Temporary Housing FAQ

Congratulations on your decision to attend CSU! We are so excited to welcome you to the RAMily, and look forward to your arrival on campus later this summer!

As Move In quickly approaches, we wanted to share an update with you regarding your CSU residence hall housing assignment. We are experiencing record demand for on-campus housing this coming Fall and anticipate opening the residence halls at full capacity. We want to reassure you that all students who are required to live on campus have guaranteed housing. To ensure everyone who has applied to live on campus is accommodated, temporary housing has been made available for students who applied later in the application cycle.

Based on the date of your application your initial residence hall assignment will be in one of our temporary accommodations. Students in temporary assignments will receive full room and board benefits (meal plans, community involvement, and staff support) in their temporary assignment. Being assigned to a temporary accommodation means that as soon as possible, typically within the first few weeks of the Fall 2022 semester, you will be prioritized for reassignment to a permanent space for the remainder of the 2022-2023 academic year. Frequently Asked Questions about temporary assignments are below, to help aid in preparation and planning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Temporary Housing Status Update

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Thank you for your interest in living on campus at CSU.

You are among a record number of students attending CSU this fall, a trend that colleges and universities are experiencing nationwide. This has put a higher than usual demand on campus housing.

Because living on campus is such an important factor contributing to the overall success of students academically and socially, we want to assure you that all students who are required to live on campus will have guaranteed housing on campus.

Being assigned to a temporary space means that as soon as possible (typically within the first few weeks of the semester) you will be prioritized for reassignment to a permanent space for the remainder of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Here is what to expect next:

  • You have been assigned to a temporary housing space. These spaces will be assigned across all our campus housing facilities and a local hotel. General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about temporary housing can be found below along with information related to your specific temporary housing location.
  • Please keep an eye on the CSU Housing Portal for updates. We try to consider the preferences noted on your housing application when assigning permanent spaces, however, we are unable to guarantee that you will be assigned a space that aligns with your preferences.

Contact University Housing

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your situation in more detail, contact our office at 970-491-4719 or housing@colostate.edu. We are receiving a very high volume of inquiries related to assignments and we appreciate your patience and understanding if our response time is not immediate. We respond to all queries in the order they are received.

