Orientation

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

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As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, campus 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 year will be different than previous years and some hall assignments, roommate decisions, and move-in details will not be finalized as early as they typically are.

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 | Durward | Edwards | Ingersoll | Laurel Village | Newsom | Westfall

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 single, 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, so it is advised that you choose your top 5 hall choices carefully. 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 MyHousing.colostate.edu to apply and pay your housing deposit or request a deposit waiver, if eligible. You can match with a roommate on your own, via RoomSync, or have University Housing match you. Be sure to select housing options that coincide with any Residential Learning Communities you have applied for/been admitted to.

Spring housing assignments will begin in late-December, early-January and continue through to the start of classes.

Move-In

The residence halls open for the Spring on Thursday, January 14. New students are encouraged to return on that date to participate in Spring Orientation activities. Additional check-in days will be available January 15-18. Please observe all necessary public health guidelines at all times.

Transportation

Many hall residents choose not to bring a vehicle with them to campus. There are several forms of alternative transportation that CSU students can use, including bicycles (CSU is a designated Platinum Bicycle Friendly University with numerous trails, bike lanes, rack space, and on-campus bike shop; ZipCars (four rental locations on campus); and the 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). Parking on campus is limited for those who choose to bring vehicles with them, and permits are required year-round.

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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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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.

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 MyHousing.colostate.edu 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.

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 of 32, 48, or 80 at a discounted rate to eat at all five on-campus dining centers and two express locations. Meals never expire and they roll over so long as you’re at CSU.

Transportation

Many hall residents choose not to bring a vehicle with them to campus. There are several forms of alternative transportation that CSU students can use, including bicycles (CSU is a designated Platinum Bicycle Friendly University with numerous trails, bike lanes, rack space, and on-campus bike shop; ZipCars (four rental locations on campus); and the 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). Parking on campus is limited for those who choose to bring vehicles with them, and permits are required year-round.

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.

Colorado State University Residential Dining Services offers a wide range of innovative venues and services to meet the dining needs of everyone on campus. Based on social distancing guidelines, we have developed a mobile ordering app which must be used when obtaining meals, ordering food a la carte, and getting any grocery items from our facilities.

Meal Plans

Hall residents may choose a meal plan of 10, 14, or 21 meals-per-week. Meal plans can be used at any dining center/express location and include guest meals up to two times every two weeks and $150 RamCash per semester!

Apartment and Off-Campus residents have the option to purchase an Apartment & Off-Campus Meal plan. You can select meals in blocks of 32, 48, or 80 at a discounted rate to eat at all five on-campus dining centers and two express locations. Meals never expire and they roll over so long as you’re at CSU.

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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 2020-2021 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 is the first department on campus to run on 100% renewable electricity, we host solar arrays atop four 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, 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 complete an academic class for credit. Learn more about the program and submit your application to become an Eco leader for the 2020-2021 academic year at the link below.