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.

Important Dates

Date Event
August 24th or 25th Move-in Days

Prospective Students

  • How do I start applying for housing?

Apply for Housing

  • How do I Pay the Housing Deposit?

In your "Next Steps" checklist, select the "Housing" tab. You can then view your MyHousing Portal, and under the "Applications" tab, you can select the "Fall 2020 Housing Application and Deposit."

  • How do I find a roommate?

If you do not have a roommate yet, then you can participate in a roommate survey in which you can find other students with the same interests. The Roommate Survey can be completed on the MyHousingPortal under the Applications tab. After completing the roommate survey, you can view other students who have also completed the survey. If you do not want to participate in the roommate survey, you can join your class Facebook group; here you can see other students in your class, make a post describing yourself, and say you are looking for a roommate. You may find a lifelong friend!

  • What is Roommate matching?

Roommate matching is the process of choosing who you will live with! Roommate matching is accomplished through the MyHousingPortal under the roommate/suite mates tab. To match, click Fall 2020 and press submit. Then scroll to the bottom and type in the student's first and last name (exact spelling). The other student can then view and accept the invitation; they must accept your request in order to complete the match, and this request must be completed for all students you would like as roommates. Everyone must be matched on the day of room selection.

  • Are you allowed a preference for a Residence Hall?

Yes, on the Housing Application, you can indicate a preference for a building you would like to live in. If you are apart of a Living-Learning Community, you will be assigned or have a choice of only the building the living-learning community is located.

  • 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 pricing difference between a Standard Double or Triple?

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. 

  • Can I live with a student who is not the same gender as me?

Yes, we offer Gender-Inclusive Housing. To live in a gender-inclusive housing community, please indicate your selection on your housing application

  • What is Room Selection?

Room selection is when you will be able to choose your own room. Before room selection occurs, you must be matched with your roommate(s). 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. 

Southern Connecticut State University is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community to the fullest extent possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the University will adhere to national, state, and local health guidelines, keeping the campus safe is a shared responsibility. This means every member of our campus community must adhere to these guidelines.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University must make changes to both your housing and dining experiences in the 2020-2021 academic year. These modifications to on-campus living arrangements and dining will become effective for the fall 2020 and will remain in place until you receive notification from the University.


The guidelines below are part of your housing and dining agreement and are applicable to all residential students.


1.      Considerations for Student Experience and Development
Residential staff will continue to ensure that the residential facilities are secure and will take extra precautions to promote a healthy living environment so students can focus on their academic work. We will maintain a 24-hour, 7-day on-call rotation to respond to emergencies, and desk staff will remain available during normal operating hours. While larger programs may need to scale back, activities conducive to smaller groups will be held whenever it is safe to do so. Further, residents can expect their peer staff members to reach out and communicate more frequently via electronic means including but not limited to: email, group messages, social media, and posted signage. Professional staff will also be available for support and engagement via digital platforms (including Microsoft Teams) and in-person meetings when possible.


2.      Health and Safety

Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations, and health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Office of Residence Life as it relates to public health crises including COVID-19. This guidance may evolve as the public health crisis evolves and requirements change. For the purposes of health and safety, residents will be expected to maintain 6’ social distancing in the residence halls wherever possible including but not limited to lobbies, floor community lounges, basements, hallways, and entryways. In residence halls with community bathrooms, laundry rooms, and utility rooms/kitchens, occupancy will be limited and residents are expected to abide by posted occupancy signage. Residents will also be required to wear masks in these same public areas within the residence halls. To comply with social distancing, residents should follow elevator capacity guidelines and directional arrows in stairwells and heed other posted signage throughout the residence halls. As an on-campus resident, you agree to abide by all social distancing measures outlined by the University and recognize that failure to comply with such measures may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Civic Responsibility where disciplinary action may be taken. Disciplinary action for repeated or egregious offenses may include dismissal from the residence halls with no refund.


3.      Occupancy of the Residence Halls

Due to COVID‐19 or any other similar outbreaks, the University may be required to change move-in dates, housing locations, or occupancy at any given time. Unless otherwise indicated by the university, alteration or modification shall not result in the termination or cancelation of the University Housing Contract or affect the Term of the Contract. When possible, the University shall provide students with 24-hour notice of such actions. 


