COVID-19 Campus Housing Status Updates

As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, university operations, including housing and dining, will follow public health guidance from Colorado and Larimer County and evolve as those recommendations change. We recognize that this fall will be different than previous years and will continue to update our website as these important details are finalized.

Billing Update
Earlier this summer, we asked incoming hall residents to select, whether or not they would need on-campus extended housing November 21-December 8, when the University shifts to an online format. We originally shared that those who selected on-campus housing for that period of time would see charges for extended housing on their bill now; however, upon further consideration we have decided to wait to add these charges to bills. This will give students a chance to change their housing plans through an extended housing registration process that will open in October.

Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Move-In

    When can I move into the residence halls?
    To support public health guidelines, including physical distancing, Move-In will take place over a 5-day period between Monday, Aug. 17-Friday, Aug. 21.

    Can I show up anytime during those days to move in?
    Arrivals will be limited to 15 residents per building, per hour between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. (with breaks from noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.).

    How do I schedule my a move-in date/time?
    Visit MyHousing.colostate.edu and select ‘Fall 2020 Move-In Registration’ to schedule your specific move-in date and hour of arrival.

      • If your desired timeslot is full, you will need to select another timeslot and plan to arrive accordingly. Your move-in process does not have to be complete within one hour, rather please schedule the hour in which you plan to arrive.
      • You may go back into MyHousing up until the day prior to your scheduled arrival to update the date/time.
      • If you have not yet received your hall assignment, please wait to schedule a Move-In arrival time until you receive it. All residents who have applied by July 15, will receive their assignments by July 27.
      • If your building assignment changes after you have scheduled a time, you do not need to go back into the system and select a new one. Your scheduled time will automatically update to your newly-assigned building.

    What should we do if our travel plans do not coincide with our Move-In reservation time?
    Residents should adhere to their scheduled arrival time as much as possible. If circumstances arise that prevent this, please contact housing@colostate.edu for assistance.

    What if it takes me longer than one hour to move into my room?
    The move-in process does not have to be completed within one hour, rather we are asking residents to schedule the starting hour in which they plan to arrive. We ask all residents to limit what they bring to campus to make the move-in process as streamlined as possible (no large furniture or futons, we encourage students to rent a microfridge so it is in the room when they arrive, etc.).

    Are family members or helpers allowed to assist with move-in?
    Guests/Move-In helpers are limited to 2 per resident and are asked to leave campus by the end of Move-In day. Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls.

    Will there be helpers/volunteers available at the residence hall when I arrive?
    Move-In volunteers will not be available this year to provide move-in assistance as in past years. This prevents crowding and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Residents may choose to bring a personal cart/dolly to help move in their belongings. Housing & Dining Services also has a limited number of carts available for check-out in the lobby and will provide disinfectant wipes to clean before and after use.

    Are masks required during Move-In?
    All students, guests, and staff are required to wear masks in public spaces on university grounds, including outdoors, at all times.

    Are there quarantine/isolation requirements for incoming students prior to arrival?
    With just three weeks to go before Move In week, we are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Two weeks prior to arriving on campus, students (and up to two people helping them move in) should monitor for symptoms and self-isolate as much as possible to limit exposure as everyone arrives at CSU. We are working closely with the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team to develop plans for COVID-19 testing during Move-In and we will share details as soon as we have a finalized plan. See covidrecovery.colostate.edu/covid-testing/ to learn more.

    Are there any items that are not advisable to bring?
    This year, large items and furniture such as couches, futons, entertainment systems, large chairs, etc., are prohibited in order to ensure an efficient move-in process and mitigate long lines and crowding. Please also see below that bed lofting is not possible this year, which will limit space for extra furniture items. Smaller furniture such as folding chairs (that are easy to move in/out) are permitted.

    Can I have my bed lofted in advance of arrival?
    To limit staff entry into rooms this year and support physical distancing, we are eliminating the option of having lofted beds in rooms. All beds will be set to the medium height (which allows for 30” of storage underneath the bed). We also cannot permit students and families to loft beds on their own because it risks damage to the room and/or injury to students if not properly set up.

