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Housing and Residence Life FAQ

  •  What is the Contract Guarantee?

    The University asks all students intending to live in on campus to submit a Housing contract guarantee, payable by credit card or e-check at the time of signing their Housing contract. Students sign their Housing contracts utilizing their MyHousing application on MyFSU. The contract guarantee is used to ensure the contract terms and conditions are met. The contract guarantee is forfeited any time a student fails to meet the complete terms of the Housing contract (such as early withdrawal from Ferris State, etc.). The contract guarantee is carried over from year to year so long as the student chooses to live on campus. The contract guarantee is $200.

    At the end of any academic year in which a student is eligible and decides not to live on campus for the coming year, and so long as all the terms of the Housing contract have been met, the contract guarantee is refunded. The refund is credited to the student’s account and applied to any outstanding balance owed the University before being refunded to the student. Contract guarantees are typically applied to student accounts in late May or early June.

    Financial Aid is generally not applied to pay the Housing contract guarantee.

  •  When are the opening and closing dates?

    See our Important Dates page for more information.

  •  Who is responsible for the cleaning & upkeep of residence hall rooms?

    Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their residence and purchasing their own cleaning products. Roommates and suite-mates are expected to establish a shared responsibility and schedule for cleaning their rooms and bathrooms. Trash bags, brooms & mops are available at the front desk of each Residence Hall and vacuums are available for checkout at most residence hall front desks as a service provided by each hall's Hall Council.

    The East Campus Suites and Apartments do not provide most of the above services at their desks.

  •  Am I able to connect my computer to the university internet?
    Computer network connection is available for all students in all residence hall rooms and University apartments, providing 24-hour access to services such as the Internet and the FSU library. For further information regarding how to establish a network connection at FSU please contact the Technology Assistance Center via the web or call (231) 591-4822.
  •  What is my residence hall mailing address?
    Packages can be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service or commercial delivery service. Mailing information could be found on the residence hall mailing page.
  •  When does the heat turn on in the halls?
    Our heating on campus is a boiler system utilizing a steam tunnel system under the halls. Our physical plant constantly monitors the weather to determine when the weather will be consistently cold. The point to remember is once the heat is turned on, it cannot be turned off for any reason until the end of the academic year. Once the physical plant determines that the residence halls should be heated, the heating process takes a few days to reach capacity. We ask that students take the proper steps to sleep warmly at night with proper clothing and bedding, and that windows remain closed until and after heating begins.
  •  What does laundry look like at Ferris & how much does it cost?

    Laundry in the Residence Halls and East Campus Suites are now "Just Like Home." Our laundry service is "No Coins, No Card, No Catches!" There is no limit to the amount of cycles students can use.

    Students living in the West Campus Apartments have a washer and dryer in the basement of each unit. West Campus apartment machines are also "No Coins, No Card, No Catches!"

  •  Laundry Equipment Servicing?

    All laundry equipment on-campus is serviced by WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems (WASH). Students can report concerns with laundry equipment to WASH at 1-800-521-9938

  •  When can a student move off campus?

    See our On-campus Residency Requirements page for more information.

  •  What are the parking services & regulations?

    See the Department of Public Safety Parking Services page for more information.

  •  Are pets allowed?

    Pets are not permitted in the residence halls, with the exception of fish. Fish tanks may be no larger than 30-gallon total capacity per room.

  •  Single rooms?

    In most single room situations, two students of the same gender each have their own bedroom and share a bathroom.

    Please note that some single rooms contain two sets of furniture. Student room furniture must remain in the residence hall room. Under no circumstances will the University remove or store student room furniture by request.

    In all cases, final determination of room assignments rests with the University. It is not possible to honor all assignment requests; however, every attempt is made to do so.

    Please be advised that students assigned to a single room may be assigned a roommate in instances where most rooms in the residence halls are full and there are students needing placement.

    We do not discriminate based on age, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

    There is an additional cost for a single room per semester. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life for more information.


  •  How do reserve a new room or look up my assignment?

    See our MyHousing page for more information.

  •  How to request a lobby reservation?

    See our Lobby Reservation page for more information.