4.      Room Assignments and Dates of Stay

Residents’ selected assignments for the fall 2020 semester are subject to change for the spring semester. Possible changes include but are not limited to the room type and room capacity.  Students may elect to participate in a room change process in order to adjust a housing assignment prior to the spring semester.  In the unlikely event that the University is unable to provide you with housing in the spring, you will be provided with a prorated refund. The University makes no guarantees of housing availability.


Residence halls are scheduled to open for the fall semester; however, this is subject to change and a delay or rescheduling of a resident’s designated move-in date or assignment is not grounds for the termination of the Housing Contract. Move-in delays of up to two days are not eligible for refunds; delays of any longer duration will be eligible for prorated refunds.  Residence halls will close on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and all residents must comply with the Move-Out specifications provided for this date. This process will include the removal of all personal belongings/complete vacancy of your residence hall assignment. Any student who does not vacate campus premises by November 24 may be subject to additional costs and fees including, but not limited to, packing and storage.


Unless other arrangements have been made with the University, residents will not be eligible to remain on campus during the winter break.


5.      Other Changes in Policy

Residents are expected to comply with all additional guidelines and policies distributed by the University and the Office of Residence Life. Failure to abide by such policies may result in disciplinary action which may include removal from the residence halls with no refund.


In further consideration of state-directed social distancing measures, no off-campus guests will be admitted. Unfortunately this means that immediate family members, significant others, etc. may not enter the residence hall beyond the main lobby. We encourage students to utilize exterior spaces, when necessary, to interact with non-residents.


6.      Dining Services

Dining services, including locations and type of distribution or offerings for residential students, are subject to the discretion of the University and are subject to modification to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance, the food service operator and/or the university may limit the occupancy of dining facilities, the seating available in dining facilities, the amount of time students may remain within dining halls, or make other adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns. Students will be notified of such modifications and, whenever possible, students will be given advance notice of such changes.


  1. Testing and Contact Tracing

Students opting to live on campus agree to provide documentation that they have had a nucleic acid test such as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 14 days of arrival; further information regarding the stipulations of such testing will be available on the University’s COVID-19 webpage. A copy of the lab result should be either uploaded to your patient portal https://patient-southernct.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx, emailed to healthservices@southernct.edu, or faxed it to (203) 392-6301.  If the test is negative, you will receive an email from Health Services clearing you to pick a move-in time. If the test is positive, you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days; you will then follow up with Health Services for further instruction before moving in.  Residential students agree to participate in targeted random testing as a part of an ongoing testing strategy.


Residents also agree to participate in contact tracing if necessary. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must promptly disclose that fact to University Health Services by calling (203) 392-6300. You will be relocated to a quarantine housing assignment for as long as the University deems it necessary or you may choose to return home until you are cleared to return to campus by your health care provider. You will need to provide documentation from your provider stating that you are no longer contagious. Please note: if you elect to return home, you will not be issued a refund of your housing charges.


8.      Quarantine / Isolation / Separation

At any time, the University may require a resident to leave his/her assigned accommodations if the resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency. Failure to leave violates the Housing Contract and may subject a student to emergency removal from his/her assigned housing. Removal from assigned housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract. Students will be expected to follow detailed protocols until they are cleared to return to their assigned space.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the residence halls with no refund.


9.      Cleaning

The University will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 in the interest of minimizing the spread of the virus. However, students should continue to practice good hygiene and clean their areas regularly to help mitigate the spread of the virus.


10.  Termination

​The University reserves the right to terminate housing contracts if the University decides that it has become unsafe to house students. In such circumstances, students will be provided with prorated refunds.


11.  ​Assumption of Risk

As with any communal living environment, there is a potential for residents to be exposed to and contract illness or disease.  When a student decides to live on campus, the student knowingly accepts this risk. While various preventative measures have been put in place by the University, any student who lives on campus assumes the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other illness during their stay on campus. The University accepts no responsibility for illness contracted by residents or their guests. 


12.  Release

You agree to release the University, its agents, and employees from any and all damages, liability, claims, expenses, or loss (collectively, “Claims”) resulting from or arising out of your use of University housing, dining or other facilities, including those related to the potential exposure to coronavirus/COVID-19.

Residential student move in will begin with a process for dropping off belongings during the week of August 16th. In order to facilitate social distancing, students will be required to select a date and time for bringing belongings to their room and the number of people allowed to be on campus will be limited. Students will not be permitted to remain on campus overnight at this time. Students are scheduled to Move in August 24th and 25th to their residence halls.