    My roommate and I have decided to purchase a minifridge and microwave. Are those still allowed?
    Minifridges and microwaves are allowed; however, we encourage you to rent instead of purchasing. They will be delivered right to your room prior to Move-In and will help expedite the move-in process. More info about how to rent is on our website. housing.colostate.edu/halls/move-in/

    Is it okay to have items shipped ahead to my residence hall?
    Yes! Residents are encouraged to ship as many items as possible prior to Move-In. More information about shipping and 3rd party vendors is available at housing.colostate.edu/halls/move-in/#shipping

    Where can I pick up my RamCard?
    Residents can pick up their RamCards in residence hall mailboxes after they check in and get their keys during Move In. If you haven’t already done so, please visit rampix.colostate.edu as soon as possible to submit your RamCard photo and verify your identification with a copy of your US driver license or passport from any country. Doing so before August 14 ensures that your RamCard will be delivered to your hall mailbox. Your RamCard is your CSU ID and your key to campus for food from the dining centers, RamCash purchases, building access across campus, ticket to athletic and cultural events, library card, bus pass, and much more, so it is very important that all residents complete these steps so they can pick up their card when they arrive.

  • Physical/Social Distancing

    Will Move-In be in-person or virtual? If in person, what will you do to help reduce contact with others?

    • All aspects of the move-in process that can be done online are being moved to our website to reduce person-to-person contact.
    • We are establishing one-way hallways and stairwells during move-in to assist with traffic flow.
    • We are working on finding ways to make the entire move-in process as “touchless” as possible.
    • At customer service points, plexiglass shields are being installed at various desks/front offices/etc.
    • Residents, staff, and guests must wear masks in public areas and while interacting with one another at the front desk, dining center, etc.
    • In lieu of reusable water bottles, residents will receive a CSU-branded face mask this year. 

    Are there any new policies related to friends visiting, or for overnight guests?
    Yes, non-resident guests are prohibited until the pandemic is over, including residents of other buildings and family members, except in the lobby areas. All lobby guests are required to wear masks and physically distance (6 feet apart). Only guests from within the floor/wing/building/complex are permitted on resident floors and in rooms.

    What if a staff member needs to enter my room to repair something?
    To better protect both staff and students, it is advised that students leave the room while work is completed. All staff members will wear masks and are required to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from students if they cannot leave the room. Residents are also required to wear masks when staff are present in their room.

     

  • Cleaning & Sanitization

    Housing & Dining Services Facilities has boosted both the frequency and the level of cleaning in all of our buildings. We are using a bleach solution on high-touch areas (elevator buttons, door knobs, front desks, etc.). Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are available at all front desks and in all dining centers. Our Environmental Services crews are also ensuring that all soap dispensers are regularly filled. We understand concerns about staff entering rooms and apartments at this time for maintenance and repairs and we will limit entries as much as possible. It is necessary for us to enter for emergencies and/or urgent maintenance and repairs and we will notify you about those in advance.

    Is hand sanitizer available at the residence halls?
    Yes, in addition to the front desk areas, hand sanitizer stations are being added to the resident floors. Handwashing is best and we encourage all students to regularly wash hands (i.e. after passing through public spaces, before and after eating, after using the restroom, etc.).

    How often will community bathrooms be cleaned?
    Community bathrooms will be cleaned twice per day and Housing & Dining Facilities will also provide cleaning supplies if students would like to additionally clean surfaces before and after use.

    How often will suite bathrooms be cleaned?
    Suite bathrooms will be cleaned once per month to reduce staff entry into student rooms. Cleaning kits will be provided for each suite room for self-cleaning of sinks/vanities and bathrooms between staff cleanings.

    What additional measures are being taken to sanitize the surfaces in common areas like lobbies?
    In addition to frequent cleaning, we are purchasing electrostatic disinfectant sprayers for staff use, which contain positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects.

  • Community Building

    With limited person-to-person contact, what are some things that we can look forward to, helping to develop a sense of community in the residence halls?

    • Resident Assistants, Inclusive Community Assistants, and Eco Leaders will be engaging students in each community. Engagement will look a little different this year, but community-building is still the focus.
    • Each hall community will receive a customized “Zoom” background that will allow for students to identify who may be in their halls and will help create community for academic support.
    • Halls will have floor meetings and community meetings; however, they will be held virtually.
    • Community staff will also promote and connect students with opportunities to engage in virtual campus activities.

  • Dining

    Will we be able to dine-in, or will food be available only for take-out?

