electronically via the Card Office or at one of the kiosks located on campus. 

What do I need to bring when I move in?

Check out our “What to Bring” and “What Not to Bring” checklists to help you prepare for move-in. Southern has also partnered with On Campus Marketing (OCM) to offer students an opportunity to purchase discounted linens and other residence hall essentials! Check out our school-specific webpage for a wide variety of OCM bedding options, linens, organizational products, and room décor!