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General Information
Housing Requirements for Undergraduates and NEW Residence Hall Trial Period Program
Application Process and Room Assignments
Housing Contract and Payment Information
Room Accommodations
Moving In, What to Bring, and Other Considerations

 

General Information


Is there a website I can reference for all information and forms?
Yes. Visit http://housing.uah.edu.


How do I contact University Housing?
Charger Village, Room 118
601 John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
P: (256) 824-6108
F: (256) 824-6739
Email: housing@uah.edu


Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding University holidays.

Annual Security Report
Each year the University Police Department Issues an annual campus security report. Please click here to view the current report.


What are the building codes referenced in this document?
CCRH - Central Campus Residence Hall
CV - Charger Village
FFH - Frank Franz Hall
FRSO - Fraternity and Sorority Housing
NCRH - North Campus Residence Hall
SECH - Southeast Campus Housing

Housing Requirements for Undergraduates and NEW Residence Hall Trial Period Program


Who is required to live on campus?
All first and second year full-time undergraduate students with a permanent legal residence beyond a 30 mile radius from campus are required to live in the campus residence halls. This requirement takes effect Fall 2012 and is not applicable to currently enrolled students. Additional information regarding this requirement is available online. You can apply online here.


Are there exceptions to the mandatory housing requirement for first and second year full-time undergraduate students?
Yes. Individuals meeting the following criteria may submit an exemption request and will be approved upon receipt of the "Request for Waiver of Housing Requirement" form and any required supporting documents.

  • Students who are at least 21 years old prior to the first day of classes of their first enrolled term
  • Married students and/or students with children
  • Students with a documented medical hardship
  • Students who have earned 48 or more credit hours from an accredited college/university

Other exemption requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Request for Waiver of Housing Requirement forms must be submitted ten working days prior to the first day of classes of the term for which the waiver is requested. Additional information regarding exceptions is available online.


Is a trial period available for those who want to try living on campus, but are not required to do so?
Yes. The Residence Hall Trial Period Program is a new six-week program available beginning Fall 2012. It provides the opportunity for local students whose permanent, legal residence is within 30 miles of campus the chance to experience on-campus living and all its advantages for a risk-free, six-week trial period. After the trial period, you may elect to remain in University housing or to move out with no further obligation. Participants can take advantage of the available support programs designed to help students achieve academic success, social interaction, and campus engagement. For more information, please visit our website.

Application Process and Room Assignments

How do I apply for Undergraduate Housing?
Upon being admitted to the University, you can apply for housing online .

How do I apply for Family and Graduate Housing? UAHuntsville offers family and graduate housing at our Southeast Campus Housing (SECH) area. Apply online by clicking the Apply Online tab and then the Non-First Time Freshman link. Family and graduate housing is limited; you are encouraged to apply early.

When do I apply for housing?
It is never too late to apply for housing; however, you must first be admitted to the University. Early application increases your chances of receiving your preferred housing assignment. We suggest you apply by May 1st for the following Fall semester or by December 1st for the following Spring semester.


Am I guaranteed housing when I apply?
On campus housing is guaranteed for students who meet the first and second year full-time undergraduate housing requirement. All other students are assigned housing based upon date of application and space availability.


What fees are due at time of application?
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee and a $100 commitment fee required at time of application. The $100 commitment fee is credited toward the last semester of your contract (typically the Spring semester if your housing contract begins in the Fall semester). Should you decide to cancel your housing application, notify University Housing at housing@uah.edu. If you cancel on or prior to the deadline date noted on your assignment letter, your commitment fee will be refunded. If you cancel after the deadline date, your commitment fee is forfeited.


Do I get to pick my roommate?
You may request up to three roommate choices when applying for housing. Students wanting to room together should list each other as their first choice. University Housing cannot guarantee all roommate requests, but will make all efforts to accommodate your request.


When will I receive my room assignment?
Once all room assignments are completed, they are posted online in your Student Banner account under "My Housing". Fall assignments are typically posted in mid to late July to allow the maximum amount of time for pairing roommates.


Once my room is assigned, can I request a room change?
If you would like to request a room change prior to moving in, please contact our Assistant Director for Assignments and Assessments at housing@uah.edu. If you would like to request a room change after moving in, please contact your Resident Director. UAHuntsville housing allows "no-reason" room changes to occur the third weekend of each semester.

Housing Contract and Payment Information

What is the housing contract period and can I terminate my housing contract early?
Housing contracts are effective for the entire academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). One bedroom apartment contracts in Southeast Campus Housing are 12-month contracts. If you wish to terminate your contract early, you must speak with your Resident Director (RD) prior to starting the Intent to Vacate process. You are required to fulfill all terms of your contract unless you graduate, are academically dismissed, are no longer enrolled or have an approved extenuating circumstance from the Housing office. Financial difficulties are not a contractually approved justification to terminate your contract and must be approved by the Associate Director for Housing & Residence Life.


When is payment due?
For your convenience, University Housing splits your housing costs into a Fall and Spring semester payment. You may also choose to participate in a deferred payment plan that offers payment installments through the Cashier's office located in the University Center. Additional information regarding the deferred payment plan can be found online.


What is included in the room rate?
Your room rate covers the cost of your room for the entire academic year and includes cable television, Internet service, phone, 24-hour security and all maintenance and utilities (electricity, water, gas, trash removal, everything!). All services are "wrapped" into one cost that is posted on your student account.

Will my financial aid pay for housing?
Yes. Financial aid typically is applied to all charges on your student account, including housing, Any remaining balance is to be paid by you or your parent/guardian. See the Financial Aid website for more details.

