Are microwaves provided? What size should I bring?
A microwave is provided only in Delta 6. In all other halls, you may choose to personalize your space with your own choice of microwave. Currently there are no limitations of size or wattage of the microwave you choose to bring. Roommates: it may be helpful to discuss microwave plans prior to arrival.
Can I bring a refrigerator of my own? What size?
Refrigerators are provided in all rooms/suites/apartments (varying sizes). Students are allowed to bring additional refrigerators. The size depends on where you plan to store the unit. If you plan to store the fridge under your bed, it will need to be under 30" in height (that's the maximum amount of space achieved if the bed is positioned at its tallest height).
Can I stay in my room/apartment during semester breaks and holidays?
Yes! The residence halls never close for residents who have an active residence hall contract. You will only need to check-out of your space at the end of your contract term.
Please Note: Please see Transition Day under FAQ for more information on breaks between semesters.
Can we bunk our beds?
Yes! All extra-long twin beds in the residence halls are capable of being bunked. Once you arrive, contact the Housing Maintenance Call Center at (251) 460-7655 to request bed-bunking service. This service is provided free of charge.
How are the rooms furnished?
Every student room is furnished with a bed frame, mattress, desk, chair, & closet or wardrobe per student. For specific sizes and measurements per room type, please see our Standard Room Furnishings page.
Please Note: All furniture must stay in your room. Removing any furniture from your room may result in a charge.
How and when do I move in?
Please see our Move-In page for the information and resources needed.
How does parking work?
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the USA campus is required to register his/her vehicle with Parking Services and obtain a valid parking permit. The parking permit must be displayed from the rear view mirror facing outward. Displaying it in any other location is considered a violation. Parking permits are valid for one academic year. Students must be registered for classes to be eligible for a STUDENT parking permit. Class registration may take up to 24 hours to update in the parking system.
Please Note: New email accounts are updated nightly in the parking system. Please wait one day after obtaining your JagMail account before ordering your parking permit. Visit the Parking Services site for more information and access to your parking services online account.
Is smoking allowed in the residential facilities?
All University buildings, including the residence halls, are designated as smoke free. Smoking is prohibited within twenty-five (25) feet of any University building, including the residence halls. All smoking devices are prohibited in the residence halls, surrounding walkways, grounds, and in the parking lots. Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly, and are not to be discarded on the chase ways, sidewalks, grounds or areas around the residence halls.
Please Note: This is one of our Community Standards and students who violate this community standard may be subject to the Housing Judicial Process.
Is there a telephone in my room?
There are no telephones provided in residence hall rooms. You will be able to find courtesy phones located in each community, including phones in each community office.
May I cook in my room? What appliances are allowed in my room?
Conventional cooking is limited to spaces that have a built-in kitchen/kitchenette (Beta, Gamma 5-9, Delta 6 apartments and Greek chapter houses in the kitchen facilities only). This limits the following conventional cooking appliances to the above spaces: toaster ovens, electric fryers, electric grills, and all appliances with auto shut off, etc..
The following appliances are able to be used by ALL residents as long as the appliance has an automatic shut-off feature: pop-up toasters, rice steamers, crock pots, electric kettles (without an open element), and coffee pots.
Please see the Residence Education Handbook for the full "Cooking" Community Standard.
May I have a pet?
The only pets permitted in the residence halls are harmless varieties of fish. No other pets are allowed on either a permanent or visitation basis (i.e. no cats, dogs, hamsters, lizards, etc.). If a pet is found in the residence halls, it must be removed immediately; otherwise it may be removed by the local animal control authorities at the expense of the student.
May I raise my bed in my room?
All beds are adjustable in height. You can raise them all the way to the top of the frame, or as low as the floor...your preference! The bed frame can be positioned almost up to the 3' mark. However, it is at what most consider to be "normal height" when it is positioned 2' from the ground. If you have it positioned at the maximum height, you should be able to achieve close to 30" of space below the frame. Because of the wide range of available height adjustment for each bed frame, other forms of risers (including store bought versions or cinder blocks) are not permitted in any of the residence halls.