  •  What are the room dimensions?
    # Set of Furniture
    # Sets of Furniture
    BOND (NORTH) 11'X14' 1 60X51 CARPET 80" OVER 20-1 SET  
    BOND (SOUTH) 11'X14' 1-2 60X51 CARPET 80" 3RD-1 SET 2 SETS
    BROPHY 11'X14' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" 2 SETS 2 SETS
    CLARK 10'3"X13' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" NO PVT 2 SETS
    CRAMER* 11'X14' 2-4 60X51 TILE 80" NO PVT 4 SETS
    HALLISY 10'3"X13' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" 1ST-2 SETS 2 SETS
    HENDERSON 11'X14' 1 60X51 TILE 80" ALL PVT-1 SET  


    11'X14' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" NO PVT 2 SETS


    11'7X14' 2 7'4" TILE 80" NO PVT 2 SETS
    PICKELL 11'X14' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" NO PVT 2 SETS
    PUTERBAUGH 11'X14' 1 60X51 TILE 80" ALL PVT-1 SET  
    VANDERCOOK 10'3"X13' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" 3RD FLR-1 SET 2 SETS
    WARD 11'X14' 1-2 60X51 TILE 76" ALL PVT-1 SET  


    Furniture Dimensions

    Furniture Dimensions
    Bunk Bed 35-1/2"w x 60"h
    Desk 38"w x 22"d x 30"h
    Bed to Floor Varies
    Dresser 36"w x 18"d x 48-50"h
    Wardrobe 34"w x 22"d x 72"h
  •  Who can help students with roommate concerns?

    Room Agreements

    Roommates and suitemates are strongly encouraged to complete a room/suitemate agreement within the first few days of the academic year. Doing so encourages dialogue about room expectations that can ward off the vast majority of roommate conflicts. Ask for an agreement sheet from your floor's Resident Advisor.


    When conflicts arise between roommates, hall staff will encourage students to attempt to resolve issues on their own before intervening in the situation. This is an educational opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with roommates and an opportunity for others to role model conflict resolution in our halls.

    If unable to reach an agreement, students are to contact their Resident Advisor and/or Hall Director to obtain assistance in resolving their differences. Hall Directors have a list of available hours posted outside their office along with phone numbers. Please note that parental involvement usually compounds issues that may otherwise be resolved by students working things out themselves.

    All students should familiarize themselves with the Ferris Code of Community Standards. Of note, Section V: Housing Regulations and Standards

  •  Escorted Walks?
    The Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides an on-campus escorted walk service for campus residents during the fall and spring semesters. The student foot patrol provides escorted walks to students who request them between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday while school is in regular session. Those interested in an escorted walk should contact DPS.

    Phone Number: (231) 591-5000
    See the Ferris Department of Public Safety page for more information.

  •  Quiet Hours / Courtesy Hours?
    All residence halls have quiet hours at a minimum of Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. - 8 a.m., and Friday through Saturday, 1 a.m. - 10 a.m. In addition, every hall has 24 hour courtesy hours where residents are expected to demonstrate courtesy and consideration by complying with the request to reduce ones noise so that others can study or sleep.
  •  Door / Building Security?
    All residence hall entrance doors are locked 24 hours each day. Bulldog ID Card swipe access is available on all residence halls for the convenience of residents.


    Visiting A Resident and Escorting Policy
    To preserve the integrity of the security system, the host must come to the door to greet their guest and escort him or her back to their room. All guests in the residence halls must be escorted by their host throughout the time they are visiting the building. The escort and visitation polices are noted in the Student Handbook. These are important behavioral expectations for students in addition to being integral components of Residence Hall security.

    Visitors to the building may utilize the call-box style telephone at the front entrance to each building to contact the resident they intend to visit.

    Each call-box telephone is equipped with a "blue light" emergency phone which allows immediate contact with the Department of Public Safety at the push of the red "EMERGENCY" button. Students are encouraged to utilize the phones any time they feel threatened or unsafe in the campus community. These phones are located all over campus.

    Security systems are only as effective as students will allow them to be. When entering your residence hall please do not allow others to "tailgate" or follow you into the hall without utilizing their Bulldog ID card to unlock the door. Students may not prop open any entrance to the hall, and any attempts to disengage security systems will be dealt with through the Office of Student Conduct. All students are asked to do their part to keep our campus and their residence hall secure. The partnership and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

  •  Life Safety System?
    Residence halls are equipped with fire detection systems and pull box stations. University apartments use local smoke detection systems. All fire life safety systems report directly to the Department of Public Safety’s 24 hour Dispatch personnel.
  •  Health and Safety Checks?
    Residence Halls

    Hall Staff are required to do room checks on a periodic basis for the purpose of making sure no fire hazards, health and safety, or violations of University rules exist. See the Ferris Code of Community Standards for more information.