Is on-campus living a better value than renting off campus?
When compared with off-campus rental apartments or houses, on-campus living is often less expensive and more convenient. On-campus living fees include the cost of all utilities, cable television, Internet service, phone and 24-hour security; no deposit, connection, service, or termination fees are required. And, you receive only one bill for all services. Additionally, on-campus students don't have the hassle of subletting or paying needless rent for an empty apartment or house during the summer. Students who want to live on campus year-round can choose to live in SECH or NCRH.

Room Accommodations

Can I view suites before moving in?
Space permitting, University Housing will make suites available for viewing in all housing areas. You can arrange a tour by contacting the Office of Admissions (uahadmissions@uah.edu) or University Housing (housing@uah.edu).

Can the University accommodate my disability?
UAHuntsville is committed to making reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities. If you have special housing needs, please reference it on your housing application. You must also contact the Office of Disability Services (256-824-6203). It is important for us to be aware of your needs as early as possible so we can assist you in obtaining suitable accommodations.

Is there Internet connectivity in the student rooms?
Yes! All student rooms in all residence halls and apartments have wired Internet connectivity. Currently, SECH and Charger Village (along with the Dining Facility) offer both wired and wireless Internet. In the near future, all facilities will be wireless.

Are there kitchens and laundry facilities in every residence hall?
Yes. Kitchens and laundry facilities are provided in all residence halls. In fact, our newest residence hall, Charger Village, has kitchen and laundry facilities on EVERY floor of the facility.


Are microwaves and refrigerators furnished?
All campus residence halls, except SECH, have microwaves in the suite. A refrigerator is also provided in each campus residence hall suite (CCRH rooms have mini-fridges). You may bring your own microwave and refrigerator (up to four cubic feet), but in most cases it is not necessary.

What about furniture?
All residence hall rooms come fully furnished with the exception of the unfurnished, one-bedroom apartments at SECH. You are not allowed to take university-provided furniture out of the residence hall suite. We encourage you to not bring additional furniture (except televisions, computers, etc.) as all residence hall rooms are fully furnished.

Are the residence halls open during the break periods?
CV, FFH, NCRH, SECH and FRSO Housing are open during the break periods (Winter Break and Spring Break). CCRH is closed during the break periods. Please refer to our website or your assignment letter for closing dates and times.

Do I have to move all of my belongings out of my room during winter break?
No, you are not required to remove your belongings during the winter break if you are returning for the spring semester. CCRH and FFH close over winter break, and you must vacate the building by the published schedule. You are, however, required to remove belongings over the summer break.

Moving In, What to Bring, and Other Considerations


When is Move-In Day for Fall 2013?
Move-In Day is Friday, August16th, beginning at 9am. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 21st. Week of Welcome (WOW) activities begin on the afternoon of Friday, August 16th.


Can I move in prior to Move-In Day?
If you would like to request an earlier move-in date, please contact our office at 256-824-6108 for more information. You will be required to complete an early move in request form.

Can I have a car on campus?
Yes. You obtain your required parking decal from Public Safety at the Intermodal Facility. A year-long parking decal is $120. UAHuntsville does not have assigned parking for faculty/staff and students, so parking close to your residence hall is usually easy.

What should I bring?
You should bring bed linens (extra long twins), a pillow, and bath linens. We also recommend you bring an alarm clock, desk lamp, beverage glasses, iron, clothes hangers, and/or a laundry bag. Window blinds or shades are provided in each room, but you may bring fire-resistant curtains or drapes. Prior to move in day, you will receive a "what to bring" list for your reference.


Should I bring additional furniture?
All residence hall rooms come fully furnished with the exception of the unfurnished, one-bedroom apartments at SECH. You are not allowed to take university-provided furniture out of the residence hall suite. We encourage you to not bring additional furniture (except televisions, computers, etc.) as all residence hall rooms are fully furnished.

Can I bring my own microwave or refrigerator?
All campus residence halls, except SECH, have microwaves in the suite. A refrigerator is also provided in each campus residence hall suite (CCRH rooms have mini-fridges). You may bring your own microwave and refrigerator (up to four cubic feet), but in most cases it is not necessary.

Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed on campus. Fish, in aquariums 20 gallons or smaller, are allowed. There is a strict financial penalty for housing an unallowable pet. If you require the assistance of a service animal, contact the Disability Services Office.

How do I receive mail and packages?
Mail and packages are delivered to each residence hall. Packages are delivered to the Resident Director's (RD) office and you will be notified in your mailbox when a package arrives. Your assignment letter will have your official address posted for mailing purposes.

Do I have to have a meal plan?
All UAHuntsville students (including commuters) are required to purchase a meal plan. For more meal plan information, please visit University Dining online.

Should I purchase renter's insurance?
Yes. It is recommended you purchase renters insurance or see if a homeowner's policy covers loss of personal property. University Housing does not cover personal property damage or loss that occurs in the residence hall. If you are interested National Student Services Inc. offers plans for students and can be found under parent resources on the main page or by clicking here.

What if I want a room change?
If you would like to request a room change prior to moving in, please contact our Assistant Director for Assignments and Assessments at housing@uah.edu. If you would like to request a room change after moving in, please contact your Resident Director (RD). UAHuntsville housing allows "no-reason" room changes to occur the third weekend of each semester.


What if my roommate and I do not get along?
Roommate conflicts happen among even the best of friends. Please speak with your roommate about the situation. You can also ask your Resident Assistant (RA) or your Resident Director (RD) for assistance. UAHuntsville housing allows a "no-reason" room change on the third weekend of each semester.