+Are there any tips from past students who resided in temporary housing?
Yes! The best tip is to meet other people and form friendships – just as you would in a permanent assignment! Some students have expressed that they liked forming two groups of friends – the friends they met in temporary housing, and the friends they met once they received a permanent assignment.
+Why does CSU have temporary assignments?
Like many universities, in the weeks leading up to the start of classes and at the beginning of the academic year, we typically receive late cancellations and no-shows. As quickly as possible, typically within the first few weeks of the semester, students in temporary housing receive their permanent assignment.  If reassignment may extend past the first few weeks, we will provide updates and answer questions along the way.
+I received a temporary assignment in an apartment, but I am a first-year student. Is this correct?
While campus apartments are usually assigned to current, continuing CSU students and non-first-year students, such as transfers, or students with families, we are using every available space to help meet the demand for campus housing.  Like other students in temporary accommodations, we will do our best to make your stay in the apartment as good as possible while also working to make a permanent assignment to the residence halls as soon as possible.
+Is it possible that I will get a permanent assignment before I arrive?
Yes. As we receive cancellations, we will quickly move to re-assign permanent spaces to students in temporary accommodations in the order their applications were received. We also take active steps to contact students who may be most likely to cancel their assignment or who will be “no shows” during the Move-In week in order to minimize the number of students assigned to temporary accommodations.  You will be notified via your CSU email address for any changes and you can keep an eye on the housing portal for changes as well.
+Will I receive a roommate in my temporary assignment? What if I end up getting along really well with my temporary roommate – can we both be assigned together when permanent space opens?
You will most likely have a roommate while you occupy a temporary assignment. We  make every effort to accommodate roommate requests and preferred hall requests when making permanent assignments, but we cannot guarantee to honor those preferences. If you would like to remain with your temporary roommate should two vacancies in the same space become available, please let us know by contacting us at (970) 491-4719 (970) 491-4719 or housing@colostate.edu so your request can be noted.
+How long will I be in a temporary assignment?
We are not able to say for sure how long you will be in temporary accommodations, however we do use historical data when developing our occupancy management strategy, and strive to offer permanent assignments, as soon as possible.
+If I don’t like my permanent assignment, can I decline and wait for something else, letting that space go to another student in a temporary assignment?
No – reassignments out of temporary housing are a priority, and we want to accomplish it as soon as possible, for you and other students in a similar situation.  If, once you have moved to your permanent assignment you would like to request an assignment change via our regular room change process, you may do so.
+How much time will I have to move out of the temporary space once I receive a permanent assignment? What if I don’t have any helpers?
Students in temporary assignments who receive a permanent assignment are typically given several days to move. The deadline to move includes at least one weekend day. We provide boxes and packing tape free of charge, when available, and we will offer limited moving assistance to students who request it.
+At what rate is temporary housing billed?
Temporary housing is charged at our lowest rate – a community style double community style double.
+What will I be charged once I am moved to my permanent assignment?
Once you are reassigned, your billing will be updated to the rate for your permanent space.
+What about my mail?
You will receive mail and packages at your temporary location. Once you move to a permanent assignment, we will forward your mail for a few weeks. Be sure to update anyone sending you mail or packages of your new address.
+I brought a car to campus. Will my parking permit need be updated when I move, and will that happen automatically?
Your permit may need to be updated, depending on the location of your permanent assignment. This will not be done automatically. Please contact CSU Parking & Transportation Services to determine what may be best for your vehicle.
+When I get reassigned, I am concerned about being assigned to a room with a more expensive room rate. Can I decline a reassignment due to affordability?
We will do our best to consider the preferences you provided on your application with the hope that they reflect your interests, including cost concerns. Ultimately, though, we will need to proceed with reassignments to available spaces, even if those spaces do not align with your preferences.
+Should I plan to bring all the stuff I will need for my permanent room?
Regardless of where a student may be assigned, we strongly encourage students to pack light. Each year, at move out, over 100 tons of material is left behind. This includes clothing, electronics, appliances, decorations, and much more. Specific to temp housing, we further encourage packing light. Part of this recognizes you may be reassigned quickly and need to relocate. Part of this recognizes the temp location may have limited space. If you must bring everything with you, that is okay too. We trust you and your roommate(s) can find a workable solution and our staff can help.
+How are these temp spaces usually furnished and used?
These lounge spaces are typically furnished with tables, chairs, and sofas, as a space for students to study and socialize. A few lounges may also have a TV. While there is no cable TV service, you are welcome to use the TV by connecting it to your own device. These lounges are not available while used as temp housing, there are other locations in the building that you and other students are welcome to use including the main lobby, community kitchen, and other spaces.
+Will I have the same furniture as a regular room?
No, priority is made to provide each student with a bed and wardrobe/cabinet for each occupant of the space. As students are reassigned to permanent spaces, if you want a desk and chair provided, we may be able to remove the unused bed and wardrobe and provide the desk and chair instead.
+How private is this space if it is normally a lounge?
Converted lounges are chosen because they can be private and lockable spaces when used for temp housing. Like any other residential room, you and your roommates will have a lockable door to keep your living space secure from the hallway. Windows have drapes to maintain privacy.
+Is the temp room located near other rooms and residents?
Yes, each of these lounges is located on the 1st-floor wings of the building, next door and across the hall from regularly assigned double rooms. You will be sharing the community bathroom on the floor along with your neighbors.
+How many roommates will I have?
The size of these lounges does vary a bit so will be assigned as doubles, triples, and quads. So, you will have 1-3 roommates depending on the size of the lounge to which you are assigned.
+What if I really get along with my roommates or neighbors, can I choose to stay in my temp assignment or wait until I can be guaranteed a room in the same building?
While we will use the preferences provided on your application when making permanent assignments, the priority focus will be to make assignments to permanent spaces as quickly and completely as possible. As a result, we cannot assure location preferences or roommate requests. After temp housing reassignments are complete, we are able to offer additional room changes, which may be your opportunity to seek reassignment with a preferred roommate or to another location.
+How are these temp spaces usually furnished and used?
These lounge spaces are typically furnished with tables, chairs, and sofas, as a space for students to study and socialize. A few lounges may also have a TV. While there is no cable TV service, you are welcome to use the TV by connecting it to your own device. These lounges are not available while used as temp housing, there are other locations in the building that you and other students are welcome to use including the main lobby, community kitchen, and other spaces.
+Will I have the same furniture as a regular room?
Not quite. Since these rooms are typically study lounges, the layout is a bit different and will not have the built-in cabinetry or closets of regular rooms. These spaces will have beds, dressers, hanging racks, desks, and desk chairs for each resident.
+How private is this space if it is normally a lounge?
Converted lounges are chosen because they can be private and lockable spaces when used for temp housing. Like any other residential room, you and your roommates will have a lockable door to keep your living space secure from the hallway. Windows have drapes to maintain privacy.
+Is the temp room located near other rooms and residents?
Yes, these lounges are at the end of the hallway on a residential wing, next door to regularly assigned rooms. You will be sharing the community bathroom on the floor along with your neighbors.
+How many roommates will I have?
These lounges will be assigned as doubles, so you will have one roommate.
+Where will I receive mail & packages?
The mailing address for your temp room is the same as other residents of the building and you will get your mail & packages at the front desk.
+What if I really get along with my roommates or neighbors, can I choose to stay in my temp assignment or wait until I can be guaranteed a room in the same building?
While we will use the preferences provided on your application when making permanent assignments, the priority focus will be to make assignments to permanent spaces as quickly and completely as possible. As a result, we cannot assure location preferences or roommate requests. After temp housing reassignments are complete, we are able to offer additional room changes, which may be your opportunity to seek reassignment with a preferred roommate or to another location.

