Orientation

Welcome to CSU! Use the tabs below to navigate our website and get all of the info you need about living and dining on campus. We can’t wait to meet you!

Looking for Ram Orientation? Visit otp.colostate.edu/orientation/

Summer Housing & Dining Services Virtual Q&A Chat for Admitted Students

You are invited to join us for informal chats with staff from Housing & Dining Services. Each session has a Showcase Topic to provide you more information about that topic and connect you to staff who can share detailed information about each topic. You are also welcome to join us to ask any questions about Housing & Dining Services. The format is informal and we look forward to connecting with new students, parents/guardians, family, and guests. Please note that we will be discussing general topics and encourage that participants contact our customer service staff at 970-491-4719 for specific questions about your housing and dining needs.

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Housing & Dining Services Showcase Topic Schedule:

  • Monday, August 2, 2 – 3 p.m. Prepping for Move-in

Questions about this event? Contact Teresa Metzger, Assistant Director for HDS Projects and Outreach at Teresa.Metzger@Colostate.edu

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The value of living in the halls extends far beyond living steps from classes and having a meal plan. Residents typically achieve and maintain higher GPAs than students who live off campus, have access to programs that build connections in an inclusive and sustainable environment, and have opportunities for involvement in leadership organizations.

Live On Requirement

You must live in the residence halls for your two first consecutive semesters if you are:

  • A first-year or transfer student with less than 15 post-high school credits
  • Under 21 years of age
  • Not living with parents/guardians in the Fort Collins/Loveland area

A full list of requirements is available at housing.colostate.edu/halls/apply

Hall residents have a variety of living options to choose from. The most common living options are community-style and suite-style rooms.

Community-Style Rooms

Community-style rooms have one or two people per room with centralized community bath facilities (showers, sinks, toilets, vanities) that floor residents all share. The following halls offer community-style rooms:

Allison | DurwardIngersoll | Laurel Village | Newsom

Suite-Style Rooms

Suite-style rooms have one to two people per room with an in-room sink and vanity. Two rooms are connected by a shared bathroom featuring a shower and toilet. The following halls offer suite-style rooms:

Academic Village | Braiden | Corbett | Laurel Village | Parmelee | Summit

Other room types include singles, triple-corner units, 4th floor lofts, and others. These premium options are in high demand and may only be available to returning students or specific Residential Learning Communities. Check out each hall’s feature page to the various floor plans, photos, and more.

Transfer Students

CSU has designated spaces in the residence halls specifically for transfer and returning students. Braiden, Allison, and Laurel Village – Alpine have live-in communities specifically for transfer students new to CSU, and several halls offer premium spaces for any upper division residents (including transfer students) in Laurel Village – Alpine, Academic Village – Aspen, Parmelee, and Summit Halls.

Applying to Live On Campus

You are eligible to apply for Housing as soon as you have paid your Admissions Enrollment Deposit. Visit the CSU Housing Portal to apply and pay your housing deposit or request a deposit waiver, if eligible. You can match with a roommate on your own or have University Housing match you.

Housing for first year students is guaranteed and applications have been arriving steadily. Due to high demand, housing for transfer and returning students who have met the live-on requirement is limited and not guaranteed. Our goal is to provide housing to as many applicants as possible, and we will provide periodic updates over the summer. In addition to the residence halls, transfer and returning students seeking housing are encouraged to explore other resources such as Off-Campus Life.

Move In

Move In will take place Monday, Aug. 15 – Wednesday, Aug. 17. Residence hall students will receive a welcome email with details in August 2022.

Your RamCard is your personal ID card on campus and is required for all students. Get yours during Ram Orientation or as soon as you are on campus!

Spring Move In

Move In will start Thursday, January 12, 2023. Residence hall students will receive a welcome email with details in early January 2023.

Your RamCard is your personal ID card on campus and is required for all students. Get yours during Ram Orientation or as soon as you are on campus!

Transportation

Many hall & apartment residents choose not to keep a vehicle on campus. There are several forms of alternative transportation that CSU students have access to in place of a personal vehicle, including bicycles (CSU is a designated Platinum Bicycle Friendly University with numerous trails, bike lanes, rack space, and on-campus bike shop); ZipCars; E-Scooters/Bikes, and the robust bus system (your RamCard doubles as your bus pass and allows you to ride any Transfort route in the city via bus, MAX, or FLEX). For those who choose to bring a vehicle, a permit is required and may not be located in the lot nearest to a resident’s hall or apartment. Permit holders may be asked to move their vehicles from specific lots on gamedays and other special events.

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More than 80% of CSU students bring a bike to campus. If you choose to bring a bike, you will need to register it with the CSU Police Department when you arrive on campus and bring a u-lock (avoid cable locks). You must register your bike and receive a registration decal to ride or park on campus. Check out the CSU Moves module to get important info about parking, maintaining, and navigating your bike on campus.

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University Apartments are open to undergraduate CSU students (including transfer students) who have met the first-year live-on requirements, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars. Apartment communities offer a variety of living options to meet the diverse needs of our campus community.