    University Apartments
    Health and Safety checks are performed one or more times per semester. These are done to help assure healthy and safe living environments for all residents. Violations of Health and Safety standards include, but are not limited to, overloaded electrical circuits, grease buildup in and around stoves, unsanitary conditions, pets, etc. Smoke detectors are tested during health and safety checks. Residents are expected to test smoke detectors monthly and immediately report any that are not working properly. Removing the battery of a smoke detector, for any purpose other than to immediately replace it with a new one, is a serious violation.

    Education and Training
    Residence Hall staff receive training at the beginning of the school year on how to conduct fire and tornado drills. Students are given fire and tornado safety instructions at their mandatory floor meeting on the first day of classes.

  •  Watchdog Residence Hall Security Program?
    Large signs reading "BE AWARE" are posed outside of most entrances to residence halls. Additional information instructs students to report suspicious behavior within their community. This program is designed to increase a sense of community and responsibility for safety within the residence halls. Students can help deter crime by watching for and reporting suspicious or disruptive activities. The purpose is to make potential criminals think twice, knowing that students will be watching for them.
  •  Why is there a second semester charge on my account when I am not returning?
    When a student is leaving at the end of the first semester, the room charge for the second semester will stay on the bill until the student completes the proper checkout with our student staff members. If a student is going on internship, they will have to notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life and fill out an internship paper.
  •  What is the Stay-On Incentive?

    Students who are eligible to live off-campus but choose to voluntarily live on-campus are eligible for a Stay-On Incentive that reduces their housing cost with the University. Contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life to find out how much you can save!

    See our live off-campus eligibility requirements for more information.`

  •  Do students have to remove all belongings from the room during breaks?

    During Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and during Spring Break, students are required to leave the residence halls, but do not need to remove their belongings. If a student is checking out and not returning for the Spring semester, then they must remove all belongings and do a proper check out with their building's student staff members. At the end of spring (May) and summer semesters (August), the residence halls close and students must remove everything from their rooms.

    Students in Bond Hall may pre-arrange to stay in their room during break periods. The process requires notifying the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to the break period.

    Students in the East Campus Suites and the Apartments may remain in their room assignments for the entire academic school year fall-spring with no interruption.

  •  What telephone service is available?

    Residence hall rooms are not equipped with telephones or telephone lines. Courtesy phones are located on every floor as well as in Residence Hall lobbies.

    University telephone lines allow calls to other university extensions (students dial the four-digit extension, or last four numbers of a University phone number). Students can make long distance or off-campus phone calls by obtaining a Long Distance Authorization Code by visit in UC 108 for Student Technology Services.

    University Center 108
    STS Main Office Location
    Monday - Friday
    8 AM - 5 PM
    Closed during iConnect

  •  Are guests allowed in the building? Overnight?

    Guests are permitted in University Housing but must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times. A guest is defined as anyone not assigned to the building, room, apartment, or suite. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests, and for making sure their guests adhere to all University policies. If a guest violates a University policy, they AND their host will be held responsible.

    Overnight Visitation

    Roommates and suitemates must prearrange rules concerning guests and overnight visitors. Our overnight visitation policy has the following points:

    • No more than two overnight guests per room per night.
    • Guests include anyone not assigned to the room or suite. All guests must adhere to the escort policy and all rules and regulations of Ferris State University.
    • Residents are responsible for guests and guest behavior and may receive a student conduct referral for policy violations.
    • Unruly guest behavior may result in the guest's immediate removal and ban from campus housing.
    • The University reserves the right to limit frequency of visits when the rights of the roommates or suite-mates are compromised.
    • Guests may not stay more than 2 consecutive nights and/or more than 10 nights per semester without prior approval from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

    Child Visitation: All guests under the age of 18 must have a letter signed by a parent granting permission to visit and stay on campus. Children under the age of six (6) are not permitted as overnight guests. Visitation for children under the age of six is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of six at all times.

  •  Lofting a bed in the Residence Halls?

    See our Residence Halls Lofts page for more information.

Our heating on campus is a boiler system utilizing a steam tunnel system under the halls. Our physical plant constantly monitors the weather to determine when the weather will be consistently cold. The point to remember is once the heat is turned on, it cannot be turned off for any reason until the end of the academic year. Once the physical plant determines that the residence halls should be heated, the heating process takes a few days to reach capacity. We ask that students take the proper steps to sleep warmly at night with proper clothing and bedding, and that windows remain closed until and after heating begins.​