Special Events

Date
Time
Location
Event
8/30
6 p.m.
The Foundry
Meet Up Dinner
9/6
7:30 p.m.
Westfall lobby
Study Night
9/15
7 p.m.
Durrell Center
Movie Night
9/26
7 p.m.
Durrell Center
Pet Night
+I thought Westfall would be closed this year, will it now be open all year?
Westfall will not be open all year, but renovations do not begin until October. All students in temp housing at Westfall will be reassigned by October. Until then, Westfall will be fully operational to help meet the demand for housing.
+How many roommates will I have?
Westfall rooms will be assigned according to their designed capacity, primarily doubles, and quads. There are a few single rooms that may be used as well.
+Will the front desk be open? Where will I receive mail & packages?
Desk services for Westfall will be shared with Durward Hall, next door. All residents of Westfall will have prox key access to Durward to visit the desk when needed. Your mailing address will still be your Westfall room and letter mail will be placed in your mailbox in the Westfall lobby. Packages will be delivered to Durward where they will be logged, and you will be sent a notice when it is ready for pick-up.
+Will I have an RA on my floor? What staff will be available?
There will not be an RA on each floor like you will have when you move to your permanent assignment. There will be a Residence Director and Assistant Residence Director available to support students while in Westfall temp spaces. The desk staff at Durward and the nearby Durrell Center can also provide assistance.
+What if I really get along with my roommates or neighbors, can I choose to stay in my temp assignment until I can be guaranteed a room with a preferred roommate?
While we will use the preferences provided on your application when making permanent assignments, the priority focus will be to make assignments to permanent spaces as quickly and completely as possible. As a result, we cannot assure location preferences or roommate requests. After temp housing reassignments are complete, we are able to offer additional room changes, which may be your opportunity to seek reassignment with a preferred roommate or to another location.
Date
Time
Location
Event