Residents have the opportunity to lease a bed loft through Collegiate Bed Loft Company, Inc. (CBL) for the year to achieve that extra space you're looking for in your residence hall room. A bed loft is a metal frame that supports the mattress and bed supplied by the University that creates enough space beneath the mattress for additional furniture to be placed (i.e. dresser, desk, chair, etc.). Bed lofts are installed in your room BEFORE you arrive (if arriving Fall semester) & removed AFTER you leave.
Bed lofts brought into University residence halls may be obtained solely from this one vendor. This vendor's product has been reviewed & confirmed to meet safety criteria specified by USA Housing & Residence Life. Please note: Personal lofts, cinder blocks, & bed risers are not permitted in any of the residence halls. Please see the "Furniture" Community Standard in our Residence Education Handbook for more information. More information is available by visiting Collegiate Bed Loft Company, Inc. at www.cblorder.com
May I store my bicycle in my room?
Yes, a bicycle may be stored in your room as long as it does not block the exits and it is acceptable to your roommate(s).
Otherwise, all bikes should be locked to a bike rack outside. Also, please note that all bicycles must be registered with the USA Police Department (251.460.6312). Bicycle registration may be completed for free by taking your bicycle and student ID to the USA Police Station. All bicycles that are not properly registered with USAPD and/or bicycles that are locked to anything other than the provided bike racks are subject to immediate removal and disposal by Housing & Residence Life Staff.
Please see the Residence Education Handbook for the full "Bicycle" Community Standard.
What is a Resident Assistant (RA)?
Resident Assistants (RAs) are members of the Residence Life staff. Your RA is a paraprofessional staff member who has been trained to assist residents, support hall operations, build community, uphold University policy, and address emergency situations. RA's serve as information resources, peer advisors, programmers, and student leaders, but mainly they are there to help their residential students make the most of their University experience. Residents should go to their RA with roommate conflicts and other concerns. In the case of an emergency, there is an RA On-Duty in each residential community after office hours and on weekends who can be contacted by calling your Community Office. For information on other members of the Residence Life staff, please see the Residence Education Handbook.
What safety and security measures do you have?
We take the safety and security of our residents very seriously and have a number of measures in place to protect them. At any given time, there is at least 1 Resident Assistant, 1 Community Director, and 1 Area Coordinator that serve in an on-call capacity to residents who may be locked out of their rooms, experiencing roommate or facilities concerns, or other emergency issues (365/24/7). Swipe card access is used on all exterior doors of Epsilon 1, Epsilon 2, New Hall, and Stokes Hall, as well. All room doors use traditional keys.
The University of South Alabama Police Department (USAPD) is also located in the residential community. They can be found in the front of the Beta/Gamma Commons off of Stadium Blvd. They have officers specifically assigned to housing in order to establish more of a presence with the residents and a community feel.
What should I bring for my room? What should I leave at home?
Please see our complete list of suggestions for what to bring and what to leave at home by visiting our What to Bring page.
What size sheets do I need?
It depends on which size bed is provided in your assigned room; to learn what size bed comes with your room, please visit our Standard Room Furnishings page.
Will I have access to cable TV?
Yes! All University residence halls are wired for cable television service. However, it will be necessary for students to supply a cable cord to connect the television to the wall. Your residence hall contract includes this extended basic cable service. Please see our Cable Services page for more information, including a complete channel line-up.
Will I have access to Internet?
Yes! All USA residence hall rooms/suites/apartments have Ethernet port connections available to students. Your residence hall contract includes this service. The community offices and our Housing Maintenance Office have Ethernet cords available to you upon request, free of charge. Students may not set-up their own wireless routers in their rooms. For information on how to report any issues with your service, please see out Internet Service page.