Move In Information

Welcome to CSU!

We are excited to have you join us in the residence halls for the academic year! We would like to make your stay in our halls as comfortable and seamless as possible. The information in this move in site will be helpful to you as you move in to your new home.

Checking In

  • Residence Halls officially open Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 a.m. 
    (early arrivals for RLCs, band, athletics, and student leadership positions will be arranged through your programs)
  • Check in consists of completing important paperwork not already done and signing for and receiving keys.
  • Expect the check in process to take about 1 hour (depending on crowds).

What to Bring

Rooms are furnished with these basics (one item per student):

Mattress (twin extra-long*, 39`` x 80``)

Bed (lofted upon request)

Desk and Chair

Closet/Wardrobe

Trash can and recycling bin

* Residence Life offers a limited number of extra-extra long beds, which need to be requested through the Office of Residence Life (Assignments Office) at (970) 491-4719. All rooms are equipped with window curtains

You will need to provide your own:

Bedding & bath supplies

You may wish to bring:

Computer/laptop

TV

MicroFridge (or small microwave and refrigerator)

Surge protected power strip

Desk lamp (halogen lamps are not allowed)

Helpful Tips:
  • Each hall has a laundry facility in the building
  • All laundry is paid for using RamCash accounts
  • Custodial services are provided for all bathroom facilities, corridors, floor lounges, and other public areas
  • It is your responsibility to clean your room (some supplies are provided at the front desk)
  • Contact your roommate(s) prior to arriving at CSU to plan what to bring

Bed Lofting

For safety and to prevent damages, beds should be lofted and unlofted by Housing & Dining Services Staff ONLY
  • First lofting request is free
  • $25 charge per additional loft request
  • Loft requests processed in order they are received
  • Beds will be lofted based on availability of part
  • Removal of furniture will result in fines and/or replacement costs
  • Recommend not bringing/renting additional furniture beyond microfridge
Lofting Heights

Clearance is an estimate and may vary in some rooms

bed lofting low height Low Approximately 12″ clearance under bed (Corbett, Parmelee, Summit, Academic Village) Approximately 19″ clearance under bed (Allison, Durward, Edwards, Ingersoll, Newsom, Westfall)

bed lofting middle height Middle Approximately 30″ clearance under bed

bed lofting high height High Approximately 48” clearance under bed (Corbett, Parmelee, Summit, Academic Village) Approximately 53” clearance under bed (Allison, Durward, Edwards, Ingersoll, Newsom, Westfall)

Campus Resources

Connect Your Technology

Before Coming to Campus

University policy requires that computer systems have current operating systems, patches and updates.

  • Windows, Apple, Macintosh or Unix/Linus operating systems are allowed
  • Windows computers are required to have current anti-virus software
  • Free anti-virus software options (Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, and AVG)

Bring a network cable (Cat5 computer cable with RJ45 connectors)

Install and update anti-virus/anti-spyware programs

Ensure your operating system has the latest patches and updates

Get Your RamCard

Your RamCard is your official University ID and all-access pass to Colorado State University. Sample RamCard

Get your RamCard during Ram Orientation at the RamCard Office (Lory Student Center 271)

Bring a valid US driver's license, state ID, military ID, or valid passport

Be prepared to have your photo taken

Upload your own photo prior to Ram Orientation

Linens Program

Colorado State University Residence Hall Linens Program

residence hall linen program

Colorado State University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 1993. Students at Colorado State University require specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses. These beds, which are longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort. When you reserve your college bedding through this program, you ensure the right size linens for move-in. The selection is larger than you will find anywhere else, at prices that are budget-friendly. Best of all, every product available through this program is guaranteed to fit and guaranteed to last from move-in all the way to graduation. Extra-long sheets, extra-long mattress pads, extra-long comforters, pillows, décor and storage solutions and all other products are backed by this guarantee. Guarantee Your First Choice Today! We recommend that parents and students respond early, in order to have the widest selection of college bedding to choose from. You will guarantee your first choice color or pattern and make great progress on your college shopping checklist.

