The following information will assist you in completing your online housing agreement, ApplyOnline, and personal preferences, MyHousing. It explains how to choose a roommate, how to list preferences for housing options, and how to choose a meal plan. Please read it carefully before completing ApplyOnline and MyHousing.
It is the philosophy of Residence Life that a university education should include out of classroom learning experiences for well-rounded experiences. In our residence hall setting, you are encouraged to:
The selection of roommates is a critical factor in this learning process and has the potential to enhance your development. Whether you choose someone you have known for years as a roommate, or opt to have the staff match you based on your personal preference responses, there will be many new things that you will learn about the person as you live with them. How will they deal with their new found freedom? How will you? Are their living habits compatible with yours? What will happen when you both begin to meet new people and enjoy their company as well as each other's? We realize that it is difficult to predict the answers to these questions now, but this is what we mean by new learning experiences. A residence hall is all about people, how they live, think, feel, and deal with the day to day happenings in their lives. Words to keep in mind: flexibility, tolerance, communication. It is our goal to help you refine these qualities through your experiences with your roommate(s) and others on your wing, hall and university community.
Choosing a Roommate: If you wish to request a roommate(s) you will need to log in to MyHousing and enter a roommate request. You will need that person's name and BU ID # to make the request. Please be sure to notify them that you have made a request to be roommates as they must go on and make a mutual request. We will only honor mutual roommate requests.
While some freshmen opt to pick their roommate, many prefer to be assigned roommates based on the personal preference questions. Survey results indicate that many students want to be assigned a roommate for a new experience, to meet new people or because they don't know anyone coming to Bloomsburg. The personal preference questions are designed to help us match students who have compatible living habits. No assignment system can ever guarantee that all matches will be successful. This includes requesting a specific roommate(s). Realizing this fact, we use this process in the hope of significantly reducing those conflict factors most commonly responsible for roommate disharmony.
The personal preference questions are used to make roommate assignments for those students who do not request a roommate (or who lose a roommate prior to arrival). While we recommend that parents/guardians and students discuss these questions, it is important that the student complete MyHousing. We base roommate assignments on these answers so honest responses help us make the best possible match. Please answer all Personal Preference questions even if you are requesting a specific roommate.
|Zone||Start Time||End Time|
|Late Night||9:30P||12:00A (Midnight)|
|Scranton Commons||Features freshly prepared "all you care to eat" meals.|
|Steak 'n Shake®||Located on the ground level of the Scranton Commons, Steak 'n Shake is "Famous for Steakburgers". True to its name, the menu features primarily steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes, though other entrees, side items, and drinks are also available.|
|Husky Lounge||Located in Kehr Union, offers pasta, pizza, Grilleworks, the Deli Corner and more.|
|Monty's||A quaint eatery located on the upper campus with a stunning view of the Susquehanna Valley. In addition to many comfort foods, Monty's offers rotisserie chicken, quesadillas and specialty burgers. It also hosts 'Restaurant Night' each Wednesday which provides students a way of getting away from campus without actually leaving.|
|Starbucks®||Located on the first floor of the library and lower level of the Scranton Commons and offers breakfast items and drinks. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.|
|Roongo's||Located in the Warren Student Services Center, offers a deli, soups, entrée of the day and fresh-baked bakery items. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.|
|Espresso Cart||Located on the ground floor of the Warren Student Services Center offers, sushi to go, homemade confections and of course, as the name implies a variety of coffee.|
|Subway®||Located on the lower level of the Scranton Commons offers fresh-made subs and beverages. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.|
|Plan A||Offers 3 meals on weekdays, plus 2 meals on weekend days for a total of 19 meals per week.|
|Plan B||Offers any 14 meals served during a one week cycle (Monday through Sunday up to 3 meals per weekday and up to 2 meals per weekend day).|
|Plan C||Offers any 10 meals served during a one week cycle (Monday through Sunday up to 3 meals per weekday and up to 2 meals per weekend day).|
|Plan E||Offers 175 meals during the semester with limited use restrictions.|
|Plan G||Offers 275 meals during the semester with no use limits per meal zones.|
All meal plans provide access to the Scranton Commons for "all-you-care-to-eat" meals and come with cash equivalency, and a starting FLEX balance. The meal plan rates are based on having $200 FLEX as indicated by the number 1 after the letter. Students may choose a starting flex balance of $250 indicated by the number 2 after the letter. Cost for all meal plans can be found at http://www.bloomu.edu/mealplan.
