Office of Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will I know my room assignment and roommate?

For the 2014-2015 academic year: We will assign students to their rooms in early June. Notifications will begin shortly after rooms have been assigned. More information about loft rentals, micro-fridge rentals etc. will be sent via email.

When do I have to pay my housing bill?

Bills are sent to the students during the second week of classes. Please visit Student Accounts for billing and due date information. You can pay your bill online via MyBLUE or in person at the Finance Office.

Do I have to pay anything before I move in?

A $50 non-refundable processing fee must be sent to the Office of Residence Life with the housing contract. When you arrive to campus and check-in to your residence hall, you will pay a $30 Social Fund fee. Please see the UNK Student Handbook for a complete explanation of hall fees.

When will I receive my roommate's address & phone number?

Roommate information is mailed in early to mid-summer for the upcoming academic year. *Please note: changes to room and roommate assignments cannot be made until after the first week of the fall semester.

I'm a freshman; do I have to live on campus?

Yes, unless you qualify for an exemption to the Freshman Housing Policy. Click here to view/print the Freshman Housing Policy Form.

Is there a penalty for moving off campus during the year?

Students who break their housing contract during the academic year pay a $500 cancellation fee. Click here for current housing contract terms and conditions.

How do I change roommates during the academic year?

No room or roommate changes can be made during the first week of each semester; after that these changes can be made by working with your hall director. NOTE: By federal law and University policy, room assignments and room changes cannot be made on the basis of race, color, religion, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

How do I request a roommate?

A specific roommate can be requested using the housing contract located on MyBlue.

Can I have a private room?

There are a limited number of designated private rooms on campus. Private rooms are not guaranteed and extremely unlikely to be available to new students at the beginning of the fall semester. We will do our best to accommodate your needs, but nothing can be guaranteed.

May I have overnight guests stay in my room?

Yes. All overnight guests must be registered and approved beforehand, and you must obtain your roommate's (if you have one) permission as a courtesy. Please see the UNK Student Handbook for the complete guest policy.

Is there a place for my family/friends to stay on campus when they come to visit?

Please call the Office of Residence Life at 308-865-8519 to check for availability of guest housing. Guest housing is contingent on available space and is not guaranteed.

Must I have a meal plan?

Yes, all students that live on campus are required to have a meal plan.

Can I change my meal plan?

Meal plans can only be changed during the first week of classes. Please visit UNK Dining to change your meal plan.

If I live on campus will my personal property be insured?

No. Your personal property should be covered by your parent's insurance policy; if not, we strongly recommend that you take out your own personal property insurance.

What should I do if I lose my room key, building fob, or mailbox key?

Contact your Resident Assistant or Hall Director, who may be able to loan you a temporary replacement key(s) and fob. A lost key and/or fob charge may apply.

What is the size of my room?

Room sizes vary, but most are approximately 16'x11". More specific information can be found on each Residence Hall's information page.

Which residence halls are air conditioned?

Antelope/Nester Complex, Centennial Towers East (CTE), Centennial Towers West (CTW), Mantor, Men's, Randall, URN and URS.

What appliances and furnishings come with the rooms?

Two twin beds, two desks with chairs, a dresser or closet space, window coverings, local telephone service with voicemail, two computer Ethernet ports and one cable TV outlet.

What size are the beds in the rooms?

All beds are extra-long twin, 39" x 80", except for beds in Mantor Hall and Conrad Hall. These beds can be either regular twin, 39" x 75". We do have a limited number of extra-long twin beds for students that are not living in a room where they are provided. Please call the Office of Residence Life at 308-865-8519 for bed sizes or to be placed on the first-come, first-serve request list.

Is cable TV provided in the rooms?

Yes, HD cable TV service is provided in your room.

Who should I contact if my phone, cable TV, or Internet isn't working?

Phone: If your room telephone jack isn't working (no dial tone), please contact the Office of Residence Life at 865-8519.
Cable TV: HD cable TV is provided in your room for you. For maintenance on outlets please contact your Hall Director to fill out a Work Request Form. For channel reception contact the Information Technology Service Helpdesk 865-8363 or complete the Helpdesk Online Request Form.
Internet: If you have trouble connecting to the Internet or any other UNK online application (Easi, Blackboard), please contact the Information Technology help desk at 865-8363.

What kind of computer should I bring?

Information Technology Services sets guidelines for minimum machine requirements. Please see their website for more information.

Do I have to bring a telephone?

Yes and No. Local telephone service is included in your student fees, and comes with features such as automated voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, and Star-69. We strongly encourage you to bring a phone and take advantage of this feature, even if you also have a personal cell phone. This makes it easier for UNK faculty/staff to reach you if necessary.

How do I access long distance telephone service?

Contact Frontier Communications at 1-800-921-8102 to set up long distance telephone service to your room phone number. You are responsible for all long distance charges that are billed to you, and you must contact the phone company to disconnect your long distance service upon checking out of your room.

Does UNK provide e-mail service to students?

Yes. Every student is provided with a UNK e-mail account through the UNK server. You will learn your e-mail address, and how to log on, during registration. Most University staff and faculty require that you use this provided e-mail service in order to get in contact with all students should the necessity arise. It is encouraged that you check your LoperMail once per day to make sure that you have up-to-date class, school closing, and residence hall information.

I think I have bedbugs. What should I do?

If you suspect you have bedbugs please see the Office of Residence Life Bedbug Policy.