Frequently Asked Questions

About Your Room 
What size are the beds in my room?
Is there carpet in my room?
How big is my room?
What amenities are in the room?
Can I bunk my bed?
Do the rooms have cable?
Can I have a refrigerator? 
Can I have a microwave?
Does my room have Internet access?

 
About Living In The Residence Halls

What do I need to bring with me?
Do I need to bring cleaning supplies?

Where do I do my laundry?
Where do I park?
Where should my mail be sent?
Can I have a private room?
What is an RA?
Am I required to pay any additional fees?
Which hall is the best?
Can I have a guest in my room?
Can I live in the University Commons Apartments?


Roommates
What if I don't have a roommate preference?
What if my roommate and I don't get along?
What if I don't get the roommate I wanted?
When will I know who my roommate is?
What if I want to live with a certain ethnic group?


Room and Board / DCB 
Do I have to have a meal plan?
What is DCB?
Can I add money to my DCB?
What if I run out of money on my DCB?
How do I pay for housing and dining? Can I pay in installments?


Your Contract
What if I want to get out of my contract?
Do I have to live in the residence halls?
Can I sign a one semester housing contract?
If I cancel my housing contract, will I get a refund?



Miscellaneous
How do I get a Student ID?
What is my ID good for?




What size are the beds in my room?

Each double room is equipped with two twin beds, both with extra-long mattresses.
The single rooms in M Street, Nutt Hall, Tucker Hall, Stadium Suites, and Wilson Hall are equipped with one twin bed with an extra-long mattress.
The University Commons Apartments and Vista Place are equipped with a full-size bed with a standard-size mattress, in each bedroom.

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Is there carpet in my room?

Jones Hall, Wilson Hall, Stadium Suites, and the University Commons Apartments, have carpet. Baswell Hall, Brown Hall, Caraway Hall, Critz Hall, M Street, Nutt Hall, Paine Hall, Roush Hall, Tucker Hall, Turner Hall, and Wilson Hall all have tile or concrete floors.

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Does my room have Internet access?

Baswell Hall, Brown Hall, Jones Hall, M Street, Nutt Hall, Paine Hall, Roush HallStadium Suites, Turner Hall, University Commons, Vista Place, and Wilson Hall all currently have Ethernet connections in each room. Caraway Hall offers only wireless Internet connection. Residents of South Hall may obtain Internet access by contacting the sorority president.

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Do I need to bring cleaning supplies?

Yes. We have a wonderful housekeeping staff who cleans the common areas, including bathrooms in halls with community bath. However, you are responsible for keeping your room clean. If you live in a suite-style or private bath room, you are also responsible for cleaning your bathroom.

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What all comes in my room?
Baswell Hall, Brown Hall, Caraway Hall, Critz Hall, Hughes Hall, Jones Hall, M Street, Nutt Hall, Paine Hall, Roush Hall, South Hall, Stadium Suites, Tucker HallTurner Hall, University Commons, Vista PlaceWilson Hall.

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How big is my room?
Baswell Hall, Brown Hall, Caraway Hall, Critz Hall, Hughes HallJones Hall, M Street, Nutt Hall, Paine Hall, Roush Hall, South Hall, Stadium Suites, Tucker Hall, Turner Hall, University Commons, Vista Place, Wilson Hall.

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Where do I do my laundry?

Each residence hall has laundry facilities on site. The cost to use the laundry facilities is included in your room and board. The University Commons Apartments and Vista Place are equipped with a washer and dryer in each apartment.

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Where do I park?

You will be issued a colored parking hang-tag from the Department of Public Safety. In order to do this, you must have your student I.D.. At this time, you will also be issued a parking guide which explains all rules and regulations for driving and parking on Arkansas Tech's campus. Residence Hall parking is enforced 24-hours-a-day. Yellow (off-campus) and red (faculty and staff) parking is open between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (For example, if you are issued a green hang tag, at no time can you park in a brown parking lot).

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Where should my mail be sent?

You will need to get a post office box from the University Post Office. The post office is located in the Young Building across the street from Chambers Cafeteria.
If you have packages being delivered from UPS or Federal Express you may have them sent to:

Attn: (YOUR NAME)
Arkansas Tech University
Housing Operations Office
502 West "M" St.
Russellville, AR 72801

We will contact you anytime you have a package delivered and you may pick it up at the Housing Operations Office.

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Can I live in the University Commons Apartments?

Yes, if you have 30 credit hours or more, and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  The University Commons Apartments are reserved for upperclassmen students. We require all residents of the University Commons to pay a $250 deposit.

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Do I have to have a meal plan?

Yes, if you live in the  residence halls, you are required to have a meal plan. However, those students who live in the University Commons Apartments, Garden Park, South Hall, and Vista Place are not required to have a meal plan.

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What is DCB?

DCB stands for Declining Balance. Your student I.D. serves as your DCB card and can be used in Baswell Techionery ("Baz-Tech"), The Convenience Store or in Chambers Cafeteria.

