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Is campus housing available for freshmen?
Housing for new first time freshmen enrolling for the 2012-2013 academic year is guaranteed for those who meet the below criteria:

    •    Have been fully accepted to the University
    •    Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by May 1, 2012
    •    Submit a $300 non refundable housing application fee by May 1, 2012
    •    Complete the online housing application no later than June 1, 2012

All items are required in order for your housing application to be considered complete. For specific information on enrollment fees, please see . Please note that our housing process is done completely online and there is no paper application to complete or submit; a student must go online and complete the process as noted above. For those who do not meet the above criteria, including students who may be accepted to the University after these dates, every effort will be made to accommodate students in this category as space becomes available.

Is campus housing available for transfer students?
Housing for new first time transfers enrolling for the 2012-2013 academic year is guaranteed for those who meet the below criteria:

    •    Have been fully accepted to the University
    •    Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by May 1, 2012
    •    Submit a $300 non refundable housing application fee by May 1, 2012
    •    Complete the online housing application no later than June 1, 2012

All items are required in order for your housing application to be considered complete. For specific information on enrollment fees, please see . Please note that our housing process is done completely online and there is no paper application to complete or submit; a student must go online and complete the process as noted above. For those who do not meet the above criteria, including students who may be accepted to the University after these dates, every effort will be made to accommodate students in this category as space becomes available.

How does my student apply to live on campus?
Students must first apply to the University. Students will receive housing application instructions with the University acceptance packet and a student can apply for housing on the Residential Education and Services website.

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Is my student required to live on campus?
Residency on campus is voluntary and there is no requirement for freshmen or other students to live on campus. All newly enrolled students who live on campus in the residence halls, however, must participate in a University dining plan.

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When will my student know their room assignment?
Assignments for new students are processed in June and are emailed to you before you arrive on campus.You can also check your room assignment by accessing the RMS system at https://rms.montclair.edu/. It is your student's responsibility to keep us informed of your correct mailing address.

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Can my student request a roommate?
Students who wish to room together in residence halls should submit their roommate preferences in the RMS system. Residential Education will do it's best to accommodate the request but cannot guarantee them. If a student does not request a specific roommate, one will be assigned to him/her. Requests must be mutual, if not, the roommate request may not be accommodated.

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What does the room have?
All rooms have single beds, desks, and closet space. The University does not assume any responsibility for any of your personal property which is stolen, lost, or damaged. An optional personal effects insurance policy is available and is highly recommended. Residential Education recommends that students insure their belongings with National Student Services, INC or another insurance company of choice. If you would like to purchase an insurance policy, or get more information regarding different plans they offer, visit their website at: www.NSSINC.com, or contact them at 1-800-256-6774. Students should also check with their parents to see if their belongings are covered by the parent's existing home owner's policy.

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Does my student need a meal plan?
All students residing in Bohn, Freeman, Russ, Webster, Sinatra, Stone and The Heights are required to have one of the traditional or Constant Pass meal plans.

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What extra-curricular activities are available for my student?
Montclair State University has over 100 clubs and organizations to join, over 11 intramurals sports, and free concerts, movies, comedians, etc. all year long.

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What do we do if our students are homesick?
The best thing you can do is give them time to adjust. They are encouraged to speak with their CA, CD, professors, academic advisors, clergy, and/or the counseling center are also available.

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Are the halls air conditioned?
The Village, Sinatra, Hawk Crossings, Russ, Blanton and The Heights are air conditioned facilities.

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Can we see the room before they move in?
Admissions offer tours of the residence halls to aid in your decision making and planning. During the tours, you may view hall rooms and common areas, and ask your tour guide any questions you might have. Please note that it will not be possible to show you a specific room; instead you will be shown a model room within the hall. Please visit their web page for tours dates, times and appointment information.

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Can my freshman student live in Hawk Crossings, Sinatra Hall or The Village?
Hawk Crossings, Sinatra Hall and the Village are available ONLY to upperclassman students.

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What if my student needs to cancel their housing?
Students have five business days from the day of  notification via their Montclair State email of their placement into housing to cancel.  An email will be sent to all new students assigned to housing. All cancellation requests must either be sent from the student’s Montclair State email  account or by completing a ”Request for Cancellation” Form in the Office of Residential Education and Services. Students will receive an email to their Montclair State email confirming their cancelation and forfeit of their Housing Application Fee. After five business days, a student will be held financially responsible for that bed space for the entire academic year (fall and spring). 

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What should my student do if he/she is ill?
The Montclair State Health Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In the case of emergencies, students are instructed to go to Health Center located in Blanton Hall or call (973) 655-4361 to schedule an appointment.

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What is offered if my student has a disability?
If you have special housing needs because of a disability, please complete the Medical Accommodation form and submit it to  the Disability Resource Center and provide them with appropriate documentation. It is important for us to be aware of your needs as early as possible so we can assist you in obtaining suitable accommodations.

