HOUSING and RESIDENCE LIFE

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing

Gender Neutral Housing

Rooming

Other Housing and Rooming Issues

Online Housing Request

Dining



Housing

Who is Eligible to Live On Campus?

To be eligible for on campus housing a student must meet the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student with 12 or more credit hours.
  • Pay a Housing Deposit and return a signed Housing Contract that was received and accepted by the Department of Housing & Residence Life.

For more detail and current information regarding eligibility, please contact the Department of Housing & Residence Life at 410- 704- 2516.

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If I Decide Not to Live On Campus, Can I Get My Housing Deposit Back?

The annual $350 Housing Deposit is a non-refundable fee. If you canceled before you check into the residence halls, your room and board fees can be refunded.

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Can I Move Out of Housing After I Check In?

No, once you pick up your room key, you are obligated to live on-campus for the entire academic year. Refer to your Housing Contract for the reasons that you can be released from your contract.

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If I am Academically Dismissed, May I Live On Campus?

No, you are not eligible to live on campus. However, if you are reinstated, you can contact our office to have your name placed on the waiting list. Students placed on the waiting list will be offered a space if an opening occurs. There is no guarantee of Housing.

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Can I stay on campus over the summer or during Minimester?

Minimester housing is optional and is not included as part of the Housing Contract. A limited amount of space is available during minimester in a separate residence hall. Students who are attending Minimester and would like Housing must apply at the Housing & Residence Life Office in the West Village Commons (Suite 309) and pay an additional fee. Summer School Housing is handled in the same way as Minimester Housing.

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Can I Leave Something in My Room over Breaks?

During all breaks (except Summer), you may leave your belongings in the room (if you do not live on a discounted room floor) but you must physically vacate the building. Tenants of Towson Run Apartments and the International House should refer to their building supervisor for additional information.

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Are there Any Special Housing Options?

Yes. Housing options include Residential Learning Communities, Honors housing, Alcohol-Free housing and Gender Neutral housing. For more housing options, please refer to the housing options page listed below.

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Gender Neutral Housing

What is Gender Neutral Housing?

Gender Neutral Housing (GNH) communities focus on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Why are we doing this? Why now?

A growing trend for colleges and universities is a shift toward gender neutral housing and restrooms. Within the last several years, Housing & Residence Life has collaborated with the Center for Student Diversity on the viability of bringing gender neutral housing to Towson University.

Housing & Residence Life researched best practices and hosted focus groups in Fall 2011 to discuss the interest and viability of offering Gender Neutral Housing as a new housing option. The feedback provided insight into the benefits and potential obstacles facing those who would most appreciate this housing option. A pilot proposal was drafted and a planning committee was formed to establish criteria for developing Gender Neutral Housing at Towson University.

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How will this compare to Residential Learning Communities (e.g. Honors Housing, Global Village, and STEM)?

Gender Neutral Housing is a housing option rather than a Residential Learning Community. While intentional programming may permeate the communities that house Gender Neutral Housing, the primary purpose is to provide a space for people of all genders to live comfortably and without judgment.

Residential Learning Communities require either academic or interdepartmental partnerships to guide learning and engagement within the residence halls. Whether connecting Honors College to Honors Housing or the International Student Scholars Office to Global Village, Residential Learning Communities are purposed toward co-curricular programming and learning for resident students.

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Who is eligible for Gender Neutral Housing?

Gender Neutral Housing is open to all students. Students will also have to complete the application process according to deadlines and qualify for on-campus housing. Students will also be required to sign an agreement of understanding; noting their compliance to community standards.

First year students and returning students with 59 credits or less who indicate an interest in Gender Neutral Housing will be assigned within university housing. Questions can be directed to Housing & Residence Life at 410-704-2516.

Returning residents with 60 credits or more and transferring students who have an interest in Gender Neutral Housing will need to contact Millennium Hall at Towson University by visiting the Millennium Hall website listed below and selecting Application/Forms questions should be directed to 410-704-6455.

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What are the dates and process to indicate an interest in Gender Neutral Housing?

Incoming first year students can indicate an interest during the online housing contract process, from February 1st May 1, 2013.

The proccess for returning residents interested in Gender Neutral Housing will be outlined in the housing contract process information emailed to all current university housing residents by the middle of February.

Returning and transferring students can indicate an interest during the Millennium Hall contract process from February 11 February 22, 2013 and after based on availability.

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When will Gender Neutral Housing be available as an option?

Gender Neutral Housing was a pilot program for the 2012-2013 academic year and will continue to offered as a housing options going forward.

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What will happen to the remaining roommates/apartment-mates in the event that a vacancy occurs?

If a vacancy occurs, the remaining student(s) will be allowed two weeks to request a new roommate from the pool of applicants for Gender Neutral Housing. After two weeks, Housing & Residence Life staff will review the list of Gender Neutral Housing applicants to find a suitable room assignment.

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What if a parent or guardian does not want their student(s) to live in gender neutral housing?

We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of a student's housing preference.

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Will you prevent people who are romantically involved from living together?

Gender Neutral Housing is not intended for romantic couples. However, we respect the privacy of our students.

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Where can I go to review more information?

Housing & Residence Life main page

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Rooming

What if I have a Disagreement with My Roommate and Do Not Get Along?