Testimonials

“After receiving your literature, I went to the stores and compared what it would cost me, the stores prices for everything you offered in ‘The Complete Campus Collection’ totaled over $295.00. I came straight home and ordered your package! Thank you for all the help.” – B. Kelly, parent “This is an exceptional value. I know from past experience that dorm beds are impossible to fit – I’m glad this service is available. ” – N. Lawrence, parent of first-year student “I liked that you had several different “Value Pak” options. I checked out prices at several stores as well as online and found that your prices seemed to be a really good deal. ” – V. Mead, parent of first-year student “My daughter will be going away to college for the first time. With everything that needs to be done, ordering from RHL made things a lot easier. The time and money saved made it even better. ” – K. Engel, parent of first-year student

Microfridge Rentals

MicroFridge® with Safe Plug® is the original combination appliance, designed for the collegiate environment. MicroFridge® with Safe Plug® is approved by your school because it’s safe. There are no exposed heating elements and MicroFridge® with Safe Plug®’s patented internal circuitry is designed to reduce energy consumption.

Ordering Your MicroFridge
  • Pay with check, money order, or MasterCard/Visa
  • MicroFridge is delivered to your room
  • Delivered free of charge if paid orders are received on or before July 25
  • Orders received after this date will be assessed a $20 delivery fee
  • View rental agreement
microfridge

Approximate Dimensions 18 5/8″ wide x 20 1/8″ deep x 44 1/8″ high

Academic Year Rental $239.00 plus tax

Renter's Insurance

All students living in the residence halls should consider insurance to cover personal items (bikes, books, computers, electronics, etc.) that may be lost, damaged, and/or destroyed by accident, theft, or other means.

  • The University does not cover students’ personal items
  • Family homeowner policies may provide coverage
  • Not all homeowner policies cover everything students bring to school
  • Homeowner policies can have a high deductible
  • Determine what is covered under your family homeowner policy

Room Details

Rooms are furnished with these basics (one item per student)

Mattress (twin extra-long*, 39`` x 80``)

Bed (lofted upon request)

Desk and Chair

Closet/Wardrobe

Trash can and recycling bin

* Residence Life offers a limited number of extra-extra long beds, which need to be requested through the Office of Residence Life (Assignments Office) at (970) 491-4719. All rooms are equipped with window curtains

Decorating Your Room

Housing & Dining Services recognizes that students may want to personalize their rooms. We encourage and support room decoration efforts. However, we ask that all residents observe Safety and Security Standards for the safety of themselves and of other residents and guests. Please keep in mind that you should leave your room in the same condition it was in when you checked in at the beginning of the semester.

Painting

Students may NOT paint their own residence hall rooms. Any alterations or changes to a resident’s room must be completed by University personnel only.

Draperies

Draperies are provided by the University. They meet fire code and should not be removed or replaced except by University staff.

Room Carpeting

All residence halls have carpet in the rooms for your comfort. Please DO NOT put your own carpet on top of the room carpet. This causes excessive wear and reduces the life of the permanent carpet. Small throw rugs are permitted.

Walls, Doors, and Decorations

Room decorations should not be hung or use any materials that may cause damage to the walls. Paint, duct tape, foam tape, or other strong adhesives should never be used. Students are responsible for cost of repairs for any damage. Students should not attach items to the walls, including but not limited to using nails, drills, screws or other hanging devices. Items that do not attach can also cause damage, such as hanging racks that fit over the top of doors. Blue painters tape is recommended to hang posters and pictures. Nothing should ever be hung from, drilled into, or rested against the ceiling, light fixture(s), sprinkler heads, smoke detector, or other safety devices. Furthermore, do not tamper with light fixtures or attempt to change the bulb(s) or add a colored cover. These areas and devices should always remain clear. Please do not rely on any product claims not to cause damage or leave permanent marks. This includes but is not limited to chalk and dry erase markers. Use of these items on room walls, doors, and other surfaces have been proven to leave permanent marks. Students are not permitted to repair any damage themselves. Decorative display and/or collection of empty alcoholic beverage containers is prohibited in residence hall rooms.

Protection of Heat Circulation Systems

The efficient circulation of heat from the hot-water radiation panel in your room requires that unrestricted air flow be permitted from the bottom of the radiator panel as well as the upper vent area. Room arrangements and additional furnishings must allow for this air circulation. Restriction of this air flow can result in frozen pipes and extensive water damages. NEVER close any valves or shut-off devices on the pipelines that control heat circulation to other areas of the floor. Use the vent “flapper” control on the radiator cover panel to control the amount of heat desired in your room.

