IF I’M A FRESHMAN, AM I REQUIRED TO LIVE ON-CAMPUS?
All first-year freshmen students taking 8 credit hours or more are required to live on campus unless they are over the age of 21, married, have a child, are active military, or are residing with a parent or legal guardian within a 60-mile radius of the Missouri Southern State University campus.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DON’T GET ALONG WITH MY ROOMMATE(S)?
Figuring out how to live with someone new can be tricky. If you encounter issues with your roommate(s), first seek guidance from one of the Resident Assistants (RA) or Resident Directors. They will work with you and your roommate(s) to first try and work through any problems using effective communication and negotiation.
However, if a situation is unmanageable, you can submit a room change request form from your Lionet account.
If you feel your situation is unsafe, contact an RA or Resident Director immediately.
WIll I BE ABLE TO CONTACT MY ROOMMATE(S) BEFORE CHECK-IN?
Yes, you can see your roommate(s)’s name and contact details on Lionet by clicking the “Room Assignment/Roommate Information” tab under “Housing Applications and Forms.”
WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY ROOM ASSIGNMENT?
Room assignments are e-mailed to your university e-mail account when your room booking is completed.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR HOUSING?
Housing applications are available on Lionet under the Campus Housing header.
You need to first be admitted to complete an application. Select the application that best suits your needs, and then complete the required steps.
Please note you will have to put down a $150 deposit for your housing arrangements when you apply.
The housing application for incoming students for the fall semester will be available on Lionet the first weekday in the month of February. Students incoming for the spring semester will have access to the application by mid-September.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE RESIDENCE LIFE FORMS?
The Residence LIfe forms are located in LIONET under the Campus Housing header:
CAN I BRING MY PET TO CAMPUS?
All pets with the exception of fish in one gallon or less containers are prohibited unless approved by Disability Services and the Director of Residence Life. Emotional/Therapy and Service animals must be approved by Disability Services and Residence Life prior to arrival to campus.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A ROOMMATE REQUEST?
Please provide as much personal information in housing application to assist other students in matching with a roommate. When selecing a room you can view another student’s name and response to application questions.
WHEN CAN I MOVE IN? CAN I MOVE IN EARLY?
Move-in dates for the fall and spring will be announced by e-mail to all applicants along with designated check-in times. Students required to move in prior to the official move-in weekend will request a date from a coach/sponsor.
HOW DOES “CO-ED” HOUSING WORK?
Some of our housing arrangements are considered “co-ed.” This means that although the room assignments are gender-specific, men and women may be living next door to one another. Each gender-specific room has its own individual bathroom.
We do not allow cohabitation between men and women.
Opposite-gender guests are not allowed without your roommate’s approval.
If you are uncomfortable with co-ed housing, please select a gender-specific housing accommodation when you apply.
IS FAMILY/MARRIED-HOUSING AVAILABLE?
Unfortunately, we do not offer family- or married-housing.
If you need to live with your spouse or family, we suggest renting an apartment in town. There are many low-cost rental accommodations in Joplin.
WILL I BE ABLE TO ACCESS WI-FI IN MY ROOM?
All of our rooms have access to our Wi-Fi network.
The Wi-Fi services are included in your housing charges and will never cost you anything extra.
WILL I BE ABLE TO STAY IN MY DORM DURING HOLIDAYS, INTERSESSIONS AND SUMMER?
Yes, our residence halls are available to you year-round.
We do not charge anything for you to use the halls during Thanksgiving, Winter Intersession or Spring Break.
Intersession housing between the spring and summer and summer and fall is available to students with a housing application for the adjacent period.
I HAVE A DISABILITY. ARE THERE HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ME?
Yes. In order to receive special accommodations, your disability must be documented by the Disabilities Services Office (417-625-9516).
The Residence Life Office cannot guarantee specific housing styles.
CAN I LEAVE MY BELONGINGS IN MY ROOM DURING WINTER BREAK IF I AM RETURNING TO THE SAME ROOM IN THE SPRING?
Yes, you may leave all your belongings in your room during Winter Break if you will be living in the same room once you return for the Spring Semester.
Please note that we are not responsible for your belongings should anything happen to them while they are being stored over the break.
CAN I STORE PERSONAL ITEMS IN MY ASSIGNED ROOM BEFORE THE MOVE-IN DATE?
No, you cannot store or move belongings into your room before the move-in date, unless you have spoken to the Director of Residence Life about a special circumstance.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MOVE OFF-CAMPUS?
Students with 30+ college credit hours have the option after moving onto campus to exercise the $1200 buy-out option and move off-campus. Students will be charged housing and meal costs through the date they complete the checkout process. Exercising the buy-out option will result in a loss of housing deposit. Contact the Residence Life Office for instructions on the buy-out process.
WHAT SIZE ARE THE BEDS?
All beds in the residence halls are Twin XL 36″ X 80″.
There will be 30″ of clearance under your bed if you set it at its tallest setting.
AM I PERMITTED TO BRING A REFRIGERATOR AND/OR MICROWAVE?
Yes, you may bring a refrigerator and/or microwave.
Please note that our private rooms, suites, apartments, and quads are already stocked with a refrigerator and microwave ready for your use.
WHAT IS MY MAILING ADDRESS?
1007 International Ave
Joplin, MO 64801
ARE THERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES ON-SITE?
Yes, we offer many laundry facilities on-site for you to use.
Our laundry facilities are located in the Mayes Student Life Center, Blaine Hall, McCormick Hall and Stegge Hall.
It does not cost to use the facilities. Bring your student ID for access.