    • We are moving to a new physical distancing-style in dining centers, and while we will have very limited spaces available for dining in Allison, Braiden, Durrell, The Foundry, and Ram’s Horn, food will be mainly be available for take-out.
    • We are adding mobile ordering technology to have orders prepped for quick pick-up in dining centers
    • Dinner service will be added to Allison to help meet demand.
    • A temporary grab and go facility will be open at Newsom.
    • Each resident will receive a reusable cutlery set (fork, knife, and spoon) to reduce the number of disposable items taken away from the dining centers. Takeout containers will be compostable wherever possible to help reduce waste. 

    I have specific dietary needs – will someone be available to help guide me with food options?
    Yes, our dietician is available to help guide you and we take your needs seriously. Students with dietary needs will receive a welcome packet to highlight options.

    • Contact Brittney Sly, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, at
      (970) 491-4714 or Sly@colostate.edu.

    Are my parents and family members still able to join me in the dining centers on campus?
    Parents/guardians may get a meal from the dining centers with their student during Move-In; however, complimentary parent/guardian/guest meals are suspended thereafter to limit the number of people in the dining centers.

  • Residence Hall Assignments

    All residents who have applied for housing by July 15 will receive their final assignment by July 27.

    If you have not done so already, visit myhousing.colostate.edu where you will be asked to review and sign the updated Fall 2020 Housing Contract and Addendum to access your assignment. The contract has been updated and the addendum added to outline important public health guidelines that will be in place in campus housing this fall. Even if you have signed the previous version of the contract, you will be asked to sign the updated version and the addendum. We are taking public health precautions very seriously this fall and we appreciate you doing your part to keep our community healthy as we open and embark on this journey together.

    As we shared earlier this summer, we have adjusted housing assignments as much as possible to accommodate students who would like to remain in housing campus after fall break. While we have met as many of these requests as possible, we are aware that not everyone will be satisfied with their housing assignment and we ask you to bear with us as the complexities of assignments this year are incredibly challenging and we are not able to make additional switches at this time. Rest assured that if you need housing after fall break, we will have space for you.

    Please note that it may take a day or two for the University billing system to reflect these assignments.

    Can I view the Hall Contract?
    Yes, a copy of the Hall Contract can be found at housing.colostate.edu/halls/policies/#hallcontract

    Will roommates be assigned and at what capacity will the residence halls be filled?
    Other than students living in designed singles, residents can expect to be placed with a roommate. Public health experts have provided guidance that living with roommates is acceptable and we are asking residents to wear masks in public spaces, sanitize/clean high-touch surfaces regularly, and practice proper hand washing. Some spaces will be left vacant to help reduce overall occupancy, particularly in community-style halls with shared restrooms. Space is also set aside in the event that quarantine rooms are needed.

    Can I change roommates, rooms or halls during the semester? What are my options if am I asked to move?

    • Assignment changes will be limited only to those deemed critical by Housing & Dining Services staff including but not limited to conduct/discipline, maintenance, and/or irreconcilable roommate differences after conflict resolution efforts have been attempted.
    • Residents must comply with temporary or permanent reassignment at the direction of Housing & Dining Services, including compliance with any directions for isolation or quarantine.

    Will the residence halls remain open after Fall Break when courses all shift to an online format?

    Yes, we are committed to maintaining housing and meal options for all students who need to remain on campus following Fall Break, Nov. 21-Dec. 18. We predict many residents will choose to complete the last three weeks of the semester elsewhere, and therefore plan on housing remaining students in a smaller subset of residential buildings. All incoming residents were sent an email in early July asking them to please select the option that best applies to their planned living arrangements for November 21-December 18. As many residents as possible who indicated a need to remain in the halls for the final weeks of the semester received a new building and/or room assignment. As we receive cancellations, we will continue to make that a priority for residents we were unable to initially reassign to an extended housing building. Some of these residents may be reassigned before Move In and if that is not possible, we will work with residents to make the transition at Fall Break into extended housing as smooth as possible. The assignments process this fall has been unprecedented and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work through numerous adjustments and changes.

    Residents who indicate to stay will see charges for extended housing on their bill, but this in no way locks residents into any decision, as the opportunity to add or remove extended housing will be offered later during the fall semester. 2020-2021 room and board rates, including extended housing, is are posted at housing.colostate.edu/halls/rates/.