Note: The Plan D (5 meal per week) and Plan F (75 meal per semester) plans are options for on-campus apartment and off campus students only.
See How Meal Plans Work for complete details on how the dining service program works at Bloomsburg University.
Residence Life's housing initiatives are a response to the needs and changing preferences of our students reflected by surveys, pilot studies and continuing consultation with Residence Hall and Campus Apartment students. The majority of students are assigned to coed side-by-side housing as this is the most common and preferred type of housing available. To request placement on a single gender wing email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 1. We cannot guarantee to meet your request but we will consider and accommodate it if possible.
In order to accommodate all the students who request or are required to live on campus, a large number of new students are tripled at the beginning of the semester. We have been tripling new students for over 25 years and we make every effort to detriple those rooms by the end of the semester. Each tripled room is furnished with a bunk bed and a loft system.
Tripling is not done for profit, but as the best way to accommodate heavy demand for on campus housing. Tripled students who during the course of the semester, have one student leave the room, will be credited as outlined in the triple credit policy. The credit will be applied toward outstanding bills or if your account is paid in full, the difference will be refunded to you. The credit does not apply to students in voluntary triples, triads, suites or quads.
If you have any health condition or physical disability you believe requires special assignment consideration, you are required to contact and work through the Office of Accommodative Services and the Student Health Center to document (1) your specific condition, and (2) any special needs you have in relation to this condition.
All campus apartments and Elwell Hall are air conditioned. A limited number of rooms in our other residence halls have been designated as air conditioned rooms; either with a wall-mounted or window air conditioner. The wall-mounted units will be turned on at the beginning of each semester and will remain on throughout the semester. The window units have been permanently installed to reasonably withstand winter temperatures and will not be removed at any time.
All students living in a residence hall room with university provided air conditioning will be billed the Air-Conditioned Room Rate regardless of need or request for air conditioning.
Living and Learning Communities are all by invitation only. The following are currently available:
You can visit them at http://www.bloomu.edu/LLC for more information.
Information is available for getting connected to the on-campus network at the Residential Computing web site at http://rescomp.bloomu.edu.
All students residing in residence halls and apartments are provided high speed wireless access that is included at no additional charge. All rooms, and select common areas in apartments, have ethernet jacks installed, but are inactive. The cost to maintain both a wired and wireless network access system is high with less than 10% of students opting for wired connections. As a result, most of the infrastructure that supported the wired network has been deactivated in an effort to keep housing rates as low as practical. A limited number of wired connections are still available, but at an additional charge. Computers that do not have wireless cards in them (i.e. desktop computers) are typically easy to convert with the purchase of a wireless network card or USB adapter that is most often less expensive that the cost to activate deactivated network jacks.
The University requires minimum computer hardware and software specifications prior to granting access to the University's computer network. Refer to the Residential Computing web site for guidelines for getting connected. Computers can usually be configured to meet the University standards prior to moving in which can get you up and running upon arrival to campus.
As of August 2002, Pennsylvania state law requires that all students residing in campus owned facilities must either have received the meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver after having received information concerning the benefits of this vaccine. This information must be completed before you move into the residence halls.
College students are at an increased risk for meningitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection. In fact, students living in dorms have a six-fold increased risk for the disease. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccination with the meningitis vaccine before you come to school. If you received Menactra or Menveo between the ages of 11-15, a booster dose should be administered between the ages of 16-18. If you received the first dose at or after the age of 16, a booster dose is not needed.
Pennsylvania has passed (Senate Bill 955) stating all students residing in a residence hall or housing unit must have the vaccine or sign a declination statement after having received information concerning the benefits of the meningitis vaccine.