Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to live on campus?
All full time Freshman and Sophomore students under 21 years of age on September 1 of the academic year are required to live on campus in a Residence Hall while attending University of Saint Mary. Please see the USM Housing Contract for exceptions. All requests for exceptions to the housing policy must be made to the director of residence life in writing.
What can I bring?
The following basic essentials are recommended for every student moving into the halls: extra long twin sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, alarm clock, toiletries, wastebasket, and cleaning supplies. Items that will help make your room a little more like home include: plants, posters, stereo, television, carpet, curtains, small aquariums, refrigerator (no larger than 2.5 cubic feet), microwave (no larger than .9 cubic feet), and a computer. You may want to wait to purchase the above items until you have coordinated needs with your roommate. Only UL approved "power strips" that contain internal fuses may be used to obtain additional electrical outlets. To purchase bedding online, go to: www.swakU.com/StMaryLinen
What must I leave at home?
Pets (except for fish), candles/incense, firearms or weapons of any type, hotplates, open element appliances, toaster oven, sun lamp, outside antennae and rice cookers. Halogen lights of more than 300 watts or those not equipped with protective cover over the bulb.
How are hall and roommate assignments made?
Returning students select their rooms during spring term for the following term. Priority for new student assignments is determined by the date on which the $100 housing deposit and reservation fee along with the Housing Application reaches the University of Saint Mary. If you request to live with a particular person, and that person requests you, every effort will be made to honor that request. If you do not indicate a preference, the information on the Housing Application form will be used to choose a suitable roommate. Fall room assignment letters will be sent out in late July to early August.
What if I do not like my assignment?
If you do not get the assignment you want, you may request a change after you arrive. You can obtain a room change request from the Director of Residence Life. Room changes will occur the second week of classes. The number of requests to change, as well as the availability of space, will determine your chances for a room transfer.
What computer services are available in the residence halls?
High-speed network connections are available in each residence hall room.
Are private rooms available?
Private and single rooms are available to upperclassmen and second-semester freshmen as space permits. An additional charge is assessed for a private room. Please contact the office of residence life with specific requests.
When do residence halls close during the academic year?
Residence halls close four times during the academic year:
Students should consult the USM Student Planner for specific dates and times of hall closings. Residents remaining in the halls after the closing date will incur a break housing fee.
Students wishing to stay on campus during breaks should watch their USM email account for break housing request details. Break housing is not included in the residential housing contract charge.