Special Events

Date
Time
Location
Event
8/30
6 p.m.
The Foundry
Meet Up Dinner
9/2
3 p.m.
Best Western courtyard
Lawn Games
9/15
7 p.m.
Durrell Center
Movie Night
9/26
7 p.m.
Durrell Center
Pet Night
+What are the rooms like, how many roommates will I have?
Most of the rooms are doubles and will have two beds. The hotel also has a few larger suites that will be assigned as quads. Overall, the rooms will look like and feature what you may expect from a hotel room.
+What features or amenities will be available in the room?
Each room has a full, private bathroom, TV with cable service, refrigerator, and microwave. There is also a hanging area/closet and dresser drawers for you and your roommate(s) to share. All rooms are air-conditioned and there is Wi-Fi throughout the community.
+What services will the hotel provide? What size are the beds?
The bed sizes will vary depending on the size of the rooms. There will be rooms with twin, full, and queen beds. Hotel staff will provide linens for the beds and towels that will be exchanged weekly. It is recommended that you bring sheets that fit a twin XL mattress (39″x80″) because you will need them once you are assigned to your permanent space.
+Can I use the pool and fitness center?
Unfortunately, these areas will not be available. You will, of course, still have access to the campus Rec Center like all other fee-paying students.
+Is laundry available?
Yes, there is a laundry room that will be available to all residents at no additional cost.
+Can I park at the hotel?
Yes, there is on-site parking available but, like campus, there is not enough spaces to guarantee a spot for everyone. There is no added cost for parking at the hotel. All students, regardless of assignment, are encouraged to consider leaving cars at home and, instead, using alternate transportation options such as TransFort buses TransFort buses or bringing a bicycle or skateboard to campus. If you do choose to purchase a parking permit, be attentive to the location where your permit allows for parking. When you are reassigned to your permanent space your permit may need to be updated. Access to the bus system is available to all CSU students.
+Are there campus or city transit options to help with travel to and from classes, dining, rec center, and others?
Yes, the Around the Horn campus bus has a stop just outside the Student Services building, a short distance from the hotel. The Horn loops through campus every 15-20 minutes throughout much of the day. The Horn also stops at the CSU Transit Center at the Lory Student Center where numerous other bus lines are available. The Horn bus route can be found at ridetransfort.com/routes/hornridetransfort.com/routes/horn.
+Where will I receive mail & packages?
While staying in the hotel, you can have mail and packages sent and they will be received by the front desk. The mailing address of the Best Western University Inn is 914 S. College St., Fort Collins, CO, 80524. Please be sure to include your name and hotel room number. Hotel desk staff will alert you when they have received a delivery.
+What staff will be available at the hotel?
The hotel will continue to staff its front desk 24/7 and their team is available to answer many questions and offer other assistance. There will also be a staff from Housing & Dining Services staying on-site to help provide support and be available to address some concerns.
+How will I access dining and use my meal plan? What is the most convenient option?
You will still have access to all the dining options included with your meal plan. For proximity, Braiden Dining Center may be the closest to the hotel but the Around the Horn bus passes by each of the other dining centers. In recognition of the unique situation of residing in the hotel, Housing & Dining Services will also provide you with an additional $150 RamCash that will be added to your account after classes begin. RamCash can be used in many locations around campus, including the Lory Student Center food court, campus vending, and others.
+What will move-in look like? Will there be volunteers available to help unload and move my stuff?
There will be far fewer students moving into the hotel than at the residence halls. Hotel staff will be available to complete the check-in process and issue you your room key upon arrival. The hotel will also have some carts available for use. There will not be volunteers and other staff to help move in.
+Can I park at the apartments?
Yes, there is on-site parking available but, like campus, there is not enough spaces to guarantee a spot for everyone. All students, regardless of assignment, are encouraged to consider leaving cars at home and, instead, using alternate transportation options such as TransFort busesTransFort buses or bringing a bicycle or skateboard to campus. If you do choose to purchase a parking permit, be attentive to the location where your permit allows for parking. When you are reassigned to your permanent space your permit may need to be updated. Access to the bus system is available to all CSU students.
+What features or amenities will be available in the apartment?
Each apartment is fully furnished, including a full kitchen with a stove and refrigerator. Pots, pans, plates, and other kitchen items are not provided but you are welcome to bring a few items if you like. Apartments in Aggie Village will include a washer and dryer in-unit. Aggie Village Family, International House, and University Village have community laundry rooms just like the residence halls. There is no additional cost to use the laundry facilities.
+How large is the bed?
Unlike the halls, apartments have full-size beds rather than twin XL. Please plan accordingly.
+Where will I receive mail & packages?
While staying in the apartments, you can have mail and packages delivered the same as any other apartment resident. Letter mail is distributed to mailboxes at the front desk or near the community center. Packages may also be delivered to the front desk or directly to the apartment. Desk staff will alert you when they have received a delivery. The mailing address of each apartment can be found at housing.colostate.edu/apartments/explore/housing.colostate.edu/apartments/explore/ and selecting the community to which you are assigned.