Lease Terms & Move In

You are eligible to apply for Housing as soon as you have paid your Admissions Enrollment Deposit. Visit the CSU Housing Portal to apply. Leases begin on your assignment date and end of May 31 of each year. You are eligible to move in to your new apartment any time during business hours beginning on your listed arrival date.

Housing for first year students is guaranteed and applications have been arriving steadily. Due to high demand, housing for transfer and returning students who have met the live-on requirement is limited and not guaranteed. Our goal is to provide housing to as many applicants as possible, and we will provide periodic updates over the summer. In addition to the residence halls and university apartments, transfer and returning students seeking housing are encouraged to explore other resources such as Off-Campus Life.

CSU Apartments & Off-Campus Meal Plans

Many apartment residents take advantage of the discounted rates of an Apartment & Off-Campus Meal plan. You can select meals in blocks 5 or 10 at a discounted rate to eat at all four on-campus dining centers and two express locations.

Transportation

Many hall & apartment residents choose not to keep a vehicle on campus. There are several forms of alternative transportation that CSU students have access to in place of a personal vehicle, including bicycles (CSU is a designated Platinum Bicycle Friendly University with numerous trails, bike lanes, rack space, and on-campus bike shop); ZipCars; E-Scooters/Bikes, and the robust bus system (your RamCard doubles as your bus pass and allows you to ride any Transfort route in the city via bus, MAX, or FLEX). For those who choose to bring a vehicle, a permit is required and may not be located in the lot nearest to a resident’s hall or apartment. Permit holders may be asked to move their vehicles from specific lots on gamedays and other special events.

CSU Moves Module
More than 80% of CSU students bring a bike to campus. If you choose to bring a bike, you will need to register it with the CSU Police Department when you arrive on campus and bring a u-lock (avoid cable locks). You must register your bike and receive a registration decal to ride or park on campus. Check out the CSU Moves module to get important info about parking, maintaining, and navigating your bike on campus.

CSU’s Residential Dining Services offers a wide range of innovative venues and services to meet the dining needs of everyone on campus.

Meal Plans

Several different on-campus meal plans are available for students living in the residence halls. You may change your meal plan during the first two weeks of school; after the first two weeks, you may only increase to a higher plan.

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Menus & Nutrition

Menus are updated daily and available at menus.colostate.edu. Filter allergens and food preferences, and preview what each dining center is serving before swiping in. Meal plan holders may also take advantage of the free services of our registered dietitian nutritionist, who is available by appointment to assist residents in developing individualized meal plans and navigating the dining centers.

Jobs in Residential Dining

Residential Dining Services employs a large number of students and offers competitive wages, free meals, and flexible schedules that accommodate academic breaks, class schedules, and the summer months.

Housing & Dining Services Jobs

Housing & Dining Services hires students to fill a number of roles within the residence halls and dining centers. Check out the pages below to learn more about opportunities for student employment in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) make a large university feel smaller, by offering opportunities for cohorts of students with similar academic and/or extracurricular interests, to live together in the residence halls. This interest-based living results in a supportive, academically-focused environment that cultivates a sense of community and empowers students to become engaged citizens on campus and in the community. Some RLCs have mandatory classes and/or require an application to join the community.

Residence Hall Association

RHA is a student-run university residence hall advocacy organization/ governing body, providing inclusive events and leadership opportunities that foster a sense of community. RHA provides resources, opportunities for engagement, and leadership development for the students in the residence halls and Aggie Village apartments, while providing a platform for networking, advocacy, and involvement. RHA is the parent organization for individual hall councils.

National Residence Hall Honorary

NRHH is a nationally-affiliated leadership honorary, comprised of exemplary students in the halls who value recognition and service. The chapter members are student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed loads of time and energy in order to make the residence halls more than a “dorm.” They are students who demonstrate important leadership qualities and have made outstanding service contributions benefiting the CSU campus and Fort Collins communities.

Hall Council

Hall councils represent the student leadership within each residence hall and the halls in Aggie Village apartments.  The hall councils and the hall staff work to provide programmatic and community development activities for students in each hall. Any resident living in the halls can run for a position on their specific hall council.

Sustainability

Sustainability plays a large role at CSU and within the on-campus housing and dining community both operationally and programmatically. Housing & Dining Services hosts solar arrays atop five of our buildings, and many of our buildings are LEED Certified (including one Platinum rating). Students can engage in several sustainability-focused programs and services. Residents will use expansive waste-sorting stations during Move In, participate in a large donation program during Move Out, have access to a student-run bike education and repair shop (The Spoke), and have the opportunity to engage in a variety of educational programs and events that focus on everything from sustainable food options to lifestyle changes that benefit the planet, to waste-sorting education.

Eco Leader Program

A peer-to-peer engagement program, Eco Leaders, educate and engage with their building’s residents on sustainability initiatives and encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors throughout the academic year. They also receive a housing stipend and are eligible to earn up to 3 academic credits. Learn more about the program and submit your application to become an Eco leader for the 2022-2023 academic year at the link below.