Housing Assignment Process

What do I need to do to request placement in on-campus housing?
Can I request a specific roommate?
When will I be notified of my building and roommate assignment?

Campus Living

Will there be a telephone in my room?
How can I make a long distance call from a landline phone in my room?
Can I have a refrigerator or microwave in my room?
Can I rent a refrigerator or microwave through the university?
Will my room be wired for computer network access?
Where do I do my laundry?
Where do I get my mail?
Can I live in apartment style housing during my first year on campus?
Where can I park and do I pay for a parking space?
Does the university insure my personal belongings?
Are students living in the residence halls required to have a meal plan?

Facilities

Do I have to loft my bed?
What do I do if I want to loft my bed?
May I bring my own bed?
What size are the bed mattresses?
Can furniture be removed and replaced with my own?
How can I decorate my room?
Is cable television available in the residence hall rooms?
Is cooking allowed in the rooms?
Are drapes provided in each room?
Will my room be carpeted?
What furnishings are included in the room?

Housing Assignment Process

What do I need to do to request placement in on-campus housing?

Complete a Dakota State University housing application and mail it along with a $50.00 room deposit check to; Residence Life office, Dakota State University, 820 N. Washington, Madison SD, 57042.

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Can I request a specific roommate?

Yes, students are automatically paired together if both list the other as choice of roommate on the housing contract.

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When will I be notified of my building and roommate assignment?

Room and roommate assignment letters will be sent out on Monday, July 23 to all students with registered contracts. Assignments will be communicated by phone call to students who register a housing contract after July 23.

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Campus Living

Will there be a telephone in my room?

No, there will be a wall mount telephone jack in each room. A resident of each room will need to furnish the telephone.

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How can I make a long distance call from a landline phone in my room?

Long distance phone cards are the only way available to make long distance calls. The university provides for local calls only.

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Can I have a refrigerator and microwave in my room?

Students may place a refrigerator and microwave in their room. Refrigerators should not be larger than 6.2 cubic feet. Microwaves should not exceed 750 watts.

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Can I rent a refrigerator or microwave through the university?

DSU currently is not involved in a program that provides these devices.

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Will my room be wired for computer network access?

All residence hall rooms have two local area network hardwired ports. Each hall provides for a wireless connection in all areas of the hall as well.

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Where do I do my laundry?

Each residence hall has multiple washers and dryers that cost $1.00 per load. Each unit accepts coins or Trojan Gold.

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Where do I get my mail?

Each student will be assigned a mail box upon their arrival on campus. The mailboxes are located in the Trojan Center Student Union. Packages must be picked up at the Student Services Center.

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Can I live in apartment style living during my first year?

The apartments are assigned to students that are in at least their second year of their university experience.

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Where can I park and do I pay for a parking space?

Parking lots and street perimeter parking are available to hall residents. Students have the option to purchase blue or green parking tags. Blue tags provide for parking closer to their hall and green tags provide for parking that is a greater distance away from the hall. Specific questions should be directed to; karen.duffy@dsu.edu or by calling 605-256-5222. A limited number of blue tags are sold each year on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, it is not a bad idea to prioritize making a decision regarding your parking purchase.  DSU parking policies may be found at: http://www.dsu.edu/hr/policies/01-80-00.aspx

Parking permit orders can be made from June 1st to August 15th via internet.  After this date, please stop in the Physical Plant on campus.  Register for a parking permit at /physical-plant/parking.aspx (Site will not be available until June 1st.)  Cost of permit will be added on to your student bill.  You can pick up the tag at the Physical Plant during the first three days of the Fall semester.  Tags must be on vehicles when classes begin.  Students should park in the student parking lots where noted either by blue or green signage.  (see map at http://www.dsu.edu/dsumap/)

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Does the university insure my personal belongings?

The university is not responsible for the theft, destruction, or loss of your money or personal belongings. Please check to see if your parent's insurance will cover your property or inquire about a rider to your parent's existing policies.

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Are students living in residence halls required to have a meal plan?

Yes, DSU offers four meal plan options. First year students are required to purchase the Blue & Gold plan or Big Dakota plan during their first semester. Students may choose from any of the plans they are eligible for following their first semester.

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Facilities

Do I have to loft my bed?

No, your bed unit may certainly remain at floor level.

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What do I need to do if I want to loft my bed?

Loft kits, which allow students to determine the height of their bed, are furnished by the University.  These units will already be placed in your room upon your arrival.  DSU does not allow students to bring in their own lofts, either home-made or commercial.

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May I bring my own bed?

No, we do provide a bed unit for every resident and expect them to use the beds we provide.

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What size are the bed mattresses?

36" x 80" (Richardson),  36" x 80" (Emry/Zimmermann/8-plex units), 39" x 80" (Higbie). Extra long twin sheets fit on all beds in the system.

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Can furniture be removed and replaced with my own?

All provided room furnishings must remain in the room.  This includes bed mattress, lofting kit, chest of drawers, desk, and desk chair.

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How can I decorate my room?

Students are not allowed to paint their room. A form of fun-tac, poster putty or poster tape (scotch removable adhesive putty, scotch removable poster tape, etc.) is preferred to hang posters, etc. in your room. The use of duct tape, cellophane tape, nails, screws, tacks, hooks or pins is prohibited. Carpet tape is also not allowed for securing carpet to the floor. Students typically personalize their room with personal photos, posters and other memorabilia.

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Is cable television available in the residence hall rooms?

Yes, cable TV is provided in every room as a result of paying the housing fee each semester.

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Is cooking allowed in the rooms?

Only items that are cooked in a microwave may be prepared in a residence hall room. All other cooking should be done in the kitchen area of each hall.

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Are drapes provided in each room?

Yes

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Will my room be carpeted?

No, but you may bring carpet. No foam or rubber back carpet may be used in the hall. All carpet should be low pile.

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What furnishings are included in the room?

Each room will have a complete bed unit, lofting kit, chest of drawers, desk and desk chair

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Last Updated: 6/6/12