Transportation & Parking

Transportation Options

Your Roommate

Living Together

Here are some things you may want to consider discussing with your roommate(s), regarding the use of your room environment.

Communication: How will you communicate with each other when there is a problem? What do you feel comfortable or not comfortable talking about?

Arranging the Room: It is important to arrange and decorate your room when you have both arrived so that each of you has some ownership in your environment. If you want to rearrange your room in the future, be sure to talk to each other first. When decorating (i.e. on your walls and outside on your door), please be considerate of each other and make sure that you are both comfortable with the posters, pictures, etc. that you display.

Chores and Cleanliness: Discuss expectations for room cleanliness. Knowing each other’s habits can help alleviate stress later. Do you prefer a clean room or are you likely to leave items lying around? How clean does your room need to be? How often should you clean – on a daily basis, or when there are visitors? How will you share responsibilities?

Sleeping/Alarm Clock: Where will your alarm(s) be placed? What about the snooze button? What happens if someone is sleeping through the alarm? How much sleep do you need nightly? How will your class schedules affect your sleeping habits? What time do you go to bed? What time do you need to get up? How will you work through differences in sleeping patterns? Will you use a fan or keep windows open?

TV/Stereo: During what hours will the TV or stereo be used, and at what volume?

Studying/Noise: What do you each define as noise, and what is too loud and what is not? What environment do you need for sleeping and studying in the room? At what times should noise be minimized? What activities will take priority in the room when there is a conflict? When do you plan on scheduling study time, and how much time? Will you take breaks? What are your class schedules like?

Sharing Food: Will you buy groceries together or individually? If you have food in the room, can roommates borrow food from each other? If so, how soon should it be replaced or paid for?

Personal Belongings: Will you share or borrow any personal items? Which items cannot be used by anyone other than the owner? Set clear expectations for the use of these items: Is permission required to use them? Is maintenance required? If you purchase items together, how will you split the bill, and who will own them at the end of the year? If you do share some belongings, make sure they are accessible to all roommates and are not hidden or locked away.

Privacy: How do you feel about privacy? How are your needs different?

Guests: How do you feel about overnight guests, or overnight guests of a different gender? How often may guests visit and how long can they stay? Does there need to be advanced notice or discussion? Where will overnight guests sleep? Do you have any rules about cleaning up after guests? Who is responsible when your guest is in the room for a long period of time and you are not? (FYI, the residence hall policy states that overnight guests are permitted if it is acceptable to all roommates, and guests can stay no more than two consecutive nights, and not during finals weeks.

Mail: You share a mailbox, so what are you going to do with your roommate’s mail when you pick up yours? Will you leave it in the box or bring it up to the room? Where in the room will mail be placed?

Your Rights

As a member of our community, you have important rights that are outlined in the Roommate Bill of Rights:

  • The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
  • The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommate(s), etc.
  • The right to expect that a roommate(s) will respect one’s personal belongings.
  • The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  • The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from another roommate(s).
  • The right to privacy.
  • The right to have guests with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of the host’s roommate(s) and other residents of the floor and hall.
  • The right to correct problems. Residence hall staff is available for assistance in settling conflicts.
  • The right to be free of fear and intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “shared” appliances (microwave, refrigerator, etc.) and a commitment to have agreed-upon payment procedures.
  • The right to be free of peer pressure or ridicule regarding your personal choices.

If you are concerned that your rights are not being honored, please discuss your concerns with your roommate, and seek assistance from your RA if necessary.

Communication

Early and frequent communication is critical to keeping a good relationship with your roommate(s). Living with others can be challenging, but you can make your relationship a success by:

  • Having respect
  • Being flexible
  • Appreciating your differences
  • Being willing to communicate
  • Having genuine care and regard for others
  • Being willing to compromise, but also asserting your rights
  • Being honest with your feelings
  • Keeping in mind what rights you value the most
  • Considering not what is ideal, but what is reasonable
  • Working on what you can agree about, but not arguing about difficult subjects (you can ask your RA to mediate if necessary)

No matter how hard you try, communication sometimes breaks down. Clues that you have had a break-down in communication include: your roommate isn’t talking to you, they leave the room whenever you enter, they complain to their friends about you, or get angry over trivial matters. Take the first step in communicating with your roommate(s) to try and understand what is wrong. It may be something simple that can be easily cleared up, or everyone may have to work on the issue(s) together to create a better situation. Include your RA if necessary.