    Will my room be held if I choose not to live on campus the final three weeks of the fall semester?
    Yes, your room assignment and housing contract are for the full academic year. If you leave campus for fall/winter breaks or the final three weeks of the fall semester, your room will remain assigned to you and your belongings can remain in that space. Please note that building access during these times may be limited to those who remain on campus, so residents who are leaving should take everything they will need with them. If shifting University operations require a change in housing operations, including assignments, we will alert residents as soon as possible.

  • Quarantine Spaces

    What will happen if I am required to quarantine or self-isolate?
    We have a detailed plan to house and support students who are required to quarantine or self-isolate. Students who need this service will be temporarily moved to a private room/apartment for the duration of the quarantine or self-isolation period, and services such as meal delivery will be provided. There are no additional charges associated with quarantine or self-isolation services.

    Please visit https://covidrecovery.colostate.edu/covid-19-quarantine-in-university-housing-faq/ for more information regarding the University’s response plan and quarantine process.

  • COVID-19 Testing

    The CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team has developed a plan to provide free COVID-19 testing for students living on campus.

    • Each hall will be assigned a specific tent for COVID-19 test sample collection during Move In.
    • A link to the registration portal with instructions on how to register will be emailed. It is mandatory for students to check in on the portal. All students are strongly encouraged to be tested for the health of our community; once checked in through the registration portal, students can choose to opt out of testing.

    For more information about COVID-19 testing visit research.colostate.edu/covid-testing/

The university apartments are open year-round, regardless of whether CSU classes are in-person or online. We are carefully monitoring public health guidance and the university is required to follow guidelines to protect our students and community. Any changes or updates will be shared with incoming students.

Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Move-In

    When can I move into my apartment?
    Your scheduled arrival date as listed in your assignment offer is the day you can arrive and move in to your apartment.

    Can I show up anytime during my arrival date?
    Yes. We do encourage residents, if possible, to move in during hours when the community office will be open: Currently, these hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sa.-Su., but these are subject to change. If the office is closed, a duty number will be posted to contact staff to assist.

    What should we do if our travel plans do not coincide with our arrival date?
    Residents should adhere to their scheduled arrival date as much as possible. If circumstances arise that may cause difficulty, please contact our office at housing@colostate.edu. While we cannot assure the apartment will be ready for a different arrival date, we will accommodate as much as possible.

    Are family members or helpers allowed to assist with Move-In?
    Guests/Move-In helpers are limited to 2 per resident or family and are asked to leave campus by the end of Move-In day. Overnight guests are not permitted in the apartments.

    Are masks required during Move-In?
    All students, guests, and staff are required to wear masks in public spaces on university grounds, including outdoors, at all times.

    Are there quarantine/isolation requirements for incoming students prior to arrival?
    With just three weeks to go before Move In week, we are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Two weeks prior to arriving on campus, students (and up to two people helping them move in) should monitor for symptoms and self-isolate as much as possible to limit exposure as everyone arrives at CSU. We are working closely with the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team to develop plans for COVID-19 testing during Move-In and we will share details as soon as we have a finalized plan. See covidrecovery.colostate.edu/covid-testing/ to learn more.

    Is it okay to have items shipped ahead to my apartment?
    No. Limited storage prohibits us from storing packages for future residents. Consider trying to schedule deliveries to arrive shortly after your Move-In date as an alternative.

  • Physical/Social Distancing

    Will Move-In be in-person or virtual? If in person, what will you do to help reduce contact with others?

    • All aspects of the move-in process that can be done online are being moved to our website to reduce person-to-person contact.
    • We are establishing one-way hallways and stairwells during move-in to assist with traffic flow.
    • We are working on finding ways to make the entire move-in process as “touchless” as possible.
    • At customer service points, plexiglass shields are being installed at various desks/front offices/etc.
    • Residents, staff, and guests must wear masks in public areas and while interacting with one another at the front desk, dining center, etc.

    Are there any new policies related to friends visiting, or for overnight guests?
    Yes, non-resident guests are prohibited until the pandemic is over, including residents of other buildings and family members, except in the lobby areas. All lobby guests are required to wear masks and physically distance (6 feet apart). Only guests from within the floor/wing/building/complex are permitted in apartments.

    What if a staff member needs to enter my apartment to repair something?
    To better protect both staff and students, it is advised that students leave the apartment while work is completed. All staff members will wear masks and are required to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from students if they cannot leave the apartment. Residents are also required to wear masks when staff are present in their apartment.

