FAQ

Residence Hall Life

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) states access to a student’s academic and health records is limited solely to a student. Therefore, we encourage parents/families and students to maintain open lines of communication with your student to stay well-informed of your student's progress while living with us on campus. For more detailed information about FERPA, please visit MSU’s General Counsel web site at http://www.legal.msstate.edu/ferpa.php.

Students will have interactions with Residence Directors (RDs), Resident Advisers (RAs), and Information Assistants (IAs).

Our Residence Directors (RDs) are full-time graduate students who attend extensive training to prepare for working with students regarding any issue that may arise while living on campus. Each RD manages his or her residence hall’s staff of Resident Advisers (RAs), and Information Assistants (IAs) to create a welcoming and fun community for students.

Resident Advisers (RAs) are full-time undergraduate students that live on the hall with students. We have at least one RA per floor in all of our residence halls. RAs attend a detailed training before students move on campus and are prepared to answer any question students may have. No question is too trivial to handle, we encourage students to develop a solid relationship with his or her RA.

Information Assistants (IAs) are current students selected and trained to provide quality assistance and service to the guests and residents in our residence halls. Their services include package receipt and delivery, guest check-in, equipment/supply check-out, emergency response, as well as general reception and information services about the residence hall, MSU, and/or Starkville.

 

Students are encouraged to speak with his or her Resident Adviser (RA) about the situation. The RA will work diligently with roommates to solve the problem by helping them draw up a roommate agreement and by assisting them in working through the tough times. If all else fails, student’s graduate Residence Director (RD) and RA will help them find the best possible living arrangement. We encourage any student who is struggling with any issues, including roommate issues to communicate that to their hall staff and/or the Department of Housing and Residence Life main office which is located in Herbert Hall Room 118. 

Mail and Packages

Please note that the Department of Housing and Residence Life cannot assume liability for the delivery or condition of packages.

 

Yes, we have four computer labs located in Hull, Rice, Griffis, and Ruby that any of our on-campus residents may use. Students may also use the computer labs located in Mitchell Memorial Library or the Academic Computer Laboratory.

Yes! There is at least one laundry room in each residence hall. Students can access the laundry rooms at any time. Laundry is $1.50 per cycle and can be paid for with quarters, a debit or credit card, or a bank issued gift card.

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Application & Contracts

First-Time Freshmen are required to live in on-campus residence halls according to the university's Freshman Residency Requirement. Research shows that students who live on campus their first year are more engaged and do better academically than students who live off campus. 

 

 

Although first-year students are required to live on campus, Mississippi State University has determined that for most four-year students, living on campus has numerous educational and social benefits, so we encourage students to consider living on campus all four years. Your student will be more likely to earn higher grades, graduate on time, and better enjoy his or her overall college experience.

First-time freshmen may apply for on-campus housing after they have been officially admitted to Mississippi State University. Upon admittance to the university, the student may access their MyState account using their MSU NetID and NetPassword. Instructions on how to access their MyState account and how to submit their housing preferences will be provided to the student once they are admitted. A non-refundable $75 housing application fee is required.

A first-time freshman’s housing priority will be considered only if a completed housing application is submitted any time prior to or by April 1st. Priority in housing for freshmen is primarily based on a student’s date of application for admission to MSU but may include a variety of other factors. This includes, but is not limited to, confirmed roommate requests (admission application dates are averaged and roommates are assigned together based on a shared priority), participation in Living Learning Communities, Disabilities, or other factors.

Assignment notifications will be sent to the students’ MSU NetID email address beginning May.

 

Yes. We will make every effort to assign students to the same room as his or her preferred roommate as long as each student mutually requests each other by the priority deadline. For new Fall students, the Freshmen deadline is April 1st. For new Spring students, the deadline is November 30th.

The MSU housing contract is a legally-binding contract similar to one you would sign for renting an apartment. We will offer student a housing contract once an assignment is made. Please make sure you follow all instructions that accompany the housing assignments process including the housing contract, as failure to do so may result in a cancellation of his or her assignment.