+Are there campus or city transit options to help with travel to and from classes, dining, rec center, and others?
Yes, the TransFort busesTransFort buses have stops adjacent to each apartment community. Access to the bus system is available to all CSU students.
+How will I access dining and use my meal plan? What is the most convenient option?
You will still have access to all the dining options included with your meal plan. Depending on which apartment complex you are assigned, different dining centers may be closer than others. Buses pass by each of the dining centers. In recognition of the unique situation of residing in an apartment area, Housing & Dining Services will also provide you with an additional $150 RamCash that will be added to your account after classes begin. RamCash can be used in many locations around campus, including the Lory Student Center food court, campus vending, and others.
+What will move-in look like? Will there be volunteers available to help unload and move my stuff?
There will be far fewer students moving into the apartments than at the residence halls. Apartment staff will be available to complete the check-in process and issue you your room key upon arrival. Aggie Village will also have some carts available for use. There will not be volunteers and other staff to help move in.
+Why does CSU have temporary assignments?
During the first few weeks of each academic year, we have some attrition in our first-year class, which opens up permanent space. Temporary accommodations allow us to fill these vacancies, while also keeping our rates as low as possible to support the demand for campus housing. Additionally, Westfall Hall will be offline for renovations in the latter portion of Fall 2022 and all of Spring 2023, which reduces the number of permanent spaces available to assign this cycle.
+I received a temporary assignment in Westfall, but I thought Westfall was offline?
Westfall Hall will be offline later in the semester, but we are using a portion of Westfall for temporary assignments in the first part of the Fall 2022 semester. Students assigned to a temporary space in Westfall will be the first group of students assigned to permanent spaces when vacancies occur.
+Is it possible that I will get a permanent assignment before I arrive?
Yes. As we receive cancellations, we will quickly move to re-assign permanent spaces to students in temporary accommodations. We also take active steps to contact students who may be most likely to cancel their assignment or who will be “no shows” during the move-in week in order to minimize the number of students assigned to temporary accommodations.
+Will I receive a roommate in my temporary assignment? What if I end up getting along really well with my temporary roommate – can we both be assigned together when permanent space opens?
You will most likely have a roommate while you occupy a atemporary assignment. We do make every effort to accommodate roommate requests and preferred hall requests when making permanent assignments, but we are not able to guarantee we can honor any preferences. If you would like to remain with your temporary roommate should two vacancies in the same space become available, please let us know by contacting us at 970-491-4719 or housing@colostate.edu so your request can be noted.
+How long will I be in a temporary assignment?
We are not able to guarantee an amount of time you will be in temporary accommodations; however, we do use historical trendlines when developing our occupancy management strategy and strive to offer permanent assignments no later than early October.
+If I don’t like my permanent assignment, can I decline and wait for something else, letting that space go to another student in a temporary assignment?
No, reassignments of students out of temporary housing is a priority we want to accomplish as soon as possible for you and other students in a similar situation. After you have moved to your permanent assignment, if you would like to request an assignment change via our regular room change process, you may do so.
+How long will I have to move once I receive a permanent assignment? What if I don’t know anyone who can help me move?
Students in temporary assignments, who receive a permanent assignment, are typically given several days to move. The deadline to move includes at least one weekend day. We provide boxes and packing tape free of charge, and offer limited moving assistance to students who request it.
+How is temporary housing billed?
Temporary housing is charged at our lowest rate – Community-Style Double
+What will I be charged once I am moved to my permanent assignment?
Once you are reassigned, your billing will be updated to the rate for your permanent space.
+Any tips from past students who resided in temporary housing?
Yes! The primary tip is to meet other people and form friendships – just as you would in a permanent assignment! Some students have expressed that they liked forming two groups of friends – the friends they met in temporary housing; and the friends they met once they received a permanent assignment.
+What about my mail?
You can receive mail and packages at your temporary assignment. Once you move to a permanent assignment, we will forward your mail, but be sure to alert anyone sending you mail or packages of your new address.
+I brought a car to campus. Will my parking permit need be updated when I move and will that happen automatically?
No, your permit will not be updated unless you contact Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) to make a request. Depending on where you are moving, your permit may or may not need to be updated. Please contact PTS to help determine what may be best for your vehicle. 

Contact University Housing

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your situation in more detail, contact our office at 970-491-4719 or housing@colostate.edu.