First, DO NOT MAKE SNAP JUDGEMENTS. You should attempt to work out the problem by talking with your roommate. If residents are unable to agree or come up with a workable solution, contact your RA for assistance. No room changes will be considered during the first two weeks of the semester. After that, room changes will be made on a space-available basis and are not guaranteed to occur. The dissatisfied roommate is the one who is responsible for moving.

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If I Request a Roommate, am I Guaranteed that Person?

Room assignments are made in the order that housing deposits are received. Roommate requests will receive first priority and must be mutual. All roommate requests made by May 1 will be honored if space is available.

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How can I Request a Single Room?

New Freshmen must complete the online housing request process and select the single room option in order to be considered for a single room. Single rooms are assigned on a space available basis.

Current students must pay their housing deposit and fill out a single room request card by March 12, in order to be considered for a Single. Students will be assigned in order of credit hours (starting with the highest number of credits). All students will be notified after spring break and prior to room sign-up the status of their single room request. Those students not assigned a Single will need to participate in Room Sign-up.

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What is Included in Each Room?

Student rooms are furnished with bed(s), desk(s), desk chair(s), closet(s) or wardrobe(s), wall-to-wall carpeting, blinds or drapes and a micro-fridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator). The rooms also come equipped with free basic cable television (34 channels), unlimited Internet, and wireless internet (bring your own coaxial cable, television, and computer). Most buildings are air-conditioned.

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Other Housing and Rooming Issues

What About the Bathroom Situation?

In Glen Towers, the bathroom connects two rooms (with four or five women, or four or five men to a bathroom). Other halls have community or quad bathrooms (also separate for men and women). Don’t worry, the wait for shower isn't’t too long!

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Who Cleans the Bathrooms in the Residence Halls?

Traditional residence halls where there are shared bathrooms down the hall or residence halls with quads are cleaned daily by housekeeping staff. In suite-style rooms, the residents are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms.

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What about My Laundry?

There are washers and dryers in the residence halls. Students can use their One Card (points) or quarters to use the laundry machines and the cost for each load is $1.00.

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Can I Bring My Car?

Freshman resident students are typically restricted from having a vehicle on campus. If space is available, Parking Services at its discretion may allow freshman residents to have a vehicle. If space becomes available, notification will be posted on the Parking Services web site and on Daily Digest.

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Online Housing Request

What is my Net ID and Password ?

Your Net ID is the first part of your email address at Towson University (example@students.towson.edu).

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What if I have forgotten my Net ID or Password?

You will need to contact Student Computing Services at 410-704-5151.

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Why does the screen look off-center or have images overlapping some of the words?

Your screen resolution should be set to 1024 X 768 to get the proper page layout. This screen resolution is the default resolution for Windows. You will need to use Internet Explorer or Firefox for Windows and Firefox for Mac.

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When I try to login to the Online Housing Request, my screen closes?

This probably means that you are blocking pop-ups from the gateway. You will need to configure your browser to allow pop-up from the gateway. There is a configuration guide located directly below the login field on the first page of the Online Housing Reqest.

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What credit cards can I use to pay my online housing deposit?

You can use Visa, Master Card, and Discover.

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What if I don't have a credit card?

You can call Housing & Residence Life at 410-704-2516 and request a contract packet to be mailed to you.

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Can I use any other forms of payment to pay my online housing deposit?

At this time, we can only accept credit card payments online.

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Why can't I read the Tutorials or download the Housing Accommodations Form?

You will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a free program that you can obtain from Adobe's web site( http://www.adobe.com).

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Dining

What dining options are available on campus?

No matter where you go on campus, you can find something good to eat! We have 12 dining locations, and offer a variety of meal plans. Menus include standard American, vegetarian and kosher cuisine as well as a-la-carte dining.

There are three dining halls on campus, Glen, Newell and West Village Commons. You can find out what’s for dinner by calling (410) 704-MENU or click here for more meal plan information. Glen Dining Hall is a popular location because of its open glass structure all-you-can-eat menu. Newell Dining Hall offers a menu similar to the Glen, with hot entries, vegetarian and kosher cuisine. West Village Commons includes a variety of hot and fresh foods cooked to your liking. You can order vegetarian dishes at all three dining halls.

If you work up an appetite traveling across campus, stop by the Brick Street Café on the lower level of Hawkins Hall for bagels or sandwiches. You can get pizza, sandwiches, coffee and snacks at the Newell Den. The Susquehanna Food Court in the University Union is a mall-style eatery where you’ll find Chick-fil-A, Pazzelli’s Pizza, University Deli, Nathan’s Hot Dogs and the Market Carvery. You can get soups, salads or sandwiches for lunch at the 7720 Café in the Administration Building. Located in the West Village Commons building is an a la carte facility that offers quality brands: Einstein Bros. Bagel, Jamba Juice, and Coyote Jack's Grill.

If you just need a cup of coffee between classes, Ritazza Coffee Carts are located in Stephens Hall and at the Center of the Arts. Plus, you can stock your microfridge at one of the two convenience stores on campus located in the Glen Dining area and at Outtakes located on the first level of West Village Commons.

To learn more about dining on campus, please visit the Dining Services web site:

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