2016-2017 Housing Contract

2015-2016 Housing Contract

Yes, housing contracts are valid for one nine-month academic year and may be terminated only for reasons of marriage (a copy of a student’s marriage certificate must be submitted), co-op, school transfer, study abroad, military service (documentation required), or withdrawal from MSU. If a student is enrolled at Mississippi State University and has signed an MSU housing contract, he or she will be responsible for all housing fees for each semester of the contract.

Renewal Selection Verification Process (RSVP) allows students to apply to re-new their on-campus housing contract for the 2015-2016 academic year. On-campus housing for the 2015-2016 will be limited.

RSVP is a two-step process that will begin in February. First, students can submit an RSVP online application via my.housing.msstate.edu to submit their request to live on campus for the following academic year (which includes requesting their roommate) between Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8 AM and Sunday, February 15, 2015 at midnight. Next, students whose applications are accepted will participate in online room selection. Those students will choose their bed space online based on a selection of available bed spaces.

Due to the limited availability in bed space for the upcoming year, we encourage all students who are interested in on-campus housing for the upcoming academic year to apply early, but also be aware that RSVP is an application process and your renewal is not a guarantee.

 

A living-learning community (LLC) is a program available through a academic program, college, or organization that gives students access to educational and service programs exclusive to each LLC. LLCs help students grow personally and academically by providing a unique living arrangement in which their peers desire to learn and serve in the same capacity that your student does.

Students who wish to participate in an LLC, can indicate their interest on the housing application. Then a student's contact information will be sent to the corresponding LLC advisor. Students should also complete an application for each program of his or her interest through the college, academic program or organization. 

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Move-In

On opening day, for the Fall semester, students may move into the residence hall after checking in at their designated check-in location. Students can move into his or her residence hall at any time up until the first day of classes after checking in at the hall’s front desk. (Please notice check-in is closed from 5 p.m.– 6 p.m. on opening day to allow for transition from the check-in stations to the residence halls.) Students who do not check into their residence hall prior to the first day of class may be subject to cancellation and/or financial penalty. 

We do our best to provide the basics (beds, closet spaces, refrigerator, microwave, cable TV hook-up, internet connections); however, we know students will need more to make their room feel more at home. The Department of Housing and Residence Life has prepared a list of suggested items and prohibited items students.

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Campus Services

In conjuction with the Freshman Residency Requirement, first-time freshmen are required to have a meal plan. Additional information about dining options and meal plans can be found here: Dining Services

Students have a few different options when it comes to budgeting and planning. One resource Mississippi State provides is MoneyMate

We realize Financial Aid can be an important and vital component of ensure a student's success at Mississippi State. Our Office of Financial Aid is here to serve and assist your family every step of the way. Additional information can be found here: Financial Aid

The Honor Code is a very important part of a students experience at Mississippi State. We encourage all students to read the Honor Code and become familiar with it. 

Yes, but students must buy a parking decal to park in his or her residence hall’s zone. Parking is only permitted in specific areas designated by the parking decal students purchase. Students will be ticketed if they park out of the designated zone, are caught parking within reserved parking and/or handicapped parking, and/or if they are caught blocking handicapped access. We do encourage students to walk, ride a bike, or use the University Transit System. To purchase a parking decal, your student must register your vehicle with Parking Services online at http://www.parkingservices.msstate.edu/decals/.

Students can register for in-room telephone service. In-room telephone service requires a connection fee of approximately $100 and a $20-$22 monthly payment. 

Yes, please visit the Office of Parent Services for more information about the Parents’ Club.

Yes! A standard cable packages is part of your room payment. There is one cable cord in each room for students to use if they wish. However, we do not provide televisions, so students should plan to bring one if they'd like to have one in their room.

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Current Students

Yes! A standard cable packages is part of your room payment. There is one cable cord in each room for students to use if they wish. However, we do not provide televisions, so students should plan to bring one if they'd like to have one in their room.