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What are Special Interest Living Communities?
Special Interest Living Communities provide an environment that can enhance motivation to learn, stimulate learning in specific areas of interest and offer opportunities to work closely with staff and faculty members. Current Special Interest Living Communities include Arts and Science, Emerging Leaders, International, and Honors. Each semester, each LC creates and plans events that provide focus that could include creating study groups, sharing their own work(s) or attending or participating in events in the campus and local community.

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What type of security is provided in the halls?
The Residence Halls are equipped with several safety features.
CARD ACCESS SYSTEM: Your student ID card will be used to gain access to a residence hall, but a key will still be required to enter your room. The Village has a separate card for access to the main doors.
FRONT DESK: All residence halls have 24-hour information desks located at the front entrances. These desks can be used to assist in identifying university staff that should be on your floor and to connect with other University safety measures (police, and CAs on duty)
EMERGENCY TELEPHONES: Emergency call boxes are located in some parking areas and at the entrance of many residence halls. To operate the emergency phone, simply press one of the two emergency buttons. One will connect you directly to Montclair State police. Speak into the speaker.
SECURITY PATROLS: Residential Education and Services staff performs security rounds of the buildings twice each evening and staffs are on call to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.

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Is there a curfew?
No. All guests of the residence halls are required to be escorted by their resident host/hostess at all times while in the residence halls. Furthermore, students' guests may not be left in the building or any residence hall room when the host is not present. In all residential areas, students are responsible for the conduct of their guests.

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What does the room rate cover on campus?
The room rate includes heat, electricity, water, sewer, A/C, 24 hour security desk coverage, high-speed data connections, and basic cable TV service.

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What is the mailing address for my student's hall and how can I send a care package from home?
Packages can be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service or commercial delivery service.

Packages and letters should be addressed using the following format:

Student Name
Residence Hall Name and Room Number
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

If you live in Hawk Crossings your packages and letters should be addressed using this format:

Student Name
65 Clove Road
Apartment Number
Little Falls, NJ 07424

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Can my student view the room assignment before moving in?
In order to maintain the security of our halls, we cannot grant access to the halls prior to move-in. Under the Residence Halls section of our website, students can view a typical set up in each hall. If you are trying to plan out what to bring, we post a list of recommended and prohibited items prior to move-in.

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Why is my student receiving a bill for damages that he/she did not cause?
When damages occur that cannot be attributed to normal wear and tear, the cost of repair is placed upon the student(s) responsible for that space. If no individual takes responsibility for the damages, all students assigned to that space will share the cost of repair. The same goes for damages that occur in the common areas of a residence hall (lounges, hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc…). If the damage, which is beyond the scope of normal wear and tear, cannot be attributed to an individual, all residents in the assigned wing/floor/hall will share the cost of repair.
We understand that paying for something that you did not damage can be frustrating. The foundation of residential living is comprised of strongly held concepts of community responsibility. With the support of the Residential Education & Services staff, responsibility is delegated to residents to maintain the quality of living within their individual hall/community. Without this joint effort, success in maintaining an environment conducive to our students' academic pursuits would not be possible.

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What is the difference between a Constant Pass meal plan and a Block meal plan?
The Constant Pass meal plan will grant you unlimited access into our Residential Dining Halls, located in the Machuga Heights and Freeman Hall. The Block plan has a finite number of blocks, and one block will grant you access one time to the dining halls. Block plans can also be used as cash equivalency in some of the retail dining locations, including the Student Center Cafeteria and the Rathskellar. Please consult with Dining Services to determine the cash equivalency value for one block.

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What are Flex Dollars and Red Hawk Dollars? What is the difference?
Flex Dollars and Red Hawk Dollars both run like a debit system. You have a finite amount of dollars on your account, which are able to be replenished should you run out. Flex Dollars can only be used to pay for food, where Red Hawk Dollars can be used at the University Bookstore, various offices on campus to pay for items, and can even be used in the new off-campus vendor program. If you don’t use all of your Flex Dollars at the end of the fall semester, they will carry into the spring semester, so long as you continue a meal plan. Flex dollars do expire at the end of the spring semester. Red Hawk Dollars carry over each semester and do not expire.

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I have heard of FERPA, what does that mean in terms of housing?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that says we cannot share any of your records with anyone other than you. This includes information about where you are living, who your roommates are, which meal plan you have, any charges on your account, or any other information about you. The only exceptions to this law is if the student is under the age of 18, or the person in question can prove to us that they claim you as a dependent on their taxes. You are allowed to waive your right to this law by completing a FERPA waiver in our office. Get more information about FERPA.

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What should my student bring to campus?

Read our list of What to Bring and Not Bring