  • Cleaning & Sanitization

    Is hand sanitizer available at university apartments?
    Yes, hand sanitizer is available at the front desk areas. Handwashing is best and we encourage all students to regularly wash hands (i.e. after passing through public spaces, before and after eating, after using the restroom, etc.).

    What additional measures are being taken to sanitize the surfaces in common areas like lobbies?
    In addition to frequent cleaning, we are purchasing electrostatic disinfectant sprayers for staff use, which contain positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects.

  • Community Building

    With limited person-to-person contact, what are some things that we can look forward to, helping to develop a sense of community in university apartments?

    • Each apartment community will receive a customized “Zoom” background that will allow for students to identify who may be in their apartment and will help create community for academic support.
    • Community staff will also promote and connect students with opportunities to engage in virtual campus activities.

  • University Apartment Assignments

    Can I view an apartment lease?
    An example of the apartment lease can be found at housing.colostate.edu/apartments/apply/

    Will roommates be assigned and at what capacity will the apartments be filled?
    Other than students living in apartments designed or designated for individual assignments, residents can expect to be placed with a roommate(s). Public health experts have provided guidance that living with roommates is acceptable and we are asking residents to wear masks in public spaces, sanitize/clean high-touch surfaces regularly, and practice proper handwashing. Space is set aside in the event that quarantine apartments are needed.

    Can I change roommates or apartments during the semester? What are my options if am I asked to move?
    Assignment changes will be limited only to those deemed critical by Housing & Dining Services staff including but not limited to conduct/discipline, maintenance, and/or irreconcilable roommate differences after conflict resolution efforts have been attempted.

    Residents must comply with temporary or permanent reassignment at the direction of Housing & Dining Services, including compliance with any directions for isolation or quarantine.

    Will the apartments remain open after Fall Break when courses all shift to an online format?
    Yes. Apartment leases are for the full academic year and do not close during academic breaks or University holidays.  All residents will have full access to their apartment throughout the duration of their lease.

  • Quarantine Spaces

    What will happen if I am required to quarantine or self-isolate?
    We have a detailed plan to house and support students who are required to quarantine or self-isolate. Students who need this service will be temporarily moved to a private room/apartment for the duration of the quarantine or self-isolation period, and services such as meal delivery will be provided. There are no additional charges associated with quarantine or self-isolation services.

    Please visit https://covidrecovery.colostate.edu/covid-19-quarantine-in-university-housing-faq/ for more information regarding the University’s response plan and quarantine process.

  • COVID-19 Testing

    The CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team has developed a plan to provide free COVID-19 testing for students living on campus, which includes current and incoming university apartment students.

    • Tents will be placed around campus, and each apartment will be assigned a specific tent for COVID-19 test sample collection August 15-20.
    • A link to the registration portal with instructions on how to register will be emailed. It is mandatory for students to check in on the portal. All students are strongly encouraged to be tested for the health of our community; once checked in through the registration portal, students can choose to opt out of testing.

    For more information about COVID-19 testing visit research.colostate.edu/covid-testing/

    Please note that only CSU students will be offered testing as part of this program. If you have children, partners, or other family members living with you who need or want to be tested, Larimer County is offering free testing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-noon by reservation at www.larimer.org/covid-19-testing.

Housing Webinar Recordings

7/6/2020 – Residential Dining: An Overview of Your Dining Experience at CSU
7/7/2020 – Housing Assignments Overview
7/10/2020 – Move-in Day

Summer 2020

  • The University Apartments will remain open as usual. For more information about our university apartments visit housing.colostate.edu/apartments/explore
  • Conference & Event Services (CES) manages guest housing, summer conferences, and internal space reservations. For more information visit ces.colostate.edu
  • CSU’s Mountain Campus is a beautiful, secluded high alpine site for student learning, conferences, workshops, meetings, and retreats. For more information visit mountaincampus.colostate.edu

Durrell Dining Center is open for to-go dining this summer.

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. –  9 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Dining menu is available at menus.colostate.edu
  • When you enter, you’ll receive a bag and compostable container/flatware.
  • Food/beverages are served by employees who are consistently cleaning /sanitizing the serving and production areas.
  • The ‘to-go’ boxes are compostable – use the compost bins at any waste station outside the halls to compost the packaging materials along with any leftover food.
  • Please practice social distancing when you get to-go meals: Spread out and avoid congregating.
  • Send us suggestions about what to serve/feedback, by texting 55744 with “txtdurrell” followed by your suggestions/comments.

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