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Payments & Charges

Please click on the following link to see our fees for the current academic year: Residence Hall Costs. For more information about how and when to pay on your student account, please visit the Office of the Controller and Treasurer

Your student’s housing fees will appear on his or her student account, which is monitored by the Office of the Controller and Treasurer located in Garner Hall.

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Visitation

Depending on space availability, you may stay with us in the Butler Guest House. Please call us at 662-325-4140 for more information. Also, please visit http://www.parents.msstate.edu/info/accommodations/ to see what accommodations Starkville offers.

If you plan to visit your student's room, you must follow the proper visitation procedures as outlined by the Department of Housing and Residence Life. This includes presenting a valid photo ID and being escorted by your student at all times.

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Parents

First-Time Freshmen are required to live in on-campus residence halls according to the university's Freshman Residency Requirement. Research shows that students who live on campus their first year are more engaged and do better academically than students who live off campus. 

 

 

Although first-year students are required to live on campus, Mississippi State University has determined that for most four-year students, living on campus has numerous educational and social benefits, so we encourage students to consider living on campus all four years. Your student will be more likely to earn higher grades, graduate on time, and better enjoy his or her overall college experience.

First-time freshmen may apply for on-campus housing after they have been officially admitted to Mississippi State University. Upon admittance to the university, the student may access their MyState account using their MSU NetID and NetPassword. Instructions on how to access their MyState account and how to submit their housing preferences will be provided to the student once they are admitted. A non-refundable $75 housing application fee is required.

A first-time freshman’s housing priority will be considered only if a completed housing application is submitted any time prior to or by April 1st. Priority in housing for freshmen is primarily based on a student’s date of application for admission to MSU but may include a variety of other factors. This includes, but is not limited to, confirmed roommate requests (admission application dates are averaged and roommates are assigned together based on a shared priority), participation in Living Learning Communities, Disabilities, or other factors.

Assignment notifications will be sent to the students’ MSU NetID email address beginning May.

 

Yes. We will make every effort to assign students to the same room as his or her preferred roommate as long as each student mutually requests each other by the priority deadline. For new Fall students, the Freshmen deadline is April 1st. For new Spring students, the deadline is November 30th.

The MSU housing contract is a legally-binding contract similar to one you would sign for renting an apartment. We will offer student a housing contract once an assignment is made. Please make sure you follow all instructions that accompany the housing assignments process including the housing contract, as failure to do so may result in a cancellation of his or her assignment.

2016-2017 Housing Contract

2015-2016 Housing Contract

Yes, housing contracts are valid for one nine-month academic year and may be terminated only for reasons of marriage (a copy of a student’s marriage certificate must be submitted), co-op, school transfer, study abroad, military service (documentation required), or withdrawal from MSU. If a student is enrolled at Mississippi State University and has signed an MSU housing contract, he or she will be responsible for all housing fees for each semester of the contract.

Renewal Selection Verification Process (RSVP) allows students to apply to re-new their on-campus housing contract for the 2015-2016 academic year. On-campus housing for the 2015-2016 will be limited.

RSVP is a two-step process that will begin in February. First, students can submit an RSVP online application via my.housing.msstate.edu to submit their request to live on campus for the following academic year (which includes requesting their roommate) between Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8 AM and Sunday, February 15, 2015 at midnight. Next, students whose applications are accepted will participate in online room selection. Those students will choose their bed space online based on a selection of available bed spaces.

Due to the limited availability in bed space for the upcoming year, we encourage all students who are interested in on-campus housing for the upcoming academic year to apply early, but also be aware that RSVP is an application process and your renewal is not a guarantee.

 

A living-learning community (LLC) is a program available through a academic program, college, or organization that gives students access to educational and service programs exclusive to each LLC. LLCs help students grow personally and academically by providing a unique living arrangement in which their peers desire to learn and serve in the same capacity that your student does.

Students who wish to participate in an LLC, can indicate their interest on the housing application. Then a student's contact information will be sent to the corresponding LLC advisor. Students should also complete an application for each program of his or her interest through the college, academic program or organization. 