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Can I add money to my DCB?

Yes, you or your parents may do that through the Student Accounts Office.

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Can I have a private room?

The only guaranteed private rooms are in M Street, Nutt Hall, Stadium Suites, Tucker Hall and Wilson Hall, and these rooms are held off for upperclassmen. However, if after the 11th class day, spaces open up in any of the halls, single rooms may come available. These rooms will be granted first on a seniority basis, then on a contract date basis.

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What if I want to get out of my contract?

The contract that you sign is a legally binding contract, which means that you can be held to the terms of the contract for the entire contract period. Please read the contract carefully before signing.

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Do I have to live in the residence halls?

Single students under 21, and with less than 60 hours of college work completed are required to live on campus. Students who live off campus without specific permission from the University are subject to disciplinary action including responsibility for all back charges for room and board incurred while living off campus.

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What if I don't have a roommate preference?

We will find one for you! When you complete your housing application online, you will be have the opportunity to answer personal preference questions.  This information will be used to try to match you with someone who has similar interests.

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What if I did not get the roommate I wanted?

Room changes are not permitted until after the second week of classes. During "move-on days", you will have an opportunity to do room changes. However, all proper paperwork must be completed and turned in within the scheduled time period. Check with your RA to find out when "move-on days" are. 

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What if my roommate and I don't get along?

First, talk with your roommate about whatever it is that is bothering you. 99% of the time, problems can be worked out simply by talking about them. If that doesn't work, speak with your RA, they will sit down with both of you to facilitate communication, and they will have you fill out a roommate contract. Once you have attempted to live under a roommate contract for at least one week, if the problems have not been resolved, you may speak with the Resident Director about a room change.

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What is an RA?

RA stands for Resident Assistant. An RA is a student that lives in a university residential facility and acts as a resource for the students on their floor or in their area of the building. RAs play a key role in creating an environment for students that is conducive to academic, personal and social growth. RAs develop social, academic and cultural activities for their residents. An RA is a friend, resource, mentor, role model and community leader in their hall.

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Am I required to pay any additional fees?

Each year the residence hall staffs provide their residents with over 300 academic and social programs which include anything from pizza parties, concerts, and dances to self-defense classes, alcohol and drug awareness sessions and chemistry tutoring. Your $20.00 (each term) activity fee helps to fund all of these programs.

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How do I get a Student ID?

New students can pick up their ID at the Card Office, Doc Bryan Rm. 104.

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What is my ID good for?

Your ID is used for almost everything on Tech's campus. You can use it to get into most athletic events for free, it is your DCB card, you use it to get a meal at the cafeteria (if you have a meal plan), you use it to get into SAB (Student Activities Board) events, you will need it any time you make a transaction at the Student Accounts Office, and you can use it to get a discount at several Russellville businesses.

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What if I run out of money on my DCB?

You or your parents can add money to your DCB card by contacting the Student Accounts Office.

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Can I have a refrigerator? 

Yes. As long as it is 3.5 cubic-feet or less.
 
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Can I have a microwave?

Yes. As long as it is 700 watt or less.
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What do I need to bring with me?

see Move In Guide

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Which hall is the best?

It depends on what your tastes are. We encourage you to check out each hall's individual web page to find out more about each hall.

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How do I pay for housing and dining? Can I pay in installments?

You will pay for housing at the Student Accounts Office. You must pay 1/4 of your room and board down and you can pay 1/4 on a monthly basis.

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Can I sign a one semester housing contract?

In the residence halls, our housing contracts are for the full academic year. In the University Commons Apartments, you have the choice to sign a 9-month or 12-month contract.

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Can I bunk my bed?

If you live in Baswell Hall, Brown Hall, Critz Hall, Hughes Hall, Jones Hall, Nutt Hall, Paine Hall, South Hall, Tucker Hall , or Wilson Hall you can. The pegs used for bunking your beds are available at the front desk of your residence hall. Please keep in mind that we have a limited number of pegs.

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If I cancel my housing contract, will I get a refund?

If you are approved to get out of your housing contract, you will be charged on a pro-rated basis. You are not considered to be completely checked-out of your room until all of the proper paperwork has been completed and all of your belongings are removed from your room.

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Can I have a guest in my room?

Visitation hours are from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Same sex overnight guests are permitted as long as it is agreed upon by your roommate and it is approved by your head resident or hall director. At no time should a guest say overnight more than three consecutive days.

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Do the rooms have cable?

Yes. There is one cable outlet in each room, in which basic cable is provided. Students in the University Commons may pay extra to have cable put into their individual bedrooms, it is only provided in the common area. Cable splitters, hubs, routers, or other devices that extend cable service or the campus network are prohibited.

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When will I know who my roommate is?

You will know who your roommate is when you select your room assignment. 

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What if I want to live with a certain ethnic group?

Housing assignments are made without regard to race, creed, or national origin.


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