Communicating About Safety

You and your roommate(s) might have different ideas about safety, so it is important to discuss issues and find an agreement for keeping you, your room, and belongings safe. Some issues may include:

  • When to lock the room
  • Hosting overnight guests
  • Bathroom codes being given to guests (if applicable)
  • Sharing passwords
  • Carrying keys and student ID cards
  • Allowing people to be in your room when roommates are not present
  • Following residence hall, University, state, local, and federal policies and laws

Note: Safety and security experts highly recommend that doors remain locked and un-propped, passwords not be shared, keys and ID cards remain with the owner at all times, and laws/policies are followed in order to maintain the safest living environment.

Ten Steps
  1. Everyone involved in the conflict should get together at one time.
  2. Each person involved should agree to be up-front and honest with their feelings on the matter(s) at hand.
  3. Each roommate should take a turn describing their perception of the situation, how they feel about it, and what they want.
  4. Use “I” statements. The word “I” in a statement lets you take ownership of your feelings. It removes the blaming tone and will probably decrease your roommate’s defensiveness.
  5. Everyone should agree to compromise and help develop a solution. The alternative is continued tension and escalation of the original issue.
  6. Describe a situation that would be an acceptable solution to everyone. If you cannot agree among yourselves, bring in a third party (such as your RA) to mediate.
  7. Talk about what changes will be needed to resolve the problem.
  8. Make a plan of action and set a time frame for these changes to occur.
  9. Everyone should be committed to the plan, and make necessary personal changes.
  10. If necessary, set a future date to evaluate and re-negotiate.
Constructive Conversations
  • Start right. Set a time to discuss the conflict, which is convenient to everyone involved. Avoid bringing it up when someone involved is not there. A good approach would be, “Could we talk about what is going on? When would be a good time for us to work things out?”
  • Remember that everyone involved is equal and has equal rights to be heard. Create this sense by sitting on the floor or at the table where each person is at the same level.
  • Set aside your desire to “win.” Winning an argument is not the same as succeeding in conflict management, where you and your roommate(s) win over the situation.
  • All roommates should be able to talk freely about how they feel without being uncomfortable. Make sure that each person’s ideas and feelings are being heard and are clear to everyone involved. Be willing to share your feelings honestly and don’t expect others to know how you feel about something without your explanation.
  • Avoid blaming each other. Whose fault it was is irrelevant when everyone agrees to work toward a solution.
  • Be task oriented in sticking to the topic. Avoid digressing into other non-related grievances or incidents.
  • Avoid generalizations or blanket remarks. Avoid comments like, “You NEVER take out the trash.” A more constructive approach would be, “I felt like you didn’t do your share of taking out the trash this week.” This statement specifies a time frame, as well as articulates how you feel about the situation.
  • Talk about actions that can be changed, rather than personalities. “Please do not leave your books on the refrigerator,” can lead to a change of habit, while “You’re a lazy slob,” will only lead to defensiveness and hostility. Personal attacks destroy communication of productive ideas and solutions.
  • Don’t team up with another person against your roommate(s). This creates defensiveness. You should all be working together for a solution.
  • Don’t psychoanalyze your roommate(s). Avoid, “Maybe you don’t realize this about yourself, but…” Most people don’t like the feeling of being analyzed or critically examined by another person, especially in a conflict situation. Instead, take responsibility for your own feelings: “What you’re doing makes me feel…”
  • You don’t have to let a confrontation go from bad to worse. Take responsibility for keeping the tone of the discussion calm through your own example.
If the Arrangement Doesn’t Work

If you and your roommate(s) have made an honest but unsuccessful effort to work out your problems, you may need to realize that you cannot live together. It may be better to part ways than to continue in an uncomfortable situation. Before you come to this conclusion, you may want to consider outside help. If you and your roommate(s) have tried to work out your conflicts among yourselves, but were not able to accomplish any resolution, a third party may be able to assist. Remember that the Residence Life staff is available to assist you.