On opening day, for the Fall semester, students may move into the residence hall after checking in at their designated check-in location. Students can move into his or her residence hall at any time up until the first day of classes after checking in at the hall’s front desk. (Please notice check-in is closed from 5 p.m.– 6 p.m. on opening day to allow for transition from the check-in stations to the residence halls.) Students who do not check into their residence hall prior to the first day of class may be subject to cancellation and/or financial penalty. 

We do our best to provide the basics (beds, closet spaces, refrigerator, microwave, cable TV hook-up, internet connections); however, we know students will need more to make their room feel more at home. The Department of Housing and Residence Life has prepared a list of suggested items and prohibited items students.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) states access to a student’s academic and health records is limited solely to a student. Therefore, we encourage parents/families and students to maintain open lines of communication with your student to stay well-informed of your student's progress while living with us on campus. For more detailed information about FERPA, please visit MSU’s General Counsel web site at http://www.legal.msstate.edu/ferpa.php.

Students will have interactions with Residence Directors (RDs), Resident Advisers (RAs), and Information Assistants (IAs).

Our Residence Directors (RDs) are full-time graduate students who attend extensive training to prepare for working with students regarding any issue that may arise while living on campus. Each RD manages his or her residence hall’s staff of Resident Advisers (RAs), and Information Assistants (IAs) to create a welcoming and fun community for students.

Resident Advisers (RAs) are full-time undergraduate students that live on the hall with students. We have at least one RA per floor in all of our residence halls. RAs attend a detailed training before students move on campus and are prepared to answer any question students may have. No question is too trivial to handle, we encourage students to develop a solid relationship with his or her RA.

Information Assistants (IAs) are current students selected and trained to provide quality assistance and service to the guests and residents in our residence halls. Their services include package receipt and delivery, guest check-in, equipment/supply check-out, emergency response, as well as general reception and information services about the residence hall, MSU, and/or Starkville.

 

Students are encouraged to speak with his or her Resident Adviser (RA) about the situation. The RA will work diligently with roommates to solve the problem by helping them draw up a roommate agreement and by assisting them in working through the tough times. If all else fails, student’s graduate Residence Director (RD) and RA will help them find the best possible living arrangement. We encourage any student who is struggling with any issues, including roommate issues to communicate that to their hall staff and/or the Department of Housing and Residence Life main office which is located in Herbert Hall Room 118. 

Mail and Packages

Please note that the Department of Housing and Residence Life cannot assume liability for the delivery or condition of packages.

 

Yes, we have four computer labs located in Hull, Rice, Griffis, and Ruby that any of our on-campus residents may use. Students may also use the computer labs located in Mitchell Memorial Library or the Academic Computer Laboratory.

Please click on the following link to see our fees for the current academic year: Residence Hall Costs. For more information about how and when to pay on your student account, please visit the Office of the Controller and Treasurer

Your student’s housing fees will appear on his or her student account, which is monitored by the Office of the Controller and Treasurer located in Garner Hall.

Depending on space availability, you may stay with us in the Butler Guest House. Please call us at 662-325-4140 for more information. Also, please visit http://www.parents.msstate.edu/info/accommodations/ to see what accommodations Starkville offers.

If you plan to visit your student's room, you must follow the proper visitation procedures as outlined by the Department of Housing and Residence Life. This includes presenting a valid photo ID and being escorted by your student at all times.

Students can register for in-room telephone service. In-room telephone service requires a connection fee of approximately $100 and a $20-$22 monthly payment. 

Yes, please visit the Office of Parent Services for more information about the Parents’ Club.

Yes! A standard cable packages is part of your room payment. There is one cable cord in each room for students to use if they wish. However, we do not provide televisions, so students should plan to bring one if they'd like to have one in their room.

View Channel Listing

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Off Campus Housing

There are apartment complexes in Starkville available for students following their freshman year. For more information about off-campus housing, please visit http://offcampushousing.msstate.edu

 

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