How do I sign up for housing?
Once your college application and deposit have been received, Residence Life will mail you a housing packet. You will need to mail your completed Roommate Selector Form and Residence Hall Agreement to the Residence Life Office. Applications will be processed in June in the order in which they were received. Be honest when completing the Roommate Selector Form, this information will be used to pair you up with a roommate. The priority deadline for fall housing applications is June 1. Applications for spring semester will be processed in mid-December.
How are students assigned to rooms/roommates?
Rooms will be assigned based on the building and room preferences you indicated on your roommate selector form. Rooms are based on availability when the application is processed. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Roommates are paired up using the information provided on the roommate selector form.
How do I get mail?
Every full-time student is issued a campus mailbox. You will receive your box number and combination when you arrive on campus. Please follow this link for more information on the Student Post Office.
Do I need property insurance?
Morningside College does not cover damage to or theft of student possessions. It is recommended that you check with your parent's home owners insurance and find out what items they cover or purchase a renters insurance policy. Property insurance is not required, but recommended, for Morningside students living on campus.
What comes in the rooms? Internet, Phone, Cable TV
Double rooms are furnished with 2 beds (standard twin or ex-long twin), 2 desks, 2 chairs, 2 closets or wardrobes and most rooms have dresser space. The Plex has clothing storage provided in wardrobes not dressers. In addition, every room has basic cable and internet access. Phones are not provided but are availble for check out in Dimmitt Hall. Residents in halls other than Dimmitt must provide their own standard phone. Please note standard phones will not work in Dimmit.
Do I need to bring carpet and/or curtains?
If you live in Roadman (2nd or 3rd North or Grnd, 1st, or 3rd South) or in the EN wing of Dimmitt, you may want to bring carpet as those rooms have tile floors. All windows have mini-blinds.
Is there anything NOT allowed in the residence halls?
The following items are not allowed: microwave ovens, halogen lamps, incense, candles, air conditioners, pets (other than fish), any appliance with an open heating element (this includes the George Foreman grills), and weapons/guns.
Can I bring a loft?
Morningside College is in the process of updating residence hall room furniture. In the rooms where new furniture has been installed the beds are already lofted so personal lofts are not allowed. In all other rooms lofts are allowed. Please see lofting rules for a list of rooms that have lofts and lofting instructions.
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Can I live/stay in my room all year long?
The residence halls close for the Christmas/Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. The residence halls remain open during long break weekends and Thanksgiving Break.
When can I move in?
Your move in day will be mailed to you in your housing letter. Move in dates are scheduled to coincide orientation activities. Students are not permitted to move in early. Coaches will make arrangements for fall athlete housing.
Where do I report on Move-In Day?
Students are to report to the residence hall in which they will be living. During assigned check in times Residence Hall staff will be in the lobby to assist with check-in. Each student will be asked to verify and sign a room inventory. It is important that each student checks to make sure that the room inventory accurately describes the condition of the room and its furnishings. This same form is used at the end of the academic year when assessing room damages.
Can I make long distance calls from my room?
Yes, you can. In order to make long distance phone calls, you will need a calling card. Calling cards are available for purchase at the campus bookstore but can be purchased from off campus stores as well.
Are rooms air conditioned or can I bring my own?
All rooms in Waitt Hall, Poppen Hall, and Lags Hall are air conditioned. Rooms in Roadman South are also air conditioned. The room numbers for Roadman South are 30-41, 130-142, 230-246, and 330-349. Air conditioners may be installed in the Roadman Apartments. Due to electrical requirements, NO other rooms are permitted to install window or portable air conditioners.
Is there storage in the
Unfortunately, there is no storage space available.
All furniture in residence hall rooms must stay
in the room.
Do I clean my own room
or is there a maid?
All students are responsible for cleaning their own
rooms. Vacuums, brooms, and dustpans are available at the front
desk of each residence hall. Students are responsible for taking
their room trash to the outside dumpsters. Trash is not to be
left in the hallways or stairwells. The public areas of the
residence halls (bathrooms, hallways, etc.) are cleaned by the
Where do I wash my laundry?
There is a laundry room in each residence hall. Cost
is $1.00 to wash clothes and $1.00 to dry clothes. The laundry
room is available 24 hours/day.
Where do I eat?
All students who live on campus are required to have
a meal plan. The dining hall is located in the Olsen Student
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How do I hang up posters/pictures
in my room?
Use putty/handi-tak to hang up pictures and posters.
Poster putty/handi-tak can be found at most discount stores
(please buy the white or yellow).
Can I bring a car to campus?
Where can I park my car?
All students are able to bring a car to campus. All
vehicles operated or parked on campus must have a valid parking
permit. Parking lots are assigned based on the building the student lives in. Parking permits will be issued
on Validation Day.
What if I get sick?
The College Health Office is located in the lower
level of the Olsen Student Center. It is open Monday-Friday
and is staffed by a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners and
doctors are available at designated times during the week. In
case of an extended illness, hospitalization, or family emergency,
the Student Services Office (712-274-5104) should be notified.
In cases of minor illness, which causes a student to miss class,
it is up the student to inform his/her instructors as to why
he/she was absent from class.
What size are the beds in the residence halls?
The mattresss in these residence hall rooms are extra-long (36”x80”): Dimmitt Hall rooms 1-15, 101-114, 138-152, 201-216, 235-259, 301-329 and 364-377, Roadman Hall rooms 30-41, 130-142, and 330-349, Poppen Hall, Waitt Hall, Lags Hall, or Garretson Houses. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/mrn
Are there special activities?
Yes. These will vary somewhat by floor, depending
on the needs and interests of the floor, but there will be special
activities and events for the freshman halls. These activities
and events will be geared to guiding our new students through
their first year of college.
What are the benefits
to living on a freshman floor?
The biggest benefit is that you will be living on
a floor with people who are in the same situation as you: freshmen
looking to meet people and make new friends. Other benefits
are not as noticeable, but are still present. For example, the
Residence Hall Association representatives are able to take advantage of leadership
opportunities. Another more subtle benefit is that the freshman
hall RA's are handpicked to work with freshman students. Freshmen
will have the benefit of having access to some of the most friendly
and responsible student leaders on campus.