University Bulletin 2016-17

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Housing & Dining

On-Campus Living

A college education offers students the opportunities for advanced learning, interesting career options and meeting new people. An additional opportunity of the college experience is on-campus living where learning and personal growth take place in the community environment of the residence halls.

The University of South Alabama offers a wide range of facilities to meet the lifestyles of a diversified student body.  As a South student, you have a wealth of choices to choose from when it comes to on-campus housing.  Whether your plans include taking classes the entire academic year or simply during the spring or summer semesters, you can find housing on-campus. Our residence halls are spread across the west side of main campus in two main areas: Northwest and Southeast. These areas are divided into 6 residential communities that are home to our 32 residence halls.

Once admitted to the University, students should apply for housing as soon as possible. Room assignments are made based off of the order in which we receive your contract. So the sooner we receive your contract, the better chance you have of getting one of your top choices of rooms.  A $150.00 approved credit card payment is required to complete the housing contract online. A copy of the completed contract will be emailed to the student University email address within three business days. Students under 19 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign their housing contract.

Room Types

Rooms For Two 

Rooms for Two feature an open concept design, which includes a bathroom.

-   Epsilon 1 - 2 (freshmen only)

-   New Hall (freshmen only)

-   Delta 3 - 5

Suite-Style

Suite-Style rooms feature two bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom.

-   Gamma 0-4 (1 and 2 person per bedroom options)

-   Stokes Hall (1 person per bedroom)

Apartment Style

Apartment Style units are designed for  2 - 3 residents who share a living area, bathroom , and kitchen

-  2 Bedroom Apt. for Two: 1 student in each bedroom (Beta 1-5 and Gamma 5-9)

-  Studio Apt. for Two: 2 students in an open-concept room that includes a full kitchen (Beta 1-5 and Gamma 5-9)

-   Room for Two w/Kitchenette: Same design as a Room for Two but includes a kitchenette (Delta 6)

Private Rooms

Limited Availability - Private Rooms feature open concept design, which includes a bathroom.

Greek Housing

The Greek Housing Community is made up of nine houses for specific social Greek organizations. Occupancy in Greek Housing is limited to members of these nine organizations. Greek Housing residents are subject to the same contract required of all University housing students.

Visit our Room Types http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/roomtypes.html page to learn more about each of these room types and their respective residential communities. 

Learning Communities (LC):

USA is committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities that will contribute to the academic success of our students. One such opportunity for all new students, including those who live on campus, is membership in a Learning Community (LC).  A Learning Community is a group of students with shared interests who are enrolled in two or more classes together. Select areas of University housing are reserved for students in the same Learning Community to live and learn together with three freshman halls (Epsilon 1, Epsilon 2, and New Hall) specifically designated for this purpose.

For example, students in Engineering LCs live together in one of the Epsilon residence halls. Our University Honors students also live in Epsilon, while our Leadership scholars live in New Hall. Students interested in Language and Culture may opt for group housing in one of the Beta residence halls. This community will have exchange students from places like Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. The rooms reserved for this community have kitchen facilities, providing students the opportunity to cook and share meals from other cultures.

All freshmen are encouraged to join a learning community. National research shows that students in a learning community report a more positive social life and higher levels of student-faculty interaction (National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report 2007). At USA, students who join learning communities are more likely to persist to year two, and have higher academic success rates, than students not in learning communities.

Learning Communities require a separate application in addition to the housing contract and prepayment. Click here http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/academicsuccess/lc.html to visit the Learning Communities page where you can view a complete list of LCs, complete the Learning Community Interest Survey, http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/academicsuccess/lc/application.html or learn more information.

Furnishings and Amenities:

Room rates include campus mail box, digital cable, Ethernet & wireless internet access, all utilities (electricity, water/sewer, heat/air, garbage service, and pest control), housing and facilities staff available 24/7, accommodation furnishings, and unlimited laundry access.  All residence hall rooms are furnished with a bed frame (adjustable height), mattress, desk, chair, and closet or wardrobe per student. Additionally, each room comes with its own fridge or mini-fridge (size depends on the room type). Visit our Room Furniture page at http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/furniture.html for more detailed furnishings information.

All residential communities have vending machines in them with drink and snack options. Also, each residential community has one or more common spaces available for student use {lounges, study rooms, TV rooms, conferences rooms, etc.). More detailed information on USA Housing & Dining amenities and services is available by visiting www.southalabama.edu/housing/.  (review the Services section of the navigation menu). 

Additional Residence Hall Information:

All students living in University Housing are required to have the Meningitis vaccine and provide the immunization record to the USA Student Health Center.

While all of our residence halls are great places to live, we understand that some students would prefer to live somewhere other than where they are assigned for various reasons. This is why we offer various opportunities for students to request a change once they have received an assignment. Visit our Assignments Changes page at http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/assignmentchanges.html to review the timelines and procedures associated with these opportunities.

Visit our Cancellation & Withdrawal page at http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/cancellations.html for detailed housing contract cancellation guidelines.

Residential Meal Plans

The Dining Hall is located within the residential area and all students living in University housing are required to purchase a meal plan.  Visit the Meal Plan section of our Rates page at http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/rates.html for more information on meal plan requirements and cost.

Contact Information

University of South Alabama 
Housing & Dining
251 Delta Loop
Delta Commons Room 100
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Phone: (251) 460-6185
E-mail: housing@southalabama.edu
Web:  www.southalabama.edu/housing

The Grove

The Grove is a privately-owned apartment complex located on the southwest corner of the main campus. The Grove is not managed by USA Housing & Dining. Freshmen are not allowed to live at the Grove. Students should be aware that the Code of Student Conduct and the Housing & Dining policies apply to all residents of The Grove. For leasing information and all questions or concerns, contact The Grove management office at (251) 341-9412 or visit their website at http://gogrove.com/mobile/.

Dining Services

South Alabama Dining Services offers a wide variety of food and convenient services in different areas of the campus. These services are designed with the students' needs in mind and provide flexibility and convenience to meet the demanding schedule of our students.

The meal plan options for residence hall students offer quality food at a discounted price. The University has a mandatory meal plan policy for students that live on campus. Please visit http://www.southalabamadining.com and click on the meal plan tab to see the details of the mandatory meal plan policy. At this same link, detailed descriptions and requirements for all meal plan options is provided.

Other meal plan options are available for faculty, staff, and commuter students. These plans provide a discounted price over purchasing individual meals on each visit to the dining facility. In addition, faculty, staff, residential and commuter students can purchase Dining Dollars to use at any food service location on campus. Dining Dollars are added to the ID card and are deducted each time there is a food service transaction.

South Alabama Dining is also the official caterer on campus. A full catering guide is available at http://www.southalabamadining.com under the catering tab. Written approval to use an outside caterer must be obtained in advance from the Vice President for Student Affairs.